Sunday, December 28, 2014


On March 16 Uranus will be square Pluto for the last time since 2011, but this doesn't mean that there will be no more tension and world peace danger after that. It won't be more, that is a fact. The spring chart (the astrological new year's chart) will still have Uranus-Pluto's square within a 5 degree orb and it will last until 2018 to finally fade away. Uranus-Pluto will hit the chart of Vladimir Putin again this year, but won't be exact in Barack Obama's chart. The crisis is getting less in the USA and stronger in Russia these days, in line with the leaders' charts. The charts of the NATO and EURO, however, show difficulties in February/March 2015. It will be tense in Europe. How about ISIS? I don't know. I hope that they will be defeated in the end, but when I see what happens with the Taliban in Afghanistan, I have my serious doubts that there will ever be peace as long as fanatics want us all to surrender as if we live in the books of Tolkien. 

How about us?

Predictions are like advanced weather reports. It depends on how you live and who you are wether the weather will effect you. For example, King Philip of Belgium had his progressed Sun inconjunct Saturn. He enjoys his Xmas holiday, while there is criticism because of the way of transport (a military plane) in times of reductions on the military budget (this in times of world wide tension...).  Predicting the future is like in that picture above: trying to have a look into another world, that of 2015. It is simply an astrological weather report and sometimes there isn't much that you can do to stop the rain from falling. However, an umbrella helps a bit. 

I don't do sun sign predictions. But I do have a message for those who are born on certain days. It is about Uranus-Pluto and tension. 

Those who may need strong nerves are born between January 3 and 7, April 2 and 7, July 4 and 9 or October 6 and 11. They are not alone. If your birthday + number of years happens to be one of these data, you might also have to deal with a tense year.  If your natal or progressed Ascendant or Midheaven or midpoint Sun/Moon is in the 13-17th degree of the Capital signs, you may also be looking forward to unexpected problems and changes. Don't be afraid, because if you take care for yourself and your safety and if Uranus-Pluto is not important in your natal chart, it won't effect you in person.

Let me tell you about the good news of 2015.
Jupiter moves between 13 Leo and 24 Virgo. Those with a birthday between August 5 and September 16 are likely to be helped, to move forward or to be happy in 2015. If your Ascendant or Midheaven is in those degrees of Leo and Virgo, you may feel the beneficial effect. It might be a remedy, someone to assist you or a trip...

Aries born between April 2 and 20 is the lucky one. So is Taurus born between April 21 and May 15. For example, the person born on April 21 will have Jupiter square Sun between August 10 and August 16. He or she just had to take care not to want too much...

Sagittarius born between December 4 and 22 has a beautiful aspect to look forward to: Juputer trine natal Sun. I was born on December 12 and if I am righ, I will enjoy this on 19/20 January and June 21 2015. Positive things come with Jupiter. I hope it is true.

Serious in 2015
Saturn will make you alert if you were born between November 20 and December 3. With a birthday between August 21 and September 4, you could be confronted with mistakes, debts and limitations somehow or have to say goodbye to a situation or person. This might also be the case for persons with any point in the chart between 29 of the fixed signs and 12 of the movable signs.

Funny 2015
Venus in 2015 moves from the final degrees of Capricorn to the first of Sagittarius. This doesn't mean that Sagittarians won't have any fun next year. That is because there are more positions than the Sun in your chart, because there is a progressed Sun in Capricorn or Aquarius and because there are trines. Venus' trines will hit my natal Sun 3 times and there are 21 moments of fun as far as I know, without counting my birthday, Xmas and my progressed birthday (I celebrate my birthday + number of years = number of days:). Read about the many happy moments in a year..They are like lit candles in the darkness.

Venus is for fun and seldom symbolize big changes when she passes bye as Transit Venus. But she is great for a visit to the hair dresser or to meet nice people.

As people are not signs and signs are not people, and as a person born on your birthday won't have your life (or death), it is clear that there is more than an astrological weather message to get a full picture of your situation and feelings in 2015. You need a birth time and place to make a chart. But you also need to know your condition and situation (age, gender, social position, country, genes). We are complicated and so is the world. It helps to make the world better, because it would help to change the meaning of transits like those of Saturn. In the Middle Ages, if you were at the wrong place and time, you could loose your head with Saturn on MC and as it happens, so it is in certain parts of the world today. Change that and Saturn's symbol will change so that it just means that your position makes you worry (a bit) about responsibilities, guilt, mortgages or people's criticism. Let's support all those who try to keep and make the world a place to love.

Wish you a wonderful start of 2015!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

António Rosa (Cova do Urso) died

This morning I visited Cova do Urso, blog of Portugese astrologer António Rosa, whom I met in Lisbon during a workshop with Noel Tyl. I was shocked to read that he passed away. António was a very kind and versatile astrologer. He will be missed. I am so sad to have to tell you this.

The In Memoriam is on his site:

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Midwinter and Xmas charts 2014

Winter solstice's chart is for 23:03 GMT this year ( and for December 22, 0:03 in The Netherlands. The chart of that moment shows the Moon rising before the Sun (almost New Moon) and Jupiter as well as Saturn without major aspects within a 5 degree orb. 

Every year in December/January there is a conjunction of the Moon with the Sun in the astrological sign Capricorn. This year it is in the first degree of Capricorn. For those with the first degree of Capricorn, the New Moon is more important than to the rest of us. With this degree in the 10th house, they may expect changes in their public position, for example. When you were born on December 22/23, March 21/22, June 21/22 or September 23/24, the New Moon is in tight aspect with your natal Sun. This is your chance to find out if that really means change starting within a month. That is also true for those who have a 0-1 degree Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries on the horizon (Ascendant-Descendant) or meridian (IC-MC) in the natal or progressed chart. In the 'Beeldgids van de dierenriem' (Helene and Willem A. Koppejan) there is a picture explained by Janduz of a couple holding hands but looking the other way. Another Sabian Symbol is that of a native American chief demanding power. The combination of this points at common or joined responsibilities to be the focus of the month to come. If your chart is being 'charged' by the New Moon, you are maybe about to experience changes in the field of responsibilities at work or at home. And if these changes happen to you, you know that New Moon worked for you:).

Christmas 2014

Most people simply want to know if their Xmas party will be fun. A third of them will check their sun sign to find out beforehand. 

The positions of Venus, Jupiter and midpoint Venus/Jupiter are the position of fun and joy and party time. During the days between Xmas and New Year those with Sun, Venus, Moon, Ascendant or MC in the 22nd (21-22) degree of a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are blessed with Jupiter in Leo Retrograde. This will help them to look back being happy even though there might be a less pleasant person who almost spoiled all the fun. If you were born on or around April 13, August 13 or December 13, this might happen to you. 

A pleasant and loving Xmas is for those with a happy Venus related to their charts. Birthdays between May 8 and 18, September 10 and 20, January 8 and 18 are the lucky birthdays of this year. There is also fun around for those with any position in natal or progressed chart between the 18th and 27th degree of the earth signs Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn. Check your chart!

The day after Xmas Venus will be inconjunct Jupiter to remind us of 'too big, too many, too much'. Your weight might understand this:). 

If your birthday is around end of October/beginnings of November or between January 25 and 31, the midpoint Venus/Jupiter will be on your natal Sun to make you feel happy with Father Xmas.

Of course, your individual charts and personal (or national) circumstances could keep you away from having a party. Xmas is a community celebration and it is a fact that not everybody will be able to join in. But, even if there is just a little bit of light on the horizon, try to be happy about the fact that this celebration has been worldwide for ages because it is the celebration of light and the sun growing. For those in a nasty period the come back of the sun with more light might help them see that there is hope, even in dark hours. That is what Xmas is about. Here is the Xmas chart of Rotterdam. Every place on earth has it's own Xmas chart.
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 Christmas trine
Jupiter is trine Ixion, trine Pholus and trine Eris now. This triangle will be back again in 2015. As little study has been done about the dwarf planet Eris and the asteroids Ixion and Pholus, only time will tell what this trine will mirror. Eris is the symbol of disharmony, Ixion is the symbol of the 'bad guys', Pholus is the man who shot himself. Jupiter expands and helps (even our enemies). Trines are symbols of getting away with it and finding easy ways out. Lucky adjustments to be able to deal with nasty guys? Well, to get back to Xmas: maybe this Jupiter helps those with family problems:). I'll be on the look out for what happens during this trine. 


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

José Mujica, his chart and his exceptional habits

The end of José Mujica's career was near when transit Saturn was opposition his natal Sun and Pluto inconjunct his progressed Sun. Now he can go on living like he used to, in a modest 80m2 house without any luxury with a 3 legged dog and a very old Beetle. That is pretty unusual for a President of Urugay, so I expected an unusual chart. Here is the chart (source is )
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Uranus rises before his Sun and is 'calling' (not aspected)! This VIP Uranus is a sign of being a rebel, being different, somehow, or wanting to make changes and in fact: he is a 'different' person willing to make changes.

There is an important place for the Moon conjunct Galactic Centre, on the Descendant and inconjunct Pluto. Moon inconjunct Pluto is an important aspect in his chart, as both the Moon and Pluto don't make any aspect in orb 5 degree except for the quincunx between them. The aspect refers to submissive (see: ) and forced behavior. The intensity of habits make it difficult to change, even for a leader (Sun without aspects is 'calling' for attention and the starring role) and even for a revolutionary person when it is about systems and the 'people'. In a way, it is a problem to have a Moon-Pluto in conjunction, because you have problems with adjusting. The Moon is Out of Bounds and that points at a key role for emotions, habits, popularity.
Mercury and Venus are also OOB.

With Moon and Uranus as the most important objects (Moon on DC and calling, Uranus rising before Sun and calling) with Sun and Pluto as second best, this chart is the chart of an unusual very devoted and strict  rebel who is a leading authority.

Sun/Moon midpoint in Pisces explains the reigning need for belief systems and ideologies, even more because this midpoint is opposition Neptune. He is being motivated by ideals and a true believer.
A special aspect is Venus in Cancer trine Saturn. Isn't that a perfect symbol of the love of simplicity and economy? But what to do with Venus/Pluto midpoint square Midheaven? Money is strongly related to his status, but in a different way than usual because of his ideals.

People adore him for his simple and unusual way of live. The midpoint Jupiter/Neptune on the IC tells us about the fans and followers of Mujica.

José Mujica sure shows how to make the best of difficult aspects:).


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

True and not true sun signs

Interesting research done by a second date site showed that 2.5 times more members were Capricorns than Sagittarius. It seems strange that the serious Capricorns are more true than the freewheeling Sags but I think that there is more than 1 explanation. Take the horns...for example. Venus and Mars should be considered, too. But, we know that Capricorns mind their status and position and the status quo. When they would like some more adventure, they wouldn't want to risk their mortgage, pay alimony and lose a reputation. That could be a reason to search for a secret date with an odor of 'decency' (instead of sex dates). Long lasting marriages can be boring, of course. Sagittarians would, perhaps, separate sooner.

The second sign on top of the list is Aquarius (adventure, something new) and second last is Scorpio (deeply true). Aries and Taurus are third. Of course, people are not sun signs and stats like these can't be used to accuse any sign of being untrue. There is more in a chart, and much more in a secret dater's chart!

It is an interesting study, because apart from a few famous examples we can't really know who is true, can we?

for the list of members and their signs with the names of the signs in Dutch.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Moon, Sun-Neptune and Maddy McCann again

Yesterday it was New Moon in Sagittarius. This week (on Thursday) the Sun will be square Neptune. 
The New Moon in Sagittarius is conjunct the Sun of Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela. This promises hope for a new start. The solar return of Yulia Timosjenko however has an exact Sun square Neptune, showing delusion. The Moon in Sagittarius conjunct Sun wants us to always look on the bright side, even if you have to see things upside down, and that is where I will start.

We all have our own charts and ways to deal with the transits and cycle of the Moon. Those born with New Moon take good care of themselves and those who are in their heart. New Moons in Sagittarius have the Sun/Moon midpoint in Sagittarius, too. They will want and need space and hope for 'better' somehow, just like we all do these days.  The New Moon in Sagittarius can be the perfect moment to start making plans for the future. It is also the moment of taking care of your ischias or hip bones and not to overdo things, even though your enthusiasm wants you to. Sagittarius and Jupiter are symbols of 'giving advice' and not everyone wants to take it. So I spare you the details and do as Moon in Sagittarius does: pretend that all will be well in the end. The Sun/Moon Sagittarius is full of hope, but...

For some odd reason the negotiations with Iran take place in Sun-Neptune square periods, as if some astrologer is forcing the world leaders to chose the worse moment possible for a clear view, open eye and positive results. In November 2013 I wrote about the 'Sun-Neptune agreement' on my Dutch site Astromarkt (see: ) in a negative way a (like I should, taking Neptune's affliction in mind:). Again, even though the Moon in Sagittarius wants to see the bright sides, I have my doubts. But, of course, there is also a bright side on transits of Neptune, just follow the link.

PS I read that the police is interested in Robert Murat again (see as a witness. When people get very involved somehow (as a witness, as a victim, as the actor, as the investigator or as a suspect), we use to see connections between charts. See it in the 2007 post:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Cosby's Pluto

Sleeping dogs wake up when Pluto hits charts. Bill Cosby is being confronted with accusations of rape dated 20 years or longer ago and the number of victims increases. Pluto is the ruler of his 8th house, the house of life and death, the house of sex and crisis. Pluto is all around in his chart today. When there are more than 2 indications pointing in the same direction, there is almost always a noticible event.* Here is the chart with transits and progressions for now:
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1. Progressed Midheaven trine natal Pluto (aspect for a strong position)
2. Transit Pluto on Natal Midheaven (status or conditions changing in an intens way)
3. Progressed Mars is inconjunct natal Pluto (lost intense battle)
4. The 3 Plutonic aspects are accompanied by Transit Neptune square natal Venus (affairs)
5. Progressed MC semi square Uranus for controvery and news

Earlier, when the first rumors popped up, Tranit Neptune was inconjunct progressed Sun (extraordinary negative light).

The 3rd aspect (P Mars inconjunct Pluto) is especially strong because of the fact that there is a minor aspect between Mars and Pluto in the natal chars: Mars 112.5 d Pluto (square + half semi square). Minor aspects often signal the not so visible characteristics of a person that may have major impact at a certain point in life, like in the case of O.J. Simpson...

Mars-Pluto is often involved in cases of brutal force and the drive to master and win. Nevertheless, charts can't be used as a tool to tell if a person is wrong or right, as both victims, prosecutors and thos 'who did it' often share this aspect of the theme of intense drive and aggression in their charts. Circumstances, gender and conditions have to be considered as well.

Bill Cosby's Pluto is indeed challenging! The threefold presence of Pluto in his chart today tells us about a confrontatational crisis. Damage control may be needed or more... When Pluto is around and sleeping dogs wake up, you may have to defend yourself. It is not the first time that Bill Cosby's name is mentioned related to sexual assault. The first time was in 2000. And that happened to be with Progressed MC square Pluto. Here you see it:

The case of O.J. Simpson...(Quote: ' the chart behind the chart') with examples

* I say "almost always" because there are, always, exceptions.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Minor aspects, major effect and Kim Kardashian's transit Uranus

I like November, especially when I am in my house:). Outside it is stormy weather and it smells a bit like decay and rotten leaves. It is getting darker all the time.. So it is nice when there is something light and funny to talk about this time. It is about Kim Kardashian's behind, of course. Everybody is talking about that picture. So why not me? I wondered if there was a Uranus (typical this name) transit to explain the fact that the world is so obsessed about one woman's oily bottom. And of course, there was. It is a minor aspect and it is a special one. The quindecile (165 degree aspect) is the aspect of obsession and strong focus. The world has it's focus on her, right now. It is unexpected, it is controversial, people laugh about it and it is in the news. What more do you need to cry: Uranus? 

Kim Kardashian’s birth chart is AA-rated on Astrodatabank, so the time must be right. With that Pluto rising before the Sun, and Moon opposite Jupiter on the meridian, her chart 'covers' the popularity and fame. I wouldn't dare to point at the Ascendant for the behind, but it IS a Sagittarius Ascendant with Jupiter prominently on MC! Maybe you see more clues to the story. If you do, tell me, please. Here is the chart for you to see and calculate. Transit Uranus 14th degree Aries. Sun 29th degree Libra. 209-14=195-360=165. There you are.
Such a transit on the right moment makes me happy to use minor aspects. 


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Transit Jupiter and 6th house: happy with pets

When my puppy entered our house, transit Jupiter was trine my Midheaven from the 6th house (and I didn't pick that day on purpose).
Last time that I had a puppy transit Jupiter was conjunct my Ceres. In the solar return chart for that year Sun and Jupiter were conjunct Midheaven with Sun ruling the 6th house.
There are two more trines of Jupiter with my MC next year, but I don't plan to have more puppies.

I think that the Jupiter-6th house combination makes you happy about pets, the household, the daily routine or health. Maybe it is about pets in my case because of Jupiter in Pisces 12 conjunct my Ascendant. But I find it an interesting 'coincidence'.

Transits of Jupiter don't always promise BIG events. They just let you count your blessings. Actaeon wasn't really blessed. He was hounted by his own dogs after Artemis transformed him into a deer. O dear! I won't let that happen to me:)

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The many happy moments in a year

Heavy transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are most often long felt. Happy transits of Venus don't last long, but may have a long lasting effect when you realize that there are many of such transits. They happen more often than the transits of the slow planets. I just calculate mine for 2015 and I had more than 20 (!) happy transits of Venus (and Jupiter) in one year! And than I didn't count the solar transits (transit Sun conjunct or trine or... Venus or Jupiter). Long term progressions with Venus or Jupiter may be rare, but there is always the joy of the little things in life.

Right now, Venus is in Scorpio and that is a comfort and a joy for those who have the (progressed or natal) Sun, Ascendant, Moon or Midheaven in Scorpio, especially when the placement is in the same degree as Venus is right now.

And how about Jupiter in the 21-23 degree of Leo in November? Transit Jupiter may not always be generous with the kind of help that you want, but at least transits of Jupiter protect a person from more evil. There is always protection or good advice, a remedy or a something else that makes you more positive and happy than you were before. The Scorpio of November 13 has a solar return with Jupiter conjunct Sun, to guide him or her through the year. It is a positive starter!

In times of trouble the passage of Venus may be nothing more than comforting words or caress or a hot cup of tea that makes you feel better, for a while. It is a pleasure to have a transit of Venus when you go to the hair dresser or beautician, but you'll have to come back one day. Transits of Venus symbolize the 'mitigating factors' while transits of Jupiter symbolize the more profound helping factors. Jupiter helps, even when you are a dog. Recent observation: a homeless dog found a boss with transit Jupiter conjunct her Sun (born August 11, 2006, found a boss in the second half of  October, 2014!). On the other hand, I experienced transit Jupiter on my Midheaven twice when I became the owner of a new car. It is about improving conditions/status and contentment, even in bad times*).

All that it takes to fully enjoy the beneficial effect of transits of Jupiter and Venus is: to be aware of little things that make you happy and count your blessings.

Astrology, like statistics never works the other way. Sometimes nothing seems to have happened. Jupiter and Venus aren't Santa or Fairy Godmother. Their transits over your chart are just symbols for being ready for the theme of happiness and joy, even it that comes in the shape of a big fat ice cream or a tasting meal. But you CAN use the ephemeris and plan your party or wedding or celebration on those happy moments in a year. The transits of Venus and Jupiter, however, could also symbolize gaining weight after an overdose of fat and sugar, so be warned:).

Happy moments are to be cherished and remembered, because they help you get trough times of horror, death, illness and loneliness. So, even in dark hours, celebrate and remember life's happy moments. The transits of Venus and Jupiter offer an opportunity to do so.  There are plenty of those moments in a year. Just check the ephemeris!

*)  Recently a family member passed away with transit Jupiter on his AC/MC midpoint as if he was guided on 'the last voyage'.

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Restrictions, freedom and Saturn/Uranus

Today we remember that 25 years ago the European communist regimes started to fall with the Berlin Wall to begin with. Here is the chart for that moment. Watch Saturn conjunct Neptune (detachment, mostly involuntary and in this case: the end (Saturn) of an ideology (Neptune)).
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Very much in line with the event is the horizon. Ascendant conjunct Ceres (the importance of dynasty, genes, family) and opposite Saturn/Uranus midpoint (the midpoint of restricted liberty and the rebellion against it). 

Saturn/Uranus midpoint is now sesquisquare my Sun. A little black dog is sort of restricting my liberty, while I sometimes have to limit hers. See her protest below! And think of it: circumstances (political, economical, social) are the key to the way and the degree of restricted liberty. Mine is rather nice and probably temporarily. Hers will be less strict when she knows where to pee. And that is how transits go by. For many people in the world there is no freedom on the horizon. But it was on November 9, 25 years ago, for the people of the communist part of Germany. 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Marathon, the Sphinx, Jupiter and fixed signs

November 4, 2007

This is what I wrote in 2007:

With 60% of the positions in the fixed signs on his birthday (29th October 1978 in Kapsaber, Kenya) Martin Lel is born to be persistent. That seems a good sign for a marathon man. 
Today he won the New York Marathon with transit Jupiter semi square to the Sun.
When you are a runner and transit Jupiter is in aspect with your Sun, you might win...That is because Jupiter means help, success, satisfaction and progress.

When you are a marathon man, you'd better have indications for persistence in your chart. Placements in the fixed signs are such indications. Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. They go on and on.

The famous Sphinx has a human head (Aquarius) and we see the lion (Leo), eagle (Scorpio) and ox (Taurus) in the sculpture.

Just a short post to point at the positions of Sun, Moon and Progressed Moon in the chart of Mubarak (still the President of Egypt, born May 4, 1928) and the eternal sphinx, the combination of all four fixed signs in astrology (see this link to Astrology weekly, about it)...Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. They share a strong will and persistence. President Mubarak has the Sun in the astrological tropical sign Taurus, Moon in Scorpio and at present the Progressed Moon in Scorpio and we can't accuse him of giving up immediately, can we?

In 2008 I wrote about Hillary Clinton and not giving up. Why not? Of course: her fixed signs!

Hillary Clinton won in West Virginia and she won't give up. This determination is not surprising. She has 60% of her placements in fixed signs (in her case in Scorpio or Leo). Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Pluto are in fixed signs. And now that we are looking at qualities and elements: she does not have any placement in an earth sign! It points at the need to gather material things, security, certainty. For more info...
An interesting view on the Sphinx and more symbolism:

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mars-Saturn-Pluto synastry (sinester?)

Ten years ago today, movie director Theo van Gogh (born July 23, 1957 at about 12:10 in The Hague, Netherlands) was brutally murdered in Amsterdam. His killer (March 8, 1978) had his Mars on the Midheaven of the victim and his Pluto on the Ascendant of the victim. Ergo, his Saturn was on the midpoint Mars/Pluto of the victim. This midpoint combination of Mars, Saturn and Pluto generally warns for danger. But is that combination always so sinister?

Of course there was more in the case of Van Gogh.
Both killer and victim had an important Mars. The killer's Mars was out of bounds. The victim's Mars was semi square the natal midpoint Sun/Moon and widely conjunct Mercury.

When he died Theo van Gogh had transit Pluto square his progressed Mars and trine natal Mars. He also had the transiting ruler of the 8th house, Venus, conjunct his progressed Mars. This way, the old and new ruler of the 8th house in astrology were active.  On that specific day there was a more than average risk to get hurt or to die.
His killer was born on March 8, 1978 and 26 years old. He had the progressed Sun conjunct his Eris with transit Saturn exactly on his progressed Mars as a manifest of discord with an issue of death (and punishment). He serves life in prison.

There was a double dangerous aspect combination in the synastry.
1. The killer's Mars + Pluto with the angles of the chart of the victim.
2. The killer's Saturn on the victim's Mars/Pluto midpoint.

A few years ago I published a book about midpoint combinations in Dutch and I told the public that Mars-Saturn-Pluto combinations express:
"exhaustion, working too hard. There is a tendency to get into violent situation or to use violence. Wants to win in spite of resistance".
One more example:
Pim Fortuyn, a Dutch politician, was murdered by an activist whose Saturn/Pluto midpoint was semi square his Out of Bounds Mars. His victim had an OOB Pluto and Saturn conjunct MC, close to Mars and Pluto.

A recent third example was mentioned by Dr. Phil a few months back. 6 year old Max fell in a most peculiar way over the balcony at home, riding his little bike. After a period of coma, he died. Two years later his stepmother Rebecca Zahau born March 15, 1979, was found hanging from the balcony, with hands and feet tied. The police still thinks it is suicide and also that the death of the boy was an accident. Now where is the Mars-Saturn-Pluto theme?

The stepmother's chart has Mars opposite Saturn and biquintile Pluto. 
Max's chart (June 7 2005) has an out of bounds Moon, Mercury and Venus, with Mars trine Saturn and square Pluto. In 2011 his progressed Sun was opposite Pluto. 

Now the synastry: her Sun is conjunct his Mars. Her Sun is square his Pluto and trine his Saturn. 
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There is a strange connection between the two lives ended the unnatural way, their charts pointing at the danger of death and the synastry that relates the life of one person with the untimely death of the other. 

I am glad that my puppy's Mars/Saturn on my Pluto is the only nasty synastry between us:). Her Venus is trine mine. She bites a bit, though...
Please consider that any Mars-Saturn-Pluto combination is a warning, not an omen that  should be seen in the light of circumstances, characters, situations, genes, culture and all else that is more important than the warning in a chart. The exact time of birth is also very important. Such aspect combinations mirror what sort of thing might happen, but it depends on many factors IF, HOW and WHAT exactly will happen or HOW this combination influences a relationship. Or else, we would all die the same day! It also depends on the prominence of Mars, Saturn or Pluto and on the question if your actions might have a boomerang effect, I guess.
If she bites with those little teeth, again, I will tell her to stop!:)

Van Gogh was a director and an author. Both professions require creativity and style. It also takes the ability to 'direct' to be a director. Those qualities are in the chart:

1. His Sun is 'calling' (no Ptolemaic aspects in sign). That is for drawing attention and leadership.
2. Cancer on Midheaven with the Moon in Gemini for communications. 
3. Venus sextile Neptune and in minor aspect (75 d) with the Moon for the pattern of artistic talent, together with Venus semi quintile MC and biquintile IC. 
4. Jupiter in between Venus and Neptune for fans and followers
5. Mercury and Mars both connected to Sun/Moon midpoint highlights discussions and the 'sharp tongue'

70 percent of the placements in fire signs show the tendency to take risks. Mercury with Uranus/Pluto mirrors the sometimes radical opinion that was an excuse for the slaughter of a controversial newsmaker who also happened to be a loving father and an artist. 


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Venus trine my puppy's

This is a happy day for me, as transit Jupiter is trine my Midheaven. Tomorrow, Jupiter will be trine my Sun. This is the week of my puppy. Her Venus is trine my Venus. That is a good sign! Meryl Streep married her Don in 1978. Her Venus is trine his.

On the way to see her, yesterday, I thought of some names and found at least 1 for the complete alphabet. I like 'Easy', for some reason. I was introduced to Izzy. She already had a name, because the person who first selected her, later switched to a male dog. Last week I accidentally  named the picture of Iggy (the woman dissed by Snoop Dogg): Izzy. I had never heard of Izzy before (it is short for Isabel).

Next weekend I will be very busy with the little one. She is cheerful (Moon Sagittarius; Venus and Jupiter rising before the Sun) and has a strong will (Sun trine Pluto, like I have:). She is also a Virgo (and perhaps that will make her fastidious). We'll see.

Venus-Venus synastry almost always shows mutual sympathy, even if there are different wishes and tastes. I am sure that my taste won't match Izzy's!:)

The trines of Jupiter are welcome as I am in the middle of an 8th house transit Saturn square progressed MC and square progressed Sun. I am planning to enjoy it!

About the synastry Venus-Venus and Meryl Streep

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Astrology chart of Snoop Dogg (dissing Iggy Azalea)

You know that every and any chart should be considered with age, gender, genes, social situation, conditions and culture in mind. Here is the chart of Snoop Dogg, a famous AND notirious rapper. He is the news because he keeps dissing Iggy Azalea (see this link). No surprise, because his Venus inconjunct Eris just loves to create discord!

A rapper is telling his own rhythmic tales. Communications and rhythm is what you need, and it helps to have a difficult background. The astrologic word for communications is Mercury. His Mercury doesn’t make any aspects in sign or orb 5 degrees and that is what I call a ‘calling Mercury’. When you have Mercury calling, you can’t resist to talk, talk and talk, so telling stories is your thingJ.). His Mercury is conjunct Ixion (symbol of ‘the bad guy’) and both are inconjunct Saturn. Mercury and Ixion are at the midpoint Sun/Moon. That increases the motivation to communicate along with a ‘gangsta’ issue (Ixion).

There is also a ‘calling’ Uranus, rising before the Sun. This VIP Uranus is a VIP rebel, like Snoop Dogg is.  But Uranus is also the symbol of rhythm and acceleration.

Mercury (voice, pen), Uranus (rhythm, rebellion) and Ixion (gansta): a recipe for rapping.

Let us read the chart in a more systematic way:

Uranus calling and rising before the Sun, ruling the 11th house of friends and communities
Mercury calling
We have fast talking here and controversial opinions (making a change by means of communications).

Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon and an early Taurus Ascendant immediately points at the axis of earning money. Moon conjunct Venus semi square Pluto and Taurus Ascendant inconjunct Pluto.

There is a pattern indicating issues related to making money and values (Taurus-Scorpio-Libra). There is a Moon conjunct Venus for sense of style and what people like. And the mentioned Venus (ruler Sun) inconjunct Eris links the charming Libra to excessive disagreement. Libra likes a good atmosphere, but Venus inconjunct Eris can't resist to throw apples:).
Iggy Azalea
Snoop Dogg was born with 5 placements in air signs AND a calling Mercury, so that there is a strong focus on communications and the use of voice or pen. And he happened to know a lot of rappers!

Midheaven’s ruler Saturn in the 2nd house and the lack of placements in earth signs (except for the AC) tells us about the need to get material security. Because of ruler 10 in 2 this is related to public (10) appearances (2 is 5 of 10). The most narrow aspect with Midheaven is made by Pallas, the symbol of (repeated) patterns.

Venus-Pluto’s mutual reception finally disposes of Midheaven in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn in Gemini in the 2nd house. That strongly refers to making money, again.

Now we got a person who is involved in public appearances (television, theatre), eager to make money and very capable and motivated to communicate (fast and furiousJ). As he is surrounded by rappers and living in a  ‘gangsta’ culture, it is more likely that he would become a rapper than an author. 
But how did he become famous?

When he became known (release of movie April 1991) transit Jupiter was square his Sun/Moon midpoint with Mercury and Ixion, but so was Saturn. There is a Jupiter-Saturn opposition in the natal chart. Such an aspect adds disadvantages to successes and vice versa. There was a progressed Moon trine natal and later progressed Jupiter in that year. That is one of the best progressions a person can have. As there was much exposure, his rap became a success.

I see none of the usual indications for success (Jupiter-Pluto combinations or Mercury-Jupiter), just Jupiter/Neptune with Midheaven (an audience) and Jupiter/Uranus conjunct Venus (sudden artistic windfall). Maybe you do? 

Perhaps the right moment (Moon-Jupiter in April 1991) was enough for a fast and controversial speaking gangsta man with an audience in the best period for rappers.


Here you see the chart of Snoopy Dogg, not so ‘snoopy’ and sweet in his fittie with competing female rapper Azalea. Watch the Mars-Sun and Mars-Saturn synastry!
Ctr and Tap or Click in the chart+ Open new window to maximize the chart! 

LINKS Eris, symbol in the charts of a ruined coalition

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Friday, October 17, 2014

What astrology needs is...

Now that we know the wrong ideas about astrology, let's see what astrology needs. You already know that astrology is the study of the correspondence between an image of the sky above and what happens below. Astrology is more than that and more complicated than that, of course. To work with astrology, an astrologer needs:


The interpretation of the symbols in the drawing that we make of earth and heaven of that moment of birth (or the event) is an art. So is communicating about it. You have to consider so many factors that using words with multiple possible specific meaning (like for example amorphous or esthetic or expanding) is required for mass communication. In a personal meeting and interacting there can be a more personal approach and the symbols can be related to the individual's situation (using words like dreams, love of art or successes). This, however, requires a thorough study of the chart and a keen knowledge of astrology's vocabulary. And the ability to associate (to link one thing to another like meanings to symbols)


You can't study astrology without an open mind. You need to have that 'helicopter view' and you need to be able to associate words and symbols.

It takes more than knowing 'what sign' you are to call yourself a student in astrology. There are numerous ways to study astrology and numerous ways to interpret charts. But there are common grounds in astrology.

 In Western tropical astrology the chart represents earth, surrounded by the heavens, with a special spot in the middle. That is where you stand or where the event happened. From that point of view the chosen symbols in the chart, interpreted with an eye for gender, genes, status, situation, age and other factors of influence, mirror a reality (note: it is not vice versa). Astrologers all over the world see the Sun as the symbol of vitality, life and heart. They agreed that Saturn is related to time, age, parenthood and ambition. They all consider Venus to be the planet of beauty, design and love. The symbols of astrology are flexible and have a different meaning in different times, social areas and cultures. Astrologers all over the world can see the different effect of a transit Saturn square Sun in times of war, for a poor person and for managers. They translate the symbols, taking that in mind.

Also, astrologers use to disagree over a lot of things, too. Astrologers are almost human:).

Astrology, that ancient tool to understand men, history and events will never die completely. That is because astrology is natural and related to nature itself. Astrology is the bridge between us and the world out there, the seasons, the tides and history. Astrology helps us get a spiritual view on what happens.

By studying astrology we open a window to better understand others, combining the chart's symbols with reality. In a way, astrology shows how important it is to take care of ourselves and others. The fact that circumstances and situations dominate when it comes to explaining the symbols (or translating them), shows us that it is worthwhile to keep trying to make the world a better place. The symbols of astrology are flexible and have a different meaning in different times, social areas and cultures. Astrologers all over the world can see the different effect of a transit Saturn square Sun in times of war, for a poor person and for managers. They translate the symbols, taking that in mind.

Astrology needs peace and freedom. We couldn't be astrologers if there was no peace, if there were no books and no choices to make. Astrology is a study for a free and healthy society. The fact that astrology exists in a society is the proof of the pudding. Where astrology is forbidden, the authority is strict. Where astrology rules, there is no certainty at all. It is better for astrology to be in the middle, where freedom of speech and freedom of mind allows astrology to be.

It works both ways. Astrology in itself doesn't attack the free world, nor is it a threat. It takes a free mind to study astrology. There is co-existence, for ages. The fact is, that I can see where my visitors come from and most of them come from the free world.

Even though some elements in society don't approve of astrology and would love to ban this study, the fact is that astrology survived thousands of years, without pressure, killing, war or prosecution. Astrology is vivid, because astrology is about us, you, the world you live in and the changing times. Astrology is flexible enough to live long ever after, though maybe not always happy. But that is human and natural, too.

What I mean is, that in a free world astrology may be taken seriously or not, but whatever happens: serious astrology will remain a spiritual and nature based study of mankind, from a different kind of view. 
I value and appreciate astrology for decades. Wrong ideas about astrology won't be able to erase my findings. Astrology may not be a religion, but I believe in the value of the study of astrology. That doesn't mean that I accept every idea without testing it. Here on I present my findings, using those concepts that I have watched, studied and tested, using real life facts and data. There is still a lot to be studied. I could go on for years and ages. And I hope that I can...

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Strange ideas about astrology

What astrology is not...

Guercino: Personification of astrology (ca. 1650)
There are lots of misconceptions about astrology.  Those ideas stand in the way of seeing astrology as it is: the spiritual study of the correspondence between the astrological (!) picture of symbols in the sky and earth's (nature's) reality (!weighing the influence of circumstances, genes, gender, culture and age). 
And no, astrology is not about a parrot picking a lucky card...and astrologers don't worship the Sun, moon or any of the planets or stars. In fact, there are astrologers all over the world and divided over all kinds of religions and convictions.

What more strange ideas are there? There is the idea that astrology is a sort of a religious belief and astrologers are leading followers of that belief,  in every single act and move. There is the idea that astrology is about 12 signs, dividing mankind in 12 kind of persons and that that astrologers don't know that those signs are not the constellations. There is the idea that astrology has been scientifically tested and that science proved astrology wrong. All that is not true. Those are the ideas of people who don't take astrology as seriously as I do:).
In some countries being an astrologer is dangerous as astrology is forbidden for religious or ideological reasons!

I started this post with a long, long defense of astrology.  I reread it and I thought: why should I mind? Whatever I say, it won't convince anti-astrology adepts at all, just as they won't ever be able to convince me. That is because I can see, hear, read, think and do my own research. Or maybe it is because I am as they are, so that I can only see the proofs of my own premise, just like they do. Whatever. I don't care. I offer some links here, for you, to make up your own mind.
I just don't want you to get any wrong ideas about astrology and astrologers. Think for yourself! And study astrology. It is an amazing eye opener in many ways.

Next post: what astrologers and astrology need is...

LINKS On the zodiac hype and '13th sign' Astrologer tested the wrong way, a dramatic story. They wanted an astrologer to find the right chart with a certain story (some of them alike). There were 7 charts! She had an afternoon to do this not very scientific test. Much cited Carlson test was NOT scientific enough...

Matthew the Astrologer mentioned 8 things skeptics of astrology don't get here:

 Wikipedia starts with saying that astrology is divination....

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