A Prince Leaving Exaltation

It was quite an incredible thing to watch last week! Prince Andrew, prince Charles’ brother gave an interview on television in order to try to clear his reputation as a playboy with rather dubious connections. However, in this interview the prince said very stupid things and this only made it a lot worse. Sponsors of his charity foundations withdrew their support and he had to suspend his activities as a member of the royal family. For some time I have been of the opinion that the Windsors urgently need a Court Astrologer, like all important families used to have in days of yore. Now suppose we would have been this Court Astrologer, what would we have told Randy Andy? Click on the download-link below to be able to see his chart.

So the situation is that the phone is ringing in our astrology tower above Buckingham Palace and it is Prince Andrew on the line asking whether it is a good idea to have this interview? Our first impulsive answer is “no” as we had a retrograde Mercury and then you never know.  But this is a bit too simple and you cannot stop living as soon as Mercury turns retrograde. As the resident Court Astrologer we of course would know all the charts of the important family members thoroughly and the first thing that would worry us is the co-called Signficator of Manners in this chart. With the temperament this planet will describe the behaviour, in most cases it is the planet aspecting and /or disposing Mercury (thinking) and the Moon (emotions).      

In Prince Andrew’s chart this is Mars in its exaltation in the last degrees of Capricorn in conjunction with Venus. Of course, Mars being in its exaltation has a lot of dignity and this is “good”, Prince Andrew knows how to handle Mars energy, but exaltation has its disavantages too, it tends to give a rose-coloured perspective. The conjunction with Venus makes him more charming but it does not take this rose-coloured view away. Mars can also be impulsive, certainly in a cardinal sign as cardinal is moving fast, so this certainly is a reason to think twice and listen well  to your Court Astrologer. 


Moreover, Mercury, also ruler of the third house of communications and certainly relevant for interviews, is extremely weak in its fall and detriment in Pisces. Mercury’s dispositor Jupiter will influence Mercury and it tends to say too much so he should be conscious of remaining detached by activating the strong Saturn in Capricorn (by wearing a Saturn stone like a lepidolite or an amethyst). Of course, the third house is also relevant as the house of brothers and indeed Charles’ position is not nice, Mercury/Lord 3 being in its detriment and fall. Close to the third house cusp is the expansive North Node on the star of fate Labrum, the main star of the  Cup that was not filled (will Charles ever be king?). On the cusp the Part of Jupiter (Ac +Jup – Part of te Sun) is placed and yes Andrew will have to leave the throne to his bigger brother, so the factors affecting the third house describe brother Charles but also his tendency to loose control over what he says.     

Out off exaltation

So giving interviews seems to be a bit tricky. This is confirmed by several methods of prognosis, for example by the profections which move a house further every year. The profection this year has arrived in the twelfth house the house of self-destruction, not good, and the twelfth house ruler is the Moon very weak in its fall and on the Centaur star Agena, connected to apparently safe actions getting out off hand enormously. Even more not good. The progressions confirm this danger, the progressed Sun, ruler of the first house and of course extra importent for royals, is in the last degree of Aries and will leave its exaltation soon. Exactly what has happend. The planetary Part of the Sun, also very important to royals, is moving over Antares the star of death closing cycles. I am open to phone calls from Buckingham Palace.    

Emma Potter – Expecto patronum

The days are growing darker and darker and even Christmas is appearing on the horizon. The light is fading rapidly now and this may not only lead to a bit of a gloomy mood in those melancholics among us (with Capricorn on the Asc you may be one) but it also triggers the broadcasting of a whole series of films in which evil is fought. This is logical if the light is going out, the need to see darkness defeated will then also grow. Films like The Lord of the Rings – a Christian parable based on the books written by the traditional Roman-Catholic J.R.R. Tolkien  – and the Harry Potters series, a more heathen variety of the same theme,  will be endlessly repeated on television these days.

The Harry Potter series, the books as well as the films, were hugely succesfull and the very young actors playing the main characters in the series were launched to world fame overnight.So it would be very interesting to take a look at their charts, unfortunately the chart data of the actor playing Harry Potter himself are not known. However, Emma Watson’s data are known, she played one of Harry’s closest friends in all the eight episodes. In her chart we can indeed see clear signs that she can expect a lot of success (click on the download button to see the chart) .

The Great Benefic Jupiter is placed in the tenth house of the job essentially strong in its exaltation and by antiscion (mirrored in the 0 ° Cancer- 0° Capricorn axis) it is right on the MC! This makes Jupiter much stronger, but how do we interpret the antiscion? Sometimes this may refer to something hidden although this clearly cannot be the case for a position on the MC. In a broader sense however, antiscia indicate something indirect or something strikingly unusual, and this is the case here of course. Jupiter is also Lord 4 of the family and its antiscial position is opposed by the Moon, Emma’s parents were divorced when she was still young and then she had to return to England from France where she was born.     

In the world

But how can it be seen that she will be successful as an actress and probably in this case even more important when this success will come? Without classical techniques, the in mundo aspects and the Firdaria, the rulers of the planet phases you will miss this. In mundo (“in the world”) aspects are made through the house positions and not like the normal  aspects, also called in caelo (“in the heavens”) by positions in the signs. This so very important strong Jupiter is placed eight degrees past the MC (which is cusp 10 of course) and the strong exalted Venus is placed eight degrees past cusp 6. This means they are in trine in mundo,  so strong Venus of the arts is directly connected to this very strong career-Jupiter. The artistic tendency is confirmed by the conjuntion of the strong Saturn in domicile, Lord 5 of creativity with the Part of Abundance (= Part of the Sun) on the star of fate Terebellum.   

Venus time!

Emma Watson is only ten years old when she is selected for the playing the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Not totally unexpected for those who know their Firdaria!  In 2000 her Venus period started and this means Venus including its in mundo aspect with this strong career-Jupiter will very much come to the fore for the next eight years (the years of Venus).     

The Wall and the fall

The Wall and the fall

Last Friday it was thirty years ago that the existence of the most famous wall ever, the Berlin Wall ended. The story does not have to be retold, the people in the workers ’s paradise of East-Germany were running from the red terror in multitudes and the Wall was used to lock them in. The Wall was the Berlin part of the Iron Curtain put up for the same reason, no sane man who could choose freely  would want to stay in counties where the poisonous marxist Illusions were wreaking havoc. The red prison remained closed till 9 November 1989, when a new phase in European history started.

The time the building of the Wall started is known, in the early hours of the night of 13 August 1961 the East-German People’s Police began to close off important points on the demarcation line between East and West Berlin with barbed wire. Of course, this did not mean that we had a complete hermetically closed Wall overnight but the moment can be seen as the moment the Wall was born. This gives us the chart above which is quite spectacular, click on the download button to be able to see it. What immediately catches your eye is Saturn the planet of closing –off which is, most appropriately on the descendant, the angle indicating the others. The Great Malefic is retrograde and indeed it is all about pushing people back.


Saturn is essentially very strong in its own sign, the Wall is very effective and it is placed on Terebellum, a star of fateful events! Nearby is Jupiter, also very appropiately very close to the sign boundary, but it is retrograde too, so unable to get into the next sign. Jupiter is the planet of freedom but it does not get out off the sign of Capricorn it is placed in, Saturn (the Wall) is Jupiter’s dispositor, so the Wall controls it. In Capricorn Jupiter does not feel fine at all, it is in its fall, a good description of the citizens of the oppressive workers’ paradise, longing so much for freedom.

Empty Cup

Also striking is the other malefic Mars on the IC, so in mundane square (“in mundo” aspect) with Saturn, mundane aspects are made by equal distance from house cusps (in mundo is “in the world”  and houses show exactly that: what happens concretely, in the world).  Mars is right on the IC and Saturn on the descendant, four houses away so they are in mundane square. This shows the deadly violence happening around the Wall, Mars is also on another star of fate, Labrum the main star of the Cup which was not filled by the Crow at the divine well because there was a snake blocking the way! On the Ascendant Procyon is found, the bright main star of the smart and fierce Little Dog, guardian of princess Europa. Quite a spectacular chart indeed, but this is something we could of course expect for such a notorious and mythical thing like the Wall.

Fishes reunited

And yes even in the progressions (not shown here)  this chart works very well, in november 1989, when the Wall fell, we just had a progressed New Moon, always a sign of a totally new start, often after a crisis. The MC is moving over, yes another star of fate, Al Pherg part of the Pisces constellation. But it is especially the exact place of Al Pherg in the constellation that will send the shivers down your spine, it is on the famous cord connecting the two Fishes! You can’t beat that. Any astrologer who is not made speechless by this for at least five minutes, is urgently advised to choose another profession.      

Algol on Malta

The small EU mediterrean island state of Malta, which is doing very well economically also because of tourism, is dealing with a serious political crisis. The government seems to have been involved in the murder of a critical journalist who was publishing about wide-spead corruption in the highest levels of the state. For the population of Malta it is enough now, they demand the resignation of the corrupt criminal government and justice to be done, the murderers to be found and punished. This is a serious deep crisis not one of many ups-and-downs in the political history of the country and that is why it would be interesting to take a look at Malta’s chart.

In mundane astrology there are several possiblities to follow and predict developments, you can make use of eclipes and ingresses, but also of the natal chart of a country or the chart of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter preceding the foundation of a country. The optimal choice depends on the circumstances and you can often avail yourself of more than only one method. Malta has, as a consequence of its location a very eventful history and only as late as 1964 it gained independence from the last foreign invader, the British. This gives us the chart which you can dowload below.

So this is the chart made for the moment of Malta’s juridical independence, but we will not delineate it as the focus of interest is now on the developments, so on the progressions. The only position immediately catching the eye in this chart is retrograde Jupiter / Lord 10 of the government placed on extremely malefic Algol. This does not mean of course that the Maltese government is always in a state of crisis but if this position is activated by progression for example, we can expect this. Checking the secondary progressions of the planets and the primary direction of the angles (as the angles cannot said to be making a secondary movement like the planets), we are not disappointed.


If the Maltese government would have had an astrologer, they would have seen this crisis coming for a long time! The primary direction of the MC is moving over Algol this year on which the retrograde Jupiter / Lord 10 of the government is placed in Malta’s chart. Algol is notorious for chopping off heads, so we can expect some government officials will be forced to go. This MC position shows that the independence chart is acceptable, that fixed stars are an abolute neccessity in astrology and it shows how astrology could be used by governments (or oppositions!). With Algol coming up a painlful sacrifice will be required, if you don’t do this yourself, it will be done to you. If you have so much to hide the only policy is to be open and to resign, holding on to your position will make things only worse.

Other progressions /directions confirm the developments and the changes to be expected, the Ascendant leaves Leo, this means the Sun as Leo’s sign ruler will be activated for a last time, in the radix the Sun is placed on Labrum, a star of fate and part of the consellation the Cup, that will not pass you by. In the first degree of Virgo we find Regulus, sometimes pointing at a fall from the throne if other indications confirm this. That is the case here as the progressed Moon has passed over the natal Moon  (turning point) and is on its way to a progressed Full Moon (a crisis, although this still will take some time). The progressed Part of the Sun (indicated by the reversed “Taurus” symbol) is right now moving over Terebellum, a star of fate showing that what has been in the air for some time will happen. The MC will for some time be moving through the crisis zone in late Taurus/early Gemini, so Malta can expect some more troublesome years.