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On Politics and Games

posted 7 May 2017, 03:57 by Helene Schnitzer

In the summer of 2016, just before the UK referendum, an astrologer friend and I were musing on how much referendums and elections resemble football matches. Since then, I have tried the rules of sports astrology to predict the outcome of such political games and written about the results on my blog site. Here is a link to the latest piece - you will find the others in the index on the right.

https://transit08.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/on-politics-and-games-part-iii/

Understanding the Zodiac

posted 24 Mar 2015, 13:31 by Helene Schnitzer

In cooperation with the BBC and other UK media the comedian and co-presenter of astronomy programs (with Brian Cox) Dara O'Briain has once again released a joke on the unsuspecting British public. Shame it's an old joke and not funny at all - he is trying to fool the public with the 'discovery' that the constellation Ophiuchus establishes a 13th zodiac sign. Nothing could be further from the truth, which was already known in about 100 AD. Unfortunately, the publicly funded BBC is buying into it and has placed this misinformation on their website, in yet another attempt to debunk astrology. What are they so afraid of? Here follows a link to an excellent article written by my colleague Deborah Houlding, a brilliant writer, lecturer and teacher, who is revealing O'Briain's foolery and setting the record straight.

Eclipse Thoughts

posted 20 Mar 2015, 01:08 by Helene Schnitzer

And so it’s Christmas. Not really, since we are in March. But the media-fuelled hype about today’s  Solar eclipse certainly makes it feel that way. Literally thousands of little articles, illustrations, animations, memes and what not have flooded the collective mind like an avalanche that started with a trickle a few months ago, gathered momentum over the last couple of weeks and will come to a crashing halt after the event. The dust will settle with thousands of pictures, videos, more little articles, and some office conversations. Have you seen it? Did you feel the eerie silence? My cat/dog had their hair on end, and so on.

Everybody and their brother felt called to give people sagely advice about how to ‘cope’ with the eclipse that mainly boiled down to ‘brace yourself for an emotional onslaught, go meditate and expect great revelations’. Really? Wouldn’t  I miss watching the eclipse? Some advocate a major initiation, while others warn not to start anything new. After reading and listening to a handful of gurus I stopped taking this stuff in, as it made me feel slightly nauseous. I can’t stand the positivistic, incense-smothered, honey-dripping half-truths put out to an audience that wants to be stroked the right way up. We’re still selfishly worried about our own little lives while the world is falling to pieces, and no amount of soothing ambience is going to change that in a hurry.

Okay, rant over. But what is really going on with this eclipse? By now, I won’t have to tell anybody that it’s just one of several celestial events taking place around this time. Much has been said about the Moon’s perigee, which by the way, was reached a week ago, on Friday, March 13th, when we had what is called a minor lunar standstill. But to the majority of us that won’t make much of a difference, since we wouldn’t notice it anyway, so we rather take the media’s word for it and believe that it was happening last night.

And then, a mere 13 hours after the eclipse, the freshly ‘re-born’ Sun will reach the equinox point and from now on our daylight hours will outweigh those of darkness, spring will have officially arrived. Now that’s nice, but an annual occurrence, so...

Well, back to the eclipse. Yes, it is happening in the last degree of Pisces, a so-called ‘critical’ degree, portending problems, or rather, ‘challenges’ in today’s astro-psycho-lingo. At the same time, this is the last degree of our zodiac, the point at which every expression has been made, every experience has been had and they all dissolve in a sea of endless possibilities, from here on onwards, anything goes.

But here the eclipse is also sitting on the fixed star Scheat, a star that speaks of floods and drowning, which can be taken literally and figuratively. Literally, it was activated during the tsunami that destroyed Fukushima in 2011, to name but one poignant example. Figuratively, well, look at the hype, the tsunami of media attention this event is receiving and at the flood of anxiety that may cause in an individual... So far, so not so good.

But then, there are redeeming factors as well. The Sun,  main protagonist in this event, is still engaged in a mutual reception - i.e. close cooperation- with Jupiter, the planet of plenty, as it has been for the last month. Solar eclipses are usually seen as a bad omen for leaders, be they kings or prime ministers, as the Moon, traditional significator of ‘the people’, occults the light of their power. But under this Jupiterian influence, this eclipse might even increase a leader’s power – if their individual charts are touched, that is. Keep a close eye on Westminster, Washington and the Vatican, I’d say.

The Moon, perpetrator in this plot, is in mutual reception with Venus, the lesser of the fortunes but a benefic nonetheless. With Venus currently in Taurus, there might be a sense of improved living standards, materially as well as psychologically or even spiritually – things are not as bad as we thought they were and all is well. However, beware of the deceptive side of Pisces and don’t be lulled into inappropriate complacency.

 

But hold on a minute! By the time the eclipse takes place, the Moon is already past the exact conjunction with the Sun. Technically speaking, it is what we astrologers call ‘void of course’. It has made its last connection with another celestial body before it moves into the next sign. This creates a vacuum during which the Moon can’t project the Sun’s light onto any other planet, thereby losing its forming power. In other words, whatever this eclipse may or may not stand for, it will all come to naught. It will be like a bit of wet fireworks, sizzling and smoking, but not really igniting at all.

You know what? I think I’ll go back to bed.

Up and Down the Planet Ladder

posted 21 Jul 2014, 05:06 by Helene Schnitzer

On Friday, 1. August 2014, 20:30, I will be giving a talk at Avalon Rising, a venue at the Green Gathering in Chepstow, Wales.
This is an introductory talk that will acquaint you with the main players in your horoscope, the planets, which translate into the energies driving you through life. This talk is based on Plato's model of planetary spheres.
http://www.greengathering.org.uk

Venus and Mars

posted 20 May 2014, 16:07 by Helene Schnitzer   [ updated 20 May 2014, 16:11 ]

So, as of now Mars is stationary direct and slowly gaining momentum in cooperative Libra, the sign of its fall, where the ego-driven power house can’t be himself at all. A good thing that Lady Venus is still moving through Aries, adding a bit of spice to the mix and, most importantly, forming a mutual reception with the tired warrior. As long as they are thus cooperating, things will go fine, people will tend to do the same, while thinking how easy it is to solve challenges with charm, diplomacy and helpfulness. Paying it forward with kindness is THE thing to do. But alas, this mutual adoration society is not going to last forever. In the early hours of Thursday, 29th May (just as Aries rises here in the heart of the World and only a few hours after the Dark Moon in Gemini) Venus is moving on from Fire to Earth, from Spirit to Matter.  Suddenly, poor Mars will be missing his counterpart to keep him out of trouble. Meanwhile, he keeps steadily moving towards his next encounter with Pluto and Uranus. The period from 8th to 26th June is going to present us with interesting times again, but more of that (perhaps) later...

Here they are...


Pluto In Capricorn

posted 18 Feb 2013, 04:59 by Helene Schnitzer

Since Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008, the word 'recession' has become huge in collective consciousness, as the global economy stumbles from one dip to the next, in a process that seems beyond anybody's control. In the meantime, every other issue mankind is confronted with appears to come to a head - over-population, hunger, disease, scarcity of resources, natural and man-made disasters abound. It's enough to make you think that Pluto is solely acting out its role as ultimate destroyer. Certain people would like us to hold that thought, to keep the population in an easy-to-manage state of fear. However, if Pluto is the planet of transformation and re-birth, as astrology claims, then where and how is the rebirth being manifested? 

Well, there is a minority of people on this planet (which is growing in numbers by the day), who believe that this time of destruction also signals the beginning of a new era, in which mankind will realise its true potential and will start to live in harmony with the planet, according to the laws of nature (Capricorn). The article I have linked to this blog is a truly inspiring piece of information pointing in that direction - some good news for a change!

Note the sequence outlined in the article: Our food crops started to be industrialised and chemically abused in the 60's, when Pluto was in the preceding earth sign, Virgo. Some of the disastrous consequences and possible remedies became known in the 80's, when Pluto was in Scorpio (sextile to both, Virgo where the process started and Capricorn where it continues now). However, in keeping with Scorpio's secretiveness, this knowledge was ignored and/or suppressed at the time,.And now, with Pluto in Capricorn, we're going through the next phase, having to choose between two extremes: Either we continue along the road started in the 60's and follow it to total destruction, or we acknowledge we were wrong and mend our ways. These poor Indian farmers certainly have shown us how to do the latter!

Since Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008, the word 'recession' has become huge in collective consciousness, as the global economy stumbles from one dip to the next, in a process that seems beyond anybody's control. In the meantime, every other issue mankind is confronted with appears to come to a head - over-population, hunger, disease, scarcity of resources, natural and man-made disasters abound. It's enough to make you think that Pluto is solely acting out its role as ultimate destroyer. Certain people would like us to hold that thought, to keep the population in an easy-to-manage state of fear. However, if Pluto is the planet of transformation and re-birth, as astrology claims, then where and how is the rebirth being manifested? 

Well, there is a minority of people on this planet (which is growing in numbers by the day), who believe that this time of destruction also signals the beginning of a new era, in which mankind will realise its true potential and will start to live in harmony with the planet, according to the laws of nature (Capricorn). The article I have linked to this blog is a truly inspiring piece of information pointing in that direction - some good news for a change!

Note the sequence outlined in the article: Our food crops started to be industrialised and chemically abused in the 60's, when Pluto was in the preceding earth sign, Virgo. Some of the disastrous consequences and possible remedies became known in the 80's, when Pluto was in Scorpio (sextile to both, Virgo where the process started and Capricorn where it continues now). However, in keeping with Scorpio's secretiveness, this knowledge was ignored and/or suppressed at the time,.And now, with Pluto in Capricorn, we're going through the next phase, having to choose between two extremes: Either we continue along the road started in the 60's and follow it to total destruction, or we acknowledge we were wrong and mend our ways. These poor Indian farmers certainly have shown us how to do the latter!

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/feb/16/india-rice-farmers-revolution

 

On Richard III

posted 4 Feb 2013, 10:14 by Helene Schnitzer

So, archaeologists are now certain that the sceleton they dug up in Leicester is that of Richard III. My immediate reaction to this bit of news was, “What would his chart say to that?” Well, I would expect some kind of Saturn involvement, as Saturn stands, among a million other things, for bones and the skeletal structure. In terms of houses, I would expect the 1st (body), the 4th (the ground, the grave) and possibly the 8th (death, and therefore also the grave to some) being activated at this time.

 

Intrigued by my own puzzle, I grabbed Nicholas Campion’s ‘Born To Reign’, a compilation of royal horoscopes, and looked up Richard III. My heart sank: as I had half expected, there is no time of birth for the man. As I usually do in such cases, I erected a chart for 12.00 noon and used Solar Sign Houses (an Ancient Greek method that has given me very good results in the past). Two things jumped out immediately: Richard III did have the ‘royal signature’, i.e. strong connections between Sun, Mars and Jupiter, and his chart features a Sun/Saturn conjunction in Libra, which is the first house (body, outer appearance) in this kind of chart and hints at ugliness or …a problem with his bones. Apparently, Richard III had a crooked spine. Shakespeare reports a ‘withered arm’ much later, which may well have been an impeded use of the same, caused by the malformed spine.

 

 

But what about now? How would the quality of this our time relate to this natal chart? I was too impatient to start researching the exact moment the sceleton was discovered and decided to look at secondary progressions for the day of the official anouncement regarding its authenticity.

 

Having progressed the chart to today, this is what we see:

 


Bingo! Mercury, ruler of the 12th and 9th house in this chart, is directly opposing Saturn, and Richard’s bones have certainly made the news! But what exactly does the opposition mean? After all, the bones are not going to be destroyed any further, or are they? No, but Saturn does not only represent the skeleton. Ruling the 4th house, it also represents the grave, which has now been destroyed (Mercury as 12th house ruler). In its role as 9th house ruler Mercury here represents the international news and also seems to point at the planned re-burial in Leicester Cathedral.

A second close aspect is being made by progressed Venus, which is forming a trine to Richard’s natal Sun from Gemini and the 9th house. As 1st house ruler, Venus represents Richard III’s body and as 8th house ruler it can represent his death, but also the DNA research that went into ascertaining the authenticity of the skeleton. In Gemini and the 9th house it shows the international media again, which certainly have renewed Richard’s fame (Sun) and possibly renewed the interest in his life story (Sun) in a wide audience.

Well, I’m happy with the result of my little quest – how about you?

Here's one I created earlier

posted 27 Nov 2012, 05:35 by Helene Schnitzer


Just in case you're in the area...

posted 23 Nov 2012, 10:04 by Helene Schnitzer

This weekend (24 - 25 November) I will be giving readings at the Mystic and Earth Spirit Fayre in the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms. Entry to the fayre is free, so come along for a reading!

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posted 3 Nov 2012, 06:45 by Helene Schnitzer

A very interesting website, not just in view of the comming US Presidential elections:

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