Eric Zemmour

Next year presidential elections will be held in France and the country has become mesmerized  over the past two months by a new political star, who has not even announced his candidacy officially yet, the radical right-winger and columnist Eric Zemmour. His nationalistic anti-migration, anti-Islam and anti-EU rhetoric is appreciated by many French, especially by the young. He has overtaken Marine Le Pen with her more moderate approach on the right, she has lost the initiative to him. It is very understandable that people have their doubts about the prevailing rather extreme neo-liberalism that has made the lives of many so much worse, but it is worrying that this manifests as a sympathy for this kind of aggressive extreme-right sentiments.

In Eric Zemmour’s chart (click on the download button below to view it) his successful militancy can be seen clearly. On the MC is the royal star Aldebaran, the Bull’s left Eye giving a lot of success, Aldebaran is a star with a purely martial nature, so quite rough. The essential dignity in the chart of the planet describing the star will give more information on how it will work out exactly in the life. Mars is in its detriment in his radix so the fighter planet will show its most aggressive side, the wildness of the Bull will manifest quite directly. Aldebaran is also the Spring Star of a new start and that is of course very appropriate.

In many other ways too this nasty Mars is shown to play an important part. Mercury, the planet of thinking is squaring it and the Moon, the planet of the emotions is in a Water sign where Mars is triplicity ruler. So Mars has a lot of influence on the behavior, it is the “Signficator of Manners” as William Lilly called it. This aggressive Mars is placed in the ninth house of religion and ideas and within 3 ˚ from Algol, giving the ability to make people lose their minds, which can also provide you with a glamorous power of attraction. The Part of Fortune, our soul hunger, is disposed by Mars, he never gets enough of battles and provocations.   

Part of Victory

Venus, Lord 9 of ideas conjuncts cusp 12 of uncontrollable impulses and it squares again this nasty Mars, Lord 10 of the profession writers planet Mercury (Zemmour is a columnist) does the same thing. Narrowly conjunct Mars is the planet part of Jupiter (Asc + Jup – Pars Solis, the Part of Victory) and this connects the aggressive fighter planet with the essence of the energy of Jupiter associated with the dissemination of ideas. If a planet part is in conjunction or opposition with a planet within an orb of 2˚ it indicates a very special theme in the life.  You can associate this with the house rulership of the part’s planet, Jupiter is Lord 4 of the homeland and Lord 7 of opponents. From many sides his Mars is emphasized again and again, so it does not come as a surprise that we are dealing with a radical hothead here.  

Pearl

Last week the chart of Haiti was discussed, which was based on the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter that took place before the independence of the country (see last week’s post for the mundane radix). Haiti is the only country in the world in which slaves successfully rebelled against their suppressors and were able to found their own country. That is a wonderful story, sadly it has been going downhill steeply since. It has become almost impossible to live in Haiti, it is a murderous chaos of dehumanizing poverty, deforestation, anarchy, bloodshed and natural disaster. So it is not surprising that the eighth house of death dominates its natal chart.

Haiti – Once the Pearl of the Antills

At the moment the chaos seems to have reached a climax, in July the president was murdered and somewhat later there was a heavy earthquake. So probably the Haitian natal chart will show some tensions. In a mundane chart you can use all the prediction techniques you also apply in a natal chart for a person, although they have to be interpreted somewhat differently of course. The current progressions can be viewed by clicking on the download button below.

The progressions were calculated for early August, on 14 August there was this earthquake and a month before the president was murdered. The progressions are more than clear, also without taking the connections to the natal chart into account. For there is a progressed New Moon to be seen and this will always give a crisis. That is not the only thing, it is taking place on the Asc/Des -axis, which will increase its power to manifest in the world. That is bad but it is even worse as this happens near the nodal axis, so this is a progressed solar eclipse!

The Sun-light goes out during a solar eclipse (have you ever experienced one, quite scary actually) what this means needs no further explanation, that the president (the Sun) is murdered and total anarchy breaks out, fits this picture very much of course. It is striking how sharp we can time by the Moon’s progression, its speed is one degree a month, the president was murdered just after the fullness of the eclipse. It is not 100 %  exact but it is very sharp, you can easily spot the months the crisis will climax.

If you look a bit further, you will see the Moon passing over the progressed Mercury in its fall and detriment and over Pluto, both not very nice. On the longer term it will take some time for the situation to improve a bit. The MC is moving through the notorious Algol zone, from 25 Taurus to 9 Gemini where we find not only Algol itself but also the nasty Pleiads and the Hyads. It will take another six years for the MC to get out of this zone and then things might look up a bit. Once in  colonial times Haiti was known as the Pearl of the Antills but that time seems to be further away now than ever. 

Haiti

While all attention was focused on Afghanistan and the victory of the Taliban, on the other side of the world an earth-quake took place in Haiti. This made the chaos there complete because the president of the extremely poor and instable country had been murdered just before that. Haiti is an heroic country, once it was a French colony but the slaves successfully rose against their colonial rulers and became independent. But here this great story stops immediately, as since the country has been dragged down into political chaos, blood-shed and extreme poverty, worsened by disastrous earth-quakes and floods.

Jean-Jacques Dessalines, first “Emperor” of Haiti

Haiti is a failed state, everybody understandably wants to get out of there. In the Haitian natal chart, made on the basis of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter preceding its independence, we can see very strong frictions. Click on the download button below to be able to view it.

GC Haiti

Venus Lord 10 of the government is placed on powerful Regulus and yes the country was founded by proud slaves who liberated themselves. However, one swallow does not make a summer.  Venus is in the eighth house of death and it has no essential dignity, a bit further away in the eighth house there is the Great Conjunction itself. The Sun is Lord 8 and it has a lot of influence in the angular seventh house, from where it harms the Ascendant, the country. The Sun is on Procyon the main star in the Small Dog, which is able to defy and outsmart the powers that be, again an indication of this successful slave rebellion.

So there is a lot of influence of the death house, Lord 10 is placed in it but also Saturn / Lord 1, the country and Lord 1 conjuncts Jupiter Lord 12 of chaos and self-destruction. So the most important house rulers are involved directly with the death house, a total of five of the seven planets. No help can be found in other parts of the chart, malefic Mars is very violent in its detriment and the Moon has no dignity. Even a very weak chart may be saved by one very strong planet, but here it is not be found, the death house reigns without opposition.

Baron Saturday

There is another thing that worsens the situation, it is Jupiter /Lord 12 of the occult in its detriment so manifesting its nastiest sides. The conjunction of Lord 1 with Lord 12 shows Lord 12 has a lot of influence in the country. This points to the wide-spread Voodoo, a dark cult with African roots close to black magic. A place where magical rituals are constantly performed will destabilize. If you act in the astral field and that is what magic does, this will have an effect on reality, energy gates are opened that could better have remained closed. Strange as this may sound, it is not a phantasy. The Voodoo god or Loa that is worshipped very intensely on Haiti is Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, the day of Saturn, general significator of death), the malefic god of death, it clearly is a demon. Next week we will take a look at the progressions so see what the causes are of the disastrous situation this year.                    

Benedetta

Next week film director Paul Verhoeven’s most recent production Benedetta will be released. Verhoeven is one of few Dutch directors that have enjoyed international success with films like Robocop, Basic Instinct and Total Recall. Verhoeven always does it his way and he knows how to effectively catch the spirit of the times with his slick cocktails of sex, power, violence and religion. His trade-mark is an ice-cold hardness, exceeding all boundaries, always dressed up in rather glamorous esthetics.

His latest film Benedetta about two lesbian nuns is a good example, it is a typical Verhoeven  production. Russia even decided to block its release because of the film’s extreme and shocking blasphemous nature. Verhoeven’s natal chart clearly shows his iconoclastic attitude, click the download link below to be able to view it.      

The first thing striking the eye is this rather ferocious Sun-Mars conjunction on very powerful Procyon, the main star of the Small Dog that does it all his way, challenging the powers that be. By antiscion this conjunction is on the Ascendant so very strong and dominating in his life, the Sun is Lord  5 of creativity, Mars is the General Significator of sexuality and violence. The Sun is also Lord 4 of his youth and Verhoeven was very much impressed as a boy by the allied planes bombing the German V-2 rocket launching platforms near his parental home during the war. In his work you can still hear the threatening humming of these planes.

Venus-hunger

The Part of Fortune of the soul’s hunger is in the tenth house of public activity, so he really wants to be someone and the PoF conjuncts the planet part of Venus, this hunger of the soul is directly connected to beauty. A conjunction (or opposition) of planet parts always points to a very special, important theme in the life. This conjunction is disposed by Saturn, not only Lord 10 of the job but also Lord 9 of religion, here is the religious obsession. It will however manifest as a kind of radical desacralization, Saturn is in its fall in the twelfth house of transgressions.  Saturn is the planet of sacrifice making spiritual development possible, but in its fall Saturn it will not sacrifice. The only serious thing Verhoeven did, was write a rather banal book about the “historical” Jezus.

It can be seen here how strong the effect is of the Part of Fortune as the soul’s hunger, also in his latest production with these lesbian nuns. This theme is repeated by another conjunction of planet parts, of the part of the Sun with the Part of Mercury on the cusp of the sixth house. The solar Part is the Part of Spirit and Abundance, the gateway to the divine, but the Mercury Part is the Part of Despair as Mercury is the planet of earthly detail. The gate to the divine is closed, that is why Verhoeven keeps trying to push it open. Cusp 6 does not make things any better, this is the house of the inevitable misfortunes we will experience in earthly life.

In fact, we see a very desperate and disappointed man here. At a very young age he experienced the grim real reality of life and you had better be very honest about this as the idea that there something higher is an illusion. This is strengthened by the main star of the Hyads on the Ascendant, the Hyad’s story is that of the young promising god Dyonysos who grew up to be an impossible drunkard cut off from all higher things.