Regulus, the Star of Donald Trump’s destiny


Regulus Middle Eastern Talisman

It may be interesting to students of Astrology to know that Trump’s Birth Ascendant on the last degree of Leo was very closely aligned to Regulus, alpha Star in the constellation of Leo, and was also conjunct his Leo Mars, in the Twelfth House of self-undoing.

The name Regulus means in Latin ‘Little King’. This Star is also known as ‘The Heart of the Lion’. Regulus was one of the four pillars of the ancient sky-universe. With Antares of Scorpio, Aldebaran of Taurus and Fomalhaut of Pisces Regulus guarded one of the four corners of the universe, the Northern.

Just today, while editing this post, I came across a Washington Post’s headline reading Trump is looking a lot like King Lear — but this tragedy is far from over, one of the weird synchronicity that occurs when one happens to be in a focused state of mind, for whatever reason. It is an interesting article and very much, if unknowingly, attuned to the nature of the Star that is at the helm of Trump’s destiny, right on the degree of his Ascendant !

This Star was traditionally considered mainly fortunate, bringing ‘success, high and lofty ideals and strength of spirit, making its natives magnanimous, grandly liberal, generous, ambitious, fond of power, desirous of command, high-spirited and independent.’

Bernardette Brady, one of the most serious contemporary authority on Sidereal Astrology, reads a strong potential for downfall in this Star power too, especially if the individual embraces revenge as a way of redressing true or imagined wrongs. This Star’s influence sometimes shows hubris, the ego arrogance that was considered a sin against the Gods and brought within the seed of self-destruction (does this sound familiar while discussing Trump?). So this Star can bring one to very high ranking positions but also to dramatic reversals if its power is abused.

Regulus had certainly its negative side according to more traditional sources also. It is supposed for instance to instigate violence, to be often destructive, offering military honors of short duration, because benefits tend not to last, with ultimate failure and even imprisonment possible.

The ancient scholar-astrologer Ptolemy (second century ad) talked about the Leo constellation and its alpha star Regulus in his treatise Almagest, describing its effect on human personality and destiny as a combination of Mars and Jupiter influence, mainly fortunate but also given to extremes, especially if ill aspected at birth. In a Birth Chart an alignment of Mars to Jupiter will provide the personality with great drive, optimism and stamina, with the risk of grandiosity though, making the individual prone to self-inflation and given to excessive risk taking. Like if Trump, born on a Sagittarius Full Moon and with Mars rising in Leo, needed more self-inflating encouragement !

Guido Bonatti, a 13th century Italian mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, advisor of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, wrote that this Star, when acting in a negative way, signifies that ‘the Native shall die an unhappy death; or at least that all his honors, greatness and power shall at last suffer an eclipse and set in a cloud‘. A very poetical description.

These are not my words, but the words of ancient astrologers, long dead. Time will tell.

For more on Trump Astrology please navigate to his dedicated page Here.

The Waxing Moon transits Leo from Wednesay, July 31, to Friday, August 2, during the Leo New Moon Phase

Anne Frank

Click the image to navigate to Anne Frank’s Birth Chart Page, with the Progressions and Transits of important dates in her short life, like the day her family went into hiding, the day they were arrested by the Nazi and the approximate date of Anne death. Anne Frank was born when the Moon was transiting Leo, in the Second House, and the Sun Gemini, in the Eleventh House. Her Ascendant was zero degree Leo and the Sun conjunct Mercury in Gemini was her Ruling Planet. The Leo Moon was conjunct to Neptune and connected by aspect to Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Uranus was her most elevated planet conjunct her Mid-Heaven in Aries. Her Venus was in Taurus and her Mars in Leo. Her Jupiter was on the cusp Taurus-Gemini and her Saturn was in Sagittarius.

LEO, Moon of creativity and passion
Warm and fun loving

The WANING MOON TRANSITS LEO from Wednesday, July 31, 11.18 am,
to Friday, August 2, 11.20 pm, with the ingress into VIRGO

Suitable energy for creative work, especially of the visual type, display, fun, joy, drama, theater, inspiration, organization, leisure, pleasure, vacation, spending fun times with the children, being a child again, love making, romance, passion. Purchase of jewellery, gold, precious objects, luxury items, cats. Action motivated by spontaneous need for self expression. Dramatic display of generous feelings, warm hearted, loyal, passionate, but somewhat egotistic. Beware of domineering and controlling attitudes, ego inflation, extremes of passion, exaggeration, arrogance, pride.

  • In the garden Leo, like all the other Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Great Moon time for designing the garden, introducing ornamental objects and features, and, of course, Garden Parties.
  • Healing Herbs: Borage, Hawthorn, Motherwort.
A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The New Moon

The LEO NEW MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, August 1, 1.11 pm,
and ends on Sunday, August 4, 6.06 pm, with the VIRGO CRESCENT MOON PHASE

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

  • In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

The Waning Moon transits Cancer from Monday, July 29, to late Wednesday, July 31, during the Gemini Balsamic Moon Phase

Kurt Cobain

Click the image to navigate to Kurt Cobain’s Birth and Suicide Charts. Kurt Cobain was born when the Moon was transiting Cancer, in the Tenth House, and the Sun Pisces, in the Sixth House. The Moon was part of a Water Grand Trine with Mercury in Pisces and Neptune in Scorpio. The Sun was trine Mars in early Scorpio and square Neptune in late Scorpio. His Ascendant was Virgo, with Uranus and Pluto rising on the Eastern Horizon, Pluto in the Twelfth House and Uranus on the same degree as the Ascendant. Ruling Planet Mercury in Pisces, in the Sixth House, was conjunct Chiron and in opposition to Pluto and Uranus, and part of the Grand Trine with Moon and Neptune. His Mars was in Scorpio square Jupiter in Cancer. And his Venus was in Pisces conjunct and midpoint Chiron and Saturn, in the Seventh House. Saturn was conjunct the Black Moon Lilith in Aries. Cobain died of a self inflicted gunshot at the age of 27, on April 5 1994, time unknown. The potential for suicidal tendencies is clearly marked in his Birth Chart and augmented by the Progressions and Transits at the time of death.

CANCER, Moon of nurture and imagination
Caring and home maker

from Monday, July 29, 9.30 pm,
to Wednesday, July 31, 11.18 pm,
with the ingress into LEO

Suitable energy for home making, looking after the children, nursing the sick, care taking, budgeting, op. shopping, feeding the hungry, cleaning, doing the laundry, recycling, storytelling, creative writing, fantasy or history reading, teaching, psychic insight, intuition. Purchase of children’s clothes, house hold items, blankets, antiques, houses and real estate. Action motivated by sympathetic response and the need to stick to what is familiar and safe. Self protective, reserved in display of feelings, caring. Beware of excessive mothering, dependency, personal bias, emotional manipulation, fear.

  • In the garden Cancer is one of the most, if not the most fertile of all Signs. Everything should do well when planted in Cancer, if the Moon is in the right phase. Plants particularly associated with Cancer are those with a high water content, such as Cucumbers, Lettuce, Melons. Cancer is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and deep irrigation.
  • Healing Herbs: Papaya leaf, Peppermint, Spearmint.
A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.


Balsamic Moon

The GEMINI BALSAMIC MOON PHASE begins on Monday, July 29, 4.58 am,
and ends on Thursday, August 1, 1.11 pm, with the LEO NEW MOON PHASE

The Moon is 45 degrees behind the Sun, only three and half days to New Moon. The Moon light is decreasing rapidly and the lunar energy is now being stored as nutrients in the seeds of future plants. It is also the calm before the storm of activities of the New Moon. Time for contemplation, self reflection and healing. The title Balsamic Moon is derived from the word ‘balsam’, unguent which helps to relieve pain and cure ills. During this time we could distill the essence of our past experience, from the last New Moon up to this point, reflect upon what we have experienced and learnt, getting psychologically ready for the cycle which is about to open. This is a spiritual phase, more suitable for meditation and relaxation than action.

  • In the garden it is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal for cultivation, soil conditioning, eradicating pests and unwanted plants and to prune in order to retard growth.

SATURN BLUES: making the most of our darkest moods

The picture I have chosen to describe the Saturn effect is one of the many wonderful cartoons by accomplished satirical artist Michael Leunig (Australia). I have re-constructed this one from a fuzzy image on the net. For more art work by Leuinig please visit his official site: This sensitive artist is great at expressing the feeling of those oceanic blues we all occasionally experience, and that, for some, are an everyday occurrence.

I’m publishing here some Saturn material I wrote nearly ten years ago. I was drawn to reflect on depression on the strange ecliptic night of June 26 2010. The eclipsed Full Moon in late Sagittarius (on top of my natal Chiron and opposing my natal Mercury-Mars in Gemini and my natal Cancer Sun) was in conjunction to transiting Pluto in early Capricorn (also in opposition to my Cancer Sun) and in square to transiting Saturn in late Virgo (aligned to my own natal Saturn). This event had therefore a palpable darkening effect on my soul, despite the beauty of the clouds speckled Moon entering the Earth’s shadow.
Since then this article has been languishing among the many drafts I never managed to post in full. In good saturnine fashion (having been born with the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Chiron in T square to Saturn) I didn’t think the material good enough to bring out, feeling it needed further editing.
Seeking perfection we often become paralyzed and ineffectual, a very saturnine handicap. Accepting the unavoidable limitations and shortcomings of any enterprise can be instead liberating. So here it is.

How to make sense of depression

When there isn’t an obvious cause of depression, like a serious loss, illness, grave financial difficulties etc., we ask ourselves: from where those feelings of hopelessness are coming from? And do they have any positive or constructive side?

Your whole being revolts against the dark tide of nothingness that you know is coming to envelope everything, tainting all your experiences and relationships, but you feel powerless to alt it.

How to make sense of depression and look this condition in the eye without resorting to medications to numb the unbearable feelings?

Astrology can help because it employs an archetypal language, meaning a universal language of symbols that anyone can relate to, being devoid of judgement and non personal. Through the lens of Astrology depression is just another human condition that we all need to experience, at some time and at some level, as we all go through potentially depressive transits and progressions. The main thing is not to unduly prolong those influences and, most importantly, to understand the reasons behind them and unravel the positive role they can play in the evolution of consciousness.

There is much that is positive about anti-depressant and I am not denying here the usefulness of these drugs when the depressive condition is acute and debilitating. But we also need to remember that when a depressed person is on medication the actual condition is still going on, only muffled and eased by the numbing drugs. The underlying cause of depression cannot be addressed by medication alone, because the individual is never given a chance to understand his/her state by actually going through the stages of the depressive journey!

Which are the Blues’ astrological indicators?

If you have a ‘strong’ Saturn or Pluto or even Neptune in your Birth Chart (angular, aspecting either of the Luminaries and any of the ‘personal’ planets Mercury, Venus, Mars or being Ruler or co-ruler of the Ascendant or in aspect with it) you are due to a bout of the blues, during some astrologically stressful times.

They say Saturn is the king of the Blues. Yes, it is true, but like some Roman emperors who ruled in a Triumvirate (three-men show), Saturn is not the sole ruler of depression, because he shares his empire with two other kings, his own sons, Pluto and Neptune. I will attempt to describe their contribution to depression in a future post. For now we concentrate on Saturn.

The Alchemist of Renaissance Europe devised a whole process (Opus) by which they could live through the most difficult experiences and not only survive them but acquire power from them. Astrology and Alchemy use similar symbols to indicate different states of mind and stages of the Opus, each a step toward greater wholeness.
For instance, in both astrological and alchemical texts we find that the planet Saturn was recognized as the main culprit for the surge of melancholic and heavy moods.  In Alchemy Saturn used to preside over the stage of crystallization, when the individual is faced with all the physical and environmental limitations of an earthly life. Liz Greene, in her great astrological book ‘Dynamics of the Unconscious’, describes this stage as a sort of entombment. Some alchemical texts depicted it with the image of a King, the Ego, dead in a coffin.

Depression and workaholic behavior

The first observation I want to make is that depressing feelings aren’t necessarily conscious. They can indeed remain unconscious while tainting the general quality of our life.  Often, especially when Saturn is the main culprit, we tend to cover up our inner feelings of despondency, insecurity and unworthiness by working harder, stuffing our lives with extra duties and responsibilities. Ask any workaholic about the depth of loneliness one can experience through all that forced labor: being busy can help to forget, for a time, the dark whale of the night.

What I am suggesting here is that we begin exploring the darkness on the inside of the whale because there are unknown jewels to be found and, while seeking those, one may even found a way out of the gloom. First of all we got to begin to think positively about depression, realize how interesting it is and how much it can tell us about ourselves. Stop covering up the depressing thoughts with artificial or excessive busyness. Rather pose and feel them in all their awfulness.

Saturn and loss of meaning

The Saturnine aspect of depression has especially to do with the loss of meaning in life, in one’s activities and relationships. When the physical world and our personal experiences and limitations become the whole there is, soon or later depression will set in. It could take many different forms. For some will be an illness, making them more dramatically aware of their mortality. For others a loss of meaning in their jobs and chosen profession, or serious financial difficulties that seem to mock their continued efforts. Saturn can negatively affect all aspects of life, including, of course, relationships. We feel alone, cold, unloved, unable to express our feelings and affection for fear of rejection. Via Saturn we are forced to grow up from early romantic notions we may have had about love, family, friends.

When we experience a Saturn’s transit this way we are really shutting our eyes to the positive. We are simply interpreting something that is happening the wrong way.

As we grow up something within us wants to stay young. It is natural. After all we describe maturing and adapting to the different stages of our lives as going through the ‘growing pains’. We need to accept responsibilities for our lives, the joys as well as the pains. If something within us remains childish, and we keep on looking for guidance or solutions outside oneself, expecting to be always supported, soon or later we will discover we are the only ones who can support ourselves, and find solutions to our problems. At this stage we can experience disappointment and even deep sadness, like babies weaned from their mother’s milk. We are discovering a very simple reality of life: that once your growing up period is concluded you are alone to decide for your own destiny, to create the material and emotional security you need to survive. Unless you become an authority in your own right Saturn will always affect you negatively.

Dealing with Saturn’s emotional scarification

Facing Saturn problems (such as lack of hope, lack of initiative, fears, procrastination, low self-esteem) in a fair and square way, with supreme honesty, will be the most appropriate way to deal with a powerful Saturn transit or just an innate (natal) Saturn’s tendency toward depression. Taking stock, assessing your routines, work, responsibilities, finances, commitments in order to establish your degrees of success and/or failure, not just on your own terms but in the terms of the society you live in. How you score? What can be improved? These are the questions you need to ask yourself, without wallowing in self-pity or becoming paralyzed by dread. While guilt is one of the truly malignant side effects of a half digested Saturn, there is something positive even in guilt, if we manage to strip from it the emotional wallowing that often accompanies it. At the root of guilt there is a sense of not having done our best, and there is some truth in this in everyone experience if we could look at it with some objectivity. To be mindful and honest, to do our part and contribute in some way to family, community, society are basic Saturn’s demands, often ignored at our own peril.

I like to add here a few more words about Saturn and the self-perpetuating fear of failure.

Fear of failure is one of the most negative side of Saturn when prominent in the Birth Chart (character and early formative years) and in Transits and Progressions (life changing and character building opportunities). Anticipating failure reduce the ability to strive toward our goals. Why try if we already feel we are not going to make it? Or even: why strive to achieve anything when we will eventually lose it? Because nothing lasts, nothing is really important, life has no meaning. From one thought to another, slowly but surely Saturn, when experienced without sufficient awareness, can lead us to believe that there isn’t much sense in anything, or build such a barrier of fear that moving forward becomes impossible.

‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s’

The above is a sentence from Matthew’s Gospel that encapsulates very well the right attitude needed to deal with the demands of Saturn, the cosmic task master. Caesar, the generic name of all Roman emperors, is the power to be we all have to pay our taxes to in order to be acknowledged as worthy contributors to the collective good.

Like the double-faced Roman god Janus (as Saturn associated with the Sign Capricorn and with people in authority like the emperors) Saturn has two very distinct faces. One face is focused on the world, looking to the past as the repository of practical wisdom born of experience. This side of Saturn is necessary to assure some continuity, to establish rules of social behavior, to basically guide us to function in the world and succeed in achieving our goals, via careful planning, method and hard work. If we however concentrate only on this face of Saturn we will become prone to all the negative potentials described earlier. Saturn can then stifle our creativity, limit our true potentials and eventually bring dissatisfaction, paralyzing fears and cynicism. This obvious aspect of Saturn is very well exemplified by his relative position in the solar system’s hierarchy. Saturn in fact is the last of the visible planet, its famous rings restricting our vision of whatever is above and beyond our physical perception of reality, often limiting our expansion due to the demands of early societal and family conditioning.

The other face of Janus/Saturn instead looks outward, to the invisible realms of Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, symbols of higher consciousness and more refined, inclusive perceptions of ‘reality’.

It becomes clear from all of this that before we can leap into the unknown and higher states of consciousness we need to pass through the gates of Saturn and pay to him a fee, as right of passage to the higher realms. To pass the narrow gates of Saturn we have to demonstrate the maturity and sense of personal responsibility which are the necessary perquisites to gain metaphysical experiences, tapping into higher creativity, true original thinking, compassion, spirituality and eventually be ready to let go of all worldly entanglements.

It may seem a contradiction that we actually need to be grounded and responsible before being uplifted to better things, but such is the ambivalence of the human condition, of human beings uniquely divided between our animal and angelic natures.


There is no silver bullet to get rid of depression, even if ‘getting rid’ of it could be a wise thing to do. The ways of Saturn are often difficult and tortuous, the ‘Narrow Gate’ of Matthew’s Gospel (was he a Capricorn or strongly Saturnine person? I wonder). Only ‘working’ through stuff we can hope to reveal the friendly face of Saturn, once king of the Golden Age of abundance and contentment.

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The origin of the twelve Signs – Astrological Genesis

             In antiquity many attempts were made, via Astrology and other systems of philosophy and cosmogony, to give an account of creation, an explanation of ‘reality’. Symbols were used to convey discoveries and meaning, as it happens in dreams, vision and art.

Let’s try to follow the ancient astrologers and sages’ line of thought on the coming about and meaning of the universe. This is however a personal view of astro-cosmogony, at least in the words employed, though in principle shared by many old and modern astrologers.

In the beginning, the astrologer says, was only Spirit, the non manifested state of wholeness and bliss. Spirit is here and now, always, beyond our conscious awareness, as we participate in the play of life.

How, from the non manifested Spirit, came about the ‘created’ universe remains a Mystery, meaning that it cannot be explained rationally.

From the One, mysteriously, is said to have ‘emanated’, first, the elemental essence or Element known as Aether (Vedic Akasha), in the form of sound or vibration. It made room for itself and therefore created Space, and, modulating itself into three different rates of vibration, also created Time or duration. Subtlest of the five Elements Aether resounded like a gong in the void of space, announcing the beginning of creation. The Aether’s number is naught.

First Light is said to have appeared, and, because of Light, Darkness also came into being. One could not be conceived without the other, each owing its very existence to the other. Day and night, space and time, essence and form, to be and to have, Animus and Anima, the psychic male and female archetypes. Two rivers of life, originating all polarities, the masculine seed and the feminine vessel, creators of the visible and invisible universes (conscious and unconscious). These are the Yang and Yin, Shakta and Shakti energies of eastern traditions, each containing the germ of the other within itself [.

In our world this polarity is represented by the Sun and Moon, from time immemorial thought to be the appointed rulers of day and night, conscious and unconscious, mind and feeling: the duality of being.

The Solar energy (Solar Prana) is said to be masculine, dry, assertive. According to some very old Indian scriptures, this energy enters the subtle human body through the right nostril (Pingala Nadi), but, crossing over, it goes to energize the left side of the physical body, and thus presides over the left half of the brain, seat of reason and logic.

The Lunar energy (Lunar Prana) is said to be feminine, moist, receptive. It enters the subtle human body through the left nostril (Ida Nadi), but, crossing over, it goes to energize the right side of the physical body, and thus presides over the right half of the brain, seat of emotion and imagination.

Through Sun and Moon’s interaction we experience our human brand of ‘reality’. To attain to a state of wholeness and bliss these two energies have to be firstly integrated and then transcended. The Sun and Moon, King and Queen of the alchemists of old, have to first marry, thus uniting their energies, and then die or be sacrificed. Or, according to a very poetical Indian tradition, the two rivers of life, Ida and Pingala, have to merge into a secret, subterranean river, the river of eternal life, Sushumna. This is the royal road through which will arise the Kundalini, dormant Spirit energy, coiled at the base of the spine in the subtle body, when the individual attains to a state of trance, bliss, rapture, perceiving and becoming the source of the Light (Samadhi).

The Aether Element is a direct emanation of Spirit, the first, while the other four Elements are secondary emanations.

Fire and Air are emanations of the Solar Energy.

Water and Earth are emanations of the Lunar Energy.

Each of the five Elements corresponds to a sense perception, one key to our sense of reality:

Aether corresponds to our sense of Hearing.

Fire corresponds to our sense of Seeing.

Air corresponds to our sense of Touch.

Water corresponds to our sense of Taste.

Earth corresponds to our sense of Smell.

Everything comes from the Elements, everything returns to the Elements. They are the fabric upon which is woven our physical, mental emotional and spiritual life.

The Aether Element is too metaphysical to be analyzed, while the other four Elements form the basis of our study of Natal Astrology.

Here are some examples of the fourfold divisions in the universe all around us: the four seasons; the four points of the compass; the four ages (childhood, youth, adult and old age; five, if we consider infancy as a separate stage). Many more examples can be found in all cultures’ symbolical heritage: like the four Cosmic Ages; the four armed Christian Cross; the Cross of material incarnation; the four Evangelists; the four stages of the alchemical transformation; the four Greek and medieval doctors’ Humors (temperaments); the four Casts (many cultures); the four suits of cards; the four Yogas (paths to knowledge) of the Vedic tradition, etc.

But how, from just four Elements, we arrive at twelve Signs?

Motion and change are part of the Elements’ very existence. The three rates of vibration of the celestial sound, described above, are also reflected in each Elements. These cosmic rhythms are known in Astrology as Modes or Qualities. At a visual level of perception they are also the three Primary Colours which form the basis or essence of all possible colours, Red, Blue and Yellow.

The Active or Cardinal Mode (Raja Guna), Red.

The Non Active or Fixed Mode (Tamas Guna), Blue.

The Equilibrium or Mutable Mode (Satva Guna), Yellow.

4 Elements x 3 Modes = 12 Signs

The three Modes, like the Solar and Lunar polarity, can be transcended, in order to attain to the fourth, spiritual dimension. So the number 4, when referred to the Modes, acquires a metaphysical meaning, while, when referred to the Elements, is the number of physical manifestation.

1 is essence, 2 is form, 3 is the number of mysteries, the third, creative, dynamic, hidden factor, present in every duality of relationship. 4 represents completeness and incarnation, the four planes of existence, intuition, intellect, emotion, sensation. 12 contains 1 and 2 (Sun and Moon), which originated everything; but also adds up to 3.

Naturally, apart from these symbolical meanings, the Signs correspond also to particular times of season in the solar year (Time dimension) and to the traditional 30° divisions of the Earth’s Ecliptic (Space dimension). The Cardinal Signs begin the seasons. The Fixed Signs mark the middle of the season. The Mutable Signs end the seasons. These are described in detail in later chapters.




The Astrology of Jessica Watson, solo teenager sailor and Young Australian of the year

Jessica Watson has appeared again on prime time news, on Australia day 2011, to accept from the hand of our Prime Minister the Young Australian of the Year award for 2010.

Having written a post on Jessica when she returned from her sailing adventure in May 2010, I was curious to see the Progressions and Transits active at this time, when she has become the recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in Australia. The Chart I am using for Jessica is just a Sunrise Chart because her time of birth is still unavailable. Here it is:

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First of all I calculated a Progressed Chart for the Australia Day Award ceremony. Here:

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Keeping in mind that I am still working with a Sunrise Chart, I was very impressed by the meaningful correlation with the happy event of January 26 2011.

The first thing that jumps out of this Horoscope is the opposition Progressed Moon to Progressed Sun, very close (same degree), meaning that around this time Jessica is living through the first Progressed Full Moon of her young life (a once in thirty years event). Because we started with a Sunrise Chart and not a proper Birth Chart the timing of this important astrological event is uncertain, but we know that it is happening sometime this year.In fact the uncanny symchronicity of the Australia Day event and the Progressed Full Moon may even suggest that Jessica could have been born around sunrise.

The phases of the Progressed Moon are slow forming and long lasting, not ephemeral and brief like the transiting Moon’s phases. They represent personal landmarks in the life of the individual, especially the New and Full Moon. The Full Moon symbolizes a climax of experience, a time for fulfillment, reward or failure according to how the person has lived and thought in the 14 years preceding the phase. In Jessica’s case it seems that her Saturnine ambition and hard work (Saturn conjunct Solar Mid-Heaven at birth), with her Taurean determination (Sun, Moon and Mercury in Taurus) have paid off.

This award is launching her on a new league of her career as well as rewarding her for past achievements, the perfect effect of a positive Full Moon experience!  To make this event even more appropriate to Jessica’s circumstances the Moon has been progressing through the adventurous Sign of Sagittarius since early 2010 (according to the Sunrise Chart’s progressions exactly on Australia day 2010!), describing to a T her free spirited voyage and optimism to succeed. This Full Moon was also a Lunar Eclipse making the phase more intense and significant in Jessica’s life, producing greater and longer lasting effects.

In the mean time her Progressed Mercury in Cancer is forming this year a 90 degrees angle with her Progressed Jupiter in Libra and a 45 degrees angle to Progressed Mars, both aspects showing a great expansive energy for her mind, more travel, big ideas and unbound mental enthusiasm, that could even prove a bit too much for her. It is, after all, a lot to cope with for a girl who has not  turned 18 yet!

To understand better the Progressed Horoscope we need also to place it on top of the Birth Chart, in order to see their dynamic interaction. Here is a double wheel chart, with Jessica’s Birth Chart in the middle and her Progressed Chart in the outer wheel.

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Because the Progressed Sun and Moon form an opposition during the Full Moon phase, if one becomes linked by aspect  to a planet the other will also be linked to the same planet by a mirror-aspect. In this instance both Sun and Moon are linked to Jessica’s Birth Venus in Aries, in the sector of aspirations and friendships (XI House), the Moon by harmonious trine (120) and the Sun by harmonious sextile (60). These aspects highlight the positive effect of the Full Moon, bringing Jessica greater popularity and opportunities to reach out to the world and spread her message of hope and confidence to young people worldwide.

Now to the Transits. Here is a Bi-Wheel with Jessica’s Birth Chart in the middle and the Transits Chart in the outer wheel, for the same Australia Day’s event.

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In the short term the most prominent and closest transit to the time of the Award is the Sun, in the Natal IX House, in harmonious trine to Jessica’s Birth Chart Jupiter in Libra on the cusp of the V House, place of honors and enterprise.  Jupiter is the expansive function in our universe and psyche. When in contact with the Sun it enhances the scope of the Ego, sometimes even causing ego-inflation, when the individual begins to  identify too much with the inner myth fostered by Jupiter. Because the contact is an harmonious one the risk of self-inflation is less, but still present. Then again who wouldn’t feel a sense of Ego-pride winning such  a public recognition? The Sun was with Jupiter just for the day and has already moved on. Before Australia Day the transiting Mars was also in trine with Jupiter, fact that would have boosted the Mercury-Mars-Jupiter progressions discussed before. All great incentives to trust life and reach for the stars. On January 23 Jupiter has moved into Aries where he will reside until June 4. We need to remember that Aries is Jessica’ s Moon and Venus Signs, placements that have a lot to do with her adventurous spirit and single-mindedness. And also that her Natal Jupiter is in Libra, meaning that transiting Jupiter will soon form his last opposition to his own place in mid-February 2011, another ‘take off’ type of transit, that will certainly bring opportunities, but also the risk of taking too much on, or of becoming overly optimistic. From June 2011 Jupiter will begin his 12 months transit through Taurus, Jessica’s Sun and Mercury’s Sign, promising more opportunities and achievements in store for her in the second half of this year, spilling into 2012.

A cautionary note is sound by Chiron transiting Jessica’s Natal Saturn, exact on February 7, but already very close on Australia Day. This is a strange combination of energies during a period of apparent triumph for our young heroine. Perhaps there is a thorn in Jessica’s rosy bloom. Perhaps the responsibilities that come with success, financial gains and fame (Saturn cusp Aquarius/Pisces) have been inwardly difficult to face, Chiron always representing the unavoidable blemish to one’s complete happiness (if there is such thing!).

This transit is not new to Jessica, it has been exact before in mid-April and then again in late July 2010. This is in fact its last passage.

A bout of illness cannot be excluded, or just a period of lowered vitality and spirit, while this aspect remains active (until mid-March 2011). This transit may simply show the unavoidable anti-climax after the triumph, because nature always looks to find a balance, to restore equilibrium if things lean too much one way (or the other).  But this is the last pass of Chiron over Saturn, because Chiron will soon move to Pisces, not coming back to her Saturn for another 50 years! Just because it is rare enough transit it seems strangely important and out of place in a reading full of optimistic and buoyant aspects. Here instead is the gift of maturity via difficulties and pains, in order to become a true authority into oneself, a fully fledged adult. Despite her independence and self-determination Jessica is still going through the pangs of being reborn into a new self, and, doing so, she feels like losing some of her childhood’s joys and carefree ways.

Following this transit others are coming for Jessica that could have far reaching consequences for her career and life direction. These are the slow moving transits of Neptune over her Saturn cusp Aquarius-Pisces and her Mercury cusp Taurus-Gemini, beginning at the end of March 2011. Neptune will remain in the vicinity of Saturn and in square to Mercury for a long time, until the end of 2012, forming exact aspects at the end of August 2011 and again  at the end of January 2012.

Neptune has a strange effect on Saturn, the two representing very different energies, in many ways inimical to one another, Saturn always striving to solidify, plan and structure, while Neptune for ever attempts to dissolve, de-materialize and evade. Because of  Mercury involvement her mind and way of thinking will also be affected by Neptune. Jessica may feel like taking perhaps some time off  (Neptune) from her obligations and duties (Saturn), and her studies (Mercury) to go for another solo trip somewhere.

Neptune has a lot to do with her love of the ocean and of solitude (conjunct Uranus in her Natal VIII House, square the Moon and Venus, and trine the Sun in Taurus). Every Neptune’s transit will bring those characteristics to the fore.

Neptune-Saturn is never an easy and too amicable encounter. There will be some dissolving, ending and transforming  to go through, difficult adjustments that could for a time make Jessica less effective, realistic or practical, and also more vulnerable, flexible, sensitive and compassionate. Neptune-Mercury may not be as difficult, rather helping her to get more readily in touch with her intuitive feelings, her creativity and also her desire to help others. Taking up an ecological cause could be a great way to put together the high idealism and compassion of Neptune, the practical genius of Saturn and the broadcasting abilities of Mercury on the cusp of clever Gemini.

For many teens of Jessica age the Neptune-Saturn conjunction is now or will soon be a reality they will all have to go through. For some of them will be an awakening to new spiritual perceptions and a greater sense of personal responsibility (Saturn) toward the greater good of humanity and Nature (Neptune), sometimes through experiences of loss and ego-undoing.