Australia and the June 2020 Solstice Eclipse

Before I look at the June 21 2020 eclipse for Australia it is worthwhile checking the Aries Ingress Horoscope for Australia, set for the capital Canberra.

Australia Aries ingress 2020Aries ingress for Australia

The Sun is placed in the ninth house of international relations and rules the second house of finances. When viewed against the background context of Australia’s position vis à vis the emerging tensions between USA and China, the Sun’s ninth house focus makes sense.

The Moon

The Moon represents the people and the general flow of events. It is positioned on the cusp of the eighth and squares Venus, the planet which rules the fourth house of mining and general produce, and also the eleventh house of allies. Australia is in a fix, caught between loyalty to old allies and the need to sell its iron ore and other goods to China.

Trading partners

The  seventh house of trading partners contains 4 malefics: Mars, Jupiter in detriment, Pluto and Saturn. Our adversaries and trading partners are ruled by Saturn in its own sign, and are therefore very powerful. Compare this to the Ascendant ruler, which represents Australia. This is the Moon in Aquarius conjunct the eighth cusp which is associated with the assets of our adversaries and trading partners. We are beholden to our trading partners and adversaries. We are in ‘their pocket’.

200621 solar eclipse AustraliaJune 21 Annular Solar Eclipse

The June 21 2020 Annular Solar Eclipse horoscope for Australia falls in the  seventh house of trading partners and adversaries, repeating the general theme of the Aries Ingress Horoscope. Again we see Australia in a weak position, represented by the first house ruler Jupiter in the second house of finances in the sign of its fall and retrograde.

The eclipse Moon rules the eighth of death and loss and there is an obvious association with the Covid-19 pandemic and a possible second wave. It is the Moon which eclipses the Sun and therefore is very powerful.

Australia FederationAustralia’s Horoscope

There are a number of horoscopes for Australia. The one I prefer is when the federation was officially celebrated on the 1st January 1901 at a banquet held at the Melbourne Exhibition Building at midnight.

The Midheaven for this horoscope is only 4 degrees off the eclipse point at 4 Cancer. This is only 2 degrees off the rising degree of the Aries Ingess horoscope and 4 degrees from the eclipse point at 0 Cancer. The Midheaven represents the government and its leader. An eclipse generally represents a crisis, or some unexpected event or revelation which brings a sudden change of focus.

Eclipse duration and events

The duration of this annular solar eclipse is comparatively long: about 6 hours. Some say that every hour equals one month in terms of associated events. However I think we can event to see correlations within a month of the eclipse. Already Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has been seeking new trading opportunities with India as a counter-balance with China.


Both the Aries Ingress Horoscope and the June 21 Annular Solar Eclipse horoscope indicate that Australia is going through very challenging times in regard to the need to balance our trading interests and our relationship with our allies. The eclipse suggests that the government will need to take decisive action to reserve Australia’s prosperity.

Reverse the signs for the Southern Hemisphere?

First published September 6 2012 on the Ambrosia Academy of Astrology and Palmistry website by Peter Burns.
When our theories about astrology and the world come up against the hard face of reality and cannot be applied, something needs to change. What needs to change is not reality for it can only be what it is. It is our theories that need adjustment. Try as we might we cannot force reality to conform to our intellectual notions.

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The alignment of the seasons with the zodiac

One of these ideas concerns the argument that it is the seasons which determine the alignment of the zodiac signs with our calendar. Ptolemy said so as have others. Aries is associated with Spring and so on. While I have no special argument with this theory, there is a serious problem with the conclusion that the signs should be reversed for the Southern Hemisphere.

Apparently southern hemisphere folk need to bite the bullet!

Should the zodiacal signs be flipped for the southern hemisphere as the tropical zodiac is clearly seasonal? According to one published opinion in the Considerations magazine, “…all those Southern Hemisphere folk who think they are a particular sign should look to their complementary sign….. antipodean astrologers need to bite the bullet and re-evaluate. And …… if those residing in the southern hemisphere cannot accept this concept, then our whole astrological edifice is on “shaky ground.
Actually the ground is quite firm down-under. Astrologers here tend to look to reality to see what actually works. People born on the 1st of April have Aries as their sun-sign, and they behave as we would expect those born under the sign of the ram to behave. They do not behave or have the attributes of someone born under the sign of the scales. Likewise Librans do not show Arian qualities unless of course they have other planets or points in Aries. Each of the other zodiac signs shows the traditional characteristics of their sign. On this there can be no confusion. It is very very clear.

A different reality is confirmed

This reality confirmed by hundreds of Australian, New Zealand, and South African astrologers studying the charts of thousands of clients. Using the opposite sign  for people born in the southern hemisphere does not match the observed facts. The theory that the signs should be reversed because they are associated with the seasons sounds logical. However reality shows there’s a flaw with this reasoning. This does not mean that the tropical zodiac is not related to the seasons. Nor does it invalidate astrology. However it does mean that the reasoning given for reversing the signs in the southern hemisphere is somehow incorrect.

What we do know

What we do know is that when the Sun on its northward journey crosses the equator at the vernal equinox it signals the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Autumn (Fall) in the southern hemisphere. It also signals the beginning of Aries in both hemispheres.
Certainly it seems reasonable that the seasonal relevance to tropical astrology which applies so well in the northern hemisphere should also work in the southern hemisphere, where the seasons are opposite those of the north. Seems very logical to me except for one important point: it doesn’t work. It has been suggested that perhaps the earth has a ‘natural season’ which applies equally, from an astrological point of view, to both hemispheres. Maybe.
My own conclusion is there must be a greater truth concerning astrological meaning which is not yet understood.
I don’t think we have discovered everything there is to know about the majesty of the heavens.

Barnaby Joyce Prediction – Updated

Barnaby JoyceLooking back to the previous solar eclipse prediction

Back in August I wrote about Australia Deputy leader Barnaby Joyce’s horoscope and whether it indicated he might have dual citizenship and therefore would need to step down from parliament.

I have no birth time so I used the thema mundi chart set for noon, shown here without houses, with the Moon’s movement on his birthday between 10-23 of Cancer.

The solar eclipse of August 21 2017 aspected his Sun with an orb of 2-3 degrees, the maximum orb allowable, highlighting his natal Sun, arguably one of the most important points in any horoscope.

Solar eclipses are associated with unexpected surprises where hidden lunar forces are released and the situation changes very quickly.

Aries Ingress Australia 2017I checked the Aries ingress of the Sun for Australia and saw that the solar eclipse of August 17 conjoined the 11th cusp. The 10th house represents the government and the Prime Minister (PM). The 11th house, as the derived 2nd house from the 10th house, represents the support for the PM, and as Barnaby Joyce is Australia’s deputy PM, Barnaby is represented by the 11th house.

The 11th house cusp is closely aspected by the Moon, which represents the high court, and Saturn which rules the opposition because it rules the sign opposite to the government’s 10th house.

I said it didn’t not look good for Barnaby Joyce and “it is most likely that Barnaby Joyce will be forced to stand down“.

He was forced to stand down, had to compete in a by-election, and was re-elected. Note his Sun-Mars opposition. he is a fighter. Not that Mars is in great condition in Libra but he knows how to relate to people and anticipate others’ reactions.

The solar eclipse of Feb 2018

Barnaby JoyceFast forward to the present and the partial solar eclipse of February 15-16 again aspects his natal Sun. Again he is serious trouble, this time because of an affair and it’s reflection on his support of traditional family values. His reputation has in a sense been partially eclipsed.

On the morning of the eclipse (Australian time) there was talk of mutiny against his leadership in the news media. Two days prior he needed to correct his record of participation in the Army Reserve. f

On the left is Barnaby Joyce’s horoscope with the Feb 2018 partial solar eclipse added. Again both his natal Sun and Mars are activated.
It is interesting that the Feb 2018 eclipse sits on the fifth house cusp of the 2017 Aries Ingress of the Sun horoscope for Australia. Tanya Plibersek is Labor’s deputy leader, and has entered the debate on Joyce’s affair on a different note, declaring that what he does with his personal life should remain private, but that his use of taxpayer funds in moving Vikki Campion, the staffer he had an affair with, into different jobs, should be made fully transparent.

Saturn square Saturn

Barnaby Joyce’s horoscope also shows his natal Saturn at 5 Aries, which means transiting Saturn is squaring his natal Saturn. Saturn aspects bring a test and the need to face facts, and are often associated with issues of maturity, failure, the need to face reality, the need to take responsibility for something, and frequently career issues and for older folk, questions about retirement. He is now needing to run two families and is said to need to keep his job to pay for his various expenses. No doubt he will fight hard to resist retirement from public office.

In more recent news it is claimed in the media that a crisis has developed between the governing parties because of comments made by the PM Malcolm Turnbull and the backlash from Barnaby Joyce.

In the horoscope shown on the left for the Feb 15-16 2018 partial solar eclipse for Australia the aggravation for the government is shown by Mars conjunct the Midheaven. The government and its leader Malcolm Turnbull are shown by the tenth house ruler Jupiter, which is square the eclipse at 22 Scorpio. Turnbull is in a difficult position.

The deputy leader, Barnaby Joyce, is shown by the eleventh house ruler which is Saturn in Capricorn. Venus, the planet representing relationships and young women, aspects Saturn by applying sextile within 7 minutes of arc, which is descriptive of the deputy leader’s affair with his staffer.

The eclipse itself falls in the twelfth house of matters hidden, of entrapment, and self-undoing. Neptune, the planet of illusion and deception, is just within the first house, in tight square aspect with Mars on the Midheaven.

The horoscope for the solar eclipse describes the situation in Australia very well and shows government leadership in crisis.

NZ Election 2017

NZ Election 2017

class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-237″ src=”×300.png” alt=”NZ 2017 Election” width=”300″ height=”300″ />One of the oldest, and in my experience most effective ways to predict the outcome of a national political election is to use the horoscope for the ingress of the Sun, set for the nation’s capital. The 2017 ingress chart is explored here to assess whether it accurately predicts the outcome of the NZ Election.

The ingress chart for the NZ Election is set for the current astrological year, which begins when the Sun’s apparent path crosses the equator at the Aries equinox, usually on March 20 2017, and the location is the nation’s capital: Wellington.

The incumbent government, the centre-right national party led by Bill English, is shown by the ruler of the 10th house and the opposition is shown by the ruler of the 4th house.

The challengers to the incumbent party is the Labour party and the minor parties

The outcome is assessed by examining the condition of these two rulers: their essential and accidental dignities, planets in the 10th and 4th houses, and aspects to these rulers.  An important consideration is the next aspect of the Moon. The Moon is generally used to represent the common people, the voters, although the ruler of the 1st house can also be used for this purpose.

In this horoscope the Moon applies to the ruler of the 4th house, Saturn, with 4 minutes of arc. By itself this is almost sufficient to indicate that the opposition wins the election. It should be pointed out that the Moon was applying to Saturn everywhere in the world in each nation’s ingress chart. The difference here is that Saturn rules the 4th house cusp, and does not do so in most other countries. The other difference is context: not every country is holding an election in this astrological year.

Another factor favouring the opposition is that the 4th house ruler is located in the 1st house of the people. The Moon is also in the people’s house applying to Saturn.

Also we see Jupiter, the ruler of the 1st house, in the sign of Saturn’s exaltation: the people like what the opposition has to offer.

In the government’s favour the Moon’s north node, which represents gain, is located in the 10th house of government, although it’s in a different sign than the one on the Midheaven, which lessens its potency. The ruler of the 10th house, the Sun, is in the sign of its exaltation, which is an essential dignity showing strength. This compares well with the essential dignity of the opposition’s ruling planet Saturn, which is peregrine, a minor weakness.

The Sun however is not well placed at the cusp of the 5th house. Here it is unable to ‘see’ the Midheaven, and has little strength. Compare this with the 4th house ruler representing the opposition which is in a powerful angular house.

Barnaby Joyce Prediction

Barnaby JoyceWith news that Barnaby Joyce may have dual citizenship and therefore may have to step down from parliament I decided to have a look at his horoscope.

I have no birth time so I have used the thema mundi chart which is set for noon and shown here without houses and the Moon’s movement through his birthday is between 10-23 of Cancer.

The solar eclipse of August 21 2017 aspects his Sun with an orb of 2-3 degrees. While this might be considered to be the maximum orb allowable it does highlight his natal Sun, arguably one of the most important points in any horoscope.

Solar eclipses are associated with unexpected surprises where hidden forces are released and the situation changes very quickly. In the context of Barnaby’s position as deputy leader of Australia and the challenger to his right to hold that position this eclipse suggests that his tenure is under serious threat.

Aries Ingress Australia 2017Checking on the Aries ingress of the Sun for Australia we see that the solar eclipse of August 17 conjoins the 11th cusp. The 10th house represents the government and in particular the Prime Minister (PM). The 11th house, as the derived 2nd house from the 10th house, represents the support for the PM. The deputy PM is the PM’s most primary support and is represented by the 11th house.  The 11th house also represents the Liberal and National Party MPs whose votes the PM relies upon to form government.

The 11th house cusp is closely aspected by the Moon and Saturn. Saturn rules the opposition because it rules the sign opposite to the government’s 10th house, and the Moon as 9th house ruler represents the high court.

It does not look good for the government or for Barnaby Joyce. Based on the relationship between the solar eclipse with Barnaby Joyce’s horoscope and the 2017 Aries Ingress horoscope  for Australia it is most likely that Barnaby Joyce will be forced to stand down.