Normally abnormal

Last week we took a look at the current solar return of New York City and as we could expect, there are very negative indications to be seen. The Big Apple is the epicentre of the Wuhan virus epidemic (it is remarklable how the name of the virus has evolved from Wuhan virus to Corona virus to technical-scientific Covid-19) and this was most clearly shown by this solar return. The chart used to calculate the return was made by making use of the method of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, the NYC chart data are 17 July 1623, 17:47:15 LMT (no chart picture given here).

If you use this strikingly effective technique which can also be applied to get charts for countries (read my series in the AA Journal) it is adamant to carry out rigid tests. Does the chart you are using reflect historical events clearly enough? This can be tested  very well as we are talking about concrete events here. The Wuhan virus pandemic is irrefutably reflected in the current NYC solar return but how about 9-11 the other disaster which struck in the city 19 years ago? If this cannot be seen in the predictive techniques, this would be be a big problem for the chart.

However, the NYC solar return under which these fateful events took place, is crystal-clear (click on the download button above to view the chart). The first thing striking the eye is this conjuction of Mars the planet of violence with Pluto the Lord of the Dead, who wil always suddenly pop up most unexpectedly . Mars is retrograde so the violence will not come in the way it usually comes and it is placed on the descendant of the opponents. In opposition with this extremely violent Mars-Pluto conjunction we have Venus Lord 12 of misery in conjunction with Saturn Lord 8 of death, placed onAldebaran a very powerful purely martial and  intensely red and violent royal star.   

Only five percent

That would be quite sufficient for a lot of misery,  but the Moon is also on disastrous Algol, yes there it is again, in the twelfth house and the nodal axis is on the cusps 2 and 8. So It emphasizes these houses with the malefic South Node on the cusp of the house of death. On the other side is Lord 1 / Mercury highlighting this axis, Lord 1 is very much the city. In fact, it could not have been shown more clearly and if modern astrologers had known and used these techniques, they might have predicted the event. But they missed it and this can be expected if you use only 5% of the available astrological methods.


These astrological delineations lead to other more philosophical conclusions. You can see in the charts that these disasters will happen, so in this sense they are normal, it is not bad luck. An individual may fall ill or meet with fate, and this is collectively so too. This pandemic is of course extraordinary in the literal sense of the word, but also normally abnormal, it is not the the first time at all and problably not the last. Man does not control the world with all his little technologies, not now and never, as astrology, the decisive death-blow for the scientific world-view so cleary shows.  Let him hear who has ears to hear.

The Big Apple Eclipsed

Of all the cities in the world it seems that New York is most heavily affected by the Corona crisis, it is called the “epicentre of the wordlwide Corona crisis”  in the media. The mundane charts of this city about which so many songs were written ,must indeed be very dark. But how do we get such a chart of New York? Of course, you coud take a look at the Aries ingress chart calculated for the city to analyse what would be happening there,  but to make it really specific its would be  better to use a city chart.

This can be done by the technique of the Great Conjunctions (“GC’s”) of Saturn and Jupiter which will give you a reliable and effective city chart. You will take the GC chart  preceding the foundation of the city as a “mundane radix” , which for New York brings us to 16 July 1623, 17:46:15 (LMT) Asc 29.05 Sagittarius. This city chart will not be shown and discussed now , as this was done before, what interests us now is the current solar return which can be calculated on the basis of the GC city chart.

This return (click on the download button) shows very clear signs of crisis, hard to overlook, which again proves the effectiveness of this, maybe at first sight somewhat strange technique. The first thing striking the eye is the Ascendant falling on Labrum the main star in the Cup. Labrum is a star of fate striking, the cup filled with poison will have to be drunk, it shall not pass you by. Moreover, there is this a concentration of astrological factors around the nodal axis, a planet is an energy which structures reality so a concentration of energies indicate an important event.

In this solar return the Luminaries the Sun and the Moon are even in opposition, a Full Moon indicating tensions but this takes place near the nodes. And a lunation (a Full Moon or a New Moon) near the nodes is an eclipse so there is a lunar eclipse in the the NYC solar return, the luminary will go out in the city, the Moon is the General Significator of routines which will stop.

Around this eclipse Pluto the Lord of the Dead, malefic Saturn, the antscion of Jupiter Lord 6 of illness and Venus Lord 10 in the mundane radix are assembled, an enormous energy concentration. The elipse itself is on Wega the Vulture coming down, no need for explanations. The texts tend to be positive about Wega, but in mundane astrology it again and again it proves to be a real vulture. So even without checking the synastry with the city radix, the indications for a disaster are over-whelming. This was peredestined when the city was founded which may be reason for some reflection on the nature of our celestal art and life on earth.

A hairy star

It was discovered in December, the comet C-19 when it was still so vague that could only be seen by means of a strong telescope. Nevertheless, there was a lot excitement as it looked as though the comet, that received the name Atlas, would become extremely bright when it would be approaching the Earth and the Sun. However, it is not clear yet if this really will happen, last week Atlas seems to have becoming less bright, comets are a bit unpredictable as might be expected with a view to their nature. Nevertheless, everything about this comet is remarkable so that is worthwhile to say something about it astrologically.

Comets are traditionally called “hairy stars” and seen as signs that we may expect dramatic events, as they disturb the normal order of planets and stars in quite a dramatic way. So a comet is exactly the kind of phenomenon you could expect to pop up in the sky above a world in Corona crisis. For all clarity, not every little comet discovered by our estranged cousins the astronomers with their mighty telescopes is astrologically relevant, only those that can be seen with bare eyes. After all, light is of fundamental importance in astrology and this comet seems to have enough of that, even if it will become less bright.

The name C-19 is remarkable of course and just as interesting is the fact it was discovered in December when the first Corona cases began to manifest in Wuhan. To astrologically delineate a comet its whole signature is to be noted, as Wiliam Ramesey explains in Book 4 of his Astrologia Restaurata. Very important is the comet’s colour which shows what planet energy work in it, Atlas is bluish-green to be associated with Mercury. Bull’s eye, as Mercury is the general significator of the lungs and of trade, traffic and economical activity! The sign in which the comet appears shows which  parts of life wil be most affected.

Almost all of the comet’s  orbit falls in Gemini (by projection) a human mercurial sign associated with movement and exchange! Atlas crosses the zodiac  (the line of maximum intensity) on the 23th of May and it conjuncts the malefic Pleiads then, the very  malefic Wheeping Sisters. The name Atlas, the Titan carrying the world on his shoulders, fits in seamlessly, he is the father of the Pleiads and their half-sisters the Hyads (found nearby) who are just as sad. Regardings constellations, Atlas moves through Perseus, the hero who chops off te Gorgon Medusa (Algol) ‘s Head, Algol stood out as one of the main causes  of the Corona crisis (see my recent posts).

It is yet to be seen how bright Atlas wil become but its delineation according to traditional rules is very appropriate. It should be clearly visisble between 25 march and 31 May after that it will loose light rapidly. So if we connect Atlas to the crisis we may expect the first serious measures to end the lock-down in the course of June.  

The Medusa Wave

In my posts of the recent weeks the Corona crisis was analysed by looking at the Aries Ingress charts for several places in the world. It all started in December 2019/ January 2020 in Wuhan in China and then it rolled out over the whole world from East to West like a dark wave. China is now starting up again, in Europe the turning-point seems to have been reached, but the US are not yet so far. It was malefic Mars in its detriment on Algol (on Perseus’ Sword-hand which chops off monstrous Medusa’s head) in the 2019 Aries Ingress chart that “caused” or better mirrored this crisis.  

The Vulture

How poisonous Algol is, will be clear if we go back to the 2001 Aries Ingress chart (not shown here), in which the other malefic Saturn was on Algol and that was the year of 9/11! Calculated for the US, this Saturn on Algol is in the first  house and on the MC there we find Altair, the main star in the Eagle or the Vulture which should send the shivers down your spine. It is clearly indicated where the danger came from, but it would be quite an achievement to see this in advance. In mundane astrology charts should also be delineated with reference to charts of a higher order of time. In case of ingress charts you should always check the connections with the Great Conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter (“GC”) valid at that moment.  

Now this the GC of 2000 and the degree of the conjunction is on yes:  Algol, Medusa’s Head! So if an ingress chart in the 20 years covered by a GC activates this point, the whole crisis potential will released as it was in 2001 and now again. It is good to note that this Algol GC will be “in power” till December this year after which we will have a new GC without Algol. As I said in a lecture in January we will leave the crisis behind then. The new GC will also bring about the defintive power shift from West to East, and the Corona crisis will play a role in this shift.   

The fall of the US?   

This brings us to the US, Corona  came relatively late to America, but now it seems to be hit very hard. In many countries in Europe (but not everywhere) the new 2020 Ingress looked better than the 2019 chart. But how does this look for the US? Click on the download button to view the 2020 Ingress chart calculated for Washington ( starting to work from 20 March). What strikes the eye, is that one of the two most important house  rulers, Mercury Lord of the tenth house has just entered its detriment and fall at the very bottom of the chart. The Ascendant is on Agena in the Centaur constellation, connected to things that do not seem to be dangerous at first sight but turn out to be extremely poisonous!

Ingress VS 2020 

Lord 1, the country is Mars in its exaltation but it conjuncts Jupiter in its fall on Pluto. Not very nice and on top of this the Descendant falls on Algol! So the US chart for this year activates the crisis degree of the Great Conjunction mentioned above, which wil be active till December this year. Is Corona the last phase in the US loosing its leading position indicated by the new GC in December? Indeed this appears to be so.

Location, location and location

In classical astrology chart interpretations tend to be clear and explicit, not everything depends on your “spiritual” development or your increasing consciousness of your anima as a result of which everything would be possible. Therefore, it is a good practice to regularly make predictions (publicly!) and to come back to these predictions later. This is very instructive because in this way you are reading in the book of nature, the planets and the stars are where they are and nature is the teacher of the (celestial) art, Natura Artis Magistra.

Recently, we looked back at my delineation last year of the Aries ingress chart of 2019 which caused the Corona crisis and the conclusion was that it was not bad at all, but only too much based on the actuality then, Brexit (do you still remember what that was?).

Accurate prediction or mistake?

Late February I wrote on this blog that because this 2019 Aries ingress with Mars on Algol had caused the Corona crisis, we could soon expect improvement as late March we would have a new ingress chart without Algol. At first sight this seems to be a somewhat embarassing mistake but this not the case at all! As for the location where it all started, China and especially the Wuhan region, which is opening up again now, it was actually quite accurate! Moreover, if you follow the statistics of the crisis (not through the standard media that seem to be mainly spreading panic) you can see we seem to be reaching a turning-point, at least in The Netherlands (in the US it is different). The number of new infections has been going down over the past four days.


So what was missing in my prediction was location, I simply could not imagine that this crisis would also strike so dramatically in Europe and I was not the only one. Just like in real estate what counts in astrology is location, location and location but it is too much work to check every Aries ingress chart for every important location. Only within Europe there are huge differences, Italy is heavily affected, Sweden has not taken any measures! With a view to location, if you make the new Aries 2020 Ingress chart for Wuhan the expansive North Node, a kind of super Jupiter energy, is on the Ascendant, its opening up now. For Italy this new Ingress chart looks a bit different, you can view it by clicking on the download button below.

In the 2019 Ingress for Italy the villain was Mars on Algol right on the Descendant, that is why Italy is so heavily affected. This disastrous position is not found any more in the new 2020 Ingress as you can see but still this is not a nice chart. Of course, what matters are the fast moving specific factors like the cusps (on stars!) and the planet parts that make the difference. Only in Italy we have Saturn Lord 1 on the Saturn part of imprisonment and escape and only there the Ascendant is on the star Deneb Algedi, in the Capricorn constellation, the story of which is the confrontation with Typhon, that is death. However, what strikes the eye most, is the MC, not only the Pluto-Mars –Jupiter conjunction is on it by antiscion( position mirrored in the 0° Cancer- 0°Capricorn axis) but it falls right on Death star Antares! So in Italy it looks less positive than in many other countries which have the Ascendant on Altair the vulture returning  back to heaven.