Astrology

USA Headed for 2nd Civil War?

The last time Neptune entered Aries was 13 April 1861, the exact date when the fall of Fort Sumter, marked the commencement of the first Civil War.

In early 2025, Neptune will enter Aries again for the first time since 1861.

Does this mean America will suffer another civil war? Maybe, and maybe not.

Although there are many methods we could use to investigate this, I suggest that we compare the ingress chart for the moment when Neptune entered Aries in 1861 with that of when it will enter Aries in 2025.

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Summary: The same planetary players – Uranus/Mars/Moon – are in action in both charts but they group together differently. Maybe just a coup this time instead of a full-scale civil war? Who knows. But most certainly there is the same seriously quarrelsome mood afoot  in both charts.

Analysis:

  1. 1861 – the conjunction of Uranus/Mars/Moon in Gemini in the 9th house (hovering ingress 1861.jpgnear the Mid-heaven) is most prominent. If the Moon represents the common people, then in combination with Mars (military) and Uranus (revolutions/change/upheaval at all levels in a nation), this suggests a highly disgruntled populace ready for a fight to achieve serious change – especially regarding the ‘belief system’ holding the nation together (i.e. commonly accepted values and morals meant to safeguard society).
  2. 1861 – that Uranus/Mars/Moon conjunction in Gemini also ties into Saturn by square. Institutions/ traditions upholding law and order was at serious odds with the people. That Saturn is in the 12th house suggests something ‘fishy’ going in regards to national institutions/traditions – it also suggests those institutions/traditions were manifestly fearful of undergoing change. This conjunction also straddles the United States’ natal Uranus (8 Gemini 55) – the very symbol of the revolution the Americans had just fought to gain their freedom from Britain. It was time for a big change.USA.jpg
  3. 2025 – Uranus and Mars are in close sextile aspect – suggesting that military upheaval could be, again, in the cards. But this time, the Moon (common people) is not in line with Uranus/Mars (Moon makes a square to Mars). Although the people are again in a quarrelsome mood, they aren’t quite so keen on a military solution. Still, you can expect lots of angry rhetoric. This Moon is in the ‘hot-air’ sign of Aries, which it turns makes a square aspect with the US natal Mercury (the national myth). Note also that this ingress Mars sits directly on the US natal Mercury, reinforcing the idea of very angry words.
  4. 2025 – Mars is on the 4th house cusp of this chart (angular and hence, powerful). The 4th house also signifies the Ingress 2025common people – not as an active group (as when symbolised by the Moon) but more as the place that the common people call ‘home’. If Moon/Mars combinations tend to be explosive, add Uranus (1st house) to the mix and it becomes even more so. This plays out both at home (4th house) and with the national identity (1st house). This is, frankly, worrying.
  5. 2025 – Pluto (violent phases of self-healing) in the 10th house (government and ruling class in including the president) could suggest a coup instead of an all-out civil war. This notion of ousting the government in favour of something more to the people’s liking is echoed with Pluto making a sextile to the Sun (politics, ruling class, and leaders).
  6. 2025 – Finally, although there is much energy (planets) in the 12th house, I believe this does not necessarily spell disaster. For example, it might symbolise lots of ‘underground’ diplomacy going on to avoid war. The problem is, however, that just the day before this a solar eclipse (9 Aries 0) occurred stirring up trouble. That eclipse not only falls in the US natal 4th house (the place people call ‘home’) but it also ties very closely to the US natal Uranus (8 Gemini 55) – that very same wave of revolutionary spirit that the Americans rode to break free from Britain 249 years before.
literary criticism

The Impact of World War I on Modernist Writers

‘We have all had a tremendous jolt; . . . we are far more conscious of our condition than we were, and far less disposed to submit to it’ (Bernard Shaw).

According to Mr Lewis in his Cambridge Introduction to Modernism, it was said that when one certain intellectual was asked why he was not fighting to save civilization, he answered that he was the civilization for which men were fighting. Pompous as that might sound to 21st century ears, there is an element of truth in the comment and in Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf explores this in some detail; civilization – or as Mr Shaw puts it, our ‘condition’ – as was known pre and post war was decidedly different – but whether there was anything worth saving – anything worth ‘submitting to’ in the words of Mr Shaw – from the earlier period was for the modernist writers, a point of conjecture.

Mrs DallowayThe novel is framed around its heroine, Clarissa Dalloway’s, day in London as she prepares for the party she is giving that evening. The novels develops around two seemingly unrelated plots – the shell shock and eventual suicide of Septimus, a veteran of the First World War and the fifty-two year old Clarissa’s social calendar, complete with significant reminiscences of jolly pre-war house parties when she was but eighteen years old – ‘hollyhocks, dahlias – all sorts of flowers swimming together with their heads cut off’ – the effect was extraordinary ‘coming in to dinner at sunset’ – then those glorious kisses of Sally Seton whilst ‘star-gazing’ and Clarissa had been ‘wearing pink gauze’ – ‘was that possible’?

Clarissa’s party was to be no less splendid than those pre-war parties – populated as it would be with all those characters from the past – the once young men and women who were now the ‘old guard’ – the very people that postwar society was holding responsible for the war. The two different plots in Mrs Dalloway do not come together until the very end of the novel when Clarissa hears of the suicide of Septimus, a man she had never known. It seems that this knowledge has prevented Clarissa from also committing suicide although why she would want to do that – so privileged she was such – is not completely clear. If, as she believed, her life was a failure then more had to be wrong than that she had not been invited along with her husband, Peter, to lunch with Lady Bruton that day.

According to Mr Lewis, Woolf called this novel a elegy – a ‘lament for the ‘dead’ – but was it a lament only those that had physically died like Septimus, as the result of the war or was it also a lament for the death of the pre-war civilisation of which, according to her own memoirs in Moments of Being, Woolf too had been a privileged member?Mrs Dalloway

In his landmark poem, The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot also addresses the trajectory of civilizsation but seems to take a different tact than Woolf. The civilisation he appears to favour is that of the classical world of ancient Greece along with lofty personages like Tiresias – who as punishment from the goddess Hera, had witnessed life as both a man and a woman. In his notes to the poem, Eliot admits that although not a character per se, Tiresias is the ‘most important personage’ in the poem. But is this solely because Tiresias is able to provide a unisex description of the sad love tryst in The Fire Sermon between the ‘bored and tired typist’ and her ‘young man carbuncular’?

I think not. I would suggest that is only part of the picture Eliot paints. Another part of that picture is rather like that presented by Woolf in Mrs Dalloway – questioning whether perseveration of pre-war civilisation – however defined – was really worth all that civilisation has paid for it. Eliot suggests that as was the case with the ancient Battle Mylae in 260 BC when Carthage was lost, the ‘corpses’ that had ‘begun to sprout’ as the result of the First World War is an equally extortionate price and worse, in What the Thunder Said we learn from the poem’s speaker that regardless of that extortionate price already paid, the break with the past is firm and complete anyway – the ‘lands’ will be ‘unable to be set in order’ because ‘London bridge is falling down’. All that is left to do now is to gather up those ‘fragments’ from the past and ‘shore’ them up ‘against my ruins.’

In summary, as Mr Shaw points out the First War World gave everyone a tremendous jolt and made them more than aware of their ‘condition’ – the reality of their civilisation – and the question of whether the price paid for trying to preserve had been too high. Woolf seems to suggest that her civilisation was worth preserving  at any price;  certainly Clarissa and her friends in Mrs Dalloway were not about to throw away the prestige and power they had accumulated over the years. The suicide of Septimus might have dampened the mood of Clarissa’s party but at the end of the novel we have been given no reason to expect that next year Clarissa would not be giving the same party all over again. In The Waste Land, Eliot seems to be suggesting that the pre-war civilisation had deeper roots than those recognised in Mrs Dalloway and that whilst it might be a good deal harder to dig out those roots, it was well worth doing.

Astrology

Financial Astrology – might we be headed for a significant recession in 2025-2026?

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend an entire day of lectures by Christeen Skinner about financial astrology.

UnknownAlthough I learned many things (including that my harmonious natal connection between Jupiter and Pluto  keeps me financially afloat during tough times), my priority was to gain information to support my work-in-process novel, The Curve of Capricorn, and  its primary premise that during the period leading up to 2025, the stage becomes set for the United States to split apart at the seams (i.e. civil war).

Christeen reminds us that, at the moment, just about everything is overvalued, and that includes real estate as well as the financial markets. Unlike in 2008, however, when Pluto entered Capricorn and brought with it the Global Financial Crisis, the period from 2020 to 2025 will not so much be a period of  upheaval, but of profound re-valuation – a financial ‘reset’.

Nonetheless, it won’t be pleasant and we might expect a taste of what’s to come as early as May 2018, when Uranus enters Taurus where it has not been since 1934 (and where it will remain until 2025).

If in doubt why this might happen, consider the still outrageously high levels of national and personal debt across the globe. Although those well-advised not only will not take on any additional debt but will clear what do they carry prior to 2020, many will frivolously continue to borrow and borrow – at least until the bubble of the present fantasy-land bursts. Expect events on or about 21 December 2020 to usher in a huge dose of reality.

Then, not only does the Jupiter/Saturn cycle start in a new element (i.e. this shift occurs about every 250 years) but also Pluto and Mars (in Aries) are in an exact square. This is an explosive energy heralding in a new beginning.  Two other planetary cycles will commence at this time (1) Jupiter/Pluto (excessive optimism) and (2) Saturn/Pluto (push for contraction). Obviously, these conflict; expect confusion. Also, keep in mind that whenever Pluto is involved, we can expect violence, victimization, crisis, fear, and uncertainty. Think racial tension, taxation melt-down, social class power struggle and global health concerns (possibly a pandemic) not to mention serious changes in weather patterns (based on solar flare activity, or rather, lack thereof) that could make certain parts of the world, including some areas of the United States, no longer habitable.

The plot thickens.

The next significant recession is astrologically expected in 2025-2026 with mid-February 2026 seeing the bottoming-out of the global financial markets. This will be an especially difficult period for the United States for many reasons, not the least of which is that in 2022, America will suffer its first Pluto return (i.e. a cosmic wake-up call and time of massive transition). The current political system is not working. This cannot and will not continue.

rough roadWhatever happens in the lead up to 2025, the proverbial shit will hit the fan when in late March of that year, Neptune moves into Aries where it has not been since 1861, the start of the American Civil War.

What does all of this mean for the rest of us?

Hang on to your hats and prepare for a rough ride but always remember that whatever goes up must come down and vice versa. So if the markets are high, then sell and if they’re at rock-bottom, it’s the perfect time to buy. Again, those well-advised might weather this upcoming turbulent period very well, indeed.

Astrology

Uranus in Taurus – USA leads disruption in world order from 2018 – 2025

The planet Uranus generally spends 8 or so years in a particular sign and on 15 May 2018, it will enter Taurus, where it has not been since 1934 through 1941.

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If Taurus is about security and stability and Uranus is about revolution (but once in power can be autocratic and totalitarian), then whilst Uranus is in Taurus, we might expect disruption in stability and security on a world-wide level. The last time Uranus was in Taurus, the rise of Nazi Germany and Italian Fascism (not to mention Japan’s invasion of China) most certainly disrupted world security and stability. If you go back further, you’ find it connected with the start of the protestant reformation (Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn in 1517 just like they are right now.

Uranus will remain in Taurus until July 2025 when it enters Gemini.[1]

An ingress chart is used to take the pulse of the period which it covers (2018-2025) for a particular country. This chart is set for the location of government (Washington, DC) of the country (USA) in question at the exact moment of the ingress of Uranus into Taurus.

Ingress U into Taurus.jpgLeo is rising in this chart hence the Sun is the chart ruler and its position and aspects are key to the overall situation. Each planet in this chart symbolises a function that binds Americans into the nation- state and with the Sun, that function relates to its political leadership, most importantly, the office of president.

The Sun in this chart is high in the sky in the 10th house, where it is the natural ruler. Clearly during this period, the American presidency – as a political position and function – will be highly visible.

That the Sun in this chart has just formed a lunation (i.e. a new moon) is also key. A new cycle will have just commenced, although just like with any new moon, it’s still too dark to tell yet how it will unfold. Also, because the Moon represents the common people, we know that this new cycle must have to do with how the president and the presidency is perceived by and related to the electorate (common people).

When looking at an ingress chart such as this, we need to concentrate on ‘angular’ planets – i.e. planets which make close aspects to the angles (cusps of 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses). These are the planetary power brokers in question.

In this chart, there are three such planets:

  1. Uranus – (high in the sky at ‘high noon’ at the MC, or 10th house cusp at 29 Aries 20). Clearly the most powerful planet (by placement) in this chart.
  2. Mars – (at 29 Capricorn 47) makes a very, very close square aspect not only to that Uranus (0 Taurus 0) but also to the MC.
  3. Mercury – (at 3 Taurus 19) also in the 10th house and conjunct the MC although out of sign.

Put these all together, and expect some disruptive (Uranus) news (Mercury) about the president and/or presidency (MC and 10th house) that will have something to do with the military (Mars). The overall tone for the next seven years (lunation at ingress) will be disruption in world security and stability (think rise of Nazi Germany) and the United States as a nation state as well as its political leadership will be prominently (as was Hitler and Germany) featured in whatever unfolds.

[1] Note that the ingress of Uranus into Gemini has a long-established link for the US with war – in particular the American Revolution, the Civil War, and WWII. Note also that the ingress of Neptune into Aires in 1861 heralded to the day, the first shot of the America Civil war and Neptune will enter Aries again in March 2025. This suggests that 2025 will be a very significant year for the nation state we know now as the United States of America.

 

Astrology

Astrological Analysis for 2016 US Elections and Beyond

 

Executive Summary:
The Democrats will take the White House in 2016 in what will, sadly, turn out to be a failed bid to move America toward more socialistic/economically stable ground. The right-wing/fascist movement will continue growing in strength leaving America pretty much in the same position of dangerous polarization currently experienced until about 2026, at which time it’s quite possible that America as we now know it will fall apart at the seams; all the indicators then are those of revolution and civil war.

Detailed Analysis:

Regarding the upcoming 2016 US presidential election, this is how I see the outcome based on traditional mundane astrology (see http://www.skyscript.co.uk/ingresses.html for details:

The key players:

Sun = represents the President (persons in authority, prime ministers, cabinet minsters, the leaders of a nation).

Moon = denotes the common people, women in general, the crowd in the streets. In a mundane chart, the Moon shows where the public’s attention will fall.

Neptune = rules socialism, communism, and as the symbol of the urge towards collectivism, it suggests left-wing political ideas.

Jupiter = rules the nation’s wealth, banks, and bankers as well as the judicial system.

Pluto = represents the principle of metamorphosis and regeneration especially in regards to those aspects of life carried on hidden from public view.

Uranus = influence over rioting and outbreaks of political tension, right-wing political ideas, fascism.

Venus = governs women’s issues (marriage & children) as well as peace and diplomatic resolutions.

Saturn = Land owners, farmers, state funerals, public sorrow, and disappointment.

Let’s start by reminding ourselves that it’s all change for the United States of America:

  • Transiting Pluto (currently at 16 Capricorn) has now just finished its opposition to America’s natal Sun (13 Cancer) Jan – Nov 2015;
  • Pluto has taken 239 years to reach this point;
  • Transiting Uranus joined in with transiting Pluto in square aspect (challenging aspect) = political vision coupled with urgent need to destroy old forms and attitudes.
  • The Pluto/Uranus cycle = 84 years = we are now experiencing the closing square for the conjunction of 1963-1968 – difficult times when protestors took to the streets rejecting the long status quo of unquestioned acceptance of authority.
  • Sun = the President and persons in authority and Pluto = metamorphosis and regeneration.
  • With opposition from Pluto (with help from Uranus) during all of 2015 it’s already started and won’t finish conjunct its own position at 27 Capricorn in America’s natal chart during the period Feb 2022 through Oct 2023.

US national chart

Predictions the presidential election 2016:

  • Moon/Neptune = Moon (common people and public attention) conjunct (acting in close concert) Neptune (socialism and left-wing politics) = prediction – common people will catch public attention for turning out in groves (grass roots type of thing) to bring in a more a socialist America. Note that for purposes of Mundane astrology, the Moon is the ruler of America (Mercury, Sun, Jupiter, and Venus all in Cancer which is ruled by the Moon). This means that for America to survive, the needs of the Moon must be met.
  • Jupiter/Pluto = Jupiter (national wealth and banks/bankers) in Square (challenging aspect) with Pluto (metamorphosis and regeneration especially regarding those aspects of life carried on hidden from public view ) = prediction –  significant (and potentially painful) rearrangement of who controls American wealth.
  • Uranus/ Venus = Uranus (right-wing politics) trine (easy aspect) Venus (women’s issues, peace, diplomatic issues) à a significant airing (potential riots) of significant tension involving the role of women in the world at large, and especially in politics.But because Uranus/Venus (right-wing politics) does not make any connection to either the Sun (President) or the Moon (common people/public attention), right-wingers will not end up in power.
  • Saturn/Neptune = However, Saturn (public sorrow and disappointment) is also in Square (challenging aspect) to the Moon/Neptune and because Saturn/Neptune signals the urge to anchor a mystical/spiritual vision in society (socialism/communism). In 2016 we have the incoming square of a 36-year cycle– and hence this means tying up loose ends for business commenced back in 1989 with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. In my view, this 2016 square aspect does not spell success for realistic socialist change – the common people may want but those in power will press ever harder to preserve the traditional values they support. Until some way is found to actualize the mystical/spiritual vision of Saturn/Neptune, we can expect deep hatred and dangerous polarization to continue in American politics until the end of this present Saturn/Neptune cycle in 2026.

US election 2016

 

  • Summary –  The Democrats will take the 2016 presidency in their bid to move American toward more socialist, financially honest/secure ground but the result will bring only public sorrow and disappointment.
    • The right-wing ‘fascist’ group will not give up their fight and general climate of dangerous polarization currently present in America will continue through to 2022-2026.
    • As Pluto (force for creative destruction) is the biggest astrological player in this game, if the growing schism of left/right politics in America hasn’t found resolution, when transiting Pluto shifts from Capricorn to Aquarius in 2026, we might expect the United States to come apart at the seams.
    • Uranus (right-wing/fascism) is the modern ruler of Aquarius and however forward-thinking and democratic modern astrologers might like to think Aquarius, it used to be ruled by Saturn and hence has a good deal to do with keeping the status quo; both Uranus and Aquarius are associated with full-scale revolution (Uranus having been discovered in conjunction with both the French and American revolutions).
    • By 2026 Neptune will have moved into Aries and if, as has oft been suggested, Neptune = zeitgeist, then Neptune in Aries suggests the prevailing sentiment will be civil war. The last time Neptune was in Aries was 1861-1875 and of course the historians amongst you will realize that 1861 did signal the commencement of the American Civil.
Philosophy

Rousseau’s Social Contract & Why the Rich Get Richer While the Poor Get Poorer

My husband and I recently visited a charming 280-acre National Trust property nestled in the green hills of south Oxfordshire.  First built in the late Middle Ages, Greys Court comprises a substantial complex of sandstone buildings and walled courtyard gardens.  Enjoying coffee and cake in a long, low building said to have garrisoned Cromwell’s soldiers during the Civil War, we contemplated battles long since fought and won. With dozens of other tourists, we rambled  through the three-gabled Elizabethan house dreaming of what it must have been like to have grown up  in such a comfortable and privileged home .

But it was while admiring century-old wisteria awash in a sea of bluebells that I remembered Rousseau’s observation that the ‘fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody’.  If this were true, then why do some families flourish on 280 acre country estates while others scratch out their survival in a city slum? Rousseau suggests a diabolically simple answer:

“The first man who having enclosed a piece of ground, thought up the statement this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him…was the real founder of civil society.”

Society yes.  Civil no.  It was Rousseau’s view that the social contract devised by men to make their property secure was not in accord with the ‘natural order’, but instead was a hoax perpetrated by the rich on the poor.  In other words, the poor (majority) had been tricked into agreeing to give their right to share in the wealth of the land to the rich (minority).   According to Rousseau in exchange for peace and protection:

“All ran headlong to their chains, believing they had secured their liberty.”

I question whether such a social contract remains in society’s best interest in the 21st century.  Do we still require privileged property owners to care for us?  Or in a post-modern democracy are we capable to taking care of ourselves?

If we conclude the later, then is it not up to each one of us work toward changing the terms of the social contract?  Do we really want that in the interests of all, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer?

Or might we rather like it the other way around?

Astrology

Abuse of Power/ Pluto & Mars/ Virginia Woolf

Every astrological aspect tells a story about the relationship between the two (or more) planets involved. Each planet strives to fulfil its specific need and does this through its interaction with that other planet(s).

Background:


  • By far the tightest aspect in the natal chart of Virginia Woolf is Mars (27 Gemini 23’58’’) semi-sextile Pluto (27 Taurus 23’ 28’’).
  • It is 30 seconds of arc.
  • Although the semi-sextile is often considered a ‘minor’ aspect, when it is as tight as this, I would consider it important, very important indeed.

Mars signifies aggression and the survival instinct. We need to set boundaries and protect ourselves from predators. Pluto is about pure power; it is the active agent for cleansing and purification and because it is transpersonal in nature, it is extremely hard for any individual person to control this power. 


Synthesis:

Put Mars and Pluto together, and the result is the compulsion to use force to achieve objectives through whatever means; ruthlessness, brutality, and cruelty. Put Mars and Pluto together in a semi-sextile and the two energies work in harmony and so we might expect to find themes of the use of power in Woolf’s writing.

Even more, as I suspect, because of social constraints against power being actively used by women during Woolf’s lifetime (i.e. her ability to set boundaries and protect herself against predators was thwarted), we might expect her writing to contain hints of abuse of power, especially abuse of power by men against women.


Analysis:


Whilst answering a letter received from a (unidentified) gentleman asking for her opinion on how war might be prevented, in her essay, Three Guineas, Woolf launches into a historically rich vindictive questioning not only the sense of asking her such a question, for unlike the gentleman she had been denied access the education that would have allowed her to answer him, but also how such inequality had come about.

Whilst in full flow in answering the latter point, she quotes from Gray’s Ode : ‘what is grandeur, what is power? – what the bright reward we gain?’


Gain indeed; power is what people want and the writing of Woolf not only demonstrates this but she also deals with some of the ways and reasons it occurs.


For example, in her memoirs, Moments of Being, Woolf recalls how when just eighteen years of age and after a long evening of being dragged about London to a series of gala parties and strategically important social events, her step-brother had crept into her bedroom and ‘flung’ himself on her bed, taking her ‘in his arms’ as a ‘lover’. If by power we mean that one person possesses a sense of dominion over another, then certainly with such behaviour her step-brother (older and presumably wiser) had abused his power although what he had wished to gain through it, Woolf does not conjecture. That she thought it an abuse of power is clear enough however for the next few sentences note that his behaviour would not have been acceptable to the ‘old ladies’ of ‘Kensington and Belgravia’.

In her novel, To The Lighthouse, Woolf investigates the power struggle between a married couple, Mr and Mrs Ramsay – which through those memoirs Moments of Being, we learn are created in the likeness of her own parents. Whilst Mr Ramsay wanders about pondering great things like the philosopher David Hume ‘enormously fat’ and ‘stuck in a bog’, his wife sat charitably knitting stockings for needy children. In conjunction with reading Woolf’s memoirs, we can conclude that she believed that in essence Mrs Ramsay had died young feeding her husband’s constantly flagging vanity. Is this an abuse of power in the sense of exercising dominion over another? Perhaps not – but we do know that at least Mrs Ramsay took pleasure in her ‘bright reward’ when exercising her power by refusing to tell Mr Ramsay that he had been right that it would rain tomorrow, she knew she had ‘triumphed again’.

In that same novel, Woolf also touches on wider social issues of use/abuse of power when Mr Ramsay ponders on whether the progress of civilisation depends on ‘great men’. He concludes it does not because the ‘greater good’ does depend on the existence of a ‘slave class’ (like the liftman in the Tube). Whilst he himself finds this idea distasteful, he decides the best way to avoid dealing with it an upcoming lecture he is to present, is to ‘snub’ the ‘predominance’ of the arts – which only decorates human life and does not represent it. The reader cannot help but think such contemplation rather rich given the privilege Mr Ramsay himself enjoys with his summer house in the isles of Scotland complete with a bevy of servants and maids.

Unlike with her essays, in her fiction Woolf oddly refrains from abuse/abuse of narratorial/authorial power by pushing one view at the expense of another (as do many writers). Instead she maintains a gentle neutrality – presenting a story and letting it speak for itself – and at least in To The Lighthouse, Mrs Dalloway the narratorial/authorial voice never intrudes has it does in, for example, EM Forster’s Howards End.

Even where we do hear the narratorial/authorial voice as for example in her novel, Orlando, both sides of the power struggles are evenly presented – not only does Orlando’s lover ‘Sasha the lost, Sasha the memory’ jilt him when he is a man (instead of the other way around), but as a woman Orlando sees both plusses and minuses of her new gender-based situation – although her new skirts are ‘plaguey’ around her heels, the stuff of which they are made is the ‘loveliest in the world’ as it shows off her skin to such ‘advantage’.


Conclusion:

In both her essays and fiction Woolf demonstrates that she is more than aware that power is what people want – Three Guineas deals extensively with this point in regards to how for so many generations men and the church have used the power of their money to deny women equal access to education. She deals with the sexual abuse perpetrated by step-brother in her memoirs and also the inevitable power battles inherent in a marriage. Interestingly unlike in her essays, in her fiction Woolf does not use her authorial voice to push an agenda, instead simply letting the story speak for itself.

Politics

Elizabethan Protestantism – every day life in the realm

The moderate Protestantism of Elizabeth I was a compromise not only between the Protestant and Catholic faiths but also between the various competing factions in the Protestant movement (i.e. Calvin vs. Luther and Zwingli).

During her long reign, Elizabeth’s religious policy made life easier for some and harder for others but, overall, at least initially, it set the nation-state on a more even keel than it had enjoyed in years. If avoiding civil disorder was one of Elizabeth’s general political aims, then her religious policy was more of the same.

For certain individuals like John Shakespeare, this doubtless caused considerable consternation. As a Catholic, how should he fulfil his job to remove the trappings of Catholic pomp and circumstance from Stratford’s Guild Hall?  Although we do not know how he personally felt about this responsibility, we can imagine that it was difficult to part with something so culturally endemic and visually rich as the wall paintings that on his orders, were white-washed.

Similar sentiments may lay at the heart of Roger Martyn’s lamentations regarding required changes in his parish church. Like John, Roger was forced to part with an entire way of life (i.e. celebrations and festive meals) to which he had developed an emotional bond. Interestingly, for whatever reason, Roger’s accounts highlighted the impact of these changes not on his personal religious feelings and beliefs, but on the outward trappings of such. Not everyone believed such destruction to be wrong. Iconoclasm, such as forced upon Roger and John had biblical roots. For religious men like John Jewel (Apologica Ecclesia Englicanae), such lush and vibrant Catholic imagery was proof positive that, at least according to the scriptures, the Roman Catholics were the heretics, not the Protestants.

For many Catholics, Elizabeth’s policy may well have been welcomed, at least at first. Not only did it allow men like John Donne and Ben Jonson to publicly switch their religious allegiance, but it also provided Catholics with a cover under which to carry on (quietly) as before. If they were willing to superficially comply with the requirements demanded by Elizabeth’s religious policy, the Catholics were, for the most part ignored. Elizabeth had no desire to meddle with her subject’s inner beliefs – i.e. the windows to their souls. However, later in her reign, when fears over the claims of Mary Queen of Scots to the English throne were rampant and religious fighting in Europe accelerated, Elizabeth cracked down on those Catholics who stuck their heads above the proverbial parapet. Doubtless, towards the end of Elizabeth’s reign, it again became uncomfortably obvious for Protestants and Catholics alike, that their religious futures were uncertain.

In conclusion, although Elizabeth’s moderate religious policy had initially stabilised England’s political situation (for better or for worse), but the end of her reign another big and unsettling change was in the cards. Who would know if perhaps if would not be of the same magnitude as that suffered under the auspices of her father, Henry VIII, with the Reformation?

Astrology

Kellyanne Conway – astrological realities you won’t want to miss

This brief analysis of Ms Conway’s THREE KEY natal aspects go a long way to explaining the person that we now see:

  1. SUN opposition JUPITER– although her intentions may be good, Ms Conway is prone to overdoing just about everything – including promising more than she could ever hope to deliver. The danger here is that because she truly believes that her heart is in the right place, she doesn’t learn from her past mistakes and/or indiscretions. Indeed, its even possible that she believes that because she’s a ‘good person’, she should receive more latitude than she really deserves. conway
  2. MOON opposition NEPTUNE– Ms Conway is prone to getting her hopes up much too high – lofty ideals that are more often than not, hopelessly unrealistic. Equally, when her hopes are dashed, she is likely to feel crushed. Hence people with this aspect often find themselves on an emotional rollercoaster. There is also a tendency for people with this aspect to ignore/avoid facing cold, hard reality. The warm and wonderful fantasy world into which they can so easily retreat is much more to their liking.
  3. MOON trine PLUTO/URANUS – Pluto conjunct Uranus (in Virgo) is a 1960’s generational aspect – the opening square of which we are now currently experiencing. This Pluto/Uranus conjunction was particularly virulent – violent social change – rebellion on every front – Vietnam, assignation of JFK, the Cuban Crisis, student protests, drug culture, the civil rights movement. With her Moon tied into this 1960’s energy, Ms Conway will is some way function as a personal mouthpiece for the anger/frustration that fostered that 1960’s rebellion; little wonder that we see her on stage now with the opening square. On the positive side, this aspect will make her seemingly afraid of nothing, tackling every the greatest problems with confidence. If its one thing that she knows, it’s that life is demanding. She is drawn (like a moth to the candle) to all that is unusual and unconventional.

unknownIn summary, Ms Conway is more than likely drawn into politics because of a personal need to make a real difference – intuitively, she’s a mouthpiece for the anger and frustration that others feel when their society seems no longer to be working – Ms Conway is hard-wired into radical change. Unfortunately, not only is she prone toward adopting unrealistic goals and attitudes, but she is prone to go overboard in just about everything that she undertakes. Self-control is not– and never will be – her thing.

 

Please note that because birth time is unknown, any discussion of the houses into which these aspects fall is not possible.

Astrology

Astrologically, can Bernie Sanders make it to president?

Executive Summary

Ptolemy identified six levels of fame/success depending on the location and condition of Sun and Moon and their ‘attendants. Although Sander’s Moon is masculine, it does not have an array of strong attendants. On the other hand, although his Sun is in a feminine sign, it does have strong attendants and some of those attendants (Mars and Venus) are extremely strong in their dignity.images-1

Unfortunately, without an accurate birth time, we cannot know his chart’s angles.This leaves us unable to complete the assessment solely in terms of Ptolemy. Certainly, given his proven political track record we know he reaches the level of Governor or Commander. However if the given birth time were to be accurate, we would be able to say that with a four planets angular, Sanders would be in the position to attain the level of Chieftain.

At least using modern astrology, we can definitely say that Sanders has a deep, emotional commitment to the ideals underlying his political crusade. We can also be certain that whilst his words have genuine power in an absolute sense, Bernie Sanders absolutely means every word that he says.

Ptolemy Basics

imagesPtolemy identified six levels of fame/success:

  1. Kings & Princes

Both luminaries in masculine signs and at least one of them to be found in an angle. This alone is pretty good. However – as well, they (both) be attended by a doryphory (including rays) composed of all five planets – then this is REAL GOOD. In addition, this rank is helped if the planets in the doryphories are also in the angles or configured with the MC.

  1. Chieftain

The Sun only masculine with the Moon feminine and only one of them in an angle. If both, however, have good doryphories as described above, then the person will reach chieftain level, with the power to judge life and death. NOTE – a good doryphory has benefics in good shape or on angles (or ruling them).

  1. Governor or Commander

If the natal chart has the luminaries as for a Chieftain but the doryphories do not involve the angles, these people will not be invested with sovereignty, but will reach eminence.

  1. Civil Leader

If neither of the luminaries be in the angles, but both have good doryphories which are in the angles or ruling the angles, they will have a leadership role in their community. Councilor, President of a club, Mayor of a small town and so on.

  1. Undistinguished

If neither luminary is in an angle (Sun still masculine and Moon feminine), and the attending planets are not involved with the angles by placement or ruler-ship, then the person will lead a humble life.

  1. Lowest Level

If neither luminary be found in a masculine sign, nor in an angle, nor attended by any benefics they will live lives of “quiet desperation” and obscurity.

 

Analysis of Sanders

How does Bernie Sanders stack up?Sanders

  • With Sun at 15 Virgo and the Moon at 19 Aries, only the Moon is in a masculine sign. Because the indicated birth time of 12:27 PM is not reliable, there is no way to determine the angles with accuracy and hence we are formally constrained to only look at dignities, sect being not determinable. The Moon is undignified as is the Sun. There is no way to determine the chart ruler. Good but could be better.
  • Sun in Virgo not only indicates a person exceedingly practiced and expert, teaching many things and giving orders, but also a learned man who is capable of academic debate and also aware of celestial matters.
  • With the Moon at 19 Aries and in the terms of Mercury, not only will Sanders be daring, but also he will gain honour because of his prudence. He is of good intellect and will become known for his word skills. He will gain honour through his ability to investigate situations.
  • Doryphory is an interesting technique focusing on the ‘retinue’ of helpers either of the two lights or luminaries (i.e. sun or moon) have in their ‘train’. The more planets in the retinue, the more helpers and if, additionally, those helpers were themselves strong the more help they could give. Imagine yourself a feudal lord trying to raise an army to fight a foe – the stronger and richer the neighbors (i.e. able to raise their own armies) you have supporting your cause, the more likely you were to succeed.
  • Note that when considering if a planet throws a ‘ray’ into the doryphory, benefics (Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, and the Sun) can only do so by sextile or trine and the malefics (Saturn and Mars) can only do so by opposition or square.
  • Because the Sun’s retinue PRECEDES him, to determine Sander’s solar doryphory, we look at planets either in Virgo (15-30) and Libra.
    • Venus in Libra – dignified by rule ship and term – strong. Venus in Libra makes Sanders a protector of women. With Venus at 22 Libra in its own terms, not only will Sanders have honour and rank in his position in life, but he will receive many blessings through women.
    • Mercury in Libra – undignified but undamaged – ok. Mercury at 2 Libra is in the terms of Saturn and hence Sanders will not only gain work by writing, but also be a judge of people.
    • Mars in Aries casts a ray into Libra by opposition – this Mars is very strong in its sign of rulership. It is also dignified by term. From youth, this makes one glorious and outstanding. Sanders will be skilled and daring. With Mars at 23 Aries, it is in its own terms hence making Sanders exalted and glorified in the way of the sword.
    • Jupiter in Gemini casts a ray into Libra by trine – Jupiter is considered in fall and although not exactly damaged, most definitely is alternative in the sense of not being mainstream. This Jupiter, dignified by triplicity, suggests that Bernie will either conduct royal affairs or at least oversee estates. He not only has public employment but also is a proclaimer of laws. He is not only skilled but will live well, having the ability to earn a livelihood from negotiations.
  • Because the Moon’s doryphory FOLLOWS her, to determine Sander’s lunar doryphory, we look at planets in Aries (1-19) and Pisces.
    • Jupiter in Gemini casts a ray into Aries by sextile– although Jupiter is alternative, it isn’t damaged and so adds comfortably to the retinue.
  • A solar doryphory of four planets is excellent and at least two of them (Venus and Mars) are extremely powerful. This is very good.
  • A lunar doryphory of one planet is not very strong. Not good.

 

Conclusion

Without an accurate birth time, it is impossible to determine the angles and hence the formula devised by Ptolemy cannot be applied in totality. But we do know that Sanders has at least one luminary in a masculine sign. We also know that his Mars in Aries is an extremely powerful force  and his strong Venus in Libra makes him as charming as he is daring and committed.

Given Sander’s long – established political record, its is probably safe to suggest he is at least at the level of Governor or Commander.

Can he go all the way to president?

That depends. If Sanders can muster the vote of enough women, he might just pull it off.

Assume for a moment that the given birth time were to be accurate and so we could say that not only are his Sun and Saturn conjunct the angles, but also that his Mercury and Jupiter are in angular houses. This would give all four of these planets the power to push him to Chieftain.

Using post- Ptolemy (modern astrology), we also might suggest that not only is Sander’s political rhetoric extremely heart felt (Mars conjunct Moon), but also that he is a reformer par excellence (Aries loves nothing better than to fight for a worthy cause). With Pluto sextile his Mercury, his words have real power and if its one thing of which we can be certain, it’s that Sanders means what he says.

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