In last week’s post the new solar return of The Netherlands was discussed (based on the mundane natal chart we always use, which is not shown here, see last week’s post for the chart data). It did not look too nice, but as a solar chart will always manifest within the developments that can be seen in the progressions, it is a good idea to take a look at them too. The tensions given by a solar return will show themselves at a certain time in the year, this may be at the start but also at the very end, which will be indicated by the progressions. So the progressions will give the framework for the effects of the return chart, in that sense progressions are hierarchically “higher”.

They can be viewed by clicking on the download button below, they were calculated for late July so about two months ago. The past sixth month the Dutch government has been under heavy fire in connection with an unusual series of failures and scandals. Looking back in the progressions we can indeed see the tensions increasing. The progressed speed for the fast important factors Part of Fortune, Part of the Sun and the Moon is one degree a month, the slow factor Asc, MC and the Sun move about one degree a year. So about sixth months ago, at the time of the elections, the Moon was moving over progressed Jupiter, radix Lord 10 of the government. Jupiter is in its fall, so this indicates trouble.

Two months ago the Moon had arrived at the opposition with Pluto indicating the destructive political power games and at the same time the Pars Fortunae and the Pars Solis had come to an opposition too. The Part of Fortune is the lunar planet part and the Pars Solis the solar planet part, so this is a kind of Full Moon by parts, a moment of high tension. The Moon is the people, the Sun is the government, so this explains that the confidence of the Dutch people has in their rulers has decreased far below zero. The progressed Sun, one of the slow important factors, conjuncts the natal Pars Solis, emphasizing the power theme and the Ascendant is moving over Wasat, a poisonous star in Castor’s right arm. The Twins can be associated with connection, which does not work, Castor dies in battle. 

The slow factors will remain active in these positions for about another six months, but the Moon’s opposition with Pluto and the opposition of the Parts are past their maximum friction point now. So the next few months the tension can be expected to very gradually relax, maybe this points to the beginning of a solution of the political crisis.   


Yesterday a survey showed that a very low percentage of the Dutch population still has confidence in the government. This does not come as a surprise, after a whole series of failures and scandals, a shamelessly lying prime minister and recently the disastrous evacuation of Kabul which led to the loss of human lives. The foreign secretary had the decency to step down after some hesitation, that was the only positive point, in this tragedy. There is, six months after the elections, not yet a new cabinet because of the power games played by the parties involved. Democracy seems to be faltering at the moment.


So it would be interesting to take a look at what is going on in the chart of The Netherlands. As usual we will take the chart of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter immediately preceding Dutch independence as our mundane radix (4 September 1563, 18:15:30, Amsterdam, Asc 28.55 Aquarius, chart not shown here). As the Dutch “birthday” falls on 4 September, the country just has a new solar return and it would be a good idea to take a look at it, click on the download link below to view it.    

Last year’s solar return did not look very nice but this one looks even sadder. Immediately striking the eye is the South Node on the Ascendant, the South Node always requires a painful sacrifice, otherwise things get stuck and there you can see the value of astrology. Near the ascendant death star Antares is found, the mighty martial Heart of the Scorpion ending cycles, not a nice combination and again a sign something has to be given up. The MC of the government is of course very important and it is emphasized by Mercury conjuncting it, Mercury is Lord 7 of cooperation and partnership.

There will be a lot of pressure on this point as fighter planet Mars is placed on the IC by antiscion in opposition with Lord 7. Mars is also conjunct the part of the Sun, the solar essence and the Sun is power. Venus rules the tenth house and it seems to be strong in its own sign and in the tenth house, but it is also an antiscion causing problems here. The Sun of power is in antiscial opposition with Lord 10 and also in mutual negative reception with it. So it does not look very relaxed this year. Next week we will take a look at the progressions as solar returns always work out in the framework of the progressions.         

Champion Max?

We have written on this blog before about the young Dutch Formula-1 driver Max Verstappen, who is the current leader in the battle for the world championship. There are now seven races to go, the last Grand Prix of the season is on 12 December and then it will be clear if Verstappen will win. It all has boiled down to a duel between Verstappen and sevenfold (!) world champion Lewis Hamilton, one of the two will win, it is the new kid on the block against the old hand. Last weekend it got out of hand, they bumped into each other and a third driver won the Grand Prix.

The Lion’s Glance

In a previous post we said this about Verstappen’s  progressions:” So it does not look bad at all for Verstappen in the next four months, that is a large part of the rest of the season, the last Grand Prix will be held on 12 December. Exactly in the period he has to achieve, the progressed Luminaries and the part of Fortune are found in a very favourable positions. The lunar mansion the Moon is moving through is Al Natrah, connected to ‘’conquest and victory”, its image is an eagle with a human head.  After Al Natrah comes Al Terf, the “Glance of the Lion’’ associated with confrontation and loss, indicating a more difficult phase at the very end of the season.”

Now this is correct because Verstappen is in the leading position, but Lewis Hamilton is right behind him. It has certainly not yet been decided, although Verstappen seems to hold the best cards. On 30 September however Verstappen will get a new solar return and this will of course be interesting to look at, if he is going to win, this solar return will have to show some very, very nice things. In his current solar return under which he moved up to the leader’s position Lord 1 was on very powerful Achernar (the solar wagon!)  near the MC and Lord 10 was on strong Wega in the seventh house. But how does this look in his return starting soon? Click on the download link below to view this new return.

At first sight this looks not bad at all!! The very powerful royal star Aldebaran is on the MC of “the job”. Mercury Lord 1 and 10 in the solar return, so very important is on another very powerful royal star Spica. So has it been decided, hmmm?? The difficult thing is to determine if these very strong royal stars mean that he will be champion or that he will end second which is a great achievement too. So is there something to be seen that indisputably points to the championship?

The Moon is on the MC by antiscion which is not bad but the Moon’s metal is silver and it is on  Castor the Twin dying in battle… Mars natal Lord 1 is combust and on Vindemiatrix the star of a premature harvest that goes wrong, very weak. Mercury mentioned above is on Spica but it is also retrograde and moving at a low speed. This is not what you want to see in Formula -1 you want to go fast forward not slow backward. So apart from these two very promising royal stars there are some points leading to doubts. Very, very clear indications for winning cannot be seen, so more investigations will be necessary.     


In December last year we had the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the first degree of Aquarius, and this means the most important mundane-astrological cycle has definitively moved over into the Air element. This has caused the Corona crisis, a change of elements only happens once in 200 years, so this brings a deep crisis with significant changes. There was in 1980 a first GC in an Air sign but in 2000 it went back to Earth again, so in 2020 the transition phase 1980-2000 from Earth to Air was completed.

If Air replaces Earth (the element of the previous cycle) it can be expected that in developments and in the spirit of the times leaving behind Earthy limitations will be strongly emphasized. The fixation, limitation and stabilization by the material and the factual that characterize the Earth element will disappear more and more to the background. Bounds will be exceeded, opinions and ideologies will be favored above facts. You can see examples now of what this will mean concretely. It has effects on many, many levels, I have just selected a few striking things that show clearly how this works.


ABBA, elderly but still very popular has brought out a new album and there will even be a series of concertsin London! Of course, we will not see two grannies in kimono and two stiff old guys moving around on stage, no it will be a hologram concert. By hologram technique it is possible to project 3-dimensional images in space that look real. Physical limitations seem to have conquered and yes it looks nice, but it is also a bit creepy, because you can see it is not real. No doubt these concerts will be an enormous success as because of the Airy ambience people are ready for this (this BTW is certainly not the first hologram concert).


One of the most discussed themes in the past few years is of course gender. This is not determined any more by the anatomical reality, the new Airy idea that it is “not fixed”, the total fluidity and changeability is typical of the Air element that tends to exceed bounds. The fierceness with which this idea is pushed shows something about a transition phase, it is always a battle. The new thing, the Airy spirit in the collective mind, is defended fanatically, every relativizing Earthy perspective is easily qualified as old-fashioned and immoral.

For example, you dot hear much about the fact that gender change leads to a much higher risc of early death and many health problems, physical and psychological (research project Amsterdam Medical Centre). Whatever you think of it, it is not healthy at all. Every other intervention this dangerous would have prohibited right away. This whole development to technically change human bodies fits in a broader pattern that has manifested itself, as an ideology, this is called transhumanism. The idea is that by means of technology you can change and improve the human body according to your wishes, turning the body into an efficient quasi-machine, a “cyborg”. If this is only Science Fiction remains to be seen, we are only at the beginning of the Air times. But it is creepy and inhuman as our vulnerable mortal body is our humanity, we are no super heroes.


At the first start of the Air GC’s,  from 1980 the neo-liberalism of Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher began to get the upper hand, the state with all its rules and regulations had to go, so that the market could do its wholesome work. We are now dealing with all the trouble caused by the neo-liberals even the totally-stuck formation of a new cabinet in The Netherlands is one of the effects of this Airy ambience. The liberal party, the champion of Airy liberty, has become so dominant that they are not prepared any more to make any concessions so you can see how this works out very concretely in politics too.

From all these tendencies you can distill a few practical rules for the transition to make it more balanced and to counter extreme harmful developments. You will simply balance an excess of Air, according to the well-known medical-astrological principle, with a good dosage of sobering Earth.

  1. Facts are more important than opinions, ideas or ideology
  2. Material and physical bounds work balancing and harmonizing
  3. Rules and regulations are very much necessary to prevent economic relations getting out off hand even more.  


Our post last week provoked some Twitter reactions from scientific sceptics, who adopted the usual condescending attitude. The problem of such comments is that these critics hardly know what they are talking about. They don’t know what astrology really is, what it does and what is achieves. It is a good scientific principle that if you are going to say something about some topic, you will thoroughly investigate it first. None of these critics ever does so, they react on the basis of prejudice and inanity. The philosophical naïvité and lack of any reflection in the scientific world is harrowing.

Unfortunately, astrology will always be rejected, whatever it says, even if you show clearly that our celestial art indicates what a whole army of ‘’experts” apparently missed, the timing of Kabul’s fall. It was not only shown by the progressions in Afghanistan’s chart in which month the fall was to be expected, the lunar returns are also crystal-clear. So hiring a competent astrologer could pay off, it is much cheaper than all those professional policy-makers who endangers people’s lives. Click on the download button below to view the lunar return during which Kabul was taken by the Taliban, the city fell on 15 August.    

Again it shows you cannot leave out the fixed stars. If you know the Taliban will not be stopped any more on the long run and you see a lunar return coming up in which Labrum is on the Ascendant, you know enough. Labrum is one of the three stars of fate, the main star of the Cup that will not pass you by! Moreover, Labrum was very strongly activated by the progressions in August so the Cup of extremist Islamic poison will have to be drunk this month.


This is confirmed by the most important house rulers in the lunar return, Mercury, both Lord 1 of the country and Lord 10 of the government, is combust. This means a new Sun will out-shine the country, a Taliban-Sun. Saturn is in opposition with this out-shone Mercury, Saturn is the ruler of the eighth house of death turned from the tenth house of government, so the death of the government. At the moment Kabul falls, the transit -Moon opposes the radix-Moon, so even the day of the fall is reflected by the planets.