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Eclipses

It must be because Jupiter is transiting through Gemini that I’m beginning to write articles again, this one somewhat prematurely in order to give our editing team a chance to post it on ASSA’s website in good time. Although eclipses do have personal meaning, they are clearly more significant in mundane work.  The focus of interpretation is clean and simple – eclipses have most effect in terms of house position.  Keywords are EMPHASIS and CRISIS – concepts intended to be neutral and not necessarily pejorative.

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This implies a sharp focus on the affairs of the relevant house where the pressure of circumstance (seemingly) will demand attention, time or energy. When an eclipse conjuncts or opposes a natal planet, critical mass is reached and the issue can sometimes take on major proportions.  Eclipses themselves are exclusively the product of conjunctions and oppositions, thus only these two aspects should be used in interpretation.  The orb used is generally 3 degrees; some astrologers use as little as 1 degree and others as much as 5 degrees (too much!)  An eclipse is essentially an occultation where one body passes in front of another and hides it from view – a ‘darkening of the light’. A lunar eclipse is commonly regarded as less important (is it?) than the solar eclipse, so let us start with that one first.  A lunar eclipse (‘the Point of Illumination’ (Esoteric)) is an opposition of the Sun and Moon (Full Moon) when conjunct one of the Moon’s Nodes and contra-parallel by declination and longitude.  In other words an eclipse will not occur unless the Sun and Moon are lined up in a straight line, otherwise we would experience an eclipse once every 28 days at the Sun-Moon opposition (and conjunction) – which we don’t!  There are three types of lunar eclipses according to the amount of coverage of the Moon by the Sun – Appulse, Partial or Total.  An Appulse lunar eclipse will occur at 6Gemini47’, at 16.34 hours South African Time, on 28 November 2012, with 0.915% coverage. Because it is the Moon (the unconscious, the feminine) that is blotted out here, the untrammelled Yang or animus psychic force can run amok and rampantly destroy all in its path.  Lunar events tend to arrive in short sharp bursts with painful immediate consequences.  Remember the Boipatong Massacre in June 1992?  It occurred within 24 hours of a lunar eclipse that fell on South Africa’s own Moon (the old Republic chart).  Warring male factions (eclipsed Moon) indulged in cruel slaughter of the people (SA Moon) in a rabid, power-seeking vendetta (10th House) – truly a manifestation of the distorted or brutalised masculine archetype. A solar eclipse (‘the Seed Point’) is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon (New Moon) when conjunct one of the Moon’s Nodes and parallel by declination and longitude.  Again, there are three types of solar eclipses depending on the level of coverage of the Sun by the Moon – Partial, Annular or Total.  Because it is the Sun (consciousness, the masculine) that is darkened here, the unconscious or instinctual holds sway.  A senseless turmoil of neurosis reigns supreme and affairs can fall into utter chaos and confusion.

Especially if it is a Total Solar Eclipse, we can perhaps see it as ‘a Dark Night of the World Soul’, far more serious and insidious because longer lasting.  A Total solar eclipse will occur at 21Scorpio57, at 00.09 hours South African Time, on 14 November 2012, and last for 4.2 minutes – somewhat difficult to appreciate at the witching hour, I’d say! In mundane astrology, an emphasised solar eclipse is traditionally the harbinger of national upheavals and natural disasters where Mother Earth, the ultimate female archetype, wreaks an ancient revenge.  Typically, the way ahead is ‘dark’, and by no rational extrapolation can we see into tomorrow, let alone into next month.  The dead lock, or chaos appears to be irreversible. But is it?  How long, I hear you ask?  According to Ptolemy the effects of a solar eclipse will last as long in months as it did in minutes.  Jansky says the influence continues unabated until the next eclipse; I don’t think he’s right.  Remember here that we speak in grave tones only of eclipses that very closely contact a personal or national natal planet.  Should they not do so, no doubt we will continue with our ‘normal’ South African insanities. Solar eclipses occur approximately twice a year, regress by degree, and occupy polarity signs alternatively.  After the eclipses stated above, the next set will grace our skies as follows. An Annular Solar Eclipse at 19Taurus31, at 02.26 hours SAT, on 10 May 2013, lasting 6.3 minutes. An Appulse Lunar Eclipse at 04Sagittarius08, at 06.11 hours SAT, on 25 May 2013, coverage 0.015%. Neither should the pre-natal solar eclipse ever be ignored.  It acts as a spotlight illuminating by house placement a specific life area, an environmental stricture, that is highly significant and pointedly emphasised throughout the life span.  It is always here that something is added in the interests of spiritual growth and evolution.  It is said that where the pre-natal solar eclipse falls, the individual will complete the task indicated by that house in their life time.

2013 Horoscope, Career, Relationships and Money

Aries

(21st March to 20th April)

Motto: I want

Characteristics: Independent, leadership, adventuresome

Your head strong impulsive take charge abilities need to be toned down a bit in 2013. Rather focus your impulsive nature into innovative and creative activities. Fighting with your superiors will turn out messy and painful; avoid conflict especially in the Month of May.

Relationships

You will be attracted to new exciting experiences and rather unusual relationships with the opposite sex. You may even find yourself getting involved with someone of a very different age group to yours. Physical sex will be more gratifying than romancing and staring lovingly into the eyes of your mate. Sex for you this year is a form of self expression and your desire level is switched on high. Though the love of the chase for Aries is great fun, don’t be surprised if this is the year where you actually get caught off guard and become the hunted! Love encounters are especially tantalizing and you will reach an all time high around the 5th of April.

Who to date

Well you and smoldering Scorpios for once will be on the same page, both in the mood for deep mind blowing sex. Sagittarians and Leos will defiantly light your fire. Aquarians and their innovative ideas could be a turn on. Capricorns should be avoided as they tend to be a bit too bossy and restrictive towards Arians this year.

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Career

This is a great year to make moves on realizing your goals. There will be times when you may be reined in by your superiors, try not blow up with frustration. Channel this frustration into finding some common ground. New fun and creative ideas will be in great demand this year and Aries, the work warrior, has the ability and drive to go out into the business world to find unique solutions. As 2013 is a year where restructuring of businesses is sorely needed you may find yourself having to work in groups or together with a business partners. It is this cooperative energy that will bring about the success to achieve effective goals and group objectives. During February and March a patient and willing attitude will help you to handle the unglamorous work and harsh realities Saturn demands from you. From June you will feel less restricted and rearing to move forward at your manic pace.

Money

Beware of Venus mid April as desire drives impulsive spending to an all time high that could lead to unnecessary loss. Lucky Jupiter changes sign and make direct contact with you in July. The realization of financial security for your future will hit a home run, perfect timing to invest in a good trust fund.

Taurus

(20th April to 20th May)

Motto: I maintain

Characteristics: Stubborn, warm, sensual

Feeling restless? Want to travel, need to travel and have to travel. As you have gathered 2013 is pulling you right out of your comfort zone. Keep your Gucci bags packed and ready for takeoff because overseas is calling you. Be it for pleasure or work, travel in all forms will be coming your way.

Relationships

Spread your wings this year and open yourself up to the love romances that travel can bring. Just be careful not to get burnt, watch out for gorgeous foreign lovers with the cunning art of seduction. Love and romance in 2013 is more about being free and philosophical, not deep and restrictive. If you feel you are stuck in a hum drum boring sort of love situation, by March you will get a better understand of where you want the relationship to go. March and April are great months to fall in love or to just enjoy being in love with love itself. Taureans are known for needing stability in a relationship, but stability with the wrong partner is not a desirable destiny. This year is a year to enjoy before you settle down to a committed relationship. If settling down is what you want, try and plan this for the end of the year.

Who to date

Gorgeous foreigners are on the menu this year! Generally Taureans get on well with signs that are opposite to them, particularly the water signs Pisces and Cancer. Aries can fire you up, but beware of those Scorpios as two possessive signs can get a bit too heavy this year.

Work

For the first couple of months work will be about settling into a routine and getting serious about your future. There are plenty of work opportunities opening up for you this year so trust your instincts, they are normally right. When it comes to your career you will take your work very seriously as you will see it as an extension of your own personality. It will have your stamp on it and so perfection will be first and foremost on your mind. There will be a chance in February for you to take an innovative idea and giving it a function. You have the chance of travel, more than usual this year. This may pull you out of your comfort zone more times than you are comfortable with. Your biggest challenge is that you will need to speed up your normal methodical style of work to be able to keep up with the demands.

Money

You won’t have a problem as far as money goes this year. You have the chance of generating a steady paycheck so it is a great year to look at investing for the future. You are normally good when it come to your finances, but July is the month where the urge to splurge overrides all reason.

Gemini

(21st May to 20th June)

Motto: I think

Characteristics: Curious, intelligent, communicators

Surprisingly enough your normal lighthearted butterfly approach to life will take a more serious turn. A slower more methodical and practical outlook on things will bring slower but better results. You may find yourself craving a bit more structure in your life, in fact will want to dig deep to find a more stable and secure routine. Being frivolous, flighty and fun will be replaced with a more mature outlook to life. If you are getting a strong pull to study, this is the ideal year for you to feed that inquisitive brain. So hit the books.

Relationships

From the beginning of the year your mind will turn to your relationship or lack of one. The need for a partner that can bring more stability, consistency and comfort into your life will be felt more strongly than usual. A strong desire for a sensual lover is making you restless and so it should. If your current relationship is a bit too one sided and restrictive, you may no longer want to tolerate the situation and feel a pull towards a more exciting love life. The typical Gemini need ‘to spice up your love life’ will set you free from any dull or bossy partner. If your other half cannot come to the party don’t be surprised if you feel it is time to fly off and enjoy the variety that is out there. A change of routine and making plans to travel together this year will help to bring back the excitement you may find lacking. Though deep down you may crave stability you need to let your partner know that too much predictability can be stifling.

Who to date

Your frothy light and flirtatious nature will draw you towards the other air signs like the ditsy Aquarians or clever Librans who love to share your feelings. Strangely enough this year you may find Capricorns rather enticing, that is if you can find the trigger to their hidden wild side. Taureans, tough sensual, may get a bit boring and Virgos may be a bit too bossy for your nature. Cancerians will tend to smother you and heavy is so not trendy!

Career

Let’s get serious, is a song that will ring in your ears this year. You are so trendy and imaginative; you have the amazing ability to actually communicate trends and situations in a way that engages others. Use this tool to your full advantage this year. Foolish chatter and ideas will not go down well so take the time to be more methodical with your thinking and actions. Slow and careful is better than a quick fix for 2013. If you do not think things through carefully you may find yourself tangled up in a bit of a self induced mess. Learn from past mistakes and set about making your career more secure by planning to put down some roots. Your higher knowledge and quick thinking will certainly be useful for sticky situations. Your every day work will not run at the pace you normally love, it will seem slow, and let’s face it slow is not a motivating energy for your fast brain. What will stimulate your active mind is to study and achieve some higher knowledge that will certainly boost your career and secure a better future for you.

Money

It is higher knowledge and research of the money market that will bring financial gains to your pocked. Your love of anything new and trendy will entice you to splurge out with regrets. So think before you just go out there and spend your hard earned cash with abandon. Your finances have been somewhat restricted and this will ease up in February, but it won’t last long if you give in to your intense need to purchase the latest gimmick in the market.

Cancer

(21st June to 22nd July)

Motto: I feel

Characteristics: Nurturing, emotional, family orientated

Wow, this is going to be a year for you to expose your inner brilliance and dazzle the world. Set yourself goals and go after them as your positive ‘little will stop me’ attitude will get you through the thickest forest and up the highest mountains. Nothing can get in your way this year so you need to dig deep and find the energy to go for your dreams. Decorate your home or do something wonderfully creative that is a way of expressing yourself.

Relationships

The problem with Cancers is that you can give away too much of yourself in a relationship financially, emotionally and physically. Stop, oh please stop dear Cancer and for once consider your own needs and desires. Cancers find it difficult to have sex without love, so if it is love you are wanting then settle for nothing less. Remember that your spouse may not always match your feelings and moods, only another Cancer will be able to do that so cut them some slack here. This is a year where you need to “man” up and allow yourself to have good time, enjoy falling in love. It is always in your nature to want to mother your lover, great but add a bit of fiery passion into the mix, you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. If you are single then make it your mission to get out there with your friends and go hunting for a big chunk of passionate prey. Let your hair down, put your feelings on hold and behave like a wild thing. Though your primary goal is to settle down in a secure loving relationship you can have a lot of fun finding the perfect partner.

Who to date

Normally your feelings when in love run deeper than the ocean and you need your sweetheart to match this intensity. This brings to mind the deeply magnetic and intense Scorpio, your combined psychic gift will bring an ease of understanding and communication of needs. The earth sign Virgo can help ground you and as you are sizzling hot this year you may even find Leo’s and their passionate desires very tempting. Avoid the flighty Gemini’s and detached dreamy Aquarians, they vibrate to a different tune.

Career

Normally you caring Cancers are happy to just go with the flow of work and service as it comes your way. But just flowing along is not enough to bring in the security you need for future growth. Your profession will be the main focus on your mind this year. It is time for you to set yourself some serious goals, put down roots and work hard as your goal is to achieve recognition. Aim high, becoming more successful will afford you the security to put down some stable roots. As your first love is food and this year may trigger a creative need deep within you to work in the food industry, even if it is writing recipes or starting up a food based website. If there is a new career opportunity opening up for you this is a good time to make that change. You love your home and home bound activities so don’t be afraid to enter into a profession that you can run from your home. In fact if your mind is on doing something more stable and professional this is certainly the year to begin actually taking your career to a more serious level.

Money

Well if you have been spending way too much lately you really need to get back in touch with your normal natural ability to spend more wisely and carefully. Quality counts to Cancers and when you make an investment it needs to be of a secure nature. Investing in land or a home is a wise and stable move, if you have the finances to support the repayments. As you love classic beautifully made clothes be sure to save the money up first so you can get exactly what it is you want. Cut up your credit cards, this is the year where wisdom and finances work together for Cancers.

Leo

(22nd July to 21st August)

Motto: I create

Characteristics: Radiant, bold, noble and haughty

You are the creative artist of our little universe and it is time for you to communicate through your art of film, music, paint and other artistic methods ways of healing this planet. You may find a strong need to fix humanity, its time to stop thinking about it and just do it using your artistic talents to tell a story. Home bound activities will give you the structure you need and a platform from where you can think creatively. Reconnecting with friends from the past will emerge this year.

Relationships

Your playful bright personality will have no problem when it comes to love. As you just love celebrations, ceremonies and big events you will be invited to many of these this year. You must be noticed so get out those unforgettable outfits, accessories and of course your fabulous signatures dark glasses, then arrive tastily late. As you walk into events your charismatic radiant personality will certainly turn the heads of many potential mates. Take your pick of the prey, preferably the most sensual passionate one of the lot and indulge. Just beware of falling in love with love, you do need to realise that your new love is not yet serious, keep it light and flirtatious. If you are in a serious relationship then it is time for you to have a good look at settling down and bringing some structure into the relationship. Once you have made the decision to settle down, as a fixed sign you will see this as a permanent arrangement, so choose wisely. Don’t be surprised if a friendship turns into a relationship.

Who to date

The fire signs work the best for Leos as they will love and enjoy the passion and fun that life has on offer. Dating fire signs are always hot and steamy so can sometimes be explosive. Libran’s and Pisces love relationships and will understand and share your generous giving spirit. Both signs enjoy indulging in spending money and enjoying good food, they also love to worship their lovers. Virgos are too fussy, Cancer and Scorpio could dampen your fiery passion and restrict your spending.

Career

You love to show off you talent and achievements, be it through your artistic abilities or through achieving your goals at work. This year you need to become more serious about achieving the big dreams you have. Leo’s are inclined to let the Virgos do the hard work, after all they seem to love hard work so why not? But dear Leo this tactic is not going to work this year, you personally need to come to the table if you want to get the recognition you desire. This year become more focused and structured as this will help further your career. If you are not able to muster up the motivation to work hard and achieve goals, then you are not in the right job. You really need to begin to get out into the market and find a career where you are able to bring out the creative and newly found experimental spirit. Your goal this year is to find a job that can feed your strong creative urges as well as allowing you to show off your talents. This is what motivates and feeds you, so focus on finding the correct career path, a happy Leo can conquer any task.

Money

Well when it comes to money, you just love to spend it on all the fabulous new fashions, accessories and restaurants. Your lavish and generous lifestyle with your friends is going to cost you dearly, are you aware there is a depression! You may be in for a bit of a wakeup call this year as suddenly the funds will disappear and you could find yourself in the red! Horror of all horrors dear Leo your generous spending habits need to be somewhat curtailed or you could land up in hot water.

Virgo

(22nd August to 22nd September)

Motto: I analyze

Characteristics: Discerning, Refined, controlling and precise

Health, home and family seem to be the themes for this year, all of which have been pulling you down and somehow restricting you. Well it is time to get some control over these issues otherwise you are in for another very challenging year. The structure you so desperately seek lies in creating a secure home for yourself. Making new beginnings and restructuring your finances will free up some of the pressure you are under. It is a lack of structure that will cause illness as well as a feeling of entrapment.

Relationships

This is a year for a new start and there are new relationship opportunities out there if you can let down your guard and allow yourself to open up. This is a year where your love life will be a lot more interesting and sensual. Virgoans need to be in the right frame of mind for love to flow so work on this, relax and enjoy what comes your way. Bear in mind when you commit to a relationship it is important that you choose a mate that is financially astute and well mannered. It is also important that you find a partner that enjoys sharing deep conversations with you. A new love could come your way this year through introduction from relatives and siblings. If you are in a relationship you will want to settle down to a more secure and focused future with each other. If you have been thinking of sharing accommodation it certainly is the right time for it. As you are inclined to be tad too critical you may cause an upset in the relationship, so try back off a bit as your sharp tongue could leave you in the lurch.

Who to Date

Capricorns are high up on the list this year as you need a lover who is grounded and sensible. Then Taurus energy is fixed and practical, and they can supply you with sensuality that deep down you are craving. Gorgeous Librans love being social, intelligent and enjoy sharing your enjoyment of literature and current events. Normally Virgo is a good partner for you as you just get each other, but this year you need to avoid Virgos as you need to mate with someone who can take you on a different sexual journey.

Career

Work and your career is your ultimate security, without a job you will feel very vulnerable and ill, so you apply to the rule that any work is better than no work. This attitude can keep you trapped in a secure position that is not making you happy. You don’t have to stay trapped in a profession you do not like, especially you being a Virgo. Tap into your tool box of resources and start to look for a position that will give more security and happiness, yes Virgo you are allowed to find work that makes you happy as well as being of service. Don’t be surprised if this year you actually start questioning what you are currently doing as a career, if you are then good for you. There is something out there, and it needs you! Of all the zodiac signs you are the most successful, so tap into this positive energy and methodically research the market to find that niche position waiting for you. Work is your cocoon that comforts you when life is too hard, so if the cocoon is damaged its time to spread your wings.

Money

Oh dear the first half of the year your finances may be in disarray due to all sorts of unseen expenses. But never to fear your hard working attitude will always be able to pull a rabbit from the hat. From the second half of the year this unsettled feeling will lift and you will conquer the enemy called debt. To do this you need to do your Virgo thing and be discerning when shopping or investing. But in July you can go mad and allow yourself to indulge in some well earned retail therapy.

Libra

(22nd September to 23rd October)

Motto: I harmonize

Characteristics: Graceful, judgmental, relating, balancing

You will have the ability to get anything you want or do anything you set your mind to this year. If you feel a bit uncomfortable about being a bit selfish, don’t! You have given so much of yourself that you will attract people that genuinely love and admire you. The social scene will be as delicious as melted chocolate in 2013. Focusing on a fabulous new home or beautifying the environment you inhabit, be it you office or home, will keep you on a high. Communicating and sharing your thoughts will only be positive, so let it all out girl. This is a year of successful change in a personal way.

Relationships

The social scene is on the up this year, you will be popular and on everyone’s invitation list. By having fun and getting together with friends, neighbors and work mates will expose you to more love interests than you have experienced before. This will certainly not be a problem as Cupid favors you Librans and he will be very busy shooting his arrows of love this year. Being swept away in a sea of love makes you feel uncomfortable; luckily your head rules your heart so you will not have a problem in choosing the right love partner. It is a fact that you are an air sign and that makes you use your brain when it comes to areas of love. If you are in a relationship that you value share your feelings of love. When you find the love of your life then your mind goes straight to commitment and even marriage. Rather keep it light and fun this year as the social scene is humming and serious matters can wait till a more appropriate time.

Who to date

This is the year to keep love light and social so the Gemini’s with their curious, quick silver minds will be stimulating and fun. The fiery signs with their passionate love of fun will be stimulating. Your head may even be turned by the restless high energy Sagittarians who will enjoy travelling and sharing deep philosophical ideals with you. Avoid the heavy earth signs as their energy can pull you down, so too can over emotional water signs.

Career

Librans, this is your year to shine at work, all your past efforts and knowledge you have gained over the past few years is finally about to pay off. Any profession than needs skilled people will benefit from you, after all you love to place yourself on the cutting edge of any task. Use you charm and grace to negotiate what it is you deserve in your career, you are seen in your place of work as a prized asset and it is time to name your price. Change does not faze you as it does other signs, clear thinking and clever solutions will bring balance to any crisis or work situation. You, dear Libran, need to tap into your progressive and innovative mind. The recession has left many challenging situations that need solutions or a clear mind. As you have no difficulty with moving with the times you fit the bill, where as the fixed signs are not so fast on the up take and the other sighs tend to over react in sticky situations. Put on your fabulous armor of the latest fashion and hair style, and then pleasantly blow every one’s mind with your stunning looks and brains in 2013.

Money

Normally you love spending your money on fashion, very expensive grooming. Another weakness is the love of luxurious restaurants that delight your ever ready palate. As if that’s not enough, you are an easy target for friends and colleagues that take advantage of your generous nature. It is great fun to socialize, just remember to get them to pay their part of the bill. Sadly this year you are going to find yourself in hot water if you don’t cut back a bit with the luxuriant lifestyle. You have a fairly good understanding of finances and the market so use this understanding on a personal level. Normally you are aware of your budget so it should not be too difficult to adapt to a restricted cash flow this year. In fact you may even have a wakeup call as how expensive life and living the way you love has become.

Scorpio

(23rd October to 21st November)

Characteristics: Probing, transforming and intense

2013 will bring out your unique detective qualities. Tap into your intuition and sharp Scorpionic perceptive mind to unravel the challenges that face you. This year offload your negative stuff and open up your fabulously exciting and esoterically orientated mind. Use your striking personality and ability for extremes to get ahead.

Relationships

This will be an extremely sexual year for you whether single or in a relationship. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving a break from traditional sex. This is the year to break out your magnetic qualities, surround yourself with that sexual aura unique to Scorpios. Use your savvy to draw in your desired one. You know that by using your charming sexual intensity you will catch the attention of the dramatic dark stranger that has been dominating your mind for so long. Your sexuality whirling beneath the surface together with your alluring, penetrating gaze will get you just about anyone you want. If you are in a loveless, sexless relationship it will be clear to you right from the beginning of this year, mid January, that it is time to bring your mate closer even if you need the help of a councilor to do so. You may even find it liberating to set yourself free from a restricting partner. Use your power well, sexy Scorpio!

Who to date

The earthy sign Capricorn, once sexually smitten, will surprise you with a deep and hungry sexual appetite. Don’t ignore the Aquarians, you may find the connection of their radioactive aura with your magnetic aura surprisingly explosive. The other water signs may be a bit wish washy for you this year. The fire signs, though appealing will tend to wonder and could trigger your powerful but negative possessive side.

Career

This is an excellent year for careful planning and executing projects. You may find a need to work in your own space as patience and hard work is going to take up a lot of your time. It is not a very “high-energy” year as intricate work will be involved, needing a lot of attention and detail. Patience is needed to achieve your goals and the results may only be seen towards the end of the year or in 2014. Be content with small achievements and results for now. Innovative ideas will come your way, share these with your superiors as they may well be the door to future success. Dig deep to find answers and solutions, remember that the results from the work you are doing today is only the beginning of a bigger future. Work closely with your boss share your insights for improvements that could be beneficial to the company. The work you are doing this year is laying the foundations for something big for the future. Tap into that intuitive Scorpionic energy of yours and transform inactivity into productivity. You need to come out of your comfort zone and let go of certain securities to achieve true peace within. This is the perfect year for you to own your Scorpionic power and tap into the esoterical side of yourself that is so strong. You need to learn to let go of material attachments so that you can learn to grow on an emotional and spiritual level. There are going to be many power struggles within yourself and you will need to let go of the life that is trapping you and free up your Scorpionic energy. Be cautious of taking on the role of dictator as it will make you unpopular and be your downfall amongst your colleagues and superiors. This is the year to claim your natural power!

Money

Set the correct foundations and money will flow into your pocket this year. Make a move to connect with an informed dynamic investment company who will direct you into ways of improving your finances, particularly around May. Be cautious when you get the need to splurge out on your home or even invest in your own pad, though the timing is good and it is a fabulously exciting thing to do, just be careful that you do not spend beyond your means.

Sagittarius

(22nd November to 21st December)

Motto: I expand

Characteristics: Philosopher, jovial, aspiring

Your normal freedom of speech and gift of knowledge is going to be somewhat restricted in the first half of the year. You may even find that you tend to offend others by not seeming to respect their values. A good lesson is to actually learn to listen and understand the situation before you offer up a solution. In fact as hard as it may seem to you, try and hold back from giving advice unless asked for. But don’t despair as this sad set of circumstances will turn around in the second half of the year where finally you will have the freedom to excel, if done in a nurturing tone, you will be heard and respected.

Relationships

This is a good year for you and your lover to pool your resources. If you are thinking of getting married or committing on a deeper level with your partner, you are heading in the right direction. As you love to travel, travel with your partner as this could cut the costs and help calm some of that excessive energy that you have building up within. You feel joy in your heart when you can gather information, well take a step in the right direction and start gathering information about the love of your life. Generally you prefer sewing your wild oats and avoid the thought of settling down at all costs. But hey…think before running from your current partner as you could be losing a gem. What is important is that you share your feelings with any potential long term lover, they need to know how important your independence and need for freedom is. If they can accept this then you have a winner.

Who to date

Well you need a stimulating interesting partner who is able to debate various issues with you in an exciting and stimulating way. This sounds just like you so Sagittarians can make good companions. Gemini’s with their inquisitive and active minds, though your opposite sign will keep you entertained. Don’t forget Aries another independent sign that is ready to join you on an adventure with a drop of a hat. Strangely enough this year you may find Cancerians interesting, if you can keep up with their mood changes. You need to avoid the fixed signs, especially Scorpio as they will want to control and hold on to you.

Career

This is the year for you to consider a career change. You will find that you have the ability to work harmoniously with a partner where pooling your resources will bring positive results. Should you find doors’ closing then it is time for you to gather your excessive Sagittarian energy and embrace change. Change in career this year is not a bad idea, even if it is within your company. Opportunities will come your way and if they do they will be of benefit, as you may be feeling restless and wanting to move on then every opportunity is a chance to take the next step to success. A sweeping change my even come your way, but don’t stress as the outcome or result of that situation will lead you to a richer and more rewarding place. Some of you may even feel the call to a higher spiritual type of career, take time out to investigate this calling as it may become a deeply satisfying type of profession. Whatever happens to you and your career this year will be good for you further down the line.

Money

If you are able to combine your awesome intellect and creativity with a bit of financial savvy then you can smile all the way to the bank, in fact it is high time you did this. The problem with Sagittarians is that as fast as you make it you like use it, travel and adventure even the gambling path can eat up your hard earned cash. Not the best year to hit the casino and remember you are too open and honest to win at Poker, so avoid that at all costs. The second half of the year will find you on a winning streak….but be careful and know when to walk away.

Capricorn

(22nd Dec to 19th Jan)

Motto: I achieve

Characteristics: Ambitious, organised, focused

Now is the year to focus your energy on yourself and on the changes you need to make to help make yourself feel more secure. Find out what is really important to you, both in personally and in your relationships with others. If you are dealing with unnecessary baggage then unburden yourself of this harmful energy. Discover the true value of life, family and friends. Your parents will need more attention than usual this year, try and put in structures so that they do not become overly dependent.

Relationships

Most important advice for you is ‘all work and no play will keep potential lovers at bay’. This situation is not what you want this year. It is time to declare your feelings and needs to your loved one as the feelings you have for each other are mutual. It is time to tie the knot, discuss and start to plan your marriage this year. Capricorns have this habit of delaying marriage and by doing this; you could lose the one you love. So if you both love each other, well’ hello’ turn that love into a more permanent future goal. Capricorns are guarded and very careful about whom you want to share a deep sexual and emotional relationship with so if this attitude has prevented you from being in a relationship then 2013 is the year to drop this guard and open up that restricted heart of yours. If you are feeling good about yourself, your partner and you know that you can be trusted to make the correct choice. If you are single then it is the year to find your lover, remember that you prefer personal introductions so share your need to meet others with your friends and associates.

Who to date

Sexy deep Scorpios will be top of the list, not only will they free your sexual restrictions but they too take the relationships seriously. Then you always get along with the other two water signs, Cancerians will share family values with you and Pisces will keep you from becoming so serious and expose the more gentle side of you. Librans may be an interesting option if you want to work the social scene. Avoid the restless Gemini’s and Sagittarians.

Career

Expect a year of hard work with many responsibilities and obstacles that get in your way of achieving the goals you have set. You may even find that continual difficulties will leave you feeling pessimistic and inadequate. Insecurity and loss of self confidence will become destructive. The solution is that this year you will have the ability to become extremely perceptive and capable, if you can overcome your insecure feelings and stop being so hard on yourself. Life in the professional world is changing and the tactics of the past are no longer valid. You will experience an understanding of the way forward and you will need to evolve to achieve the status you are so attuned to. Self discipline and a powerful executive ability will be achieved if you can find your grounding and grasp at your strength of character. Take a step back, reevaluate your responsibilities and learn to share with others.

Money

If you are thrifty, responsible and practical you certainly will not have any financial worries. But this year is not a time to become complacent, reevaluate your money situation and put in plans for better investments. Your desire for money and prestige needs to be put on the back burner for a while. Capricorns are well aware of the fact that life costs and that money is a tool that helps you survive. Hard work, planning and using your basic resources will keep that account balanced.

Aquarius

(20th January to 18th February)

Motto: I innovate

Characteristics: Humane, friendly, inspirational

This year is a fun filled happy year for Aquarians. There will be many opportunities in love and relationships, as well as a desire for children. If you have a hidden creative urge, then stop dreaming about it, go out and enjoy being creative. Your innovative ideas and thoughts will be of great interest to others so don’t hold back on ideas that are continuously forming in your head. Society needs your innovative mind to survive.

Romance

Get married for goodness sake; this is the year to tie the knot or to at least get engaged to that special person in your life. If you are in a committed relationship then the love you have for each other is mutual, you both are in love, and it is a good match. You also need to get out there and have some fun together as life has been too serious for too long. So get together and paint the town red…for love. Tap into your gregarious, outgoing nature single Aquarians as this is your year for romance and love. The way things are going it may even happen suddenly like a bolt of desire from the heavens. As you don’t normally lose your head when it comes to matters of love, be open to friendship followed with romance. You are inclined to hold your love interest at arm’s length before deciding the way forward, but do not be surprised if things move along a bit faster than normal. Your compatible mate is on the horizon.

Who to date

As you don’t show your inner emotions, the practical earth signs particularly Capricorn will get you and Mutable Virgo will be able to understand your inflexible schedule and adapt to your way. Avoid the water signs, especially Cancerians as they will irritate you and you will hurt them.

Career

Bright new ideas will be forming in your head. Your innovative brain will be running at full speed this year. This energy is what the world desperately needs to help repair and rebuild itself following the recession. Share your ideas with people who wield power and are open to new and inspirational ideas. It is important that you move away from old ideas and venture into a new way of thinking. It is all very well to have the solutions in your head but if they are not shared with someone with the ability of converting the ideas into reality they will become redundant. Change and forward movement is definitely on the cards. Normally you are concerned about the good of all, but if you are not in that influential position you will be unable to share your vision effectively. So take charge of yourself and your vision and put in the steps to make it happen, success will be yours for the taking.

Finance

Generally Aquarians are a tad detached about their finances, preferring handing the responsibility over to other who have better control. This year it is very important to take note of your financial situation and put in structures that will improve your somewhat dwindling bank balance. Hard work, clever planning and investing in new innovative and creative ideas will bring in more cash.

Pisces

(20th February to 20th March)

Motto: I believe

Characteristics: Martyr, compassionate, understanding and altruistic

New and exciting opportunities are knocking at your door. But dear sweet Pisces you do need to work hard and wise if you want to begin your journey into a new and compassionate way of living. Study and improving your knowledge will be high on your to do list. Commit to making your dream a reality and tap into trusting the universe and the message it is relaying on. Never forget that you are a powerful force, if you ever feel insecure please take note the ocean as that energy is you can be a positive or negative powerful force, it is your choice as to which one you wish to embody.

Relationships

The planet of love, Venus, wants more freedom this year. Pisces are inclined to take on Venus energy in a more powerful way than the other signs. Don’t be surprised if your lover is being difficult and hard to pin down. You too may find that the confinement of a relationship will make you feel restless. The secret to a successful relationship is that letting go will bring them back, that is if they are meant to be with you. There is no such person as the ideal lover, so a bit of a reality check in love is a lesson you may be learning this year. What is important to you is the ability to find that person who can give you the security you so desire. If you are feeling insecure in your relationship then dear Pisces do what you do best and swim away. It is time to heal your wounds and set standards worthy of your sensitive soul. You need to get ready for the second half of the year where you will be luckier in love.

Who to date

Tender romantic Pisces, you dive to the bottom of the ocean for your loved one. You need to connect with the solid, sensual earth signs like Capricorn or Taurus this year to get the security you desire. The water signs Pisces and Cancer will also work but avoid the fire and air signs, they tend to just skim the surface of the depth of love and intensity you desire.

Career

It is time for you to knuckle down and have a reality check as far as your career is concerned. You may find that indecision is going to lose you your chance for achieving success. When things get tough and people you work with don’t appreciate your efforts or criticize your projects you are inclined to clam up and quietly drift away. Not this year, if you want to do well in your career you need to get a greater understanding of what it is that will give you the foundation to success. Success does not just happen, if you want it then put in the work and go and get it. The working world is trying to heal and you can make the sacrifice to do your bit by understanding what needs to be done and to just do it. Gosh you work so well with the intangible and are gifted in making a vision a reality. Working with your strengths in service will bring new opportunities.

Finance

Of all the signs Pisces have the most ability of generating your own income. If you need more money, which you always do, then take on another profession. Though gambling may be lucky, beware this year as you could suddenly lose all your cash. You may find that overspending will land you in very deep hot water this year, so keep a careful tab on what is coming in and start to invest. Money invested in land seems like a sound bet.

Aries

(21st March to 20th April)

Motto: I want

Characteristics: Independent, leadership, adventuresome

Your head strong impulsive take charge abilities need to be toned down a bit in 2013. Rather focus your impulsive nature into innovative and creative activities. Fighting with your superiors will turn out messy and painful; avoid conflict especially in the Month of May.

Relationships

You will be attracted to new exciting experiences and rather unusual relationships with the opposite sex. You may even find yourself getting involved with someone of a very different age group to yours. Physical sex will be more gratifying than romancing and staring lovingly into the eyes of your mate. Sex for you this year is a form of self expression and your desire level is switched on high. Though the love of the chase for Aries is great fun, don’t be surprised if this is the year where you actually get caught off guard and become the hunted! Love encounters are especially tantalizing and you will reach an all time high around the 5th of April.

Who to date

Well you and smoldering Scorpios for once will be on the same page, both in the mood for deep mind blowing sex. Sagittarians and Leos will defiantly light your fire. Aquarians and their innovative ideas could be a turn on. Capricorns should be avoided as they tend to be a bit too bossy and restrictive towards Arians this year.

Career

This is a great year to make moves on realizing your goals. There will be times when you may be reined in by your superiors, try not blow up with frustration. Channel this frustration into finding some common ground. New fun and creative ideas will be in great demand this year and Aries, the work warrior, has the ability and drive to go out into the business world to find unique solutions. As 2013 is a year where restructuring of businesses is sorely needed you may find yourself having to work in groups or together with a business partners. It is this cooperative energy that will bring about the success to achieve effective goals and group objectives. During February and March a patient and willing attitude will help you to handle the unglamorous work and harsh realities Saturn demands from you. From June you will feel less restricted and rearing to move forward at your manic pace.

Money

Beware of Venus mid April as desire drives impulsive spending to an all time high that could lead to unnecessary loss. Lucky Jupiter changes sign and make direct contact with you in July. The realization of financial security for your future will hit a home run, perfect timing to invest in a good trust fund.

Taurus

(20th April to 20th May)

Motto: I maintain

Characteristics: Stubborn, warm, sensual

Feeling restless? Want to travel, need to travel and have to travel. As you have gathered 2013 is pulling you right out of your comfort zone. Keep your Gucci bags packed and ready for takeoff because overseas is calling you. Be it for pleasure or work, travel in all forms will be coming your way.

Relationships

Spread your wings this year and open yourself up to the love romances that travel can bring. Just be careful not to get burnt, watch out for gorgeous foreign lovers with the cunning art of seduction. Love and romance in 2013 is more about being free and philosophical, not deep and restrictive. If you feel you are stuck in a hum drum boring sort of love situation, by March you will get a better understand of where you want the relationship to go. March and April are great months to fall in love or to just enjoy being in love with love itself. Taureans are known for needing stability in a relationship, but stability with the wrong partner is not a desirable destiny. This year is a year to enjoy before you settle down to a committed relationship. If settling down is what you want, try and plan this for the end of the year.

Who to date

Gorgeous foreigners are on the menu this year! Generally Taureans get on well with signs that are opposite to them, particularly the water signs Pisces and Cancer. Aries can fire you up, but beware of those Scorpios as two possessive signs can get a bit too heavy this year.

Work

For the first couple of months work will be about settling into a routine and getting serious about your future. There are plenty of work opportunities opening up for you this year so trust your instincts, they are normally right. When it comes to your career you will take your work very seriously as you will see it as an extension of your own personality. It will have your stamp on it and so perfection will be first and foremost on your mind. There will be a chance in February for you to take an innovative idea and giving it a function. You have the chance of travel, more than usual this year. This may pull you out of your comfort zone more times than you are comfortable with. Your biggest challenge is that you will need to speed up your normal methodical style of work to be able to keep up with the demands.

Money

You won’t have a problem as far as money goes this year. You have the chance of generating a steady paycheck so it is a great year to look at investing for the future. You are normally good when it come to your finances, but July is the month where the urge to splurge overrides all reason.

Gemini

(21st May to 20th June)

Motto: I think

Characteristics: Curious, intelligent, communicators

Surprisingly enough your normal lighthearted butterfly approach to life will take a more serious turn. A slower more methodical and practical outlook on things will bring slower but better results. You may find yourself craving a bit more structure in your life, in fact will want to dig deep to find a more stable and secure routine. Being frivolous, flighty and fun will be replaced with a more mature outlook to life. If you are getting a strong pull to study, this is the ideal year for you to feed that inquisitive brain. So hit the books.

Relationships

From the beginning of the year your mind will turn to your relationship or lack of one. The need for a partner that can bring more stability, consistency and comfort into your life will be felt more strongly than usual. A strong desire for a sensual lover is making you restless and so it should. If your current relationship is a bit too one sided and restrictive, you may no longer want to tolerate the situation and feel a pull towards a more exciting love life. The typical Gemini need ‘to spice up your love life’ will set you free from any dull or bossy partner. If your other half cannot come to the party don’t be surprised if you feel it is time to fly off and enjoy the variety that is out there. A change of routine and making plans to travel together this year will help to bring back the excitement you may find lacking. Though deep down you may crave stability you need to let your partner know that too much predictability can be stifling.

Who to date

Your frothy light and flirtatious nature will draw you towards the other air signs like the ditsy Aquarians or clever Librans who love to share your feelings. Strangely enough this year you may find Capricorns rather enticing, that is if you can find the trigger to their hidden wild side. Taureans, tough sensual, may get a bit boring and Virgos may be a bit too bossy for your nature. Cancerians will tend to smother you and heavy is so not trendy!

Career

Let’s get serious, is a song that will ring in your ears this year. You are so trendy and imaginative; you have the amazing ability to actually communicate trends and situations in a way that engages others. Use this tool to your full advantage this year. Foolish chatter and ideas will not go down well so take the time to be more methodical with your thinking and actions. Slow and careful is better than a quick fix for 2013. If you do not think things through carefully you may find yourself tangled up in a bit of a self induced mess. Learn from past mistakes and set about making your career more secure by planning to put down some roots. Your higher knowledge and quick thinking will certainly be useful for sticky situations. Your every day work will not run at the pace you normally love, it will seem slow, and let’s face it slow is not a motivating energy for your fast brain. What will stimulate your active mind is to study and achieve some higher knowledge that will certainly boost your career and secure a better future for you.

Money

It is higher knowledge and research of the money market that will bring financial gains to your pocked. Your love of anything new and trendy will entice you to splurge out with regrets. So think before you just go out there and spend your hard earned cash with abandon. Your finances have been somewhat restricted and this will ease up in February, but it won’t last long if you give in to your intense need to purchase the latest gimmick in the market.

Cancer

(21st June to 22nd July)

Motto: I feel

Characteristics: Nurturing, emotional, family orientated

Wow, this is going to be a year for you to expose your inner brilliance and dazzle the world. Set yourself goals and go after them as your positive ‘little will stop me’ attitude will get you through the thickest forest and up the highest mountains. Nothing can get in your way this year so you need to dig deep and find the energy to go for your dreams. Decorate your home or do something wonderfully creative that is a way of expressing yourself.

Relationships

The problem with Cancers is that you can give away too much of yourself in a relationship financially, emotionally and physically. Stop, oh please stop dear Cancer and for once consider your own needs and desires. Cancers find it difficult to have sex without love, so if it is love you are wanting then settle for nothing less. Remember that your spouse may not always match your feelings and moods, only another Cancer will be able to do that so cut them some slack here. This is a year where you need to “man” up and allow yourself to have good time, enjoy falling in love. It is always in your nature to want to mother your lover, great but add a bit of fiery passion into the mix, you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. If you are single then make it your mission to get out there with your friends and go hunting for a big chunk of passionate prey. Let your hair down, put your feelings on hold and behave like a wild thing. Though your primary goal is to settle down in a secure loving relationship you can have a lot of fun finding the perfect partner.

Who to date

Normally your feelings when in love run deeper than the ocean and you need your sweetheart to match this intensity. This brings to mind the deeply magnetic and intense Scorpio, your combined psychic gift will bring an ease of understanding and communication of needs. The earth sign Virgo can help ground you and as you are sizzling hot this year you may even find Leo’s and their passionate desires very tempting. Avoid the flighty Gemini’s and detached dreamy Aquarians, they vibrate to a different tune.

Career

Normally you caring Cancers are happy to just go with the flow of work and service as it comes your way. But just flowing along is not enough to bring in the security you need for future growth. Your profession will be the main focus on your mind this year. It is time for you to set yourself some serious goals, put down roots and work hard as your goal is to achieve recognition. Aim high, becoming more successful will afford you the security to put down some stable roots. As your first love is food and this year may trigger a creative need deep within you to work in the food industry, even if it is writing recipes or starting up a food based website. If there is a new career opportunity opening up for you this is a good time to make that change. You love your home and home bound activities so don’t be afraid to enter into a profession that you can run from your home. In fact if your mind is on doing something more stable and professional this is certainly the year to begin actually taking your career to a more serious level.

Money

Well if you have been spending way too much lately you really need to get back in touch with your normal natural ability to spend more wisely and carefully. Quality counts to Cancers and when you make an investment it needs to be of a secure nature. Investing in land or a home is a wise and stable move, if you have the finances to support the repayments. As you love classic beautifully made clothes be sure to save the money up first so you can get exactly what it is you want. Cut up your credit cards, this is the year where wisdom and finances work together for Cancers.

Leo

(22nd July to 21st August)

Motto: I create

Characteristics: Radiant, bold, noble and haughty

You are the creative artist of our little universe and it is time for you to communicate through your art of film, music, paint and other artistic methods ways of healing this planet. You may find a strong need to fix humanity, its time to stop thinking about it and just do it using your artistic talents to tell a story. Home bound activities will give you the structure you need and a platform from where you can think creatively. Reconnecting with friends from the past will emerge this year.

Relationships

Your playful bright personality will have no problem when it comes to love. As you just love celebrations, ceremonies and big events you will be invited to many of these this year. You must be noticed so get out those unforgettable outfits, accessories and of course your fabulous signatures dark glasses, then arrive tastily late. As you walk into events your charismatic radiant personality will certainly turn the heads of many potential mates. Take your pick of the prey, preferably the most sensual passionate one of the lot and indulge. Just beware of falling in love with love, you do need to realise that your new love is not yet serious, keep it light and flirtatious. If you are in a serious relationship then it is time for you to have a good look at settling down and bringing some structure into the relationship. Once you have made the decision to settle down, as a fixed sign you will see this as a permanent arrangement, so choose wisely. Don’t be surprised if a friendship turns into a relationship.

Who to date

The fire signs work the best for Leos as they will love and enjoy the passion and fun that life has on offer. Dating fire signs are always hot and steamy so can sometimes be explosive. Libran’s and Pisces love relationships and will understand and share your generous giving spirit. Both signs enjoy indulging in spending money and enjoying good food, they also love to worship their lovers. Virgos are too fussy, Cancer and Scorpio could dampen your fiery passion and restrict your spending.

Career

You love to show off you talent and achievements, be it through your artistic abilities or through achieving your goals at work. This year you need to become more serious about achieving the big dreams you have. Leo’s are inclined to let the Virgos do the hard work, after all they seem to love hard work so why not? But dear Leo this tactic is not going to work this year, you personally need to come to the table if you want to get the recognition you desire. This year become more focused and structured as this will help further your career. If you are not able to muster up the motivation to work hard and achieve goals, then you are not in the right job. You really need to begin to get out into the market and find a career where you are able to bring out the creative and newly found experimental spirit. Your goal this year is to find a job that can feed your strong creative urges as well as allowing you to show off your talents. This is what motivates and feeds you, so focus on finding the correct career path, a happy Leo can conquer any task.

Money

Well when it comes to money, you just love to spend it on all the fabulous new fashions, accessories and restaurants. Your lavish and generous lifestyle with your friends is going to cost you dearly, are you aware there is a depression! You may be in for a bit of a wakeup call this year as suddenly the funds will disappear and you could find yourself in the red! Horror of all horrors dear Leo your generous spending habits need to be somewhat curtailed or you could land up in hot water.

Virgo

(22nd August to 22nd September)

Motto: I analyze

Characteristics: Discerning, Refined, controlling and precise

Health, home and family seem to be the themes for this year, all of which have been pulling you down and somehow restricting you. Well it is time to get some control over these issues otherwise you are in for another very challenging year. The structure you so desperately seek lies in creating a secure home for yourself. Making new beginnings and restructuring your finances will free up some of the pressure you are under. It is a lack of structure that will cause illness as well as a feeling of entrapment.

Relationships

This is a year for a new start and there are new relationship opportunities out there if you can let down your guard and allow yourself to open up. This is a year where your love life will be a lot more interesting and sensual. Virgoans need to be in the right frame of mind for love to flow so work on this, relax and enjoy what comes your way. Bear in mind when you commit to a relationship it is important that you choose a mate that is financially astute and well mannered. It is also important that you find a partner that enjoys sharing deep conversations with you. A new love could come your way this year through introduction from relatives and siblings. If you are in a relationship you will want to settle down to a more secure and focused future with each other. If you have been thinking of sharing accommodation it certainly is the right time for it. As you are inclined to be tad too critical you may cause an upset in the relationship, so try back off a bit as your sharp tongue could leave you in the lurch.

Who to Date

Capricorns are high up on the list this year as you need a lover who is grounded and sensible. Then Taurus energy is fixed and practical, and they can supply you with sensuality that deep down you are craving. Gorgeous Librans love being social, intelligent and enjoy sharing your enjoyment of literature and current events. Normally Virgo is a good partner for you as you just get each other, but this year you need to avoid Virgos as you need to mate with someone who can take you on a different sexual journey.

Career

Work and your career is your ultimate security, without a job you will feel very vulnerable and ill, so you apply to the rule that any work is better than no work. This attitude can keep you trapped in a secure position that is not making you happy. You don’t have to stay trapped in a profession you do not like, especially you being a Virgo. Tap into your tool box of resources and start to look for a position that will give more security and happiness, yes Virgo you are allowed to find work that makes you happy as well as being of service. Don’t be surprised if this year you actually start questioning what you are currently doing as a career, if you are then good for you. There is something out there, and it needs you! Of all the zodiac signs you are the most successful, so tap into this positive energy and methodically research the market to find that niche position waiting for you. Work is your cocoon that comforts you when life is too hard, so if the cocoon is damaged its time to spread your wings.

Money

Oh dear the first half of the year your finances may be in disarray due to all sorts of unseen expenses. But never to fear your hard working attitude will always be able to pull a rabbit from the hat. From the second half of the year this unsettled feeling will lift and you will conquer the enemy called debt. To do this you need to do your Virgo thing and be discerning when shopping or investing. But in July you can go mad and allow yourself to indulge in some well earned retail therapy.

Libra

(22nd September to 23rd October)

Motto: I harmonize

Characteristics: Graceful, judgmental, relating, balancing

You will have the ability to get anything you want or do anything you set your mind to this year. If you feel a bit uncomfortable about being a bit selfish, don’t! You have given so much of yourself that you will attract people that genuinely love and admire you. The social scene will be as delicious as melted chocolate in 2013. Focusing on a fabulous new home or beautifying the environment you inhabit, be it you office or home, will keep you on a high. Communicating and sharing your thoughts will only be positive, so let it all out girl. This is a year of successful change in a personal way.

Relationships

The social scene is on the up this year, you will be popular and on everyone’s invitation list. By having fun and getting together with friends, neighbors and work mates will expose you to more love interests than you have experienced before. This will certainly not be a problem as Cupid favors you Librans and he will be very busy shooting his arrows of love this year. Being swept away in a sea of love makes you feel uncomfortable; luckily your head rules your heart so you will not have a problem in choosing the right love partner. It is a fact that you are an air sign and that makes you use your brain when it comes to areas of love. If you are in a relationship that you value share your feelings of love. When you find the love of your life then your mind goes straight to commitment and even marriage. Rather keep it light and fun this year as the social scene is humming and serious matters can wait till a more appropriate time.

Who to date

This is the year to keep love light and social so the Gemini’s with their curious, quick silver minds will be stimulating and fun. The fiery signs with their passionate love of fun will be stimulating. Your head may even be turned by the restless high energy Sagittarians who will enjoy travelling and sharing deep philosophical ideals with you. Avoid the heavy earth signs as their energy can pull you down, so too can over emotional water signs.

Career

Librans, this is your year to shine at work, all your past efforts and knowledge you have gained over the past few years is finally about to pay off. Any profession than needs skilled people will benefit from you, after all you love to place yourself on the cutting edge of any task. Use you charm and grace to negotiate what it is you deserve in your career, you are seen in your place of work as a prized asset and it is time to name your price. Change does not faze you as it does other signs, clear thinking and clever solutions will bring balance to any crisis or work situation. You, dear Libran, need to tap into your progressive and innovative mind. The recession has left many challenging situations that need solutions or a clear mind. As you have no difficulty with moving with the times you fit the bill, where as the fixed signs are not so fast on the up take and the other sighs tend to over react in sticky situations. Put on your fabulous armor of the latest fashion and hair style, and then pleasantly blow every one’s mind with your stunning looks and brains in 2013.

Money

Normally you love spending your money on fashion, very expensive grooming. Another weakness is the love of luxurious restaurants that delight your ever ready palate. As if that’s not enough, you are an easy target for friends and colleagues that take advantage of your generous nature. It is great fun to socialize, just remember to get them to pay their part of the bill. Sadly this year you are going to find yourself in hot water if you don’t cut back a bit with the luxuriant lifestyle. You have a fairly good understanding of finances and the market so use this understanding on a personal level. Normally you are aware of your budget so it should not be too difficult to adapt to a restricted cash flow this year. In fact you may even have a wakeup call as how expensive life and living the way you love has become.

Scorpio

(23rd October to 21st November)

Characteristics: Probing, transforming and intense

2013 will bring out your unique detective qualities. Tap into your intuition and sharp Scorpionic perceptive mind to unravel the challenges that face you. This year offload your negative stuff and open up your fabulously exciting and esoterically orientated mind. Use your striking personality and ability for extremes to get ahead.

Relationships

This will be an extremely sexual year for you whether single or in a relationship. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving a break from traditional sex. This is the year to break out your magnetic qualities, surround yourself with that sexual aura unique to Scorpios. Use your savvy to draw in your desired one. You know that by using your charming sexual intensity you will catch the attention of the dramatic dark stranger that has been dominating your mind for so long. Your sexuality whirling beneath the surface together with your alluring, penetrating gaze will get you just about anyone you want. If you are in a loveless, sexless relationship it will be clear to you right from the beginning of this year, mid January, that it is time to bring your mate closer even if you need the help of a councilor to do so. You may even find it liberating to set yourself free from a restricting partner. Use your power well, sexy Scorpio!

Who to date

The earthy sign Capricorn, once sexually smitten, will surprise you with a deep and hungry sexual appetite. Don’t ignore the Aquarians, you may find the connection of their radioactive aura with your magnetic aura surprisingly explosive. The other water signs may be a bit wish washy for you this year. The fire signs, though appealing will tend to wonder and could trigger your powerful but negative possessive side.

Career

This is an excellent year for careful planning and executing projects. You may find a need to work in your own space as patience and hard work is going to take up a lot of your time. It is not a very “high-energy” year as intricate work will be involved, needing a lot of attention and detail. Patience is needed to achieve your goals and the results may only be seen towards the end of the year or in 2014. Be content with small achievements and results for now. Innovative ideas will come your way, share these with your superiors as they may well be the door to future success. Dig deep to find answers and solutions, remember that the results from the work you are doing today is only the beginning of a bigger future. Work closely with your boss share your insights for improvements that could be beneficial to the company. The work you are doing this year is laying the foundations for something big for the future. Tap into that intuitive Scorpionic energy of yours and transform inactivity into productivity. You need to come out of your comfort zone and let go of certain securities to achieve true peace within. This is the perfect year for you to own your Scorpionic power and tap into the esoterical side of yourself that is so strong. You need to learn to let go of material attachments so that you can learn to grow on an emotional and spiritual level. There are going to be many power struggles within yourself and you will need to let go of the life that is trapping you and free up your Scorpionic energy. Be cautious of taking on the role of dictator as it will make you unpopular and be your downfall amongst your colleagues and superiors. This is the year to claim your natural power!

Money

Set the correct foundations and money will flow into your pocket this year. Make a move to connect with an informed dynamic investment company who will direct you into ways of improving your finances, particularly around May. Be cautious when you get the need to splurge out on your home or even invest in your own pad, though the timing is good and it is a fabulously exciting thing to do, just be careful that you do not spend beyond your means.

Sagittarius

(22nd November to 21st December)

Motto: I expand

Characteristics: Philosopher, jovial, aspiring

Your normal freedom of speech and gift of knowledge is going to be somewhat restricted in the first half of the year. You may even find that you tend to offend others by not seeming to respect their values. A good lesson is to actually learn to listen and understand the situation before you offer up a solution. In fact as hard as it may seem to you, try and hold back from giving advice unless asked for. But don’t despair as this sad set of circumstances will turn around in the second half of the year where finally you will have the freedom to excel, if done in a nurturing tone, you will be heard and respected.

Relationships

This is a good year for you and your lover to pool your resources. If you are thinking of getting married or committing on a deeper level with your partner, you are heading in the right direction. As you love to travel, travel with your partner as this could cut the costs and help calm some of that excessive energy that you have building up within. You feel joy in your heart when you can gather information, well take a step in the right direction and start gathering information about the love of your life. Generally you prefer sewing your wild oats and avoid the thought of settling down at all costs. But hey…think before running from your current partner as you could be losing a gem. What is important is that you share your feelings with any potential long term lover, they need to know how important your independence and need for freedom is. If they can accept this then you have a winner.

Who to date

Well you need a stimulating interesting partner who is able to debate various issues with you in an exciting and stimulating way. This sounds just like you so Sagittarians can make good companions. Gemini’s with their inquisitive and active minds, though your opposite sign will keep you entertained. Don’t forget Aries another independent sign that is ready to join you on an adventure with a drop of a hat. Strangely enough this year you may find Cancerians interesting, if you can keep up with their mood changes. You need to avoid the fixed signs, especially Scorpio as they will want to control and hold on to you.

Career

This is the year for you to consider a career change. You will find that you have the ability to work harmoniously with a partner where pooling your resources will bring positive results. Should you find doors’ closing then it is time for you to gather your excessive Sagittarian energy and embrace change. Change in career this year is not a bad idea, even if it is within your company. Opportunities will come your way and if they do they will be of benefit, as you may be feeling restless and wanting to move on then every opportunity is a chance to take the next step to success. A sweeping change my even come your way, but don’t stress as the outcome or result of that situation will lead you to a richer and more rewarding place. Some of you may even feel the call to a higher spiritual type of career, take time out to investigate this calling as it may become a deeply satisfying type of profession. Whatever happens to you and your career this year will be good for you further down the line.

Money

If you are able to combine your awesome intellect and creativity with a bit of financial savvy then you can smile all the way to the bank, in fact it is high time you did this. The problem with Sagittarians is that as fast as you make it you like use it, travel and adventure even the gambling path can eat up your hard earned cash. Not the best year to hit the casino and remember you are too open and honest to win at Poker, so avoid that at all costs. The second half of the year will find you on a winning streak….but be careful and know when to walk away.

Capricorn

(22nd Dec to 19th Jan)

Motto: I achieve

Characteristics: Ambitious, organised, focused

Now is the year to focus your energy on yourself and on the changes you need to make to help make yourself feel more secure. Find out what is really important to you, both in personally and in your relationships with others. If you are dealing with unnecessary baggage then unburden yourself of this harmful energy. Discover the true value of life, family and friends. Your parents will need more attention than usual this year, try and put in structures so that they do not become overly dependent.

Relationships

Most important advice for you is ‘all work and no play will keep potential lovers at bay’. This situation is not what you want this year. It is time to declare your feelings and needs to your loved one as the feelings you have for each other are mutual. It is time to tie the knot, discuss and start to plan your marriage this year. Capricorns have this habit of delaying marriage and by doing this; you could lose the one you love. So if you both love each other, well’ hello’ turn that love into a more permanent future goal. Capricorns are guarded and very careful about whom you want to share a deep sexual and emotional relationship with so if this attitude has prevented you from being in a relationship then 2013 is the year to drop this guard and open up that restricted heart of yours. If you are feeling good about yourself, your partner and you know that you can be trusted to make the correct choice. If you are single then it is the year to find your lover, remember that you prefer personal introductions so share your need to meet others with your friends and associates.

Who to date

Sexy deep Scorpios will be top of the list, not only will they free your sexual restrictions but they too take the relationships seriously. Then you always get along with the other two water signs, Cancerians will share family values with you and Pisces will keep you from becoming so serious and expose the more gentle side of you. Librans may be an interesting option if you want to work the social scene. Avoid the restless Gemini’s and Sagittarians.

Career

Expect a year of hard work with many responsibilities and obstacles that get in your way of achieving the goals you have set. You may even find that continual difficulties will leave you feeling pessimistic and inadequate. Insecurity and loss of self confidence will become destructive. The solution is that this year you will have the ability to become extremely perceptive and capable, if you can overcome your insecure feelings and stop being so hard on yourself. Life in the professional world is changing and the tactics of the past are no longer valid. You will experience an understanding of the way forward and you will need to evolve to achieve the status you are so attuned to. Self discipline and a powerful executive ability will be achieved if you can find your grounding and grasp at your strength of character. Take a step back, reevaluate your responsibilities and learn to share with others.

Money

If you are thrifty, responsible and practical you certainly will not have any financial worries. But this year is not a time to become complacent, reevaluate your money situation and put in plans for better investments. Your desire for money and prestige needs to be put on the back burner for a while. Capricorns are well aware of the fact that life costs and that money is a tool that helps you survive. Hard work, planning and using your basic resources will keep that account balanced.

Aquarius

(20th January to 18th February)

Motto: I innovate

Characteristics: Humane, friendly, inspirational

This year is a fun filled happy year for Aquarians. There will be many opportunities in love and relationships, as well as a desire for children. If you have a hidden creative urge, then stop dreaming about it, go out and enjoy being creative. Your innovative ideas and thoughts will be of great interest to others so don’t hold back on ideas that are continuously forming in your head. Society needs your innovative mind to survive.

Romance

Get married for goodness sake; this is the year to tie the knot or to at least get engaged to that special person in your life. If you are in a committed relationship then the love you have for each other is mutual, you both are in love, and it is a good match. You also need to get out there and have some fun together as life has been too serious for too long. So get together and paint the town red…for love. Tap into your gregarious, outgoing nature single Aquarians as this is your year for romance and love. The way things are going it may even happen suddenly like a bolt of desire from the heavens. As you don’t normally lose your head when it comes to matters of love, be open to friendship followed with romance. You are inclined to hold your love interest at arm’s length before deciding the way forward, but do not be surprised if things move along a bit faster than normal. Your compatible mate is on the horizon.

Who to date

As you don’t show your inner emotions, the practical earth signs particularly Capricorn will get you and Mutable Virgo will be able to understand your inflexible schedule and adapt to your way. Avoid the water signs, especially Cancerians as they will irritate you and you will hurt them.

Career

Bright new ideas will be forming in your head. Your innovative brain will be running at full speed this year. This energy is what the world desperately needs to help repair and rebuild itself following the recession. Share your ideas with people who wield power and are open to new and inspirational ideas. It is important that you move away from old ideas and venture into a new way of thinking. It is all very well to have the solutions in your head but if they are not shared with someone with the ability of converting the ideas into reality they will become redundant. Change and forward movement is definitely on the cards. Normally you are concerned about the good of all, but if you are not in that influential position you will be unable to share your vision effectively. So take charge of yourself and your vision and put in the steps to make it happen, success will be yours for the taking.

Finance

Generally Aquarians are a tad detached about their finances, preferring handing the responsibility over to other who have better control. This year it is very important to take note of your financial situation and put in structures that will improve your somewhat dwindling bank balance. Hard work, clever planning and investing in new innovative and creative ideas will bring in more cash.

Pisces

(20th February to 20th March)

Motto: I believe

Characteristics: Martyr, compassionate, understanding and altruistic

New and exciting opportunities are knocking at your door. But dear sweet Pisces you do need to work hard and wise if you want to begin your journey into a new and compassionate way of living. Study and improving your knowledge will be high on your to do list. Commit to making your dream a reality and tap into trusting the universe and the message it is relaying on. Never forget that you are a powerful force, if you ever feel insecure please take note the ocean as that energy is you can be a positive or negative powerful force, it is your choice as to which one you wish to embody.

Relationships

The planet of love, Venus, wants more freedom this year. Pisces are inclined to take on Venus energy in a more powerful way than the other signs. Don’t be surprised if your lover is being difficult and hard to pin down. You too may find that the confinement of a relationship will make you feel restless. The secret to a successful relationship is that letting go will bring them back, that is if they are meant to be with you. There is no such person as the ideal lover, so a bit of a reality check in love is a lesson you may be learning this year. What is important to you is the ability to find that person who can give you the security you so desire. If you are feeling insecure in your relationship then dear Pisces do what you do best and swim away. It is time to heal your wounds and set standards worthy of your sensitive soul. You need to get ready for the second half of the year where you will be luckier in love.

Who to date

Tender romantic Pisces, you dive to the bottom of the ocean for your loved one. You need to connect with the solid, sensual earth signs like Capricorn or Taurus this year to get the security you desire. The water signs Pisces and Cancer will also work but avoid the fire and air signs, they tend to just skim the surface of the depth of love and intensity you desire.

Career

It is time for you to knuckle down and have a reality check as far as your career is concerned. You may find that indecision is going to lose you your chance for achieving success. When things get tough and people you work with don’t appreciate your efforts or criticize your projects you are inclined to clam up and quietly drift away. Not this year, if you want to do well in your career you need to get a greater understanding of what it is that will give you the foundation to success. Success does not just happen, if you want it then put in the work and go and get it. The working world is trying to heal and you can make the sacrifice to do your bit by understanding what needs to be done and to just do it. Gosh you work so well with the intangible and are gifted in making a vision a reality. Working with your strengths in service will bring new opportunities.

Finance

Of all the signs Pisces have the most ability of generating your own income. If you need more money, which you always do, then take on another profession. Though gambling may be lucky, beware this year as you could suddenly lose all your cash. You may find that overspending will land you in very deep hot water this year, so keep a careful tab on what is coming in and start to invest. Money invested in land seems like a sound bet.

Speculations on the Birth Chart of Jesus

INTRODUCTION

Speculation has abounded over the centuries as to the birth date of Jesus. Since the date is unknown, December 25 was chosen to celebrate his birth because it was the traditional date of the mid-winter Saturnalia festival of the Romans in late December. Too, in 274 A.D., the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast date for the birth of Sol Invictus (the unconquered Sun) on December 25. The traditional date we celebrate as Christmas was deliberately chosen by Christians to coincide with these pagan celebrations to encourage the spread of Christianity. They reasoned that if Christmas was celebrated on the same day as the pagan holiday, more people would be likely to celebrate it as well.

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The theory presented in this article is that Jesus was born on March 19, 4 B.C., at midnight in Bethlehem of Judea. The origin of this information comes from the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce, generally considered to be the greatest psychic of the Twentieth Century (see Bibliography). Cayce was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1877. He initially became famous as a healer even though he was a grade school dropout. He discovered that he could cure others while in a trance-like sleep by contacting a mystical source within himself that explained in complex medical terms (of which his waking self knew nothing) the problem of the patient and how he could be cured. His cure rate was so high (above 95%) that thousands of people came to him for help, often those whose doctors could not cure them with traditional medicine. He gave over 14,000 psychic readings during his lifetime and became world famous.

Some years after Cayce discovered his unusual talent for healing, he gave what are referred to as “life readings,” in which he told his clients about their character, their past lives, their spiritual assets and liabilities, and the astrological influences affecting them in their present life sojourn. Many readings included Biblical references, including information about Jesus. When asked in a trance sleep-state about the birth date of Jesus, Cayce said in Reading 587-6 that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, on “March 19, the year 4.” Cayce did not specify whether the year was 4 A.D. or 4 B.C. As historians agree that Jesus was born around 4 B.C., I have chosen this date. I have decided on 4 B.C. for another, equally important reason. I believe his birth chart for that date is extremely symbolic of Jesus as we have come to know him from reading the four Gospels of the New Testament. As to his birth time, Reading 5749-15 of the Edgar Cayce readings states about Jesus: “the Master was born at midnight.” I believe astrology would move closer to the mainstream of society if this date were agreed upon as the probable date of Jesus’ birth, because I believe the delineation shows clearly the relationship between astrology and his birth.

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THE DUAL RULERSHIP SYSTEM

An understanding of the Dual Rulership System is important in understanding the birth chart of Jesus. This is an ancient system depicting the relationship of planets to one another and to the signs of the zodiac. The ancients created this system (minus the modern-day planets) by grouping them as shown in Figure 1, which shows that the Sun and Moon each begin a procession of planets around the zodiac according to their distance from the Sun. Figure 2 shows how the planets line up with the signs they rule or co-rule when the modern-day planets are added. Planets that follow the Sun in this system are the main rulers of the signs next to them, for example, Mercury rules Virgo, while those planets that follow the Moon are sub-rulers of the signs next to them, i.e., Saturn is the sub-ruler of Aquarius, as it is next to that sign when we examine the Moon side of the dual rulership chart. I have included Ceres and Eris in Figure 2. At the end of this article I will speculate on the meanings of these two planets, their sign rulerships, and their co-rulerships (which can be referenced in an article I published in three astrological journals).1 I will then suggest their effect on the birth chart of Jesus (Figure 3).

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Figure 2

All of the astrological planets except for the Sun and Moon have octave planets, i.e., planets with higher vibrations and a more universal expression. An examination of Figure 2 shows that octave planets all lie adjacent to their major planet, with the planet farther from the Sun being the octave planet and therefore a higher expression of the qualities of the major planet. Let’s look at an example in Figure 2 with regard to Mars and Pluto. Both planets are shown ruling Aries and Scorpio. Because Pluto is farther from the Sun, it is the octave planet and would thus express similar but more universal traits (see Cosmos and Psyche, by Richard Tarnas, to understand how Pluto acts to create broad social change when it aspects other outer planets). An octave planet is always smaller in diameter than the major planet with which it is associated, and all octave planets are further from the Sun than the major planets (after Saturn) except for Ceres, which is the only exception to this distance rule. An explanation has not as yet been found for this anomaly. One theory is that a large heavenly body passed through the early solar system, disrupting the orbit of Neptune (moving it closer to the Sun and interfering with Bode’s Law of Planetary Distances) and forcing two of its satellites, Pluto and Ceres, from Neptune’s orbit, the former being driven further from the Sun than Neptune and the latter closer to the Sun into the asteroid belt. A more recent theory (2012) is that Ceres was once a satellite of Pluto that was sent careening into the inner solar system when a heavenly body crashed into Pluto. This theory stems from the recent discovery of two new moons around Pluto that are very similar to Ceres in size, appearance, and planetary type. Interestingly, Ceres is farther from the Sun than its proposed major planet, Venus. Incidentally, in the Dual Rulership System (Figure 2), all planets that follow the Moon, in order and including the Moon, are polar opposites: Moon-Mercury (subconscious mind-conscious mind); Venus-Mars (movement toward-movement against); Jupiter-Saturn (expansion-contraction), etc.

SPIRITUALITY WITH REGARD TO CHART INTERPRETATION

Before interpreting what I believe to be the birth chart of Jesus, I would like to mention an astrological principal important in understanding all birth charts. Birth charts, in themselves, do not indicate the spiritual level of an individual. Without knowing anything about the native2, we cannot tell whether, say, the Sun in Pisces will manifest in a positive way (for instance, as a spiritual, idealistic, or compassionate person, etc.) or in a negative way (a confused, impractical, and lazy individual, etc.). Because we are dealing with the birth chart of someone universally recognized as being extremely spiritual (this article makes no claims as to the divinity of Jesus), I have concentrated on the most spiritual interpretation of the signs, planets, and aspects involved in his chart. In this interpretation I have included quotes from many of the most prominent astrologers in the world, past and present, as to the meanings of planets, houses, and aspects discussed in this article.

THE FOUR MAJOR POINTS IN THE BIRTH CHART OF JESUS

The four major points in all birth charts are the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and Mercury, their signs, houses, and aspects. This is because these four points reflect the four elements of astrology: Sun (fire), Ascendant (earth), Mercury (air), and the Moon (water). Let’s look first at these four points in Jesus’ horoscope as together they form a general outline of his nature. This outline will be altered considerably by other factors in his horoscope, such as the placement of the planets and their aspects, but this is a good place to begin. Of these four placements, the Sun, the Moon, and the Ascendant (rising sign) are the most important (in every chart).

The Sun in Pisces

The Sun represents the heart of an individual chart and is the most important placement in a birth chart. Jesus was born with the Sun in Pisces. Pisces is the last and most spiritual of the signs. Those with the Sun in this position are said to be spiritual, emotional, compassionate, peace loving, and idealistic, as well as humble, sensitive, intuitive, and mystical. Neptune (ruling spirituality) is the main ruler of Pisces with Jupiter (ruling expansion) the sub-ruler (see Figure 2). Jesus was born in the third decanate of this sign (signs of the zodiac are divided into three 10-degree segments). The rulers of the decanates are influential in all birth charts. The first decanate of each sign is ruled solely by its planetary ruler and co-ruler. The second decanate is influenced by the sign and ruler(s) of the next sign of the same element moving counter-clockwise (i.e., Cancer and the Moon). The third decanate is influenced by Scorpio and its ruler Mars and sub-ruler Pluto, the decanate where his Sun is located, which made him more like Scorpio than most Pisces and thus more assertive (Mars) and with a stronger desire to transform others (Pluto) than those with the Sun in the other two decanates. The importance of this will be emphasized later in the article (as will the major importance of Pluto).

Joanna Martine Woolfolk, author of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, says this about the Sun in Pisces in general and also when in the third decanate of Pisces: “The most important trait of Pisces is compassion. This is the sign of eternity, reincarnation, and spiritual rebirth … a link to the spiritual world … These individuals have an other-worldly quality … in mystical terms, Pisces can be described as being half-body and half-spirit, pulled between material existence and spiritual concerns, possessed of the knowledge that they will never be entirely at home in the real world. … subtle and intuitive, they are born with the gift of prophecy. When the Sun is in the third decanate of the sign, Pluto, planet of power, gives force to Pisces’ Neptune and the native is drawn to religious and spiritual matters. Solitude and periods of withdrawal from others are necessary for the individual to think, review, and meditate … [the native] has a talent for writing and/or speaking and can move and influence other people. … Love motivates many of [his/her] decisions.”

The Sun is conjunct the fourth house cusp, the spiritual center of every birth chart, called the Nadir. Thus, Jesus was born with the Sun in the most spiritual sign (Pisces) conjunct the most spiritual point in the chart. The Nadir represents the direction the native naturally aspires to if he/she is affected by the highest vibrations of his/her sign.

Moon in Sagittarius

The Moon rules the emotions and is rising in the Ascendant, giving this planet a great deal of power and influence with regard to his character. The Moon rising indicates a native who is emotional, receptive, and intuitive. This would be further emphasized as the Moon is just five degrees from the Ascendant (the closer the planet is to a house cusp, the more powerful it is). The Moon also represents the subconscious mind, which implies information would have been available to him from intuitive and subconscious sources. In general, this placement in Sagittarius indicates someone who is optimistic, positive, self-confident, cheerful, freedom-loving, emotionally expansive, restless, outgoing, jovial, good-natured, and candid. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, and Neptune is its sub-ruler. Alan Leo, the great English astrologer of the nineteenth century, says about this placement in his book How to Judge a Nativity: “There is a strong inclination to the occupation and affairs of the Ninth House, and these are sure to be prominent in the life history. The native is religious and sincere in his belief even if it be unorthodox. There is some inclination for mysticism and psychism … . He is a natural teacher or preacher, and he may have something of the prophet in his nature. The intuition is strong and more sensitive than in most, and there may be some psychic gift, such as clairvoyance. … There may be talent or even genius for religion and philosophy … .”

It is important to note that the Moon is in the second decanate of Sagittarius (the Aries decanate). Thus the native would be more willful (Aries and Mars) with more of a desire to transform (Pluto) others than most individuals with the Moon rising in Sagittarius.

Let’s combine the meanings of the Sun and Moon from another source:

Sun in Pisces, Moon in Sagittarius

The book Sun Sign, Moon Sign, by Charles and Suzi Harvey, sums up traits common to those with this combination in their charts. “He or she is a gentle and unobtrusive person, the soul of kindness and friendly helpfulness, optimistic and genuinely humble. Often the individual seems not of this world, a sort of benevolent angel whose imagination traverses the universe on a large canvas. [His/her] mind is subtle and deep, sensing intricate relationships and boundless meaning, and [he/she] pursues avenues of thinking – often metaphysical … that may influence people enormously. Highly spiritual in essence but tending to avoid organized religion in practice, [he/she] exudes a deep confidence in themselves and their calling. [He/she] feels passionately about life and brings a religious and almost reverential fervor to their endeavors and their manner of expression. Friends will be amazed by their ability to find meaning in the rejected and negative … At times they are the self-confessed lone traveler.”

The Sun sign and Moon sign are highly significant of an individual’s nature, these two astrological planets representing the yin and yang of astrology, and are generally the two most vital influences in a birth chart. It is nearly impossible not to recognize a character portrait of Jesus when his Sun sign and Moon sign are combined.

Sagittarius Rising

The Rising Sign (the Ascendant) rules the temperament, personality, and physical appearance. Since the Moon is also in Sagittarius, similar traits that rule his emotions would also apply to his personality, making those traits doubly powerful and quite evident. Jessica Adams, author of Astrology for Women, and whose book concentrates on rising signs, says this about his rising sign: “Finding something or someone to believe in will be a key to their journey. Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, was connected to ancient laws — not only legal in the strict sense, but moral and ethical and bordering on religious as well, as they will be turned off by superficial or pointless theories and beliefs they hear along the way and they will be fascinated by what is meaningful in this life. … They will develop a sound ideological, spiritual framework in which to explain [life] to themselves – or others. … Consequently, they will become aware that they must develop some moral or ethical code that is far-sighted and all encompassing.” The rising sign also rules the physical appearance to a large extent. Alan Leo (ibid.) states the following about the Moon rising in Sagittarius: “This position quickens the intuitive and inspirational nature of the sign, giving the ability to prophesy and to foresee the future.” He describes the physical appearance of such an individual:

“Appearance: tall, slight, lithe and active, strong muscles or rather abundant nervous force to stimulate them into action, quick in movement, light and graceful in bearing and free and pleasant in speech. Large, well-opened eyes, somewhat dreamy and psychic looking, long slender neck. …”

Certainly, to this point in the interpretation, it continues to be difficult to ignore the strong similarities of the three major points in the chart to the nature of Jesus as we know him. It is important to realize that Neptune, the planet of spirituality, is already prominent in his chart as the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are either ruled or co-ruled by this planet: the Sun in Pisces, the most spiritual sign, is ruled by Neptune; Sagittarius, the rising sign, is co-ruled by Neptune (see Figure 2); and the Moon in Sagittarius is co-ruled by Neptune (see also Figure 2); thus, his personality (Ascendant) is related to Neptune (spirit) as is his character (the Sun) and his emotions (the Moon). Of significance is also the fact that Neptune (ruling spirituality) in his chart has six trines and two sextiles (very harmonious aspects) and just one stress aspect, thus indicating a harmonious spiritual nature. Jupiter, co-ruler of Pisces, with Neptune, also has almost all harmonious aspects with just one planetary stress aspect. Jupiter rules religion (just as Neptune rules spirituality). Since Jupiter and Neptune and co-rulers of his Sagittarian Ascendant and Sagittarian Moon, these aspects are particularly important.

Mercury in Aries

Mercury rules the mind and in the Dual Rulership System Pluto rules Aries and Mars is the sub-ruler (see Figure 2). We shall therefore dwell mostly on the traits of Pluto with regard to his mentality, but also, naturally, consider the influence of Mars, especially as Mars is conjunct Mercury (see Figure 3). Since Mars sub-rules the sign, this position inclined him to be mentally assertive and excellent in debate or argument. These traits are prominent throughout the Gospels. Woolfolk (ibid.) states: “This position gives strong willpower and resourcefulness. The person is more concerned with truth than comfort. There is [regarding the Pluto influence] a special aptitude to comprehend reality in terms of energy rather than in terms of physical objects, the ability to comprehend the forces that generate fundamental changes in the environment, and there can be a definite interest in spirituality and working with the super-physical forces of nature.” Those with Mercury in Aries conjunct Mars tend to be frank, outspoken, and to have a strong temper. This would be especially true of Jesus as the Moon, ruling the emotions, is trine to Mars. One is reminded of Jesus clearing the temple of the moneychangers, his outspoken criticism of the Pharisees in their presence, and his direct condemnation of his contemporaries (“This is an evil generation.”).

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Summation of the Four Major Points

Those who have read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John should agree that, at least to this point, the chart seems eerily similar to what we know about Jesus of Nazareth. What I have said thus far gives but an overview of his birth chart, which when considered in its entirety, is even truer to his nature. An important aspect is the Sun in close sextile to Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius. James Braha, author of How to Be a Great Astrologer, says about this aspect: “The individual has unwavering faith in the divine with generosity of spirit and a philosophical outlook. … There are high morals and a strong sense of devotion. … He excels in religious or consciousness-raising work. He is of a visionary nature, has high ideals, and is not afraid to take a risk.” This aspect increased the Sagittarian/Piscean aspect of his nature as Sun aspects strongly affect the character of the individual.

STELLIUM OF PLANETS IN PISCES

The stellium (three or more planets conjunct one another) of planets in Pisces, particularly Venus, provides us with perhaps the most important information about the character of Jesus. The stellium consists of Venus, the Sun, and Uranus, which is important because these planets increase in power due to uniting with one another and because all are conjunct the Nadir (the most spiritual point in the chart).

The Power of Venus in his Chart

Jesus has Venus in Pisces, the sign of its exaltation (which gives the planet more power to act according to its nature). Venus rules the principle of love and attraction, and in this sign the planet works with the transcendental vibrations of Neptune (ruler of Pisces) to enhance the spiritual nature. Those with Venus in Pisces are naturally attuned to the troubles of others, and this position allows the individual to sympathize and empathize more readily than Venus in any other sign. Frances Sakoian, author of The Astrologer’s Handbook, says this about Venus in Pisces: “Love is the most transcendent and exalted product of the evolutionary process; only one who has lived through all the experiences of humanity—as represented by Pisces—can fully experience spiritual love. … In Pisces the planet is tinged with the divine and rendered more mystical and altruistic. … These individuals are inspired by the highest spiritual teachings and often do much to live up to them.”

Quite importantly in the birth chart of Jesus, Venus, ruling love, is the strongest and most important planet. One reason is because it is conjunct the Nadir, the fourth house cusp, the spiritual center of the horoscope, by just one degree, closer than any other planet (planets are powerful near the four cusps, especially if very close to a cusp). Sakoian (ibid.) goes on to say that when Venus is in Pisces, “the individual sees the Eternal Life principle flowing through all of manifestation, uniting the soul with all of life.” Jesus constantly emphasized the oneness of life in his teachings.

Venus in Pisces is, as mentioned, conjunct the Sun in Pisces, which also adds more power to its expression (as well as to the Pisces influence), as any planet conjunct the Sun vastly adds to its power. Venus is also trine Neptune, the spiritual planet. Concerning the latter aspect, James Braha (ibid.) says: “The individual may be mystical and extraordinarily devotional. He is discontented with ordinary existence and feels a yearning in his soul to transcend the boundaries of earthly existence. He may lead a life of discipleship or religious ecstasy. He would be wise to practice meditation or other spiritual disciplines. … He is kind, sympathetic, and compassionate. He does well in any healing or service-oriented profession. … There is very great spiritual energy.”

It is important to note that Venus, like the Sun and Moon, lies in a decanate (Scorpio) that increases the power of Pluto and Mars. Pluto is associated with transformation (including healing), power, force, energy, and determination. Thus, once again, we see a connection to Pluto, in this case regarding his love nature. This combination implies the ability to transform (Pluto) others with love (Venus).

Uranus in Pisces

At this point we should discuss the third planet of the Pisces stellium. Uranus, as mentioned, is conjunct both Venus and the Sun. Uranus conjunct the Sun indicates an individual who is non-conforming, highly individualistic, and/or original (Jesus was all three.) He did not conform to the religion in which he was raised; he often criticized the Pharisees for their lack of spirituality; and he spoke in a highly individualistic and original manner (“Never has any man spoken thus,” New Testament).

Sakoian (ibid.) says about Uranus in Pisces: “The individual ventures into untried realms of experience … the frontiers of human knowledge. These individuals have the ability to delve into the higher-frequency planes of mind by applying their wills. Thus they can experience, understand, and work with what are generally termed “occult forces” expressed through new and untried ways of doing things. They will act suddenly, powerfully, and decisively. In the eyes of people who do not understand their purpose, they will seem unpredictable and eccentric. Individuals with this conjunction are not necessarily subject to ordinary limitations. The means they use are based on a higher law or, more correctly, on a more advanced understanding of the One Universal Law.” Applying this to Uranus in Pisces, we would naturally think of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual cures that Jesus was able to suddenly and unexpectedly perform (more on this later). Continuing on this note, concerning Uranus in Pisces, Sakoian says if Uranus is in Pisces in an angular relationship (near a house cusp—Uranus is conjunct the fourth house cusp), it can be very powerful. She goes on to add about this placement: “Uranus in Pisces indicates intuitive abilities and a curiosity about the workings of the unconscious. These individuals have religious leanings colored by mysticism … the fundamental motivating factor of Uranus in Pisces is to seek liberation from the mental and emotional influence of the past. There is a spiritual struggle to overcome past materialistic tendencies combined with seeking for a higher spiritual identity.”

Venus conjunct Uranus

Venus in Pisces conjunct Uranus in Pisces near the Nadir combines the love nature (Venus) with Uranus (independence, non-conformance, individualistic propensities). This aspect indicates someone who associates and loves those to whom he is drawn rather than to those he is expected to associate with and/or love (reminiscent of his relationship with Mary Magdalene). Uranus in this position disposes the love nature to be broad in scope (Uranus rules Aquarius, the most broad-minded of the signs) and to be more of a universal nature rather than a specific nature (reminiscent of Venus in Aquarius and certainly true of Jesus as a person).

One more aspect of importance is vital in this three-planet combination before we move on—Uranus trine Neptune. This aspect, according to Sakoian (ibid.), is important only if one planet is in an angle (Uranus is). She interprets this aspect as follows: “This aspect indicates highly developed spiritual faculties. … It gives the individual a decided leaning toward the mystical and the occult. … He will be inclined toward clairvoyance and the development of intuition such as extra-sensory perception. He may be inclined to utopian ideals. His destiny is to raise the overall level of civilization’s spiritual realization to a higher plane.”

The North Node in Pisces

Of great interest in the chart of Jesus is the placement of the North Node. It is at 11 degrees of Pisces conjunct Uranus, Venus, and the Nadir. Astrologer James Braha (ibid.), who places much importance on the moon’s nodes, states that “the North Node represents the purposes, intentions, and objectives of an entire lifetime.” He goes on to say that those with the North Node in Pisces experience their “greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment through serving others in a profound way. … He will be drawn to idealistic callings for the betterment of mankind. … His main task is to relieve the pain and suffering of the masses. He will be drawn to … mysticism … . He is seeking enlightenment and ultimate freedom. … Of all possible life paths, his is the highest and most majestic. He wants to experience a life of purity, devotion, and unity with the infinite.” The fact that the North Node is near the Nadir (spiritual center) increases these propensities.

Scout Planet

Mark Edmund Jones, one of the great astrologers of the Twentieth Century, developed the theory of the “Scout Planet.” He said this planet is the planet in a birth chart that rises on the eastern horizon (Ascendant) just before the Sun and is important irrespective of its sign and aspects. Venus in Pisces rises just before the Sun in the birth chart of Jesus. The scout planet, symbolically, “leads the way” to an understanding of the horoscope. I will note here that in Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, of the Great Courses Program of The Teaching Company, the narrator, Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, says that “mystical individuals lead the way to greater truths, acting, in a sense, as scouts to find a greater reality.”

THE STELLIUM OF PLANETS IN ARIES

At this point, I would like to examine the second stellium in the chart, the combination of Mercury, Saturn, and Mars in Aries, and its affect on the birth chart of Jesus. According to the Dual Rulership System, Pluto, as mentioned, is the primary planetary ruler of Aries and not Mars. It is important to reiterate that the native will respond to the higher vibration of a planet only to the extent that he or she has reached that spiritual level. The vast majority of individuals with Mercury in Aries will respond, therefore, mostly to the major planet’s vibrations [Mars] and not to the more esoteric vibrations of Pluto. These three conjunctions take on more of a Plutonian cast with regard to Jesus because of his great spiritual development and, of course, because Pluto is the actual ruler of Aries. Pluto rules the ability to transform others emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually (Jesus did all four), and Pluto (ruling evolution and transformation) is conjunct the Midheaven and thus very powerful by placement.

Mars Conjunct Saturn in Aries

Sakoian (ibid.) says about this aspect: “This aspect gives a capacity for hard work, enduring strength, resourcefulness, and courage in situations of danger and great difficulty.” Jesus was far more than just spiritual, according to the Gospels: he was willful and courageous in the face of opposition, extreme danger, and crucifixion. This aspect creates great self-discipline, so necessary to develop one’s spiritual nature (i.e., to develop spiritual power over the flesh, so to speak).

Mercury conjunct Saturn in Aries

Because of the Plutonian power of Aries, this aspect take on a similar meaning to Saturn conjunct Pluto, whose meaning Sakoin (ibid.) speculates as “This aspect is sometimes called the aspect of the magician because of the ability it gives to channel occult power through structured systems. … The natives’ ideas and projects can have a transforming effect upon the world.”

Summarizing this Stellium

Sakoian (ibid.) says: “With [these] aspects the natives have tremendous energy and power in action (Mars). Through their spiritual reserves, they are able to tap the energy of universal power (Pluto). Having more than normal endurance, they can accomplish things beyond the scope of the ordinary person. Their immense courage and willpower gives them the ability to face danger, and even death, unflinchingly. … In highly developed individuals, the Plutonian principle of will power (three Aries planets) controls the desires. If such control is achieved, great powers of regeneration will make possible a spiritual leadership in improving the affairs of humanity.”

THE POWER TO HEAL

Pluto at the Midheaven

Jesus became known for his ability to heal. Not surprisingly, this talent is very prominent in his birth chart. Let’s begin with Pluto. This planet, as mentioned, is powerful in the chart because it is conjunct the Midheaven (planets are very strong in this position) and, as mentioned, because it rules the three planets in Aries. Sakoian (ibid.) has this to say about this conjunction: “This position is likely to produce individuals who achieve fame or notoriety… an occult profession may be indicated … there is the ability to use intuitive and occult forces to influence people … . Exceptionally developed individuals can have an important spiritual mission to perform in some sphere of activity for the regeneration of forces controlling society. … . Some of the same perceptions of the workings of subtle forces of the universe as Pluto conjunct the Ascendant are found with this configuration. It provides the necessary spiritual impetus and insight for the natives to fulfill the roles of spiritual leaders.”

ASPECTS REGARDING PLUTO

Jesus’ healing power is especially shown by Pluto aspects. Although the aspects mentioned below traditionally cause great stress, such aspects are almost always necessary for accomplishment because they create great energy, and when the energy is used in positive ways the native is impelled to fulfill his (her) mission in life, to strive hard to do what he or she feels they must do to fulfill their role.

Venus Opposed to Pluto

Venus is opposed to Pluto from angular houses, indicating that this aspect is powerful. Sakoian (ibid.) says “in the horoscopes of highly developed individuals this can indicate the capacity for a regenerating, redeeming spiritual love, capable of uplifting all who come in contact with it. In such cases love is combined with spiritual power and the will is manifested at a very high level. … a valuable spiritual lesson is learned, that the Eternal, as the inner source of all creation, must be worshipped.”

Sun Opposed to Pluto

Sakoian (ibid.) says: Natives who have this [aspect] express their power potential through their ability to regenerate and change themselves and those around them by focusing their wills. Since tremendous energy is at their disposal, they can penetrate to prime causes. … Pluto represents the ability to penetrate dimensions and tap the fundamental dynamic energy of the universe responsible for all manifestation. … Through the mind, the native has the transforming power to re-create individuals into spiritual beings with universal power for good. … It is important that these natives learn to bring their wills into harmony with the Divine Will.”

The latter sentence is exactly what Jesus did, if we are to believe the four Gospels.

Uranus Opposed to Pluto

This planetary opposition is powerful primarily because both planets are in angles. In the birth chart of Jesus, Uranus is opposed to Pluto by just one degree. According to Sakoian, this aspect is about the desire to transform civilization and bring about reform on a large scale. “There are … occult leanings. This aspect causes dynamic action and sudden change, a large part which is brought about … through the occult. … There is an awareness of higher forms of energy and a general unfolding of the intuitive faculties. … [such individuals] have a dynamic will to transform civilization … they institute dynamic progress and sudden change … there is an interest in life after death and an understanding of spiritual rebirth and regeneration. … this [aspect] has a double Scorpio significance because Pluto rules Scorpio and Uranus is exalted in that sign. … Therefore, all of the spiritual and occult qualities of Scorpio find their highest expression in this [aspect].”

Combining the Sun in Pisces (spiritual power) and Venus in Pisces (spiritual love) and Uranus in Pisces (sudden change through spiritual means) opposed to Pluto in Virgo (transformation in a physical sign as Virgo is an earth sign and also rules health) translates into: the power (Sun) to effect sudden (Uranus) physical healings (Virgo) with spiritual love (Venus). This three-aspect combination is critical to understanding the healing ability of Jesus.

Jupiter Trine Pluto

Another aspect to consider is Jupiter trine Pluto. Sakoian (ibid.) says of this aspect: “In its highest expression, this trine indicates a faith that can move mountains. Vast powers of spiritual regeneration, both psychological and physical, go with this aspect. The spiritual life of the natives is strengthened by willpower directed constructively. The natives possess the ability to meditate and to focus their concentration in such a manner as to bring their spiritual inspirations into concrete manifestation. Because Jupiter is ruler of Sagittarius, a fire sign, and Pluto rules Aries [both fire signs are strong in this chart] … the natives have tremendous creative power, enabling them to transform both their lives and their surroundings for the good of all. They have deep insight, knowing instinctively what is wrong with any situation, and what must be done to make it right.”

Moon square Pluto

This is a close square between two planets in angles and is thus very dynamic. The Moon (ruling the emotions) is rising in Sagittarius squaring Pluto (ruling transformation) at the Midheaven. This aspect creates dynamic tension to transform others (Pluto) through emotional intensity (the Moon) of a spiritual nature (Sagittarius rising indicates spirit because it is a fire sign and fire symbolizes spirit).

T-Squares

There are three dynamic T-Squares in the chart involving the Moon in Sagittarius. They are: (1) Venus opposed to Pluto square the Moon; (2) Uranus opposed to Pluto square the Moon; and (3) the Sun opposed to Pluto square the Moon. In all three aspects, the Moon is the primary player, as the planet at the apex of a T-square is always the focal point of the aspect. This would indicate that Jesus had great emotional drive (the Moon) to transform (Pluto) others through the force of his character (the Sun), through love (Venus), and through psychic power (Uranus), and that this power was of a spiritual nature as Sagittarius is a fire sign, indicating spirit.

OTHER FACTORS

Part of Fortune

The Part of Fortune in a birth chart is considered by astrologers to be indicative of ease and good fortune. Woolfolk (ibid.) says, “The activities of the sign and house in which the Part of Fortune appears are those in which the native finds success.” In the birth chart of Jesus, the Part of Fortune is at 19 degrees of Pisces, conjunct Uranus, Venus, the Sun, and the Nadir in Pisces. Thus, good fortune would be indicated through spiritual matters and especially matters related to spiritual love, as the Part of Fortune is closer to Venus than to any of the other points mentioned.

Vernal Equinox

The March 19 birth date of Jesus as stated by Edgar Cayce while in trance adds additional symbolism to his chart. This date just precedes the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring, which heralds the birth of new life into the world. (Jesus said in John 10:10 that “I am come that they may have more life and that they might have it more abundantly.”)

CERES AND ERIS

Ceres and Eris play a strong role in the interpretation of this birth chart as they are exactly conjunct one another on the cusp of the Eighth House, one of the two natural houses of Mars and Pluto (the other house being the First House). I hypothesized the meaning of these two planets in an article published in the three astrology journals referenced earlier. I believe the meanings of these planets differ considerably from the meanings attributed to them by most astrologers. I use the Midheaven Equal House System with house cusps as midpoints, which is why Ceres and Eris are conjunct the midpoint of the Eighth House (the most powerful position of a planet in a house in the house system of my choosing).

To continue my in-depth study of Jesus’ horoscope (Figure 3), I’ll discuss briefly these two minor planets and my theory regarding them. My belief is that Ceres and Eris represent the upper octaves of Venus and Mercury, respectively (see correlation in the dual rulership system, Figure 2). Although my original conclusions about the meanings of these planets did not involve the birth chart of Jesus, understanding their meanings turned out to be a key to the interpretation of his chart. I will therefore discuss these planets briefly to give the reader enough background to understand my interpretation in the clearest light.

In my original article I postulated that Ceres is the upper octave of Venus, ruler of Taurus and co-ruler of Libra (see Figure 2), and that this planet involves how humans bind together, cooperate, and nurture each other in groups (its binding expression being more universal than Venus). Thus, Ceres would be strong in the charts of individuals such as social reformers; those seeking to unite competing groups into larger cohesive groups; political leaders seeking world peace through unity; individuals who want to expand unity and cooperation at a transcendental level (such as religious figures); as well as artistic geniuses (especially regarding art and music, as Venus rules beauty).

I also postulated in my original article that Eris is the upper octave of Mercury, ruler of Gemini and co-ruler of Virgo, and that the planet involves high mental ability, as well as possible intuitive, psychic, mystical, and clairvoyant abilities (the latter abilities manifesting mostly in spiritually advanced individuals). Mercury rules the down-to-earth factual understanding of day-to-day affairs and communication; Eris involves higher states of communication, such as those mentioned, as well as the ability to communicate well in speech and writing. The author realizes that the meanings of these planets are hypothetical, yet these meanings are astrologically logical when we examine the Dual Rulership System. It is important to understand, however, that I believe the birth chart of Jesus upon which I am speculating is very powerful spiritually and very much like Jesus even if these two planets are not taken into consideration.

THE CERES-ERIS CONJUNCTION AND HARMONY OF THESE TWO PLANETS

This powerful conjunction of Ceres and Eris creates tremendous harmonious power in the chart of Jesus if my hypothetical meanings are correct (see birth chart and aspect list in Figure 3). Ceres, the upper octave of Venus, ruling social concern, is in exact conjunction with Eris, ruling high mental powers, at the midpoint of the Eight House at 24Cancer08 and 25Cancer29, respectively. This conjunction combines altruistic concern (Ceres) with mental, psychic, and/or mystical power (Eris) in the house of transformation (Eighth House). The Eighth House is, as should be noted, ruled by Scorpio (which, in turn, is ruled by Mars and Pluto). Astonishingly, both planets aspect all other planets, which is quite rare, i.e., each planet has eleven aspects and almost all are very harmonious. Thus, all planets in the birth chart of Jesus are raised up by the combined harmonious aspects of this higher-vibration planetary conjunction. Ceres has five trines and two sextiles; Eris has six trines and two sextiles. Importantly, with regard to aspect, Eris has a near-exact trine to the Sun and an exact trine to the Nadir; Ceres also trines the Sun by just two degrees with an exact trine to the Nadir. Also impressive is that Eris trines Venus by just four degrees and Ceres trines Venus by two degrees (thus giving Venus even more harmonious power in the chart).

To further sort this out, let’s combine the meanings of Ceres and Eris as hypothesized in this article, keeping in mind that the two planets are in almost exact conjunction and that the planets are deposited in the eighth house, the house of Scorpio—the house most associated with transformation (Jesus’ message was one of spiritual transformation: “Ye must be born again”). One meaning of Ceres, as hypothesized, has to do with the desire to create harmony on a universal scale (including spiritual and societal harmony). Eris, as hypothesized, is equated with having to do with high mental ability (being the upper octave of Mercury) with possible access to the subconscious and the super-conscious minds (with psychic and mystical abilities possible if the individual is highly evolved). Jesus manifested both psychic and mystical abilities. Pluto, the planet most associated with Scorpio and the eighth house, is in the powerful Tenth House and is therefore very strong by placement, so we can hypothesize Jesus as one whose deepest desire was to unite humanity (Ceres) by transforming individuals (Pluto and Eighth House emphasis) spiritually (the Sun and Venus in Pisces) though the use of high intuitive, psychic, and mystical powers (Eris).

Interpreting all the aspects of the Ceres-Eris conjunction would take considerable space. Since the meanings of these planets are hypothetical, I will touch only upon a few in the hope that the reader will ponder other meanings of the many harmonious trines and sextiles of these two planets in this conjunction on his/her own. Needless to say, the spiritual nature of Jesus without even considering the Eris-Ceres conjunction and its aspects is very similar to what we know of him. If all of the mentioned aspects are raised to a much higher power by many close harmonious Ceres-Eris aspects, this would denote an individual who is highly spiritual and much concerned with social unity. Importantly, this conjunction lies in the third decanate of Cancer, ruled by Pisces and Neptune; therefore, the eleven aspects from this conjunction infuse the other planets with even more spiritual power from Neptune. Certainly, at a minimum, the near-exact trines of this conjunction to the Sun in Pisces (ruling the spiritual self) and Venus in Pisces (ruling spiritual love) would increase the power of these planets to express their natures in an even more harmonious way.

CONCLUSION

Astrology would benefit as to its authenticity if the birth date and time of Jesus as noted in this article were considered as probably true, as this would imply that the maxim “as above, so below” is not merely conjecture, but fact. Thus, more individuals would be inclined to study their birth charts as a way to “self-actualize,” as the birth chart contains in symbolic form important information about the individual. The Dual Rulership System, which main-stream astrology does not use in full, is implied in this article to be valid and useful for interpretation, as is the Equal House System with midpoints as house cusps (also not in general use). The operational model of planets as polar opposites and octave planets as presented here should be considered as a useful tool for all forms of interpretation (Figure 2). The speculative meanings of Ceres and Eris as octave planets (and polar opposites) should be considered, as should their rulerships and co-rulerships of the zodiac signs indicated. The use of the major aspects as a full 30 degrees each (one zodiac sign), with emphasis on orbs that are less than five degrees from exact on either side of the aspect, should be thought of as how all major aspects work, that is, in three five-degree power segments with power waning up to fifteen degrees on either side of the aspect. The latter theory is not in general use but can be useful for all forms of birth chart interpretation. Lastly, the use of midpoints of houses as the center of power of a house should be considered (for instance, a planet is powerful 15 degrees before it crosses the cusp of the tenth house and becomes more and more powerful as it approaches the house cusp, most powerful as it conjuncts the house cusp, and fades in power up to 15 degrees afterwards).

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The Nodes

The ephemeris will show that in September 2012 the Moon’s Nodes, as is the inexorable habit of planets and points, moved from Sagittarius-Gemini to Scorpio-Taurus, an interesting enough phenomenon to warrant talking about. Let’s get the technical side over with quickly.

The North and South Nodes of the Moon move steadily backwards and mark the always exact opposite ascending and descending points (or nodes) where the Moon crosses the Ecliptic. Their synodic period is 19.5 years, or 1.5 years through 30 deg., or 30 minutes per day. Alternatively called the Dragon’s Head and Tail, or Caput and Cauda Draconis or, in Vedic astrology, Rahu and Ketu. Vedic astrology regards both Rahu (the Head of the Serpent) and Ketu (the Headless Serpent) as malefic, but not so Western astrology.

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The SN tells the story of all that has been acquired and achieved in the past (or past lives) and can now be relied upon. It describes the distilled essence of the past to be used as a stepladder to the future. The territory is familiar, like ‘old shoes’.

SN correlations are not malefic per se. All information provided in the horoscope is symbolic and neutral. Each ‘turn of the wheel’ ‘tells it like it is’. It is we, the human factor, who impose value judgements. The SN focusses on the tipping point between past and present, and issues a warning that patterns appropriate in the past are not necessarily desirable or effective in the present; neither may some of those ‘old tapes’ carry you successfully into the future.

It is in this sense that the problem is one of discrimination. If the accumulated power from the past is not used to liberate into the future, the status quo becomes entrenched, we become stuck in the rut of our own psychology (which projects into action), and the SN becomes a place of loss and poor association. The SN tracks the road behind, portions of which do not need to be retravelled, only remembered as cautionary tales.

The NN talks of the promise of the future and points to the required direction of life movement – to the lessons that need to be learned and the skills that need to be acquired in order to travel that road. The territory is unfamiliar and initially painful, like ‘new shoes’. Here is the road ahead, supported always by accumulated wisdom from the past (SN) and, once the goal is engaged, the place of gain and good association. The NN too has its shadow side. The danger would lie in ignoring the past and sabotaging our own legitimate past experiences.

Jeff Green says the Nodes show HOW we can become what the soul desires (Pluto) by using this knowledge of the diametrically opposed poles of past and future. He calls it a personal love-hate situation in experience – a personal melting-pot of thoughts, words, deeds and omissions. Any writings by Jeff Green and Steven Forrest of the evolutionary school of astrology are highly recommended for deeper insights into the Nodes.

For instance, a natal planet squaring both Nodes (90 deg angle) indicates unfinished business from the past that still needs to be worked on and resolved, or a past association of immense influence. It is a work in progress. The same applies to a planet conjunct the SN. Again, another person’s planet falling on your SN clearly points to a VIP past relationship and will often describe the nature of that relationship e.g. one who nurtured you (Moon), a sibling (Mercury), a male authority figure (Saturn), a benefactor or mentor (Jupiter), a lover or a friend (Venus), a rival (Mars). The reader can fill in the blanks. Another person’s planet falling on your NN indicates a powerful relationship influencing you in the future. Our Judeo-Christian conditioning immediately insinuates that we had better clean up our act this time round or else ….! But relax – you do have eternity, you know.

Generally the sign, house and aspects of the SN Ruler can be read as indicators of what was used or perfected in the past and now provides automatic access to past knowledge and behaviour patterns. The NN Ruler (sign, house, aspects) points to facilitators for growth and progress that can be used for the journey ahead.

Pamela Crane uses the Nodes to create a whole new Draconic birthchart which, she claims, gives more valid information than the traditional chart; but then similar claims are made by the Huber school (which always provides a special nodal chart), Vedic (which gives the Nodes equal status with the planets), the Hellenistic, Traditional and Evolutionary systems. Hey ho! Quo vadis?

Noting the Nodes 18 month’s stay in Taurus-Scorpio (both obstinately Fixed signs) until mid-February 2014, perhaps in the more global or historical sense the imperative of RESOURCES needs attention. Clearly the build-up of financial effects from the historical past clashes severely with the current needs of humanity and the ecological needs of the planet we occupy. Is this the clash of ‘greed’ of the singular versus the plural, the individual versus the social, the common man versus the vested interests of the corporate world, the have’s versus the have not’s? Sins there are on both sides and, as is common with the Nodes, great confusion about how best to move forward.

The Nodes in Taurus-Scorpio tie in beautifully with the crash of numerous banks (and great was the fall thereof that now numbers in the twenties), the moribund state of the Euro, the collapse of governments in the Middle East (the Arab Spring), the peoples’ sit-ins at the New York Stock Exchange and England’s St. Paul’s Cathedral (“Kill the Bankers!” their placards announce!). In South Africa we watch in horror the brutalities committed on both sides in the mining and agricultural sectors (all about MONEY) which look to be taking on the proportions of a virulent national epidemic and spreading rapidly.

Witness too how current conditions are even more explicitly described by the ongoing Uranus in Aries square to Pluto in Capricorn. We will only experience their SEVENTH exact square in mid-2015. Wheels within wheels, and cycles within cycles! Uranus (revolution, chaos) in Aries (anger, we want it yesterday) square Pluto (power, transformation) in Capricorn (governments, big business). Synthesize all this with present times being the interface between the Piscean (incompatible religions) and Aquarian Age (the common people) and what do we have? – a recipe for disaster?

With the Nodes now barely into Taurus-Scorpio, after a transitional period of stalemate, perhaps humankind will get the message to move away from drawing confrontational lines in the dust, and move into a more discussive 18 month period of mutual communications aimed at aligning the more disparate groupings. There is a pressing need for understanding the other man’s stance about resources, not only in South Africa but all over the world.

Few astrologers look at what the transiting Nodes are doing in the birthchart. This is strange considering that the Nodes’ movements are our only natural converse direction – as opposed to the tortuous process of converse progressions. I leave you with this thought. Locate the house axis in your birthchart where the Nodes fall (as I write in 23degrees Taurus-Scorpio). Ask yourself if this is not a polarity axis in your life about RESOURCES where the astrological finger is writing on the wall?

Where the SN falls in Taurus, clean up your act and get rid of the flotsam and jetsam that are clogging up the actual physical drainage system in your life. Perform an act of self-discipline and let something GO in this life area – release from clinging blindly to the familiar status quo (possessions that have passed their sell-by date?)

Where the NN falls in Scorpio, create a new space and let something IN. Dare to reach out and bring in something ‘scary’ from the future, and strive to share it with others without resentment. What better way to lay old ghosts and take new journeys than to align ourselves with the natural energy flow of our sacred contract with our spiritual selves, our astrological chart.

Delineation of Nikki’s Birth Chart

In structuring my interpretation of Nikki’s Birth Chart, I have included the use of Numerology and Karl Jung’s Archetypes where applicable. These have re-affirmed the patterning, that has emerged from her chart.

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Nikki’s Numerology

Birthdate: 15/08/1963

15 = 6

8 = 8

1963 14

1986

= 24 = 5

 = 6 Life Path Number

Time of Birth: 08:05 am

8

05

13 = 4

Overview of her Life

Nikki has come into this life with a great deal of inherent power [highest score conjunctions / 3 x 1’s/ 2 x 8’s/ overview Capricorn]. This will enable her to stand firmly within her own identity, achieve her goals, and overcome the difficulties and challenges that are being presented to her.

She is a highly intelligent person, [2 x 6’s / Mercury in Virgo (dignity) conjunct ascendant, conjunct Pallas Athene] who is gifted with enormous professional ability. She uses her lateral, analytical mind to rationalize and solve problems. The 6’s in her numbers will enable her to take the creativity of the number 3 to a higher mental level. She will constantly need to balance her rational mind structure with her innovative ability. [Saturn in Aquarius 6th (dignity) and Dispositor Uranus in Virgo 12th/ also numbers 1 and 5]

She is certainly going to face major transformation and radical change in her life. [Her DNA core is interrupted by the Asc, Pallas, Pluto and Uranus].

Her number 6 Life Path will cause her to face major relationship challenges [Chiron in Pisces conjunct descendent – Dispositor Neptune in Scorpio 2nd] affecting her self-worth, assets, career and finances. She suffers from a classic freedom / closeness dilemma [Mars in Libra 1st, opposition Jupiter in Aries 7th], which shows that she needs a partner who understands her desire for independent interests that allow her individual growth. Nikki clearly needs her ‘own space’ and wouldn’t be content with the boredom of everyday routine.

Her number 6 Life Path dictates a need for her to find the perfect relationship; [Neptune ruling 7th] family and home [Jupiter ruling 4th] with “white picket fence, two dogs, two cats and perfect children” [Saturn ruling the 5th]. Unfortunately we tend to sabotage the very thing to which we give the greatest energy.

I don’t see Nikki as the victim in relationships but rather as the Saviour / Idealist Archetype, who in her need to balance her strong desire for independence [3 x 1’s / strong Eastern Hemisphere] and being in a relationship [6 Life Path and Stellium in Libra 1st] doesn’t see partners realistically. Perhaps she sees a version of a ‘God’ who must fulfil her needs [Mars in the Libra 1st opposition Jupiter in Aries 7th]. Because she is looking for self-perfection here, he is definitely going to disappoint her. She experiences difficulties in relationships where others seem to fight her [ascendant in Aries 7th, in Antiscia chart]. In reality they are fighting not to be the image she projects on them [perhaps more tolerance and acceptance will come through her encountering the more Martian qualities of Aries and the 1st house]. Through establishing her own identity in relationships she may have to accept that not everyone is going to like her if she is being true to herself.

Pre-Natal Solar Eclipse

Nikki was born at a time of a PNSE that suggested the following. “Unexpected events involving friends or groups place a great deal of pressure on personal relationships. These relationships may loom large as the eclipse affects the chart. The individual would be wise not to make any hasty decisions, since information is distorted and probably false.” (The Eagle and the Lark, Bernadette Brady). [I find it fascinating that Neptune is ruling her 7th house].

Nikki is ultimately here to learn the art of nurturing and mothering [Nodal destiny and rather unaspected Moon in the 10th], but with the lack of 2’s in her numbers she is certainly not co-dependent in relationships, but rather tends to make idealistic choices here [in her Antiscia chart, her Jupiter in Virgo is in the 12th. She is unconsciously very critical and will move towards the Contra-Antiscia of Jupiter in Pisces, indicating growth through compassion and suffering. In the Contra-Antiscia chart Chiron in Aries is in her 7th house – her healing will come through personal wounding here].

Hemispheres

I would discuss the planetary weighting in Nikki’s chart, showing her the prominence of planets on the Eastern side and in the 4th quadrant [Independent / Extrovert with a superior earth function and an inferior fire function]. Here the demands of her subconscious [Stellium 12th] nature will place restrictions upon her. Tensions occurring between her inner and outer world will be shown by her ability to adjust. She will be challenged by the world to face her own subconscious issues [the area where she ultimately has the greatest power]. The key point here is her ascendant Her strong eastern hemisphere centres around the expression of her own identity and self will.

She will put a great deal of attention upon the larger issues of the world (4th quadrant) and work toward social improvement [North Node 11th and 10th house Moon], but only in accordance with her own ideals. She needs to worry about overemphasizing her individuality to the point where she battles to integrate herself with anyone else [North Node Cancer 11th].

She may tend to push away all outside influence that is not under her control, wanting to be her own boss at all times [10th house Moon and South Node in Capricorn 5th]. She needs to compromise, accept her own and other’s emotions and release the need to control. This will be an enormous challenge for her because she is fiercely independent and has a strong Capricorn presence [overview Capricorn]. I did find it interesting that her Leo Sun Sign is underscored, according to a point count of all the planetary energies and all her Leo energy actually sits hidden in the 12th house of her chart. This does however resonate with her healing profession where a large portion of her work was probably done in hospitals.

The strongly weighted Eastern side of her chart will also necessitate some time in her life when she will be alone and need to stand on her own due to the loss of a job, home, husband or finances [Sun / Moon = Chiron]. Nikki may be self defensive and feel the need to protect herself [Mars in Libra 1st opposition. Jupiter in Aries 7th] against others.

Natal Moon Phase

Nikki was born at the time of a LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE. This particular phase is considered by Astrologers to represent the “Dark Night of the Soul” of considerable Spiritual awakening. This reaffirms her need to face losses in her life and make adjustments to the attachment of the “Status Quo”. She will experience major shifts in consciousness. She may tend to question why she has so much upheaval in her life. She will deal with this though by connecting with her inner self. [The prominent 12th house Stellium].

This Natal phase is all about rebirth. She needs to allow the birth by embracing the new and letting go of the death of the familiar past to which she would obviously be attached [Combust Venus in Leo 12th ruling her 2nd house – would give her a hedonistic attachment to beautiful things]. She may find that the past is totally obliterated and she has no option but to embrace the new.

Self and Ideals (relating to Moon Phase)

[Nikki’s 12th Ascendant and Mercury conjunctions, all ruling her Midheaven in Gemini hold enormous importance here]. This Natal phase places a “major emphasis on individual integrity, founded on personal commitment to an ideal, principle or philosophy that they feel responsible for expressing and communicating to the world” (Queen of the Night, Hadyn Paul). [Ascendant / Midheaven = Mercury]. Nikki definitely has a Net worker / Communicator Archetype in her career environment and her 10th house Moon (in dignity) has great ability to connect with the needs of the masses. It is her key to unlocking her own emotions [weakly aspected Moon]. She may find that although she has the vision and inspiration for future progress [Uranus in Virgo ruling her Midheaven] she tends to be ‘ahead of her time’. She may feel alienated, misunderstood and trying to fulfil a secret destiny [Pluto conjunct Uranus in the 12th / and 2 x 8’s] for which she seems to be a pioneer [3 x 1’s and Jupiter in Aries 7th].

Nikki can be vulnerable to criticism and may be so focused on her particular life path that flexibility or compromise will seldom be allowed. People born at this phase often have a ‘collective responsibility’ to release ‘future seeds’ into the continuing historical drama and their lives may symbolize the germinating seeds for change.

I’m sure that Nikki will feel that her Soul has agreed to a very difficult life [Sun / Moon = Pluto – a soul torn by conflict, biased attitude or changed circumstances, leading to critical phases of development in life or to separation from others (Reinhold Ebertin – Cosi)]. All her inner delving, transformation and enlightenment will serve to completely integrate her ego and emotions. The rewards will come as a result of her evolution [Sun/ Moon = Part of Fortune]. She will also benefit the collective through integrating her own identity and feelings [Jupiter/ Pluto = Moon – 4th quadrant strong / Sun/ Midheaven = Jupiter and Sun/ Midheaven = Uranus – a realization of extraordinary and unusual (Cosi)].

Gestalt

Nikki’s birth chart shape again indicates certain personality traits and attributes [I found a strong resonance with the locomotive (although 6 houses were occupied not 7, the 8 signs were occupied). There was also evidence of a seesaw with strong oppositions and the polarity of ‘self versus other’]. Nikki’s locomotive shape re-affirms the fact that she is self driven, independent, willing to undertake hard work [Saturn in Aquarius 6th / 2 x 4’s] and an able executive [2 x 8’s/ Capricorn overview], who possesses specialized skills [number 6 and dispositor of Saturn = Uranus in 12th]. Nikki strongly needs to know how things work and why [Mercury in Virgo conjunct her ascendant and ruling her Midheaven]. She is very good at problem solving, organizing and creating ‘order out of chaos’ [Mystic rectangle incorporating her combust Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. These planets all display strong masculine energy].

Nikki has a Trapeze in her chart, which is always found in the chart of an achiever. Through this ‘dominant learning pattern’ [incorporating Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter and the North Node] she will have the strength to ‘take the hero’s journey’ and resolve the problems of her life.

Her tendency towards the Seesaw shows the areas of conflict that need more balance. I feel that she is learning more about defending herself than about forming relationships [her 1st house Stellium with Mars conjunct Vesta in Libra opposition Jupiter in Aries 7th]. I think the balancing act here is strongly linked to the fact that she feels her ability to shine as a woman [dispositor of 1st house Stellium is Venus combust the Sun in her 12th] is strongly blinded and suppressed by her father, even though he is now deceased. Is this purely the generational patriarchal trait of ‘woman not having great value’ that causes Nikki to manifest such high intelligence, work so doggedly and state her independence from her father [Venus combust Sun in Leo opposition Saturn retrograde in Aquarius 6th]? I sensed that there was certainly some sort of Love/ Hate relationship between Nikki and her father [the numbers relating to Nikki’s birth time clearly showed some sort of physical (8) betrayal (5) = 13 of feminine self = 4 by the masculine/ father energy].

The other point of polarity in the Seesaw is between her rational intelligent professional image [the Animus side] and her feeling amorphous descendent [the Anima side conjunct Chiron in Pisces], which indicates a deep wound connected with grief. Should she analyse this logically or just accept it with compassion and understanding? [She may suffer many relationship hurts here as a repeat pattern of her early relationship with her father – Yod Jupiter / Saturn and Apex point Mercury].

Empty areas not considered in Gestalt

Although certain areas of her chart are not considered in the Gestalt, they highlight a great deal.

Destiny 5th and 11th

The 5th and 11th houses of her chart are strongly linked to her Destiny/ Life Path [South and North Nodes are part of a Cardinal Grand Cross with Mars and Jupiter].

Her life has, and still is, presenting situations that highlight her need to control everything and everyone [T-square Mars, Jupiter and Apex South Node 5th] according to her standards and unique ideas [Saturn ruling 5th and 5th being in Aquarius in 6th]. While this can be advantageous in her career, making her very ambitious, she will clearly not be a team player. Her maverick and authoritarian nature will be difficult for her children (with whom she may not be very patient), and romantic spontaneity. The 6th house, work area of her life will probably fluctuate between ‘organised chaos’ and too much obsession with ‘getting it right’ [while her Virgoan energy has enormously strong analytical ability, at times it can be somewhat pedantic and obsessive with Uranus]. Nikki should be extremely successful at taking well-calculated risks [Saturn in Aquarius 6th, dispositor Uranus in Virgo 12th, dispositor Mercury in Virgo 1st / number 5].

Nikki feels enormous responsibility for her family [Saturn ruling the 5th and the number 6 Life Path number], to the extent that she is possibly too fixated on the right outcome and doesn’t take the time to enjoy the process.

She is also being shown that she should work on her vulnerability [the watery side/ North Node] and stop hiding her fears in relationships.

She needs to acknowledge her feelings honestly [linked to her weakly aspected Moon and combust Venus]. I think that if she learns to stay centred in acceptance of her own emotions, she will find the foundation and security that will result in her not needing to gain respect or admiration from others [which is suggested by her 10th house Moon].

The journey into the lunar world is very frightening for her. She fears losing her sense of self in the process [T-square / Mars / Jupiter and apex point North Node in Cancer]. This is actually highly beneficial for her because she clings to her identity so tightly.

On this destiny path even a scientist or executive (both of which she is) must become a poet’. Joining the conscious and unconscious will result in great bursts of creative energy. Nikki will never lack ambition, but will find her ambition transformed through this. By tapping into her Moon and 12th house she will be able to use her resourcefulness and business sense to realize her creativity in a very lucrative physical form.

It is interesting to note that people with a 5th house South Node will often force themselves into a position of having to give up everything. Many of them experience divorce and loss of assets and status [Saturn in Scorpio 2nd in her Antiscia chart]. The past sense of dignity, leadership and control is very strong here but has outgrown its value. She must move beyond physically possessive relationships of past lives and value the more impersonal ones she is now forming. ‘Her most difficult tests always revolve around the temptation to control the flow of that river, yet her greatest happiness occurs when she can appreciate its beauty without tampering’ (Karmic Astrology – Martin Schulman).

Nikki has a lot of Nodal aspects in her chart. This indicates a fairly speedy process of evolutionary steps, hence the reason that she has already achieved and experienced so much by the age of 43.

Empty 4th House

As I looked at Nikki’s empty 4th house, I felt there was actually a strong connection to family values that she had removed or rejected [Jupiter ruling this house resonated with the fact that she had left the family’s ‘Afrikaans’ regime, gone off and studied at an English university]. I found it interesting that Jupiter was retrograde. Did she feel that she ‘didn’t quite fit’ into this family structure? I would ask Nikki if her marriage to Gary was also a statement of her independence [Jupiter in Aries 7th] from the kind of man her parents would have expected her to marry. Perhaps she was looking for the ‘God’ in her father and mirrored her own perception of that vision onto her husband. Jupiter ruling her 4th also shows the ‘sense of freedom’ she gained, from living in the natural environment of a Free State farm as a child. Perhaps her subconscious need for expansion actually resulted in her having a large family of her own (5 children).

Empty 3rd house

I would mention to Nikki that Pluto connecting to her empty 3rd house [Scorpio on cusp] often shows the death of a sibling, as has happened in her case. This could also point to a great deal of malicious underhanded chatter [Pluto in Virgo 12th] amongst neighbours, when her husband went off with a prostitute, resulting in the death of their marriage. Pluto rising people often live out some sort of ‘taboo’ in their lives, which society may judge as deviant. It’s as if one must get past the person’s secret before relating to the rest of that person [Virgoan duality].

I hoped that Nikki would realize that, whilst Pluto was linked to many ‘death’ expressions in her life, it was also her personal ‘phoenix rising from the ashes’, the key that would unlock her own powerful potential.

Empty 8th House

Nikki’s 8th house [ruled by Mars] shows her ability to take personal responsibility and action for handling of finances both in, and as a result of her relationships. It also points to the physical injury and abuse [Mars conjunct Vesta, Ceres and Juno all in Libra in the 1st house], she suffered as a result of her husband’s drinking and infidelity [Chiron in Libra 1st in her Antiscia chart]. Did Nikki’s commitment to the marriage cause her to feel she wanted to fight back, but didn’t actually do so? [Mars in detriment and accidental dignity]. Perhaps she accepted far more abuse than she should have [Ceres in Libra conjunct Juno – where ‘you suffer loss’]. Perhaps Nikki betrayed her own physical nurturing because of a sense of suppressed value as a woman [dispositor of the Libran Stellium – the combust Venus in the 12th]. Ceres in the 1st house ‘often experiences the imbalances of unjust relationships, disappointment and conflict, in attempts to align its ideals with reality’ (Demetra George – Asteroid Goddess). [Juno conjunct Mars would also show her internal rage when her husband betrayed or misused his vows of loyalty. The wrath of Juno would have its greatest impact when ‘he actually left her’’ even though the love in the marriage had probably been diminishing for a long time].

Empty 9th House

Nikki’s feelings about her lack of acknowledgement [Venus 12th ruling the 9th] are strongly linked to her ability to ‘find the God within’. [Her Venus trines Jupiter]. Holding onto her self-worth will always be a challenge because it links to her feminine suppression and strong need for individualized expression in her work environment [The fixed T-square. Venus / Saturn and apex Neptune 2nd shows her strong need to “retain whatever is possessed. Here acceptance and respect of other people’s values and possessions may be a Karmic theme”. (Dynamics of aspect analysis – Bill Tierney)].

Pluto Rising, weakly aspected Moon and Career

I would ask Nikki about her birth and conception [Pluto being conjunct Uranus and the ascendant]. Apart from this being indicative of a life of radical change and transformation [Ascendant and Mercury on critical degree – ‘rebirth through knowledge from the subconscious mind’], it could possibly refer to actual birth trauma, or the fact that her mother didn’t actually want the pregnancy. Did Nikki feel this sense of alienation, disconnection and abandonment as a foetus? [Pluto on fixed star, Zosma – ‘the planet here will involve suffering’ / also weakly aspected Moon and betrayal by mother in numbers 1,3 and 5] or did she feel the lack of emotional security and nurturing, as a child (waning Moon / Moon square Ceres). Nikki would need to find her own emotional security [Moon on an Aries point – ‘a new beginning’]. Although Nikki related well to others [Moon in dignity conjunct Midheaven in Gemini] in her career, both as an occupational therapist and salesperson, this was where she neglected her own feelings and desperately sought recognition and status [interesting link in Yod between Midheaven / Venus and apex South Node in Capricorn]. I think Nikki has become the ‘public mother’ who holds everything together, as a result of the void between her and her own mother. Her involvement in RDP housing shows her responsibility for the needs of the masses. Her business venture into animal feeds is perhaps compensation for the feeding and nurturing that she lacked.

I would suggest to Nikki that her Moon in Cancer requires that she look toward the influence of her own mother upon the formation of her values and beliefs. This will enable her to look with greater clarity at any emotional wounds that she still carries. She can then react consciously instead of automatically. This will then balance the denial of her needs and emotional, possessive control [weakly aspected Moon and South Node in Cancer 5th]. Nikki needs to realize that it is okay to feel vulnerable, angry or sad sometimes. I think that her worldly image is friendly and happy [Gemini on Midheaven] but that on the inside she is often crumbling [6th house Saturn in Aquarius dispositor / Uranus in Virgo linked to Midheaven in Gemini – a 6th house Saturn often shows depression and mood swings].

Nikki’s individuality will be emphasized in her career. She will use her strong analytical mind here [Ascendant / Midheaven = Mercury ‘the use of analytical, critical faculties through a scientific or commercial sphere’]. Her career will always be the tension point of her professional mind and image, and the relationship wounds of her life [Midheaven apex point of T-square with Mercury Ascendant and Chiron].

I feel that Nikki is over-critical of herself [Stellium in 12th / Ascendant and Mercury all in Virgo – Uranus in Virgo could give her a rather distorted view of herself]. She has a radical need to be seen as the intelligent, scientific side of the Virgo woman. Perhaps this is why she prefers the more masculine look [tomboyish, powerful body – Mars conjunct Ceres conjunct Juno 1st / dispositor Venus conjunct Sun 12th – where she almost betrays her own physical body as a woman / a tendency to express androgynous quality and defy the male/ female stereotypes]. Nikki may be living in the shadow of the image that her father gave her. [Venus combust the Sun opposition Saturn]. She probably won’t like herself and will be fixated on her appearance, to the extent that she will see a dismorphic version of herself when she stares in the mirror. [1+5=6 abstract view of herself tending towards excess. Also Chiron in Pisces 6th / dispositor Neptune 2nd may point to ‘an eating disorder, mirrored through the physical. Subject may eat to give self a sense of substance or to intercept deep feelings’. (Planets in the Houses – Howard Sasportas). I notice that Nikki’s Uranus is in Aries in the 8th in her Antiscia chart – a possible strange sexual aggression?]

Descendant

Perhaps Nikki’s descendant in Pisces in the one place where she should be able to relax, let go and release control [this shows Virgo that there is ‘more to life than can be boxed, measured and tested’ (Planets in the Houses – Howard Sasportas)]. It’s certainly a place where she has had to learn compassion, sacrifice and acceptance [Water kite with Chiron opposition Ascendant, incorporating Neptune and the North Node] as a result of her relationship wounds [Chiron on fixed star Achernor = ‘Crisis or where you respond best in crisis’ (Reinhold Ebertin – Cosi)] and the area where she will experience personal integration and growth [Chiron in detriment and accidental dignity, Sun/ Moon = Chiron, Sun/ Chiron = Jupiter].

Neptune and the 2nd House

[Scorpio sun sign Gary is Nikki’s Neptune which creates fluidity in the house of beautiful things, ruled by her Venus 12th]. I think that Nikki has difficulty discerning the boundaries between her possessions and that of her partners. Although she strongly desires assets subconsciously, I don’t think that material status will give her inner contentment. I feel she is unsure of her own self-worth here. She needs to acknowledge her own sensitivity, creativity and ability to heal others. Her Neptunian career as an occupational therapist clearly shows her ability to heal the hidden wounding of her patients through physical exercise.

Sun combust Venus and opposition Retrograde Saturn in Aquarius 6th

I think Nikki’s hard Saturn aspects, together with her unaspected Moon cause her to strongly pursue career goals and suppress her emotional life. I noticed that there wasn’t a connection between her mother and father [no Sun, Moon aspects]. This would result in a feeling of compromise. She probably felt like the victim between two disconnected parents, who were each throwing a difficult vibration onto her developing psyche. This would naturally affect her feeling about the opposite sex. It is interesting that she blamed her mother for her father’s death. [Sun in 12th, father died when she was young]. I would mention to Nikki that we often transpose our anger with the deceased parent, onto the remaining one, ‘who is still available to take the blame’. She may actually experience losses in love, because her mind is programmed to lose [Venus square Neptune, and Saturn Rx square Neptune. Both show unsure judgement and choices in men]. Once Nikki is aware of her programming here, she can remove the restrictions she feels.

Nikki’s life, although enormously challenging [Cardinal Grand Cross Mars, Jupiter and Nodal Axis], provides her with a youthful hopefulness, that gives her the ability to reach out and see beyond that, which is here now. She has great mental self-sufficiency [two Air Kites involving Saturn opposition Venus and Mars opposition Jupiter]. She will have the courage to stand up and try again, despite the difficulties of the past. 

Bibliographies

Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars – Bernadette Brady

Predictive Astrology – The Eagle and the Lark – Bernadette Brady
Synthesis and Counselling in Astrology – Noel Tyl
Astrology for the Soul – Jan Spiller
Psychological Astrology – Karen Hamaker- Zondag
Dynamics of Aspect Analysis – Bill Tierney
Astrological Insights into Personality – Betty Lundsted
Mythic Astrology – Ariel Guttman and Kenneth Johnson
The Secret Language of Destiny – Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elfers
Karmic Astrology – Martin Schulman
Asteroid Goddesses – Demetra George and Douglas Bloch
Queen of the Night – Hadyn Paul
The Twelve Houses – Howard Sasportas
Aspects in Astrology – Sue Tompkins
Chiron and the Healing Journey – Melanie Reinhart
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology – Alan Oken
Combinations of Stellar Influences – Reinhold Ebertin
Astrological Crosses in Relationships – Pauline Edwards
The Predictive Art of Astrology – Carol Rushman
Numerology and the Divine Triangle – Faith Javine and Dusty Bunker
Exploring Jupiter – Stephen Arroyo
Saturn – Liz Greene
Alive and Well with Neptune – Bill Tierney
Alive and Well with Uranus – Bill Tierney
Alive and Well with Pluto – Bill Tierney
Notes from 2 year Astrology Course – Cynthia Thorburn

 

From Albertus LightStrider’s Archive – Alan Heyl Interview May 2006

With permission granted by his parole officer, Alan Heyl was driven by Albertus to the Radio 702 studio for an hour long prerecorded interview, which was played on The Alternative View, a weekly two hour astrological radio show produced and presented by Albertus.
Here are some Chironic thoughts and spiritual insights into Alan Heyl’s Horoscope as discussed with him on air.

THE WOUNDED HEALER -FROM GAOL TO GOAL
The exploits of the Stander Gang grabbed the imagination of South Africa to the point that they became almost folkloric figures at the time and they still have a vivid presence in our memories of life in Jo’burg.

The release from prison of Alan Heyl, the last survivor of the gang reminded me, as it did many other people, of that strange charisma they achieved. It was echoed again, very clearly, in the storm of media and public attention surrounding Heyl’s release.

Quite apart from my natural curiosity I was interested as an astrologer as well. What sends a group of intelligent and skilled men off the straight and narrow path? If I looked at their charts would I be able to see it?

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THE HORARY CHART
WILL I GET THE INTERVIEW – THE ROLE OF CHIRON AND THE GALACTIC POINT

As I always do whenever I am asking a question, I check the horary chart of the question itself and was not entirely surprised to see that Chiron, the Wounded Healer was prominent. It was another moment of synchronicity

Over the horizon was Sagittarius at 26 degrees which is the symbol of the Centaur that points to the mid-point of our galaxy, known to astrologers as the Galactic Point. It is a point of healing and universal significance.

What made the whole astrological picture so interesting is that Pluto, the Dark Lord of the Underworld, that is also an emblem of transformation and change, is moving towards that healing point which it will reach from February to May 2006 and again in December 2006.

The best way to describe the energy of this conjunction between Pluto and the Galactic Point is that it is like a chrysalis that is stirring into life and will emerge from its cocoon quite different from what it was when the cocoon was sealed.

That symbolism in the sky during the period when Alan Heyl was being released was so striking to me that, although I am not a crime reporter, on Monday, 15 May, I applied for an interview with him. Those energies were so distinctive that I wanted to know how they related to his personal transformation.

The first surprise was that they took my request seriously. The second was that Alan Heyl knew who I was. “Are you the guy who writes those LightStrider columns?” he asked and when I said, I was, he told me that he had been reading them very carefully and was happy to meet me.

THE INTERVIEW GRANTED – 17 May 2006

So it came about that while he was buttoning his shirt and tying his shoe-laces as he readied himself to ask the parole office for permission to give another media interview on the Wednesday, that we spoke, not about his criminal past, but about the spiritual changes he has undergone in prison.

I knew they were there. There was a clear sign of it in his birth-chart, which has Chiron the Wounded Healer at 26 degrees of Sagittarius, the sacred Galactic Point I mentioned earlier.

Chiron in any chart is always an indication of how we are wounded and of how we can transform that wounding into an energy that can help us and others to heal ourselves. Chiron is a centaur, half man, half horse. It is a potent symbol of how human strength and insight can overcome and gain control over the baser animal energies symbolised by the horse’s hindquarters.

Sagittarius is also a centaur, the starry archer who aims his bow at the exact centre of the universe, the Galactic Point of healing and transformation.

HIS CHIRON RETURN AND A NEW BEGINNING?

Heyl’s chart shows his Chiron at exactly that point. It was confirmed when he told me about his interest in metaphysics and healing energy.

He says he has been teaching it to his fellow prisoners for the last three years. It is a self-healing therapy, which he studied by correspondence through the Metamorphosis Healing Academy of South Africa in Johannesburg.

Interestingly this time of healing and study relates to the astrological Chiron Return, when Chiron returned to its birthplace position in Heyl’s birth-chart during February, June and November 2001.

We each have a Chironic return about the age of 52 to 53 when we have the opportunity to heal the emotional, intellectual and spiritual wounds of our past in order to walk our future path with dignity.

HEALING AND PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE?
This is, says Heyl, where his future lies. He wishes to study further and start teaching what he has learned to the public, especially in schools so that they can gain a self-healing, self-protecting vision of the violence and crime in our society.

I asked Alan how he felt about the fact of his imprisonment, his separation from his family and the world in which he had lived. “I am a reclusive and solitary person,” he said. “I have a need for solitude so it was not as tough as you may think. I was able to pull back into myself and focus on what I had to do next.”

THE VIRGO SUN AND MERCURY RETROGARDE – A STRONG INNER LIFE?

I showed him how powerfully that aspect is reflected in his birth-chart because he is a Virgo sun-sign, which is meticulous and analytical. Virgo indicates a strong inner life, especially when Mercury is retrograde, as it is in Heyl’s chart.

Alan responded by saying “That’s exactly what I did. I became deeply introspective and analytical about myself and my life up to then and I started studying philosophy.”

Because Alan’s Birth Chart shows Venus conjunct Mercury in Virgo, which is also retrograde, it gives another indication of his need to bolster his self-esteem. I asked him how that had played out for him in terms of his emotions.

“It was a major issue for me,” said Alan: “I had to learn about the value of my body and my whole being but the key was that I had to learn about humility. You cannot get stuck in being a victim because then it becomes someone else’s fault and not yours. You have to face what you are and accept it without falling into self-pity and victimhood.

“I had to learn that we are all entitled to a sense of self-worth and self-esteem, but I also had to learn that you have to create it and not just assume it” he said.

VENUS AND MERCURY – ALAN’S CREATIVE TALENT

The Venus-Mercury aspect is also about creativity and I asked him how that had manifested itself in prison. “I have a very low boredom threshold. I need to be stimulated and challenged, so I read a lot about art. But what really focused my mind was music, especially the violin. I became very interested in violin concertos, especially those of Max Bruch, Mendelssohn and Tchaikowsky.”

I felt slightly awkward asking my next question to a man who was just recently released from prison, but I had to know his feeling about karma and the price we pay for our actions.

ALAN’S FEELINGS ABOUT KARMA

“We live in a world of energy flows,” he said, “Why should we be party to negative energy patterns if we can be loving and caring in our thoughts and actions? That is the message because it is the beginning of love.”

JUPITER IN ARIES – WHAT ROLE WILL HE PLAY IN HIS FUTURE?

His birth chart also shows Jupiter, the sign of the leader, philosopher and teacher, in Aries, which relates to the head, to his mindspace, to innovation and to freedom. “I have a great need to be free, but part of the prison thing was that I had to be removed from society to analyse myself, so that I could understand who I am and how my freedom can be expressed and achieved.”

I suggested that a close analogy might be that it was like going into a monastery to find the teaching that comes within and he said, “That’s brilliant, that’s exactly what it was for me.”

A LOVE OF ANIMALS – WHAT IS HIS TOTEM ANIMAL?

Another element that I saw reflected strongly in his chart was a love of animals and a powerful link with Leo the sign of the cat, which he confirmed it. I asked what he would choose as a totem animal for himself and he said “A leopard because it is independent, strong and well-groomed”, which is a list of typical Virgo attributes.

As he had raised the subject of leopards, I asked how he felt about the many people who would look at him and his past life and say “A leopard cannot change his spots.”

 

THE FUTURE – CAN A LEOPARD CHANGE ITS SPOTS?

He replied, “A leopard who can change his spots would be the worst deceiver. He could show everyone exactly what he wanted them to see. It would be the worst kind of lie,” he said and I did not push that question any further.

But perhaps the most telling part of our conversation also related to an animal. He has a pet kitten called Snowball, that came to him as a wounded and traumatized animal that he is nurturing back to health.

It was an unexpected example of the compassion and nurturing emotions that he says he has discovered and explored during his time in prison.

It is these things he hopes to reflect and share as he starts this new path of healing through teaching the things he first learned for himself in a prison cell.
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Albertus Lightstrider is an investigative astrologer and journalist, having written about astrology beyond the sun-sign columns for most major publications in South Africa.
Since the 1980’s he has appeared on national TV and Radio promoting astrology.
Lightstrider is currently revitalising his website, which will be reborn in 2013/14.
In 2009 he was honoured by ASSA for his astrological work and promoting astrology in the media.
Albertus interviewed Alan Heyl twice on radio 702

THE ALTERNATIVE VIEW 15 June 2008 10:10 PM
ALBERTUS VAN DIJK: INTERVIEW ALAN HEYL 702 CRIMELINE AMBASSADOR 2008 AND MOTIVATIONAL SCHOOL TALKS

Primedia’s Crime Line, and anti-crimeline campaign endorsed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) celebrated its 1st Birthday on 12 June 2008. Alan Heyl was chosen as one of the Crime Line’s ambassadors. He speaks to Albertus about his life, freedom, his motivational talks and how he is coping 4 years after his release from jail. Crime Line, in partnership with LG, will be visiting schools with guest speaker, Alan Heyl to put a stop to crime before it begins. Keep listening to 702 as we tell you how your school can be part of this initiative brought to you by Crime Line and LG. Life’s Good.
Guest: Alan Heyl
Organisation: Motivational Speaker
Position: Last Surviving Member of the Stander Gang

THE ALTERNATIVE VIEW 21 May 2006 10:05 PM
ALBERTUS VAN DIJK – DARK MOON, LETTING GO – FORGIVENESS & ALAN HEYL

As the Moon wanes to the Dark Moon of May 27, it is a week for emotional and spiritual detox, and letting go as we aim to release toxic energies from the past: who better then to discuss this than Alan Heyl who was imprisoned for many years for his involvement in the Stander Gang.

Having been a free man for a year now, Alan Heyl talks about his experiences of the New World, his love of music and the violin concerto’s of Dvorak.

Albertus discusses this week’s Astrological pattern of Venus, Mars and Pluto: which relates to values and how you could initiate action to bring about life affirming change as indicated by your personal Sun, and Ascendant Sign.
Guest: Albertus Van Dijk
Website: www.LightStrider.com

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Transit Updates

 


 

Passionate Venus

VENUS GOES RETROGRADE WILD PASSION

 

Venus retrogrades into a dark part of the heavens where she is not seen as she changes from an evening star to a morning star, the light-bringer. During this journey it is a particularly dangerous time for wild and passionate love affairs.

 

Venus will enter into an invisible phase during her shift from an evening star to a morning star where we could find ourselves reflecting over past lovers or even tempted to re awaken a long dead love.

 

For forty days and forty nights Venus will go through her retrograde cycle, a time of temptation. Interesting that Jesus fasted for this period to avoid temptation from Satan.

 

Whilst Venus is an evening start it is a time where we can be receptive and wise, well this changes when she becomes a morning star and a feral energy is released.

 

The light-bringer refers to Venus in her morning rising phase, in the first few days we need to avoid rushing headlong into affairs of the heart or overspending.

 

It is advisable not start a love affair or buy luxury goods during this retrograde, you might end up paying more than you bargained for. Many an illicit affair is noted during a Venus Retrograde especially when she re-enters Leo and is inclined to act out her feral nature.

 

You may find yourself tempted to return to an old love or even become mournful about a love that you have lost. As Venus goes invisible whilst returning to a morning star you can bury this love and bring closure and final reflection of what is was or will never be.

 

From mid-September we will wake up in the early house to this magnificent planet as together with the Sun she lights up our day.

 

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MERCURY MOVES INTO CANCER

Photographic mind comes into play, even if you don’t have one! In fact buried past events may resurface during the next two weeks.

Just be aware that you can become more emotionally involved in other people’s problems than necessary and this can become a heavy burden.

If you find it difficult to solve problems in this period it is most probably because you are getting more emotionally involved with people around you rather than the problem itself.

Focus on the family environment on a more thinking level than emotional driven state. Mercury can create emotional waves within the environment so don’t let emotions drown out your logical abilities.

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CEO’S FREEZING NIGHT OUT AS JUPITER TRINES URANUS

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A strong need to express yourself and your intentions is happening as Jupiter and Uranus connect. This pushes one to experience a new dimension of living totally unknown to you.

 

This brings about search for an inner truth with expansive generous results. Especially where the journey by leaders of commerce exposes the world to the culture and shocking living conditions of others.

 

The result is an innovative energy to start with the education of children, which is just what Jupiter in Leo loves. These brave and selfless commercial leaders have taken action to better the life of the underprivileged in an innovative manner.

 

It is a time to change lives, you own life as Uranus in Aries is akin to a personal wakeup call, poverty of mind has become an unwanted burden.

 

Take Jupiter as an alarm clock wakening you to all the original, resourceful gifts you have accumulated over the years. Really it is time to be brave and have the confidence in your outgoing self.

 

Think big make life personal as this is how you will grow; people with a strong self-confident attitude attract success. This can lead to great speculative projects and ventures. But remember to conduct yourself with dignity and sincerity to avoid egotism.

 

Jupiter trine Uranus…the trigger is there so seriously take advantage and turn that switch on.

 

LAST CHANCE!!! SUPER IMPORTANT DAY THIS 15TH OF JUNE…

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Super strict and structured Saturn will be doing a quick backwards leap into deep and intensely transforming Scorpio waters.

This will give us a final chance to ensure that the stressful tasks that have challenged us for the past two years are still going in the right direction.

This transit of Saturn retrograding back into Scorpio is a quick reminder to us as to why we let go of the old, that was fine to say goodbye to the redundant and hello to a completely new and focused direction.

If there is anything you can do differently and haven yet done, you have a final chance this time round to completely shift your direction onto a more responsible path.

To give us an extra kick the Sun of vital creative energy and Mars the planet renown for action will be conjunct in Gemini. This will give us more than one option to on our paths of recovery. It is an impatient energy so will push us to intuitively and intellectually choose a path and stick to it.

The choice for change will be highlighted again and again during this time till Mid-September where Saturn finally leaves Scorpio for the last time.

This time from Monday is likened to the Tower in the Tarot deck where traumatic change brings positive growth and new awareness. It is where you realise you have finally outgrown your environment.

Disciplined Saturn will enter Sagittarius a worldly open sign once again in September, finally we will be ready to evolve our beliefs and be open to life from a practical point of view.

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FIFA NOAKS AND GREAT MEN FALL FROM GRACE

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Fifa 2010 bribery revealed taking down powerful men, Tim Noaks under the microscope yet again and Sidney Frankel, King of stockbroking in the news as paedophile accusations hit headlines yet again.

As for Zuma and his Nkandla speech, well his lack of sincerity and professionalism has turned him into a joke. Why are all these tricksters being busted we ask?

Astrologically we have Pluto a powerful planet that is associated with death and destruction for renewal, while in the sign of Capricorn associated with structure demands destruction for renewal.

The Sun and Mars are in the same degree in Gemini with retrograde Mercury in orb. This is really a great stage for tricksters and thieves. The Sun represents Kings and respected people of power, while Mars in Gemini is verbal attack.

Pluto is aspecting the Sun under verbal attack by Mars in a way that blindsides and exposes the rot. Destruction of powerful figureheads, exposure and attack will certainly change their lives.

Just remember that if you are not being honest or paying you dues you may find yourself blindsided with consequences. You cannot win with this energy you need to sort out the issues and start afresh.

Interesting times!

 

VIOLENCE AND EXTREME SICKNESS

Medusa

Do not lose your head, the consequences can be dire!

The Sun and Moon will connect at 26 degrees of Taurus, which will be exactly connected to a Fixed star called Algol on the 17th of May.

The mythology of Algol represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa slain by Perseus. Algol was the only mortal sister of the three Gorgons, originally a beautiful maiden. Her hair was turned into hissing serpents by Minerva in a fit of jealousy as a consequence of becoming a mother due to Neptune.

This awful head of hissing reptiles gave her such a fearful appearance that every mortal who looked at her turned to stone.

The influence of this star on us will be of the nature of violence, decapitation, mob violence often resulting in death: in some cases extreme illness, or severe sore throats due to spreading infections.

When the Sun and Moon connect we get the energy of the Sun infusing into our emotions bringing them to light. Normally a good thing, but in the sign of Taurus we will be very concerned about our values and self-worth making this day emotionally turbulent.

This can result in aggressive uncontrolled confrontation often highlighting an aspect of yourself that you do not like. You may find yourself cutting off your nose to spite your face which will leave you shame faced!

This can bring out some unconscious attitudes form yourself and others, so try to be rational and look at what is highlighted on this day so turn it into a time of discovery that can result in emotional growth.

Yup and keep some throat spray on hand to stop that sore throat from getting worse.

 

AUTHORITY UNDER ATTACK AS MARS SQUARES JUPITER

 

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Well if you are feeling irritated with your country, your superiors and political leader, it is going to be very hard to bite your tongue.

 

Mars is about fighting and action in the sign of Taurus which is about your values and worth. Taurus also rules our ancestors and heritage. We are seeing it here, where the attack on our heritage in South Africa has overcome the constitution resulting in the downfall of History of a colourful country.

 

Are we angry…hell yes, it’s us versus them as far as politics and belief systems are concerned. It is really a good time to see what the universe holds.

 

Jupiter natural ruler of foreigners, in Leo representing leaders, politics and commerce, is beginning to move away from a point of weakness. Jupiter has been retrograde making leaders somewhat weak.

 

This weakness in leadership is shifting, so proceed with caution when taking on your superiors or judging them harshly.

 

Many of us my experience friction and conflict with father figures and mentors.

 

In fact the action is for the future under this transit. It is about what can be, rather than what is. So if the ‘what is’ in your life is not feeding you now is the time to make life into what it can and should be.

 

As Mars connects with Jupiter on the 18th it will trigger events where anger over value systems, salaries and our worth in general reaches a crisis point. We fight back as if our future depends on it.

 

I am reading a lot of political debates on Facebook, a statement triggers heated and in some cases mudslinging arguments. In South Africa the xenophobia issue has returned, oh yes and the death of past heroes as statues are removed from places of honour.

 

Just remember that if you have a lousy value system rather than a fair one you may be the one under attack. If you are not happy with your lot in life it is a great time to dig deep and understand what it is that can improve things.

 

If you work this vibrant action orientated energy well, the outcome can be successful. But should you act impulsively with unjustified optimism that anything you do now will turn to gold, could end up in chaos.

 

But intelligent planning and foresight, which is available in abundance under this transit, can motivate you into using your resources in a manner that brings about unconditional understanding of others as well as expansive personal growth.

 

Your reward is respect rather than being aggressively rejected.

 

 

LIFE REALLY HURTS

Chiron

 

We live in a society that does not produce enough emotionally mature men. Chiron issues of insecurities and perceived hurts come to light, well HELLO… the Sun is exposing them big time!

Now is the time to come face to face with patterns that we have been repeating throughout our lives, especially the relationships we have with men.

Both Sun the ruler of heroes and Chiron the ruler of our wounds, our Achilles heel exposes heroes for what they are. Put them together and this transit brings about the fall of the hero we have idolised, leaving an emotional wound.

We live in a culture that doesn’t produce so many emotionally mature men. The Sun is natural ruler of fathers and father figures. When you add Chiron to the Sun, by aspect or by transit, that hero can take a fall or be exposed.

This is a time when men of power are busted and seen for what they are. It is also a time where certain addictions that are undermining us actually become more obvious and the realisation that we need to deal with them.

This includes ‘pity parties’ and addiction to woes and past hurts that have been magnified into situations so big they wound as deeper than they need to. Now is the time to seek help to teach you to manage these issues. This help should help you let go of the constant hurt.

This is a brilliant time to manage your emotional pain. You may need to deal with your own wounded pride to move on.

The key theme here is that Chiron-Sun aspects prompt us to become aware of our deeper self, as various layers of ‘identity’ are peeled back. We are not given the luxury of basking in the glory of a strong ego, but instead are forced to find our own deeper centre.

 

Stationary Mercury

MERCURY DIRECT…SOON

Lots of shocking happenings during this retrograde. Deaths, painful truths revealed, friendship issues exposed and generally being slapped in the face with all sorts of shocks.

It a pity our President does not consult an astrologer for the correct timing for group meetings. Mercury was stationary when they had their meeting. Mercury is about communication and that was scrambled, nothing positive came from the SONA address, how could it!

Mercury is starting to move out of station, which is the place where you are still whilst changing gear from reverse to drive, a very vulnerable time. On the 22nd Mercury will be direct and in ha good forward motion.

As Mercury starts his forward motion all the hardships it exposed during the retrograde will be addressed in a more positive fashion. We can heal and grow from the past three weeks challenges and move on, battered but wiser.

 

 

BE PREPARED AS MERCURY RETROGRADES

Mercury is the messenger who seems to warp the messages during a retrograde period. During this time we kind of leave our left brain and tap into our right brain

We can expect to have computer problem, missing messages, telephone lines go down and especially in South Africa load shedding.

So back up anything important, give yourself time to get to your destinations, expect delays. During Mercury retrograde it is a great time to take a break from left brain though and allow the right brain to flow.

During this retrograde we could be surprised by how certain themes can be exposed and how group dynamics act out. After all the communicative planets is stirring the mud in the sign of Aquarius. In a group expect the unexpected.

This could be a brilliant time for gathering in groups to discuss entrepreneurial ideas, discuss a re- branding or even re-launching of an older idea.

Life is so busy so when the messenger back tracks it gives us a time to get off the treadmill, take a breath, reflect and re-evaluate situations.

During a retrograde it’s ok to go inwards and reflect on the issues that arise, when Mercury returns to moving in the right direction your reflection and wisdom will be rewarded.

Aquarius is the sign of friends and this period could prompt you to re-evaluate your group of friends or even surprise you with a sudden meeting of a long lost ‘besty’.

 

 PHOENIX TO FREEDOM

If you are feeling something different, restless yet unable to pin point what is happening. You are simply feeling the shifts in the heavens.

Source: Sublunar

Traditional Astrologer

Laurie Naughtin brings her sensitivity, rich life experience and extensive knowledge to every chart she does, combining both a medical and metaphysical past with her astrological talents. Qualified in Modern, Medieval and the Craft of Horary, Laurie is an eternal student, currently focusing on the Tradition.

Are you…

Looking for answers?
Hungry to fulfill your potential?
Seeking the best time for a medical procedure?
 

Rectification– The highly specialised science of calculating your exact time of birth to the minute, resulting in a truly accurate chart.

Personal birth chart readings – This is about you, your personality, strengths, weaknesses, relationships, finances, health and growth.

Twins and Multiple birth charts – Though siblings will have similar characteristics, Astrology shows individual traits

New born birth chart -To help you recognise and develop your child’s potential.

Predictive Charts – your year ahead, the right time for events, new ventures and surgical procedures.

Horary – get a specific answer to a specific question from an astrological chart set for the time the question is asked.

Guidance in your life choices – medical, pets, vocational and relationships of all types.

Medical Astrology – By looking at the 4 elements, Fire, Earth, Air and Water in your chart it is possible to work out your bodies temperament.

“Heaven is the instrument of the most High God, whereby he acts upon and governs inferior things”
Aphorism from the 7 segments of Cardan.
 
 

Appointments:

Consultations are an hour and a half long and done one-on-one in my Northcliff or Victory Park rooms, Johannesburg.

Telephonic and Skype consultations can be arranged for clients living in the country or overseas who are unable to see me personally.

Contact Laurie via e-mail sublunar@telkomsa.net or call on 083 268 3156, 011 888 2534

Source: Sublunar

Traditional Astrologer

Laurie Naughtin brings her sensitivity, rich life experience and extensive knowledge to every chart she does, combining both a medical and metaphysical past with her astrological talents. Qualified in Modern, Medieval and the Craft of Horary, Laurie is an eternal student, currently focusing on the Tradition.

Are you…

Looking for answers?
Hungry to fulfill your potential?
Seeking the best time for a medical procedure?
 

Rectification– The highly specialised science of calculating your exact time of birth to the minute, resulting in a truly accurate chart.

Personal birth chart readings – This is about you, your personality, strengths, weaknesses, relationships, finances, health and growth.

Twins and Multiple birth charts – Though siblings will have similar characteristics, Astrology shows individual traits

New born birth chart -To help you recognise and develop your child’s potential.

Predictive Charts – your year ahead, the right time for events, new ventures and surgical procedures.

Horary – get a specific answer to a specific question from an astrological chart set for the time the question is asked.

Guidance in your life choices – medical, pets, vocational and relationships of all types.

Medical Astrology – By looking at the 4 elements, Fire, Earth, Air and Water in your chart it is possible to work out your bodies temperament.

“Heaven is the instrument of the most High God, whereby he acts upon and governs inferior things”
Aphorism from the 7 segments of Cardan.
 
 

Appointments:

Consultations are an hour and a half long and done one-on-one in my Northcliff or Victory Park rooms, Johannesburg.

Telephonic and Skype consultations can be arranged for clients living in the country or overseas who are unable to see me personally.

Contact Laurie via e-mail sublunar@telkomsa.net or call on 083 268 3156, 011 888 2534

Source: Sublunar