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The Reluctant Christchurch Massacre Post

I don’t like to glom onto tragedies in order to make self-aggrandizing, armchair quarterback pontifications about what happened, but given that this blog had been exploring the role of the fixed star Aldebaran in Vatican history, there are some things to say.

As with any event, one can call up a sky chart for the moment, and see what is happening.  In my very obscure career in this kind of “whole sky” astrology, I have explored, and uncovered, a sort of geo-stellar matrix language that is associated with numerous important events, and I have suspected that many important events have been designed and timed with the star matrix in mind.

For instance, when Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, on 9/11, we could see that the fixed star Spica was on the ascendant at that moment at that location while the Sun was 33º above the horizon (scroll down to image 4-2), and that this perhaps had some kind of meaning, or some sort of “message” beyond the nature of the event itself, given that Spica is a “spike” of wheat being held by “the Virgin,” and the Pentagon – a building project that broke ground on a September 11 in 1941, is in Virginia, and so on.

This is what I like to call “ritual mundane astrology.”

With this very horrendous Christchurch event on March 15, there are numerous alignments and elements that seem to defy coincidence and look an awful lot like ritual astrology.  A whole-sky star chart for the event, which we are told began in earnest at 1:40 PM (13h 40m), local time (New Zealand Daylight Saving Time, or 780 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time), looks like this (click on graphic for better resolution):


Image 1 – 1:40 PM, local time, on March 15, 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand.

As we can see, Aldebaran is rising, exactly on the Ascending line at the right of the graphic, and the Sun is on the Midheaven, or culminating at 180º azimuth, forming a “mundane square”:

  • Aldebaran rises @ Christchurch:  13h 39m 12s
  • Sun culminates @ Christchurch:  13h 38m 58s

Thus, March 15 is the only day of the year when the Sun culminates as Aldebaran rises with this level of accuracy.  March 15 is, at Christchurch, Sun-square-Aldebaran day!  Where have we seen a Sun/Aldebaran connection before?  The Papal bull Ascendente domino that preceded the consecration of the Jesuit church in Rome:


Image A

Below is a closer view, showing Aldebaran on the horizon (white vertical line), Orion (upside down in the Southern Hemisphere, and Sirius just above the horizon:


Image 2

You may be saying, “But, Ed, something has to be rising over Christchurch at any given time, and this might just be a coincidence.”  True!  Yet, Christchurch has a special global relationship with its mother country, the UK, and its capital, London, in terms of Aldebaran.

If we relocate ourselves to London and chart the sky at the same moment, we find, quite amazingly, that Aldebaran is setting, and quite precisely:


Image 3 – Christchurch event moment relocated to London, UK.

Given that Christchurch is almost entirely halfway around the world (43°31′48″S 172°37′13″E), we might expect such a phenomenon, but this is almost too accurate to be random.  Let’s look at the timing of these celestial events with London’s Aldebaran included:

  • Aldebaran rises @ Christchurch:  13h 39m 12s
  • Aldebaran sets @ London:  13h 39m 29s
  • Sun culminates @ Christchurch:  13h 38m 58s

This is the basic point of mundane, locational astrology :  planets and stars aligning on the cardinal axes in the local space (azimuth and altitude) grids, meaning the meridian (MC and IC, north and south), the horizon (0º altitude), and also east and west (90º and 270º azimuth).

Here’s a closeup of Aldebaran setting at London:


Image 4

While we don’t find the Sun to be on the meridian at London for this time, we do find the star Alpheratz, or the alpha star of Andromeda, which does double-duty as the fourth corner of the Square of Pegasus at due north, or 0º azimuth.  (More on Alpheratz in a bit.)

Back to Aldebaran, it co-sets with the Pleiades at London’s latitude during this epoch, and this, again, brings us to a notion of cardinality, as the Pleiades were, in ancient times, the beginning of the zodiac.  Aldebaran literally means “The Follower,” and the thing it follows is the Pleiades.

Also of note is the Moon, which can be seen in Figure 4 just above the right arm of Orion, the “hunter,” who is trying to kill the Bull, Taurus.


Image 5

We can also see in the Christchurch event chart that Saturn has reached 270º Azimuth (a quadrature), and thus Sun and Saturn are in a local-space “mundane square” of 90º in azimuth.  (It should be stated here that the Sun culminates in the Northern Hemisphere at 180º azimuth, but culminates in the Southern Hemisphere at 0º azimuth.)  However, the planet Saturn can be found at 90º Azimuth in the London relocation, and thus about 180º apart in terms of the local-space grids:


Saturn is, among other things, the planet of death and the harvest, so it’s unsurprising that we see it here on cardinal points in the matrix.  As for the general astrological situation we are experiencing that contains this event, we can see that Saturn is moving ever closer to Pluto, and they will conjoin in January of 2020, as part of a major munro-political reset.

In this kind of political/locational analysis, it is important to relocate to the Giza pyramids, the center of the ancient world, and ancient history’s most extravagant cosmic observatory and monument.  Giza is very important to “ritual astrology.”  At Giza, Saturn is rising:


Image 8 – Event relocated to Giza; Saturn on horizon, rising.

  • Aldebaran rises @ Christchurch:  13h 39m 12s
  • Aldebaran sets @ London:  13h 39m 29s
  • Sun culminates @ Christchurch:  13h 38m 58s
  • Saturn rises @ Giza:  13h 37m 43s

All of this seems to suggest that the Christchurch event’s timing was planned, and premeditated, in the tradition of “ritual astrology.”  This would, of course, mean that the perpetrator was somehow manipulated into acting at a specific time by others – others who would want such terrorism carried out to achieve certain goals, and certain “effects.”  Now, before you start comparing me to Alex Jones and his legion of idiots, let me say that there is a big difference between having a healthy skepticism about events, versus an unhealthy, pathological, and manic obsession with one’s own paranoia.

The fact is that our Western culture and political institutions have been astrologically “timed” and “arranged” for almost all of Western civilization.  Washington D.C. itself is connected to London via the fixed star Sirius.  There is a long tradition of a kind of astrology that seeks to harmonize our worldly enterprises with the heavenly spheres and lights.  It’s highly superstitious, but so are all of us to some extent; people who are otherwise perfectly rational and of excellent character still go to certain buildings on certain days of the week to ingest wafers and fermented grape juice, and think doing so somehow makes their lives more in tune with the creator of the entire cosmos.

Also, I in no way want to delegitimize the seriousness of the victims’ plight in this heartbreaking event.  Nothing I can say here will re-animate anyone’s loved ones, but I’m not writing about this to throw more chaos into the mix.  I hadn’t planned on it, but once I sat down and ran the charts (as we astrologers are accustomed to do), I had to post something, albeit reluctantly, with a bit of pain in my soul.  I’d much rather be talking about happy and positive things, like our hike to Box Canyon the other day, where natural beauty enhances the soul.

Yet, civilization is always a story of two steps forward and one step back, and we have to take some plaster casts of those footsteps from time to time.  The way I see it, most of these spectacular terrorist events are synthetic, as opposed to organic, meaning they are not truly the “lone wolf” scenarios that are reported.

At this stage, the blog entry proves nothing anyhow.  I could go into a long and tedious listing of all the major political milestones that feature the Aldebaran/Antares axis, such as how that axis is tied into nuclear weaponry (France even named two of their test bombs after Aldebaran and Antares), the US Constitution, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the Star of Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus (according to Ernest L. Martin), and so on.

(I won’t even go there with the “bull’s eye” stuff.)

Speaking of Jesus, we’ll be returning to that theme with the Vatican soon, as we get into the enigma of the resigning Pope, and how Italian fascism saved the Papacy.

~ Ed.


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A Brief Introduction to (some) Vatican Astrology – Part V

In the first four parts of “(some) Vatican Astrology,” I laid out the astrological charts for four major milestones in the Vatican’s promotion of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits.  They are:

  1. Regimini militantis ecclesiae — First approval — Sep 27 1540:
    Jupiter = Regulus; Saturn = Spica.
  2. Exposcit debitum — Second approval — July 21 1550: Jupiter = Venus; Sun opposite Saturn.
  3. Ascendente domino — Third approval — May 24, 1584: Lunar eclipse on Aldebaran/Antares axis; eclipse axis sextile and trine to Saturn.
  4. Consecration of Chiesa del Gesu — November 25, 1854:  Sun conjunct Antares (opposite Aldebaran), Mars = Regulus.

These four charts are, at this time in this series, the basic foundational charts of the Jesuits.

We do know that the Jesuits — as a Vatican-approved company — has two distinct epochs, as the group ordained in 1540 by the Vatican was suppressed formally in 1773; 41 years later, the Vatican un-suppressed them as a reformed society, in 1814.

The first period lasted 233 years; the second period has lasted 203 years.  In all of this time, though, no Jesuit had ever been elected to the Holy See’s highest office – the Papacy itself.  That is, until 2013, when Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., was elected as Pope on March 13, 2013, at about 7:05 pm, local time.  He chose the name of Francis, a first for that particular name.

The chart for Pope Francis’ Vatican election is:


The sidereal chart for this event is:


As we can see in either of these charts, Jupiter is conjunct Aldebaran.  When juxtaposed to the earlier Jesuit charts, remarkable alignments occur.  The first bi-wheel is of Ascendente Domino and the Bergoglio election moment:


As we can see, the Bergoglio election Jupiter of 14º14′ Taurus is exactly conjunct the Ascendente Domino Sun of 14º14′ Taurus.  And, it is aligned with the Chiesa del Gesu consecration as well:


Another alignment is Pope Francis Venus opposite Chiesa del Gesu consecration Moon; thus, the two benefics, Jupiter and Saturn, in the Francis chart, are opposite the two luminaries in the consecration chart.  Could it be that these alignments are all just circumstantial?  “That’s how astrology works, Ed,” an associate told me, implying that, of course we’ll see such alignments when comparing relevant astrological moments.  We’re all just riding the waves of the cosmic gears of the celestial mechanics, fated.

Yet, the elevation of Bergoglio to Francis was a very contrived affair.  Normally, popes are popes until they pass away, but Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, apparently chose to resign his papacy, somewhat suddenly, and to the surprise of basically everyone.  His last day as the Bishop of Rome would be on February 28, 2013.  He cited his declining health as the main reason for his departure.  (He is still alive, btw, and is 91 years of age.)

That gave enough time for a congress, or conclave, of Cardinals to assemble at the Vatican, and vote in a new pope.  That began on March 12, 2013, and ended with the vote for Bergoglio on March 13.  So, thus far, we have these Jesuit charts at this point in my “(some) Vatican Astrology” series, and an update of our chart elements is appropriate:

  1. Regimini militantis ecclesiae — First approval — Sep 27 1540:
    Jupiter = Regulus; Saturn = Spica.
  2. Exposcit debitum — Second approval — July 21 1550: Jupiter = Venus; Sun opposite Saturn.
  3. Ascendente domino — Third approval — May 24, 1584: Lunar eclipse = Aldebaran/Antares axis; eclipse axis sextile and trine to Saturn.
  4. Consecration of Chiesa del Gesu — November 25, 1854:  Sun conjunct Antares (opposite Aldebaran), Mars = Regulus.
  5. Cardinal Bergoglio elected — March 13, 2013:  Jupiter conjunct Aldebaran.

In Part III, I brought up the Gregorian Calendar Reform of 1582, and listed a chart for the moment that the calendar dating skipped the 10 dates of October — one which showed that the Moon was conjunct Aldebaran that night.  I also listed a chart for the eclipse of Christmas, 1582.

At this point, I need to add one more chart, that of the Papal Bull entitled Inter gravissimas that announced and codified the Gregorian Reform. GregorianCalendarBull-1


This chart is interesting, as it, again, aligns, this time by squares, or 90º angles, a conjunction of Mercury and Saturn with the Aldebaran/Antares axis.  In addition to having rulership of agriculture, Saturn also ruled time itself.  It was called “Cronos” in the Greek tradition, from which we get our modern words like “chronology” or “synchronous.”  As a ruler of time, one has to be ruler of the notions of time that we now call calendars; to operate a calendar, one needs to understand the celestial motions of the Sun and Moon, as months (Moon) and years (Sun) are what define calendars.

Having Mercury in the mix, conjunct Saturn and aligned with Aldebaran and Antares, the notion of Hermetic concerns come up, such as the transmission of knowledge, wisdom, and the basic process of sky-mathematics itself.

In any event, we can see that the sidereal values for the Sun in both Inter gravissimas and the opening of the 2013 conclave that elected Bergoglio, which I time to about 9 am on March 12, are quite similar:


So, not only does Jupiter conjoin Aldebaran for the conclave of 2013, and the imminent election of Bergoglio, it also squares quite nicely the Mercury/Saturn of Inter gravissimas.(The new moon of March 11 — 26º27 Aquarius — is also conjunct the Sun of the conclave.) The calendar reform was, as pointed out in Part III, was the domain of the Jesuits, and Christopher Clavius, who was a top astronomer, and a finalizer of the reform schema.

(The choice to publish Inter gravissimas on February 24 is of note to calendar historians, as this was the date in the old Julian calendar that was “doubled” in leap years.  In other words, the old calendar dating count did not use a numbering system of 1 through 28, 30, or 31 in month day-counts.  Instead, the Romans used a system of Kalends, Nones, and Ides.  Kalends (which is where our word for “calendar” originates) were a backwards count for the six-day period before the beginning of the next month, and so Inter gravissimas was issued on “sextile kalends Marti,” with the “sextile” meaning 6th, and March being named after Marti, or Mars.  When the leap day was added, it was the day after sextile kalends, and called “bissextile kalends,” technically causing a second “February 24” to take place, giving that year’s February 29 days.  In the modern day, we just plop a February 29 in the calendar and move on.)

In the pope’s role as the “pontifex maximus,” he is also the authority of timekeeping, and something the Church considers to be their “temporal power” when it comes to world leadership.

Wrapping up this installment of “(some) Vatican Astrology,” we now see that much of the important 16th Century astrology surrounding the Jesuits is connected to the very contemporary reality of Pope Francis, who is about to celebrate his 6th anniversary as pope.

But, as Todd said, “There’s always more!”  There’s a lot more, and we are barely at the end of the beginning of this study.  And, you might be asking, “Ed, what starry thingie do we have at the sidereal 27th degree of Aquarius?”  We’ll find out!

Here we are again, the start of the end, but there’s More
I only want to see if you’ll give up on me, but there’s always More
There is More, International Feel
And there’s More, Interplanetary Deals
But there’s More, Interstellar Appeal
Still there’s More, Universal Ideal
Still there’s More, International Feel



(Yes, there’s a good reason for Todd being here, dressed up like an astronaut during the 2009 AWATS tour.)

~ Ed

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A Brief Introduction to (some) Vatican Astrology – Part IV

In the previous three installments of “…(some) Vatican Astrology,” I put forth three possible astrological charts for the Vatican’s approbations of the Society of Jesus, also called the Jesuits:

The three chart moments take place from 1540 to 1584, at the height of the Italian Renaissance, and also the final years of the Italian Wars.  More importantly, this was the period of the Counter Reformation, a reactionary era that began with Pope Paul III and his Council of Trent, which was scheduled to commence on May 23, 1537; a series of circumstances delayed the effort, and it finally commenced on December 13, 1545.

The Counter-Reformation saw the advent of numerous new religious orders, but none proved as impactful as the Jesuits.  By the time of Loyola’s death, on the last day of July in 1556, the Society had swelled to 150 members, possessed over 100 houses in twelve different regions of the world, founded 35 colleges for the higher education of youth.

Loyola was buried in the little chapel of Santa Maria della Strada, which was adjacent to the house he lived in since 1540.

Shortly after, it was decided to demolish the chapel to make way for the first Jesuit place of worship, the Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina, or the Chiesa del Gesù for short.  This church is considered the first truly baroque façade.

Construction began in 1568, and was mostly completed by 1580.  The church was consecrated by Cardinal Giulio Antonio Santorio, the delegate of pope Gregory XIII, on Sunday, November 25, 1584.



In Part III of (some) Vatican Astrology, I discussed the chart for Ascendente domino, the Papal bull of May 24, 1584, that was the third and final confirmation of the Order before its suppression.  If we draw up a noon chart for the November 25 consecration, we find that the Sun has indeed traveled nearly 180º, arriving within one degree of Antares, opposite of Aldebaran:


And, in the sidereal zodiac:


Keen observers may notice that May 24 and November 25 are near-opposite dates in calendar, and indeed they are 185 days apart, which is a bit more than the 182.5 days that comprise one half of a year of 365 days, but surely there is something to this.

Reprising the chart for Ascendente domino, we see that an eclipse is along the meridian axis, aligned also with the fixed “royal” stars of Aldebaran and Antares:



AND… we can also see that Mars is precisely conjunct the fixed star Regulus on this day as well!  Both charts directly above are calculated in the tropical zodiac, but the next bi-wheel is in sidereal, for comparison:


Thus, these two dates feature Sun, Moon, and Mars on three of the four “royal stars,” and this matches up with Regimini militantis ecclesiae in 1540, the originary Papal chart for the Jesuits, where Jupiter is conjunct Regulus.

I don’t see how all of this can be pure coincidence.  These alignments must be part of an elective astrological scheme.  The question is, then, what importance would all of this have for the Roman Catholic church in the first place?  Or, was this astrology only important to the core Jesuit company, and they directed an oblivious papal contingent to act at the times the company wanted?  Or, was it the other way around?

Pope Paul III, as any expert on the papacy might know, was obsessed with astrology.  He wasn’t the first, though. Pope Julius II (1443–1513) and Pope Leo X (1475–1521) were also defenders of the craft; Leo X actually established a chair of astrology at Sapienza University of Rome, the most prestigious college of the Papal States.

Historian Benson Bobrick counts at least twelve popes who were “votives” of the craft, and most of those assumed the Papacy during the Renaissance:  Julius II, Sixtus IV, Innocent VIII, and Urban VIII.

Astrology was quite the rage in those days, and even Martin Luther’s close friend Melanchthon advised him on matters astrological.

So, it should really come as no surprise that the Society of Jesus was wrapped up in astrological timing.  But, what does this astrology signify?  Was this simply an astrology of self-promotion, or were they trying to pay astro-homage to Jesus himself?  Or, more crucially, were they telling us that Jesus, the concept, was an astrological construct to begin with?

Thus far, with the few charts introduced in this series, we see an emphasis of certain fixed stars, and those stars had their own astrological influences.  First, Ptolemy, in his Tetrabiblos (Ashmand translation), gives these insights:

Leo. Of the stars in Leo, two in the head are like Saturn and partly like Mars. The three in the neck are like Saturn, and in some degree like Mercury. The bright one in the heart, called Regulus, agrees with Mars and Jupiter. Those in the loins, and the bright one in the tail, are like Saturn and Venus: those in the thighs resemble Venus, and, in some degree, Mercury.

The 1540 Jesuit chart has a precise conjunction of Jupiter and Regulus.

Virgo. The stars in the head of Virgo, and that at the top of the southern wing, operate like Mercury and somewhat like Mars: the other bright stars in the same wing, and those about the girdle, resemble Mercury in their influence, and also Venus moderately. The bright one in the northern wing, called Vindemiator, is of the same influence as Saturn and Mercury: that called Spica Virginis is like Venus and partly Mars: those at the points of the feet and at the bottom of the garments are like Mercury, and also Mars, moderately.

The 1540 chart features Saturn conjunct Spica, and here is a departure from Ptolemy, though other astrological and astro-lore influences should be noted.  Saturn, as a planetary deity, ruled over agriculture, and Virgo’s lore was closely tied to agriculture.  The word “Spica” comes directly from the term “spike,” as in “spike of wheat,” which is virgin, or just-harvested wheat:



Here, we might find some correlation with Matthew 9:3738, which reads:  Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” The “Lord of the harvest” would be Saturn.  Saturn, Sun, and Spica are in Saturn’s exalted zodiac sign of Libra, which gives Saturn much dominance in the chart.

Saturn is highly dignified again in the Exposcit debitum chart, being in the Capricorn and Aquarius nexus:



The Sun/Saturn opposition, along with the Venus/Jupiter conjunction, highlight the two chronocrators, and strengthen them in astrological rules.

Finally, the chart for Ascendente Domino finds an eclipse aligned across the local meridian, conjunct Aldebaran and Antares.  Ptolemy says of these two stars:

Taurus. Those stars in Taurus, which are in the abscission of the sign, resemble in their temperament the influence of Venus, and in some degree that of Saturn: those in the Pleiades are like the Moon and Mars. Of the stars in the head, that one of the Hyades which is bright and ruddy, and called Facula*, has the same temperament as Mars: the others resemble Saturn, and, partly, Mercury; and those at the top of the horns are like Mars.  *The little Torch; now known by the name of Aldebaran.  (Footnote added by Ashmand.)

Scorpio. The bright stars in the front of the body of Scorpio have an effect similar to that produced by the influence of Mars, and partly to that produced by Saturn: the three in the body itself, the middle one of which, called Antares*, is ruddy and more luminous, are similar to Mars and moderately to Jupiter: those in the joints of the tail are like Saturn and partly like Venus: those in the sting like Mercury and Mars. The nebula is like Mars and the Moon.  *Adams’s Treatise on the Globes calls this star “Kalb al Akrab, or the Scorpion’s heart,” and adds, that “the word Antares (if it is not a corruption) has no signification.” But it should be observed that Ptolemy states that this star partakes of the nature of Mars: it seems therefore not improbable that Antares may be a regular Greek word, compounded of αντι pro and αρης Mars, and signifying Mars’s deputy, or lieutenant, or one acting for Mars.  (Footnote added by Ashmand.)

So, Mars, Mars and a little Jupiter.  We find Aldebaran as signifying Mithras and Ahura Mazda, as well as Zoroaster, in Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, but her reasoning was that Aldebaran was the marker of the spring equinox when those deities appeared on the scene (see page 233 of Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, 1998 edition).  Brady also goes as far as to assign Aldebaran to Horus, citing the Egyptian mythological tale in which Horus appears (pages 84-5), but that connection seems a bit fantastical.

I’m not sure about the precision of these claims, but there is a tradition of associating Ahura Mazda, and perhaps Mithras, with bull-slaying, which we would have to guess means the Sun entering the constellation of Taurus, and making the bull disappear for about a month, right around the spring equinox.

Kunitzch and Smart, in A Modern Dictionary of Star Names, tell us that “al-dabaran” means “The Follower,” as in being the lunar mansion (with the Hyades) that follows the first lunar mansion – the Pleiades.  Pleiades as the beginning of the “zodiac” has ancient, pre-Babylonian roots.  The “zodiac” in this sense means stars mark the moon’s path, though not necessarily near the ecliptic.

Allen’s Star-Names and Their Meanings tells us:

In all astrology [Aldebaran] has been thought eminently fortunate, portending riches and honor … Sharing everywhere in the prominence given in its constellation, this was especially the case in Babylonian astronomy, where it marked the 5th ecliptic asterism Pindu-sha-Shame, the Furrow of Heaven, perhaps representing the whole zodiac, and analogous to the Hebrew and Arabic Padan and Fadan, the Furrow.

Here we can connect the “furrow” as a trench a plow might make, which then goes back to the “V” shape in the Hyades.  This in turn has some connection to Virgo, and more specifically Spica, which was also associated in Babylon with the furrow, as grains were the product of the furrows of agriculture.  So, agricultural (Saturn) planting (Taurus) and harvesting (Virgo) of the wheat (symbolic, transubstantiated body of Christ), are all nicely represented in our Jesuit charts.

Are you hungry for more?  I’m not loafing around, so we’ll take another bite out of this in the next installment of “(some) Vatican Astrology” as I plow through more data that is sure to give you a rise.

~ Ed

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I miss you, John.

When I started this blog 11+ years ago, it was meant to be a joint project between myself, Ed Kohout, and researcher John Ballantrae, who also had a keen interest in astrology.

John is no longer with us, and I continue to mourn his loss. He was a voracious reader and researcher, and offered insights into history that I had never hoped to imagine.

As I began to insert some of our ideas into this blog those many years ago, we lost a bit of steam early on, due to the many wild swings in both of our personal lives. I had met a woman, who would eventually become my wife. I relocated to the mountains in Riverside County, California, with the aim of having a secluded place to live, and also to study the heavenly motions in a dark-skies setting, in the shadow of Mount Palomar Observatory.

The economy had turned south rather rapidly, and I found myself in a financial pickle, and so my astrological projects (which I considered to be somewhat iconoclastic and well off the beaten path in terms of the normal stuff astrologers were interested in) were put on indefinite hold.

John and I began getting back into the swing of things in 2012, and we enjoyed countless Skype sessions, which mostly consisted of John doling out information on historical matters in waterfall fashion – enough to drown even the most ardent history geek.

In 2014, I bought a small, local newspaper, in partnership with my wife, and set out to do some more practical journalistic damage. We sold the paper in 2017, sold the house, and moved to Idaho for a new adventure. Thus, the time is right for me to get back into the old astro-studies and explorations.

Astrology, if it is anything, is the study of the cycles of celestial motion in relation to the motions of mankind. Humans are in constant motion, as are the heavens, but humanity as a whole has had ramped up its own momentum by many orders of magnitude over the past few centuries, while the motions of the heavens grind on at their very steady and predictable rate. Humanity’s industriousness has been on an upswing as well, with most of the planet now engaged in business activity and interactivity beyond the wildest dreams of anyone 200 years ago. How this is explained by astrology is, well, anyone’s guess, but I’m not here to explain how the whole thing works.

What I do want to accomplish here is a rekindling and reexamination of those many things we used to talk about, and to share them with the public. The time is now. There is plenty to publish here, and I will be using this blog as a portal to some other extensive works I have in the foundry.

I miss you, John. I miss you dearly. But, I still have much of your research legacy at my fingertips, and although new events and insights continue to manifest on this crazy plane of existence, your efforts will remain alive amidst it all.

See you in the stars, my friend!

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A Cursory Look at the 2:18 am Birth Time for Hillary Clinton

The recent debate over the correct birth time for USA Presidential candidate Hillary Diane Clinton has been interesting, to say the least.  I hope, here, to present a defense of this time, using the standard dial-and-midpoint technique of Cosmobiology, or, as some call it, Symmetric Astrology.

For a bit of background, see:

And then a dissection:

Alas, the Rodden data is labeled as “DD,” which means “dirty data,” a rating given to murky data points, even though the very competent astrologer Marc Penfield swears by it.

It should be said here that birth data is a very heady and complicated matter in the realm of astrology.  When, exactly, is someone considered “born,” and can we trust the validity of birth times that are recorded by unknown persons on birth certificates?

Much has been written about these matters, but it is up to individual astrologers to use their skills to verify the usefulness of data as it is reported.  Often, astrologers will settle on an alternate birth time for a natal chart after tinkering with it for some time, in a process called “rectification.”  This is, or should be, standard practice, to be skeptical of what constitutes the basic data of the scope.

The person herself, Clinton, has never released her recorded birth time, and is under no obligation to.  In fact, it might be wise to withhold such information for practical reasons, as many of us still believe that astrology can be used as a weapon, in terms of timing various assaults on a person.  The thinking goes like this:  the points in an astrology chart that are the most sensitive, and vulnerable, are the “angles” and the Moon position, as they move very rapidly and represent the very personal emotional nature of the person, and the inner hopes and dreams, desires, biases, etc.

In this sense, the fundamental character of a person that can be gleaned through a birth chart can be hidden, somewhat, by not divulging the lunar posit.  Or, the time can simply be lied about, throwing everyone off, as there is no way to verify it without an actual study of the official birth certificate that is on file.

Then again, with a figure like Hillary Clinton, not much has been left to the imagination.  We know much more about her than perhaps anyone else in public life, through 25+ years of national media coverage, much of it focusing on her adult life from Wellesley College onward.

Older Guesses at a Birth Time, the data collection site created by Lois Rodden, and most-used by astrologers, offers three times, and sources:

2:18 am – Rodden herself claims to have collected this time.

8:02 am – “Mason time, from staff interview Jan 2003.”

8:00 pm – “herself, according to Ingraham biography.”

The latter times are the most-used by astrologers, it seems, with the 8 pm time being a favorite, perhaps because it posits the Moon in tight alignment with the VE/MA/PL combination often associated with a ruthless passion for power; having Moon there just bolsters the inner desires and dreams for such behavior over the life, and at the apex of the natus, shows the most visible feature of the life.


And, as Moon is receptive in nature, it means also that this is where the person’s enemies and detractors will hone in on.  In other words, no, the very intelligent and prescient nature of Clinton’s ME-90-SA is not a primary driver of her life – only the base, inner, lower-chakra (if you will) part of the personality gains traction with the public.

The endless hysteria over Clinton being part of a mass-murder cult, eliminating enemies one by one, is part of such a narrative, never mind that nothing has ever been proven, or come close to being proven.  Apparently, she and her husband, and their clique, are just very good a murder, and MO=[VE-90-(MA-0-PL)] proves it.

Such VE/MA/PL passions are also victimizing Hillary Clinton in this scenario, with her husband being a known philanderer and, of course, “rapist,” according to those who find it natural to smear the political competition.

Yet, we find that Hillary’s perseverance in the world is nothing less than astonishing.  She’s been crucified and buried more times than I can count, only to be resurrected again.  The Christ himself would be jealous.

Indeed, her favorability ratings (MO/ME), according to Gallup, are quite wild.  Very unpopular when her husband took office in 1993, they have soared, and plummeted, within a certain range, reaching a high plateau during her stint as Secretary of State, and then falling into a chasm recently:


One thing that can be said, generally, about the above graph, is that Clinton suffers mightily during election season, and then rebounds afterward.  She was quite popular with voters in New York State when she served as Senator, handily winning re-election with 67% of the vote.  In the 2000  Senate election, she received 55% of the popular vote, though it should be said that Al Gore took 60% of the vote in NY in that same election.  She currently enjoys a +20 point lead over New York native Donald Trump, though barely skirting above the 50% level of support in recent polls.

What About Those Dials?

Ultimately, the test of which data might be best is to run the various natii through known transits of importance, and there are many to choose from.  For the sake of brevity, I’m going to look at major political events, but first, let’s look at the different midpoint trees for the 8 pm and 2:18 am charts in the 16H, using the 22.5 degree modulus, parallax Moon setting, True Nodes, and the Part of Fortune (a harmonic point of SO-MO+AS):



At first glance, the 2:18 pm chart looks more dynamic, and it is where it counts.  The benefics, Venus and Jupiter, take on more critical roles – rather than canceling each other out, they bring a vibrance to the more difficult pairings of Saturn and Mercury with Uranus, and the industrial Sun/Mars:  VE=[(ME-90-SA)/UR] and JU=SO/MA.

Saturn and Mercury align with the angles, bringing that dynamic square into the forefront.    Clinton is known as a very studied “policy wonk,” with extensive writing to her credit.

Moon, instead of being tied to Mars, is with Neptune, and Pluto finds the midpoint of Venus and Mars, instead of being in aspect with the Ascendant.  The Midheaven, most important with the probability of worldly achievement, is more favorable as well in the 2:18 chart, and the Ascendant points to a far more dynamic, and directed, MA/JU, instead of a more directionless SO/NE, and brings a worldly attention to her ME-90-SA through the Nodes.

In my opinion, the 8 pm chart is nearly impossible to negotiate in a career with high public visibility.  There are too many maniacal combinations, a tendency to self-destruct, and probably die young from either accident or stress on the system.

When we consider the immense negative, and outlandish, charges against Hillary in the media, the receptive Moon’s connection to the Neptunian realm of dark undercurrents makes more sense.  Hillary is the receptor of the illnesses others project on her.

As for transits, we can see that the 2:18 chart best describes Hillary’s highest points in public life, during her years in the State Department.  When she was approved (by a 94-2 vote) on January 21, 2009, her Moon was seeing the best possible transit:


Yet, the potential for trouble lurked with MA/PL in the otherwise fortunate combination of natal [SO/MO] = transit [SO/(VE-45-JU)=(MA/PL)].

As she spent her term visiting 112 nations, and implementing a post-Bush/Cheney foreign policy, she earned mostly high marks, and praise, from around the globe, and at home.

Shattering that, obviously, was the Benghazi incident, on September 11, 2012:


Above, we see the transiting SA/PL midpoint hitting Clinton’s natal MO/PL, and below, the transiting SA/PL midpoint transits her Secretaryship’s SO/PL, which is exactly what we would expect in such a scenario.


There are certainly many other energies at play here, and I’ll leave it to readers to investigate for themselves, as this is not meant to be an exhaustive study.

As it appears right now, Hillary is mathematically assured of being the next President.  If we compare her 2:18 natus with the chart for the next Presidency, the picture is a bit worrisome.  While the 8 pm chart places Moon with Mars and Pluto, leaving an unbalanced situation with the luminaries (a weaker Sun), the 2:18 chart has a more psychologically balanced scenario, with [SO/VE]=[MO/MA].  Given that PL=[VE/MA], a vital axis appears as such, at about the 39 degree point on the 45 modulus:


This axis will be transited by a very serious MO=[MA-90-SA] tree at the scheduled inauguration time, leaving this:

HRC [SO/MO]/[PL=(VE/MA)] = POTUS-2017 MO=[MA-90-SA]:


This is perhaps the opposite of a “cake walk,” and one can only imagine the tests Hillary will be put through in her term.  That same POTUS-2017 chart also features the destined SO=JU/SA, bringing this Presidency to the very leadership of the world of nations, and more specifically SO=MO/JU=JU/SA=PL/AS.  It’s anything but pretty, but surely, if this 2:18 chart time is correct, the cosmos has brought the right human together with the right challenges.  As this presumptive Hillary term ends in 2021, under a new synod of Jupiter and Saturn, what happens in the next four years will obviously be the closing of the 9/11 era, and the seeds of a new global scenario will become more apparent. No doubt we’ll be living in “interesting times,” but if handled properly…  oh, I know, I’m such an optimist!

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