Philip Mountbatten

Early this month Prince Philip Mountbatten died, Queen Elisabeth’s husband, it was very sad to see the Queen alone in church with that horrible face-mask. Prince Philip was 99 years old and had had some health problems this year, so as the Court Astrologer you would take a look at what the charts are saying this year. There are two versions of Prince Philip’s natal chart, one is based on data from an official document so we will use that one (10 June 1921, Mon Repos, 19e56/39n26, in Greece, Asc 18.36 Leo, natal chart not shown here).

According to the tradition, a man gets a number of years at birth and when these have been used up he dies, unless it pleases God to give the person more time for some reason. This means that most often it is possible to see death in the chart, if this is a clear possibility with a view to the context many tense positions could point to death. In the case of prince Philip the context certainly gave us reason to think of the end and the solar return clearly confirm this (click on the link below to see the chart).

Our attention is immediately drawn by the descendant, where the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto are found. In itself this would be a sign that a special event can be expected, and it will not be good for him, after all cusp 7 opposes the Ascendant. On top of that, the Descendant is the place where the Sun, the source of the life energy, sets and in the context this is relevant of course. The Moon is Lord 1 in the return chart, so the person this year and it is in the sun-set place on Altair, the Eagle taking Ganymede up to Mount Olympus to the banquet of the gods. Saturn conjuncting the Moon is not only the General Significator of death but also Lord 8 of death in the return chart. Moreover, Jupiter is Lord 8 in the natal chart, it is placed on fate star Terebellum and it conjuncts Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld. In fact, it could hardly be more clearly indicated.

The Janus Head

Other traditional techniques confirm these indications, the lunar mansion in the solar return is Al Baldah, the City also called the Janus Head (two faces looking in opposite directions), pointing to a border between two worlds, endings is one of the key-words in this mansion. The antiscion of the Part of the Sun, the essence of the solar vital energy, conjuncts the Ascendant in opposition with Jupiter, natal Lord 8 on Terebellum of death conjunct Pluto. The Part of Death – Saturn + Cusp 8 – Moon – is found exactly on the MC. According to Johannes Angelus the picture connected to the return Ascendant degree is a hanged man.

 All these traditional techniques have been and are being recovered and they show – provided that they are used on the basis of a clear understanding – how rich and precise traditional astrology was. It also illustrates how astrology can once more become the sacred science it was, by tracing how our every breath depends on the divine source through the medium of the signs and the planets.            

Mega Ponzi

Last week Prince Philip died, wo was married to Queen Elisabeth for no less than 73 years and later we will give his chart more attention. Of course, the press was totally focussed on this event so the death of another public figure occured almost in silence. This was Bernie Madoff, who in the beginning of this century designed the biggest ever pyramid fraude. A pyramid fraude or a “Ponzi scheme” is a form of financial fraude, by wich “’investors”’ realize very high results, but their money was never invested. They receive their payments from the capital brought in by new investors who are attracted by the good results.

The whole idea was invented by the Italian-American immigrant Charles Ponzi in the Twenties of the last century, but he never reached the huge scale on which Bernie Madoff applied his idea. Madoff’s business went like up a rocket till the financial crisis caused his fall (no new investors), in 2009 he was sentenced to 150 years in prsison, where died last week. A lot of venom was spit out on him especially in jewish circles, as a jewish New Yorker Madoff seduced many in his environment to invest in his business.

His chart shows the whole megafraude surprsingly clearly, and this is an illustration of how the free will works. The chart shows Madoff can do this but not that he will.No one is ever obliged to commit criminal or immoral acts by his chart, the chart shows what happens in your life, but not what you do  with it. That is the free will, you can always say no. In his chart – click on the link below to see it – it is clearly indicated he will be able to hide many things.

It is the MC immediately drawing attention to itself, Algol is on it, the monstrous Medusa’s head enabling you to make others loose their heads.  Algol can enhance the career very much, as Medusa is not only a monster, she is is also depicted as a very seductive woman. So it can make things appear as irresistably attractive, whereas they are in fact monstrous, this is one of the best descriptions of Madoff’s activities you can get. Venus Lord 10 of the career is on Alcyone, the main star in the Pleiades, connected to disappointment, it is very strong in its own sign in the tenth house and it is about to change sign, an indication of falling. A bit further in the tenth house Mars, Lord 9 of religion and foreign countries, is placed on the main star of the Hyads, comparable in meaning with the Pleiads.   

Nebulous Business

The placement  of the Souh Node near the MC  is also striking, it has to do with taking away and painful limitations.  All these factors are on nebulous star groups, this is why he was able to hide his cheating so long. That it would take on these huge  proportions can be seen in the Ascendant on super-royal Regulus. His ruler of the second and the eleventh houses, both financial houses, shows the fraude, it is cheating Mercury doing unusual things in its retrogradation on fate star Al Pherg. Jupiter the General Significator of wealth and great perspectives is strong on the Descendant, although a planet there is never quite yours, which is very true in Madoff’s case.

The whole idea of a cycle (the Ponzi scheme) ending is very much emphasized, with Lord 2 /11 of money on Al Pherg(which as a Pisces star marks the end), the South Node in the tenth house, Venus/Lord 10 in the last degree of the sign and the heart of the Lion, killed by Hercules on the Ascendant. The lunar mansion, often mirroring the most important motive in the life, succintly summarizes all this. It is Batn Al Hut, the Fishes’ Belly and  the last mansion in which the whole cycle ends. It is a very clear picture of the pyramid fraude, built on quicksand in which ist will inevitably sink away. The picture of the last decanate of Taurus according to Johannes Angelus is that of a man on crutches with a wooden leg..

In 2008, a year before his conviction, his North Node  Firdrar started,  normallly this is a good time for powerful expansion, but in his radix it near the IC, the lowest point in the chart, so he will fall down from his high place. The North Node is on the powerful Centaur star Bungula, this Centaur is Pholus who picks up a poison arrow and dies… 

Twitter $$$

Times are strange now that the Air-period has begun. The final entry of the Great Conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter into the Air signs has not only brought the Corona crisis, you can also see it in other phenomena. One of the characteristics of the Air element is abstraction, as it is the opposite of concrete Earth. The rise of the Bitcoin and many other crypocurrencies illustrate this very well, it is money which nas no connection any more with any tangible substance. It is pure Air play which may make you very rich by the way.

Another nice example is the sale of the first Tweet ever last month by twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. It was sold for 2,5 million Euros, for this the buyer receives a so-called NFT a  Non Fungible Token, a document stating you are the owner of the first Tweet. You can’t get much more Airy than that. There is almost nothing tangible, only an official document proving your ownership, whatever that may mean. So note this well, you can certainly sell Air.

So it would be interesting to take a look at this first Tweet chart, which can be regarded as the Twitter radix, click on the link above to view it. Striking the eye is the star on the Ascendant, the South Scale a royal star that will give a lot of succes. The South Scale is also the Scorpion’s Claw which can strike in a merciless way, and yes just think of the political effects of some tweets. The Great Benefic Jupiter is placed in the first house on the other Claw, so behind the innocent birdy logo lurks a dark heart. Jupiter is Lord 2 of value and Lord 5 of pleasure so that is positive, although Jupiter is almost standing still.

It is the planet part of Saturn that shows what this means, the Saturn part is the essence of the planetary energy and as a planet part it indicates a very intense special motive. The Saturn part is placed  at 16.56 Scorpio in the middle of Jupiter and the Ascendant, so it is very important. It does reflect the essence of Twitter very clearly, tweets have to be  very short, you can only use a very limited amount of characters. If the house rulership of Saturn is added to the delineation of the Part, it is even clearer, Saturn is Lord 3 of routine communications. The stationary Jupiter also shows this, Jupiter wants to make it long but it is not allowed to.

The Fragmenter

Lord 3 itself, relevant of course in this context, is in its detriment conjuncting the Part of Fortune on Praesepe, the mighty Fragmenter. The Part of Fortune is the Part of the Moon or Hunger, and together with this very weak Saturn/ Lord 3 in detriment unable to give limitations, this indicates the ever continuing stream of mud produced by Twitter. Social is a bit of a euphemism, something which is comfirmed by the extremely weak Mercury in it fall and detriment, it is not really communication. Mercurry is on the powerful star Achernar the Mouth of the River, so yes a stream. Of twittering as the name tells us..     

Teflon Rutte?

Three weeks ago just before the elections for the new  Dutch parliament, I wrote this about the profections of prime minister Mark Rutte:

“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?”      

Indeed Rutte won the elections with his neo-liberal party quite impressively, but this disappointment has also come. Rutte denied to have had knowledge of some problem, but a few days later he turned out to have known about it. Most blatantly he said his memory did not work properly as he could not remember the event. That was quite enough for the other parties, they did not want to go on with a lying prime minster, although Rutte himself does not see this as a real problem. So it would be interesting to take a look at his progressions because he is really in trouble. Click on the link below to view his progressive positions.

And it is immediately clear because there is a progressed New Moon coming up, the Moon only has half a degree to go till the exact conjunction. A progressed New moon or Full Moon alwas indicates a turning point accompanied by considerable tensions. In case of a New Moon a whole cycle is closed and a new cycle begins and you can say this is happening now! It strikes the eye how precise the timing by the secondary progressed Moon is, it moves one degree a month and it is nearly on the Sun. So even without lunar returns you can come very close to the month that something will happen.

The conjunction of the progressed Part of Fortune and the progressed Part of the Sun (the “reversed Taurus” symbol), on the Ascendant has no special meaning as it happens automatically in case of a progressed New Moon. The other movements in the chart confirm the difficult phase Rutte is going through. Progressed Venus, Lord 10 of the job in his  natal chart is just entering the“Algol zone” from 25° Taurus to 10° Gemini, a transition through this zone will always cause considerable problems. To be precise Venus/ Lord 10 is now on Capulus, Perseus’ Hand  holding the sword that cuts off the head of Medusa.

Lord 10 is only just entering the crisis zone so this does not look too happy for the near future.  In his radix Mercury is placed in Pisces in its fall and detriment in Pisces in the seventh house and this casues Rutte’s “memory  problems”, the progressed Moon has just opposed Mercury’s antiscion. The MC’s primary dirction is conjuct Wasat, the Right Arm of Castor the mortal twin, a star with a rather malefic nature,  described by the Great Malefic Saturn only, Saturn has no dignity in Rutte’s radix, so this will work out even more unpleasantly fo him. The lunar masion the progressed Moon is moving through is Al Fargh Al Thani, associated with loss and exhaustion,  Mercury his “liar planet”, extremely weak in his chart, is one of the planets describing this mansion, so this mansion is extra risky for him.