Spaghetti maestro Morricone

Last Monday the Italian composer Ennio Morricone died, 91 years old and so famous for his sound tracks for soem very successfull spaghetti westerns, like Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Morricone was always a bit irritated when his name was mainly associated with film music, as he had composed so much more. Neverthess, it is a fact that he is known mainly for his sound tracks, almost everybody knows these tunes, it is not Bach or Beethoven, but al least just as well-known.

So Morricone’s radix should be very interesting to look at (click on the download button below to view it).  Immediately striking the eye in this chart is Great Benefic Jupiter “in elevation’’ which means “very high in the chart” enabling Jupiter to manifest strongly in the life. This is very direct astrology, at the moment baby Ennio was born his father looked up and saw bright Jupiter right in the zenith which made him smile, as this is a promise of success. That Jupiter has no essential dignity does not really matter, it will have a lot of influence and as we said Morricone was no Bach or Beethoven. The Great Benefic is also retrograde showing it will go against the normal direction or pattern and you can say Morricone did.

Jupiter is also the Lord of the fifth house of creativity and pleasure (composer) and the ninth house of foreign countries (westerns). The Great Benefic is placed in Taurus ruled by Venus and Venus the planet of the arts in Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter, so there is a very strong mutual reception (=connection)  between Venus and Jupiter. Venus itself is again found in the fifth house of pleasure and playing, remarkably enough Morricone was also a football talent!  It is this strong connection with Venus that made him decide for the arts. Mars the planet of sportive competition is Lord 10 of the job (showing what we “’automatically” tend to do)  but it is weak in its fall and in the twelfth house. Venus certainly has much more to offer. 

The Ram’s  Horn

The fame he acquired through the spaghetti westerns can be seen in the star Jupiter is placed on, Sharatan one of the Ram’s Horns which has a Saturn/Mars nature. Probably this requires no further explanation, the Horn is of course violent push-power and the story of the Ram  is not very peaceful one either. Here we see how a chart works although Morricone would have liked to be known for much more than sound-tracks, the position of Jupiter shows what “was given to him”. Everything he is in fact known for, is associated with the threat of violence in the background indicated by Sharatan, in this sense he did not have a choice. We can even take this a step further, one of the best-known scenes in Once Upon a Time in the West is about a hanging from an arch, now in the Ram’s story it is finally sacrificed and its hide is hung on a tree.

Also striking is another star, Al Pherg on the MC. It is not a bright star but as a star of fate it can have a lot of influence. A progression moving over Al Pherg brings a decisive moment in the life, in the radix it points at a very special strong influence connected to the factor on it (in this case the MC of career). But here there is also a deeper level as Al Pherg can also be associated with montrous Typhon (mythically death), totally made out off of snakes making all kinds of threatening noises. Is this not a literal picture of the “fatal” harmonica sound, which of everything he ever produced, brought Morricone more fame than he could ever have dreamt of?  

Sleepy Joe Scorpio

For years we have been saying on this blog that Donald Trump will not be re-elected in november this year as US president. This was partly based on an important change in his Firdaria last year in June, the North Node Firdar which often brings success ended and the South Node phase started, in most cases this is a period of difficulties. Of course, this does not tell us that he cannot possibly be re-elected but it is clear that Don’s teflon has been scraped off more and more since. The polls show Trump dramatically far behind Joe Biden, American commentators say they have never seen such a huge difference between presidential candidates in this phase of the campaign.

This is the South Node’s effect, in Trump’s chart the SN, which takes away what was given in the North Node period, conjuncts the Moon of the people. Donald Trump is loosing their favour as we predicted here long ago. His reactions to the Corona virus, the seriousness of which he ignored so long, and to Black Lives Matter is harming him, he cannot get away with his incompetence any more. People see family members falling ill and even dying, the situation in the US is chaotic and dramatic, Donald Trump does not show any leadership. Trump’s MC is moving over malefic Saturn, which by progression is in its detriment in Leo and thus showing its worst sides.

An improbable scenario seems to become reality. Trump’s competitor Joe Biden who lacks all charisma – therefore called “Sleepy Joe” by Trump – and who cannot campaign, can indeed sit back relax and fall asleep. The presidency is coming his way by the the failings of his opponent. So it would be very interesting to take a look at Biden’s progressions around the election date of 3 November (his natal data are 20 November 1942, 8:30 Scranton Pennsylvania , Asc 3.11 Sagittarius).

Biden’s current Firdar is ruled by the royal Sun which is natally placed in the very weak twelfth house, but it can still effectively manifest by the trine the Sun makes with Jupiter/ Lord 1 exalted in Cancer on powerful, bright Procyon. Procyon is the main star in the Lesser Dog and it can bring a lot of success, a weak planet in the twelfth house can escape this weakness by an aspect or a reception with a a strong planet. His progressions /direction at first sight look a bit less convincing.The Ascendant is approaching the negative South Node but it is still too far away from the conjunction, the Asc moves forward one degree each year. The Asc will be on the South Node in 2022, then big problems can be expected, but not yet now.

The MC does make a conjuction with a royal star, the Scorpion’s Heart Antares. But how should this be interpreted, a royal star could bring him the royalty. However, Antares is also the notorious Death Star ending cycles, so maybe it indicates the end of his career has come? This is a difficult question which can only be solved by looking a the wider context, astrology is always about the situation and not about isolated individuals. The story associated with the Scorpion is that of the killing of the arrogant, bragging and very sucessful hunter Orion. Now this does ring a bell , it could be so that Sleepy Joe is going to be the nasty ball of poison finishing off Orion-Trump. 

In november the Asc squares Biden’s natal Lord 10 of career, the Part of hte Sun is moving over powerful Altair and the progressed Mercury / Lord 10 is conjunxt fate star Terebellum. This could all be associated with winning, it is still a long time till november but Biden’s progresssions do not exclude a victory over Trump.

Transits!!??

Our second cousins in modern astrology tend to spend a lot of time on studying transits to which they ascribe a lot of importance. Traditional astrologers however are much less enthousiastic about the fast-moving planets which every day make a lot of aspects on natal factors. The reason is that most of these fleeting connections happen without any notable effects at all. The planets from the Moon to Mars move at a high speed and they make a host of aspects, which can therefore be ignored without loosing anything of significance. At best that Mars going over your descendant will bring some persistent seller of an energy contract to your door-step.

The aspects made by the slower planets Saturn and Jupiter are worth some more attention, especially conjunctions and oppositions and so is the Saturn cycle. But there is always one very important condition, their effects should be assessed within the framework of other astrological developments as shown by techniques of a higher order, the Firdaria, the progressions/directions, the solar returns and profections and the lunar returns. By checking the lunar returns you can, if you see something important is going to happen in a year, find the month this will take place and then, not earlier, you can investigate the transits to get the week or even the day of this event. That is the only way to use transits that makes sense.

This also has consequences for charts of dramatic events, its does not make much sense to delineate for example the 9/11 event chart. Such an event chart is only the very, very ,very last step in the hierarchical analysis of other mundane charts. A good example of such a hierarchy is the murder of Olof Palme about which we wrote last week. Now his progressions/directions, solar/lunar returns and profections all showed big trouble at that moment, belief me. So our “Court Astrologer”  perspective is that we know the month (by checking the lunar returns) of maximum danger, could we find the week or even the day he would be murdered by looking at the transits?

The time Olof Palme was shot is known exactly and the chart above (click on the download buttton to view it, in last week’s post you will find Palme’s natal chart)  is calculated for this time. What strikes the eye, is Great Malefic Saturn on royal Death Star Antares, in his natal chart Saturn is close to Antares too. Saturn is turning retrograde so it will be there for a long time, this cannot give you  the week or the day, but it certainly  is an indication of danger. It is the faster planets that give you give you more detailed information and Mars is moving over Palme’s natal Ascendant! As Mars has a high speed that scales us down to a few days, half a week of extreme tension.The movements of the other fast planets the Sun, Mercury and Venus do not show too much but the super-fast Moon does!

If you know by Mars’ movement the week of maximum danger, the Moon can indicate the day. The day before the murder the Moon entered the Burnt Road (15° Libra to 15 °Scorpio) where the Moon is very instable increasing emotions and impulses (the Burnt Road is like a zodiacal Full Moon), this is a very nasty passage for the Moon (and only for the Moon!). On the day of the murder the Moon is still in the dangerous Burnt Road but now it also is in its fall in Scorpio making things even worse and at the exact time of  the murder this Burnt Moon is on Pluto, the swiftly and unexpectedly striking Lord of the Underworld. The Moon is then passing over malefic Khambalia, the “crooked-clawed” a star of an appropriate  Mars-Merury nature, associated with “swift violence”. The very fast MC is on Regulus the Lion-King killed by Hercules. If transits are dealt with in this way they certainly make a lot of sense.      

Ice-cold case

Last week there was an unexpected development in one of the most notorious cold cases in recent history, the murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in 1986. The popular socialist was shot in the centre of Stockholm on 28 February and in spite of long intensive investigations, the killer was never found. There were a lot of confessions though as many as 130, raising serious doubts about general mental health, but none of them was ever found to be the murderer. Now the Swedish police claims to have solved the case, the murderer was Stig Engstöm, an alcoholic and graphic designer who knew how to handle guns and who had an office near the place where Palme was shot.

This man had come to the attention of the police before in connection with the murder, but mainly as a witness. There will not be a trial as Engströn committed suicide years ago, apparently the man was not very balanced mentally. If he is the killer all these theories about the involvement of foreign secret services and terrorists turn out to have been fantasies. It could have been a simple impulsive hate murder, Engström is known to have been fiercely anti-Palme, from his office he saw Palme walking by unexpectedly and he availed himself of this opportunity. This would explain the difficulties in solving the case, there were no preparations and no accomplices, the Swedish police could very well be right now.

But what can we say about this on the basis of Palme’s chart? The circumstances surrounding a death are given by the Anareta or the Killing Planet, in most cases this is Lord 8 or sometimes a planet in the eighth house of death. On the basis of the Anareta’s condition, its aspects and its placement these circumtances can be described. Dying is of course never pleasant but by delineating the  Anareta you can see whether it will happen under  dramatic circumstances or maybe in complete submission and serenity. Click on the downlad button below to be able to view Olof Palme’s natal chart.

The Sun is Lord 8 and Anareta and it is in its detriment in Aquarius which in itself, could indicate nasty circumstances surrounding his death. Mercury, Lord 7 of partners conjuncting the Sun immediately catches the eye, his wife Liesbeth was walking beside him, when he was shot. Through antiscion, the planet position mirrored in the 0° Cancer-0°Capricorn axis, Mars in detriment is in narrow opposition with the Sun/Mercury conjunction, Olof and Liesbeth Palme. That is like an exact picture of the murder, Mars is in its detriment so manifesting its nastiest side and an antscion often shows something hidden. This secrecy is repeated by the sextile the Anareta/Mercury conjunction makes with Saturn, General Significator of Death, on cusp 12 of hidden things near royal Death Star Antares.

This all really looks very dramatical, Lord 8 / Anareta is in its detriment in antiscial opposition with the Small Malefic Mars in its detriment and in sextile with peregrine Saturn, the Great Malefic on cusp 12 on royal Death Star Antares. Such a concentration of nastiness does not point at a serene death. The killer seems to be shown in the chart most clearly by Mars and this would point to someone solidly-built, somewhat muscular (Mars) and small (Mars and its dispositor Venus point to small) but also a bit fleshly and bloated (dispositor Venus is soft and moist). Judging by the pictures of Engström this seems to give a good description of the supposed killer..

Court Astrology

Last week we took a look at the current progressions in the US chart (the Great Conjunction chart of 18 March 1762, 11:33:32 LMT, Asc 8.59 Cancer). It was impressive to see how only one progression of the Sun over a very powerful fixed star, over Antares could describe the situation  so clearly. Anatres, the Scorpion’s Heart was known to the ancient Chinese as the Big Fire Star Hsin Su Erh, which needs no explanation, the US were  literally burning. Such a progression is an example of effective astrology, of how it should be, clear and sober without any complicated technical detail or embellishments, it is there for everybody to see that there will be trouble.

In the past astrologers were always court astrologers, serving kings, dukes, bishops and popes, yes even the the church of the Middle Ages , after some doubts and discussion, finally accepted astrology. St Thomas of Aquine, the most venerated  teacher of the Western church and an alchemist, talks about the celestial art in a positive way and it is clear that he has at least some basic hands-on astrological knowledge. Astrology is the Queen of the Sciences and it could still be very useful for governments in these days. With a knowledge of the rhythm of the Great Conjunctions, this crisis would not have come as a total surprise.

You can even do more than only predict, you can also indicate what to do on the basis of the fixed stars. With the Sun  going over Anatres for example, the end of the cycle has come and it would be better to let go of the old situation, the Scorpion has to change into an Eagle. He has to sore up far above that which he is still too much attached to. This process is easier to manage if it happens out of free will, otherwise it will be more painful as can be seen now in the US. It is mainly the fixed stars that show where the freedom lies to act, what the optimal action would be and this still could be of immense value for a king. With some business clients you can work in this way, which is very satisfying.

Take a look at the lunar return above made on the basis of the US natal GC chart under which George Floyd was killed by the police. Now a court astrologer would have been among the people getting all the information, he would always have worked with the full kowledge of the context, an optimal condition for astrology. If you would have seen the above lunar return in this context you would have known, there is big trouble right ahead.  Right on the Ascendant is Saturn, natal Lord 8 of death in the US radix on aspiring Altair, main star in the Eagle of a Mars / Jupiter nature an indication that the dark Scorpion ruled by its desires should now become the generous Eagle soring high above its darker instincts.      

Agena, first magnitude star in the Centaur is on the MC which can be associated with things getting out of hand very quickly because of an underestimation of danger. Mercury is in the Pleiads the Weeping Sisters in a strong angular house. It is also Lord 8 of Death in the return chart and through antiscion (planet position mirrored in the 0° Cancer- 0°Capricorn axis) Lord 8 is on the Descendant opposing  natal Lord on the Ascendant. So Lord 8 is repeated over the main axis, the crisis will climax this month.

The end of the cycle

In the whole Corona crisis the US  have a remarkable role. First they seemed to escape the epidemic, a somewhat naive thought, but now the virus is striking mercilessly, disrupting the whole country. Donald Trump seems not be the right man at the right place at the right time, populists tend to look away from unpleasant realities and what is needed now, is realism and soberness. Astrologically, the US have the role of the of the exiting world power and therefore the virus is striking so hard.  

For we have to realise that in December this year the Great Conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter are entering another element and the last time this happened was 200 years ago! Astrologically, this is the most important event of the past 200 years and such a transition to a new element always brings a new world power (China) and the fall of the old Empire (the US). This is what we are witnessing right now! On an astrologically somewhat lower level, we could also take a look at the developments in the US chart, the real one based on the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter before the indepedence of the colonies (13 March 1762, 11:33:32 LMT, Asc 8.59 Cancer). This is the root of the US giving its essence (chart not shown here).

If we apply the technique of the Firdaria, 75 –year cycles ruled by the seven planets and the two nodes, to this chart, this development is also reflected. The short and the long Firdar are both ruled by the Moon, essentially the weakest planet in the US chart. The large Firdar cycle covers 75 year, every 75 year we get a new ruler, the current Firdar started in 1983. Also on the lower level of the progressions the crisis is clearly indicated.

The progressions above have  been calculated for now, early June, always realise there is no such thing as a progressed chart only progressed positions (click on the download button to view the progressions). The first thing striking the eye immediately, is the Sun right on Antares, the Scorpion’s Heart, the star ending cycles with its merciless poisonous sting. Also the Moon is separating from an opposition with the progressed Sun, so that was a secondary Full Moon, over the star axis Antares –Aldebaran.

This is a pair of extremely powerful royal stars connected to autumn-spring, to dying and a new start, a progressed Full Moon is alway a crisis moment of strong tensions. The Moon is very weak at the time of the Full Moon, completely filled as it is with the solar light and the Moon is Lord 1 in the US natal chart. At this moment the progressed PoF is moving over Neptune, the chaos “planet” showing the rioting in many places in the US, here you can see the wild chaotic waters of Poseidon.  A 200-year cycle is ending so it is not a surprise that things are a bit rough in the US.

Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde

Last week it was fourty years ago that one of the most successful computer games ever came out, Pac-Man. Everybody will know it, this yellow eater wandering in a maze who is to avoid little ghosts and has to eat as many little balls as he can. The name Pac-Man comes from the Japanese Paku Paku Taberu , which means “gobbling”. The game was developed especially for women and that is why the Japaneser designer did not choose for fighting but for eating as a more “feminine” theme. It all had to look soft and cute so that it would attract female players.

It would of course be very interesting to take a look at the chart of such a hugely successful computer game, but how do you get a timing? The day it was brought out is known and the place but the time is not easy to find. So the Pac-Man chart below is a Sun-on-MC chart, less specific of course than a “real” time but it will still show important things. There is inevitably some reluctance to use this instrument but it is captivating enough to give it a chance. Sun on the MC  carries the symbolism of “what will it  do in the world” and this seems appropriate for a commercial computer game (click on the download button below to view the Pac-Man Sun-on-MC chart).   

The result is overwhelming! Striking the eye immediately is the Moon on the Ascendant, narrowly squaring the the Sun on the MC and the Moon can be associated with eating, hunger and women. The famous  yellow eater even looks like a Moon!The fascinating thing is that if you place the Sun exactly on the MC the Moon will end up almost on the Asc, in this way very much emphasizing the lunar nature of the game. The Moon is narrowly conjunct Mars mirroring directly the Paku Paku Taberu which can be also translated by “’ very energetically eating up”. This important Moon is in a reception by triplicity and domicile with the other female planet Venus and there we see the cuteness. Venus is also connected by reception with Mars and Jupiter in the first house closely conjuncting the Moon, Jupiter completes the whole picture of gobbling as in its fall it gives gluttony.

No less than six planets are disposed by Mercury, so Mercury is of huge importance. Of course, this is the planet you would need for a good computer game and it could hardly be stronger. Could this have been an election? Most probably not but if it is, the astrologer who did it had some real knowledge. Mercury is very very fast, is very strong in ist domicile and on top of that is placed on royal Aldebaran, a star of great material success. Aldebaran is also the star of spring, the start of a new successful cycle of growth and indeed Pac-Man did a lot to make computer games more generally popular.

If you would also delineate the houses, the opponents of Pac-Man – the little ghosts Inky, Pinky, Blinky  and Clyde – are given by the ruler of the seventh house Jupiter in its dertriment placed somewhat deeper in the twelfth house of ghosts. Jupiter however is approaching the Ascendant so it could become dangerous, but it remains firmly under the control of its dispositor Mercury which with high speed and its agility can avoid the ghosts and sometimes even knock them out. This illustrates the essence of the game, as who would want to play a game in which the opponent often wins?     

Outer planets?

The readers of this blog will know that we regularly make critical remarks about our modern colleagues. The reason is that we don’t think it is a good idea, now that so much astrological knowledge has resurfaced again through studying the old texts, just to turn away and proceed as if nothing has happened. This had led to a situation in which modern astrologers still practise on the basis of only 5% of the available knowledge. No serious astrologer can permit himself to ignore this fact any longer.  It is logical that so many modern astrologer deny that is is impossible to predict, this is indeed not easy if your knowledge of methods is so limited.

However, we will leave fundamentalism to the “hellenists”, who tend to think that everything written after the year 450 must be incorrect for this reason. Of course, it does not matter at all who wrote something when, the important point is: can it be clearly shown to work? This leads us to the outer planets a purely modern innovation which I nevertheless appreciate very much. It is definitely not a good idea to base your delineations mainly on outer planet aspects, but it is also a bad idea to simply totally ignore them. They can provide valuable additional information, as long as they are used in the right way. 

Mundane-astrologically, it is the conjunctions of the outer planets with the real planets that are worth attention, mainly with the the chronocrators Saturn and Jupiter. The current crisis is indicated by the transition of the Great Conjunctions to the Air signs and the 2019 ingress with Mars on Algol falling on the degree of the GC in 2000 also on Algol. This was discussed here over the last few weeks, it gives the astrological framework of the Great Lockdown.  Within this framework the outer planets can be used to get more information, sometimes also about timing,

The exact conjunction of Pluto, the Lord of Hades who will suddenly and unexpectedly rise up to do his nasty thing, gives a very acceptable timing for the Corona crisis, it perfected on 12 January this year. The chart of the conjunction has the  Sun and Mercury nearby and yes Mercury (combust so close to the Sun)  as the planet of traffic, trade and commerce is very much involved. At the same time, we have three conjuntions of Jupiter with Pluto this year, and  because we can regard Jupiter as the expansive energy of growth this is a good description of what we can see.

Pluto kidnaps Prosperpina, a sudden unexpected and overwhelming action

Nevertheless, we  should not make the mistake to see the outer planets as the mundane-astrological framework itself, they may only provide some uselful additional infomation sometimes. Looking back we find Saturn-Pluto conjuntions in August 1947 and November 1982, and nothing too dramatic happened then. But the repeated Saturn-Pluto conjunctions in 1914 (October- November)  and 1915 (May) can be seen as indicating the start of WW-1, although timing is not exact. If we do not exaggerate their meaning outer planets are an interesting addition and they can be used within a wider frame-work sometimes to get additional information.

The great rhythm of time

It has often been mentioned in this blog, 2020 is a very special year, as in December there will be a Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (“GC’’) in the first degree of Aquarius. These GC’s take place every twenty years and a new GC announces a new period with different cultural, social and political characteristics. Around the year of the GC, there is often a crisis time as if only by a shock room could be made for the new developments to come.Looking back in history this pattern can clearly be distinguished, there often was an economic or political crisis or a dramatic event, just before the GC year.

It is also clear year that there are often high tensions in the middle of the 20-year period, astrologically this is of course the time of the oppositions of Saturn and Jupiter which could be called the Great Oppositions (“GO’s”), in most cases we have three GO’s sometimes even five. Looking back in history this pattern of GC’ en GO’s can be folowed easily. For example, in 1921 there as a new GC, in 1918 WW-1 had ended, after which the Spanisch Flue pandemic followed in 1919-1920 , it killed  100 million people, more than the war itself did.        

Just like now this pandemic started before just before the GC year as if it was an instument to clear the way for the new period. The GO’s took place in 1930/1931 and in October 1929 there was the notorious stock exchange crash initiating years of economic crisis, again this was just before the GC year. The next GC was in 1940, in 1939 Nazi-Germany started WW-2 with the invasion of Poland. Twenty years later the Sixties began which would change the world forever. As far as I know there was no crisis then but in 1980 around the next GC there was the oil crisis.  Around the GO’s in 1990 again the oil prices caused big trouble, it brought the Fall of the Wall and the end of the Soviet Union. In 2000 the internet bubble burst with a lot of economical consequences and in 2001 there was 9/11 (now a bit after teh GC year)  The GO’s around 2010 brought the credit crisis and now just before the new GC in 2002 there is the Great Lockdown.

It is not a perfect pattern but the rhythm is clear, around the GC’s (but not necessarily exactly in the year of the GC, often just before it) , there are often crises or radical changes and this also applies to the opposition time in the middle of the twenty years. One important crisis the start of WW-1 cannot  be seen, but the Spanish Flue pandemic which made more casualties than the war, can. There is a difference between the GC’s, the start of WW-2 is not quite the same thing as the start of the Sixties (although these may been very destructive on a very different level). The pattern can be refined by delineating the GC charts, some will be more malefic than others, but the point is now seeing the great rhythm of time. We can predict now that there will another crisis around 2030, probably starting in 2029. You can use ingress charts to check when exactcly this will happen, the 2019 ingress chart had Mars on Algol on the 2000-GC position on Algol. That is quite a clear indication of big trouble starting that year.

The GC in December is a very special one, it not only closes off a twenty-year period but also a 200-year period in which the GC’s took place in Earth signs. If the end of a twenty period will  bring a crisis, it can be expectd that the end of 200-year period will bring a much bigger crisis. An uprecedented Great Lockdown jus before the start of hte new Air phase certainly fits this picture.

Boris is back

England’s prime minister Boris Johnson is working again after a serious Corona infection. He even had to be taken to hospital by ambulance on 11 April, when his condition suddenly seriously worsened. Later he said he had underestimated the disease, but he is above 50 and belongs to the group most in danger, under 50 almost no one dies of this infection. Johnson was hit hard by the virus, so this has to be indicated in his chart. Of course, you cannot see every little cold in the chart but this was a potentially life-threatening disease.

We have delineated Johnson’s chart in another post so this will not be repeated, for anyone who wants to take a look at his natal chart, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was born on 19 June 1964, 14:00 EDT in New York (yes in the US), Asc 11.06 Libra. These data have a high A-rating so they should be reasonably reliable, they are not someone’s  gamble from hearsay, although the rounded-off time may raise some doubts. The progressions however seem to indicate that the time is indeed reliable, click on the download button below to take a look at Johnson’ s progressions.

These progressions show a few essential points in prediction, the importance of speed, the absolute necessity of involving the fixed stars and the need to limit the amount of progressed factors. To start with the last point, to see the main line in a life only six factor are used, the secondary progressions of the Luminaries Sun and Moon, the primary directions of the angles Asc and MC en the movement of the Parts of the Moon (Part of Fortune) and the Sun ( Pars Solis). Six factors is quite enough,  MC, Asc and the Sun move more slowly (about one degree a year), the Parts of the Luminaries and the Moon move faster (one degree a month).

The Sword Hand

It is essential to take speed into account, by means of the faster factors you can find the months something will happen, the slower factors only indicate the part of the year, they do not get much sharper than that. What strikes the eye in the progressions is the opposition of the directed Ascendant with the progressed Jupiter. Jupiter is Lord 6 of illness in the natal chart so this year Johnson will be more sensitive to illnesses. This may be a serious illness as Jupiter is on Capulus, Perseus’ Sword-hand which is the beginning of  Algol’s crisis zone, extremely malefic Algol is found two degrees further.

The Burnt Road

Progressed Jupiter moves much too slow to give a sound prediction but you can take it into account if another factor activates it, like the the opposition made by the primary Ascendant here. This Asc itself moves over powerful first magnitude star Agena in the Centaur, a constellation connected to the posssibly fatal underestimation of danger. This danger is confirmed by the Moon in her crisis zone the burnt Road (from 15° Libra to 15 ° Scorpio) conjuncting chaotic Neptune (no it was not a wonderful spiritual experience!)  and on the South Scale, the merciless Scorpion’s Claw which will have you for breakfast. A lot of danger but Johnson was lucky enough to have his Moon at the end of the Burnt Road when he fell ill, so he is back now  which is confirmed by the Part of the Sun moving over super-royal Regulus.