Messina Denaro, leader of the Sicilian mafia who had been a fugitive for decades, was recently arrested in Palermo. His nickname “Diabolik” leaves little to the imagination, he drew the usual trail of extreme and cruel violence, equally typical was that he could stay out of the hands of the police for so long. His birth data cannot be traced, but those of one of his predecessors with a very similar biography Salvatore Riina, alias “La Belva (The Beast)” who died in prison in 2017, can. Riina was also a fugitive for many years.

The question is whether you can see in the radix of these kinds of mafia bosses that they were tough criminals. You can give the answer without looking at a chart. No, you can’t because the horoscope does not show the moral state of an individual, that is very much a matter of free will. What you can see are the circumstances of the life, so that is in fact not that much different from horoscopes of ordinary people who  do not commit more than 50 murders in thir life.  Also a mafia boss can repent, as Oscar Wilde said: “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future”. 


Nevertheless, it is interesting to take a look at the radix of Riina, what emerges as a theme?  What immediately catches the eye is the emphasis on the IC, where an exalted retrograde Jupiter conjunct Pluto is found on royal Pollux. The IC is the family and that is of course of ery great importance. Pollux is the main star of Gemini, close brothers and fighters, Jupiter is Lord 12 of law-breaking and criminality and Pluto here is also rather appropriate as Lord of the Underworld. This constellation clearly describes his family root, although you can not immediately see that it is a mafia clan from Corleone.

Al Sarfah

The Lunar Mansion , the Manzil, is the core mythology in life and it is very striking, it is Al Sarfah the Lion’s Tail, so strongly connected to power struggle, violence and confrontation! The image of this Manzil is a warrior who is fighting a dragon, you can say that that was his central life theme. The star on the Ascendant is Hamal, the Southern and therefore meanest Ram’s horn, not a peaceful star od cours, which according to the description and makes brutal, criminal and violent. Lord 1 is Venus near Cusp 8 of death, the placement of Lord 1 in the radix shows what is automatically paid a lot of attention to. 


Both the Sun and Mercury conjunct  a powerful star from the Centaur Pholus, who mortally wounds himself by a poison arrow that has caused a bloodbath. The Centaurs are known as an uncivilized breed in which the raw instinct of their horse body quickly dominates. The Pars Fortunae is the planetary point of the Moon and it indicates the hunger, that which we can’t get enough of. It is close to Cusp 12 of transgressions and uncontrollable desires under disposition of Jupiter Lord 12 conjuncting the family IC.. So you can certainly see the life of Riina mirrored in various placements, but the fact remains that this could also be the radix of your neighbour.

La Lollo

On Monday, Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who was world famous in the 50s and 60s, died at the age of 95. La Lollo, as she was called, was born in a small mountain village as the daughter of a furniture maker, but she ended up playing with the big names in Hollywood. She was the ultimate Italian sex symbol and she was called ” the beautiful woman in the world”. Her third place at the Miss Italia contest in 1947 marked the beginning of her career as an actress. 

An astrologer does not have to think about this for so long, we can expect some Venus energy in her radix. We are not disappointed, but in a way that shows the great importance of a somewhat neglected technique about which I gave a workshop just last Saturday, that of the seven planet parts. Every planet has an “Arabic” part that indicates the pure essence of the planetary energy. If that part makes a conjunction or opposition with a radix factor with a two-degree orb, that pure planetary energy will manifest itself very clearly in a life simply because it is the essence of the energy.


The fascinating thing about the planet parts is that they have a very powerful effect but they are also very individual. The calculation of the planet parts depends on the Ascendant and it moves  quickly, so they are very individual, with their small orb they show sharply what distinguishes a soul born on earth from the others. In the radix of Gina Lollobrigida the part of Venus is on the MC!! So yes a planet part can make all the difference, because the girl who was born four minutes later in the neighbouring house does not have the Venus part in that place anymore! It ws only meant for Gina.


Such a part is just that electrifying extra energy surge that lifts you above the rest, La Lollo was the Venus essence. Of course, it will work in the context of the rest of the chart and there too we see Venus power, the planet is in the last part of the Leo conjunct the mighty king star Regulus who “leads you to the throne”. With dignities, the Lunar Mansion and the antiscia, the stars and the planet parts are among the indispensable techniques. This royal Venus is also conjunct Neptunus, which connects the female planet with the great power of the god of the oceans. The oceans and salt water are symbolically the desires that Poseidon will unleash on man…

The more planetary parts actively manifest in life via opposition or conjunction with a radix factor, the more special the life will be. For example, La Lollo has the Part of the Sun, also called the Part of Abundance, via antiscion in conjunction with the Moon, the other female planet. The Part of Courage, the planetary point of Mars and the Mars essence falls on the Ascendant on combative Rigel, a combination that gives a good dosage of an active zest for life. The Sun on Sirius, the main star of the Big  Dog and one of the brightest stars in the firmament -which she was – completes the picture of decisiveness and success.


On Friday it was Epiphany and there is no festival in Christianity that astrologers have been more concerned with than Epiphany. The story is well known, suddenly wise men “from the East” (“magi” the text says) appear in Jerusalem because they have seen a sign hat the new king of the Jews has been born. They have come to worship Him and want to know where to find Him. The sign that He was born was a star, and this has led to many astrological speculations about the nature of that star.

According to some, for example, the star would be a Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (a “GC”), which incidentally took place in the year 7 BC.  Now that doesn’t sound too strange at first glance, if the wise men also had astrological knowledge, then they would have known that a GC always announces major changes. One might expect that this GC, given the importance of the event, would be a turning-point in the cycle of GCs. However, that is not the case only in the year ’74 AD the GCs go over to the Fire Signs which always announces the beginning of a radically new period of 800 years.


So there is no such connection, and if we read the text carefully, it raises the question whether all the attention of astrologers for the Star of Bethlehem is not simply based on a flawed understanding of religious symbolism. For it says that the Magi have already seen this star “in the East.” The East is traditionally the place of wisdom because that is where the light comes from. That in the place of wisdom a sign is given that the long awaited Messiah is born, seems very logical. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be something that fits into a known astrological cycle, on the contrary.

But even clearer is the continuation of the story. For when the Sages have understood from the Jewish scholars that according to tradition the long-awaited Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, they set off for this city. The star “that they  had already seen  in the East” goes out in front of them and comes to a standstill above the “place where the Child is located”. It will be clear that this cannot some planetary constellation or anything else of a known astrological nature, for the same light that they had already seen in the East now leads them from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Bethlehem is about ten kilometers south of Jerusalem and so the Star seems to have made a turn.

Plus ultra

We cannot imagine anything astrological in this description, how could a Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter precede the wise men on their journey southwards to Bethlehem?? The conclusion must be that all astrologers’ speculation about the Star of Bethlehem is based on nothing, it is triggered by the tendency of astrologers  to want to reduce everything to astrology. But the point is that astrology is not the non plus ultra. Above or behind astrology there is the spiritual origin, which means that astrology cannot contain or describe everything and that also applies to the Star that indicates birth of Jesus.  Astrology is only traditional cosmological science, but it  cannot be elevated to the rank of a religion!!

God’s Rottweiler

On New Year’s Eve, Pope Emeritus Benedict died and with that a somewhat bizarre situation ended in which there were two popes , one in office and one of whom no one could actually say what he was exactly. When Benedict stepped down as pope in February 2013, a thunder bolt struck St. Peter’s and that could be a good symbol of the situation that had led to his resignation. The real reason Benedict resigned was  the pressure exerted by extremely progressive circles who disagreed with what they considered to be the pope’s too conservative course.


These progressive circles, fans of Jorge Bergoglio, the current Pope Francis, had previously tried to make an outspoken progressive candidate pope and are known as the St Gallen Mafia. The connections of the members of this group of cardinals and bishops are rather dark as the name suggests, the whole story is far too complex to tell here. There are indications however of links with Theodore McCarrick, a once powerful cardinal convicted and expelled from the clergy for sexual abuse.

There are even indications of contacts with the O.T.O., de Ordo Templis Orientis, an organisation  engaging in black magic and active in St Gallen where the mafia met. The “red binder” could also have played a role, a report on sexual and financial abuses in high Vatican circles. There was probably a fear that Benedict would take action against the (progressive) prelates mentioned in the report. In any case, it is striking that Franciscus did not act on it and even protected and promoted the prelates mentioned in the red binder…


Be that as it may, what of all this  can be seen in the radix of the late “emeritus pope”?  What strikes the eye immediately, is the strong Jupiter in its own sign Pisces on the Ascendant. Jupiter is not only the general indicator of religions and priests but also Lord 1 of the person, Lord 10 of the profession and Lord 9 of spirituality!  This Jupiter is placed in its own sign and will therefore mainly be guided by its own ideas. Saturn on cusp 9 of religion shows that Benedict was indeed not one of the most progressive prelates, Saturn is placed on mighty royal Antares, one of his most important acts was to expand the possibilities to celebrate the old Latin mass again. He felt that the reformers in the church had gone too far in banning it.

Al Pherg

However, Antares the Heart of The Scorpio on cusp 9 is also the star of the end of a cycle, an indication of his resignation, on the MC there is also Aculeus a nebula in Scorpio’s Sting, a nebula indicates things you cannot see. Saturn on cusp 9 of the church is also Lord 12 of hidden enemies. The Sun of his leadership strong in his exaltation in Aries stands on the  star of fate Al Pherg in the Cord of Pisces, which is also associated with the end of the old cycle. That he was not really mild in his discussions with others, you can see in the fiery Mars via antiscion on the expansive North Node on Betelgeuze in the violent Hunter Orion and square Mercury Lord 7 of others.  Not a peaceful position: God’s Rottweiler. So we see a lot of indications for conflict, secrets, and a cycle that ends.

The Lunar Mansion is Al Awwa the Virgin’s Wing that has a lot to do with love, very appropriate as a basic myth for a pope. The planet parts also  have somehing important to add. The Part of Fortune , showning the hunger of the soul is in conjunction with the Part of Jupiter – ”help from above’-  in the sixth house of sickness and misfortune, as a falling house the sixth shows the consequences of our fall into the matter.