Annular Solar eclipse December 26 2019

An annular solar eclipse is when the Moon is further away from the earth than normal and does not completely cover the Sun’s disk. The result is a glow on the outside rim of the Sun’s disk. Compare this to a total solar eclipse is when the Sun is completely covered and blacked out by the Moon.

USA annular solar eclipse The annular solar eclipse is shown here for the USA’s  capital Washington DC. In a mundane (political) horoscope the Sun represents the nation’s ruler. When the Sun is eclipsed the ruler is generally eclipsed in some way. Previously I have said on Facebook that although Trump is likely to be impeached he is very likely to survive.

The image of the annular eclipse with the Sun’s light shining around the edges reflects this reality in that although Trump has now been impeached his light continues to shine. He is ‘alive’ in a political sense.

When the eclipse horoscope is superimposed over the Sibly chart for the USA (accepted by many as the national horoscope for the USA) we see the lights and Jupiter in the eclipse chart all opposing the Venus Jupiter Sun conjunction in the USA chart. Venus as ruler of the Midheaven represents the President and conjoins an exlated Jupiter.

The eclipse also squares the Midheaven of the USA chart and the ascendant of the solar eclipse chart is conjunct the Midheaven of the US chart. There are many important connections here between these charts suggesting that this eclipse represents a significant moment for the US and, as a result, for the rest of the world.

The actual path of the eclipse stretches from the Arabian peninsula, through southern India, across Indonesia, and finishes in the islands above new Guinea. The majority of its path covers the Muslim world and it is here that we can expect developments. Eclipses are often associated with unexpected diasters, includung earthquakes and tsunamies, and have also been linked to surprising, sometimes shocking, political events.

Technically this lunation is only an eclipse for those locations which are in the path of the eclipse, and consequently some may not see this as an eclipse with relevance to the US.

The Lunar Eclipse and Nic Natanui

Since ancient times eclipses have been associated with events that are life changing and/or disruptive.

The effect of an eclipse is to block light from one of the luminaries: the Sun or the Moon.

A solar eclipse occurs at a new or dark Moon when the Moon crosses between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the Sun’s light from reaching some parts of the earth.

A lunar eclipse occurs at a full Moon when it enters the Earth’s shadow,  and falls into darkness. At this time the Earth sits between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon.

Both solar and lunar eclipses are associated with sudden abrupt changes that may involve a disconnect with the familiar, forcing us to realign our priorities.

How they effect one’s life depends on the unique alignment of the lights and planets in one’s natal horoscope.

Eclipses impact people from all walks of life and no-one is exempt. In the news in Australia is Nic Natanui, an AFL football star of prodigious talent, ruckman for the 2018 premiers, the West Coast Eagles. He has only recently returned to play after a year off recovering from a knee injury. Now he has suddenly been sidelined with an angle injury. It must be very disappointing for him.

In hi natal chart Nic Natanui has Saturn the 25 degrees of Capricorn, just one degree from the lunar eclipse point at 24 degrees of Capricorn. Saturn in Capricorn gives toughness and control. In Capricorn Saturn is said to be dignified. However from the Earth’s perspective it appears to be stationing before going backwards in retrograde motion. This retrograde station reduces it’s strength which may contribute to issues with the bones and knees.

Nic Natanui’s natal chart is shown above. Because his birth time is unknown neither houses or Fortuna are shown. The Moon’s degrees are the daily range. The planetary aspects in his horoscope show a lot of promise, including the Sun-Pluto opposition, and the Mars – Jupiter trine. Unfortunately Nic Naitanui is going through tough times.

Mundane astrology

As the name implies , mundane astrology studies the mundane world. This branches studies subjects such as civilizations, human trends, politics, economics, wars, social movements, etc. – essentially, all of the phenomena affecting humanity  as a collective. On the other hand this branch of astrology is also concerned with natural phenomena, such as earthquakes, storms, and droughts, and is also knnown as natural astrology.” From On the heavenly Spheres, A Treatise on Traditional Astrology by Helena Arelar & Luis Ribero.

Mundane astrology is the branch of astrology dealing with influences affecting nations, collective experiences, weather, political leaders, historical trends and world events. Also known as political astrology.” From Deborah Houlding’s site

According to Robert Hand Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos (Circa 150 C.E.) deals with “universal” or “mundane” astrology, the study of events that affect countries, cities, or large groups of people..”

Astrology as a symbolic language

Some astrologers have referred to astrology as a symbolic language. While all human languages are symbolic this description implies that astrology symbols refer to abstract notions and somehow their use shows a disconnect from real life. describes a symbolic language as one that is specialized and dependent on symbols for the purpose of exactitude.

With the widespread use of the 12 Letter Alphabet, devised by Zipporah Dobyns in the 1970’s, astrology symbols are merged and are subsumed into various archetypes. Planets signs and houses are grouped together into 12 archetypes. For example the first archetype comprises the first house which is linked to Aries and its planetary ruler Mars.

An archetype is defined by as

The original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.

The problem is that that houses signs and planets are not things of the same kind. Any notion that they are betrays a misunderstanding of the basics of astrology. Equating things of a different nature leads to a merging and confusion of the symbolism.

The 12 Letter Alphabet system incorporates a basic disconnect and self-validates the claim that astrology is merely a symbolic language.

The merging of its symbolism also self-validates claims by its users that some things cannot be determined from the horoscope. No surprise there! It also explains why its users are averse to prediction. The vague symbolism used in the 12 Letter Alphabet, where meanings are flexible and indeterminate, leaves them impotent in this regard.


Eighth house confusions

Not intimacy or sex

Followers of the flawed ABC system of astrology who associate Scorpio with the 8th house and suggest that the 8th house therefore represents intimacy. This is not correct. The 8th house is not naturally associated with Scorpio (or Pluto). The 8th house does not represent intimacy.

Neither does the 8th house represent the mysteries of the creation of life as one astrologer claimed on another Facebook site. While death itself can seem mysterious, to understand the mysteries concerning the creation of life we need to look to the 9th house, the house of higher knowledge. It is here that the Sun, the ancient symbol of divinity, has its joy.

Buying and selling property

The people

The querent (the person asking the question) is represented by the first house and Lord 1 (Lord 1 is an abbreviation for the lord or ruler of the first house).
The opposite house, the seventh house and Lord 7, represents the other party.

The people’s money

The querent’s money or financial worth is shown by the second house and Lord 2. Look at its essential dignities and house location. If for example Lord 2 is Saturn in Capricorn and located in the twelfth house the querent has plenty of money (Saturn is in the sign of its rulership) but has difficulty accessing it because the twelfth house represents matters which are hidden from us or in some sense inaccessible.

The other party’s money is represented by the eighth house and their financial wellbeing is shown by the condition of Lord 8. Lord 8’s condition is shown by its essential dignities, its house placement, and aspects to benefics and malefics.

The property

The property is represented by the fourth house and Lord 4. Its condition is shown by its essential dignities (or debilities).

High or low price? Planet major dignities

The price of the property is described by the tenth house and Lord 10.

To assess whether the price is high or low compared to the condition of the property compare the essential dignities of Lord 10 with those of Lord 4. This comparison will tell you if the price is high or low considering the condition of the property.

For example if Lord 10 is Venus in Libra and Lord 4 is Mars in Taurus then the price is high (Venus is in the sign of its rulership and therefore has strong essential dignity), and the condition of the property is poor (Mars in Taurus is in the sign of its detriment). High price vs poor condition = this is not a ‘good buy’.

If Lord 10 is retrograde the price can come down.

The Deal

A deal between the 2 parties to buy or sell is represented by a meeting of the planets which represent the buyer and seller.

Aspect which indicate a deal include an aspect between Lord 1 and Lord 7, or Lord 7 and the Moon, or an aspect between Lord 7 and the first house cusp or Lord 1 and the seventh house cusp.

Only use the primary aspects: the trine square opposition and sextile, and the conjunction. A weaker indication that a deal might be done would be an aspect between Lord 8 and the first or second house cusp. Inconjunct and semi-sextiles indicate that the people represented by the planets cannot ‘see each other’ and therefore don’t meet and cannot make a deal. The word ‘aspect’ means ‘to see’ or ‘regard’.

There can be other indications of a deal being signed such as the Moon or a fast planet transferring light between Lord 1 and Lord 7 or a heavier planet collecting the light between these 2 planets.

Keep it simple

Essential Dignities
Usually I keep it simple and just use the major essential dignities (rulership and exaltation, peregrine and occasionally triplicity). If you find yourself using the minor dignities you are probably overthinking the question or maybe trying to force a result.

The houses
Identifying the correct house is everything in horary astrology. In real estate questions the 4 angular houses: 1 10 7 and 4 are the most important to consider. No need to look elsewhere in most cases. The 2nd and 8th represent the money of the buyer and seller and are also important.


I have used this system many times with very good results. It is sourced from John Frawley, and before him, Lilly and Bonatti. The application of this system will vary according to circumstances but the underlying principles always stay the same. This is only a brief outline and I intend to provide more detail in future posts.

Bitter Greens

GreensThe headline of the front page article in The Age of February 03 2019 reads: Bitter greens: lawyers called in amid walkouts.

The first paragraph summarises the sad saga: The crisis engulfing the Victorian Greens has deepened, with former Batman candidate Alex Bluthal calling in her lawyers and dozens of members planning to resign in protest at her treatment.  For Greens supporters the article is heavy reading as it details accusations of bullying and a 30% drop in membership in Victoria.

Are these events reflected in the horoscope for the Australian Greens? You bet they are.

The first clue is the Sun applying to a conjunction with Saturn. Saturn is the planet of restrictions, resignations, trouble and defeat. This solar conjunction highlights Saturn’s qualities. Of course this conjunction takes place every year around the start of February for the Australian Greens, and we don’t normally see troubles on this scale.

However when the backdrop of Pluto’s trine to natal tenth house Jupiter from the first house, and first house transiting Saturn applying to conjunct Neptune is taken into account, it becomes clearer why the Sun’s conjunction to Saturn is especially important at this time. Repressive Saturn smothers the high ideals represented by Neptune in the first house, and offers a serious reality check.

Saturn goes retrograde at the end of April, just before it aligns with Jupiter, so perhaps there’s a reprieve.

Also by the end of April Pluto has begun its retrograde phase at 23 degrees of Capricorn, very close to a trine aspect with the Midheaven of the Australian Greens horoscope. Pluto is famous for its transformative qualities, dredging up and exposing dirt that has been hidden, deliberately or otherwise. In a year’s time in Feb 2020 Pluto makes an exact trine to this natal Midheaven, at which point we should see a significant upheaval and transformation of the Greens public image.

This is an interesting horoscope and its resonance with events suggests it is accurately timed. With Uranus close to the ascendant the Australian Greens are never likely to be a boring party. The two benefics, Venus and Jupiter, sitting astride the Midheaven, show great hope, but their lack of essential dignity suggests that these hopes may not be totally fulfilled.

2019 planet tracks

Planet Tracks 2019

2019 planet tracks

This artwork is offered to the astrological community as a free reference for further commentary, and has relevance to different astrological streams, such as mundane (political) astrology, financial astrology, and natal (personal) astrology.

The Planet Tracks artwork reveals a focus on Capricorn in 2019. The activity in Capricorn includes two solar eclipses, one lunar eclipse, Saturn and Pluto both in the mid to late degrees, and the ingress of Jupiter in December.

Jupiter’s ingress in Capricorn sees it move from the sign of its dignity to the sign of its fall, signaling a shift in focus from high principles and ethical considerations, to commerce and material wealth.

Capricorn’s ruler is Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn has associations with isolation and seclusion, the rejected and disenfranchised, boundaries, rules and regulations, the imposition of power and authority, heaviness and depression, debt and poverty, prestige and responsibility.

It is no coincidence that we are witnessing the imposition of trade barriers and more isolationist policies in different parts of the world.

There is a solar eclipse in Capricorn’s opposite sign of Cancer in July. Four of the 5 eclipses in 2019 will have significance for those with personal planets close to the degrees of the eclipses in Capricorn and Cancer, as well as Aries and Libra. These are the signs in ‘hard aspect’ with Capricorn. These degrees are 4, 10, 15 and 24. Those with personal planets close to these degrees in Taurus and Virgo, which are the signs in ‘soft aspect’ to Capricorn, are also likely to see something eclipsed in their lives.

Trump withdraws from Syria

Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria coincides with transiting Saturn opposing his natal Mercury. Saturn is the planet which represents pull-back, as well as associated meanings such as retreat, close-down, and denial.

In a general sense Saturn is associated with bad news, especially when it makes a connection with Mercury, and there’s been no lack of bad news for Trump over the past few weeks. 

The example of Trump’s withdrawal from Syria also demonstrates an important lesson for dealing with approaching transits, which is basically to be pro-active with the energy represented by the planet. 

Saturn transits generally are associated with depressive or not so good events. They are also associated with the consequences of past actions, sometimes called ‘karma’.  While these consequences are unavoidable there is still room to direct Saturn’s energy towards some goal or outcome. 

One of Trump’s stated election promises was to withdraw US personnel from the Middle East, and this is what he is attempting. Btw I am not making any political commentary here. I am just focusing on astrological correlations with what has been reported in the news to make a point about how to deal with transits. 

People often see themselves as the victim of transits, as though transits are something that just happens to them. However the energies of the planets can be directed, or pushed in a certain direction by conscious choice. Not to suggest that we have control over the planets, just that it is often possible to exercise free will, even if only in a limited manner.

New Moon or dark Moon?

Parrot sketchYou will read in some places and on web sites of many who are attempting to monetize their astrology, that today (Dec 7 2018) we have a new Moon. We don’t. There’s nothing new about it. It’s completely dark, no light showing at all. Like to parrot in the famous Monty Python sketch it’s dead. ‘Nothing to see there folks, move on.’ No light means no life.

The dark Moon is called a conjunction or syzygy and its proximity with the Sun makes it impossible to see. It’s combust. It’s only a day later that we witness the first sliver of the new Moon. In the Islamic calendar this first sliver represents the new Moon.

Unfortunately, many calendars and ephemerides need to be re-written to accommodate the astronomical reality of the dark Moon.

During the dark Moon she is with her beloved in the darkness and it’s only his glare that we can see. Only afterwards, one day later, do we see the first blossoming when she is pregnant with his love. The joy of her love grows until she is bursting with his light at the full Moon. Then she becomes increasingly desolate with disappointment as the light of his love fades until the cycle begins anew.

Nothing is more fundamental to astrology than the observation and the visibility of light. A dark Moon is a dark Moon and a new Moon is the first representation of new life and new beginnings.