An Enfant Terrible of Fashion

Last week the famous French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, ended his long career with a last show. In the world of fashion Gaultier was seen as as an enfant terrible because of his daring and provocative style, for example he had some overweight and heavily tattoed models walk his shows. One of his creations was the pointed bra worn by Madonna during one of her world tours. Of course, it is very interesting to look in his chart for the reasons of this great succs, an instructive perspective to keep in mind is the question wether we would have send him on this career path, if young Jean-Paul had consulted us. Hey you star-gazer, can and should I be a great fashion-designer?

 His chart (click on the download button above to be able to view it) indeed gives clear indications for succes in a creative profession. The ruler of the tenth house of work is the Sun placed in the seventh house, so it will be easy for him to show himself  in the world. The Sun is in strong mutual reception with Venus, the planet of fashion and beauty through domicile and exaltation (the Sun being in the Venus sign Taurus and Venus in Aries, the exaltation of the Sun). This is a Venus in its detriment in Aries so strongly dominated by fiery and sharp Mars, a pointed bra yes. What’s more, the Sun through which Venus will manifest itself is on the star Sharatan, one the Ram’s Horns!

The other Luminary the Moon is found a bit higher in the seventh house in its exaltation so it will not be harmed too much by combustion by the Sun which is so near. Two Luminaries in an angular house is not too bad for success as Ptolemy points out in his Tetrabiblos and there is still more, even closer to the descendant we see Great Benefic Jupiter Lord 5 of creativity. This expansive Jupiter has no essential dignity so it tends to exceeding limits, it does have a lot of acciddental dignity (manifestation power) though and it is on Mirach Princess Andromeda’s  Girdle (clothes!). Mirach is one of the few stars in the heavens with a pure Venus nature, the Andromeda constellation is explicitly associated with the arts.

So therre are quite some indications for beauty and creativity, although the martial influence is strong, so it will not be too sweet. This is confirmed on the other side of the chart. In the first house there is a retrograde Mars so moving contrary to the mainstream, which is placed on the South Scale. The South Scale is not only a royal star but also as the Scorpion’s Claw ruthless and uncompromising: enfant terrible. Of course, Venus is beauty but Mars is also associated with making clothes, you have to be able to handle the needle.

This amounts to an optimal combination of elegant Veus and sharp Mars, which is repeated on the Ascendant conjuncting royal Spica. Spica not only has a Mars-Venus nature, it also indicates great unexpected fame. Yes Jean-Paul you will a famous couturier it is shown that the stars will give you this.    

Hard Megxit

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If you have been on the throne for such a long time as the English queen Elisabeth, it is inevitable that on the long run you will have to deal with all the possible problems you could think of. Last week grand-son prince Harry – the sixth in line for the English throne – and his American wife Meghan Markle decided they wanted to step back as members of the royal family. They wanted less obligations and more freedom to life lives of their own, partly even outside the UK, one of the reasons seems to be the wild attacks launched again and again by the poisonous tabloid press on Meghan Markle. The Queen decided to make it a “hard Megxit”, Harry and Meghan will loose their royal titles, they will not receive any government money any more and they will have to  pay back the 2,8 million spent on the recent renovation of their London residence. Her Majesty was not amused.    


Such a change will of course be visible in the relevant charts and it is interesting to take a look at Meghan Markle’s chart, in a way she is in the centre of all this. Her natal chart will not be interpreted here this was done in another post, but it would be good idea to see what her current solar return shows. To understand returns clearly, what can be spotted in the return chart, will always manifest in the larger framework of the developments indicated by the progresions/directions. In this sense the progressions / directions are of prime importance in prediction, at the moment her Mars /Lord 10 of public activities is entering the crisis zone around Praesepe (“the second Algol” at 7° Leo)  and the Part of Fortune (the Part of the Moon)is moving over Terebellum, a star of fate and over the progressed South Node (sacrifice,) these progressions are not shown here.

In her current solar return (starting in August 2019) it can be seen that important things will happen this year. It is helpful to realise that a prognosis will always be done also on the basis of context information, if you know she has suffered so much from these poisonous tabloids and you have seen how the pair reacted, you will look a the chart from a certain perspective. In the return chart (click on the download button above to view it) what strikes the eye immediately is retrograde Jupiter Lord 4 and Lord 7 on the IC of family. Literally you can read here withdrawing, as Lord 7 Jupiter also  brings in the relationship.

A little Dog

By antiscion (positions mirrored in the axis 0° Cancer- 0° Capricorn) the conjunction of retrograde Saturn and the South Node is on retrograde Jupiter on the IC. Stepping back is very much repeated here, Saturn is limitation, South Node is sacrifice and again we have the retrogradation. On the descendant of the realtionship is Neptune, wild Poseidon always creating chaos, in classical astrology we can use the ouer planets a mythical themes, but not as sign rulers. Planets changing signs are always worth some extra attention, the Moon has just enterd Libra, it is Lord 1 (Meghan)  in her natal chart, so this points to a  big change in her life. Mercury as return Lord 1 and 10 is obviously important, it is conjunct the Part of the Sun (“me”)  on bright powerful Procyon falling on the natal Ascendant. Procyon is the main star in the Big Dog, always defying authorities and doing things his own way. It is clear, she will choose for herself now. 

Brexit finally

Soon it will finally happen, on the 31st of January the UK will officially leave the  EU exactly at 11:00 PM. This has triggered a discussion in the English parliament because a group of Brexit fans in the Conservative party wants to sound the Big Ben to celebrate that moment. The Big Ben is being renovated at the moment and it would cost 130.00 Euros to do that but they think this is a good investment which only goes to show how fierce the Brexit discussions have been. It is fascinating to see how the progressed Sun/ Lord 1 in the UK chart (based on the Great Conjunction of 1047!) has just entered its own sign Leo. The country (Sun/Lord 1) is taking back its power now that it has arrived in the sign it controls itself. I have often written about this entry in Leo as the Brexit moment on this blog.

Of course, it would also be interesting to take a look at the chart of the exact Brexit moment. It is however important to understand clearly what we are looking at, in the modern astrology world there is a tendency to make all kinds of event charts and to say then that the chart clearly mirrors the event. Now this does not make too much sense as an event is always embedded in a longer-term development of which it is only the climax. In this case the longer-term development is this movement of the progressed Sun on which you can base a clear prediction, an event chart will never give you this.    

Sometimes however an event chart is also the start of something and in that case it is more interesting, for example the moment soldiers rolled out the barbed wire to close off East-Berlin from the West, gives us a chart for the Wall. But what would be the meaning of the birth of Brexit?  Let it be very clear, this does not give us a new chart for the UK!! The most effective and powerful UK chart will remain the one of 1047, the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter preceding the invasion by the Normans. What we may expect though is some very specific and dramatic positions llustrating the importance of the event, Brexit is not nothing after all.

Indeed the chart of the Brexit moment (click on the downlaod button above to view it) shows some some appropriate positions. At 11:00 PM the MC/IC-axis reaches a position which strikes the eye. The IC-side of the axis is almost exactly on Pluto conjuncting Saturn nearby. This certainly mirors the change becoming reality at that moment and what is more Saturn is on Terebellum, one of three stars of fate, indicating that something that was expected for some time will happen now. Of course Saturn and Pluto have been in that position longer but it is the very fast moving MC/IC-axis making it specific for now.

The MC is on Pollux the royal star in the Twins, Pollux is the immortal Twin separated by death from his brother Castor. In the end they can still see each other, but Pollux has to stay with his brother in Hades for six months each year. Not ideal as it used to be and this shows what is happening here. The Moon is Lord 10 of the goverment and it is about to enter ist exaltation, it is also liberation from EU  bureaucracy, tally-ho we will be free, entering your exaltation is a bit of a champagn moment. This entry of exaltation takes place exactly on the MC in the UK 1047 chart. That is very specific, but it is again a planet part that Illustares the event very clearly. The Part of the power planet Sun, the solar  essence is in the very first grade of Leo indicating the new power relation.                

Inferno Downunder

Australia’s southeast coast is burning and the fires are not normal fires any more, they have taken on the shapes of disastrous fire storms. The woods are burning in Australia’s summer every year but it has not yet been as bad as it is this year, large areas are being evacuated. As this is a special abnormal situation, maybe this disaster could be seen in the relevant mundane charts. This analysis could also be useful to know in advance if these fire storms are going to come back in the next summer season. Especially the comparison of the charts of this year with charts of other years could be enlightening.

The question always is which mundane charts to look at, as we have several  possibilities. A good choice however is always the yearly ingress chart, calculated for the exact moment the Sun enters Aries again. This gives us a chart of the new astrological year a kind of solar return for the world, to be made specific by varying the places you calculate it for. In the Aries ingress chart several positions (planets) are the same everywhere, but the angles and the cusps are very different and specific as they depend so strongly on the place. To view the current ingress chart calculated for the Australian capital Canberra, please click on the download button below.

In analysing this chart, the points that really make the difference, very specific for this part of the world should be emphasized and these are the angles. It will be immediately clear that Australia will be hit very hard in the astrological year 2019 (from 21 March 2019 to 21 march 2020) as the highest enery axis in the chart the nodal axis, is in almost exact conjunction with the MC/IC-axis in Canberra, the capital symbolising the whole country. The South Node, always demanding a  radical sacrifice is on the MC, dominating the chart from this high placement and is conjunction with the over-powering malefic Pluto. The outer planets can be used also in classical astrology and be seen as a special category of fixed stars.

What’s more, this MC so heavily afllicted by Pluto and the South Node conjuncts tiny Terebellum one of the three stars of fate, so something which has been in the air for some time (the fires coming back again and again) will fatefully strike this year. The other important angle the Ascendant is in Aries conjuncting malefic Baten Kaitos in the Whale, which is the Sea-Monster threatening to devour princess Andromeda, chained to an island (!).  This combination of angular positions is very specific for this location.

The ruler of the first house, most out-spoken the country itself this year is fiery Mars showing it most malefic side in its detriment in Taurus. Mars is in the Algol crisis zone , which is so everywhere and it almost exactly trines the heavily afflicted MC, which is only so in Canberra (Australia). It is this concentration of afflictions, you don’t see too often that shows the inferno downunder. As you know in which season the fires occur each year, you also would know when to expect the misery indicated by the  Aries ingress chart, context information is always an important ingredient of prediction.