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The Stars of Poet Francis Thompson: Ripper suspect

Alert! The following post is not for minors–please use caution. Here I will lay out my reasoning for why I believe poet Francis Thompson may be considered a legitimate suspect in the Jack the Ripper cases of Autumn 1888. Disagree as you wish!

In London England, in and nearby the Whitechapel district, Autumn 1888 was a season of brutal murders of ladies of the evening who lived in the area. One suspect has belatedly emerged from a long list of them and his name is Francis Thompson, a published poet. His most famous poem, The Hound of Heaven, blends his skill with words with the religious fervor of a wanna-be Catholic priest (he studied but did not practice.)

Yet thanks to modern forensics, we must note that one of the three primary suspects in 1888, Aaron Kosminski, has been identified as the murderer through DNA on a victim’s shawl. Kosminski was born on September 11, 1865 in Klodawa, Poland for those who’d like to have a look at his untimed natal horoscope. Said to have been a misogynist, auditory hallucinations were one of his psychotic problems, along with personal hygiene.

Actually at Wikipedia you can check out a long list of Ripper suspects though if Francis Thompson is among them I have yet to discover his name! Be that as it may, Thompson is the subject of today’s post and Poem Hunter provides Thompson’s biography and his poems as well if you wish to read them. As an astrologer I’d have to say my favorite is An Arab Love Song because of its cosmic imagery though I am not a fan of his morbid references in other poems.

So! What can we say about Francis Thompson as a suspect in the unsolved ‘Jack the Ripper’ cases? Can Astrology describe violent characteristics? The unsolved murders terrorized London from August 31, 1888 (first body found at 3:40 am GMT–Mary Ann Nichols who was last seen alive at 3:30 am) to the last murder of Mary Jane Kelly found “shortly after 10:45 am” on November 9, 1888 when her landlord’s assistant knocked on her door to collect her in-arrears rent? Obviously, there were other murders attributed to ‘the ripper’ at the time but but were discounted for one reason or another. The ‘canonical five’ (August 31–Nov 9, 1888) are considered to be his victims for certain though all together there were eleven murders from 1888 to 1891.

And yes, I have all five of the ‘body found’ horoscopes in my files (see Wikipedia link, below) along with a few charts set for ‘times of death’ as near as could be determined by the police. I also have a few of the victims’ natal charts (untimed so they’re set for their murder or ‘found’ hours) but today let’s focus on the natal horoscope of poet Francis Thompson to see if there are indications of relationship obsessions, complexes, and/or violent or psychotic tendencies in his character.

Dreamy Moon-Neptune: a Fantasy of the Ideal Woman

Without Thompson’s precise birth hour, I’ve experimented with speculative charts such as the moment that his Virgo Moon (in the sign of The Virgin for the 24-hour period of his birthdate) and natal Neptune–strong, fanatic, and perhaps paranoid in its own murky sign of Pisces–exactly oppose one another across the victim-savior axis of Virgo-Pisces. Naturally, Moon-Neptune denotes one for whom alcohol and other drugs (he used opiates) are very debilitating to the health and he spent years of Moon-Neptune homelessness on the streets before conditions improved for him (a lady took him in, fed him, etc.) At last, the publishing of his poetry must have been a godsend. ….

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Francis Thompson: speculative natal chart

Francis Thompson: speculative natal chart

The exact lunar timing (9:10:30 am GMT Dec 16, 1859 Preston, Lancashire, England) is here used to set up a symbolic natal horoscope especially when we consider that a Moon-Neptune opposition (whether exact or merely within orb) is an aspect of potentials such as creativity, imagination (poetry), projecting feelings onto others, irrational emotions, and psychic ability and interests. The fact that Moon and Neptune square his Sun (ego; adult personality) confused things with Sun-square-Neptune denoting mysticism and possibly a sense of being a “chosen vessel” (positively or in murder cases, negatively.) Some sources report that Thompson had occult interests and talents which may be true–1888 was still strongly under the influence of the 1881/82 Neptune-Pluto-conjunctions (7–9Gem) with its drugs, underworld crime, and occult-supernatural vibes. If so, this might add devilish motivations to an ‘evil murderer’ profile if indeed he has one. Freemasonry involvement is sometimes mentioned as well though I have no knowledge of such at this time.

So, as noted, for much of the day of his birth, the Moon-Neptune opposition squared natal Sun (a Mutable T-Square) which denotes delicacy in romantic relationships and much insight into other people (which supports his psychic abilities); self-delusion and delusions about others were prominent tendencies in his personality and must have helped derail his professional tracks such as the priesthood and medicine but would have expressed more positively via his poetry writing where fantasy could take more acceptable wings–even if some of them were dark. The Mutable T-Square, if his, lends restlessness, lack of commitment to others, a vacillating nature, and a seeking of stimulation since boredom is typically prominent.

Taurus-Scorpio and a Mars-Pluto Opposition

Another addition to such a profile is his strong Mars-Pluto opposition across the Taurus-Scorpio axis which identifies a brutal childhood, probably via the father (though he was a doctor, a surgeon, I suppose; Thompson is known to have had a difficult childhood.) A Moon-Neptune opposition chart has Saturn Rx @25Leo59 rising, a signature of hardship in childhood; ASC 27Leo33 brings up royal star Regulus, keywords: success if revenge is avoided; the Sun @24Sag26 is chart-ruler with only one applying aspect–a trine to Saturn which demands sincerity in relationships and bestows an ability to time things well (ex: silently escaping under cover of darkness after committing a crime).

Pluto Rx in Venus-Ruled Taurus

As you know, Taurus is the sign of the throat and the 5 ‘canonical’ murders attributed to Jack the Ripper were committed by slashing throats with horrible mutilation occurring after death. And the thing about a Mars-Pluto opposition is that if its difficult energies aren’t channeled in positive ways (such as studying for 6 years to be a surgeon) it will attract violence, or, the opposition can be a signature for committing violent acts of brutality. Of course, Mars rules knives and stealthy, creepy Pluto can act as the assassin, the saboteur, the rapist, and rules death and the Underworld (Hades). Plus, in Taurus, Pluto often tends toward intolerance which turns up elsewhere in Thompson’s natal chart.

Another factor that turns up in relation to our investigation is asteroid Lilith, an archetype that carries a lot of emotional and psychological baggage as the glamorous woman and seducer. Often considered by men to be a prostitute (whether she is or not), Lilith may in this case be found walking the streets with perhaps evil intent (abortion may be her object when necessary.)

We might expect that any loose morals of Lilith would be judged negatively by one such as Mr. Thompson who studied but failed to enter the priesthood with its Catholic issue of the ‘Madonna-Wh*re’ paradox while idolizing The Virgin Mary (Thompson’s natal Moon in Virgo describes his ‘reigning need’ as a virtuous woman–confused with loose Lilith! Venus in Capricorn can denote repressed sexuality, emotional coldness, and a feeling of superiority over ‘common’ women such as prostitutes. His natal Venus is not linked to other planets by aspect and so must express herself as-is. )

And yet for Lilith to apply here we must look for her to have a prominent position or emphasis in Thompson’s natal horoscope and there it is: Lilith conjunct natal Venus @14Capricorn, ruled by stern Saturn! As noted, Venus makes no other aspects in the chart which spotlights her conjunction (fusion) with Lilith so that Thompson’s Venus (anima) is Lilith. And perhaps all the ladies he’d known in his life beginning with mother were one and the same to him for wounded healer and blindspot Chiron in Aquarius indicates one for whom the past and the future are the same–a “time traveler” in fact (Nolle) and a dynamic eccentric for whom change is the only constant. Chiron @18Aquarius conjoins his stationary North Node of the Moon (encounters; destiny) in an implication against mother as one of the parents who wounded him in childhood–wounds he never outgrew or put behind him for the past is always with him.

Jupiter Trine Neptune: Mystery, Ceremony, Ritual

How did Francis Thompson relate to other people? We find this info via the sign of natal Jupiter (Rx) in Moon–ruled Cancer where Jupiter is exalted. A comfortable home materially is indicated, plus, morals and religious principles were instilled in him during childhood but we might expect these to have been overemphasized or perverted into dogmatic judgementalism. Good aspects to Jupiter can mitigate and only a separating (unconscious) trine from Neptune is there. Actually, Jupiter-trine-Neptune can see ‘good’ where others see evil which may have supported his obsession. The trine may even have given him the idea that he was correcting decay in the environment and creating order out of chaos as a “chosen vessel” from on-high by removing certain down-and-out members of society–if he committed the murders, that is.

For eccentric Francis Thompson we shall take a look at quirky Uranus in the Mercury-ruled sign of Gemini (4:56 Rx), sign of the dark and light twins (stars Castor and Pollux)–and of the creative writer; duplicity is also a possibility wherever Gemini appears. Well, it turns out that Uranus ‘runs away’ with his chart for it is unaspected and therefore unfettered by the rest of his natal planets.

Uranus is an unpredictable catalyst on its own, an isolationist or even a genius, and an unaspected Uranus appears intense and laser-focused as it operates in an unconscious manner and/or in spurts of activity. With this Uranus he may have felt “plugged into cosmic power”, self-contained, and outside of all social influences and he must have considered himself unique and unmatched (Tierney) as Ripper letters taunting the police show (if ’twas Thompson, of course; some of the letters may have been of a ‘copycat’ nature.)

Creepy Pluto Calls Again as Neptune Slinks About

Now in Thompson’s natal chart–and not dependent on an exact birth hour–there is a power-infused midpoint picture to add to our consideration of the Poet as Ripper suspect. All, any, or none of the potentials that formed at his birth may never have been triggered though the combined energies are subject to activation via transits and progressions–and still are! And it may be significant that the picture remained in effect in Thompson’s progressions for 1888 and includes assassin planet, the sexy, the creepy, the invisible…Pluto of Hades:

Pluto-NN = Neptune: deception as a tool; the power of the half-truth; win at any cost (Tyl); attaining success by way of lies and fraud; disadvantages and losses (Ebertin); seeing that people are not always what they seem to be (Munkasey.)

Plus, there is another descriptive midpoint picture in force but not dependent on a birth hour:

Venus-Uranus = Neptune: seduction; a peculiar disposition in sex expression; sensitivity; a peculiar love relationship; the necessity to renounce love suddenly (Ebertin); off-the-norm sexual fantasies; relationship problems not easily defined (Tyl)–how about weird? And of course, we’ve seen natal Venus under stress–isolated in her out-of-bounds condition, in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, and conjunct harlot Lilith. Enalrge the chart image to see Vertex (fated encounters–if the chart’s timing is at all correct–Jupiter Rx conjunct Anti-Vertex so he may have ‘seen himself’ as Jupiter exalted in Cancer, sign of the mother and the womb with Vertex (VX) conjunct death-dealer Hades, usher to the doors of hell, plus, Black Moon Lilith as well @26Cap20. Ouch! Could satanism have been far away? Especially with task master Saturn in Leo rising with (or simply conjunct) asteroid Nemesis, bringer of divine retribution.

In addition, Venus appears in the ‘stars’ list below.

Perhaps Thompson’s Saturn-Neptune inconjunct is important considering the degrading conditions of his environment. Their inconjunct

Now a Word about His Solar Eclipse

Francis Thompson was born under the influence of the 5 New South Saros Series with its themes of peak experiences and joyous events (Brady) and we may be tempted to think of flowers and butterflies until we consider that asteroid Bacchus (religious or drug-infused delirium parallels his natal Sun in Sagittarius–and the fact that 5 New South, which last manifested in November 2003, is also the Pre-Natal Eclipse Series of the Jonestown Massacre. ‘Nuff said.

The Stars of Francis Thompson

Another chart factor that does not depend n a correct birth time is how his natal planets may be linked to fixed stars which tend to express on a larger scale with outer planets if at all. Perhaps we’ll find something descriptive here relating to Thompson’s possible inclusion on the Ripper suspects list:

1. Sun @24Sag rises with Scheat (Beta Pegasus), a malevolent star too faint to herald the dawn but related to our topic nonetheless. Scheat denotes such potentials as: murder, suicide (he tried at one point but failed), turbulence, extreme misfortune, drowning (Brady), and “malevolence of sublime scope” (A. Louis.)

2. Sun conjunct Aculeus (Scorpius), a nebula with its companion, Acumen. Both stars relate to blindness and to attacks but may also relate to occultism via inner vision and deep intuition; similar to Castor and Pollux, Aculeus and Acumen are associated with the light vs dark phenomena and when linked to a natal planet, either star can impact one’s sense of being (Brady.)

3. Venus @14Cap conjunct Vega (Alpha Lyra) bestows charisma and a magical or numinous quality. Given the AC-DC tendency of Astrology and the principle of attraction via Venus, I suspect his Venus-Lilith combo describes his fascination with ladies of the evening. If Thompson acted out his fantasies by becoming a murderer, we may expect his religious and sexual complexes along with surgical experience to have paved the way for whatever dark activities he may have engaged in, Ripper or not. Is Astrology describing a social crusader of sorts? What do you think so far?

4. Venus also conjoins star Rukbat (Alpha Sagittarius) = steadiness of an archer’s stance. And what does an archer intend? To pierce his target. Such steadiness can turn to stubbornness depending on how the star’s energies are used; physical and moral strength are also concepts of Rukbat. Perhaps he demanded more strength of a moral kind from his Venusian targets than they were able or inclined to give and thus his arrow flew.

5. Jupiter @23Cancer conjunct Procyon (Alpha Canis Minor), its concepts expanded by Jupiter’s presence. Procyon’s usual key phrase is short-lived opportunities but there’s more: violent actions, general misfortune, disasters, a hot temper, jealousy, pig-headedness, gains that do not last, a fall from grace after a quick rise to fame (Brady.) Procyon herlads the rising of the Egyptian goddess star and Venus-Isis stand-in, Sirius which is associated with ancient religions and with Freemasonry.

6. Pluto conjunct Schedir or Schedar (Alpha Cassiopeia), ‘the Queen’ denoting female sovereignty. With Pluto conjoining we find some dark and deep message here about commanding respect (harlots don’t get or give much, do they?) blended with concepts of mysticism and loss of dignity. The very basic concepts of maternalism and feminine intuition vs male logic and strong paternalism are at stake here along with demonic power made more evil by the presence of creepy Pluto. It was the the weak vs the strong–but ‘the strong’ had the element of surprise in his quiver, and a knife in his pocket.

Miscellaneous notes: when the first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, was found (August 31, 1888 at 3:40 am GMT with 21Leo12 rising with Thompson’s natal Saturn Rx), transit Mercury was stationary @1Sco55 and conjunct Midheaven (MC, the most visible point in a horoscope and The Goal–she became visible) which conjoined his natal Mars, the slasher, @2Scorpio. Mercury to his Mars denotes putting ideas into physical action–and surgical procedures. Asteroid Pandora of social ills fame was also @2Scoprio; Sun @17Scorpio spotlighted fixed star Zuben Elschemali (negative social reform for gaining personal power.)

As for planets we expect to see at the angles of a death horoscope, Mary Ann Nichols (‘Polly’) was found with her natal Saturn opposed by transiting Saturn–both angular across the ASC-DESC axis (Self vs Other); she has a Jupiter-Saturn square so her Jupiter in Taurus conjoins MC and her natal PE @14Taurus (9 South = Mars-Pluto content); her natal Mars Rx-Neptune Rx conjunction in Aquarius sets and thus is angular as well. Let’s also note a midpoint picture on that early morning of August 31, 1888 of Uranus-NN = Sun: inclination to violence even at the slightest cause (Ebertin.)

To close, let’s consider the Solar Eclipse under which all five ‘canonical’ murders were committed. Manifesting @15Leo (the lion point), the solar eclipse arose just as victim 1, Mary Ann Nichols, was found and falls within the 17 New North Saros Series with its themes providing a background of hectic, impulsive energy, socializing, and motivations involving financial projects and relationship issues (Brady.)

But above all, perhaps the eclipse filled the atmosphere with its most descriptive vibe of all–deep passion, both positively and, as we well know of Autumn 1888, negatively. Passion for union, for purification, for alcohol, and for the opportunity to deliver divine retribution to those who don’t measure up to fanatical fantasies.

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For more info and documentaries you may wish to visit Jack the Ripper.org and for Forensic Astrology try Astrology in Crime by Mountain Misst.

Update Nov 28, 2015: have just purchased the Kindle Fire version of Richard Patterson’s Francis Thompson and the Ripper Paradox and can’t wait to read it! Richard has put 20 years’ worth of research into the theory of Thompson as Ripper suspect including masonic info and other intriguing details I haven’t read elsewhere. jc

Update Nov 30, 2015 9:22 pm est

Update Dec 5, 2015: this seems to be a rectified birth time for Francis Thompson with Sagittarius rising! Odd that the link didn’t turn up when I searched for his natal chart before – but here it is.

Two reactors in Georgia, Full Moon 3-19-11

From the Gross to the Sub-Rhyme

by Jude Cowell

Just in from my hometown newspaper The Banner-Herald comes an update on the two nuclear reactors still on track for construction in the southeastern state of Georgia in spite of the horrid Meltdown in Japan.

Yes, there are differences between power plant designs and the chance of a tsunami claiming one of the nuclear reactors in Georgia is slim to none. But there’s more to consider, if you care to read. The article includes a brief overview of how things stand in the US which may interest a wider audience.

Personally, I don’t like being reminded of the myth of Atlantis which (in one version of the tale) sank due to abuse/misuse of power. The asteroid Atlantis in Mundane Astrology has keywords: ‘abuse/misuse of power; where we feel doomed.’

If this turns out to be the case, I’ll blame the usual cast of wormy characters along with nuclear and other scientists and their institutions, laboratories, and related universities. The IAEA is also suspect in my book – can’t help it.

Uranus = AP an Astro-Factor in Current Troubles

Uranus to Aries Point, the current Solar Eclipse degree 13Cap38 (January 4, 2011) conjoining fixed star Manubrium (a flaring heat), midpoint picture Saturn/Uranus = Pluto: harm through force majeure, Jupiter opposite Saturn, Saturn quindecile Uranus, and other difficult planetary energies and patterns now active in Earth’s atmosphere and the historical timeline are proving too hot for would-be rescuers to handle and too debilitating to Life on Earth for me to keep out of prayer for very long and I must move on mentally and emotionally to a different topic for a while, y’know?

So here are 3 previous posts which concern timely Spring 2011 topics w none of them updated for this linking:

Spring Equinox 2011 (aka, Aries Ingress, or Spring Ingress – basically when Tropical Sun reaches 00Aries00:00, the Aries Point of World Manifestation. 00Lib00:00 and 00Can00:00/Cap are the other three points on the Physical Plane – Grand Cross of earthly existence, and signified by the number 4.

Now I don’t know about you, but I could do with less world manifestation at the moment, agreed? If only the world could have a few moments to catch up. Perhaps a return of Uranian electricity to the power plants will bring solutions for Japan.)

This Weekend’s Full Moon 3.19.11 (Purim begins @ sundown)

Pegasus and the Virgo Full Moon of March 19, 2011

On a rhymier note, if you’ve ever wondered to yourself if ancient foxes were prehistoric man’s best friend, you might on a whim check out Woolly Mammoth Chronicles, compliments of yours truly.

Be Aware that a certain whimsical video may be involved. jc

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Update 3.18.11: a fresh post in now up concerning the March 19, 2011 Full Moon and its weather-affecting status as a SuperMoon.

Spring Equinox 2010: Sun Aries-Moon Taurus

On March 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm edt in Washington, DC, Sun reaches 00Ari00, the Aries Point, and Spring begins. Also known as the Aries Ingress, this is a time of new beginnings, green shoots, and little birdies singing.

At that moment the Moon 26Tau13 will be in 11th house of Groups, Asscociations, Hopes and Wishes in DC. However, this position puts Luna atop a rather difficult Fixed Star, yet in a sensual mood so you may wish to read my recent post at Stars Over Washington where you’ll find an image of the Spring EQ 2010 chart, if you wish to snag a peek.

And yes, for now, the Cardinal T-Square is completed by Sun 00Ari00 opposing Saturn in Libra and pointing to apex Pluto in Capricorn.

But for here and now, let’s consider Spring EQ 2010’s Sun Ari-Moon Taurus blend, a Fire-Earth combo of energies which together evoke images of molten lava and bulldozers! Do these images remind you of the disaster in Haiti, quake though it was? Earth-Fire is the ‘scorched earth’ blend and yet it espresses positively, too. Read on…

Earth-Fire decribes a practical visionary, one who keeps his feet on the ground while instinctively trying for his main chance. Lucrative enterprises can be successfully begun under this influence with its entrepreneurial talents but its shadow hides a dictatorial insensitivity toward others and a powerful ego determined to dominate.

Sun in fiery Aries, Moon in earthy Taurus narrows the combo to one of tactlessness mixed with diplomacy, possessiveness, confidence, and ambition. Tough vs tender, Ari-Tau knows how to enjoy life, loves good food and comforts, and has a natural flair for finances which highlights the stock market for Spring 2010.

Some folk who share the Sun Ari-Moon Tau combo in their natal charts are: Hans Christian Andersen, Pierre Boulez, Elton John, Dianna Ross, Marcel Marceau, Gregory Peck, Wernher von Braun, Rene Descartes, beloved astrologer Howard Sasportas, and Washington Irving who helpfully advised us all that:

“A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”

Hmm…to me this sounds like a perfect spur of encouragement for dissenting bloggers everywhere!

Now here are the ‘Images for Integration’ for Sun Ari-Moon Tau which will somehow ‘color’ the Spring of 2010:

“An explorer practices the violin in a jungle clearing…Having won an arduous race, the champion sits down to a gourmet meal.”

(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Charles and Suzi Harvey.)

Wishing for All a Happy and Prosperous Spring 2010!

Update March 16, 2010: Things are about to go Live for the first annual Astrology Day Blogathon the weekend of Spring Equinox! If you’re concerned about the difficult energies of the Cardinal T-Square (or are perhaps already feeling its effects) you may wish to grab a sneak peek at the Cosmic Art Gallery which has been set up for the Blogathon at Secret Moon Art.

There you’ll find the links you’ll need to plug in to the Blogathon’s articles on handling Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto energies as they square off against one another and things heat up – from Spring 2010 into 2014.

The Astrology Day Blogathon goes Live on Friday March 19 featuring Donna Cunningham’s ‘Pluto Problems Got You Perplexed? Here’s What Helps’, then on Saturday March 20, Mandi Lockley’s ‘Look After Saturn and Saturn Will Look After You’ debuts.

Sunday March 21 brings us C. J. Wright (‘Aunti Moon’) and her article, ‘Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future’ so do drop in and stay awhile for a bunch of good reads and beneficial insights.

Plus, many other astrologers will be providing helpful articles on similar themes as well so I hope to see you at Astrology Day Blogathon 2010 – I’ll be the one showing the Cosmic Art!

Jude

Crescent Moon-Mercury-Pleiades-Sunset Apr 26, 2009

Space Weather News for April 25, 2009

SUNSET CONJUNCTION: When the sun goes down on Sunday, April 26, step outside and look west. An exquisitely-slender crescent Moon is lining up with Mercury and the Pleiades star cluster for a three-way conjunction in the sunset sky.

Click here for the full story and a sky map.

UNEXPECTED SOLAR ACTIVITY: The sun produced an unexpected burst of activity on April 23 when an enormous prominence rose over the northeastern limb and erupted. A coronal mass ejection (CME) billowed away from the blast site, but the billion-ton cloud is not heading toward Earth.

Visit SpaceWeather News for movies of the event.

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Well, April 26’s Moon-Mercury-Pleaides conjunction at Sunset sounds lovely visually and astronomically – but perhaps not as lovely astrologically due to the mythology of the Pleiades.

Plus, first view of the slender Crescent Moon begins the Lunar Calendar month in the East.

The Pleiades is a small cluster of 7 stars which takes up less than one degree in the heavens (about the width of one finger) at the end of the zodiac’s sign of Taurus, the Bull.

There are centuries’ worth of myths associated with the Pleiades, aka the ‘Seven Sisters,’ and themes for the cluster vary slightly: ‘a Narrow Cloudy Trail of Female Stars (Manilius), the Seven Sisters of Industry (China), the children of Atlas, the seven daughters of Pleione, and the seven doves who took Zeus his divine ambrosia.

The Celts (my clan for the most part) link them to the Fates and the achronycal rising of the Pleiades marked their month of mourning for lost friends. (This relates to the first of our month of November which pre-echoes what we now call Halloween, and Nov 1 which some call, All Saints Day.)

In India, the Pleiades myth was linked with seven mothers who judged men and could wound them with their moon-shaped razors, if so judged.

Crescent Moon (symbol of the Middle East), Mercury, and the Pleiades…Iran’s lady captive, Roxanna Saberi, set free perhaps? (Moon is out-of-bounds of the earthly plane and having to manage on her own for now….sign petition below.)

In ancient Greece, the stars of the Pleiades were part of a cult of Aphrodite who gave birth to seven daughters only to turn them into a flock of doves which became the seven stars of the Pleides. The leader of the doves was dove-goddess Alcyone, who brings good weather for the planting season.

Nowadays Alcyone is positioned at 00Gem00 Gemini, and the star’s keywords are ‘something to cry about’ (‘Horary Astrology’, Anthony Louis.)

This difficult star is associated with exile and suffering; water and/or flooding may be connected as well with sorrow ensuing.

Hopefully, the Crescent Moon and Mercury at Sunset on April 26 amongst the beautiful stars of the Pleiades will bring the world dried-up tears and joyful ambrosia sans sadness!

Sign an online petition to release Roxanna Saberi here.

Apr 26, 2009, Washington, DC, Sunset 7:51:36 pm edt:

ASC 6Sco52, Sun 6Tau52…’7 Taurus’…’A Woman of Samaria Comes to Draw Water from Jacob’s Well.’ (‘360 Degrees of the Zodia’ by Lynda Hill.)

Hour of Jupiter (23AQ23 – 4th house with Chiron and Neptune 26AQ12), Moon 1Gem43 just barely into 7th house with Mercury 27Tau06 conj Fixed Star Algol, a star with one of the more vicious reputations in the sky.

In fact, Diana Rosenberg has connected Algol’s prominent activity in charts of harmful fires.

At Midheaven (MC) of the Sunset chart set for DC is 13Leo30 which displays Pres. Obama’s natal Sun position.

The 5th house line-up of Uranus 25Pis00, Venus 00Ari46 (AP), and Mars 3Ari25 have asteroid Atlantis there also at Aries Point…keywords for Atlantis: ‘where we feel doomed; abuse of power.’

Venus and chart-ruler Mars are engaged in an ‘opportunity aspect’ (sextile = 60 degr) with the Moon in Gemini, sign of travel, esp air flights, and I pray that all captives may be returned soon to their sorrowing families as world leaders’ accustomed ‘abuse of power’ be transcended by doing what’s right for a change!

But now there is that lonely, unaspected Saturn 15Vir15 Rx, 10th house, acting as the ‘bucket’s handle’ once again but with Luna on the verge of ‘spilling out’ of the bucket and meeting up with transiting Midas 7Gem50 Direct in 8th house…could this indicate ransom money being paid for a certain detained lady?

And on another level a Moon-Midas contact could indicate more relating to our current financial issues (8th house) as money (Midas) is made available to the people (Moon.)

Well, bring it on – it was ours to begin with!

All in all, I’d say that April 26’s celestial display has more meaning in the Lunar Calendar than in our Solar-based world…because most of the info we get from our culture concerning such celestial events is simply ‘lovely.’

Have you any thoughts on the subject?

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‘Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars’ available at Amazon Books; Saturn as bucket handle explained more fully by the excellent John Townley at AstroCocktail, if you’re thirsty.

Zyntara link now added

Not sure what I was waiting for, but the link is now in the sidebar under ‘Astrology’ so if you’ve yet to visit the Zyntara website with its subscription form for receiving the Visual Astrology Newsletter (free) emailed to your Inbox monthly, have a peek when you can.

To Twinkle and Teach: Stars and Constellations as Archetypal Tales from the Collective Unconscious:

The current issue of the Visual Astrology Newsletter is a knock-out – and in honor of the season it celebrates, I wish to add a Happy 165th Birthday, Christmas Card! 165 years brings to mind the orbit of that mystical and creative planet of the collective, Neptune, doesn’t it?

Emphasis on the Divine Source is the highest expression of this nebulous planet with its most basic urge being to merge. All planetary archetypes have both positive and negative connotations depending primarily on ones motives.

For me, the archetypal myths of the Fixed Stars and their constellations that they ‘star’ in may express personally in an individual’s chart and also on a societal level. An example is Menkar, a Star from the constellation, Cetus the Whale, with keywords: speaking for the collective.

That’s what Jonah refused to do and languished in the belly of the whale for three days until he owned up to his responsibility toward society.

Yet sometimes even the mightiest man on earth with all his powers, talents, and his cards held tightly to his chest cannot best the larger themes of our universe, the ones ruled by natural laws and felt as karma by the inhabitants of this dualistic planet.

The Visual Astrology Newsletter gives the sort of information that anyone needs when taking a step-back from the personal  it gives us wider perspectives on things.

It is my belief that in these difficult times,  most of us can benefit from seeing events on Earth through the wider lens of a global Astro-Drama script of the Star myths and legends of old. How their concepts play out for humankind is, to some degree, determined by our choices of action although we often find unconscious motivations taking over the presentation…we’re only human beings who see through a glass darkly.

Perhaps you have a copy of Bernadette Brady’s ‘Book of Fixed Stars’ the plots of which are expanded upon in the Visual Astrology Newsletter (VAN.)

For our Creator’s vast canvas of ancient tales lies over and around us – we’re ‘virtually’ cradled and swaddled within the grandest Broadway panoply of  all. 

A bejewelled Milky Way Theater awaits you with one click and you may discover that you identify with Castor, Coma Berenice, Pegasus, the Nemean Lion, the Archer, or perhaps a Greek heroine or hero at this very time in your life.

And archetypal stories by way of Astrology and messages of the Fixed Stars can show you facets of your ‘cosmic persona’ which will promote the uniting of the earthly nature with the celestial one even while they reveal the global narrative with greater objectivity than most persons are able to achieve with noses kept close to the grindstone of the mundane world.

Winter Solstice Dec 21, 2012: chart now up

If you’re interested, here’s a link to a freshly published Page concerning the Winter Solstice of 2012 which has received much press already due to its significance in the Mayan Calendar. You’ll find an image of the Solstice chart – set for Washington, DC, the White House – with some info on Fixed Stars, apex Jupiter Rx in a YOD pattern, and other details included:

https://judecowell.wordpress.com/winter-solstice-dec-21-2012/

If you get ready to discuss, do let me know!

balm for our misery? June 3rd’s New Moon in Gemini

Just as the universe would have it!

Tuesday, June 3 is the day of final Dem primaries and also the day of a ‘Super Moon’ in Gemini, sign of the writer, communicator, spokesperson, scribe, reporter, young people–you get the picture.

Mercury, now seeming to move Rx (at 19Gem18 in the New Moon chart and headed all the way back to 12Gem59, conj the US natal ASC or DESC depending on which version of America’s natal chart you prefer)…..sparks things such as voting, ballots, speeches, negotiations and agreements, travel…anything you can turn your Geminian hand or mind to.

Astrological Mercury reminds me of tofu because picks up the flavors of its contacts. Mercury’s ‘tofu principle’ helps makes propaganda and mind control possible in our dualistic world along with Mercury’s rulership of our senses.

Thinking, the thought processes (re-thinking one’s choice may be popular on Tuesday), and style of oration also fall within Mercury’s purview so there are obvious links to 2008’s almost endless going going gone primary season during which highly trained and vetted candidates usually have managed to direct the topic du jour as best they’d been taught.

And they have appeared on TV and promotionally posed for as many charming snoot shots as their handlers could schedule for the cameras. (Scheduling–also a Mercurial past time.)

We know that elections held when Mercury is Rx are surprising if there aren’t do-overs or recounts in some way, or sneaky tricks (including hacking) whether uncovered or not. Having no ride to the voting booth also describes a Rx Mercury period.

So if you’re interested, you’ll find more details, chart included, on June 3rd’s New Moon by clicking the link below, with notes on the significance of a ‘Super Moon’ in case you’ve forgotten:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2008/05/june-3-new-moon-last-of-primaries.html

This New Moon perfects just as three Fixed Stars of some report shine at Midheaven, the most public point in any chart (Career, Social or Public Status, and Aspirations and Goals.)

These 3 Stars culminating over the White House at the New Moon are:

Alhena, ‘to have a mission,’ Canopus, ‘A Pathfinder’ or “Navigator;’ and Sirius, ‘The Scorcher’ (will McClellan’s ‘scorching’ critique of the Bush White House still be on everyone’s minds Tuesday? Hey! Mercury is Rx…will books be returned to book stores everywhere? Of course, McClellan’s book may be considered a re-thinking on his part of the the Bush adm’s actions leading up to their ill-advised war.)

Sirius as goddess lies deep within esoteric Egyptian star lore and within the founding of our nation. ‘The Dog Star’ is the barking dog archetype expressing itself as ‘The Announcer’ so we may assume that America has an announcing role in the world–announcing the New World Order as some (including this grumpy astrologer) say. Or perhaps I should say, warning of intent.

Canopus has been used in Arabia as the South Pole Star for navigating purposes and was aka The Bright One or The Wise One. Being very bright (the Alpha Star of Carina), Canopus was considered the South Pole Star by many cultures. Another name for this Star: the Heavy-Weighing Canopus because it was considered the weight at the end of the plumb line used to define the poles.

Alhena (Gamma Gemini) is a Star of movement and determination and in Arabia was called, The Proudly Marching One. Having ‘a cause for which you will march’ is part of Alhena’s lore as marches and protests (which are happening in Washington today outside the Dems’ Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting about FL and M’s well-orchestrated primary-rescheduling naughtiness) are on the rise and in the news.

(Star details: Brady’s ‘Fixed Stars.’)

The Dem meeting and DNC “Unity” Dinner this weekend are shaded within the dark of the Balsamic Moon (just before a New Moon) so we may never know what really transpired within their thinking and discussions (which makes me wonder what the waning Republican Party’s bosses are up to in the meantime.) Yes, Dem muckedy mucks are discussing the sassy ‘re-scheduling’ of FL and MI primaries–astrologically quite appropriate!

Well, I don’t know if a balm of calm will be meted out from this New Moon although some political decisions must be made in the next few days. Will this Super Moon’s superdelegates ‘re-consider’ their backing of Clinton for Obama’s sake? Will political quakes follow?

How soothing the outcomes will be remains to be seen as the Moon’s rays grow in strength and intensity toward the Full Moon of June 18th to reveal more fully the path America now treads so precariously.

Bush at the helm: one more year

Bush and friends

Hi, yall! How’re yall doin’? Like my world-leaders-r-us outfit? It’s made o’some of that fancy Chinese silk! Gotta go now–we got one of them secret meetin’s to tend to. See yall on tv! (doublepeak translation: see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.)

Here’s a new post on Bush’s birth chart with some Fixed Star connections to his natal Ascendant and IC:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2008/02/bush-at-helm-shipwreck-me-matey.html

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