An Algol Pandemic

The Corona virus is spreading over the world, and the question is what are the astrological backgrounds of what seems to be developing into a pandemic. In a previous post we analysed the 2019 Aries ingress (the exact moment the Sun enters Aries again) for Wuhan, the city of the first outbreak. But now it concerns the whole world and there is no chart for the world, we always need a place to calculate a chart. What is possible however, is checking the Aries ingress on very tense positions. If we only look at the generally relevant parts, so only aspects and planets on stars and no angles or cusps, we have a kind of world chart, as these positions are the same everywhere. Click on the download button below to be able to view the ingress chat.

This Aries ingress was calculated for Rome, it was in Italy that the virus mysteriously manifested in Europe for the first time, the first European patient has not been found. First, we will look at the things that are the same for the wole world, so not at cusps and angles, and there are two indications for extra high tension. There is an applying opposition between the Sun and the Moon, so an upcoming Full Moon. A Full Moon is the moment the Moon is at its weakest and if we see the Moon in a very general sense as the people, this is not very positive of course. The more so because the Moon is on Labrum, one of the three stars of fate. This does not mean anything specific yet but it is not very positive.

The second general indication is the position of malefic Mars in its detriment in Taurus, so it will show its nastiest side.That is not nice but this Mars is also placed on a star we often run into in mundane astrology, Algol “the most malefic star in the heavens”. The key words traditionally connected to Algol are unsuitable for the ears of our younger readers, an oubreak of a disease with many victims would be something Algol could be connected to. So yes seen very generally, without making the chart local and specific, there are signs more negative than average, only with Mars in play we would tend to think of a serious military conflict or disastrous fires.

If we make the ingress more specific by looking at angles and cusps, this Mars is almost exactly on the descendant in the ingress for Rome and Mars is Lord 1, most out-spoken the country in 2019. So whatever Mars will bring, it will strike very hard  (or for the first time ) in Italy. Venus is Lord 6 of illness in the ingress for Rome an it is in narrow sextile with Mars. It is also striking that in the winter ingress (calcuated for the exact moment the Sun enters Capricorn, chart not shown here), Mars is in opposition with the Algol-Mars in the annual ingress, so it will be activated in winter.   


What can we expect, can we say something about this astrologically? On 21 March we will have a new Aries ingress without this Algol-Mars and without an upcoming Full Moon and this kind of flue-like viruses tend to disappear at the end of winter so we may expect it to be over by then.

No more turrrrning

A most famous and influential talkshow on Dutch TV  “De Wereld Draait Door”wil soon be broadcast for the last time, translated into English it is called something like The World Keeps Turning, the well-known Dutch abbreviation is “DWDD”. There can be no doubt, the talkshow pivots totally on host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk who has made it into a very big success. For 15 years every week-day the show was broadcast on prime time, and now at the moment it stops, it is still very, very popular. DWDD launched more than one career of musicians, comedians and scientists, being a guest in DWDD  was guarantee for a lot of public attention. Most certainly, it was the most successful and influential talkshow of the past twenty year.

So in DWDD’s chart (calculated for the start of its first broadcast, click on the download button above to view it) we may expect some interesting planet positions and indeed we are not disappointed. Immediately striking the eye are the three angular planets, the Moon as one of the Luminaries in the tenth house of public activity, not too bad for success and Great Benefic expansive Jupiter with Mercury the talking planet in the seventh house of others. Many angular planets is one important indicator for succes, in the angular houses you can manifest yourself powerfully in the world.


One of DWDD’s  selling-points was speed, there was never much time for anything and the rolling RRRR in the announcement at the start of the talkshow made it clear that this was not going to be a moment of deep reflection. All three angular planets move much faster than average, as above so below, what is shown up there will manifest down here. Of course, expansive Jupiter does not like to be stopped and Jupiter is not only placed near the descendant of other people but also on the royal fixed star Spica, bringing more success than you might have expected. Jupiter is also Lord 9 of the house of ideas and the sociopolitical items in DWDD often became topics of many discussions. Apart from angular planets powerful fixed stars are a condition for achieving fame.


The fast Moon Lord 5 of entertainment in the tenth house is placed on Vega, the powerful main star of the first magnitude in the artistic Lyre and yes music was always important in DWDD. Spica and Vega is quite a power-house but Mars /Lord 1 is also near Algol, which can indeed bring disaster but it can also provide a glamorous force of attraction (and sometimes both, because essentially they are the same thing). Donald Trump has his MC on Algol and this is one of the reasons of his most remarkable success. Apart from powerful fixed stars and angular planets the seven planet parts should also be analysed because they indicate a special, very concentrated focus.

Planet parts represent the pure “raw” energies out off which the planets are “made” an a conjunction or opposition  (do not forget antiscia!) of a part with a radix factor or with another part will activate such a focussed energy in the life. This is not only psychological but also concrete!! In this chart the Part of Mercury (Asc + Part of Fortune – Part of the Sun ) is on the descendant of others,  yes it is a talkshow. The Venus Part (Asc +   Part of the Part Of Fortune), also to be seen as the Part of “super-abundance” is on Jupiter, DWDD was always nice, not to say very, very politically correct. The Jupiter Part of Victory (Asc + Jup – Part of the  Sun) and the Sun,  Part of Abundance are conjunct in the tenth house of public activity. The parts shows very clearly how precise charts are, four minutes later the Mercury Part is not on the descendant any more!

Issur Danielovitsj Demsky

Last week Kirk Douglas, one of the great Hollywood legends died at he blessed age of 103 years. Kirk Douglas, yes he is the father of actor Michael Douglas was the son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants, so he very much incorporates the American Dream with his successes. America the land  of umlimited opportunities, for some it really does exist. Issur Danielovitsj Demsky, born in a family of poor immigrants became the great Hollywood star Kirk Douglas en his son is continuing this success. In his chart some very interesting planet positions can be expected , click on the download button below to see his chart

With a view to his poor youth , the IC of the family root will problably be much afflicted. Indeed there are quite some negative indications to be seen there, Algol the most malefic star in the heavens is right on the IC! Venus the ruler of the familiy house is very weak in its detriment in Scorpio on the powerful South Scale, the merciless Scorpion’s Claw. Lord 4 is also placed in the ninth hosue of foreign countries showing that his parents were immigrants. On the basis of the chart you can often very clearly decribe decribe the situation in the family, which means that even if it was very bad, it is never just bad luck. It always belongs to your life, otherwise it could not be seen in the chart.

Spartacus picture

It is just as true that your family background has an important role to play in your life but it does not determine who you are. There are twelve houses in the chart and the fourth house is only one of them. People with difficult backgrounds can completely outgrow their family, your parents do not make you, as Issur Demsky’s chart shows. His success can be seen on other points in the chart where as many four powerful stars of the first magnitude elite are found. Succesful refined Agena (Venus-Jupiter) in the Centaur is on the MC, inspired Altair (Mars-Jupiter )in the Eagle is on the Ascendant,the Moon is on dymamic Capella (Mars-Mercury) in the Wagon-Driver near the cusp of the fifth house of creativity and on the fifth cusp itself there is Rigel (Jupiter-Mars) in Orion the Hunter.

Powerful fixed stars on important points contribute a lot to success, though angular planets, planetary points and the synastry with the prenatal charts should always be analysed too. Every famous person will be famous in his own way sometimed because they really have a talent, sometimes because they catch the spirit of the times and sometimes because they persistently manifest themselves very strongly. With a view to the large amount of Mars in Douglas’ stars it may not come as a surprise that his most famous role probably was that of the gladiator Spartacus (the Hunter, The Eagle, the Wagon-Driver). This is confirmed by Mars / Lord 10  in its exaltation, Lord 10 indicates our tendencies in our public roles.

Exalted Mars is on the cusp of the very weak twelfth house but by antiscion (position mirrored in the 0° Cancer-0°Capricorn axis) it conjuncts Mercury Lord 5 of creativity in the powerful 11th house so it does not remain locked up in the 12th house prison. This is exactly the story of Spartacus the rebellious slave/gladiator. The other malefic Saturn is Lord 1, the body and it is very weak retrograde in its detriment in Cancer in the sixth house of illness. Nothing much positive could be expected from such a Saturn. So it was, Douglas had many serious problems with his back, Saturn’s structures weakened by the dissolving Waters of Cancer point to a very instable vertebral column.      

The Wuhan virus

It was not immediately clear but the outbreak of the Wuhan virus in China has grown rapidy into a real epidemic. The region around the city of Wuhan where the virus made its first vitcims, is closed off from the outer world, the Chinese government is taking very strong measures. The question is of course what can be seen in the relevant charts of this outbreak? It is important to look at these charts from a perspective that makes sense. Knowing what has happened, we could always find something pointing in that direction. The most honest approach is therefore to imagine you would have lived in Wuhan, would you have seen then, that it might be better to get out off the city in January? 

The next question is of course which chart is to be used?  There are several possibilities, the ingress chart (the exact moment the Sun enters Aries again) for Peking or even Wuhan, the foundation chart of the People’s Republic, or the chart of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter before the last emperor resigned? It seems like a good idea to look at the Aries ingress chart for Wuhan first, that is what a local astrologer would do to see what would happen to his city this year. Click on the download button below to be able to view this chart.

Is there is anything to be seen in this chart that would indicate serious trouble? If so, is there an indication of the nature of these serious events? The first thing striking the eye is Jupiter the ruler of the first and and the tenth houses placed on the MC. This means Wuhan wil be able to manifest itself very strongly in the world this year and this is true. Nobody had heard of the city till recently but now everybody knows it, although this did not happen in the way you would wish for.


The stars around this Jupiter do describe the situation quite effectively, Jupiter is on Lesath the very nasty Scorpion’s Sting and the MC itself is on Rasalhaque, the Serpent Bearer’s Head. Ophiuchus the Serpent-Bearer is strongly associated with medicine, the serpent is a symbol of the life-force to be contolled and balanced by the Bearer. With the knowledge we have now, this looks a bit threatening but from the perspective of the local astrologer checking the ingress chart, this is really not very alarming. Also the Sun/ Lord 6 of illness is not very strongly emphasized,although  it is placed in the first house (the city) opposed by the Moon but this is not very, very dramatic.    

However, what does strike the eye is retrograde Mercury right on the Ascendant in Pisces in its detriment AND fall, so it will definitely shows its very worst sides. By the houses – “in mundo” – Mercury aspects Jupiter as it as far from the Ascendant as Jupiter is from the MC, and this of course enhances its negative effects, even more strengthened by Neptune always creating chaos nearby. This begins to look like more that only moderately serious. Mercury can be associated with connections and roads so this would fit the closing off of the city, but because Mercury as “wind in the earth”’ also stands for earth-quakes maybe that would a first idea of what could happen. Of course, Mercury is also the general significator of the lungs, but this is a bit too much based on what we know now. In the winter ingress chart (no picture shown here), made for the moment the Sun enters Capricorn, this Sun gets on the MC in Wuhan showing that what is going to happen will happen there in winter.