Can the Moon ever be cazimi?

In a FB thread I discussed the coincidence of the dark Moon occurring at the time news reports were circulating that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed by American forces.

The lunar cycle

The dark Moon symbolises the complete and utter emptying out of the Sun’s light and love and subsequent death. It occurs just before the new Moon, which represents re-birth, fertilisation, and the conception of his love, which then builds through the first quarter up until the full Moon when she is drunk with his love and shining brightly. After this point the waning part of the lunar cycle begins and his light and love drains away until there is nothing left. She is desolate and completely dark. At this moment, before the first light of the new Moon, we have the exact syzygy.

Some say the exact syzygy cannot carry the negative connotations of a dark Moon because it represents a planet in cazimi, which is viewed very favourably in astrology. But can the Moon ever be cazimi?


A planet is said to be ‘cazimi’ when it is within 17′ of longitude from the Sun, at which time it is said to be “in the heart of the Sun”. This state is analogous to a person sitting on the king’s lap; this person is said to ‘have his ear’ and has their agenda promoted by the king. Cazimi is generally viewed as being very favorable.

Syzygy is when the luminaries are in aligned with the earth in a straight line. This can only take place at a dark (new) or full Moon.

A dark or new Moon occurs when the Moon travels between the sun and the earth and cannot reflect light to earth. The side of the Moon facing Earth in completely dark. Technically, this is called a conjunction or syzygy and referred to by some as a dark Moon and others as a new Moon.

The concept of a new Moon only occurring at first visibility has been with us since ancient times, and in the Islamic calendar a new Moon is said to occur when the first sliver of the waxing crescent Moon is observed.

Astrology is based on the visibility of light and a Moon which carries no light and is completely dark cannot be a new Moon. There’s nothing new about the dark Moon, nothing to see. Just as a baby is only born when it leaves its mother and becomes visible, so the Moon can only be new when she first becomes visible.

Combustion: But in its dark and the new stages the Moon is combust. Deborah Houlding ( says a planet is combust “…when it is in conjunction with the Sun and therefore hidden from sight by the light of the Sun. Traditionally this is a serious debility and implies that the planet is weakened or restricted in power.” A planet is combust when it is within 8° of the Sun. A lesser debility is when a planet is within 17° of the Sun when it is said to be under the Sun’s beams.

The darkening Moon was certainly debilitated at the time news reports were circulating about the death of the terrorist. Putting aside the possibility for the moment that the Moon was cazimi, astrological indicators reflected the terrorist’s terminal situation.

But was the Moon cazimi?

My The New International Ephemeris 1900-2050 published by Aureas Editions shows the exact syzygy, the so-called new Moon, took place on 28 October 2019 at 3:40 am GMT time, at 4.25 Scorpio. When I entered these into Solar Fire and clicked Reports it showed the following results:

While the longitude for the luminaries is the same, the Moon’s latitude is over 4 degrees off centre, a significant difference.

Guido Bonnati, one of the giants in astrology on whose shoulders we stand, said in his Book on Astronomy Volume 1, Treatise 3 – Planets, Chapter 7, page 211 (published by Benjamin N. Dykes 2007) that “….when it [a planet] is with the Sun in one degree, so that there be 16’ or less between them, both by longitude or latitude (which rarely happens), it is said to be united, and is therefore made strong, because it is said to be in the Sun’s forge, and is said to be in the heart of the Sun.” And he goes on to say that if a planet is within 16’ by longitude, but not latitude, it is combust.

Following Bonatti’s view we can say the Moon on Oct 28 2019 at 3:40 am GMT time was not cazimi. But it was debilitated and burnt / blinded by the Sun’s rays.

But what if, hypothetically, the Sun and Moon were within 16’ of each other by longitude and latitude? Would this be a situation where the Moon would be cazimi?

A solar eclipse: The Sun is 400 times the size of the Moon and 400 times further away from earth. This extraordinary coincidence of celestial measurements means that the Sun’s light is completely (and perfectly) blocked by the Moon disc at a total eclipse. At a partial solar eclipse the Moon would be off centre and not cazimi.

Can the Moon be cazimi if the Sun is eclipsed? One of the basic principles of astrology is that light equals life and power and that no light shows no power, no life. In this situation where the Sun has no light it has no power to assist the Moon. Even if we say the Moon was sitting on the king’s lap, it’s more like she has a bag over his head. He cannot see or be seen. There can be no benefit to the Moon. The benefits of cazimi cannot apply.

Conclusion: The Moon can never be cazimi.

On October 28 astrological indicators were a good reflection of news reports describing the death of a terrorist. There was no benefit from syzygy or cazimi.



Vale André Barbault

Andre BarbaultAndré Barbault was a prominent French astrologer and authored over 50 books. Two of these: The Value of Astrology and Planetary Cycles – Mundane Astrology, were published in Ecglish 2014-2016 by the Astrological Association of Great Britain.

Of special interest to mundane astrologers is Barbault’s Cyclic Index, which is derived from the sum of the angular distance between the outer planets Jupiter – Pluto to produce a graph, usually 50-100 years. The high points of this graph correlate with periods of stability and low points correlate with periods of war and turbulence. The research I have done so far suggests that this Index is generally accurate and warrants further investigation.

Quoting from :

He became an active member of the Centre International d’Astrologie from its inception in 1946 and served as its Vice President from 1953 to 1967. Later he began to pioneer computerized horoscopes to the public under the name Astroflash and founded the magazine L’Astrologue in 1968.”

Barbault took special interest in the Saturn- Neptune cycle and used it to successfully predict the demise of the Soviet Union.

Andre Barbault died on October 6 at 96 years of age, and left a legacy for mundane astrologers to build upon.

Vale Ed Tamplin – Australian astrologer

It is with much sadness that I write about the passing of a close friend and a great astrologer, Ed Tamplin. Just over an hour ago his partner, Sherrynne Dalby, also an excellent astrologer, informed me of his passing.

Together Ed and Sherrynne ran the Sirius School of Astrology, at which many accomplished astrologers first encountered the foundation principles of astrology and later became successful practitioners in their own right.

Ed and Sherrynne were also very involved in the Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA) at different levels of the organisation on various occasions. Ed spoke at many FAA conferences and presented his research at other state affiliated branches, as well as the local Sydney Astrological Research Society (SARS). His earlier life experience as a ‘radio jock’ prepared him well for public presentations.

Ed Tamplin’s presentations were always meticulous, well organised and researched. Ed was an astute observer of politics, both at home and abroad, and his capacity for research and his memory for detail set him apart from many of his colleagues. He was not afraid to pick up the phone and speak directly to political leaders in Australia and ask for their birth details.

Ed Tamplin’s web site: is a treasure trove of astrological information and is still available for viewing.

Ed is particularly known for his “Eye in the Sky” regular column in the national quarterly publication of the FAA Journal. For 7-8 years while I was still editor, Ed was a regular contributor, never missing an edition over all those years. Neither has he missed an edition since Judy Best took over as editor. Ed’s speciality was mundane (political) astrology.  His capacity to be objective in his astrological assessments, without political bias, provides an exemplary example which some contemporary astrologers could follow.

Ed and Sherrynne spent time with us at our home on the Bellarine Peninsula and I enjoyed their company over the occasional glass of wine and a stroll on the surf beach at Ocean Grove. I knew him as someone with a good sense of humour and an excellent conversationalist. While he commanded respect he would understate his accomplishments and conduct himself with humility. He was sensitive to the needs of others and would go out of his way to first seek to understand the needs and opinions of others before offering an opinion himself.

Ed Tamplin’s horoscope reflects many of the characteristics which defined him in real life. These include the Taurus ascendant, showing a steady, determined and un-rushed approach. He was born on a full Moon and a Sun-Mars conjunction in Cancer,  showing his sensitivity, compassion, as well as his courage. There is of course much to say about his horoscope but this is not the moment. At his passing his natal Moon was receiving an exact solar transit by square, and Saturn, the planet of closure, was conjunct his natal Moon.

There is so much to add to this brief dedication, which I may do over time. The news of Ed’s passing is still fresh and being assimilated.

To a great man: Ed Tamplin.


US Space Command

The horoscope for the announcement of the establishment of the US Space Command shows a powerful organisation.

Mars, the planet of war, conjoins the Sun in Virgo. This is a powerful statement of obvious intent. Also in Virgo are Venus and Mercury.

The Moon sits close to Regulus, the fixed star associated with power and worldly success, in the fire sign of Leo.

The eighth house group of Virgo planets makes a trine aspect to the ascendant, as does Uranus from the fourth house. Uranus in myth is associated with the sky god and has strong associations with shock awe and surprise.

The Sun, Mars and Venus are all disposited by Mercury, ruler of the ninth house of space travel. Mercury in Virgo is especially strong.

The Capricorn ascendant represents the organisation and is ruled by Saturn, the planet associated with control and repression, in Capricorn in the first house. This is a powerful Saturn and therefore represents a powerful organisation. Its one blemish is that it is still retrograde, although about to station direct, suggesting some initial inertia.

Saturn is also conjunct Jupiter by antiscion aspect. Jupiter is especially powerful in Sagittarius and operating behind the scenes in the twelfth house. The twelfth house has special associations with hidden subversive activity. Jupiter aspects elusive Neptune which is associated with ‘smoke and mirrors’.

It is interesting that there are no planets in air signs in this horoscope, but then, there’s no air in outer space!

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The Sun orders Jupiter to move forward

The king orders the planets

Every year the Sun aspects Jupiter by one trine, and approx 4 months later, by another trine. On each occasion Jupiter must stop in its tracks and change direction.

To use the analogy of a king and one of his subjects, when the king (the Sun) approaches one of his subjects (Jupiter), the subject must stop genuflect and reverse direction. It is as though the king has ordered his subject to change direction.

The first trine

The first trine is called a dexter trine. A dexter aspect is one which goes against the order of the zodiac signs, following the apparent diurnal movement of the Sun. On April 11 2019 the Sun in Aries trined Jupiter in Sagittarius. Jupiter was forced to stop (station) and step backwards (retrograde).

The second trine

On August 12 2019 the Sun, now in Leo, will again trine Jupiter. Jupiter will be permitted to stop retreating and move forward. This is a ‘sinister trine’ which goes with the order of the zodiac signs.

Between the trines: the opposition

Between the dexter and sinister trines the Sun opposed a retreating Jupiter on June 10 2019. When the Sun opposes the superior planets they must always retreat. It would not do to be seen moving towards the king in opposition. A superior planet is one which is beyond the orbit of the earth.

The Sun-king as the celestial representative of divinity

The analogy with the Sun as king works well. For millennia the Sun has been regarded as the celestial representative of divinity and of kings. It is after all the biggest and brightest object in our local solar system and supplies light to all the other bodies which they reflect back to us. It orders the movement of the planets, engraves the sky with the zodiac, and assigns to the planets their dignities. 


These trines from the Sun don’t have to be exact, but are generally within 15 degrees, which is the moiety (half the visible orb) of the Sun. They may sometimes ‘cross signs’. The dexter trine in April had a 4 degree orb, and the  sinister trine in August has a 5 degree orb.

The Sun also trines the other the other superior planets (those beyond the earth’s orbit) and dictates their direct and retrograde motions, just as the king directs his subjects.

The truth hides in plain sight

Astrology is based on the principle that the nature of reality is revealed by the celestial bodies. “As above so below“. If this is so then the analogy of the Sun as king has a deep and profound meaning, much more than a playful analogy. Perhaps the dominant role played by the Sun in our solar system describes the nature of reality in ways too easy to overlook. Maybe the truth, hiding in plain sight, is staring us in the face when we look to the skies.

The Sun is king. There can be only one.

Hong Kong Crisis

The horoscope for Hong Kong is based on the time of the handover to China at 00:00 am 1st July (Midnight between June 30 and July 1st 1997.

This exact time shows the Sun at 9 degrees of Cancer,the Moon at 19 Taurus, and the rising sign at 3 Aries.  Mars, ruler of the ascendant, is on the Descendant at 5  Libra.

While there have been previous protests, the first significant protest against the Extradition Bill took place on March 31st 2019 (1). Other astrological articles cite the June 9 protests which were also very significant.

Solar square and Saturn square

On March 31 2019 there was a solar square to the natal Sun, which suggests  some basic disturbance. Saturn was square natal Saturn, which suggests a reckoning with reality, a confrontation with the status quo. This Saturn transit takes place approx every 7 years. Saturn was also trine natal Moon, which suggest that the people were being galvanised. Saturn usually represents some reality check. At a different level, in mundane (political) astrology it represents repression and control.


On July 2nd there was a solar eclipse conjunct the natal Sun. In national charts solar eclipses to the Sun suggest a major transition in relation to matters associated with authority and the exercise of power.

Two weeks later on July 16 there was a lunar eclipse to the progressed Midheaven. The Midheaven represents the reputation of the country and its status. The lunar eclipse suggests a big shift.

Pluto to the Midheaven

The other important transit is Pluto to the progressed Mideaven at 23 Capricorn. Pluto is associated with upheaval and crisis, and also with bringing hidden issues to the surface. Pluto reaches this point every 248 years and this is a rare event. The Midheaven also has associations with the rulers, the boss. The Chief Executive is Carrie Lam (born 13 May 1957 (2)). She answers to the Chinese government. From an astrological perspective these are very unusual and significant times. Deep crisis and great danger.
Saturn crosses the progressed Midheaven, moving in direct motion, in February 2020.  Pluto is back on Hong Kong’s progressed Midheaven in February / March 2020.

Sun progresses into Leo

Perhaps the most important astrological indicator for the present crisis is the ingress of the progressed Sun into Leo at 9:45 pm on August 19, 2019.

The progressed Sun moves into a new sign approx every 30 years.  It is associated with major transition. The Sun represents leadership and power. We can expect a transition in the way power is exercised in Hong Kong around this time. Although it is unlikely to be at this precise time, because there are other transits that need to be taken into account (it’s complicated!), we can anticipate that we are already in the transition phase to a new era for Hong Kong.

The Sun in Cancer is more gentle, understanding, willing to go with the flow.
The Sun in Leo is much more authoritarian, more fixed and demanding of allegiance. It is difficult to see the protesters coming out of this well.

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.