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.


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.


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.  


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!


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.


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.   


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.


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. 

Antares Eclipse

Last week the upcoming eclipse of May 16 was discussed and the chart of that Lunar Eclipse made for Moscow looked quite dramatic. What was also clear, is how important context is in astrology, in a prediction you always combine knowledge of the context with the interpretation of the chart. There is now a war going on and so you look at the eclipse chart with regard to that situation now, for Moscow and Kiev. The degree of the eclipse will also be on an Ascendant somewhere in the world, but the question is what does that mean? Meanwhile, we know that eclipse charts for a country that is at war, will refer to that war.


A good example of the power of eclipse charts is that of the solar eclipse before the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. Tensions had long been rising by then, the Russians were building troop concentrations on the border with Ukraine, so the context was clear. On December 4, there was a solar eclipse, and just by looking at the star on which that eclipse falls, you already know what is about to happen. That star is Antares the most martial of all stars in the firmament, this bright red royal star is not for nothing called Anti-Ares, the competitor of the war god Ares in combativeness.

This Antares eclipse makes a sextile with Saturn, Lord 1 and that makes the effect of the eclipse acute in this place. Antares is the Heart of the Scorpion, the beast that stabs the Hunter Orion to death with his poisonous angel and at the MC that martial story is repeated again very conspicuously. The MC is on the other royal star from Scorpio, the merciless South scale or the Scorpio claws, not a fine combination of extremely powerful stars. Mars is also Lord 10 which is very emphasized in the tenth house and is in conjunction with Saturn / Lord 1 via antiscion. This Mars is on Agena, a powerful star in Pholus the Centaur who dies because he picks up a poison arrow too impulsively.   

Astrolabium Planum

It is a clear horoscope, there is an excess of Mars to see, so you know what will happen. The eclipse falls in the second decanate of Sagittarius to which the image of a grieving man is connected, and also the image associated with the eclipse degree (thirteenth degree) in the Astrolabium Planum is not very encouraging, it describes a conquered, handcuffed figure. Not only can you clearly see when something is going to happen based on eclipse horoscopes, you can also see the myth that is going to be acted out, here that of Orion and the Scorpion and that is knowledge that may be interesting to a government.

Rus Eclipse

The Sun is currently moving in the direction of the North Node and that means it is eclipse time.  After all, eclipses occur when a New Moon or a Full Moon falls near the Nodal Axis. The symbolism is clear, a new Moon or a Full Moon – also called a “lunation” – is a conjunction or opposition of the Luminaries Sun and Moon, the two main planets. That’s why lunations also mark important moments.The Nodal Axis is given by the points where the orbits of the Luminaries intersect. A lunation on the Nodal Axis is therefore symbolically a “superlunation”, a gathering of the Luminaries at their meeting point!


That is why eclipses in mundane astrology are important instruments indicating turning points in developments. By calculating eclipse charts for various capitals, you can see what kind of development the eclipse will bring specifically to a country. Technically, you do not calculate the eclipse for the exact moment of the conjunction or opposition, but for the time of the climax, the middle between the beginning and the end of the eclipse. On April 30, there was already a partial Solar Eclipse, but the Lunar Eclipse that is coming on May 16 is more interesting.

At the moment, of course, the war Russia is waging against Ukraine is the most dramatic development in the world and therefore it is interesting to see what this eclipse looks like when you calculate it for Moscow. That indicates what Moscow may expect from this turning point. The context is that Russia changed its strategy two weeks ago and is now trying to get hold of the eastern part of Ukraine.The truth is also that the Russians, despite all their efforts and numerical superiority, have achieved not much success, they suffer great losses of materials and men, the Ukrainians defend themselves fiercely and effectively.

The Great Headhunter

The upcoming eclipse of May 16 is not going to make things any better for Russia, on the contrary. The chart is made for Moscow and thus shows specifically what the Kremlin may expect.That looks dramatic, the Russians are facing major setbacks. Lord 1 is the Moon, so Russia and because it is a Lunar Eclipse, the light of the Moon is going out, the Russian light. The Moon is extremely weak on the cusp of the sixth house of misfortune and illness and in its fall in Scorpio.The Sun that extinguishes the Moon light is very vicious, this Sun stands on Algol the great star of death and destruction, the queen of darkness, the most horrible star in the skies. That power of the cosmic headhunter Algol is going to work against Russia

William Lilly is equally clear in his description of the Lunar Eclipses per decanate. A Lunar Eclipse in the last decanate of Scoprio brings “murder and seditions”. The Kremlin may brace itself  because this will continue until the next eclipse on October 25th.

En Marche?

As we predicted last week on the basis of Emmanuel Macron’s current lunar return, he has won the presidential elections. That current lunar return showed conflicting clues, which happens more often, but the conclusion was that it didn’t look dramatic enough to say that he would loose (see last week’s post). It wasn’t a resounding victory like five years ago, Le Pen did better than ever and it seems a lot of people voted only for Macron to stop Le Pen. The question is also how Macron’s party, La Republique En Marche, will fare in the parliamentary elections that will soon follow.

It is striking how the political situation in France, but also in many other countries, reflects the astrological cycles. As is well known, in December 2000 the Great Conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter passed from the Earth signs to the Air signs, it was 200 years ago that that happened for the last time. This caused Corona, but it also gives a picture of the political tensions, conservative-nationalist (Earth) is everywhere opposing liberal-globalist (Air). The tension is the result of an understandable resistance to the great changes that the Air-time brings and which can indeed be quite destructive.  The trick, of course, is to bring the two elements together in a non-radical policy.

That is what mundane astrology shows, and you could say that Macron was the Air candidate who beat the Earth candidate Le Pen. Naturally, that is not enough for a prediction, to predict you have to look at the lunar return for example as we did last week. If they are not so clear, as was the case with Macron, you can also analyse the lunar return that follows the events, which shows the consequences of what happened.

What immediately stands out in this lunar return is the Sun in the first house. The Sun is, of course, the presidency and is in the house that most strongly indicates Macron, in a fixed Earth sign. The Moon of the people is nearby, Sun and Moon are very much connected to each other, although there are also some lesser indications to be seen. Uranus of painful limitation conjuncts the Moon and the New Moon the day before was a solar eclipse. Macron has not come out of this unscathed.  He no longer enjoys the trust given to him five years ago. On the MC there is a strong star of the first magnitude Vega, which is positive and Lord 10 of the job is placed in the strong eleventh house of recognition. By antiscion, the Pars Solis (projected with the radix arc), the essence of the President’s solar power, is right on the MC! He is still there. 

Le Pen?

Next Sunday is the second round of the French presidential elections about which we didn’t hear too much because a lot was happening in Ukraine and also because it wasn’t that exciting. President Emmanuel Macron had such a big lead over the competition in the polls that it looked like it had been decided. The radical right-wing camp from which the main opposition would come was moreover divided, the extremist Eric Zemmour significantly harmed the more moderate Marine Le Pen for a while.

Marcon even decided not to campaign at all in the first round which he has won quite easily. In the second round it is only between two candidates, between Marcon and Le Pen and the latter has come closer in the polls, although she is still about 13 % behind. So is it really a possibility that one of the central countries in Europe will get a president who is not too enthusiastic about the EU and the NATO, and who in the past has expressed herself very positively about Putin?

There are many ways to see what is going to happen, but in a situation like this, where two opponents are fighting, you can very well take a look at the lunar returns under which the elections are held. If Macron is going to fall from his throne, that is an event of great importance and it will therefore also be clearly indicated by the lunar return. You can then ask yourself in advance what you, as Macron’s court astrologer, would like to see in such a chart. Preferably, you would like royal stars at important points, planets on the MC of the job and no sign changes as it is favorable for Macron if things remain as they are.

Unfortunately for Macron, his lunar return under which the elections are held show something else. The most emphasized point is the IC, where Saturn and Mars are conjunct. Saturn is Lord 1 in the radix and Mars is Lord 1 in this return, so Marcon ends up at the lowest point opposite the MC the point of the job. If you want to have an image of a king falling from his throne, you would think of such a position. Through antiscion however, this conjunction in fixed signs falls right on the  ascendant, and Mars is Lord 10 of the job in the natal chart so this could indicate  that the job stays with him.

Her exaltation

Lord 10 of the job in the lunar return is the Sun which is already in the sixth house of adversity with the usual 5 degree orb and it is in conjunction with Mercury, Lord 8 of death in the lunar return, but Mercury is also Lord 11 of rewards. There is a sign change to be seen too, Venus is about to go to her exaltation and Venus is return Lord 7,  Marine Le Pen! It will be clear that it is not nice for Macron if his opponent is exalted. Of the planetary points, projected in the lunaar with the radix arc, we find the Saturn point, the essence of Saturnal limitation, on the MC which seems to be bad fo Macron, but Saturn is also Lord 1 natally. So this lunar return is not very clear with a lot of contradictory indications. It is however not very dramatic, so Le Pen will problably loose the battle again.