Evidence and Synchronicity in Astrology
by Leslie Marlar, June ’23
In Summer of ’21, we found out that my brother was ill with suspicion that it was terminal. We brought him to this area and I managed his care until his death 8 months later.
Saturn was in Aquarius in ’21 and ’22. It was on my Mercury in Aquarius in the whole sign 10th and opposing my Pluto, Saturn, and Mars in Leo. Mercury rules my 2nd house and my 5th because I am Taurus rising. During this time I managed my brother’s care and attended his death. I inherited a bit from him, some of which were sporting items. And I hurt my back. My brother has a Taurus Sun, so the Uranus Saturn square in Taurus and Aquarius was affecting his Sun and my Ascendant.
So, we can see that Saturn in the sky opposing my Pluto, Saturn, and Mars in Leo hurt my back. Mercury, natural rulers of siblings, with Saturn on it showed my brother’s demise. And Mercury ruler of 2nd and 5th brought inheritance and even sport. (This would have made him happy.) The fact that we both have something important in Taurus is what we see in the charts of families. My mother also has a Taurus Sun.
I feel that this is very good evidence for the planets at work in our lives.
Here is another piece of evidence. When I do mini readings, I note what sign is rising in the sky and what sign is rising in my client’s chart. This is a 1st house connection between what is in the sky rising and what is rising in my client at the time of her birth. That are other factors that show this connection and I have calculated them. There is a 1 in 12 chance that any sign is rising at any time. For the client’s chart and the sky to match there is a .08 chance of this. I saw this match .37 or 37% of the time.
In other research, I have been setting up charts of spacex launches since 2014. I learned to set the charts for any attempted launchs and contrast those with the final successful launch. I looked at a year’s worth of launches recently and saw that the discord between planets that kept the rocket from launch was weakened or over by the time of the successful launch. It was particularly interesting to see charts when Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto were together in Capricorn and later when Saturn, Uranus and other planets were together in Aquarius.
On a lighter note here’s something serious and something fun about synchronicity. Jung defined it as a meaningful coincidence. Also in his paper “Synchronicity An Acausal Connecting Principal” he used this as a definition for astrology. He also said that astrology was becoming a science. And he said that the archetypes represented by the planets and sign ARE the collective unconscious. And he wrote a book on UFO’s that I have lost twice.
Now here is the fun quote from my colleague.
“Hi there. Just sharing…A girlfriend of mine, also a widow, and I are going to a Play this afternoon called “The Cemetery Club”. It’s a dramedy about 3 women, all widows, who meet at the cemetery & discuss their lives. I checked the planets to my chart. Jupiter at 5 Taurus is in trine to my Venus at 5 Virgo. Ok, looks good. Jupiter (fun) and Venus (female & Play). I also love to check Rudhyar’s Mandela which often ‘speaks’ to me. 5 degrees Taurus reads “Widow at an Open Grave”! Talk about synchronicity! I love Astrology, but have no idea how this stuff works!? Freaky sometimes!”
So we in astrology have some fun but even more important, is that life’s events make sense and little if anything is random.
From the Desk of Leslie Marlar, Oct ’23
STAR Guild met on the 26th under an Aquarian Moon. We discussed disposition, the current & upcoming position of Mars and the Sun, the astrology of events in Morocco and Derna, and special things in students’ charts.
The biography of Elon Musk cites a birth time of 7:30 am. I plan an article on my cite on Elon and his chart. The solar house chart we have been using for him is close to the actual chart. And this genius has Mercury very close to the Ascendant.
Here are some of the events that happened in September. Let’s look at the data.
Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Keaton Beach, Fl at 7:45am. A late Aquarius Moon was near Saturn in wet Pisces. Mars in air sign, Libra was square extreme Pluto. The Moon went into Pisces at 10am and the storm was very wet.
Mexico decriminalized abortion on Sep 5th with the 2nd Quarter Moon in Gemini. This is the sign opposite faith sign, Sagittarius. 3 things come to mind: Aquarian Age values, El Dia de Los Muertos, and Our Lady of Quadalupe, the Virgin of the New World. However you feel about this, it is a good example of Aquarian Age values versus Piscean Age values.
On the 8th at 11:11 pm an earthquake took place in Oukaimedene, Morocco. Unexpected Uranus was on the Ascendant and ruling the 10th house, and the Moon was square destructive Mars within a degree. A square describes that the planets are 90 degrees of arc away from each other. A square is powerful & tense. This quake killed thousands. The 10th house is the public identity of the moment and the 1st house or Ascendant is the personal identity of the moment.
On Sept 10th Daniel was moving along the coast of Libya. Two damns broke from the excessive rain, the first at 3:00 am on the 11th. A wall of water destroyed Derna and killed thousands. At the time the wall should have reached Derma, the Moon, associated with water, was in the first house of the chart at that time and place. The 1st house would be the identity of the moment.
Hunter Biden was indicted under a new moon in Virgo. This is a new start for him. Mars was opposing his Mars and on his Uranus. This could have been a surprise.
A stealth fighter went missing over S. Carolina with the Moon with Mars in air sign, Libra. Mars in Libra sounds like a fighter jet.
On the 18th with the Moon in government money sign, Scorpio, the Iran prisoner swap happened costing us 6.5 billion $. Also under this Moon Hunter Biden sued the IRS for agents’ testimony against him.
The increase in immigrants coming here is partially overwhelming Pluto in the sky opposing Pluto in the U.S. chart. This has been a long term aspect.
Menendez and his wife were indicted for bribery on Sep. 22nd. Later that day, the Capricorn Moon was in his Sun sign.
Over 100 people were killed in a wedding fire in Bakhdida, Iraq on the 26th. The Moon was with loss and death planet, Saturn.
Next month The Sun in week 3, Mercury in week 3, and Mars in week 1 and 2 will square extreme Pluto, so, expect extreme events. On days when the Moon is in Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, it will connect with this.
Mercury through the 4th will oppose Neptune; this suggests deception.
Venus will square Uranus in week 1 and oppose Saturn in week 2. So expects tense events that involve women, the arts, and money.
A New Moon Solar Eclipse in Libra takes place on the 13th and 14th, which shows a new start in ideas, justice, and relationships.
A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus is happening on the 28th and 29th in money signs.
Fairly good days this month are: 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 24, & 25.
Under eclipses it is good to do something special but also be circumspect.
Next month, STAR Guild meets on Skype at 6pm on the 24th.
Astrologer Leslie Marlar PAI ’77
Hermetician Church of Light ’93 www.light.org
Honors Graduate, BGS, Rollins ’90
From the Desk of Leslie Marlar, Sept ’23
STAR Guild met online on skype on Tuesday, the 22nd and focused on the positions and effects of the Sun and Mars passing through our charts. The Sun is behind Mars and doing some cleanup after it entered the area where Mars had been causing trouble. We like to gather data by noting what has happened to us and what was happening with the planets. My trouble was a hard drive crash when the New Moon in Leo happened exactly on my Mars.
In the world various things happened in and a bit before August. Archer testified before Congress on 7/31 with the Moon in reputation sign, Capricorn. This opposes Biden’s 1st house ruler, Jupiter in Cancer, showing events coming to him.
Under an Aquarius Full Moon on the 1st and 2nd. Trump was indicted for the Jan. 6th event. The Moon was in his 7th house, the legal house and it was on the Moon in the U.S. chart. Under the same Moon, our credit rating was downgraded.
Sudan has been having serious conflict for the last 4 months. This could reflect the changed positions of Saturn and Pluto, which happened in March. Other changes are the Trump indictments and Biden’s continuing weakening.
On the 7th an 8th we had the 2nd Quarter Moon with Sun in Leo and the Moon in Taurus. The fires in Maui started on the 8th and in Norway after days of rain, a dam burst on the 9th.
On the 14th Trump was indicted with 18 others in the Ga. Election case with the New Moon in Leo. Leo is his personal 1st house, him.
Also under this Moon a plant exploded in San Cristobol killing 31 and gangs killed 36 Nigerian soldiers. And there was an explosion in Makhachkala in Russia, killing 35.
Fires are still burning in Canada; Venus has been in fire sign, Leo since week 2 of June.
A Russian spacecraft crashed into the Moon with a movable air sign, Libra Moon on the 20th. India stuck the landing on the 23rd with a fixed sign, Scorpio Moon.
In Pakistan on the 23rd, 3 weeks of flooding were cited. Between Mercury and Mars, one or the other was opposing Saturn or Neptune in water sign Pisces.
On the 23rd, with the Moon in death sign, Scorpio, murderous Prigozhin was shot down in Russia by murderous Putin.
On the 24th with the Moon in Sagittarius, Trump’s Moon sign, he was arrested in Ga. The Mug shot dropped and was a total hit for various reasons, and almost immediately on sale.
Full Moon in Pisces on the 30th and 31st coincides with the possible arrival on the west coast of Fla. of hurricane Idalia. We’ll see what happens.
This month I was impressed with how many events coincided with Moon phases. I think of the conjunction , opposition, and squares of the Moon as the tidal aspects because their gravitational force affects the tides. The natural effects imply to us that there should be a supernatural effect as shown in events for us and in the world.
In September these things look important.
Mars is in Libra and shows a drive to relate things and people. There can be problems in these relationships, especially toward the end of the month when Mars squares extreme Pluto. So, let’s put people and things together well.
Mercury spends its last full month in Virgo. Mercury makes good connections to planets in financial sign Taurus and makes difficult connections to planets in wet sign, Pisces.
Venus spends its last month in fire sign, Leo and also makes difficult connections to planets in financial sign, Taurus.
The New Moon is in Virgo on the 13, 14, and morning of the 15th. Here is a new start in Science.
The Full Moon in Aries happens late on the 28th, 29th and 30th. Kamala has this same Full Moon in her birth chart.
The Squares are in Gemini later on the 5th, 6th, and 7th and in Sagittarius on the afternoon of the 20th, 21st, and much of the 22nd.
Expect events around all of these Moon phase dates.
Fairly good days in Sept are: 4, 9, 14, 15, 24, 27, & 28.
STAR Guild meets on skype on the 26th at 6 pm.
Email me if you need me.
Astrologer Leslie Marlar PAI ’77
Hermetician Church of Light ’93
Honors Graduate, BGS, Rollinns ’90
The Astrology of Zelenskyy, Ukraine, and Putin
by Leslie Marlar March ’22 www.lesliemarlar.com
On day 1 of the Ukraine Russia War the Moon was in Sagittarius, which is the sign of Putin’s Mars. Transiting Mars and Venus were getting very close to Pluto and all squared, in the last half of February, Putin’s Sun, Saturn, Neptune, and Mercury in Libra and in the 12th house. Mercury and Saturn were passing through his 4th house, house of territory, and transiting Uranus continues to pass slowly through his 7th house of war.
The strongest feature of Putin’s chart is the Sun, Saturn, Neptune, and Mercury in Libra in the 12th house, which has been heavily stimulated by planets in Capricorn since Nov. of ’21. His Sun Saturn shows harsh power methods and his Mercury Neptune shows creativity with the truth. A square from Uranus to all four shows radical methods.
The Aug. 24th 1991 Ukraine chart has Saturn and the Moon in Aquarius. With Saturn now in Aquarius, they are having their Saturn return. Their Sun is in early Virgo and Mars is in late Virgo. The strongest feature of the chart is Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus in later Leo in an out of sign conjunction with the very early Virgo Sun. The country has spirit.
Zelenskyy has emerged as a seminal figure. He has the Ascendant in smart Gemini with good Jupiter. His ruler, Mercury, is in sound Capricorn in the 8th house, sextile Uranus and square Pluto. He is being called upon to speak as his country is dying. His Mars is in early Leo, his Saturn in late Leo and his Moon is in mid-Leo trine Neptune and square Uranus. All are in the 3rd house. The Sun and Venus are in early Aquarius opposing Mars. A Full Moon was still in effect at his birth with a separation of 12 degrees.
Zelenskyy’s late Leo Saturn is with the late Leo and early Virgo main feature of Ukraine’s chart. And The Ukraine’s Saturn is on his Sun and Venus and opposes his Mars. So he is called upon to manage the Ukraine’s difficulties.
Putin’s Mars in Sagittarius squares Ukraine’s Virgo Mars. ( Mars and Sagittarius rule missiles.) Putin’s fixed Venus and Jupiter square Zelenskyy’s Leo Moon and connect with Zelenskyy’s Moon square Uranus. Putin’s Sun and Saturn square Zelenskyy’s Mercury. His Mars trines Zelenskyy’s Saturn and his Libra planets trine Zelenskyy’s Gemini Ascendant and Jupiter. He is bringing out some good things in Zelenskyy.
The shift of Mars and Venus from Capricorn to Aquarius suggests a shift from ground to air activity in Ukraine.
Saturn and the Moon in Aquarius are more stimulated by this in the Ukraine chart. In Zelenskyy’s chart Mars, the Sun, Venus, the Moon, Uranus, and Saturn are more stumulated. Also, Mars is near Saturn in late March and early April. This is challenging for anything.
Conclusion: Ukraine is having it’s Saturn return. When the twin towers were blown up, they were having their Saturn return. Saturn is also moving to oppose Ukraine’s Leo planets. But Jupiter and Venus near the Sun are a blessing.
Putin’s Sun, Saturn. Neptune, and Mercury in the KGB-like 12th house marks him as having questionable character. The 12th house is also the house of self-undoing. Venus in his first and Jupiter in his 7th promote him through contacts.
Zelenskyy is smart and good and selected by his planets to deal with distruction in Ukraine and possibly his own. Transiting Saturn is opposing his Moon. Venus near his Sun and Jupiter near his Ascendant are a blessing. Good Luck Ukraine and Zelenskyy
Tom Brady, Feb. ’22 t_brady_Novice 2 Wheel
Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T., “greatest of all time” in his football quarterback career. He has no planets in Capricorn, but its ruler, Saturn is in Leo near his Sun.
Due to Saturn’s bad reputation, it is encouraging to see it prominent in the chart of a successful person. In fact, I have noticed that extreme fame seems to be associated with a prominent Saturn. Supreme Court Justice Scalia had the Sun with Saturn. Kennedy and Mohamed Ali had Saturn in the 10th house.
Brady’s horoscope has several interesting features.
Brady has Pluto rising in Libra. He is nice looking and graceful. And his career has been as a member of a group, which is Pluto.
His Aries Moon is in the 7th house. Aries is the sign of leadership and he is a leader. The 7th house represents those who oppose the Ascendant. This marks the opposing teams. His Sun is with Saturn in Leo in the 11th house showing that Saturn things like organization and disipline are important to him. And Leo represents those who are the center of attention. Leos who know how to behave when the attention is on them are successful. The 11th house shows friends, the team. He has Venus at the top of the chart and this shows favor coming to him from those above him. His Mercury is in Virgo which is deliberate and analytical. This nicely decribes his behavior on the field. Mars in Gemini is athelitic. And Mars is part of a structure that sextiles his Moon, sextiles his Sun, and trines his Ascendant. And his Moon trine Sun is general good luck.
He announced his retirement on the day of the new moon in Aquarius. Saturn was there too and all of this opposed his Sun and Saturn in Leo. It’s enough to make you believe in astrology. P.S. On Sunday, March 13th, Brady announced that he would remain in football. This time the Moon was on his Sun and Saturn in Leo.
As you know, Brady decided to play another season, 22-23. This period did not go well for him. He and his wife divorced and he had a losing season. His Mars in Gemini was and is being affected by Mars in the sky, here from week 4 Aug. ’22 to week 4 March ’23. Mars is energetic but as the god of war, it is also all kinds of trouble. Remember Tom has his Leo Sun next sto Saturn in his birth chart. He has worked this well and succeeded. But in ’22, Saturn in the sky was opposing his natal Sun and Saturn. Goals did not go as hoped and worked for.
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Neil Armstrong and His Horoscope chart neil armstrong
Neil Armstrong was the first man on the Moon.
Prior to his becoming an astronaut, he was a combat pilot and a test pilot. There is a dangerous, martial aspect to his flying. He has the air sign, Aquarius for his Midheaven and another air sign, Gemini is rising. He also has Mars in Gemini in the first house which corresponds to the danger in the air. He did have mishaps.
His Moon is in the 7th house in Sagittarius. The 7th like the first, shows what comes to us, it can also show our destination. Also please note that Gemini and Sagittarius are travel signs. Having these planets and signs in key places in his chart is showing the key features of his life.
His Leo Sun, making good aspects, suggests success. His three planets in cool, deliberate Virgo correspond to his being an engineer.
Venus, ruler of the 5th, the house of children, squares the Moon and shows his emotion over his daughter dying in her early youth. The fact that the Moon is 11 degrees away from Saturn in the 8th corresponds to his loss and sorrow. Jupiter opposing 8th house, Saturn can show extreme loss, extremes in government funds, and a destiny to participate in an important part of history.
His chart matches his life.
Since Michael’s arrival, I’ve seen mention of 4 hurricanes grouped together for ferocity and effect. They are the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Andrew, Camille and Michael. A landfall time for the Labor Day hurricane is hard to find. But the others are available and show a common factor, to be shown soon.
It is easy to see the correspondents of hurricanes when we have a landfall time.
Frequently there is an opposition across the 1st and 7th wholesign houses, the areas of the eastern and western horizons. This is appropriate because it shows that an event is upon them at that time and place.
For Katrina we have Saturn, and Mercury in the 1st in Leo, with Mercury opposing Neptune.
Sandy has Jupiter in Gemini in the 1st and Mars in the 7th. There is also a Full Moon in Taurus with Saturn near the Sun.
Recent Florence has Mercury and the Sun in Virgo in the 1st, with Mercury in a close opposition with wet Neptune in wet Pisces.
Camille has Saturn in the 1st house in Taurus with the Ascendant opposing Neptune in Scorpio.
Michael has Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in the 1st with Pluto close to the Ascendant.
And Andrew has Mercury in Leo in the 1st house in a very close opposition with Saturn.
Andrew, Camille, Katrina, and Michael all show Saturn in the wholesign first or 7th. This a remarkable correspondent of loss for 4 storms that brought great loss. When we are asked to demonstrate the veracity of astrology, we can site this type of evidence.
Astrology and the Bible
by Leslie Marlar, March ’18
On gets the impression from the messages coming to us in Western Society that Astrology is not accepted. Since the Bible is the foundation of much of Western culture, it seems that the negative treatment of Astrology comes from this. To my surprise, the Bible makes many positive references to Astrology and I would like to share them with you.
The format is simple. I will note the quote and explain it from the astrological perspective. The Bible in use is St. Jerome’s Vulgate, unless otherwise noted.
Genesis, Chap. 1, verses 14 to 18. Creation of our Symbols.
14 And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and for years:
15 To shine in the firmament of heaven, and to give light upon the earth. And it was so done.
16 And God made two great lights: a greater light to rule the day; and a lesser light to rule the night: and the stars.
17 And he set them in the firmament of heaven to shine upon the earth.
18 And to rule the day and the night, and to divide the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
This reference is on the first page of the Bible where creation is the topic. These lights rule time periods, are for signs and seasons, shine on the earth, and separate light and dark. Figuratively they are working for God in many ways including shining on us, or giving us understanding or light. Some refer to the night sky as God’s writing. Kepler referred to God as the geometricising God.
Also, these quotes are referred to by astrologers as the basis for the timing of secondary progressions, a day for a year.
Genesis, Chap 35, verses 22 through 26. The 12 Tribes.
22….Now the sons of Jacob were 12.
23 The sons of Lia: Ruben the first born, and Simeon, and Levi, and Juda, and Issachar, and Zabulon.
24 The sons of Rachel: Joeseph and Benjamin.
25 The sons of Bala, Rachel’s handmaid: Dan and Nephtali.
26 The sons of Zelpha, Lia’s handmaid: Gad and Aser: these are the sons of Jacob that were born to him in Mesopotamia of Syria.
We associate the 12 sons of Jacob, Israel with the 12 tribes. And the 12 tribes with the 12 signs. Later we will see the breastplate of the head priest with 12 gems representing the 12 tribes. And it is our job to figure out which gem goes with which sign. Things are sounding Kabalistic already. We are looking at one of the world’s scriptures and we are finding subtle messages.
Genesis Chapter 37 verses 9 & 10. Joseph’s Dream.
9 He dreamed also another dream, which he told his brethren, saying: I saw in a dream as it were the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars worshiping me. 10 And when he had told this to his father and brethren, his father rebuked him , and said: What meaneth this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother , and thy brethren worship thee upon the earth?
It is interesting to me that the father, mother, and 11 brothers, who together with Joseph represent the 12 sons of Jacob, the 12 tribes of Israel are symbolized as Sun, Moon, and stars. How about Sun. Moon, and signs?
As we see astrology and metaphysics in the Bible, let’s remember that Moses was from Egypt and Abraham from Ur. Astrology was practiced in both.
Genesis, Chapter 44, Verses 5 & 15. Joseph’s Cup
5 The cup which you have stolen is that in which my lord drinketh. And in which he is wont to divine: you have done a very evil thing.
15 And he said to them: Why would you do so? know you not that there is no one like me in the science of divining.
Divining is not treated well in Leviticus and it surprised me that beloved Joseph divined.
Genesis Chapter 49, Verses 1 through 28. Jacob’s prophetical blessing for his 12 sons, the 12 tribes, the 12 signs.
And Jacob called his sons, and said to them: Gather yourselves together that I may tell you the things that shall befall you in the last days.
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, O ye sons of Jacob, harken to Israel your father:
3 Reuben my firstborn, though art my strength, and the beginning of my sorrow: excelling in gifts, greater in command.
4 Thou art poured out as water, grow thou not: because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed, and didst defile his couch.
5 Simeon and Levi brethren: vessels of iniquity, waging war.
6 Let not my soul go into their counsel, nor my glory be in their assembly: because in their fury they slew a man, and in their selfwill they undermined a wall.
7 Cursed be their fury, because it was stubborn: and their wrath because it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and and will scatter them in Israel.
8 Juda, thee shall thy brethren praise: thy hands shall be on the necks of thy enemies: the sons of thy father shall bow down to thee.
9 Juda is the lion’s whelp: to the prey my son, thou art gone up: resting thou has couched like a lion, as a lioness, who shall rouse him?
10 The scepter will not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations.
11 Tying his foal to the vineyard, and his ass, O my son, to the vine, and his garment in the blood of the grape.
12 His eyes are more beautiful than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
13 Zabulon shall dwell on the sea shore, and in the road of ships, reaching as far as Zidon.
14 Issachar shall be a strong ass lying down between the borders.
15 He saw rest that it was good: and the land that it was excellent: and he bowed his shoulder to carry, and became a servant under tribute.
16 Dan shall judge his people like another tribe in Israel.
17 Let Dan be a snake in the way, a serpent in the path, that biteth the horses heals that his rider may fall backward.
18 I will look for thy salvation O Lord.
19 Gad, being girded, shall fight before him: and he himself shall be girded backward.
20 Aser, his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield dainties to kings.
21 Nephtali, a hart let loose, and giving words of beauty.
22 Joseph is a growing son, a growing son and comely to behold; the daughters run to and fro upon the wall.
23 But they who held darts provoked him, and quarreled with him, and envied him.
24 His bow rested upon the strong, and the bands of his arms and his hands were loosed, by the hands of the mighty one of Jacob: thence he came forth a pastor, the stone of Israel.
25 The God of thy father shall be thy helper, and the Almighty shall bless thee with the blessing of the heavens above, with the blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings of his fathers: until the desire of the everlasting hills shall come; may they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the Nazarite among his brethren.
27 Benjamin a ravenous wolf, in the morning shall eat the prey, and in the evening shall divide the spoil.
28 All these are the 12 tribes of Israel: these things their father spoke to them, and he blessed every one, with their proper blessing.
Of course, the question is, which son/tribe is which sign?
Fortunately Rabbi and Astrologer Joel Dobin in his book, “To Rule Both Night and Day” matches up the sons in the order of their birth and the signs in their order. Back in Jacobs day, Taurus was the first sign and Aries the last sign. That is, the vernal equinox was in Taurus. So, we have: Taurus Reuben, Gemini Simon, Cancer Levi, Leo Juda, Virgo Zebulun, Libra Issachar, Scorpio Dan, Sagittarius Gad, Capricorn Asher, Aquarius Naphtali, Pisces Joseph, and Aries Benjamin. I’m looking forward to seeing the gems associated with the tribes and as a result, the signs.
Shakespeare and Astrology
by Leslie Marlar Nov. ’16
We know that Shakespeare used numerous Astrological quotes in his writings. Does the literary community know enough about Astrology to understand these? I doubt it. I am going to try to shed light on this. My Shakespeare is a little rough, but my Astrology is quite good. P.S. Last night I dreamed that I was walking done a path bordered by beautiful yellow flowers. They were thick and the greens and yellows were beautiful. I think this project, started today, is my going down that beautiful path.
The Winter’s Tale. “There’s some ill planet reigns: I must be patient till the heavens look with an aspect more favorable.” The Sun, Moon, planets, and points on the ecliptic called angles form geometrical relationships with each other called aspects. Planets near each other form a conjunction which is powerful. Planets 60 or 120 degrees of arc from each other are harmoniously related and planets 90 or 180 degrees of arc from each other are in a stressful relationship. In addition to aspect, a planet can reign if it is in an important place in the sky. The eastern horizon and the zenith are very important places. And there are planets with a bad reputation for trouble like Mars, the god of war and Saturn, the Titan who ate his children. So Queen Hermione notes that a bad aspect is in place and that she should wait for a good one. Things are always moving in the sky. Shakespeare is upholding the theory that it makes sense to avoid action at bad times and instead do something at a good time because there is a connection between things happening on earth and in the sky.
When someone close to me had open heart surgery, I had no control over the choice of time and date. One ill planet reigned. Mars was square (90) the Moon. This causes infection and he did get a mild one at the incision, not the heart, at a later point. But at the time of the surgery, the Sun and Mars were at 120 degrees and good Jupiter and the Ascendant were 60 degrees from those. According to the heart surgeon it all went very well.
“Swear his thought over by each particular star in heaven and by all their influences,” Planets used to described as stars; for example, the star of Jupiter being said instead of Jupiter. But the actual stars are also thought to have influence. My own policy to determine the influence of a star is to note its appearance, the mythological stories associated with it, and the image of the constellation that it is in. For example, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. In the U.S. horoscope, Sirius is very close to our Sun. The Sun is aways important in a chart and here it is with the brightest star in the sky. The interpretation is that our country is bright or great.
“It is a bawdy planet, that will strike where ’tis predominant; and ’tis powerful, think it, from, east, west, north, and south;
I think he is talking about the power of a planet at the angles, the Ascendant in the east, the Descendant in the west, the Nadir tilted north, and the Zenith in the south.
And here is a great example. In the horoscope of the country, Haiti. Mars is at the Zenith and Saturn is at the Descendant. So two bawdy planets are striking this country and the country is known for its difficulties. When the devastating Jan 12th 2010 quake hit Haiti, in a horoscope set up for the time of the quake, Pluto was on Haiti’s Mars and Saturn was on their Saturn. Here are two strikes at the time of the quake. When hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in October ’16, Mars was on Haiti’s Mars and Jupiter was on Haiti’s Saturn. Here are two planets striking again. Incidentally, when a planet in the sky, returns to the place that it was in, in the birth horoscope, we call it a return. Haiti had a Saturn return at the time of the quake and a Mars return for the hurricane. When dealing with people, returns are opportunities for a new start. Under the Mars return, we recommend new actions, like exercise. Under the Saturn return we recommend new longterm goals. In the U.S. Chart, we are having our Pluto return. This is happening in a financial area of our chart. We would say that improving our financial structure is required in order to have a good new start.
The Tempest. Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan says, “ and by my prescience I find my zenith doth depend upon a most auspicious star; whose influence if now I court not, but omit, my fortunes will ever after droop.” The zenith in a person’s horoscope is associated with one’s station. In the sky, it is a reigning force. He seems to be saying that his public life and station, his zenith, is dependent upon taking some action involving an auspicious star. Or that an auspicious star is at the zenith and a good time to take an action. He’s into magic, so there is no telling what he is up to, but we know it involves the top of his horoscope or the current or recent horoscope, an action, and the influence of a star.
I note that Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is at the zenith once a day. What a good time to start something. Modern astrologers have software that shows us the changing sky. So it is easy to see when the 15th degree of Cancer is at the zenith.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
Horatio says, “As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the Sun; and the moist star, Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse: And even the like precurse of fierce events,- As harbingers preceding still the fates, And prologue to the omen coming on,- Have heaven and earth together demonstrated Unto our climature and countrymen.
Here Shakespeare is noting the effects of comets and eclipses on coming events. This reminds me of the Moon’s, moist star’s, influence on the tides, Neptune’s empire. I have seen in the charts of earthquakes, the Moon in a tide influencing position, which is a little past the angles. The Moon affects even the land at high and low tides.
I also think of 8th century St Bede. In his “Ecclesiastical History of England”, he notes in the chronology, a comet and 3 eclipses and attendant powerful events. In one instance he says,” In the year 664 an eclipse came to pass: Earconbert, King of Kent, died; and Colman with his Scots returned to his own people; a great plague arose; and Chad and Wilfrid were made bishops of Northumbria.”
In Hamlet, Marcellus says,” some say that ever gainst that season comes wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated, the bird of dawning singeth all night long; and then, they say, no spirit can walk abroad; the nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, no fairy takes, nor witch has power to charm;” The use of the word strike shows that planets have an effect but not at this time. I find myself with a new vocabulary: planets reigning and planets striking, and this is good Astrology.
Again in Hamlet, Polonius, talking to the King about what he said to his daughter says,
“And my young mistress thus I did bespeak, Lord Hamlet is a Prince, out of thy star;”
So now the question is about certain planets and stars in the charts of royals as compared to those with less prestige. If he is talking about a planet, Jupiter and the Sun are bodies of high rank according to Rex Bills. She may not be ruled by the star or planet that would represent an appropriate mate for Hamlet. Or he is not included in her type represented by a mate describing planet in her chart. Or her Sun may not be dignified enough to represent him. He is not in her world, defined by her star.
This makes me think of some related ideas. A person can be shown to be special when a 1st magnitude star is in an important place in their chart. Trump has Regulus on his Ascendant. G.W. Bush has his Sun close to Sirius. Another placement showing rank is the ruler of the Ascendant being elevated. Queen Elizabeth 2 has this. She is Capricorn rising and her Saturn is at the top of her chart. Queen Elizabeth 1 also had Capricorn rising, but her Saturn was in the 7th, in Cancer, the house of enemies. Her father was a Sun in cancer so he was one of her enemies. And finally here’s a little something about Prince Charles. He has the Moon in Taurus in his 10th and his Mother is a Taurus. This is like astrological poetry.
In Act 3, Hamlet describes himself as crawling between earth and heaven. This takes no explanation but it reminds me of something. I was soaking between earth and heaven the other night in the hot tub at 2 am. I have a view of the southern ecliptic and saw magnificent Leo past the zenith, Corvus at the zenith, and bright Jupiter and Spica moving up to it. Magic does exist in the world; we just have to look up.
Hamlet says to his mother in reference to her murdered husband and his murderer, “Look here upon this picture and on this, – The counterfeit presentment of two brothers. See what a grace was seated upon this brow; Hyperion’s curls; the front of Jove himself; An eye like Mars, to threaten and command; A station like the herald Mercury New-lighted on the heaven-kissing hill; A combination and a form, indeed Where every god did seem to set his seal, To give the world assurance of the man:”
The mythological gods in appearance, nature, and activity show us what the planets are like. So to us, the Sun, or Jove, or Mars, or Mercury are the gods and the planets which are features of our charts and facets or our own personalities.
Midsummer’s Night Dream. In this play Theseus, Duke of Athens, says,
” Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptual hour draws apace; four happy days bring in Another moon: but, oh, methinks, how slow this old moon wanes!”… “Four nights will quickly dream away the time; And then the moon, like a silver bow New bent in heaven, shall behold the night Of our solemnities.”
The Duke and Hippolyta are to be married right after the new moon when there is a crescent moon. They do not want to marry under a declining Moon. Timing this marriage with a new crescent Moon shows a new start and a marriage that develops over a long time. One would not want to start a new marriage under an old Moon.
To be continued.
If you live on the space coast of Florida, you can watch launches from your driveway. And the other night we watched the Spacex Falcon 9 go up and then the first stage come down. What we saw looked like a rocket landing in a 50’s syfy movie. It was thrilling to see and it was a milestone in the space program.
As an astrologer, I have some interesting charts to show you that correspond to the launch attempts. A chart is a map of the sky showing all the celestial bodies and signs. Keep in mind that the Moon is very important in every chart.
The rocket was scheduled to go on Saturday, the 19th. It did not due to the interference of a static fire test. In the chart set up for that time, we can see the Moon in the fire sign, Aries near explosive Uranus and opposing fiery Mars. Someone like me would not suggest a launch corresponding to a chart like this due to discordant planetary relationships. Discord is associated with failure and harmony with success.
The next night, Sunday, the 20th it did not go. The experts said the chances were better the next night. On Sunday, the Moon was in Taurus and headed toward some very nice relationships with other planets. I thought it would go due to the approaching harmony, but it did not.
The next night, with the Moon still in Taurus and involved in the harmonious planetary relationships, the rocket went up, the 1st stage came down and landed, and the upper stage deployed 11 satellites. The mission succeeded.
There is logic here. The successful launch happened when the Moon was involved in a number of harmonious planetary relationships. It did not go during discordant relationships or before harmonious relationships were in play.
To see my piece on the Spacex rocket and others that blew up in recent time, see Launch Failures under Life’s Work on my site.