Charles Leclerc

It is summer break in Formula 1, at the end of this month the battle will continue again. Max Verstappen, about whom we wrote earlier, is in the lead and he seems to be heading for a second championship. But the matter has not yet been decided, the surprising number 2 of this season, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc is well behind him but the gap may still be closed. Last year Leclerc was seventh in the championship, 200 points behind Verstappen, but now he is doing much better which is a good reason to take a look at his radix.

What immediately attracts our attention is the conjunction of Mars which is Lord 1 and thus the most outspoken Leclerc himself, who is conjunct Venus, Lord 7 of opponents. The position of Lord 1 shows where you stand in life, where automatically a lot of attenion is focussed. So that is battle with others which is greatly enhanced by the fact that this conjunction falls on royal Antares with its intensely red pure Mars energy. Antares gives life-or death struggles, the royal nature of the star indicates that there will be a lot of success associated with it.

Lords  1 and 7 are both on Antares, Venus/lord 7 is closest, but Mars Lord 1 with his fiery nature picks up the most easily the warrior energy of the star. Of the planetary parts, the part of Saturn falls on Venus/Lord 7 of opponents, Saturn is essence of slowing down. Mars / Lord 1’s speed  is much higher than normal and it makes a very close sextile with Jupiter the expander, who is also Lord 5 of fun, sports and games. So when we talk about racing, it’s clear that Mars Lord 1 will be faster than Lord 7.

Abundance

Other parts of Leclerc’s radix complement this picture. His Lord 10, that which always plays a role in his public activities, is the Sun of winning. That Sun is on royal Spica in opposition with the Moon the significator of subjects and subordinates, the Moon in this position during Full Moon is totally dominated by the Sun. After all, the Moon is at that moment completely filled with the light of the Sun she reflects. Lord 10 therefore also points to struggle and gain, the position in the very weak 12th House is compensated by the narrow sextile that the Sun makes on the MC degree.

Of course, the parts of the Moon (Pars Fortunae) and the Sun (Pars Solis) also stand out because they are near the Descendant but that has no meaning  because that is automatically so at Full Moon. What does have a meaning is the fact that the antiscion of the Pars Solis is on the MC, because that is not automatically the case at Full Moon. The solar essence of the abundance and dominance falls at the point of the work, which also is conjunct Algenubi the Lion’s Mouth. You will get a clear picture like this if you involve stars, planet parts, dignities / receptions and antiscia  without these you will loose a lot of sharpness, as modern astrology shows so clearly.

Napoleon

It is a troubled time with a lot of tension in the world, food shortages, hyperinflation, lack of raw materials, epidemics, the war in Ukraine, wereldwide drougths, extreme heat and an increasing threat of war in the Far East. China is making it very clear that after Hong Kong it will also add Taiwan back to its territory and that no one should intervene. This strong turbulence has to do with the transition of the Great Conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter (GCs) into the Air signs in 2020.

In order to get a better understanding of the meaning of that transition and how long it will last, it is a good idea to look back at the last element transition of the GCs before this and what was going on then. That started in 1802 when the GCs passed from the Fire Signs to Earth for the first time, the next GC in 1821 went back to Fire, to finally transfer to Earth in 1842. We have also just had such a transition in steps, with in 1980 the GCs for the first time to Air, in 2000 again back to Earth and in 2020 definitively over to Air. What can the comparison with the 19th Century  tell us about our time?

Orgy of violence

The transitional period from 1802 to 1842 was also extremely turbulent, the ultimate disaster of the French Revolution and the merciless cruel terror, the chaos and the wars that resulted from it had already taken place in 1789 as a prelude to the transition time. A Napoleon was needed to put an end to the massacre and the extremely destructive orgy of violence of the Revolution, but also Napoleon raced as a tornado through Europe in the first 15 years of the 19th century. In 1842, the transfer to Earth became final and Earth established itself. The modern industrial nation-state arose, liberal democracy emerged, culminating in the year of revolution 1848.

It will be clear that in our times Corona marks the moment of the transition from Earth to Air in 2020 as a watershed. But the comparison with the 19th Century shows that it takes a while before a new balance is found.  After the final transition to Earth in 1842, the liberal-democratic revolutions of 1848 followed. The recent transition of the GCs to Air in 2020 is a parallel with the  transition of  the GCs in 1842 and so we may conclude that it will remain very restless for some time to come, the new Air time will haver to settle and this will not be done overnight and not without a struggle. It is  to be expected that the world will remain instable until just before the opposition of Saturn and Jupiter in 2030.

Liberal democracy

More tangibly, this will mean that what arose in the Earth Age will have to go: the fossile-driven industrial production state, liberal democracy and the dominance of the West. In 2029, just before a series of oppositions of Saturn and Jupiter, we can expect a final dramatic and violent climax in the transition phase. So we see around us now the establishment of the Air-time and all the frictions that that goes with it. China will replace the West as the dominant worldpower, so it will not be long before we will hear about military action in the Far East. In Taiwan, they know all about it.

Al Qalb

During our holiday in la douce France, the pressures on the British Prime Minister Johnson eventually became too strong. He announced his resignation as the leader of the Conservative party, which means that he also has to give up his funtion as the prime minister automatically.  On this blog we have already given some attention to his progressions and the tensions to be seen in them, but it is worth looking at them again now. The interplay of context, fixed stars, fast and slow progressions and the lunar mansions thus becomes visible in a fascinating way.

   The context is well-known, Johnson allowed various parties to take place at 10 Downing Street during the Corona lockdown and in recent months the pressure has increased to attach consequences to this and to resign. Remember that you will always interpret the progressions against the background of this context. The first slow progression that stands out is the MC on Uranus, which has to do with castration, a painful reality check and you can say that!

Furthermore, we see the Moon entering the Mansion of Al Qalb, the Heart (of Scorpio), which has to do with defense against enemies, killing and the end of a cycle. The MC and the entrance into a new Lunar Mansion sketches the background, the fast progressive factors the Pars Fortunae and the Pars Solis give the further interpretation and an impressive exact timing.  The Pars Solis – calculated from the secondary progressed positions of the Sun and the Moon and the primary position of the Ascendant – is almost on Praesepe, a violent crisis star that has to do with decay, chaos and destruction, with the Aselli Praesepe forms a problem zone of a few degrees.

Usurper Achernar

The Pars of the Moon (Pars Fortunae) has made oppositions with the natal and progressed positions of Pluto, indicating the power struggle of the past few months. The PF is now almost on Achernar a powerful star connected to the fall of the solar chariot, with usurpation. In the mythical story of Achernar, Phaeton takes over the reins of the solar chariot from Helios, the rightful owner, but he does not have the necessary skills to steer it and falls down dramatically, causing great damage to the land.

If all relevant factors – stars, planet parts and lunar masions – are taken into accont an extremely impressive picture is the result, illustrating “as above so below” in a very elegant an convincing way. Note also how precise the progressed Moon, PoF and PoS are and how they can be used to follow what is happening from month to month. 

Severodonetsk

The war in Ukraine has been going on for four months now and both sides suffer serious losses every day. In the south there is not too much movement, maar in the eastern Donbas all the more so. After very heavy  fighting, the Russians were able to capture the important city of Severodenetsk and the second city of the country Kharkov holds its breath. The Russians had been driven away from Kharkov, but have continued bombing the city  and it is well possibe that they will soon start an offensive.  All in all, you can say that the Russian army is slowly but surely moving forward, but at the cost of extensive losses. They have, at least for the time being, more material and men and therefore have a certain predominance.

What can be seen of these developments in the chart of Russia? As the radix of Russia we take the chart of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter of June 27, 1444, 6:01:05 LMT (Asc at 21.12 Leo, the then position of Regulus!). This mundane radix was discussed on this blog a while ago. In the progressions, the persistent large tension is immediately noticeable. The beginning of the war is marked by a progressive Full Moon that was full in February, when the Moon also changed sign from Leo to Virgo (over the current position of Regulus).

Pluto

A progressive Full Moon automatically means that the conjunction of the Pars Fortunae and the Pars Solis falls on the descendant, so that has no special meaning. What does have meaning, is that both parts  have also conjuncted Saturn and Pluto in recent months. Pluto is not  fine, that  will be obvious, Saturn is Lord 7 of the others (and so war in this context) in the radix and the Great Malefic is in its detriment (you can count this  because the fast-moving parts have moved over it).

These conjunctions of the parts with Pluto in its radix position, its progressive position and with Saturn in detriment describe the acute crisis situation since February very well. These conjunctions are now over and that is not so bad of course, although it will take the Part of Fortune another month to  leave behind the square with the progressive Mars in detriment. But the  question is whether it will indeed quiet down a little after that, what will happen if we move the most important progressions even further forward?

2025

The Part of Fortune will enter Leo in three months and thus activate the Sun in the radix and that Sun is Lord 1 placed in the twelfth house on miserable Praesepe (accumulation of corpses the Chinese say), that does not sound too good. But what is most worrying in the progressions is the movement of the Ascendant hat is going to make three more oppositions with Saturn, radix-Pluto and the progression of Pluto! That is only over in 2025. So the background tension will continue for a long time but it seems unlikely that until 2025 it will be as intensive as the past few months because the parts will leave their most difficult positions behind in the not too distant future.

Assemblée

The second and final round of last Sunday’s French parliamentary elections proved to be a tough one for President Macron. His coalition “Ensemble” has lost the absolute majority in the Assemblée Nationale and so from now on they will have to negotiate with other parties in order to implement controversial measures (very controversial in France is the increase of the retirement age from 62 to 65!). The opponent that bothered Macron the most was the unadulterated leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon whose radix we discussed last week.

31%

NUPES the coalition of the left formed by Mélenchon got 31% of the vote, the Macron party 38%, so we can speak of a rebirth of the left in France. However, this will not be directly reflected in the distribution of seats in the Assemblée because France chooses through a district system. Nevertheless, it is more than enough for NUPES to firmly thwart Macron, so it is interesting to take a look at the progressions in the chart of Mélenchon who has been able to profile himself in recent years as the leader of left-wing France.

The first thing you will notice is that five years ago his MC conjunted the great king star Regulus, that was at the time of the previous elections. Mélenchon then turned out to be the only candidate who could compete on an equal footing with Macron and Le Pen, it was his breakthrough as leader of the left. It can also be seen that his MC will conjunct the radix /progressed positions of the South Node during the next elections in five years in 2027. The South Node always requires a painful sacrifice so that does not look too good for him on the long run.

Solar opposition

But what is there to see at the moment? The Pars Fortunae has conjuncted the progressive Sun, the general significator of power and success. However, this progressive Sun is in opposition with his radix-Sun via antiscion, he is not in power, he is the opposition. His progressive Moon has just entered the Via Combusta which will give  problems and instability, so that does not look very good for the near future. The Moon will move over the radix and progressive position of Neptune in the coming months, which makes the idea of adversity even stronger. The Part of the Sun (the inverted Taurus symbol) is approaching Antares, the star of the end. Will the leftist  NUPES coalition succed in staying together?

Scorpion’s Claw

That is what is  going to happen, but what has brought him the success other than what has been discussed above, the progressions of the PF and the Sun? It is striking that the progressed Mercury is  moving  over the royal South Scale and although Mercurry  is not one of the six basic factors you always look at in analysing progressions, you can count it here. Mercury in the radix is both Lord 1 and Lord 10! The South Scale is a very powerful star, it is the merciless Scorpion’s Claw, the beast that was sent by the gods to stab to death the successfull Hunter Orion wo deemed himself superior. Orion-Macron has felt that now, but with a view of the progressions coming up, the question is how dangerous NUPES  and Mélenchon will ultimately turn out to be for him.

NUPES

Last weekend was the first round of the elections for the French parliament, the Assemblé, which are always held about a month after the election of the president. In this first round, which is divided by district, all parties can participate, but only the numbers 1 and 2 will go to the second round. Whoever wins the second round, will get the seat in parliament. Now this first round has had a remarkable result, the NUPES party led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon has received more votes than the party of the recently re-elected president Macron.

The largest party in France has thus become an unadulterated left-wing party, which does not mean that NUPES will also become the largest in parliament because of the district system. What it does show, is that not only the populist right can count on the appreciation of the voters but now also the populist left. NUPES is the brainchild of Mélenchon who over the past years has become the face of the left that had already been declared dead, but is now experiencing a remarkable rebirth.  So it’s interesting to take a look at the chart of this left-wing leader, who is causing the Macron liberals so much trouble now.  

Mercury is very important in this chart because it is both Lord 1 of the person “in his life” and Lord 10 of the job. Mercury is very strong but in the hidden twelfth house. Through antiscion, however, he is “freed” from this malefic house and comes into conjunction with Jupiter, the planet of vision, politics and policy, which is in the strong seventh house. There is the connection with politics and it is a remarkable connection. It is an antiscion that may be seomthing be hidden or secret, but it can also indicate something that is not done in the standard way. In addition, both Mercury, Lord 1 and 10 and political planet Jupiter are retrograde, and therefore go against the usual course of events.

Fresh Red Fire

So here you can see why he is firmly left-wing and socially critical and not a smooth liberal. This Jupiter-Mercury conjunction falls on Alperatz, the head of the princess Andromeda, who is rescued from the Sea Monster (Macron) by Perseus, the knight on the Flying Horse. In his first house and therefore extra important is Saturn, who has just gone to his exaltation. Such a planet in the radix that has just changed the sign always gets extra emphasis as a special motive. Saturn is the poor and needy, who have nothing and who are going to be elevated. Mars, too, has just come out of its fall, the  fresh fire of the red battle has just been released.  

Labrum

His Sun essentially strong, in its own sign Leo knows how to be the leader and the placement of the Sun on the Hydra Heart Alphard gives him insight into dark emotional under-currents and how to use them. That this Sun is in opposition to the Part of the Sun, gives it even more power but as opposition, as a counterforce. The other Luminary the Moon is on the Descendant, the Moon is the people and listen to him, he certainly conveys emotion effectively. At the MC, we find mighty Betelgeuse, one of the main stars of the rugged hunter Orion and very good for success. On the Ascendant, Labrum falls, the Cup that must be filled at the source, connected to the search for the good and the beautiful in the midst of this earthly dirt. In radical left-wing politics, all of these factors can be bundled into one activity and if you find something like that, you’re going to do it!

Bozo

Yesterday his party voted about his position, but he survived, battered but Boris Johnson – BoJo, BoZo, the Blond Goblin – is still there. Earlier on this blog we looked at his progressions, and his solar and lunar returns and there turned out to be strong  tensions in March and April this year. These temsions have shown themselves. Johnson has been under pressure almost all year because of the drinking parties at 10 Downing Street during the lockdown, but it has not cost him his head yet, not in April and not now. His progressive Moon is now just past Death Star Antares, his PoF is in opposition to Pluto and his Part of the Sun is moving towards a  conjunction with Praesepe, the “accumulation of corpses”. So these positions indicate well enough what is happening now.

Unhappy return

The question is of course whether he will be able to stay on for a long time, athey cannot vote about  his position for a  year now according to party rules, but there are other ways to exert pressure. What will happen when by-elections are lost for example?  Now it’s Johnson’s birthday soon, he will get a new solar return on June 19, his old return looked rather tense, so the question is whether that new return will bring improvement? If so, he might have had the worst now, but the new return doesn’t seem to indicate this.

What catches the eye in the new solar return is Mars placed prominently as Lord 7 in the seventh house of others, which is certainly not a sign that everything will be peace and harmony now.  That position of the fighting planet is emphasized by the opposition that Mars makes via antiscion with the Moon, Lord 10 of the job in the return and in the radix, so battle around the job.  A second point is the placement of Lord 1 Venus, not only in the eighth house of death and end, but also on the disastrous Algol, the star of beheading. Venus makes a square with Saturnus, Lord 5 which could be seen as “the death of the job”, the fifth house is turned eighth from the tenth.  Mercury, which plays such a central role in its radix, is also in the death house on the Hyads which can be associated with disappointments, with promises not realised.

Algol

This solar return has the same angles as the radix and that is special but it is questionable whether you can see that in this context as a sign of power or whether it just marks an important turning point. The only real positive thing in the return is the Pars of the Sun, the “royal essence” on the MC via antiscion, but this alone does not make this solar return stronger than the previous one.  Boris Johnson does not seem safe yet, the lunar return of July has Algol on the Ascendant which looks interesting.

Al Tarf

Last week, Max Verstappen’s chances of winning the Formula 1 championship again were examined. That was done on the basis of his solar return of this year, the SR that is valid until his birthday in September looks favorable but the new SR coming into effect then does not. That is also the SR under which he could win again so that looks less promising. Of course, for a good prediction, we also have to analyse the progressions when the season closes in November and there are a number of interesting movements to be seen then.

Before we look at the progressions in November: at the moment the Pars Fortunae is conjuncting o his directed MC and Verstappen has now become the leader in the classification again after a somewhat poor start. In November, of course, that position is long past the PF moves in progression one degree per month. His progressive Sun is still favorable in November though, the Sun is Lord 10 of the job and the general significator of leadership falls on his radix-Ascendant. The progressed Sun moves 1 degree per year so it will continue to work this year. But the question is whether that favorable Sun progression will be enough to give him the championship again.

Al Jabbah?

The other progressions we see looks a bit less favorable. The Moon will this year be moving through the lunar mansion Al Tarf that has to do with confrontation with authorities and frustration. In November, the Maan is about to enter the next lunar mansion Al Jabbah which is associated with success and profit.  But the question is whether this does not come too late, the season has just ended then. The Moon is also just before Regulus and the transition into Virgo.

That seems very favorable because Regulus gives you the throne and the transition to Virgo activates his Mercury which is so very strong in his radix. But that also comes too late, the Moon has three to four degrees to go before it enters Virgo and that is three to four months in time.  That would rather point to a flying start of the season in March 2023, but for this season those powerful positions do not come in time. That seems to be confirmed by the movement of the progressive PF in November, via antiscion it conjuncts the malefic Saturnus which is extremely weak and fall into Aries. So this does not look good either.

For those wo follow the war in Ukraine by applying the 1 day = 1 week key to the chart of the start of the invasion, the Moon (Ukraine) is now moving thorugh the crisis zone with Algol and the Pleiads, so we have the Russians occupying Severodonetsk, an important city in the Donbas.   

Re-Max?

Last Sunday Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix of Barcelona and came back in the lead of the classification by winnimng thre race. Last December we followed the last Formula- races on this blog and the prediction was made that Verstappen would become world champion, which also happened in an extremely exciting final race. Now  that Max has taken the lead again, the question is whether he will repeat it this season, which only ends in November. Sometimes a driver will dominate for years.

Aldebaran MC

Max was born on September 30th and until then he has the solar return under which he also became world champion last December. That is quite a strong return with royal Aldebaran on the MC and Lord 1 on royal Spica. This strong solar return remains in force until his birthday but then he gets a new one,  which covers the last two months of the season. Now it could be so that it has already been decided by that time, but there is still a good chance that the new return will show whether he will win the championship again.

That is the question because right on the Ascendant of this solar return the South Node is found and that is the point where a very painful sacrifice must be made, the South Node is a kind of super-Saturn. It automatically means that the influence of the North Node, “super-Jupiter” will fall on the opponent’s descendant.  Venus, Lord 7 of opponents, has also just made a leap from his fall in Virgo to his own sign Libra, a huge increase in strength. Planets that make those kinds of movements in a solar return are always important clues.

Insufficient Price

The return-MC is in th laste degree of Leo, where for a long time royal Regulus stood, the “throne star”, but it has now moved up to the first degree of Virgo on the other side of the sign boundary. On the ascendant there is a royal ster, Lucida Lancis, the Scorpion’s Southern Claw, but that star is also called the Insufficient Price, the utmost is asked of you but that is not enough. Royal does not always mean winning, it does mean that there is a very powerful effect.

Retrograde

Lord 10 of the job is the Sun in the solar return and by antiscion it is in opposition with Mercury which occupies a remarkable place. It is conjunct the lightning-fast radix-Mercury of Max who has given him his racing talent. But the return -Mercury is not fast and also retrograde, the opposition with return Lord 10 seems to indicate that Max will not be able to use his Mercury optimally at the end of this year under the new solar return.  It is still early in the season, but this solar return under which he could become world champion again does not look that promising.

Lucida Lancis

Some time ago, based on the chart of the beginning of the war in Ukraine, I wrote the following:

“Looking ahead, we see mid-April (calculation date March 3) Mars going over Pluto which can be nothing but a very fierce battle that reaches a decisive point, could that be the fall of Mariupol? Then we see another turning point in mid-May (calculation date 6 March). Mars in the first house of the Russians leaves its exaltation and loses significantly in fighting power, while the MC changes the sign and the Moon (Lord 7 Ukraine) enters its exaltation in Taurus, indicating an improvement for Ukraine.”

This prediction was made with a 1 day = 1 week key and it seems to work reasonably well. The conjunction of Mars with Pluto did not bring the fall of Mariupol, a unit on the site of the Azov steel plant fought on till yesterday. However, the city largely fell into the hands of the Russians and has been completely razed to the ground.  Also, the Russian offensive in the Donbas has stalled in many places and the Russians have been driven away from Kharkov in the direction of the border. We will continue to monitor developments.

Lucida Lancis

Last week we discussed the eclipse chart that preceded the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the power of the eclipses as a prediction tool was clear. If a tense situation has arisen, you can use the eclipse charts to see if and when it could get out of hand. Another good example of the power of eclipses is the chart  of the Lunar Eclipse that preceded the outbreak of World War II that began with the German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939. This results in the eclipse chart below for Berlin.

The star on the Ascendant already speaks volumes, it is Vindemiatrix the Sorcerer’s Apprentice who is going to unleash uncontrollable forces that will get totally out of hand. Lord 1 indicates Germany and that is Venus which almost falls on the Descendant of others, so they are now going to take action! The MC confirms the violence that will erupt, it falls on violent Sirius, the brutal head star of the Big Dog. These are already a lot of clues, to which can be added the position of the Moon, falling in the Via Combusta on Lucida Lancis, the Southern Scale of Libra. This is a royal star that you can better describe as the merciless  Scoprion’s  Claw that you will grab you and will not let you go.

When working with eclipses, William Lilly also looked at the decanates in which the eclipse falls and that indeed seems to work here. The second decanate of Scorpio is associated with an image of war and struggle, these images  show another aspect of the  division of the signs that goes back to an ancient tradition.