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.  


As classical astrologers, we are always somewhat critical of the interpretations and methods used by our modern colleagues, especially of their limitlessness. Every lump of rock of a few square meters in the solar system is assigned a profound meaning, there are even astrologers who work with hypothetical planets. There are ephemerides of such planets, of Vulcan for example, although it is not certain where in the solar system that planet could be found, which is not so strange because you cannot see it! 

You can hardly call this a hypothesis any more, it’s fantasy. That is not to say that everything our modern colleagues do is nonsense! One technique that is valuable is, for example, the cycle analysis of the outer planets in combination with Jupiter and Saturn as developed by the French astrologer André Barbault. I would not take over everything he says, but the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January 2020, for example, indicated the beginning of the Corona pandemic quite precisely. 


At the moment the conjunction of Jupiter and Neptunehas perfected and it is interesting to take a look at that. Jupiter is expansion, growth and ideology and Neptune chaos and loss of control. That is why Barbault associates this cycle with revolutions, but also with hyperinflation! Bull’s eye, that a combination of Jupiter (growth) and Neptune (disintegration) can be connected with loss of value and economic chaos is not so strange.  The Jupiter-Neptune conjunction that was full yesterday falls on the Pegasus star Markab, associated with the very painful fall of the Flying Horse, reinforcing that meaning.  The most recent Jupiter-Neptune conjunction was in 2009, clearly linked to the credit crisis.

Le Pen

Another specific connection Barbault makes is with the fate of his own country, with France. Major political changes would be indicated by the important points in this cycle. For example, the Fifth Republic, the current French form of government, arose in a crisis situation in 1958 when there was also a conjunction.  April 24 is the second round of the French presidential elections in which Emmanuel Macron will have to contend with the radical right-wing Marine Le Pen, just like five years ago, when Macron won. But if we would base ourselves on the Neptune-Jupiter cycle, you may expect a lot of  big changes, which  would mean that Putin fan Le Pen is going to win! We’ll look at this further next week.


It seems that the battle for the Donbas that will soon start in Eastern Ukraine is indicated in the chart of the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine discussed last week,  by the conjunction of Mars with Pluto (use the progression key 1 day = 1 week). In mid-May we see Mars leave its exaltation, would that show an inititial success for the Russians which gets jammed, just as it was with their failed conquest of Kiev?  


Last week we looked at the chart of the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and it turned out that the clear force on the Russian side was firmly inhibited by other factors. It was also clear that the Ukrainian army had a lot of  strength to fight back effectively, especially by the placement the significator of Ukraine on the battle star Antares, the fiercest fighter star in the heavens. That seems to reflect the situation on the battlefield, around Kiev the Russians are now being driven back, the capital has not fallen, the Russians did not realize this important goal. Kharkov in the east is under heavy fire from the Russians, as is Marioepol in the south, which has been razed to the ground.

1 day = 1 week

The question is how to use the horoscope of the beginning of the war to follow the course of the battle? One of the possibilities to get a picture of this is an appropriate progression key. Progressions are based on a principle, you convert a day in ordinary time, which you can also call ephemeride time, into another time unit. In the secondary progression, the key is 1 day = 1 year, in the tertiary directions 1 day = 1 month. In this case, the progression key that provides the most effective view of the events appears to be  1 day = 1 week.

That means that you start from the chart of the beginning of the war (see the post of last week), if you want to know what the situation is after a week, you calculate how the chart looks like a day after the start. The Moon is Ukraine in the initial horoscope and you can see that the first weeks will be very heavy. The Moon not only enters its detriment in Capricorn, but also the  disastrous twelfth house, indicating the Russian advance. But this changes when the Moon comes out of Capricorn and out of the twelfth house.

Now we are five weeks later, so the calculation date will then be March 1, and that gives the above chart . It is immediately clear that an important turning-point has been reached, the MC has come to the South Node, the Russians are being driven back from Kiev and announce that they will from now on mainly focus on the east.  This is confirmed by the Venus/Mars conjunction that has come to Terebellum, a star of fate. That could also refer to the massacre of civilians in Butcha during the Russian retreat, which is sending a wave of horror through the world. Looking ahead we see (calculation date 3 March) Mars going over Pluto in mid-April which can be nothing else than a very fierce battle reaching  a decisive point, could that be the fall of Marioepol? 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 looses lots of fighting strength, while the MC changes the sign and the Moon (Lord 7 Ukraine) enters its exaltation in Taurus. This looks like a positive indication for Ukraine.


After more than a month of war in Ukraine, it is clear that Russia has underestimated the difficulties in this invasion: they are suffering great losses, morale is low, logistics are faltering and the Ukrainian army is defending the country fiercely and effectively, they are now counterattacking on several fronts.  Yesterday it was announced in the Kremlin that the strategy from now on would be directed towards the Donbas, the eastern part of the country. Instead of military strength, Russia has so far mainly shown weakness, is Ukraine becoming a kind of second Afghanistan, where the Russian army once lost their war with the Afghan Mudjahideen?

What does the horoscope of the beginning of the war show? In order to be able to interpret it, the best perspective is  to imagine that you are the astrologer of the Russians choosing an optimal time to start the war. Click on the download link above to see the chart of the beginning of the war.  Kiev has been taken as its place, although military actions probably started in several places at the same time, Kiev is the capital of the battlefield. The big question, of course, is whether this looks favorable for Russia?

Russia started the war and so it is reasonable to assign the first house to the Russians and the seventh house to Ukraine. That means that Lord 1 Saturn symbolizes Russia, Saturn is essentially very strong in its own sign and at first glance that seems very positive.  But for an invasion, a naturally slow planet in its own house and its own sign – a fixed sign moreover – is  not the optimal position, do we see here the stagnation of the Russian attack?  You do indeed want to see strength through dignity if you were to make an election, but that must be appropriate strength! It is still a bit far away but Saturn will also go retrograde (at 25° Aquarius), not good for the Russians either.


Better for Russia, is the fighting planet Mars is strong in its exaltaion in the first house, but it does conjuct Venus. That is not good for the fighting power, Venus symbolizes the counterforce of Mars which stops it.  It is not a good idea to start a battle under such a conjuction.  The conjunction falls on the star Nashira, in the Tail of Capricorn which is Pan changing shape running away from death.  So the two planets which seemed to be strong for Russia have considerable downsides, but how does it look for Ukraine ? Lord 7 is the Moon which has no essential dignity, but it is accidentally strong at the cusp of the eleventh house.

The Moon also falls on Antares, the mighty royal Scorpion’s  heart, the most martial star in the heavns . Scorpio is the beast that stabs the overconfident Hunter Orion to death and that is extremely favourable for Ukraine in this situation! If you interpret a star, you have to  grasp the accompanying mythical story in context to assign the roles in the myhical story . And it will be clear that Russia here is Orion.  Next week we will see how the course of the battle can be followed with a progression technique appropriate to this chart.


This weekend I read an article by the Flemish professor of political science Jonathan Holslag (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) in which he sharply analyses the problem of Western Europe. Western Europe is decadent, weak,  lazy and naïve and relies on others (the US) for its security. The politically correct “intellectual repentance battalion” also blamed  Western Europe in recent years for its colonialism and slave trade, stimulating the idea that one had to make way for other countries and could not be strong. The question of the criminal activties of, for example, Indonesia and black African or Arab empires (massive slave-traders!) could not to be raised any more.

To be clear, this man is not an extreme right-wing populist but an advisor to Frans Timmermans, the first vice-president of the European Commission. He calls on Western Europe to wake up and rebuild its military strength before it is too late. It is to be hoped that he will be heard, for the mundane- astrological analyses seem to support him. Last week we looked at the solar return for Europe this year, based on the chart of the Great Conjunction of Saturnus and Jupiter in 2020 (“GC,” calculated for Brussels as the capital of Europe).

Given the geo-political situation, it is of course interesting to also see what the solar return indicates for next year, this SR will start to work on 22 December this year. Of course, the big question is: does it look peaceful or does  it indicate that the war begun by Russia against Ukraine may be spreading? Click on the download button below to see the solar return for 2023 in Europe. 

There can be little doubt about this chart, it looks extremely martial! The Ascendant falls on Antares, the Scorpion’s heart, the powerful royal death star announcing the end of a cycle which has a pure Mars character. On the descendant, Mars himself stands on the equally martial royal Aldebaran, the Eye of the ferocious Bull, only reinforcing the indications on the Ascendant. The Moon is Lord 8 of death, emphasized in the first house in opposition to that Mars on the descendant, while Jupiter/  Lord  1 (Europe)  has just left its comfortable position in its own sign.

Venus is the important Lord 10 is on Vega, the Vulture coming down, not nice in this context. Lord 7 of  opponents is Mercury landing on the Ascendant via antiscion, the opponents come to Europe. Let’s say it clearly this chart boils over with conflict indications. That is not nice  of course but let us not be carried away by your own images. So what does this mean. War? That is a bit too quick as a conclusion, but it clearly shows that next year will be marked by conflict and the continuation of violence, it does not look peaceful. It is indeed high time to build up military strength as quickly as possible, fortunately the German government has now understood this well.


This blog is also read by quite a few astrologers who are in the conflict regions in Ukraine and I have already had several reactions to my posts. Of course, those who are in the middle of the battle zones have much more knowledge of the situation, I have to base myself on what the media have to say here which is certainly not complete or always correct. So I would like to expressly invite everyone to mail me if what I write based on the news we get here, does not match what is really going on!


In recent weeks we have looked at the charts of Russia and Ukraine, but the question is how this war can be seen in other mundane charts, not yet specifically made for a country.  A good point of departure for this is the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (GC) of 2020, calculated for Brussels. This horoscope shows what will happen to Europe in the next twinty years. We have to take into account as a background that it was this GC that changed the element after about two hundred years, from Earth to Air and then you can expect more dramatic events  (after all, this only happens once every two centuries!).

The 2020 GC for Brussels as the European capital (not given here) has the GC degree itself on the descendant, which shows the possibility of a conflict, reinforced by the fact that the GC is on the very fiery and powerful Altair (“makes natives guilty of blood-shed”)that has a Mars/Jupiter nature. To see now how that will develop over the years, you can simply make solar and even lunar returns based on this horoscope. These return charts can be interpreted just as you would delineate charts of individuals. This  gives us the solar return below for the year Russia invaded Ukraine.

In this solar return, which started working just before Christmas, Venus is Lord 1, that is Europe this year. Venus is conjunct Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld striking unexpectedly and overwhelmingly, dragging Princess Proserpina into Hades. That is not very nice, but this dark conjunction also falls on Terebellum, one of those three miraculous stars of fate, with a luminosity only of the sixth magnitude but it has a very powerful effect.  So those are already two factors directly affecting Lord 1, but that is not all. Through antiscion, the South Node, always requiring a painful sacrifice, is also on Lord 1 and Mars the war planet makes a conjunction with Pluto-Lord 1 via antiscion too. So we have an ominous concentration of five factors Pluto, Terebellum, Lord 1, the South Node and Mars that is also a Lord 7 of the opponent.

Antares  The  fact that these are antiscia indicates that the largest part of Europe is not directly involved in the fighting now. But the question is of course how will this develop? And that looks worrisome, the next solar return that will come into force just before Christmas this year, we  will discuss next week. But it seems that the German government has made the right decision to pump 100 billion into the army. In the Netherlands, the neo-liberal destruction policy of the past ten years has even destroyed the army, it is high time to fix that as quickly as possible