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.

Taliban in the presidential palace

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.

Citizens and police officers watch the wildfire burning at Varybobi, northeastern suburb of Athens, Greece, 03 August 2021.

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.        


Last Sunday Formula-1 driver Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix of France in style and by this victory he strengthened his leader position in the ranking for the world title.The season is still long, there are 23 Grand Prixs and the one in France was the eighth, but he seems to have a good chance on the championship. Verstappen will be 24 in September and he is a kind of Mozart of Formula 1 driving, a remarkably gifted prodigy, who put in tremendous achievements while still very young.

So it would of course be very interesting to take a look at his chart and what is going on in it now, unfortunately there are no reliable data available, like for example an official birth registration. The best we have is in the Dirt Data category, so you will have to be very critical in using the chart calculated by these data. Nevertheless, this chart can be viewed by clicking on the download link below, as there are very strong indications that these Dirty Data are correct, but this can only be seen by using the most important classical techniques.

What should be analysed as the last point in a systematic delineation of the chart, the lunar mansion, will be done first as it is so enlightening. The lunar mansion is Al Zubra, in Arabic the Lion’s Manes although The Back would be a better name. The Leo star Zosma in the Lion’s Back is the ruling star in this mansion and the mansion image is a victorious warrior with a spear riding on the back of the lion! This clearly shows what a lunar mansion is, a central steering unit determining important decisions and concrete events in the life. The traditional face and degree pictures connected to the Ascendant are also striking, the face picture is two men fighting, the degree gives us a man carrying a spear.

What you almost cannot overlook is this Mercury, the planet of precision, technique and movement extremely strong in its  exaltation and domicile. With 107 minutes of arc its speed is at its maximum, it canot go faster. As above, so below. Mercury is placed in the eleventh house of the “fruits of your labour”which it also rules and it is on the fixed star Labrum one of the stars of fate, indicating that Mercury will influence his life strongly.  It is also very good that the Moon, the planet of the more intuitive part of the brain conjuncts Mercury.

Super Abundance Victory     

The planet parts, indicating special strong motives in the life, in a concrete and a psychlogical sense are dead on target. These parts are calculated on the basis of the Ascendant, so they are extremely time sensitive. The Mercury part opposes Mercury by antiscion, making this remarkably strong Mercury even more mercurial, the opposition indicates the element of confrontation. The Saturn part of imprisonment conjuncts the Descendant of opponents, good for Max, the Jupiter part of Victory is by antiscion on Lord 1  – Max – and so is the Venus part of “super-abundance”!

The Sun part of Future and Abundance is by antiscion on Jupiter on the IC of fathers, his father Jos, who was also a Formula-1 driver was his first teacher. The Sun is Lord 10 of the job, so if we connect the house rulership of the planet with its part, it is all very clearly indicated. Charts with many planet parts in conjunction / opposition with other radix factors, also by antiscion, with a smal  orb of 2 ° often indicate special achievements . 

Lilibet Diana

On 6 June the daughter of the “exiled”royal pair Meghan Markle and  (ex-) Prince Harry was born in Santa Barbara, California. The child received the name Lilibet Diana, Lilibet is a pet name for Queen Elisabeth and the combination with Diana relfects the whole family drama. So it seems  inevitable that this family history can be seen in “Lily” (as she will be called)’s radix. Everywhere in her esistence this break will be felt, only the fact this British royal child was born in Santa Barbara is of course telling!

According to internet sources her birth time is 11:40 PDT (click on the link below to view her radix)  and then her Asc is in  the last degree of Leo. That is intriguing as the most important individual point in her chart is near super-royal Regulus in the first degree of Virgo but not on it. So maybe she was born a little later than the internet sources say or does this exactly reflect the reality that Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor is in fact not part any more of the royal familiy? The  planet part of the Sun, the royal solar essence, seems to confirm this as with this time of birth it opposes the Ascendant by antiscion, it is on the other side where the Sun sets! 

So let us keep the birth time as given, its is wise not to correct too much as it tends to reflect your own prejudices. Then the royal Sun is Lord 1 of “the person in his life situation” and it is very prominent in the tenth house on the expansive North Node, its not too difficult to imagine what this means. It strikes the eye that this high Sun, the planet of royalty also opposes te Part of limiting Saturn reflecting the lost connection with the royal family again. On the MC is Algol,  which is not only misery and misfortune but also fame and a high position, as Algol is also the star of irresistable glamour. It is also easy to imagine what this could show mean for this royal descendant growing up “in exile”in California.

The Small Dog

Lord 4 is of course in this chart one of the most interesting house rulers and yes it is Mars of quarrelling and breaking apart, in fall in Cancer so it will show its nastiest sides. Mars /Lord 4 is on Procyon the main star of the Small Dog, which always does it his way, defying the powers that be. You can say so!Most fascinating is the Part of this Mars, the essence of the martial energy placed by antiscion on the MC, so again there is an indication of breaking connected to the family axis.

This weak Mars/Lord 4 is in a rather strong mutual reception with Jupiter, the planet of aristocracy very strong in its domicile. Despite the painful breach there is compensation, Lilibet will not be a poor girl. This Jupiter is Lord 5 of money from the family and the Part of Jupiter is on the cusp of the fifth house. It is striking that this strong Jupiter is on the other side in the seventh house pointing to the lost high places on the other side of the herring pond.                  


The past few weeks the increasing tensions in Northren Ireland were discussed on this blog, and the threat that things might again get out off hand. First, the Irish radix was checked by investigating some important historical developments, then the current progressions were analysed. There were no very dramatic things to be seen, although the increased tensions were clear. Today Ireland gets its new solar return and it will be an important year. Will things settle down gradually or may we expect some serious violence?

In the new solar return (click on the link below to view it)  it is the emphasis on the eighth house of death that strikes the eye. The Sun, the Moon and Mercury are placed in this dark house you do not want to see now, moreover by antiscion Venus/ Return Lord 1 (Ireland this year) falls on the Sun-Mercury conjunction! It is also a short time before New Moon and the Node is nearby, so we have an upocoming solar eclipse in the return. Not nice at all , the eclipse takes place on Rigel, one of the main stars of the violent Hunter Orion en the Moon is on the purely martial powerful Aldebaran. These are no peaceful placements!

In delineating the solar return we do not only look at the return chart but also at the connections with the radix, the synastry. Of course, what counts is only very clear synastry, not ever synastric sextile has a meaning. This synastry is very clear, the Sun/Mercury/antiscion Venus/Lord 1 conjunctions falls on the radix Sun-Mercury and the return -Moon on the North Node on Aldebaran on the radix -Mars! Not nice. By antiscion the MC/IC-axis in the solar return hits the Great Conjunction in the Irish-radx and Saturn on the return -IC is radix  Lord 8 of death.


This is not reassuring. But in prediction restraint is always required, so we have to go  back to the progressions, in an annual prediction they occupy the highest place in the hierarchy. They did not show extremely dramatic things, only strong tensions. Putting it all together, more serious violence can be expected but no new Troubles. The lunar return in October / November is very tense.      


In my last two posts the progressions in the Irish radix were discussed and big crisis situations, like the start of The Troubles in 1969 and the Great Famine in 1845-1850, turned out to be clearly indicated by strong tensions in the progressions. Brext has now led to a stronger fear that the old conflict in Northren Ireland will ignite again, and indeed riots have broken out over the past six months. Some militant groups have been making threatening statements, but is this really the start of a new civil war? Will peaceful Belfast change into a war zone again?

If this really would be so, the progressions should indicate this clearly. It is a good idea to keep the positions in mind causing big trouble in the past, these were mainly the slows factors moving through the Algol crisis zone. The slow factors are the directions of the Asc and the Mc and the secondary progression of the Sun. There is no picture of the Irish radix given here , the radix data can be found in the two previous posts, to view the current progressions, click on the link below.

As the crisis zone around Algol is so sensitive, there is one progression immediately striking the eye. The Part of the Sun ( the “reversed Taurus” symbol) has just moved through the Algol zone and is leaving it. Note the Part of the Sun is moving backward through the zodiac. This movement is reassuring , the big problems this zone can bring are left behind, it clearly reflects the rising tensions as a consequence of Brexit and the rioting over the past six months. It is also reassuring that this zone is not activated by any slow factor, like when the Troubles started in 1969.

Sorcerers’s Apprentice

What do the other movements show? By antiscion the progressed Sun is moving over the Irish MC which cannot indicate anything bad. The direction of the MC is on Sirius, the brutish main star of the Big Dog, a star of intimidation and violence which is not nice of course, like the star Vindemiatrix the Asc is on, Vindemiatrix is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, things can can get out off hand easily. The fast factors the Part of Fortune and the Moon are changing signs, pointing to a new situation. The PoF is entering Pisces, activating Jupiter, the Moon is entering Aries, activating Mars which is not nice in this context. Later on the Moon will make an antiscial conjnction with the progressed Mars at 5 ° Aries.

What to make of this? Really very strong ad overwhelming indications for crisis cannot be found, but with Sirius, Vindemiatrix and Mars activated ist does not look really peaceful and it is not really peaceful of course. In June a new solar return starts, if things are really  going to worsen this new return should indicate it, next week we are going to take a look at that.

Black ‘ 47

Last week Ireland’s chart was discussed because tensions in Northren Ireland seem to be on the rise. So there is some fear now that the times of “The Troubles”, the bloody civil war, will come back and if such a disaster would indeed happen, it has to be clearly visible in the Irish radix. It is the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter of 11 June 1146 (4:17:25 LMT, Dublin, Asc 28.50 Gemini) that can be used as Ireland’s radix, this is the GC preceding the independent unification of Ireland under High King Rory which by the way did not last too long (which can also be seen in this chart, which is not given here).

If you are going to use a mundane chart, it is always a good idea to put it through a series of tests based upon important events in the country it concerns. In this way you will get an idea how it works and if it is indeed an effective chart or not. This was discussed last week and the start of the Troubles turned out to be clearly indicated in the progressions /directions, especially by the MC direction entering the crisis zone starting around Algol. That was an indication we were dealing with an effective radix.

Anybody who has visited Ireland will have noticed that apart from The Troubles there is another drama still very present in the national consciousness, the Great Famine of 1845-1850. Potatoes could hardly be harvested in these years because of the potatoe illness, 1 million Irish died, another 1 million emigrated. You can still feel the pain, the fear and the grief. The worst year was 1847, also known as “black  ‘47”. If the radix is effective , this drama should also be clearly indicated in the progressions / directions of that year, click on the link below to be abe to view them.

Again the indications for problems are overwhelming. The Sun, Venus so important in the radix, and the Ascendant are moving in Algol’s crisis zone. As these factors move about one degree a year a longer period of big trouble is shown, it lasted about five years. It can also be seen that 1847 will be black, as the faster progressed factors the Moon and the planet parts of the Moon and the Sun (calculated for the middle of the year 1 July 1847)  moving at a speed of one degree a month, are placed in crisis positions too. There is an upcoming  progressed Full Moon, always a sharp crisis moment, and these faste factors all make oppositions with the Sun, the Asc and Venus in the Algol zone. On top of this we have the Sun applying to an opposition with chaotic Neptune!

It is difficult to come up with more miserable positions, so we can draw the definite conclusion that this chart is correct and effective, next week we will check if there are rising tensions to be seen now in the Irish chart.