In last week’s post the sudden death of the French billionaire and politician Olivier Dassault (yes, the aeroplanes) was discussed by an analyis of his progressions. Not only could it be seen clearly in his natal chart how he would die, his progressed positions also mirrored by a very strong cumulation of negative indications (it cannot be emphasized enough that it should really be a cumulation)  when. In astrology there are more prediction methods than only progressions and one of the easiest are the profections, in profections every year is given a house, per year this moves one house further. The active profection house, its Lord, the star on the cusp, the nature of the house and the planets / factors in the house describe the year, this works optimally with Placidus houses.

The whole profection cycle starts in the first year of life (so when your age is “zero”), which is described by the first house. Before looking at his profections however, it is a good idea to cast a short glance at Olivier Dassult’s natal chart (click on the link below to see it). Immediately striking the eye is Pluto on the MC, yes she was plutonically rich, the Hades is associated with “subterranean” riches. The reason for this is exactly our mortality, we need means of existence because we have a mortal body,  but it is not more than that. Dassault’s Lord 2 is Jupiter, the General Significator of wealth, moderately strong with triplicity dignity. Jupiter is placed in the fifth house of family money and it is Lord 5. Jupiter sextiles Mars / Lord 1 (person) placed on mighty Aldebaran associated with material succes.

Filled Cup

The Part of the Sun, also called the Part of Affluence, is on mighty royal Antares in opposition with Lord 1, an opposition indicates tensions but it is still is a connection. It is remarkable that Lord 4 of the family is on Labrum, a star of fate we often see this in charts of people in whose lives the family background determines many things. Labrum is the main star in the Cup that has to be filled at a well, it certainly was. So it can be seen that financial delineation covers a lot more than only the second house.   

Tenth profection

The activated profection house in this year of his death, is the tenth. Yes Pluto the Lord of the Dead is on the cup. Lord 10 is the Sun in the eighth house of Death conjuncting Mars / Lord 1 (the body, the person) on martially red Aldebaran associated with accidents! This is so nice about profections, they are simple, but still crystal-clear. You can also look at month profections, the first month is connected to the active profection house – in this case the tenth – and the next  month it is moved  to the next house from there and so on. The month profection at the moment of his death is in the sixth house of misfortune, Lord 6 is again this dangerous Mars/Lord 1 on Aldebaran in the house of death!

His Firdar (life phase of many years) Lord is again this Mars, his Subfirdar Lord (ruling shorter periods) is Jupiter sextiling Mars. On the day of his fatal accident transit- Mercury, natal Lord 8 of Death, was passing over the IC and opposing Pluto! So even without progressions and returns a lot can be seen.   


Memento Mori

The tradition is clear about it, at your birth you are given a certain amount of years and when these are used up, it is over. A healthy life-style will not change this, it can certainly contribute to well-being but it cannot give you a longer life. In the old texts methods are given by which you would be able to determine the length of life on the basis of the natal data alone. One of these is the renowned alcocoden method, of which there are many varieties but none of these varieties works in a satisfactory way. What works much better is the analysis of the progressions, if there is a cumulation of negative indications (it has to be a real cumulation!!) , this shows that the moment has come.

The reaper does not care for any  status, rich or poor, famous or unkown, young or old, he will knock on the door when the appointed time has come. This astrological view explains the mysterious sudden deaths of people in good health that just died because their hearts stopped beating and  about which science has nothing sensible to say. The cosmos will find a way to mke it happen when the hourglass  has been emptied. An example of this is the recent sudden death of Olivier Dassault, immensely rich scion of the Dassault family, the owners of  a very big  company, which has the production of military planes as it essential activity.

Certainly Olivier Dassault loved life and also had the means to enjoy it, but the reaper does not care and this shows the essential powerlessness and weakness of man, Dassault was not ill, not very old nor reckless he died in a crash of a helicopter, built by the family phirm. In the radix it can be seen in the eighth house how death will come, in Dassault’s chart Mars of accidents is found there in an Air sign on powerful purely martial  Aldebaran, the Bull’s eye, associated with violence and accidents. His radix will not  be analysed now, as we are interested in what the progressions show, click on the link above to view them.

The Solar Part

The first thing striking the eye is that the part of the Sun, moving backward through the zodiac because of the way it is calculated, has just entred Virgo and thus has activated Mercury, radix Lord of Death. Also the Part is moving over Saturn, the General Signficator of endings and the solar part, the essence of the Sun and symbol of our divine origin, is opposing the Part of Fortune, the essence of the Moon and the symbol of earthly life, so they are going to separate, he is going back to his origin. The Part of Fortune is entering Aries, activating ist ruler, Mars of accidents in an Air sign in the eighth house.


Sometimes the practise of our celestial  art wll make you shiver and this is such a moment. The Part of Fortune is moving over Scheat, a malefic star in the Pegasus constellation, associated with a fatal fall from the Flying Horse. The PoF’s speed  is one degree a month so this is rather exact, without stars an astologer is a half-blind cripple. The progressed Moon, moving at the sames peed, opposes Mercury Lord of Death conjuncting the mighty South Scale, the merciless Scorpion’s Claw. This would be quite enough for the reaper to pay a visit, but on top of this the Sun is moving over natal Pluto, who wil pop up in his usual sudden and overwhelming way. This is a cumulation of grim indications so the time had come to go.

Teflon Mark

According to the polls for the elections for the Dutch national Parliament today, it will end in an overwhelming victory for the liberal VVD party and the most important reason for this, is the liberal prime minister Mark Rutte. He has been prime minister for ten years now and it seems certain that he will be leading his fourth coalition cabinet in the next four years. One of his most striking characteristics is his extremely strong teflon layer, he seems to get away without much effort with everything and in one way or another someone else is always blamed. Despite the obvious failures, the not really very effective Corona policy and several most shocking scandals, his teflon layer remains intact.

It can be seen clearly in his radix why (click on the link below), in the seventh house of others, Venus in its exaltation is found, very much the charming diplomat. Nearby is Mercury, Lord 1 in its detriment and fall that is the real teflon. Mercury is the shape-shifter switching without any problem from one role to another, in fall and detriment its flexibility is extreme. So a double Venus/ Mercury teflon layer and on top of this, it is placed in a double sign and in the Water-element of moving along. This will have to do, his radix has more completely been delineated on this blog some time ago.

But what is to be expected, will Rutte remain invulnerable, or will something finally cut through this layer? To judge longer periods the Firdaria, the planet rulers of periods of two to thirteen years are a simple but very effective instrument. Since 2016 Rutte’s Firdar Lord is Venus, this strong teflon planet which is also Lord 10 of the job! In 2022 this Firdar is over and Mercury is the next Firdar Lord. It is also strong in an angular house but a bit more vulnerable than Venus, as it is in its detriment and fall, so from 2022 we may expect some deeper cuttings.

At the moment this Venus as the main Firdar Lord is accompanied  by Jupiter as the ruler of the Sub-Firdar, and  Jupiter is the planet of the governing elite. Jupiter is also very strong in its exaltation in the eleventh house of the fruits of your labour. The Great Benefic is also placed on mighty Procyon the main star in the Small Dog, a smart nimble animal, but also able to bite fiercely if necessary. A very strong combination for a victory of course.

Dust to dust

So by means of the Firdar we can effectively say something about what is going to happen without much calculation and to this can be added the profections of the year and the month, which are just as effective and simple. Annual profections are very easy, the first year of your life, so when your age is “zero”, is  described by the first house, the second by the second house and so on. The profection house of the year should be delineated completely, the star on the cusp, the nature of the house, the planets in the house and its ruler. Profections mirror the 12-fold earthly life rhythm of matter (symbolized by the number 4)  into which spirit (symbolised by the number 3) was breathed so that it woud start to move and they work fine with Placidus houses.


Rutte is 54 yars old so his Profection house this year is the seventh of opponents, very appropriate for an election year. His teflon mixture Venus (Lord 10 of the job) and Mercury (Lord 1 = Rutte)  is found here and Mercury is conjunct powerful Achernar, connected to stealing the solar chariot. Lord 7 is this strong exalted Jupiter on Procyon in the eleventh house and on cusp 7, not yet mentioned above, Deneb is found, a strong star in the Swan, very Venus-like , even more nice teflon. The elections are held a month after his birthday so the month profection comes to the eighth house, the second from the seventh (the house of this year), and its ruler is also this strong Jupiter, not bad!! Yet Saturn is on cusp 8, so maybe there wil be something disappointing in all these victories?    

Meghan contra The Crown

The British royal family has a big problem after an interview with (ex-) Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. Some time ago Harry and  Meghan left London and the royal duties behind to live their own lifes in the United States. Thiswas not too much appreciated of course, but now the interview with Oprah Winfrey is like a bomb going off. The best-known royal family in the world is accused of all kinds of nasty things, among which even racism. The writers of The Crown, the immensely popular Neflix series about the Windsors, can get to work again, there is more than  sufficient new material.

The astrological question is, could we have seen this bomb coming in Queen Eliabeth’s chart? It would be a good idea if the Windsors would appoint an official traditional court astrologer. Probably they don’t consult astrologers and of course you cannot control events just like that by astrology, but it does help if you know what is going to happen. If you know there are problems with Harry and Meghan, it can be seen if his will really get out off hand. Click on the link below to view the current progressions in Queen Elisabeth’s chart

Here you can see how astrology always worked, for astrologers in the past were in most cases court astrologers working for tthe temporal and  the spiritual authorities (the medieval church did not reject the traditional astrology of her time, the modern church does reject New Age astrology as it often pretends to be a religion). The court astrologer could get all the inside information and then astrology works optimally, you always need as much context knowledge as possible. In our times this is still the case, it works best with clients wo regularly ask for advice, the astrologer knows their history and situation, so he can can decide what a certain position in the chart, which theoretically could point at more than  one development only, means.

It is immediately clear from the Queen’s progresions that important developments can be expected. The primary Ascendant is entering a new sign and this indicates that she will  beconfronted with drastic changes, a new situation will come into existence. Progressed Venus  is closeby and by antiscion it is on the Ascendant, Venus is natal Lord 4 so it will concern the family. As a court astrologer with all the context knowldege, even this would suffice. It is also clear that there will be a lot of tensions as there is a progressed Full Moon coming up, the Moon still has four degrees to go to make it full.

At Full Moon!!

A progressed Full Moon always indicates a very tense key moment, but in a royal chart like this one it has an extra dimension. The Sun is the ruler and the Moon is the people opposing each other, so this is not good for popularity. The Moon is changing sign, so sign ruler Saturn is very much activated, in the natal chart Saturn is Lord 1 (in the radix placed on the MC) , giving it all even more emphasis.  Automatically the Part of Fortune (the Part of the Moon) and the Pars Solis (the Part of the Sun) will conjunct on the descendant when we have a progressed Full Moon, so that does not count in prediction. What is not automatically so, is the opposition the parts will be making, antiscial and direct with progressed Venus  / Lord 4 of the family. The exact Full Moon still has to happen, so this is not over yet.      

2 x Trump?

In his first speech after he lost the elections, Donald Trump hinted that he would be running for the presidency again in 2024, which was not unexpected. Of course, this is an effective way of keeping the Republican party under pressure as there is considerable resistance to Trump within the ranks of the GOP, the Grand Old Party. If Trump would not keep this posssibility open, he would certainly  loose infuence. Suppose we were Trump’s house astrologers, what would we tell him?  Let’s assume that he does not fall ill or dies in the meantime and he perseveres in his ambition, would he have a real chance astrologically?

To judge longer periods of time the Firdaria, the planet rulers of the phases of life with a duration of several years, are the best instrument. To get an impression of the possibilities and atmosphere of such a period, the natal position of the Firdar ruler should be evaluated. When Donald Trump in 2016 was victorious, his Firdar ruler was the North Node which gives a lot of succes and in his radix it conjuncts the Sun/Lord 1, so that is very strong. Now that he lost, the Firdar ruler was the South Node that takes succes away and forces you to make a painful sacrifice and this is exactly what happened. This weakening South Node Firdar will be over in June this year, then his Sun Firdar will start and this is the powerful Sun /Lord 1 conjuncting his North Node in his radix, very strong.

On the basis of the Firdaria only, it could well be that Trump will come back in 2024, but is this confirmed by the other techniques? Firdaria in all their simplicty  are certainly a very impressive method but to really predict you cannot base yourself on Firdaria alone. So what do the progressions in November 2024 indicate, click on the link above to be able to see the progressed and directed positions. The first thing striking the eye is the primary direction of the MC (because the angles do not make a seconday movement you cannot calculate progressions of the angles) which is on Praesepe. According to the Chinese this is the “Exhalation of Piled-up Corpses”, not very pleasant, this Empty Crib, it is like a second Algol leading to chaos and fragmentation.

Spica and  Regulus

That does not look good, but the other positions look quite promising. The MC direction by antiscion conjuncts Trump’s  radix-MC, not too bad. The secundary progression of Venus/ Lord 10 of the job moves over royal Spica, giving unexpected succes and it conjuncts the progressions of benefic Jupiter. That looks strong. The progressed Part of the Sun (moving backward through the zodiac) is entering Leo, which activates his strong Sun/Lord 1 on the North Node and it moves over Regulus, the most royal star “that leads to the throne”. Again not bad at all. The Part of Fortune has just entered Capricorn, activating sign ruler Saturn, weak in detriment in Cancer in his radix but conjunct Lord 10 and on royal Pollux. The Moon is in the Burnt Road which is not good but also in the lunar mansion Al Ghafr, the Robe, a mansion for business success.

Hmmm…? Not all the indications are positive but this is seldom so. The positions on Spica and Regulus are very strong and they repeat the indications in 2016 when they were also active. With caution and under the assumption that he will reach 2024 in good health, we can say that his opponents will have to get working on their political armours. In June this year his powerful Sun Firdar will start so we will be hearing more from him again.