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.


Last week the news was dominated by the chaotic and dangerous evacuations of embassy staff and others from Kabul in connection with the seizure of power by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The evacuation is a disgrace for the governments involved, yes some people have been brought into safety, but that is all you can say. It is extremely annoying that you could have seen this coming for months, Dutch MP’s have been trying to move the responsible members of government to action, but they were like paralyzed rabbits staring into the Taliban headlights till it was too late and lives are in danger now.       

In last week’s post Afghanistan ‘s chart was discussed, and the question was if mundane astrology could be of any use to a government in cases like this one. You bet! A good example are the progressions you can calculate on the basis of this Afghan radix. By analyzing the progressions you could have predicted the month of the power seizure. The context was that the foreign soldiers were going to leave and the Taliban had not been beaten at all, so then it is not too difficult to make a good prediction. The current progressions can be viewed by clicking on the download link below. 

You cannot oversee the almost exact progressed New Moon! The standard interpretation is the start of a new cycle often after a crisis. It is good to realize the progressed Moon moves at a speed of a degree per month and its distance to the Sun is now half a degree, so two weeks ago it was New Moon exactly. So even without looking at lunar returns the month something will happen can be found by following the three fast progressed factors (the Moon, the Part of Fortune, the Part of the Sun). So you could have seen this coming for years! The progressed NM is also in opposition with the all-important natal Mars in Afghanistan’s radix (see last week’s post).

The Poisoned Cup

The star on which the NM falls is of course also important, this is Algenib, connected to over-confident Bellerophon who dramatically fell from the Flying Horse Pegasus… This picture is repeated on the Ascendant on which the Pars Fortunae  (Part of the Moon) and the Pars Solis (Part of the Sun) conjunct, something always happening when we have a New Moon. So this conjunction has no special meaning, but the fact that it is taking place on Labrum has. Labrum is the Cup that will not pass you by and one the three stars of fate. These progressed parts also move at a speed of one degree a month so two weeks ago they were exactly on it!      


This week the radical-islamist Taliban seized power again in Afghanistan, power they lost twenty years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, when a Western alliance led by the US occupied the country. Despite the fact that this seizure of power could be seen coming for months, several countries among which The Netherlands had not evacuated their local staff. The consequence was a chaotic dangerous situation at the airport, reminding very much of the notorious panic-stricken evacuation of Saigon at the end of the war in Vietnam.

It is an understatement that the history of Afghanistan is quite “eventful” and that this chaos at the airport fits in very well with this history. It is a not a country of strong central government and a whole series of wars were fought in this region. That is why it is not easy to find an effective chart, but what seems to work quite well is the chart of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (GC)  in October 1861 before emir Dost Mohammed brought the country under one government just before his death. This produces the mundane radix below (click on the link to view the chart).

Lord 1, one of the most important house rulers, is malefic Mars in its detriment is the sixth house of misfortune near Vindemiatrix, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice on which things tend to get out of hand enormously. This is not very nice of course and this Mars is also by antiscion in opposition with the degree of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter itself! The GC is of course a central point in this chart and this opposition with nasty Mars emphasizes the fighter planet very strongly.The GC is on Denebola, the Lion’s Tail associated with the provocation of authorities, on the MC is Vega the Vulture coming down because there is something to eat.


So the stars in this chart look quite dramatic and the Moon is also on Alcyone the main star in the Pleiads, associated with struggles, blindness and discord. The other Luminary the Sun has a lot of influence because it is in the seventh house of others near the Descendant.The Sun is the symbol of power, it is essentially weak in its fall and in opposition with the country itself in the first house.The seventh house of others containing the Sun in its fall points to the many foreign interventions which have caused so many struggles and discord harming the country so much.

Lord 7 of the others intervening in the country, is on Antares the martial Death Star in the eighth house of death. After 20 years of Western occupation, it had become a complete cul-de-sac. The Taliban had never really been beaten. The whole illusory project of “nation-building” has cost more than 800 billion dollars and many thousands of military and civilian casualties. It was a grotesque overestimation of power. Afghanistan’s radix breathes a sphere of anarchy, division, violence, a lack of central authority and prospectless interventions.

In next week’s post the progressions will be discussed which will show clearly why governments need competent mundane astrologers. Maybe this could help to prevent failures so that governments will not endanger the lives of their citizens and allies again and again.     


While Germany had to contend with lots of water this last month, in Greece it is fire causing big trouble. The fire had even reached the outskirts of the capital Athens and although the acute danger seems to be over there now, the fires are still burning. As we discussed in last week’s post big trouble like this can be seen in a country’s charts in some difficult period. This means trouble could be predicted, although context is as always of great importance. In a dry and hot area where you have some fires every summer, you will look at the relevant charts from another perspective than in countries like Sweden, where this almost never happens.

It is true that Turkey and Italy also have fire problems, but it seems to be the worst in Greece, where the fires even threatened the capital! This triggers the question what there is to be seen in Greece’s chart, maybe astrology could be used in this way to be better prepared for trouble. Several charts could serve to check the developments in modern Greece, but what seems to work quite well is the radix based on the time the colonel’s dictatorship was replaced with the modern democracy Greece now is (time is 24 July, 4:00, Athens, Asc Cancer, the chart picture is not given here, it is a chart with lots of problems). This was a very important moment in Greece’s history, although other, earlier charts could also be chosen.

The lunar return for this disastrous month of extreme heat and fire can be viewed by clicking on the link above. In countries like Greece in the summer months you regularly have extreme heat and by checking the lunar returns from June to September, you can get an idea of bad it will be. The lunar return in Greece starting on 15 July indeed looks very troublesome. What strikes he eye immediately are the planets on the MC/IC-axis, always a sign in a lunar return that something noticeable will happen.

Fixed Fire

In this lunar return chart overwhelming nasty Pluto is on the MC in opposition with the Sun on the IC, the Sun of course is a Fire planet. It is also on Pollux a powerful royal star characterized by the planet energy of fiery Mars alone. Venus/ Lord 1 in this return is most specifically the country this month and it narrowly conjuncts fiery Mars in Leo, the sign of the Fire element in the fixed mode on Algenubi, a nasty star in the Lion’s Mouth. This narrow conjunction is the second clear indication of trouble.

The third indication is the fact that this conjunction of Lord 1 (Greece) with scorching Mars in the fixed Fire sign Leo is by antiscion on the Ascendant! This emphasizes this conjunction very strongly. With three clear indications you know enough and then you can effectively complete the picture on the basis of context knowledge (more heat and dryness in our times, Greece, summer).


The last few weeks your reporter was in Germany to hike, but immediately the skies opened and water came down in streams, unseen for a long time. Germany had not experienced such a flood in almost sixty years, the damage done is enormous, the number of deaths is more than 180 now. Other countries were affected too but Germany clearly was most badly hit by the waters. This is not a small thing, so what is there to be seen in the German natal chart? As the German mundane radix we will use as always the chart of the Great Conjunction Saturn and Jupiter (GC) , preceding the foundation of the German Empire in 1871, which marked the first German unity (the GC took place on 21 October 1861, 13;15;54 LMT, Berlin, Asc 14:43 Capricorn, chart picture not given here).

Such a GC chart can be delineated like an individual radix, all the methods you use for a ‘’normal” chart can be applied. If we check the progressions  first, it immediately strikes the eye that there is a progressed New Moon now, always indicating a moment of crisis. The progressed conjunction of the wet Moon and the dry Sun takes place in the ninth degree of Aries in opposition with Mars in the German natal chart, which is a malefic in its detriment placed in the natal eighth house of death. The progressed NM is on Algenib, an unpleasant Pegasus star.

So the progressions indicate the serious problems quite clearly and again it is remarkable how exact the progressed Moon is. The New Moon conjunction of the Luminaries takes place in the month of the flooding, the secondary Moon moves one degree a month, so it is a quite precise prediction tool. If we check the lunar return made on the basis of this mundane radix, the problems are indicated too (click on the link above to view the July lunar return). The nodal axis is on the return MC/IC-axis within a four-degree orb, the Saturn-like South Node falls on the MC and on Death Star Antares. Saturn Lord 1 in the mundane radix and in the return chart is retrograde in the miserable twelfth house. It opposes the conjunction of Venus return Lord 8 of death and malefic Mars. Note the Moon on Algol has no special meaning, as this is a lunar return it will always be there!          

5 Stelle

The transition of the Great Conjunctions from Earth to Air signs in 1980-2020 have caused many political changes. As could be expected in this time of transition, the establishment was confronted with strong opposing forces, in some way promoting radical solutions. Often these were forces resisting the movement to the Air element (globalization, migration, loss of national identity, Air mixes everything) trying to keep the old Earth world alive. That is the astrological explanation of the rise of the radical right in many countries

However, it is not only the radical right rising, in Italy it is also the Five Stars Movement or “M5S”, expressing the energy of change to Air times in political form. M5S is an anti-establishment party, a “big tent”, not clearly left- or right-wing in which diverse points of view are brought together. It has become the largest party of Italy, the remarkable chart of its founder, comic and influential blogger Beppe Grillo can be seen by clicking on the link below.

His lunar mansion is Al Balda, the “District” and the second mansion of the Sagittarius constellation. In Al Balda the central theme is division, shown by the animal and the human part of the Centaur (a district has to do with dividing a city). Al Balda is also called the head of Janus, the god with the two faces looking in opposite directions, marking a moment of transition. The planet energies describing the mansion are the Moon and Mars, both in bad state in Grillo’s chart, so the division theme will come in a rather explosive way. Again it is amazing how clearly the lunar mansion shows the central theme inthe life.

Venus in the first house indicates he is a comic, the connection with politics is given by the opposition of the antiscion of Mercury / Lord 1 with “ideas planet” Jupiter, strong in Sagittarius in the seventh house (in angular houses, so it will come out forcefully). Jupiter is retrograde moving against the mainstream, the opposition literally points at opposition, M5S is very much an attack on the corrupt establishment in Italy. The planet part of Jupiter is on Mercury’s antiscion, emphasizing the political theme very much, a planet part is an expression of the pure energy of a planet.

Bull’s Eye

The royal, purely martial and powerful Aldebaran, the intensely red Eye of the Bull on the Ascendant can attack fiercely an marks an new beginning. On the IC in opposition with the government on the MC we have overwhelming Pluto conjunct the Mars part, the essence of the warrior energy. A bit further Saturn Lord 10 is found, fallen down from the house of the authorities to the low fourth house. Everywhere in the chart we see opposition, also in the fact that Grillo was born at Full Moon, the tense opposition of royal Sun and the people’s Moon! The Firdaria, the rulers of longer life phases are again surprisingly clear, when M5S became the biggest party in Italy in 2018 the expansive North Node Firdar had just started.

This analysis shows that you cannot do good, effective astrology without using these methods: dignities (with receptions), fixed stars, planet parts, lunar mansions and the traditional house meanings. Without them you will miss too much.                     

Grand Prix Max

Last weekend Formula-1 driver Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix again, it was a bit boring race because his opponents did not get too much chances. Verstappen took the lead immediately and did not give it away any more. His nearest competitor and sevenfold world champion Lewis Hamilton had to bite the dust and Verstappen increased his chances to win the Formula-1 this year, although the season is still long and nothing is sure yet.

So it is very interesting to check what is going on in Verstappen’s progressions at the moment. Regarding the long planet phases, the Firdaria: since 2015 Verstappen has been in the Firdar of Mercury, the key planet to his success as we saw in last week’s post. This phase will last till 2028 so Verstappen is here to stay. The start of his Mercury Firdar in 2015 marked his first race, he did not yet have a driver’s license then, he was too young.

By clicking on the download link above, the current progressions can be seen. It is clear immediately that this year will be a good period for professional success, the progressed Sun just changed its sign and has left behind its fall in Libra. The Sun is not only the General Significator of fame but also Lord 10 of the career in Verstappen’s radix. The Sun will change its sign only once in thirty years, so this indicates a career development of some importance! 

Prediction always is about changes, so you see this development now in the year the Sun leaves Libra, it does not mean he will be on top for thirty years now. It is good to realise that the fact that the Sun in the picture of the progressions is on the twelfth house cusp does not mean anything, as what you see are progressed positions and not a chart. The often-used term “progressed chart”’ is incorrect and misleading, there are no progressed cusps only directions of the two main axes, the Ascendant and the MC.

Al Natrah

Not only the progressed Sun shows the positive developments the other Luminary the Moon is just as clear. In the next two, three months, it will move over Verstappen’s  natal MC indicating success of course (Verstappen’s radix can be viewed in last week’s post). The Part of the Moon also called the Part of Fortune (its position is calculated by the primary direction of the Ascendant and the secondary progressions of the Luminaries) repeats these positive indications. It is moving through the last part of Leo, it will enter Virgo in two months, activating this super-fast Mercury, the key to his success and then conjunct Regulus, the star “leading to the throne”.

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 Natra comes Al Terf, the “Glance of the Lion’’ associated with confrontation and loss, indicating a more difficult phase at the very end of the seaon. But all-in all it looks very good for him.