The last few weeks we wrote about the dénouement of the Formula-1 battle for the championship between Max Verstappen en Lewis Hamilton and now we will make a prediction. Will “our’’ Max win, and this “’our” is a problem. As a Dutchman I want to see him win and this does not make it easier to make an objective prediction. So we have to watch out for the rose-coloured spectacles! To summarize the situation, Verstappen is still in the lead, there are only two races to go, but Hamilton has been coming closer and closer and could just as well win.

The last two Grands Prixs will take place in the next two weekends under the lunar return you can see by clicking on the download button above. If Max Verstappen is going to win, we have to find some clear indications for a triumph. This delineation is not simple, it is an example of genuine astrological hand-work and all the questions that may pop up in this process. Surely, there are clear charts too, but often positive and negative indications have to weighed with subtlety.


Immediately striking the eye is Mercury’s position in the “heart of the Sun”! So this is cazimi, and it means Mercury will get the support of the full power of the Sun making it unstoppable. Of course, it can be associated with fast movement and technique, it is the planet giving Verstappen his success. In his radix it is very, very fast and it is Lord 11 in the 11th house of the fruits of your labors. Not too bad of course, but in the lunar return Mercury is Lord 12 of self-destruction, and Lord 3 of short routine movements too. The Sun launching this Mercury is radix-Lord 10 of the profession, and that again does not sound bad. 

Through antiscion Pluto is on the cazimi-Mercury, he is the Lord of the Underworld suddenly appearing on the scene in his fast wagon (!) out off a crack in the earth to kidnap Persephone. So in an overwhelming way he graps the big price. Is this Verstappen or maybe Hamilton…Another point is that the cazimi-Mercury is near Antares at a distance of just a bit more than 3 degrees. Antares is the star ending cycles, it is the heart of the Scorpion killing off the arrogant successful hunter Orion. Does it mean it ends here for Verstappen or will he be the Scorpio this month ending the reign of seven-fold world champion Orion-Hamilton?

Solar essence

Hamilton is Saturn Lord 7 in the seventh house very strong, yes he is and he is up close. Mars Lord 10 of the job conjuncts Lord 7 by antiscion and yes it is a month of an intense duel.  The Moon, Lord 1 opposes Neptune which is not good of course. The Part of the Sun, of abundance and future, the “solar essence” ,is on the second cusp and falls on the radix-MC (if the time is exactly correct) . But again the South Node is on his radix-Lord 1.

This is a maddening chart, for every positive indication a negative one seems to pop up. One good trick is then to take a look at the next lunar return and it has the same angles as his radix which is  very good. Mars is Lord 1 on Antares, so does this show victorious Scorpio-Max the heroic killer of Orion-Hamilton? This is really a cold sweat, but I think this cazimi -Mercury will make Verstappen champion. Let us hope these are not my rosy spectacles. 


Last week we discussed Max Verstappen’s lunar return, he is the Fomula-1 driver who is still in the lead in the World Championship. This lunar return was unfavorable for him because Lord 7 of opponents was very strong in it and indeed the difference between Verstappen and his competitor Lewis Hamilton, who is on his heels, is getting smaller and smaller. Hamilton was victorious in the race in Brazil on 14 November and last Sunday in Qatar. Both races fell under the same unfavorable lunar return.

 Verstappen now only has 8 points more than Hamilton, and if Hamilton continues his winning mood he will be world champion. There are only two races to go and each time he can come 7 points closer. So it is really all very exciting, especially now that since two races Hamilton’s car with a new motor seems to have become clearly faster. This is a good example of how an unfavorable planet like the strong Lord 7 in the lunar return may manifest in reality. The next two races in Jeddah on 5 December and in Abu Dhabi on 12 December will be decisive, Verstappen will then have a new lunar return which will be discussed another time later.

A simple calculation shows that most probably the Jeddah race will not give us a champion, that is if nothing very unexpected happens, so it would be interesting to take a look at the chart of the last race in Abu Dhabi. This race will decide it all. So this concerns an event chart calculated for the start of the Grand Prix , click on the download button below to view this chart.

In his amusing Sports Astrology John Frawley explains the method to delineate such contest charts. However, one of the problems is that if you want to apply this method the favorite has to be known (he gets the first house) and this is not easy to determine. Two months ago Verstappen was superior but now these two gamecocks really seem to have equal chances, maybe Hamilton with his suddenly faster car, is even slightly favorite. So we have to be a bit creative and see this last race as a duel between the old hand Hamilton and his young contender Verstappen.

If we look at the chart in this way seven-fold world champion Hamilton would get the first house, he is the man to be beaten and the young Dutchman is attacking his position. Lord 1 in the chart is placed in the seventh house under disposition of Lord 7, contender Max Verstappen which is very unfavorable for Lord 1, it is in the power of Lord 7. Lord 1 in on the edge of combustion which is also weakening. Striking the eye most strongly however is this Jupiter dominating the whole situation from the MC. This very strong position of Lord 7 shows Lord 7 wins and that would be Verstappen. If this somewhat creative delineation is correct, it would mean that for the first time the Dutch can welcome a Formula-1 champion!  

Grand Prix

It is still very exciting in Formula-1 racing, Max Verstappen is in the lead but Lewis Hamilton is coming up right behind him. Last Sunday Hamilton won the Grand Prix and came closer to Verstappen. In a post several months ago we wrote about this: “the lunar mansion the Moon is moving through now is Al Natrah, connected to ‘’conquest and victory”, its image is an eagle with a human head.  After al Natra comes Al Terf, the “Glance of the Lion’’ associated with confrontation and loss, indicating a more difficult phase at the very end of the season. But all in all it looks very good for him.”

At that moment Verstappen was superior, but in this last part of the season it is indeed more difficult for him. There are still three races to go and it has not been decided yet, Verstappen has the most points but it is still a realistic possibility that seven-fold world champion Lewis Hamilton will pass him by and he will not become champion. Verstappen has a strong solar return and strong progressions, and indeed he has done very well, so this does not show that he will win, running-up is still quite an achievement.


The last Grand Prix of the season will take place  in Abu Dhabi on 12 December, before this there are races in Qatar on 21 November and one in Jedda on 5 December. The lunar returns covering these races could give us more certainty if Verstappen is going to crown this great year with gold. Last Sunday’s race which was not good for him and the race in Qatar fall under the lunar return which started on 1 November and which can be viewed by clicking on the download button below.   

Striking the eye immediately is this Mercury of movements dominating the chart from the tenth house and on the royal star Spica too! That seems to be favourable for Verstappen, in his natal chart Mercury is the planet that has given him his success, it can be associated with driving fast and refined technique. Only this Mercury is Lord 7 of opponents in the chart so it is the other one who will be profiting from this! This is confirmed by the star placed on the descendant of opponents, bright and powerful first-magnitude Rigel in the Orion constellation.

So this would indeed reflect that Verstappen was beaten by Hamilton last Sunday and because this return will still be in force on 2 November when the next Grand Prix in Qatar will be held, Verstappen will not secure the championship then. The last two races will fall under the next lunar return and it is to be hoped for him that this will not indicate a powerful opponent in the tenth house on Spica again!    

Pontifex Maximus Franciscus?

A few hours after the announcement by the previous pope Benedict of his abdication in March 2013 lightning struck Saint Peter’s dome. Some people then saw this as a sign of divine Wrath, and this is very understandable as there was every reason for this. Not only was Pope Benedict forced to resign, what followed was a further successful coup d’etat by the so-called ‘’St Gallen mafia”, a group of powerful prelates. In the preceding years they had frequently met in the Swiss town of St Gallen, their goal was to get rid of pope Benedict so soon as possible and to replace him with their Argentinian protégé Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis).

Abuser McCarrick

So conspiracies may be successful, this group also had narrow ties to Theodore McCarrick once an influential cardinal, now a convicted abuser of boys. This is not some wild conspiracy theory, these are facts, the group even came up with their name themselves. A very smart move, as what can you say better than: yes sure we are a maffia! Bergoglio with Mercury on his natal Descendant may be able to present a nice image of himself in the press, but he is deeply involved in the dark machinations of the conspirators. For example, he made attempts to protect the abuser Theodore McCarrick.

You will not find too much about it in the press now but for Bergoglio these are risky times. Now that his former close assistant cardinal Becciu is on trial for financial malversations, facts may pop up that may harm him. Becciu knows an awful lot about what Bergoglio has done. In the progressions of the Argentinian pope the increasing tensions can be seen clearly, click on the download button below to be able to view them.

In the past popes and bishops always had their astrologers and if Bergoglio had had one, he would have been a warned man. The tensions can be seen clearly in the chart. We are just past a progressed New Moon always a tense key moment, the Moon is on its way to progressed Saturn, Lord 7 of opponents in his natal chart. The Ascendant made an opposition with progressed Venus, natal Lord 10 of the job. The MC is approaching Castor the mortal Twin who is sent to the Underworld, this could very well be Becciu, now that Bergoglio is getting rid of him.

Furthermore, it strikes the eye that progressed Mars will leave its domicile soon, whatever that may be, it is certainly a loss of strength. Also the MC is moving towards more tensions, there is an applying opposition with progressed Jupiter in its fall and Lord 9 of the church in his natal chart.    

Dia de Los Muertos

Tuesday it was all Soul’s Day, on which the church celebrates the Requiem Mass for the deceased. In Mexico this is one of the most important festivals as the Day of the Dead, the Dia de Los Muertos. This country suffers from a death obsession and this is not strange, the Aztec culture before the Spanish colonisation was built up around an extremely primitive and barbaric cult in which human sacrifice was central. Beating hearts were ripped out off the chests of living victims, this was done every day, the stairs of the Aztec temple pyramids always glistened with human blood.  

The Spanish Conquistadores led by Cortes put an end to this barbarism, but it will be clear that this energy will not disappear overnight. A human sacrifice will transfer all the life energy of the victim to the “god” who feeds on this and in exchange gives favors to his worshippers. This stored-up energies must still be enormous because the Aztecs performed an excessive amount of human sacrifices for hundreds of years, the Aztec Lady of Death Mictecacehuatl’s storing-rooms must be filled to the rim. In the national chart of Mexico based on the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter preceding its independence, this explosive heritage can be seen clearly (click on the download link below).

The South Node, the “exit gate of life” is right on the Ascendant and the Ascendant also conjuncts the Part of Saturn, the essence of its energy. Clear enough. The GC itself is in the eighth house of death on Al Pherg, a star of fate also associated with Typhon who is death. Jupiter Lord 4 of roots in the GC points to the (Aztec) heritage. Lord 9 of Death itself is placed in the ninth house of religion (literally worship of death), it is malefic Mars in its detriment on Algol the Demon’s Head, strongly associated with blood-shed and slaughtering. The MC/IC -axis is placed over the axis of the royal stars Aldebaran-Antares, both are intensely red and purely martial.

“‘Saint” Death

This very strong martial energy of the stars will manifest in the nastiest way possible because Mars is in its detriment in the chart. Antares, the Scorpion’s Heart and the Star of Death is on the IC of the Aztec roots. Mercury Lord 1 and 10 so very important, is on Castor the Twin who dies and enters the underworld. The Part of Fortune, indicating exactly what dominates the country’s soul is in the eighth house of death under disposition of this miserable Mars Lord 8 of Death in the ninth house of religion. The bloody Aztec heritage of death demon worship is written all over the place.

No wonder Mexico celebrates the Dia de los Muertos so excessively. No wonder the country is ripped apart and destroyed by the excessive violence of the drug cartels. No wonder the old Aztec barbarism has manifested again in the worship of death demon “Santa” Muerte, which started to grow at the same the drugs cartels started to rise to power. Sante Muerte is Mictecacihuatl. Mexico is badly in need of a national exorcism to get rid once and for all of these old Aztec demons destroying the country.   

Eric Zemmour

Next year presidential elections will be held in France and the country has become mesmerized  over the past two months by a new political star, who has not even announced his candidacy officially yet, the radical right-winger and columnist Eric Zemmour. His nationalistic anti-migration, anti-Islam and anti-EU rhetoric is appreciated by many French, especially by the young. He has overtaken Marine Le Pen with her more moderate approach on the right, she has lost the initiative to him. It is very understandable that people have their doubts about the prevailing rather extreme neo-liberalism that has made the lives of many so much worse, but it is worrying that this manifests as a sympathy for this kind of aggressive extreme-right sentiments.

In Eric Zemmour’s chart (click on the download button below to view it) his successful militancy can be seen clearly. On the MC is the royal star Aldebaran, the Bull’s left Eye giving a lot of success, Aldebaran is a star with a purely martial nature, so quite rough. The essential dignity in the chart of the planet describing the star will give more information on how it will work out exactly in the life. Mars is in its detriment in his radix so the fighter planet will show its most aggressive side, the wildness of the Bull will manifest quite directly. Aldebaran is also the Spring Star of a new start and that is of course very appropriate.

In many other ways too this nasty Mars is shown to play an important part. Mercury, the planet of thinking is squaring it and the Moon, the planet of the emotions is in a Water sign where Mars is triplicity ruler. So Mars has a lot of influence on the behavior, it is the “Signficator of Manners” as William Lilly called it. This aggressive Mars is placed in the ninth house of religion and ideas and within 3 ˚ from Algol, giving the ability to make people lose their minds, which can also provide you with a glamorous power of attraction. The Part of Fortune, our soul hunger, is disposed by Mars, he never gets enough of battles and provocations.   

Part of Victory

Venus, Lord 9 of ideas conjuncts cusp 12 of uncontrollable impulses and it squares again this nasty Mars, Lord 10 of the profession writers planet Mercury (Zemmour is a columnist) does the same thing. Narrowly conjunct Mars is the planet part of Jupiter (Asc + Jup – Pars Solis, the Part of Victory) and this connects the aggressive fighter planet with the essence of the energy of Jupiter associated with the dissemination of ideas. If a planet part is in conjunction or opposition with a planet within an orb of 2˚ it indicates a very special theme in the life.  You can associate this with the house rulership of the part’s planet, Jupiter is Lord 4 of the homeland and Lord 7 of opponents. From many sides his Mars is emphasized again and again, so it does not come as a surprise that we are dealing with a radical hothead here.  


Last week the chart of Haiti was discussed, which was based on the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter that took place before the independence of the country (see last week’s post for the mundane radix). Haiti is the only country in the world in which slaves successfully rebelled against their suppressors and were able to found their own country. That is a wonderful story, sadly it has been going downhill steeply since. It has become almost impossible to live in Haiti, it is a murderous chaos of dehumanizing poverty, deforestation, anarchy, bloodshed and natural disaster. So it is not surprising that the eighth house of death dominates its natal chart.

At the moment the chaos seems to have reached a climax, in July the president was murdered and somewhat later there was a heavy earthquake. So probably the Haitian natal chart will show some tensions. In a mundane chart you can use all the prediction techniques you also apply in a natal chart for a person, although they have to be interpreted somewhat differently of course. The current progressions can be viewed by clicking on the download button below.

The progressions were calculated for early August, on 14 August there was this earthquake and a month before the president was murdered. The progressions are more than clear, also without taking the connections to the natal chart into account. For there is a progressed New Moon to be seen and this will always give a crisis. That is not the only thing, it is taking place on the Asc/Des -axis, which will increase its power to manifest in the world. That is bad but it is even worse as this happens near the nodal axis, so this is a progressed solar eclipse!

The Sun-light goes out during a solar eclipse (have you ever experienced one, quite scary actually) what this means needs no further explanation, that the president (the Sun) is murdered and total anarchy breaks out, fits this picture very much of course. It is striking how sharp we can time by the Moon’s progression, its speed is one degree a month, the president was murdered just after the fullness of the eclipse. It is not 100 %  exact but it is very sharp, you can easily spot the months the crisis will climax.

If you look a bit further, you will see the Moon passing over the progressed Mercury in its fall and detriment and over Pluto, both not very nice. On the longer term it will take some time for the situation to improve a bit. The MC is moving through the notorious Algol zone, from 25 Taurus to 9 Gemini where we find not only Algol itself but also the nasty Pleiads and the Hyads. It will take another six years for the MC to get out of this zone and then things might look up a bit. Once in  colonial times Haiti was known as the Pearl of the Antills but that time seems to be further away now than ever. 


While all attention was focused on Afghanistan and the victory of the Taliban, on the other side of the world an earth-quake took place in Haiti. This made the chaos there complete because the president of the extremely poor and instable country had been murdered just before that. Haiti is an heroic country, once it was a French colony but the slaves successfully rose against their colonial rulers and became independent. But here this great story stops immediately, as since the country has been dragged down into political chaos, blood-shed and extreme poverty, worsened by disastrous earth-quakes and floods.

Haiti is a failed state, everybody understandably wants to get out of there. In the Haitian natal chart, made on the basis of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter preceding its independence, we can see very strong frictions. Click on the download button below to be able to view it.

Venus Lord 10 of the government is placed on powerful Regulus and yes the country was founded by proud slaves who liberated themselves. However, one swallow does not make a summer.  Venus is in the eighth house of death and it has no essential dignity, a bit further away in the eighth house there is the Great Conjunction itself. The Sun is Lord 8 and it has a lot of influence in the angular seventh house, from where it harms the Ascendant, the country. The Sun is on Procyon the main star in the Small Dog, which is able to defy and outsmart the powers that be, again an indication of this successful slave rebellion.

So there is a lot of influence of the death house, Lord 10 is placed in it but also Saturn / Lord 1, the country and Lord 1 conjuncts Jupiter Lord 12 of chaos and self-destruction. So the most important house rulers are involved directly with the death house, a total of five of the seven planets. No help can be found in other parts of the chart, malefic Mars is very violent in its detriment and the Moon has no dignity. Even a very weak chart may be saved by one very strong planet, but here it is not be found, the death house reigns without opposition.

Baron Saturday

There is another thing that worsens the situation, it is Jupiter /Lord 12 of the occult in its detriment so manifesting its nastiest sides. The conjunction of Lord 1 with Lord 12 shows Lord 12 has a lot of influence in the country. This points to the wide-spread Voodoo, a dark cult with African roots close to black magic. A place where magical rituals are constantly performed will destabilize. If you act in the astral field and that is what magic does, this will have an effect on reality, energy gates are opened that could better have remained closed. Strange as this may sound, it is not a phantasy. The Voodoo god or Loa that is worshipped very intensely on Haiti is Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, the day of Saturn, general significator of death), the malefic god of death, it clearly is a demon. Next week we will take a look at the progressions so see what the causes are of the disastrous situation this year.                    


Next week film director Paul Verhoeven’s most recent production Benedetta will be released. Verhoeven is one of few Dutch directors that have enjoyed international success with films like Robocop, Basic Instinct and Total Recall. Verhoeven always does it his way and he knows how to effectively catch the spirit of the times with his slick cocktails of sex, power, violence and religion. His trade-mark is an ice-cold hardness, exceeding all boundaries, always dressed up in rather glamorous esthetics.

His latest film Benedetta about two lesbian nuns is a good example, it is a typical Verhoeven  production. Russia even decided to block its release because of the film’s extreme and shocking blasphemous nature. Verhoeven’s natal chart clearly shows his iconoclastic attitude, click the download link below to be able to view it.      

The first thing striking the eye is this rather ferocious Sun-Mars conjunction on very powerful Procyon, the main star of the Small Dog that does it all his way, challenging the powers that be. By antiscion this conjunction is on the Ascendant so very strong and dominating in his life, the Sun is Lord  5 of creativity, Mars is the General Significator of sexuality and violence. The Sun is also Lord 4 of his youth and Verhoeven was very much impressed as a boy by the allied planes bombing the German V-2 rocket launching platforms near his parental home during the war. In his work you can still hear the threatening humming of these planes.


The Part of Fortune of the soul’s hunger is in the tenth house of public activity, so he really wants to be someone and the PoF conjuncts the planet part of Venus, this hunger of the soul is directly connected to beauty. A conjunction (or opposition) of planet parts always points to a very special, important theme in the life. This conjunction is disposed by Saturn, not only Lord 10 of the job but also Lord 9 of religion, here is the religious obsession. It will however manifest as a kind of radical desacralization, Saturn is in its fall in the twelfth house of transgressions.  Saturn is the planet of sacrifice making spiritual development possible, but in its fall Saturn it will not sacrifice. The only serious thing Verhoeven did, was write a rather banal book about the “historical” Jezus.

It can be seen here how strong the effect is of the Part of Fortune as the soul’s hunger, also in his latest production with these lesbian nuns. This theme is repeated by another conjunction of planet parts, of the part of the Sun with the Part of Mercury on the cusp of the sixth house. The solar Part is the Part of Spirit and Abundance, the gateway to the divine, but the Mercury Part is the Part of Despair as Mercury is the planet of earthly detail. The gate to the divine is closed, that is why Verhoeven keeps trying to push it open. Cusp 6 does not make things any better, this is the house of the inevitable misfortunes we will experience in earthly life.

In fact, we see a very desperate and disappointed man here. At a very young age he experienced the grim real reality of life and you had better be very honest about this as the idea that there something higher is an illusion. This is strengthened by the main star of the Hyads on the Ascendant, the Hyad’s story is that of the young promising god Dyonysos who grew up to be an impossible drunkard cut off from all higher things.                 


In last week’s post the new solar return of The Netherlands was discussed (based on the mundane natal chart we always use, which is not shown here, see last week’s post for the chart data). It did not look too nice, but as a solar chart will always manifest within the developments that can be seen in the progressions, it is a good idea to take a look at them too. The tensions given by a solar return will show themselves at a certain time in the year, this may be at the start but also at the very end, which will be indicated by the progressions. So the progressions will give the framework for the effects of the return chart, in that sense progressions are hierarchically “higher”.

They can be viewed by clicking on the download button below, they were calculated for late July so about two months ago. The past sixth month the Dutch government has been under heavy fire in connection with an unusual series of failures and scandals. Looking back in the progressions we can indeed see the tensions increasing. The progressed speed for the fast important factors Part of Fortune, Part of the Sun and the Moon is one degree a month, the slow factor Asc, MC and the Sun move about one degree a year. So about sixth months ago, at the time of the elections, the Moon was moving over progressed Jupiter, radix Lord 10 of the government. Jupiter is in its fall, so this indicates trouble.

Two months ago the Moon had arrived at the opposition with Pluto indicating the destructive political power games and at the same time the Pars Fortunae and the Pars Solis had come to an opposition too. The Part of Fortune is the lunar planet part and the Pars Solis the solar planet part, so this is a kind of Full Moon by parts, a moment of high tension. The Moon is the people, the Sun is the government, so this explains that the confidence of the Dutch people has in their rulers has decreased far below zero. The progressed Sun, one of the slow important factors, conjuncts the natal Pars Solis, emphasizing the power theme and the Ascendant is moving over Wasat, a poisonous star in Castor’s right arm. The Twins can be associated with connection, which does not work, Castor dies in battle. 

The slow factors will remain active in these positions for about another six months, but the Moon’s opposition with Pluto and the opposition of the Parts are past their maximum friction point now. So the next few months the tension can be expected to very gradually relax, maybe this points to the beginning of a solution of the political crisis.