Saturn, uranus, neptune and pluto are often retrograde once a year, mercury 3 times a year, venus every 18 months, mars every 26 months, and jupiter every 13 months. Currently we are in a season of many retrograde planets; mercury, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune and pluto are retrograde and we are still in the shadow of venus' retrograde (venus turned direct on September 3rd). What does this mean in terms of impact on human affairs? Retrogrades turn the planet's energy inwards, making us reflect and analyze at a deeper level than we normally would. It turns the planet's energy inward so that it becomes significantly more intense. As a result, people can overanalyze matters in a way that can distort their opinions and assessments of other people and situations. It is similar to a hard neptune transit in this way, where we see what we want to see based on what we choose to pay attention to and what we ignore or dismiss. The more retrograde planets there are, the greater the tendency is for this to be. For this reason, major decisions and beginnings are to be avoided during this time: signing contracts, hiring/ firing people, launching businesses, buying/ selling/ moving homes, making major purchases, making major changes to the appearance, starting a new job, starting a new course, and many more. Misunderstandings and miscommunications are frequent, especially if mercury is one of the planets retrograde as it relates to the way we think and communicate our thoughts. If you do start new ventures, you may be questioning your decision or having regrets later. I noticed that people who are born with 5 or more retrograde planets in their chart have a general tendency towards over thinking, excessive analysis and/or anxiety. If you have this, it is advised to tune into the wisdom and intuition of your body as you make major decisions rather than relying just on the mind and intellect. The mind can weave many intricate webs but the body does not lie.
Venus retrograde includes two shadow periods on either side. This year, venus entered its shadow on June 19th at 12 degrees leo and will only end its shadow on October 7th. Venus went retrograde on July 22nd at 28 degrees leo. It stationed and turned direct on Sept 3rd at 12 degrees leo and it will leave its shadow on Oct 7th at 28 degrees leo. Venus retrograde is traditionally said not to be a good time for meeting new people, especially potential business partners, friends and romantic interests. The reason is that people you meet on venus retrograde may not be who you believe them to be. It may not be that they are deceiving you, it is more likely that you are viewing them through a biased lens, or perhaps projecting unrealistic expectations or feelings onto them. When they cannot meet your expectations, there can be disappointment. Venus retrograde can also bring people from your past back into your life; perhaps you get an email, text or phone call out of the blue from someone you hadn't interacted with in several years. It is a wonderful time to rekindle friendships and other relationships that may have gotten lost over the years provided you left them on good terms. However, if you left them on bad terms or there was unfinished business that leaves you feeling uneasy, accepting them back into your life on a venus retrograde will cause you pain down the road. The same themes that caused the separation will be clear again when venus leaves its final shadow period. I believe that the way someone leaves your life is all the closure you need, there is nothing further to be said because their actions said it all. If they hurt you and failed to apologize then, and now want to come back in your life with no accountability, why take them back so they can hurt you again? People who say whatever makes them feel better in the moment, do not consider the impact of their words on the listener, and are careless with your heart do not deserve your time and energy. Those who love you will take the utmost care not to hurt you, and if they do, they will try to rectify it right away. Love inspires and brings joy, if your 'love' brings you mostly tears and pain, it is not love.
You should avoid making major decisions in a close relationship on a venus retrograde because chances are there could be a reverse of some kind. Venus relates to what we value, and when it is retrograde we may not be prioritizing the right things. There may be a fixation on things that don't really matter in the overall scheme of things. You think differently about your partner and/or the relationship dynamics when venus is retrograde as compared to when it is over. When venus is direct, there is more clarity and objectivity around love and relationships. In contrast, the internalized venus energy can cause one to mentally go over many memories and feelings in a relationship, with a bias for the positive or the negative depending on what you are contemplating doing (examples can include starting to date, turning a friendship into a romance, moving in together, getting engaged, getting married, breaking up, separating, divorcing etc.) If you felt stagnant or unhappy in a relationship prior to the retrograde, once the retrograde (and even the shadow prior to the official retrograde start date) starts it can cause you to mentally review all the reasons the relationship does not work, neglecting all the reasons it does work. The bias can hasten a decision that would normally not be taken without the excessive mental analysis of a retrograde. Feelings are intensified and will cloud your reasoning. Situations can easily be blown out of proportion. For this reason, it is best to wait to have serious conversations about your relationship when venus is direct, because sometimes people regret what they say or the actions taken because it does not reflect what they truly feel inside. This is not to say that actions can not be permanent under a retrograde but rather that the conversation will not be over as quickly. There will be some self-doubt/ second guessing or matters to tie up before it can reach its final end. If you do make a decision in your own mind about your relationship under a venus retrograde, wait to see whether you still feel the same at least a few weeks after the final shadow period has passed. If you do, it would be safe to go ahead with the decision.
Around July 22nd and September 3rd this year are when venus stations. These are dates to watch for (along with the day before and day after it; July 21st-23rd and September 2nd-4th). These are times where there can be a lot of confusion around matters related to venus, especially romantic relationships. You or your partner may say things to each other that you don't really mean, as a result of your own confused thinking, but the words can stick with them for a long time. The worst part is you are likely to change your mind soon after the words are said and it will probably affect the other person's feelings towards you. Therefore, on the dates venus stations, it is ill advised to speak to your partner about the dissatisfaction you may be having with them because it will come back to haunt you.
If you have planets or angles at 12 degrees leo or 28 degrees leo, this venus retrograde would have been even more impactful. Wherever these degrees fall in your chart, whether it is a planet, angle or in a house, is a good opportunity to re-assess, re-evaluate and reflect. Analyzing and critical thinking can be a good thing when it is done in proportion and we can discover subtle things about ourselves, our loved ones, and situations we find ourselves in, that normally would not be as apparent. A season of many retrogrades such as the one that we are experiencing can be very useful in giving attention to matters we usually would not explore to that depth. Journalling is one of the best activities for this type of energy and can help bring awareness to the hidden patterns in our lives, maybe even the nature of the karmic cycles we keep repeating.
How have these retrogrades affected you? Let me know in the comments below!
It's been so fast that the first half of 2023 has gone by! I am very happy to say, that I have gotten over 100 subscribers since I launched the 6 month and 1 year memberships so far, and have seen a tremendous number of old and new students enroll in the astrology, numerology and astronumerology courses, many more than I anticipated within the last 5 months. I am very thankful to all of you who have supported my new learning initiatives, and have sent me feedback on them. It has been a lot of time in the making and a huge source of pride and joy for me to release into the world. It is a perfect expression of positive Jupiter energy, as I had my Jupiter return in April, and my Jupiter will be eclipsed this October. Jupiter is in my 9th house of higher education and learning.
I celebrated my birthday a little bit later this year with a trip this past weekend to Niagara on the Lake, a short drive from where I live in Mississauga. Usually I take time on my birthday to reflect on the past solar year, and my goals for the upcoming solar year. What stood out to me is how powerful astronumerology can be as a healing tool, to promote self-compassion by understanding how the celestial energies are like an invisible hand guiding our lives. There is a time for everything, and everything has a timing. At the same time, the over reliance on fate and destiny that some people have can be debilitating, stopping them from reaching their full potential. Beliefs are extremely powerful, they shape our character and our character shapes our destiny. Character is something to be worked on constantly, regardless of the dominant themes and trends at any given time. It is always under our control and cannot be taken away by other people, unlike so many changeable factors of life such as money, careers, status and relationships. The belief that some periods are 'bad' or some planets 'evil' can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, and cause a person to unknowingly engage in self-sabotaging behaviours that stop them from becoming successful. It is helpful to understand the ways in which transits and progressions affect us psychologically and materially, but one should not conclude that something is impossible to achieve because the planets are aligned in a certain way.
My morning and evening rituals are my armour in the world, practices that I faithfully do everyday, so that the external world and people around me do not have the power to influence my mood and behaviour. Daily self-care can assist in focusing your thoughts and emotions on what you want to achieve and who you want to be in this world. It takes the focus off of the definitions other people have placed on you and your life, and instead shifts it onto defining yourself and your life the way you want it to be. You are a powerful co-creator of your life and destiny. There is of course the unfolding of karma through the planetary positions at any given time period which will affect you. However, with the right mental focus and attention, you can work on aspects of your character that will ultimately contribute to a greater success. While life can be filled with detours externally, you can still make the most of these so that you have an even better story to tell when you have reached the pinnacle of your success!
Think of thoughts as vehicles, you need to get on the right one to take you where you want to go. The wrong one will take you where you do not want to go, and will probably add stress and anxiety. Just as you would not take a plane to Toronto if you want to be in Colorado, you should not dwell on thoughts that you have observed to be a trigger for anxiety, low mood and excess stress. Speak to people to inspire and uplift by example, rather than those who leave you feeling drained and who chose to have a 'victim' mindset. Cultivate discipline in your thought process through practices such as deep breathing, mindfulness, self-compassion, positive self-talk, affirmations and other activities that promote peace and joy. Making time for these practices can pay off in spades compared to the time it takes to do them. Even 15 minutes a day will make a difference. Similar to how failing to exercise and eat correctly can cause disease and illness, not taking the time to regain control of the mind can cause undue worry and have impacts on your physical body as well.
I hope you have the time to relax and rejuvenate this summer, and take the time to nourish your mind, body and soul. It really is the small things we do on a daily basis that give happiness to our lives, and shape our character, which in turn shapes our destiny. Give yourself the freedom to add a little beauty to your life everyday, you deserve it!
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The year 2023 is a number 7 year. The world year gives general information about trends and energies operating on a global scale and that affect everyone, regardless of their personal year number. The number 7 is about philosophy, studying, reading, connecting with a higher power- God or whichever name you choose for the divine. Even if you are not spiritual or religious, you will likely find yourself contemplating the more challenging questions in life. In a personal year 7, (the personal year is adding your month and day of birth to the current year), many people find themselves doing a lot of writing, studying, teaching and/or contemplating. They may spend more time alone, in philosophical/ spiritual pursuits or in nature. Research, analysis, problem solving and investigation are favored. When 7 is the world number, we observe a greater tendency for this energy to dominate in the collective.
In the number 7 world year, people will need more alone time, even people who are usually social butterflies. It is not that people will stop socializing but that they will need more recharging time and they will enjoy being alone more. When people get together, they will want to have discussions about deeper matters, the questions and topics that really matter to them.
There may be a new trend to spend more time in nature, going on hikes, visiting parks or simply cultivating or spending time in a garden. Being in nature reconnects us to the simple life and the inherent beauty that God has created. It also encourages people to slow down, breathe and clear their mind of unnecessary worry, anxiety or guilt. Practices like yoga and meditation will become more popular during a 7 year as people are interested in spiritual growth and attaining more peace and harmony in their lives. It is a good idea to mindfully listen, not just with our ears but with our hearts. The universe is constantly trying to send us messages that will guide us on our authentic path but we are usually so caught up in the never ending stream of thoughts that constantly flood our mind that we don’t hear them.
In a 7 year, people start to more deeply understand the connection between body, mind and spirit and how if one is unhealthy it negatively affects the other two. There will be less emphasis on being “busy” and more thought put into consciously spending one’s time in order to live a meaningful life. The energy this year is useful for reconnecting with yourself, reordering your life so that you feel you are fulfilling your dharma- your purpose in life. The focus should be on spending quality time with those who matter the most and making time to be alone, just reflecting on where you were, what you are doing now and what you should be doing in the future to maximize your potential.
“How do you say goodbye to something like 50 years in television?” she said in conclusion. “How proud when I see all the young women who are making and reporting the news. If I did anything to help make that happen, that is my legacy. From the bottom of my heart, to all of you with whom I have worked and who have watched and been by my side, I can say: ‘Thank you.’ “
On December 30th 2022, trailblazing U.S. journalist and creator of The View, Barbara Walters passed away peacefully at age 93 at her home in New York. She paved the way for so many other women in journalism with her prestigious career spanning over five decades. Oprah Winfrey, Robin Roberts, Maria Shriver, Katie Couric and several others wrote beautiful tributes to her. I admired her ability to ask hard-hitting questions with grace, honesty and empathy, a rare skill that few journalists possess today. She showed bravery when interviewing powerful people, holding them accountable and striving to get the truth to her audience. She broke a lot of barriers and encouraged women from all over the world to do the same.
I share my analysis of her Astronumerology chart to pay my respects to her as a legend in her field. Barbara has made a lot of ‘firsts’ in her career and is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. Although she doesn’t see herself as a trailblazer, the world certainly does. Katie Couric says of Barbara, “She was an early ballbuster, and I mean that in the nicest possible way,” “She rattled a lot of cages before women were even allowed into the zoo.”
I watched her on an episode of Oprah’s Master class and her story certainly is an inspirational one. Barbara attributes her success to knowing how to properly use her luck, which she acknowledges she got a lot of, as well as her determination to overcome obstacles. She says of her career, "It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasional bumpy ride and I wouldn't change a thing." I think the secret of my success is that I persevered. I didn’t give up. I didn’t say this is a lousy job, and I’m unhappy, and I’m going to quit. I went through the tough times, and they were tough. And I was fortunate that I came out on the other end.”
Barbara has a Libran ascendant. The ruler of the ascendant is Venus and at 29 degrees Leo, Venus makes an exact conjunction to the fixed star Regulus. Regulus is a benevolent star giving courage, a significant rise in status from birth, power, authority, wealth and association with influential people. Venus makes a trine to the Moon, ruler of the career house (10th house) and a trine to Mercury, dispositor of the 10th house. Therefore, the positive attributes of Regulus extend into her career. The Sun is placed in Libra making a tight conjunction to the Ascendant from the 12th house. People who have the Sun so close to the ascendant tend to have their light shine forth brightly on first impression. The warmth and glory of the Sun is reflected as a personality with much creativity, vitality and heart. Because the Sun is placed in the 12th house it gives her the talent in bringing hidden matters to the surface, she is able to tap into the collective unconscious, understand what the public wants to know and then skillfully design her questions with the intention of obtaining that information. She was quoted as saying “Wait for those unguarded moments. Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep, the subject often reveals his truest self”. The Libran Sun gives her the relationship orientation, tact, diplomacy and social skills needed to conduct in depth, intimate interviews.
The sign on her MC is Cancer. This gives her the ability to make people feel at home and to put them at ease in interviews. She is sensitive to their needs. She notably leaves a positive impression on the people whom she interviews even though she asks many tough questions in a direct way. The ruler Moon is placed in Gemini, meaning that for her to feel comfortable she must be allowed her freedom to express her thoughts and ideas. She thrives on engaging in conversations about a wide variety of topics. Barbara enjoys constant learning and filling her mind with new knowledge. The Moon is placed in the 9th house indicating that foreign travel, culture and people will play a big role in her career. Indeed, she has travelled all over the world having interviews with leaders and other notable people worldwide. Her breakthrough came when she went to India and Pakistan with the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, after which she was given significantly more responsibility at the network. Her good fortune in foreign travel and interviewing foreigners can also be partly attributed to Jupiter being placed in Gemini in the 9th house. The Moon is closest to the MC. I find that people who gain mass popularity often have the Moon connected with their MC in some way. This is probably because it gives intuitive understanding of the needs and wants of the public.
The planet of transformation, Pluto, is placed in her 10th house. Pluto is the researcher, investigator and analyzer, always digging until they get to the core of issues, the truth behind the secrets and to the very heart of people. Pluto is power, control, death and rebirth and rising up from the ashes. Pluto in the tenth house shows some of these themes prominent in the career. Her need for control in her interviewing career is reflected in her statement "When you're interviewing someone, you’re in control. When you're being interviewed, you think you're in control, but you're not." Many of the people she has interviewed have experienced significant shifts in public perception after being on the show.
Barbara’s exact Mercury-Mars conjunction in the first house gives her the skill of using words to get her point across in an articulate yet direct manner. Mercury-Mars does not waste time in idle talk, they cut to the chase and have little patience for beating around the bush. This is a sign of a very sharp mind, quick learner and there is a skill for expressing oneself both orally and via the written word. Sometimes Mercury-Mars can be too cutting, blunt or aggressive with their words so the fact that this conjunction occurs in peacemaking Libra softens this tendency. Mercury is stationary in her chart showing its immense power. Stationary planets are very concentrated in their energy and often give a person a highly unusual gift in the planet’s domain. In her case, we can easily see that her talent for communication and broadcasting has made her one of the most powerful and respected women in the world. Since her 10th house ruler is the Moon in Gemini, Mercury becomes the dispositor of the house. Further, Mercury makes a square to Pluto in the 10th house so we see why Mercury is critical to her career. The Mercury-Pluto square gives her endless curiosity, skill for analyzing behaviour, the talent and skill to probe right to the core of the issue, an investigative mind that is interested in the truth and nothing but the truth. Her words have a transformative impact on people.
Uranus in the 7th house is making a conjunction to her descendant and clearly shows the pioneering nature of Uranus applied to one on one relationships (7th house). The connection of Uranus with her career can be seen in the one degree trine between Moon (ruler of 10th house of career) and Mars (ruler of 7th house of one on one relationships where Uranus is placed). Uranus also makes a 2 degree quintile to the Moon showing that engaging with people one on one, especially Uranian type people, could play a role in her career and public standing.
Among her “firsts” and record breakers
Uranus near the 7th house cusp can also be interpreted by her interviewing Uranian type characters: larger than life personalities, trailblazers, highly original and inventive thinkers, people with outstanding accomplishments that set them apart from the crowd and generally people who society term out of bounds for better or for worse. She has interviewed every U.S. president and First Lady since Richard and Pat Nixon, the Dalai Lama, Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey, Hugo Chavez, Barbra Streisand, Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Anwar Sadat, Fred Astaire, Ringo Starr, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Willie Nelson, Henry Kissinger, Walter Cronkite, Muammar Gadhafi , Jay Leno, Clint Eastwood, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vladimir Putin, Tom Cruise, Anna Wintour Bashar al-Assad, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Jiang Zemin, Vladimir Putin, Beyoncé Knowles, Angelina Jolie, Tina Fey, Truman Capote, Maria Callas, Tiger Woods, Andre Agassi, Yitzhak Rabin, Indira Gandhi, and Bing Crosby among many others. The vertex is a point that represents fated encounters with people and events that forever change your view and experience of the world. In her chart, the vertex makes a one degree conjunction with Uranus showing that her destiny was fulfilled through these Uranian one on one interviews.
Life path 1:
This is the life path of people whose purpose it is to strike out on their own, be pioneers and blaze new trails. They are excellent leaders and desire to take risks and try out innovative ideas. They are independent and do their best work on their own, where they have full creative control. Number 1 corresponds to the Sun in astrology and we saw the Sun’s prominence in her chart. She likes to shine brightly and to have people respect and admire her, she is happiest when they do. Her intensity number is also 1 and accentuates her confidence, competitiveness and drive to be at the top.
People born on a 7 day have a mind that is particularly suited towards research, analysis and investigation. They are excellent thinkers and like to contemplate the bigger questions in life. They are observant of people and can be questioning and critical at times, however this can be useful for improvements that society needs. They are detail oriented and can be perfectionistic, never stopping until everything is just right. Number 7 people like a certain amount of solitude, being in nature refreshes them.
Birth Name: Barbara Jill Walters
Expression and personality 22/4:
This double influence can be seen in her willingness to work hard, the long hours she puts in to her work and the many personal sacrifices she has made for her career. Number 22/4 vibrates to Uranus and we have seen that Uranus is angular and prominent in her personality. Number 4 likes to build structures, they will implement their plan in a pragmatic fashion. They have good vision and set goals that are admirable but still achievable. This belief can be seen in her quotes “’One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time” and “work harder than everybody. You’re not going to get it by whining and you're not going to get it by shouting, and you're not going to get it by quitting. You're going to get it by being there." Number 22 is the Master Builder and likes to leave a legacy. She is quoted as saying “"I can't tell you how much pleasure it gives me when some smaller, young woman comes up to me and tells me of her achievements. That's my legacy". In another interview she says “But the fact that I persevered and succeeded in what was so much a man’s world- the world of television news- gives me great pride. That’s my legacy, it’s not a particular interview I did. That’s nice, but who cares? It’s that maybe I made it easier for the next woman."
Soul urge 9:
Number 9 has a talent for understanding different people from a diverse range of backgrounds and being able to get along with them. They appreciate people’s differences and genuinely try to understand their beliefs. Number 9 has a desire to change the world for the better and help people who are disadvantaged. Barbara’s humanitarian side can be seen in her generous contributions to various charitable organizations.
Today is a partial solar eclipse that falls at 2 degrees scorpio and on November 8th there is a total lunar eclipse at 16 degrees taurus. Eclipses are markers of significant changes on an individual and collective level. They can't be classified as "good" or "bad" but rather that there can be dramatic changes soon, sometimes in unexpected or sudden ways. Eclipses can be read for individual natal charts and also for the composite and davison charts. I have seen that eclipses to progressed and converse secondary progressed angles, and solar arc angles work as well. Eclipses are used along with transits, progressions, solar arcs, and solar and lunar returns to give insight into future themes and trends, the energies that will be dominating at any given time period. Eclipses in a relationship chart can signal beginnings, transitions, endings and high and low energy time periods. It can also mark an unexpected reversal in the dynamic of the relationship. For example, if someone was highly appreciative of what you have done for them for a long time and communicated this to you regularly, it could be if the eclipses are active in your relationship chart then there could be a sudden change of heart even though there may not be a rational explanation or cause. People can have a falling out after a long period of things being on good terms or perhaps they can reconcile after years of not speaking or being distant. It could be that the two people changed roles relative to each other in some capacity, or that they are now unhappy with the role they have played in the relationship for a long time. Eclipses also explain why platonic relationships can suddenly turn romantic, or how people re-connect after many years apart.
Erratic and unstable energy is associated with eclipses, so it is not advised to launch major projects, sign contracts, begin important ventures or get married at this time. It is better to wait at least a week on either side of the exact eclipse day in order to do these things. I would avoid entirely the period in between, in this case Oct 25th to Nov 8th.
The energy of an eclipse can be unpredictable and sometimes bring out of the realm of possibilities that one can not possibly imagine much later down the road. One instance that I came across recently was a couple that married, and many years later when they had children, the husband felt he was not the correct gender and decided to make the change in a formal way. He wanted to continue the marriage. The couple subsequently divorced because the wife could not tolerate this. Two other famous examples of the tragedy of marrying near an eclipse are Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles who married July 29th 1981, just one day before the solar eclipse on July 30th 1981 and John Lennon and Yoko Ono who married on March 20th 1969, just 3 days after the solar eclipse on March 17th 1969. Both of these marriages took place in between the two weeks of eclipse season (i.e. there was an eclipse on April 2nd 1969 and one on July 17th 1981). There would have been no way to predict how horribly wrong things went for these hopeful lovers. It is not necessarily the case that the relationship itself would turn sour from within but sometimes unforeseeable events coming from outside the couple can cause the split. Charles was intensely attracted to Camilla who he later married. Diana famously said there were 3 people in the relationship, and she also felt undue pressure from the Royal family as well as as the paparazzi. John Lennon was murdered and Diana died in a car crash, both of them at a young age. Yoko Ono was also unfairly blamed for the breakup of the Beatles.
Eclipses are more favoured for spiritual and contemplative work, self-care, journalling and re-connecting with one's inner self. It is a good time do do vision work, affirmations, deep breathing, retreats, walking in nature, grounding yourself and reading and listening to inspiring works. Hidden information comes to light with eclipses, possibly challenging beliefs and values you have held about a person, or experiences in your life. Sometimes other people can share feelings that they previously were hesitant to talk about, which can change the relationship dynamics. You may need to carve out time and space to process your feelings arising from these discoveries.
To gain more awareness into the nature of an eclipse in your chart, you would look at where the degree falls in your chart. For example, if your descendant is 6 degrees scorpio, then your ascendant-descendant axis is impacted by the eclipse at 2 degrees scorpio. The orbs are generally about 5 degrees for eclipses. Eclipses will always fall somewhere in the chart and will influence the house axis they fall in. They don't just impact the house they fall in, it is always the the opposite house as well. It is more powerful if the eclipse is making a conjunction, opposition or square to a planet, node, vertex, house cusp or angle (ASC, DSC, IC, MC) in your chart, and the orb is smaller (i.e. the smaller the orb, the more significant is is for you with exact aspects being most powerful).
House cusps are the most powerful part of the house, followed by the midpoint of the house. If you have your third house extending from 18 degrees virgo to 20 degrees libra, the midpoint would be 4 degrees libra (the house is 32 degrees and it would be the halfway point). Therefore the most powerful points of your third house would be 18 degrees virgo, followed by 4 degrees libra and then all the other degrees between 18 virgo and 4 libra.
The effects of the eclipse are retroactive by one year and can operate over the first year after the eclipse without a transit to trigger its effects. It can operate for up to 5 years after the eclipse but needs a transit to trigger it as the degree becomes sensitive.
If the eclipse impacts the house ruler, dispositor or any planets in the house, it will influence the house. For the eclipse happening on Oct 25th at 2 degrees scorpio, 27 degrees to 7 degrees of the cardinal and fixed signs will be affected. That is 27 degrees aries to 7 degrees taurus, 27 degrees libra to 7 degrees scorpio, 27 degrees cancer to 7 degrees leo and 27 degrees capricorn to 7 degrees aquarius. You would need the degrees of all your planets and angles to verify what in your chart is being impacted. For the eclipse happening Nov 8th at 16 degrees taurus, 11 degrees to 21 degrees of the fixed signs (taurus, scorpio, leo and aquarius) are affected.
To illustrate, say your mercury is at 3 degrees of the fixed signs, it is impacted by the eclipse on Oct 25th via opposition, square and conjunction. Assuming a case where mercury rules the 2nd house (you have gemini on the second house cusp and virgo on the 5th house cusp) and is placed in the 1st house, then the 1st, 2nd and 5th houses will all be impacted. Further, if mercury is the dispositor of any house (if you have a planet in gemini or virgo), that house will be impacted. That is for example, if you have mars in gemini, and mars rules the 12th house (aries on the 12th house cusp), then mercury is the dispositor of the 12th house and matters of the 12th house may come up.
By way of example, I published my first book on astronumerology in December 2015. I did not start writing this book until the Spring of 2015 and finally completed the manuscript in the Fall. The 9th house represents broadcasting and publishing, the 3rd house all types of oral and written communications, and eclipses to the 3rd-9th house axis are usually involved when someone publishes a book. My ninth house cusp is 4 degrees aries. On September 27th 2015, there was a total lunar eclipse at 4 degrees aries. On April 4th 2015, the total lunar eclipse at 14 degrees libra fell in my 3rd house opposing the 9th house and on March 23rd 2016 the lunar eclipse at 3 degrees libra was tightly conjunct my 3rd house cusp. From Jan-Dec 2016, I completed a postgraduate certificate from a postsecondary institution (the 9th house represents higher education). When the eclipses hit a a pair of houses on the axis, there can be one or more matters under the domain of those houses that become dominant in a person's life. I have never seen marriage take place without eclipses to the significations of the 1st and 7th houses (ruler, dispositor, house cusp, planets in the house).
The eclipses are looked at in addition to the other predictive tools like transits and returns. For the publishing of my book on December 2nd 2015, transiting pluto was at 14 degrees capricorn making an exact opposition to my 9th house ruler mars. Transiting uranus at 16 degrees aries was conjunct jupiter in my 9th house. Transiting nodes were within about 7 degrees of my 3rd-9th house axis. On the day of the official release on Dec 2nd, transiting venus and mars were in my 3rd house, with venus within a 4 degree orb of making an opposition to my jupiter. Transiting jupiter was making a 1 degree quincunx to my jupiter. Transiting mercury was making a 2 degree conjunction to my 9th house dispositor moon, and saturn and the sun were also making wider conjunctions to my moon. The solar return for 2015 showed my natal 3rd-9th house cusp degrees on the solar return ascendant-descendant axis (within a 5 degree orb) meaning it is a year where this axis takes prominence. Moreover, jupiter in my solar return was at 18 degrees leo (the exact degree of my natal ascendant) showing significations related to jupiter and its natural house (the 9th) would be prominent for me. Jupiter represents sharing philosophical knowledge in formal ways, and governs publishing and teaching. Mercury was conjunct the 9th house cusp by 2 degrees and mars and the sun fell in my solar return 9th house. The nodes at 6 degrees libra and aries were conjunct my natal 3rd-9th house axis by 2 degrees. The new moon that happened on December 11th fell at 19 degrees sagittarius, making a 3 degree conjunction to my moon as dispositor of my 9th house. This new moon also opposed my sun by 1 degree, perhaps reflecting my new identity as an author and making way for a major expansion in my business with increased opportunities to discuss the book and my work at various venues. The book was destined to be written long before the conscious thought entered my mind to write it. It felt very natural and easy for me to communicate what I wanted to say to my audience and I felt compelled at the time to put my knowledge and experience into a book format.
Whatever is brought to angles in the solar return takes prominence, particularly if a natal planet or angle would fall there. For example, if your solar return ascendant is at 5 degrees sagittarius and that is within orb of your natal venus, significations of venus will be prominent in your life that year.
You would study the eclipse chart as a whole to get information on the energies an eclipse will bring. The eclipse today is making an exact conjunction to venus, making it very auspicious for romantic relationships that begin around this time. Because venus is the goddess of love and romance, she will lend affection, sweetness, nurturing, and even more beauty and pleasure to couples that start their journey with this eclipse. Venus will also give a boost to relationships of all kinds even if not romantic in nature, it will make relations smoother, more harmonious and diplomatic. The eclipse on Nov 8th also has the sun conjunct venus by a wider orb, so this Fall looks lucky for those who fall in love. Venus in the Nov 8th eclipse chart is making a conjunction to the south node, indicating a romance from a past life could enter your life again. Check to see whether venus is making a hard aspect to the nodes in your synastry, composite and/or davison charts with that special person and if it is, then you know that you were indeed lovers from the past.
The Nov 8th eclipse is being tightly squared by saturn at 18 degrees aquarius and receiving an exact conjunction from uranus at 16 degrees taurus and close conjunction from the north node at 13 degrees taurus. Venus at 20 degrees scorpio and mercury at 15 degrees scorpio make close oppositions. This is a lot of planetary energy impacting this eclipse and supercharging it! This combination will give you a dramatic and unexpected change if you have a planet or angle close to 16 degrees of any of the fixed signs. The uranus conjunction can make it be experienced as a complete shock or a change that is thrust on you with little warning. Uranus trines and sextiles allow you to integrate change in a more gradual way but hard aspects from uranus come on very suddenly. The north node involvement suggests that the change is of a destined nature, like a turning point with far ranging impact. This change is more likely to be of a fixed karmic nature. Because saturn is involved, the groundwork that is laid now will have serious, long lasting consequences. It gives longevity to ventures, and the desire and willingness to put hard work in to make things succeed. My ascendant is 18 degrees leo, and my IC is at 7 degrees scorpio, and starting at the beginning of October, there has been huge unexpected changes in my life. Fortunately of the very positive kind, but it has certainly been a whirlwind. The changes are still happening and I expect it to intensify over the next month too. The planets never fail to deliver!
I'd love to know how eclipse season has been showing up in your life. Please let me know in the comments below:)
Few people have earned the worldwide respect and honour in the same way as Queen Elizabeth II, who presided over Great Britain and Northern Ireland for 70 years. She is an icon of grace, dignity and service. For a long time I have been inspired by her warmth, optimism, work ethic, sense of duty, and lifelong commitment to service. My composite with the Queen has 4 degrees taurus on the ascendant conjunct mars at 2 degrees taurus, which are being eclipsed on October 25th of this year, and our sun-mercury-chiron-north node conjunction in the 1st house at 24-29 degrees taurus were eclipsed last November and this May. Perhaps as a result, I feel a desire to share my insights about her chart publicly for the first time.
I should preface this article by saying that I admire the Queen and feel it appropriate to grieve her passing but certainly not the history of colonialism and racism that overshadows it. There is a violent history in Britain stemming from the endless search for acquiring more power that is not widely understood or publicized, firmly based in white power and privilege. The Royal Family has unmistakably played their part in maintaining structures that have benefitted them and are built on the oppression and slavery of many people of colour. These countries were formerly under British rule and the Royals kept silent, not using their position to highlight these inequities when they could have done so. This type of unconscious bias against non-white people permeates society to this day and causes imbalances in our current hierarchies of power. It is my hope that they will either modernize and make reparations for the past in the immediate future or otherwise be forced to renounce their position.
"Never complain, never explain" was the Queen's motto, as she completed her numerous and varied commitments, never getting bogged down with what others said or wrote about her, and never feeling the need to publicly respond to her critics. The world's gaze was on her yet she had a quiet confidence in who she was and what her purpose was, and was able to be successful because she drowned out the drama that was all around her. Her thinking style is very different from most people, as shown by the mercury-uranus conjunction in the 2nd house. Mercury being dispositor of the 10th house and conjunct with uranus suggests potential for breaking records and making breakthroughs in one's career, and in 2015 when uranus made an exact square to her asc-dsc axis, she became the longest reigning monarch in the history of Britain. The previous record had been set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. In an effort to make the Windsors more relatable to the public, they allowed BBC video cameras into their home in the late 1960s for a documentary titled 'Royal Family', another first in the lineage. This allowed them to gain more support and acceptance in British society.
The world continued to spin, like all of us she faced unexpected twists and turns, obstacles and family issues but for her it was different because she was under immense scrutiny for most of her life. Through it all she remained calm and steady, never feeling the need to flaunt her accomplishments or convince people of her worth. Knowing that she had no control over public opinion or people's judgements of her, it seemed to me that she didn't concern herself with what other people thought. At least, she never felt triggered enough to respond in an emotional way. This is an ability very few people have, whether they live their lives publicly or not. It reminds me of Wayne Dyer's saying, when you squeeze an orange, only orange juice can come out. Apple juice cannot come from an orange. Similarly, when people "trigger" or otherwise put pressure on you, you can only respond with what you have inside, which indicates the work you still haven't done on yourself. So many people put accountability on others to change their behaviour instead of learning how to regulate their emotions so that their moods aren't so dependent on what others say and do.
Young Elizabeth was lucky to have found her soul mate at age 13 and was happily married for over 73 years. She describes Prince Philip as her "strength and stay". He relinquished his own royal titles to marry her in 1947 and his military career in 1952 so he could support his wife, which was unusual for men at that time. They had four children, eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren which were a great source of joy for them both. He passed away in April 2021, less than 2 weeks before her birthday at age 99. Her 7th house of marriage is fortunate; the 7th house ruler (moon) and dispositor (sun) are in mutual exchange empowering the moon to behave as if it were exalted and the sun to behave as if it were in its own sign. It is also good to have the ruler of the house inside the house to fortify it. The close trine from saturn gives that feeling that I am with you through thick and thin, whatever happens we will endure it together. The 10th house ruler pluto is conjunct the descendant, showing that the career and marriage may be intertwined in some way. Pluto is also ruler of the 9th house, suggesting that the partner may come from a different cultural background and in this case it is also true as Prince Philip was born in Greece, and is of Greek and Danish royal ancestry. He was a distant cousin of Elizabeth. In this case they carried out several public engagements together. The north node conjunct the 7th house cusp suggests the area of life she should focus on for the most personal and spiritual growth is her marriage and this heartfelt quote reflects this.
"Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide."
"All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner."
"He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."
"His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible. That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him."
-Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth has three mutual exchanges in her chart. A mutual exchange is when planet A is in planet B's own or exalted sign and planet B is also in planet A's own or exalted sign. This allows both planets to function to their optimal potential as if they were actually in their own sign or exalted. The sun is in taurus, the sign the moon is exalted in and the moon is in leo, the sign the sun rules. Mars is in aquarius, the sign saturn traditionally rules, and saturn is in scorpio, the sign mars traditionally rules. Jupiter is in aquarius, the sign uranus rules and uranus is in pisces, the sign jupiter traditionally rules. On top of this, venus is in its exalted sign pisces. The remaining planets are neither debilitated or in fall (the worst positions for them to be in as they are in signs that function in a way that is incompatible with their energy). I don't recall seeing 2 pairs of planets and both luminaries in mutual exchange along with another exalted planet or planet in its own sign, with no planets in detriment or fall. I would say this configuration is quite rare and extraordinary. This means that both luminaries (sun and moon) and 5 planets out of 8 are living up to their best standards. They provide a boost of fortune to the houses they are placed in, rule and are the dispositor for, such that almost all areas of her life represented by the 12 houses receive good karma. For example, if venus is exalted, it means that the 1st house receives good fortune because venus is in the first house, the 3rd and 4th houses receive fortune because venus rules these houses (taurus is on the cusp), and because the sun is in taurus (venus rules taurus), venus would normally be the dispositor of the house the sun rules. Because the sun is intercepted in the 7th house, leo is not on the cusp of any house in her chart so venus is not the depositor of any house. Nothing short of excellence for the Queen!
The ruler of the capricorn ascendant is saturn, which is tightly conjunct the MC. This is an indicator that the career will dominate one's life, it will be the major life purpose. The ruler of the 10th house pluto is also opposing the ascendant. These aspects connecting the 1st house to the 10th house increases visibility and the tendency towards fame. Another indicator that the life is ruled strongly by fate, and tends to be pushed into the public eye is the nodes tightly conjunct the asc-dsc axis. This position reduces free will to a large extent as the current life is dominated by past life karma to be balanced. Though young Elizabeth wasn't set to take the thrown when she was born, through a series of unexpected circumstances, that was exactly what happened. This was her true destiny from birth. The capricorn ascendant and angular saturn give one a strong sense of work ethic, respect for and adherence to tradition, the ability to be disciplined, to be persevering and to work hard to achieve success. Saturn is conjunct the MC which was why in her career she was strongly associated with these traits. Both saturn and capricorn prefer to be conservative with money and have an interest in business. In line with this, despite her massive wealth, the Queen was surprisingly frugal, preferring to live below her means. The south node conjunct the ascendant also inclines towards a need for privacy and solitude. She completed all of her public engagements dutifully and in a humble way, and my opinion is that she never craved fame for the sake of it. The 10th house ruler pluto is conjunct the north node in the 6th house of service, one meaning is that it is important for the person to feel they are being of service in their careers. The pluto-north node conjunction in cancer gives her the ability to come across as warm and caring, despite her natural saturnian stoic and serious demeanor. The exalted venus in pisces in the first house gave her a natural beauty and elegance in the way she presented herself.
"I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
Her Majesty The Queen (on her 21st birthday)
On her Silver Jubilee, after having served for 25 years, she stated:
"When I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God's help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgement, I do not regret, or retract, one word of it."
The life of service was a driving force all of her life and she was recognized with many awards and honours for it.
The sun is making an exact opposition to the 9th house cusp, which was why she loved travelling to foreign countries, and visited 117 of them. She went on more than 250 royal tours during her 70 years as Queen. Most world leaders travelled to Britain to meet with her in what she termed her "audiences" which were her way of meeting people without anyone else listening. When thinking of the Royals it is probably her face that is most symbolic, she is the brand. The brand that brought over 2 billion dollars into the British economy each year. Venus as ruler of the third house is exalted in pisces, enabling her skill for articulate, engaging and diplomatic speech both locally (3rd) and abroad (9th). She would read many letters sent to her by the public and personally responded to help people celebrate special occasions. People would also write to her with problems they were facing and worries they had, in the hopes she could help them. Sometimes she was in a position to connect them with someone who could help them, or to write to organizations she thought they could help them. She tried to read as many letters as she could herself because they were addressed to her and she was interested in hearing what they wanted to tell her. She was a regular pen pal to an American woman for 70 years who shared the same birthday, April 21st 1926, which is natural to understand for someone who has their sun on the 3rd house cusp. She genuinely enjoyed exchanging letters and developing a relationship that way.
In my perspective, she had an innate talent of knowing what to say and what not to say, what times to speak and when to stay silent. It was a delight for her to meet so many world leaders and celebrities, as well as ordinary citizens from all corners of the globe. The 3rd-9th axis is the communications axis and she is famous for giving her annual television address on Christmas Day. She has had a way with words ever since she was young, making her first broadcast at age 14 to children and continuing with the tradition until her final days.
Her world would be changed forever on February 6th 1952 when she ascended to the throne and became the Queen; she was crowned on June 2nd 1953. We would look at the aspects and eclipses to the 10th house of career for this type of life transition. Eclipses influence angles, planets and other points by opposition, square and conjunction. Even if they do not make an aspect, they can still influence the affairs of the house if they fall in the house. For example, an eclipse to the MC will be the most evident changes to your career but an eclipse anywhere in the 10th house will still bring some notable developments or focus on your career. The 10th house also represents the father, and in her case the eclipses and transits signaled her father's death as well as her new career. Her MC is 25 degrees scorpio, its ruler pluto is at 12 degrees cancer and the dispositor of the 10th house is the moon at 12 degrees leo. On August 5th 1952 there was an eclipse at 13 degrees aquarius making a tight opposition to the moon. On August 16th 1951, February 10th 1952, August 20th 1952 and February 13th 1953 there were eclipses at 23 degrees aquarius 21 degrees leo, 27 degrees leo and 25 degrees aquarius all making tight squares to the MC. Since saturn as ruler of the 1st house is conjunct the MC, all of these eclipses influence the first house. On July 10th 1953 the eclipse at 18 degrees cancer opposed her ascendant and made a conjunction to her north node; it was also conjunct pluto as ruler of the tenth house. These eclipses to the 1st house relate to the way the world sees her upon first meeting and also her changed outlook for her future in the world due to her new position. There was an eclipse on February 21st 1951 at 2 degrees virgo which was tightly conjunct the vertex, a turning point of fate. The north node and vertex both being eclipsed within a few years of each other, along with the most public houses, the 1st and 10th, are indicative of her powerful destiny in the public eye. Being Queen was her fate and the role of a lifetime.
Looking at the chart for Feb 6th 1952, we see that transiting pluto was making a tight conjunction to her neptune, ruler of the 2nd house reflecting her sizeable change in financial assets. Her second house is in excellent shape as jupiter is the traditional ruler of pisces, the sign on her second house cusp and it being in aquarius, participates in a mutual exchange with uranus in pisces. 22 degrees aquarius is a critical degree, adding power and prominence to jupiter's influence in her life. Uranus is in her 2nd house suggesting at some point in life there would be an unexpectedly large change in social status. Transiting uranus at 10 degrees cancer was making a tight conjunction to her pluto, ruler of the 10th house and an exact sesquiquadrate to her MC, reflecting the unexpected nature of her being Queen at 25 years of age due to the early passing of her father. Uranus was within a wide orb of opposition to her ascendant reflecting the change in her status. With uranus, I always say expect the unexpected because uranian transits typically bring those shakeups in life that you don't anticipate or sometimes even think possible. It is what most would think of as out of the realm of probabilities for their life at that point in time. She said, "In a way, I didn't have an apprenticeship, my father died much too young, so it was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can."
Transiting jupiter made a tight sesquiquadrate to the MC and square to pluto as ruler of the 10th house; at such a young age, she now wielded immeasurable power and had every opportunity become available to her. Her career received a big boost of luck and blessings from jupiter. This was a natal promise as the traditional ruler of the 10th house, mars is tightly conjunct jupiter in the 1st house meaning that she would be seen as of the character of jupiter in her career. This could be one reason why she enjoyed such admirable public reputation and was the most popular royal. Transiting neptune was making an exact square to the asc-dsc axis giving her glamour and sophistication in the public eye. Being new to the role, she would have had many fantasies about what it would be like to be in that position as she knew when her father took the throne that she would follow at some point. However, neptune sees through rose coloured glasses and once it made the square, she may have realized that the role also had many unseen challenges, and she was more aware of its drawbacks. Illusions get shattered as reality sets in. This would have been especially apparent as transiting saturn was making a tight square to her pluto and a wide square to her asc-dsc axis. There was a lot of work to be done, and whatever challenges she faced and sacrifices she made behind the scenes, she would never let the public know in any great detail. She maintained her power by keeping a dignified silence. The transiting south node made an exact conjunction to her vertex, and with the nodal axis and vertex being the most fated part of the chart, you can expect a a destined turning point, one that is of a very fixed karmic nature and therefore impossible to avoid. As inner planets help to more precisely tune the timing of events, we can see that transiting venus made an exact opposition to pluto as ruler of the 10th house, and the sun made a conjunction to mars, as traditional ruler of the 10th house. The moon as dispositor of the 10th house receives many aspects (an exact trine from jupiter, a tight sextile from saturn, a square from mars, a wide conjunction from pluto, an exact quincunx from venus and an opposition from the sun and mercury).
Looking at the date of her passing, September 8th 2022 at 3:10pm there are quite a few markers of death present. I don't study time of death because it is impossible to say with 100% certainty when the day will be, and I wouldn't want people to worry about it. The 8th house represents death. However, the 8th house represents other areas of life besides death and hard aspects and eclipses can indicate important changes in those areas too. At any given time, there will be transits to the 8th house, all of which are not necessarily significant. Death would need to show up in multiple ways. If you look at the charts of family members and see many hard aspects and eclipses involving the 8th house, the chances that someone will transition to the afterlife increases. For instance, King Charles has 22 degrees aquarius on his 8th house cusp; transiting saturn is making a tight conjunction to that degree and transiting uranus is making a tight square to that degree now. The nodal axis is within orb of making a square to the 8th house cusp. The dispositor of his 8th house mercury is at 6 degrees scorpio, a degree that is eclipsed this October and this past April (eclipses at 2 degrees scorpio and 10 degrees taurus). Princess Anne has 21 degrees taurus on the 8th house cusp conjunct the vertex at 23 degrees taurus, so transiting uranus and saturn are making a tight conjunction and square respectively. Her 8th house cusp was impacted by the eclipse this past May at 25 degrees scorpio and the upcoming one in November at 16 degrees taurus. The ruler of the 8th house venus is being tightly opposed by transiting pluto and the full moon that occurred on September 8th at 17 degrees pisces made an opposition to her moon as 8th house dispositor at 14 degrees virgo. Edward, Earl of Wessex has 12 degrees taurus on the 8th house cusp, transiting saturn is making a square and transiting uranus and the north node are making a conjunction. The ruler of the house venus is at 3 degrees taurus, a degree that is eclipsed by opposition this October at 2 degrees scorpio. Andrew, Duke of York has 28 degrees aquarius on the 8th house cusp, transiting uranus and the north node are in a wide square and transiting saturn in a conjunction. The ruler of the 8th house is uranus at 18 degrees leo which is receiving an exact square from transiting uranus, a tight square from the nodes, and tight opposition from transiting saturn. The 8th house ruler sun is impacted by the November 2022 eclipse at 16 degrees taurus by its square aspect. The combination of eclipses to the 8th house in addition to saturn, uranus and the nodes all making hard aspects to the 8th house at the same time with such tight orbs for all four of her children is very telling.
Saturn in aquarius has been difficult for the Queen in the past. She describes 1992 as her "annus horribilis" as three of her children saw their marriages fall apart and Windsor Castle suffered extensive damage in a fire. In that year, pluto was within a close orb of her MC, and in June-July 1992 when mars was transiting through taurus, mars, pluto and saturn formed a T-square in the fixed signs aggravating all her fixed planets, especially her natal T-Square between saturn, mars and neptune. Through this turmoil and breakdowns of relationships and structures that were not working, there was positive transformation in the way the Royal Family would operate. For example, some of them started paying more tax on investment income in exchange for less scrutiny into their personal lives from the media and public. Astrologically pluto is symbolic of transformation and it is approaching an exact conjunction with her MC at 25 degrees scorpio and opposition with her IC at 25 degrees taurus. It is not easy to have the fixed star algol (26 degrees taurus) influencing an angle and she does have it on the IC, suggesting that her own family may bring disgrace, humiliation and scandal to her. Pluto making an opposition to the IC was indicative of her family's restructuring. Pluto is death and re-birth; getting rid of things that aren't working anymore to make room for what will work better. Three of her children's marriages were separating, two of them eventually to be replaced by new spouses. Anne and Charles
re-married while Andrew currently lives with Sarah Ferguson, his former wife.
Saturn entered aquarius again in April 2020 (it takes about 27- 29.5 years to travel through the 12 signs of the zodiac). Since that time Meghan and Harry left their positions, and in March 2021 would do a tell-all interview with Oprah regarding the injustices they faced, particularly racism towards Meghan. William and Harry had been distant for a very long time, with no reconciliation in sight. Andrew was involved in the Epstein scandal and later had to pay a huge settlement for it. Most importantly Prince Philip died in April 2021. He caused a car accident in January 2019 and there were two women and a baby in the other car. He and the baby were not harmed though the women suffered injuries. All of this was happening during COVID-19. It may have all been too much for the Queen, without her beloved Philip at her side to provide comfort and security as he had in the past.
The Queen has her sun, moon, mars, jupiter, saturn, and neptune in fixed signs, with saturn, neptune and mars forming a T-Square within a close orb, 20-24 degrees of the fixed signs aquarius, leo and scorpio. On the bright side, this abundance of fixed signs gives one endurance, persistence and the ability to follow through tasks to completion. At the same time, 2022 has been an undeniably difficult year for those with numerous fixed signs in the latter half of the signs leo, taurus, aquarius and scorpio (13-27 degrees) in their chart due to saturn, uranus and the nodes being in fixed signs, and it was even more intense when mars joined in as it did this summer. This means when a planet gets within orb of those degrees in taurus, around 13-27 degrees taurus (with the conjunction of mars and uranus at 18 degrees taurus, saturn retrograding in close square in aquarius and the nodal axis moving towards a close orb of 18 degrees taurus), there is too much malefic energy activating the natural tension of the T-Square, because now it is a grand fixed cross. T-Squares provide a lot of ambition and drive to succeed but sometimes they push themselves too hard. It can be difficult to cope with due to self-criticism and judgement.
Mars is the dispositor of the 8th house and mercury is the ruler of the 8th house. When someone passes away we expect to see a lot of activity to the 8th house ruler, dispositor and potentially planets transiting through the 2nd or 8th house. On September 8th, transiting saturn was at 20 degrees aquarius which made an exact conjunction to her mars at 20 degrees aquarius. Saturn made a tight semisquare to mercury at 4 degrees aries. Receiving hard aspects from the outer planets tend to be more reflective of the challenges posed by the 8th house, one of which may be death. Transiting uranus made a tight square to mars and a tight semisquare to mercury. Uranus is the unexpected and the Queen was not in the hospital for an extended stay. She was getting older but there was no indication that she was expected to pass away this year, at least none revealed publicly. Many of her family members had little time to rush to her bedside before she passed. Multiple people who met with her just a few days before said she was in high spirits and this probably came as a shock to them.
Boris Johnson said in an interview:
'The last audience I had with her, one of the reasons it was so shocking on the 8th (Thursday) to hear about her death, was because in that audience, she had been absolutely on it – just two days before her death.
‘She was actively focused on geopolitics, on UK politics, quoting statesmen from the 1950s, it was quite extraordinary.
‘She seemed very bright, very focused.’
One reason for her long life and good mental and physical health is the extremely strong and benefic condition of the 8th house. The 8th house dispositor mars is tightly conjunct jupiter, which is participating in a mutual exchange with uranus, enabling jupiter to act as if it was in its own sign pisces. The unexpected nature of her death is suggested by 8th house ruler conjunct uranus, which is powerful due to its mutual exchange with jupiter. Transiting jupiter made a tight semisquare to mars and a tight conjunction to mercury. The north node made a square to mars and a semisquare to mercury. Transiting mars was within orb of a conjunction to the 8th house cusp, approaching from the 7th house. On September 8th the moon around 22 degrees aquarius made a tight conjunction to mars and a semisquare to mercury. The sun made a 2 degree conjunction to the 8th house cusp. The full moon that occurred on September 10th made an exact conjunction to her 2nd-8th house axis at 18 degrees pisces- 18 degrees virgo. Full moons are about completions and resolutions, the ending of cycles. Her work on the earth was over, and the stars reflected it was time for her to go.
All good things must come to an end. Her time to transition into the soul realm had come. I believe she was at peace with herself with the inner knowing that she had fulfilled her purpose, which was to live a life of service and to have a beautiful family. God bless the Queen. May your legacy live forever.
“I didn't arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.”
“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility. There is no matter.”
"Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.
Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, determined by the external world."
“Time does not exist – we invented it. Time is what the clock says. The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me."
"The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”
"A human being experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"Our separation from each other is an optical illusion."
“When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected. The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.”
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
“We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”
“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.”
“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”
“The ancients knew something, which we seem to have forgotten.”
“The more I learn of physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics.”
“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.”
“I’m not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books.”
"The common idea that I am an atheist is based on a big mistake. Anyone who interprets my scientific theories this way, did not understand them."
"Everything is determined, every beginning and ending, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper."
“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology.”
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”
“Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
"I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care about money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. I claim credit for nothing. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future."
I don't know if Einstein ever studied astrology because there appears to be no evidence that he did. He is correct in that our lives have a degree of pre-determination and we can't change the timing of events. However, people who have awareness of astrology know that not everything is pre-determined and we have some free will in that our actions now determine our karma for future lives. At the same time, there are major parts of our lives that are pre-determined due to having to balance karma from our previous lives. Major parts refers to the timing of relationships, marriage, career, children, where you are born and live, health challenges and your overall purpose for this lifetime. Life transitions are pre-planned as well, though most people believe they are actively making the choices. Each person has a different degree of free will which is shown in their birth chart, and living in different places in the world can also affect how much free will you have, as well as which pieces of your karma you will experience in this lifetime. When you actively engage in spiritual development, it is possible that through God's grace some of your karma is mitigated so when you experience it, it is not as severe as it would have been otherwise.
The invisible forces governing the trajectory of our lives may not appear to be under our control, but this is incorrect. The karma which you experience now is solely what you created. You had full control over it at one time through your behaviour and decisions. When you mismanage something, whether it is money, relationships, your health or something else, it comes back to you as a more difficult challenge in another lifetime. For example, if you had lots of money but you were not generous in giving to your family or employees, you will find yourself in a position of lack this time. If you were responsible for inflicting harm on someone and took no accountability, you may find yourself the victim of the same type of harm. If you left your family in a precarious position, you may be left in that same time of predicament now. If you injured or killed someone, you may be injured or killed the same way.
Everything you do comes back to you in some way, if not in this lifetime, then it is another. Forgiving someone does not release them from the karma they have created by harming you. It frees you from that karmic association in this lifetime and all lifetimes to come. You have free will in how you react to your life circumstances, the people with whom you associate and your own spiritual development. When you shift your thinking from being a victim to the knowledge that you created this circumstance you are now facing, you gain power. Accepting everything and everyone with equanimity, not creating resistance by always wishing things were different, not taking things too personally, genuinely forgiving people who hurt you, and being mindful with your thoughts and emotions goes a long way in burning karma from the past and ensuring you have happier circumstances in the future.
The war in Ukraine started on February 24th 2022 which shocked the world. Though Russia had imposed wars on other countries in the past with no real consequences from the rest of the world, something was different when they decided to strike their neighbour at this magnitude. There seems to be no valid reason other than to acquire more power and influence. We are not used to seeing wars in developed European countries, and perhaps due to a stronger feeling of compassion, that Ukrainians are civilized people "like us", numerous world leaders came together to impose various serious sanctions on Russia. The war exposed the blatant racism that people of colour in Ukraine faced when trying to flee, and also the ugly deeply rooted unconscious bias the world has. People pay lip service and post pictures to social media to make themselves look good showing support for movements such as Black Lives Matter. In sharp contrast, when it comes down to survival, their real attitudes become crystal clear. We can observe that there are different "levels of human", where empathy and humanity is revealed to be skin deep. Putin thought that the world would be indifferent, as it was to all the people of colour in the developing countries that he shamelessly waged war on. Their lives were not seen as equal and therefore the media coverage and level of aid was no where near comparable. Notwithstanding the lack of support from other countries and even his own, Putin continues to steamroll ahead with no concern for the financial and emotional well-being of his own citizens and now it looks like there is no end to the war in sight.
I used the birth time when Ukraine achieved independence from Russia. Considering all of the difficult aspects Ukraine is facing in 2022 it makes sense they have come under this huge attack. Ukraine has a considerable leo energy having jupiter at 25 degrees leo, mercury at 26 degrees leo, vertex at 26 degrees leo and venus at 28 degrees leo. The sun makes an out of sign conjunction at 0 degrees virgo. Unfortunately, transiting saturn which is a first rate malefic is making an opposition to these planets that will not be over until December 2023. It is extremely difficult when saturn crosses over a tightly conjunct stellium as so many areas of life are affected so close together. This usually causes a more severe depression and anxiety when I see it in an individual's chart because it seems nothing turns out the way you want it to, and disappointments and setbacks abound. Without a strong spiritual practice, it is easy to fall into a state of despair and helplessness. Relationships fall apart and new relationships are hard to form, careers are stalled, and new ventures don't seem to be taking off. People don't treat you well, and it is hard to get the recognition and compensation you deserve. The self-criticism and judgement are at a peak as people blame themselves for their failures.
To add to the intensity, Ukraine's moon is at 22 degrees aqu which means that it is in its most intense phase of sade sati, similar to the U.S. moon at 24 degrees aqu that I wrote about in my last post on their Pluto return. In February when the war started, transiting Saturn was in an applying 4 degree conjunction to the moon. It's current position is 24 degrees aqu. Due to the retrograde motion of saturn this conjunction aspect will last until December 2023. The transiting north and south nodes were in the late degrees of taurus and scorpio, at 26 degrees. In my last post I discussed how this activated the evil energy of fixed star algol. This degree was magnified by the eclipses in Nov 2021 and May 2022 at 27 tau and 25 sco respectively. It does not help that the stellium is receiving a tight square from the nodes, which represent turning points of fate. This is a prarabdha (fixed) karma for Ukraine and regardless of how much help it receives, it will continue to endure seeing its buildings burned to the ground, citizens tortured and killed, and land forcibly taken away. Natally, the nodes are conjunct the ASC-DSC axis by 6 minutes, which suggests that they have a very heavy fixed karma to pay back. Mars and venus were conjunct the ASC by 5-6 degrees on Feb 24th, which triggered the fatality of having the nodes on this axis natally, and the outer planets setting the stage for the war. I've noticed in individual's chart when the nodes are on an angle, the person has much less free will and they are more governed by fate. The influence also tends to push people into the spotlight, particularly if the north node is on the ASC or MC. Through it all, Ukrainians, like the symbol of leo the lion have a lot of pride. They have shown admirable resilience, bravery, and fortitude. Putin can destroy the land but not the heart of the people.
Natally, Ukraine has a T-Square composed of pluto at 17 degrees scorpio, moon at 22 degrees aquarius, and jupiter, venus, mercury at 25-28 degrees leo. A T-Square configuration occurs when you have three of the same signs in either mutable (gemini, virgo, pisces, sagittarius) , fixed (taurus, leo, scorpio, aquarius) or cardinal (aries, cancer, capricorn, libra) signs and they are within 13-15 degree orbs of each other at maximum. The closer the orbs the stronger the influence. T-squares are a point of tension and energetic focus, it can cause major issues in a person's life that are experienced as significant challenges, frustrations, and burdens but at the same time it can provide tremendous ambition to overcome these and achieve major accomplishments if the person consciously steps up to face the challenges. It is similar to wanting to prove to someone who thinks you lack the capability to do something, that you can do it and be successful. Right now, transiting saturn is activating the T-Square by being in the late degrees of aquarius, transiting uranus is activating it by being in the middle degrees of taurus and the nodes have been activating it by travelling through the late degrees of taurus. The missing piece, in this case planets/ nodes at late degrees of taurus have an especially strong ability to activate the T-Square. In interpersonal relationships, if you have a T-Square and someone else activates it, this person can push you to greater success potential but at the same time it can be difficult to get along and relax in their presence. Most commonly you will experience irritation, anger and stress. You may not like them, yet you could learn a lot about yourself through being in a relationship with them.
Mercury is conjunct saturn in the Feb 24th chart which is descriptive of the heavy censorship Putin has imposed on his citizens. He has tightly controlled the media such that a very distorted view of his "special military operation" to save Ukraine from the Nazis within their country is used to brainwash Russians. Anyone who speaks against him can be punished and even killed. When travelling in Russia in 2016 without knowing much about it's history, I remember sensing considerable sadness and helplessness. Many Russians did not look happy; probably because they felt unfairly treated ever since Putin came to power. The mars-pluto conjunction gives a violent, ruthless and power hungry energy, with the dominant thought of kill or be killed. It is about survival of the fittest and trampling over others on the race to the top. Pursuit of ambition takes over everything else, and human lives are secondary to gaining dominance and control. Mars and pluto conjunct with venus shows how women left behind are being terrorized by the soldiers and women who leave the country are forcibly separated from their male partners. They are going to foreign countries not knowing anyone who can help them, and left vulnerable to potential exploitation. Pluto is at 17 sco and the MC is 20 sco which will both be eclipsed on Nov 8th 2022, the exact eclipse degree is 16 tau. Transiting uranus is opposing pluto and the MC now and due to its retrograde motion it won't move out of orb until 2024. Pluto is being raised to prominence and it symbolizes death and rebirth, along with transformation. The old structures have been literally burned away, and this was necessary for a newer, more powerful infrastructure to be reconstructed. The psychology of the nation will be forever altered, hopefully in a way where there will be greater unity, equity and opportunity for people of all walks of life.
If you are also dealing with difficult transits from saturn, pluto, uranus and the nodes, remember that this is an opportunity to release self-sabotaging patterns that no longer serve you. Healing takes time and patience. Ultimately learning to embrace your inner power despite external challenges will take you to the next level in your life. The space between one door closing and the other yet to be opened can be scary but that is where the growth occurs, if you let it.
When I found out that the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade giving autonomy to women over their bodies with regards to having a baby was overturned, I was devastated. I couldn't believe women of my generation and those after living in a North American country will not have the same rights as our mothers and grandmothers. Women who have resources can travel to states where they can get abortions, and those who lack money are left with no legal choices to terminate their pregnancy. We divide society further and further by race and social class, and the most marginalized groups are left in vulnerable positions. For all the progress women have made over the last 50 years, this is a huge step backwards. I know the collective dharma, our sense of right and wrong, has been rapidly decreasing since 2020, and the power abuses in the name of COVID on a disturbing upward trend. Pluto is all about power and control, it makes sense that it's return would cause those in power to ruthlessly seek more of it by forcing their personal ideologies on others. Knowing the majority of the U.S. did not hold anti-abortion views, six Supreme Court justices (five men and one woman) knew they didn't have to be held accountable for the impact their decisions would have on women in their country and most likely influence other countries around the world. I can't help but think, if this decision was really for the best interest of the child, why not invest more in programs for struggling single mothers, extend parental leave, provide larger subsidies for daycare or assist with items such as diapers or formula? None of these are a priority. Instead, women who have been raped, or who are in school, or lack the funds to raise the child and struggle without family support, or those who feel forced to put the child up for adoption, among countless other difficult scenarios, will be forced to carry their baby to term with untold trauma that may take a lifetime to work out. When the mother is not happy, the child cannot be happy. Decisions like this may cause intergenerational trauma and it perpetuates the systemic poverty that influences generations.
Currently in the sky, there is a mars-pluto square which is a very controlling, violent energy that can be greedy, ruthless and power hungry. If you look at the U.S. birth chart, transiting saturn today is sitting exactly on the moon at 24 aqu (moon represents women) and the moon is in the 5th house (of children), so it is a logical consequence that the rights of women to make decisions about their childbearing has been revoked. Saturn is about restrictions, obligations and duty. The U.S. is under immense pressure with saturn conjunct the moon as the moon in vedic astrology represents the mind. The U.S. is in it's most intense phase of sade sati and has reached a boiling point. Saturn making a conjunction to the moon causes grief, sadness, anger, feeling of being stuck and trying your best but going nowhere, and overall depression and anxiety. The pluto return saturn is at 17 aqu which conjuncts the U.S. birth chart 5th house cusp at 16 aqu by 1 degree, saturn's effect on the 5th house is symbolic of a sense of burden and obligation with respect to children, and/or difficulties with child birth and raising a child. Additionally the 5th house cusp is 16 aqu which is being squared by a degree by transiting uranus, so this decision came as a huge shock to people when it was first leaked, and even now as people may have thought public pressure could have stopped it from occurring. In the pluto return, venus rules the 5th house and is weakened by being in an exact conjunction with mars, which is a second rate malefic in vedic astrology. Venus is the feminine principle and mars is the masculine principle and venus being closely conjunct mars suggests women's rights being overpowered by men in power for their own gains. I wrote about the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial in my last post, and while I did not take sides as to who is more correct, I think the effect of this trial will be to silence women and empower wealthy men to think their money can allow them to get away with bad behaviour. Saturn is the dispositor of venus in capricorn, and it is at 16 degrees aqu, which is being squared by transiting uranus in taurus now. Uranus will retrograde in August and will go back to 16 tau this November, where it also makes a tight conjunction to the eclipse at 16 tau on Nov 8th. This can be explosive and political decisions over the next year may be game changers. The north and south nodes in the pluto return at 26 tau-26 sco make an exact conjunction and opposition to the most malefic fixed star in the heavens Algol, which is widely understood to be associated with evil, intense anger and sadness, destruction, disasters and violence. The eclipses in November 2021 and May 2022 were very close to this axis at 27 tau and 25 sco respectively, which magnified the malefic energy. In the return chart saturn is in the 9th house of judges and the law, and usually this correlates with judges making excessively conservative decisions. They may think they are being ethical but it is hard to see how they can think this decision is the most compassionate. You are allowing a child in this world with the possibility that critical physical, emotional and mental needs are not being met. The ripple effects of these six judges will be felt for decades.
It will take a long time for this to sink in, how women have been stripped of their power, setting the precedent for further rights of women and other oppressed groups to be taken away as well. Many people believed their government's response to COVID was out of proportion to the risks posed by the disease, and the imposed restrictions a way for governments to gain more power and wealth at the expense of their citizens. Certainly, as a Canadian I have witnessed things occurring that I could have never imagined happening in this tolerant and freedom-loving country prior to 2020. So many people live as if karma is not real with a stunning lack of empathy and respect for other people. Today the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court flaunts their power, thinking they are gods who can get away with anything. They have no idea what they set in motion for their future lives.
It was in 2012 that I first launched this website, and began a more professional practice of Astronumerology. I had done readings for family and friends prior to that and in perfect timing as my venus was eclipsed in May 2012 at 0 degrees gemini (venus rules my 10th house and is in the 10th house) I began working on and subsequently published this website. It was time to define part of my professional identity as an Astronumerologist. It was (and still is) my intention to teach the public about this profound art and science that has transformed my life, and make the teachings as accessible and practical as they could be, while at the same time maintaining its depth and authenticity. Since then I have done hundreds of readings for people all over the world, which I am so grateful for as I learn from each and every client's life. I will never cease to be amazed at how the universal intelligence plans everything, sometimes down to the minute, and everything occurs in divine timing. The planetary motions are the gradual unfolding of our karma over time. The stars give timing to our fate, they don't determine it. We determine it through the karma of our past and present actions.
I celebrated my birthday yesterday and had the chance to reflect on how my philosophies have changed with my new experiences. I believe that you can never have all the slices of the pie at the same time in life, each slice representing different desirable conditions in life. To me, happiness comes from focusing on the slices that I do have, and surrendering to God's plan for my life. The law of attraction and manifestation trains people to focus on desire after desire, always wanting something else. Some popular teachers preach that if only you can visualize in great detail what you want to have on a daily basis and want it badly enough, you will surely have it as long as you follow their special method. I think they exploit the sense of lack and longing for happiness that many people have. Through my studies, I have come to understand that their fixed karma is to be wealthy or famous because their soul felt these conditions were most conducive to learning the lessons they came to earth to learn. They would have become externally successful even without these law of attraction practices. Just because a person is famous or well regarded in their field, does not mean they are wiser, more evolved or talented than anyone else. They just have the karma to live their lives in the public eye. They have the same internal struggles and fall into the same traps that the average person does, yet they are admired and emulated by those who believe they are truly happy. The trouble with the law of attraction is that you are left living with a subtle level of unhappiness no matter how much you have accomplished or how ideal your life looks from the outside. There may be a sense of longing for someone else to validate your latest accomplishment, for you to gain wider recognition or compensation for your skills, and for loved ones to behave in a way that is accordance with your expectations of them. When others fail to meet expectations, you are unhappy. In contrast, when you accept people for who they are, you have more inner peace because your happiness is no longer dependent on the way they treat you.
I think positive affirmations and goal setting are important, so long as you do not get attached to a particular outcome or judge your sense of worth in comparison with others. Thoughts are trains and you need to be careful about which train you get on. Sometimes our own plans for our lives do not accurately reflect the fixed karmas in our charts, or the wider universal script. It can sometimes be difficult to comprehend why certain outcomes occur. I no longer give my mental peace away by replaying in my mind what I wished could have gone differently. People are in our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I trust that whomever is with me is meant to be with me at this time and I let go of those who are no longer with me. People can only stay so long as there is a match energetically, or there is some karma to be worked out, and when there is a shift in either person or the work between them is finished for this lifetime, people will go their separate ways.
I believe the best way to proceed is to take action towards your goals keeping in mind the universe may have a different plan for you. Surrender to divine will brings the deep rooted peace we see in those who have become self-realized. There are many unexpected twists along the way that could never have been anticipated and that change the course of your life. We must not lose faith trying to understand why things happened the way they did because we did not write the script:
"When something does not go the way we anticipated, we tend to blame ourselves. We assume that it was some fault, failing or curse of our own that caused the project not to bear the intended fruit. However, God’s plan is sometimes inscrutable and His ways are frequently mysterious. The reason for a project’s failure or a venture’s loss may have no connection with our hard work or capabilities. It may simply have to do with the script of the Eternal and Universal Drama."
- H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji
We can find happiness to the degree we surrender to God's plan instead of craving for more and trying to change the script. Our destinies are interrelated and the intersection of important meetings have already been set at specific times. The universe has perfect intelligence and wisdom. I have observed that people create much of their own sadness and anxiety by having thoughts and expectations that are not in line with their destiny. It’s so peaceful to go through life watching it as the passing show, while the real excitement is within our own souls, to go inward is where the magic is.
It is now a inner knowing of mine that you can try as hard and as long as you want, but if what you want to happen isn't part of the cosmic play, it won't happen. And then there are times that things will happen effortlessly. You must try your best but learn to accept outcomes as God's will and sometimes beyond the human mind to fully understand these mysterious ways. I've learned it's best not to judge an outcome as good or bad, because we may not know why the sequencing of events had to happen a certain way. I believe that is what the sages mean when they say that thinking is not necessary for life to go on, and now I realize the futility of thinking so much on a given topic when the outcome is already set to occur. Surrender means letting go and letting God.
I love the sense of renewal and rebirth that comes with my birthday, as I feel radiant and ready to take on the next turn around the sun. I have so much gratitude for all of my loyal clients, many of whom have become friends. It has been an immense privilege to get to know you over the last 10 years and I hope to see many more.
The Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial has captivated millions of people around the globe, as intimate details of the former couple's marriage come under intense scrutiny. Johnny is suing Amber for $50 million dollars and she is countersuing for $100 million. The question at hand is did Amber defame Johnny by saying she is a victim of domestic violence? Is there enough evidence that she is telling the truth to defend her American right to free speech? Their marital therapist says they mutually abused each other and I have to agree with this. I do think with Amber's 1 degree square between mercury and neptune that it is likely she embellished her stories, and lied about multiple things. However, I don't think she is lying about everything, there are some specks of truth in what she says. Nevertheless, the lying may take away from her credibility in the eyes of the jurors and the public. Johnny also has a mercury-neptune opposition but at 12 degrees it isn't as potent as Amber's mercury-neptune aspect. He is also capable of misrepresentation or denial of the facts. Mercury-neptune hard aspects (conjunction, opposition, sesquiquadrate, quincunx, semi-square and square) are very well known for "shading the truth". Amber has her moon square neptune and her mars conjunct neptune which makes me believe she does lie even to herself, it is possible she has convinced herself her version of reality is the objective truth. People who have many personal planets in hard aspect to neptune can lie both to themselves and others, both consciously and unconsciously. Both have hard mercury-mars aspects, which are known for being sharp and cutting with words, provoking verbal arguments, and being blunt. Amber has mercury square mars by 5 degrees and Johnny has mercury square mars by 8 degrees (out of sign).
I have been following the trial regularly and recently decided to take a look at what is happening with their charts. They are facing what astrologers call a prarabdha karma, a fixed karma that cannot be changed. We live many lives on earth and the birth chart is a small piece of the total karma the soul has accumulated that is to be played out in this current role in this lifetime. Some karmas are more changeable with varying levels of effort and free will but some are completely fixed.
I included only Johnny's vedic chart as he has an accurate birth time, and Amber's birth time is unknown. Vedic astrology is more sensitive to having an exact birth time as compared to the western chart for the planetary strength calculations and divisional charts.
The 7th house is the house of marriage for both vedic and western. Looking at his 7th house in his rasi (birth chart), saturn is in capricorn and it is retrograde. Saturn in the 7th usually brings a marriage that is more characterized by duty, obligation and responsibility than love. The retrograde adds an element of turning saturn's nature inward, making one excessively self-critical and perhaps more critical of the partner as a result. People with this placement often have heavier karma to pay back in marriage, as they find themselves with partners who may not see their true value, treat them poorly and/or not consider their needs and desires as equally deserving to be met. They may get selfish or unethical partners who do what they want to do without considering the other person's feelings. This does not necessarily relate to length of the marriage but more so quality. They can stay in a partnership for several years tolerating being unhappy and unfulfilled; staying out of a belief that they must do for some seemingly important reason. Happiness, joy and the pleasure of spending time with the partner may not be there too often or they may have to be the caretaker of their partner in some way. The partnership may not be one of equals in reality or one person may feel subjectively inferior or superior to the other. I have even seen cases where the partners divorce but someone with saturn in the 7th will still take care of the partner to an unusual degree when they aren't able to do so themselves. Because saturn is the ruler of capricorn, neither the 7th house nor its ruler receive any aspects from any other planet, strengthening the effects of having saturn in the 7th house, which is not a desirable feature to have. If he had benefic influences such as jupiter, venus, mercury or a bright moon, this could have helped him.
In the navamsha chart, (chart of the spouse), the 7th house is truly in horrible condition, with 4 malefics influencing it, and no benefic influences to help. The 7th house has rahu and mars in it, while saturn casts a backward square and ketu opposes it. I find rahu and ketu in the 1st-7th axis or associated with the 7th house ruler or dispositor in the navamsha to be like a roller coaster ride with the spouse. Mars conjuncts the descendant by 7 degrees and gives a strong element of serious fighting and provocation, making the partners excessively aggressive with each other. Compromising is not something either of them wants to do, nor is picking their battles carefully. Saturn's backward square is by 6 degrees, also giving a strong element of restriction, grief, feelings of being held back from the other; self-esteem takes a big hit. The ruler of the navamsha chart is jupiter which is in its absolute worst degree, 5 degrees capricorn, the EXACT degree of its debilitation and where it is weakest. Each planet has an exact exaltation degree which is the best degree out of 360 degrees for it to be in and the exact degree of debilitation, which is the worst degree out of 360 degrees for it to be in. Jupiter's exaltation is 5 cancer and its debilitation is 5 capricorn. Either the person's partner suffers tremendously due directly to them, or as a result of being in a partnership with them by being attacked by external sources or facing undue hardship. It also works the other way, with the person who has the planet in fall suffering tremendously due to their partner. In her vedic chart, Amber's mercury is at 12 degrees pisces, only 3 degrees away from its extreme degree of debilitation at 15 pisces. Mercury represents logic, thinking style and communications. Potentially due to this debilitation, her communication may come across as dishonest and manipulative even though in her mind she is expressing her personal truth. Her truths lack evidence in the objective sense, which has become apparent in the cross examination. Although we have a right to free speech, it must meet standards of objective truth to avoid charges of defamation and I am not sure she will be successful in this regard. The truth is the factual truth, not the truth just from one person's perspective.
The 7th house ruler in the navamsha is mercury which suffers greatly due to its conjunction to a fallen jupiter. Venus in a man's chart represents his wife, so venus being conjunct a fallen jupiter can mean there is something wrong with the wife's personality. There have been accusations from Depp's lawyers that Amber may have borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder. Their marital therapist also said that Amber would be the aggressor more often.
In the rasi, jupiter is in the 9th house, the 9th house represents the second marriage, thus it would make sense that he had a second marriage during its mahadasha (his first marriage was 1983-1985). The 7th house represents marriage overall but especially the first marriage. For second marriages, I consider the quality of both the 7th and 9th houses. Because jupiter is in pisces, both the 9th house and 9th house ruler jupiter only receive the aspect of saturn by its special forward sextile and mars by its special forward 8th aspect, the orb is about 9 degrees for saturn and 11 degrees for mars. Receiving only malefic and no benefic influences to the 7th and 9th houses is bound to cause significant hardship, ruin and grief through marriage. Additionally, looking at the dignities in the 16 divisions, in 8/16 of them jupiter is debilitated or in a great enemy sign. There is no way to avoid this but to burn the karma through living through it.
The vimshottari dasha system shows the unfolding of our karma over time, and we see Johnny started his Jupiter dasha on September 21st 2013, after he had dated Amber for nearly two years and then married her on February 3rd 2015, when he ran jupiter-jupiter-venus (jupiter is the navamsha chart ruler and it is conjunct venus in the navamsha giving it the power to bring about marriage). They started dating in his rahu-moon period, rahu aspects the moon in the navamsha by trine and in the rasi, rahu is in the 7th sign from the moon. The navamsha is not just the spouse, it is called the fruit of the tree and is studied along with the rasi for an understanding into the personality and overall life circumstances of the individual. Jupiter is in bad condition and that is why as a result of Amber Heard, his professional status, wealth and honours all started to crumble during this period. This jupiter period lasts until September 2029, so things should start to look better for him (relationship wise) once he begins his saturn mahadasha.
Looking at Johnny's western 7th house, his neptune forms an EXACT square to the descendant, showing that he has trouble seeing his wives for who they really are, because he sees them through rose colored glasses at first, and then is greatly disappointed when he learns the truth. He is unable to see red flags even when warned by others. When you have hard aspects from a personal planet to the other person's neptune, it often creates an inability to accept the person for who they really are, to put them on a pedestal they can not live up to which inevitably leads to heartbreak.
I look at both the composite and davison charts when examining relationships between two people, in addition to the synastry. Keep in mind that the houses are not correct in the composite and davison because Amber's birth time is unknown. The moon would be reasonably close to its position but not exact. The other planets are in their correct positions. Johnny's moon is conjunct Amber's mars and neptune and his jupiter makes an exact square to her neptune. Amber's sun and venus are opposing Johnny's neptune. His addictions to drugs and alcohol are partly due to the neptune square to the ascendant-descendant axis, neptune represents addictions and escapes. Saturn is the only planet in the 7th house which is the same as the vedic chart. The ruler of the 7th house is uranus which is closely conjunct mars, showing that either the person or their partner can be antagonistic and aggressive, and is not one to make peace easily. Johnny has an explosive mars-pluto-uranus conjunction within 8 degrees which is indicative of his fiery temper, dark sarcastic humour and angry outbursts. Amber's venus is in a wide out of sign square to this explosive combo and in secondary progression her venus and sun in 2016 were making an exact square to uranus and more tightly squaring mars. Johnny to start with is someone who can get angry at a moments notice, sometimes as a total shock to others and react explosively. Amber's wide natal square from venus to his uranus-mars conjunction sets the stage but the progression of both her sun and mercury to an exact square with uranus in 2015- 2016 really set off the violence. Given that his uranus is in virgo, the dispositor of the 7th house is mercury and mercury is at 25 degrees taurus, closely conjunct the most malefic fixed star algol. Unfortunately, both Amber and Johnny also have their venus conjunct algol (Amber by 1 degree and Johnny exact). The eclipses on November 19th 2021 at 27 degrees taurus and on May 16th 2022 at 25 degrees scorpio are bringing to life this fixed karma. Algol is associated with humiliation, degradation, ruin, grief and a fall from grace. The goddess of love and romance is extremely unhappy being here as falling in love can bring intense pain and sorrow. Worse still, their venus placements are tightly square Johnny's saturn in the 7th house, showing sizeable blockages in their ability to express love to each other. The feelings of rejection, judgement and censorship are prominent. Venus making an opposition, square or conjunction to saturn is one of the worst synastry aspects to have. This "triggering" was discussed by their therapist as well. The synastry and composite show unique relational dynamics between two people. Some people will pull out the worst of you and others the best. Johnny did not have these types of problems in his previous relationships, however the synastry and composite with Amber set off his natal potential with the mars-pluto-uranus conjunction squaring her secondary progressed sun and mercury, them sharing the same venus conjunct algol, and his moon conjunct the north node squaring her moon and making a conjunction to her mars and neptune. The moon conjunct mars causes sexual chemistry but also a lot of fighting. The moon conjunct neptune causes confusion in interpreting the other person's emotions, and difficulty with accurately identifying the emotions the other person is feeling, this conjunction is seen in the davison chart as well. In the davison chart we see mars, mercury and uranus conjunct. In the composite we see mercury opposing the mars-uranus conjunction. Because these themes repeat multiple times it becomes a very prominent theme in their relationship. It perfectly captures the verbal bickering and taunting, which turned into physical aggression and violence on both sides, and what Amber experienced as rough sex. The name calling and intentional humiliation and degradation between them was quite extreme from the text messages and audios played in court. Amber went to the extent of placing human feces on Johnny's side of the bed! Both of them had very malicious intent towards each other, which was more often on the side of hatred than love. They both seemed to want to ruin each other's lives and careers.
"Anderson, a Los Angeles-based therapist, counseled Heard and Depp in late 2015, the same year they got married. While in counseling, Heard had a "jackhammer style of talking" and cut off Depp because he couldn't keep a similar pace, according to Anderson.
The therapist also testified that Depp had been "well controlled" for the majority of his life but was "triggered" by Heard. She said that both of them were victims of abuse growing up.
"And then with Ms. Heard, [Depp] was triggered and they engaged as what I saw as mutual abuse," Anderson said, during the recorded deposition played in court.
She said that when Heard was "triggered" by something Depp did, she considered it a "point of pride" to "initiate" a fight, and "if [Depp] was going to leave her to deescalate the fight, she would strike him to keep him there."
The couple's counselor also said that Heard started the fights with Depp on more than one occasion to "keep him with her because abandonment and having him leave was her worst nightmare."
Anderson added, "I think [Depp] may have initiated it on occasions too. That I am less sure on."
At the same time, they had very similar tastes because they shared a tight venus-venus conjunction and mercury-venus conjunction. This is what Amber said of their immediate connection:
“We talked about books and music, poetry. We like a lot of the same stuff. Obscure writers and interesting books and pieces of poetry I haven't heard anyone else know or reference or like,” she recalled of their first meeting.
She described Depp as "very well read and charismatic." Heard said she may have left his office with a few books he'd lent her.
"I knew who he was. I wasn't a fan of his work. I wasn't familiar with him, but I knew who he was. I knew he was one of the most famous people in the world," she said. "It was weird, because he's twice my age and this famous actor, and here we are getting along about old books and the blues. I thought it was unusual and remarkable. I left there feeling, like, 'wow.'"
"I felt like this man knew me and saw me in a way that nobody else had," Heard told jurors. "He made me feel seen, made me feel like a million dollars. That kind of feeling where he just lavished gifts, lavished expressions of love, and how he'd never met a woman like me. I remember he took the foil off of this bottle and put it on my ring finger, and I had only been with him, like, days, maybe it was weeks at the time. It just felt very intense."
Johnny felt their similar tastes were cold and calculated on her part, and I cannot say that she did not research his interests to some degree but having those tight mercury-venus and venus-venus conjunctions would naturally give them very similar tastes in art, music, books, poetry, fashion, beauty, entertainment and anything else associated with venus' domain. This is how he describes it after their divorce:
Depp claimed that Heard "had well and truly research me and my interests and she would try to pose as some expert or intellectual on these things to try to ingratiate herself with me."
"She presented herself as a carbon copy of me, with precisely the same interests, thoughts, favorite writers, taste in music and art as me," he said in court filings. "Rather than see this as calculated, sociopathic and emotionally dishonest, I convinced myself that it was endearing and sweet."
Looking at the eclipses we see that Johnny's MC at 3 degrees taurus is activated by the eclipse on October 25th 2022 at 2 degrees taurus. Many people see this trial as vindication of Johnny's name and that he has already won in the court of public opinion regardless of the outcome of the trial. So perhaps, he will see more career opportunities come his way (the MC and 10th house is career). His neptune at 13 scorpio is activated by the eclipses on April 30th 2021 at 10 taurus and November 8th 2022 at 16 degrees scorpio, neptune rules his 8th house so could relate to the money he has to pay Amber or is paid by Amber (8th house represents gaining money that you don't earn, or paying money to others). Neptune in his 4th house also suggests changes in his home, either moving homes or significantly changing his current home. His mercury and venus were both activated by the eclipses mentioned earlier last November and this May. In total 3 planets and an angle are eclipsed showing 2022 as a year when things can finally start changing for Johnny. Amber's sun is at 2 degrees taurus, and when your sun is eclipsed it is a life changing year for you. Her venus at 25 taurus is also eclipsed, though we don't know which houses these planets influence. Her pluto at 6 scorpio is activated by the eclipses in April 2022 and October 2022. She may move out of acting and spend more time on motherhood and perhaps start other projects that are very different from those she has done in the past. In the composite chart, it shows the couple's venus and sun at 25 degrees taurus opposite the moon at 25 degrees scorpio. The moon is reasonably close to 25 degrees scorpio even though we don't know Amber's exact birth time, thus 3 personal planets were eclipsed. In the davison, sun is conjunct venus at 22-24 degrees scorpio so these were eclipsed in 2021-2022 as well. The venus-sun conjunctions in both davison and composite as well as her sun conjunct his MC in synastry both show the mutual admiration, and feeling loved and adored when they first met. These aspects enable you to feel you are a star in the other person's eyes.
In terms of transits, saturn is making its second return for Johnny. Currently saturn is at 25 degrees aquarius. On April 11th 2022 when the trial started, Saturn was making an EXACT conjunction to his natal saturn in the 7th house, triggering this fixed karma. Jupiter just entered his 9th house earlier this month and mars is also transiting through his 9th house. As the jury prepares to deliver its verdict, transiting venus is closely conjunct his MC and transiting mercury is conjunct his mercury-venus conjunction. Transiting venus is conjunct Amber's sun and transiting mercury is conjunct her venus. Transiting saturn is squaring both Johnny and Amber's venus within a degree. Luck is more on Johnny's side as benefic jupiter is transiting through his 9th house which represents law and lawsuits, so he probably will gain more than he loses. As well, venus conjunct the MC usually allows you to showcase a more pleasing and harmonious appearance. His 8th house is also much stronger than Amber's natally, being involved in numerous wealth and status producing yogas in the vedic chart and in the western chart, the cusp is critical degree 4 pisces and the ruler neptune involved in many favourable aspects.
I believe everything is unfolding just as it should be in divine timing. I don't care anymore about what the jury decides because divine justice is so much more important. People who think they get away with things due to lack of earthly accountability always must pay their dues with the perfect law of karma. They are both living this reality because of karmic transgressions in the past. I hope Johnny and Amber are both able to close this painful chapter in their lives, to release old baggage and trauma that are holding them back, and to move forward in a way that brings them healing and growth.
I am happy to be presenting an online workshop on the dasas for Astrology Toronto on September 18th from 1-4pm. Vedic astrology employs the vimshottari dasha system as the main predictive tool to shed light on the dominant themes, trends and karmas that arise during different periods of the human life cycle. Each planet in the birth chart carries with it a karmic promise which will come to fruition during the time that it runs as the Mahadasha (main) or Bhukti (secondary) planet. The planets have a fixed sequence that they run based on the position of your natal moon's nakshatra. The results experienced are highly complex and an accurate understanding of the karma is dependent on a holistic synthesis of various factors lending strength and weakness to the planet such as its sign, nakshatra, house, planetary aspects, yogas it participates in, and its positions in the divisional charts among others. Through this workshop, we will learn in greater depth why the planets give the results that they do, and how this manifests in real life via a study of celebrity charts.
The current mercury retrograde is from May 29th to June 22nd, with a 2-3 week shadow period on either side. People don't always give it enough importance because it takes 9 weeks without the shadow and up to 18 weeks with the shadow periods. Not all mercury retrogrades have the same power. It depends on the astrological climate that is happening during the time. Retrogrades that occur at the same time of eclipses always have a lot more power, and capacity to cause bigger issues.
Traditionally mercury when retrograding will cause misunderstandings in communications, ensure trouble later when you sign a contract or begin a new venture, or cause delays in things working out as expected. It is not a good time for buying electronics, or other purchases related to communications. Things get lost or delayed in the mail more often, and people have different expectations when signing contracts. For example, terms were unclear, not addressed in writing or not discussed at all, and assumptions made without asking specific questions.
Retrogrades are best for revising and revisiting things from the past rather than starting anything new. Oral and written communication when published during a retrograde often has to be edited again, and sent out in revised form. It is not auspicious to start a new job or launch a business on Mercury retrograde.
What has been your experience with mercury retrograde?