Hanging in the Balance

I think that by now the vision of an Aquarian Utopia populated by highly evolved, spiritualized beings devoted solely to the perfection of humanity has very little currency outside the lunatic fringe. At least I wish that were the case. The fact is, the idea has been marketed very successfully. If you can get a population to believe such things, they are very easy to control.

The illusion of progress makes real progress all but impossible to achieve. If you don’t realize there is a problem, there is no motivation to solve it. There are of course highly evolved and spiritualized beings here on Earth. There always has been. Humanity didn’t need to wait for Saturn.

This is likely to be the last article in a series regarding the nature of the Aquarian Age. The series of articles have been in large part a response to Robert Zoller whose views are notably dystopian.  I’m accepting Zoller on his own terms and methodology for this project. Although I’ve added many of my own thoughts, I find myself in general agreement with Zoller.

When we are talking about an Age, we paint with a very broad brush. This makes most astrologers understandably uneasy (or it ought to) but this is the right tool for the occasion. However, we do need to be careful of using the correct terms. For example, the word “fascist” has become so overworked that it’s oftentimes used in ways that are cliche, not helpful at all or simply spurious.

When the courtyard attendant asks someone not to smoke within nine meters of the door, he might be called a Nazis in an absurd attempt to link the enforcement of rules designed to protect asthmatics and non smokers to Nazi atrocities during the Third Reich.  This sort of trivial use or misuse of the term makes it a bit more difficult to recognize when we see the real thing.

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Chart showing the angles to which Zoller is referring

Zoller suggests that “In the Age of Aquarius, religion will be humanistic love of fairness and justice. While feeding the people with Libran platitudes, the Scorpionic rulers will work tirelessly toward the realization of their goal – absolute power over others, as Leo is seen in position on the 7th house.” (The Use of Archetypes in Prediction .)

In this we can find either hope or despair. Venus is nicely placed in the Ninth House which informs the Tenth. Libra, however, is the Fall of the Sun. Venus will tickle the ear, but lack authenticity that comes with a stronger sense of self.  But the placement itself is benign, even if misguided. Optimism is a wonderful thing but that doesn’t mean the pessimist has nothing to be concerned about.

There are no goose stepping soldiers in Montreal, London, Berlin or Manhattan, but the police forces in many Western countries have become increasingly militarized, to the point that someone from a previous era wouldn’t recognize them as police at all.  The right to even peaceful protest has been greatly diminished. The implications that what used to be called citizens are now the *enemy.* The term used most often to refer to the population is “consumers.” They are guilty if the powers that be say that they are.

Again, the implication is that this world is in the hands of a small, but inestimably rich plutocracy. According to Oxfam less than 1% of people in the world have more than half of the wealth (The Guardian).

Even these figures distort the reality because the Plutocracy is a tiny fraction of that 1%. It has become virtually common knowledge that this wealth contributes in no small way to foreign and domestic policies in all of the most powerful countries. It’s called lobbying but in many cases it’s rewarding what is demanded and implied threats of consequences if the donor fails to get what he or she want. .

The International Monetary Fund which we are lead to believe is a benevolent institution devoted to the development of the third countries sound very humanitarian. However the IMF loans amounts the country cannot afford to pay back as the interest compounds. The recipient then has to offer its resources in lieu of payment. This keeps the third world in thrall while making the *humanitarian* bankers richer than ever.  There is nothing new about greed and injustice; but packaging these things as benign acts of altruism and humanitarianism soars to a new level of cynicism, which is decidedly Saturnine.

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Somalia – Famine, war and corruption – only one case of a failing state in massive refugee populations

I also concur with Zoller: “As the Aquarian dream of humanistic science and universal brotherhood is a vision of the world to come in Pisces, and realized in Aquarius, so too, the Aquarian avant-garde will look forward to an Aquarian Golden Age on the one hand, while the Aquarian technocrats will look for a world corporation to fossilize society into a rigid caste system run technologically.” The Use of Archetypes in Prediction

The key problem is that the proponents of an Aquarian Golden Age are blinded by unfounded optimism. Ironically perhaps, if they were more realistic they would see that the agenda of the Aquarian technocrats must be curbed, not just for a better world, but for our survival as a species.

The Aquarian technocrats require powerful militaries and endless wars which are justified as necessary for the security of the nation. For “our own good” we give up freedom and human rights,

With Mars on the MC the Scorpionic “overlords” will have no scruples about using whatever force they deem necessary to put down the perceived enemies of complete global domination. In the spirit of Aquarian egalitarianism, a one-world government sounds like a good idea. Just as George Orwell wrote in 1948, the world is divided into larger and larger sections, such as East Asian (“we have always been at war with East Asia”). Those not complying with the agenda are called terrorists – Orwell showed how the masses can be convinced that lies are true and visa versa.

Aquarius -by al-Sufi - 'Book of Fixed Stars'
Aquarius -by al-Sufi – ‘Book of Fixed Stars’

Neither will their domestic critics be spared. This is all-out fascism, largely concealed by the velvet glove. Wars are no longer fought for the nation-state in the West, They are fought mostly to further the interests of corporations and to make the very wealthy even wealthier.

Some will argue that there have always been wars and tyrants to send good people to fight them. However, the level and scope of what have become endless wars since the Age began, with the dominance shifting from Naval Power to Air Power, is truly unprecedented. To a very real way we have the technology to have wars that don’t end but become their own reason for being.

Predator drones are controlled from the other side of the world with impunity; but the target is people who are often unarmed, with no chance of self-defence They are destroyed without warning.. Arbitrary extrajudicial executions, carried out at the press of a button from CIA locations in California or Virginia, require no transparency or accountability. The operations are secret and above and beyond even international law.

The current President of the United States has insisted on his right to kill anyone, anywhere in the world, including the US, simply on the basis of alleged suspicion, This comes from a Democratic President with a Peace Prize. There is no trial required for this and often no specific charge at all, All youths 16 or older can be considered enemy combatants. Almost 200 children have been killed by drones in Pakistan and Yemen alone on his watch. This mechanical, high tech form of slaughtering people is particularly ghoulish. The victims are often innocent and remain anonymous in our media. The globalism so commonly espoused in the Western world is often blind to who it kills, except of course for those who ordered the strike.

Many scientists, political commentators, environmentalists and others now consider nuclear war the most likely existential threat to the human race and thousands of other species, even if the exchange were limited to India and Pakistan. A nuclear winter would ensue and it would be difficult to imagine a more Saturnine fate. Rapid climate change, accelerated by the burning of fossil fuel is a threat as well. An accidental or deliberate leak of biological agents having the affect of a rapidly spreading plague of pandemic proportions is often cited as close to the top of the list of doomsday scenarios. These are created, exacerbated or potentially ameliorated by human beings.

The astrological Saturn, by Hans Sebald Beham,d 1539
The astrological Saturn, by Hans Sebald Beham,d 1539

Optimists are becoming less numerous regarding outlooks for the future. As Zoller stated, the two malefics on the angles lacks the optimism and idealism of a Piscean Jupiter. Steven Hawking, one of our most brilliant and best-loved physicists, has said many times that the only chance of human survival is for us to leave this planet. We have the technology to do real harm to the environment on an epic scale. In the meantime, famine, so often a result of war is obscenely commonplace considering the tools we have at our disposal,

Just as Libra in the Ninth is good at whispering sweet nothings into the ears of the rich and powerful, so it is an opportunity for the renewed moral balance of a spiritual nature. Libra is after all the Exaltation of Saturn and the higher impulse is for true justice. We live in very dangerous times, If we can invoke the positive collective qualifies, we have an opportunity to take back what is ours. The real enemy is stealthy and the fist looks so much nicer in a velvet glove. Certainly denying or trivializing our powers of destruction will yield nothing but more of the same.

Saturn is the Reaper and what we reap is what we sow.  Saturn is all about consequences and revealing limitations, often in very challenging ways. It’s said that the path of good intentions leads to Hell. When humanism becomes a rallying cry for the availability of every human whim, it becomes something very different. The most poignant irony is that humanism, always attributed to Aquarius, spells the end of truly human life.

Clearly, this is no longer seen in an entirely negative light. For some, it’s the only solution. Why not have a humanoid that’s “Forever Twenty One” to do all the work and be able to function in the most extreme conditions, should they occur. Japan would prefer robots to immigrants in a rapidly ageing society. And of course, the humanoid has perfect manners and can teach Japanese in Viet Nam.

The Aquarius / Leo axis has brought a culture of conspicuous consumption, unparalleled technological innovation, the rewarding of selfishness and celebrity for its own sake (one can now be famous for being famous) as well as opportunities to defeat the most miserable illnesses, illiteracy and some forms of inequality. The scales offer us a choice and until we make that choice we will be ever hanging in the balance waiting for “Godot” the Aquarian messiah or the end of everything that matters.

The Classical Astrologer and Family Planning

Today, huge amounts of time and money are spent on genetic research, pre-natal medical counselling, and direct medical intervention such as fertility treatment to help couples who, for one reason or another, have difficulty in conception. While we may like to think of this as an enlightened modern pre-occupation, it is not by any stretch of the imagination. The desire to unlock the mysteries of procreation has occupied man for a long, long time!

In the past, the astrologer employed in the courts of the ruling class and nobility was the first and most important figure upon whom a ruler or noble would depend for counsel to ensure a primogeniture to whom the reins of power or authority would pass.

The traditional or classical astrologer had to be proficient in not only natal delineation, but he had to be skilled in the Arts of Questions[1] and Elections.[2] It was not enough that the astrologer could delineate the possibility of children from the subjects’ nativity, but the question of a successor was so paramount that his aid and direct participation was sought to find the best moment for the act of intercourse to result in the successful generation of a child; and in most cases the desire for a male child. The ancient classical and medieval astrologer, by all accounts, was expected to not only arrange things so that a child of the requisite sex was conceived but also, it was expected that the child would be born at the proper time. This was tantamount to nothing less than a type of astrological genetic counselling!

In his role as ‘family planner’, the astrologer would first delineate the natal charts of the couple, see if child birth was possible, and perhaps see anything that might hinder conception. A couple might also come to him with specific questions which were presented in the form of «interrogations» or horary questions. We can see several of the typical questions that were anticipated in the text of the 9th century Arabic astrologer, Sahl Ibn Bishr.[3]

«… if a man or a woman has asked whether or not he or she will have a child, look at the Ascendant; if there were benefics in it, or if the ruler of the Ascendant was in the Ascendant or in the tenth or in the eleventh or in the 5th, and Jupiter was in the best house from the Ascendant, a child will be born to him; and if the ruler of the Ascendant was in the Ascendant or in the 4th or in the 7th and Jupiter was in a good place from the Ascendant, a child will be born to him with some delay after [the time of] his own question. But if you have found a malefic in the Ascendant or if it aspects it by opposition or by square aspect, and the ruler of the Ascendant was in a bad place, and Jupiter was cadent or in the house of death or under the Sun beams, it signifies few children, and who will live only a short time if there are any…»

« …if the question was about some woman, whether or not she is pregnant and whether or not she will bear a child or whether it would be fortunate for her or not, look at the ruler of the Ascendant and the Moon, which are the significators of children. If you have found the ruler of the Ascendant and the Moon in the house of children, and if the ruler of the house of children is in the Ascendant free from the malefics, say that she is pregnant; and if the ruler of the Ascendant and the Moon have given, i.e. if they have committed, their own disposition to any planet in an angle, there will be a pregnancy, and all the more so if it was received; and if they were joined to a planet cadent from the Ascendant, it signifies loss, and the pregnancy is in vain; and even more so if the Ascendant was a mobile sign or if there was a malefic in an angle, or if the Moon was joined to a malefic, because all of these signify loss…»

« …if you have been asked whether she will bear a male or a female, look at the ruler of the Ascendant and the ruler of the house of children; if they were in masculine signs, there will be a male in her belly; and if they were in feminine signs, there will be a female in her belly; and if one of them was in a masculine sign and the other one was in a feminine sign, look at the Moon’s sign and at the planet to which the Moon is joined; if the Moon was in a masculine sign and was joined to a masculine planet, she will bear a male, but if the Moon was in a feminine sign or was joined to a feminine planet, she will bear a female. And know that Mercury, when it is oriental, i.e. when it is behind the Sun, will be feminine, if God wills!»[4]

He would then «elect» the most auspicious time for conception to occur.

«When you want to elect an hour for intercourse, i.e. when you want to have intercourse with your wife, so that you can beget a male child, let the Ascendant and its ruler and the Moon and the ruler of the house of children be in masculine signs or in a masculine quadrant of the circle in the hour of intercourse, and in that hour you should not put any planet but a masculine one in the Ascendant and in the sign [house] of children. And if you want it to be a female, let these significators be in feminine signs and in a feminine quadrant of the circle…»[5]

 

Next, the astrologer/physician would cast a chart at the time of conception to determine the length of the pregnancy and find out how long the woman would carry the developing child! The ancient astrologers/physicians believed that fertilization  occurred at the time of insemination. They did not know that conception was a process that involved the fertilization of an egg by the male sperm. They simply assumed that the woman’s womb was a protected environment where the man’s «seed» would develop into an infant! Their idea of conception was formed largely from watching plants. It was not until the microscope in the 18th century that physicians learned what true conception was and it was not until the 20th century that physicians learned that true conception might not occur until days after coitus, therefore, it is difficult to credit astrological dicta.

One of the older extant texts containing the astrological instructions for determining the term of a pregnancy and the time of conception can be found in the writings of the Greek astrologer Vettius Valens![6]

It is difficult in such a short synopsis to go into all the details of the method for calculating the term of the pregnancy. In general it is based on the conception that the degree of the sign in which the Moon is at the time of the infusion of sperm will be the degree of the ascendant in the nativity and that the degree that was ascending at the time of conception will be the same degree as the Moon in the sign it will be posited in the nativity!

Vettius Valens writes,

«The Moon at birth will indicate the hour of conception in respect to the zoion[7] in which it took place,[8] while the hōroskopos of conception will have as many degrees as the Moon has at birth.»

It is later quoted as the 51st aphorism in the Centiloquium.[9]

«Make the sign occupied by the Moon at the time of birth the ascending sign at the conception; and consider that in which she may be posited at the conception, or the opposite one, as the sign ascending at birth.»

The method postulates that there are three terms of the pregnancy;[10] a least, a middle, and a greatest. The difference between each term is fifteen days. Which term was chosen depended on the position of the Moon in the chart of the conception. The least term is 258 days which was when the Moon was in the degrees of the descending sign above the horizon. The middle term was 15 days more than that, or 273 days and was attributed when Moon was in the ascendant. The greatest term was 15 days more or 289 days, when the Moon was in the degrees of the descendant below the horizon.

Let us say for example, 10º Cancer is rising, then, 10º Capricorn is setting. The conception is that between the setting degree (the least term) moving in the order of the signs to the eastern horizon[11] (the middle term) there are 180º, which are the equivalent of 15 days. Therefore, 30º equalled 2½ days, which can be further divided. 2½ days is 60 hours so 1º was equal to 2 hours. Likewise, from the Ascending sign continuing to move below the horizon in the order of the signs towards the west, those 180 º also equalled 15 days.

So depending on where the Moon was posited, above or below the horizon, then a certain number of days and hours was added to either the least or middle term and that was the length of the pregnancy.

In our example then, if the Moon (for simplicities sake) was at 25º Taurus, then we could find the length of the pregnancy by counting the number of degrees between the descending degree of 10º Capricorn (280º longitude) and subtract that from the degrees of the Moon at 25º Taurus (55º of longitude). Since 55º is smaller than 280º, I add 360º to 55º, which is 415º. Now I can subtract; 415 – 280 = 135º. I can then divide that by 30º, which gives me 4 which a remainder of 15º. Each of those 30º divisions is equal to 2½ days, which gives me 10 days plus 15º, or 10 days and 30 hours,[12] or simply 11 days and 6 hours. This then would be added to the least term of 258 days giving 269 days and 6 hours as the term of the pregnancy.

Just as simply one could of course calculate the degrees between the Ascendant degree and the Moon and subtract the equivalent days from the middle term of 273 days.

I hope the reader realises this is a very simplistic overview of the technique. One finds much more complete instructions in Guido Bonatti’s text book, Liber Astronomiae Tractatus Decimus called, Trutine of Hermes on the Causation of the Length of Pregnancy. This of course, is not the only medieval text discussing the Length of Pregnancy. Dominicus Maria de Novarra[13] wrote an entire manuscript on the subject and found in the Biblioteca Paletina. There are several others from this period also.

What can I say as an astrologer? Does it work? I don’t know as I do not have enough experience in this particular ‘field’ to be able to judge one way or the other. That is the purpose of this short article, to expose this teaching in order to encourage further inquiry!

I do think it is fair enough to speculate in this regard and we should not just dismiss off hand such speculation. For while we may with no certainty say the method does or does not work, it was most certainly a major part of the medieval and classical astrologers ‘bread and butter’.

If such a method was effective and in fact widely practiced, then our predecessors were a long way ahead of us today in their medical ‘technology’ because such a method would be entirely without any deleterious side effects that are always present to some degree with our modern drug, hormone and surgery treatments! It would be an entirely natural solution!

[1] Horary astrology – casting a chart for the moment of an important question and determining the outcome from identification and particular circumstances of the significators of the querent and question

[2] Electional astrology – the art of determining the most auspicious moment to do something through examining the astrologicals at certain times

[3] The Arabian astrologer later known in the West as Zahel (or Zael), a Jew, who served as court astrologer to the governor of Khurasan in the period 820-822 A.D. and later to al-Hasan ibn Sahl (d. 850/851), the vizier of Baghdad during the reign of the caliph al-Mamūn (reigned 813-833). Among the 18 books that are attributed to him to have written, five were translated into Latin by 12th century translators in Spain.

[4] The Introduction to the Science of the Judgments of the Stars, translated from the 12th century Latin text by James H. Holden

[5] Ibid

[6] Vettius Valens was a young contemporary of Ptolemy. Valens tells us himself that he was conceived on the 13th of May 119 C.E. and born 9 months later on February 8, 120 C.E. His death is a little more uncertain but he is presumed to have died in the time period 173 – 175 C.E. in his 50’s. His major literary contribution, called the Anthology (Anthologiae) is probably the most massive and comprehensive picture of Hellenistic astrology that exists and not only includes detailed natal methodology but also 125 charts of apparently, Valens own «clients». The Anthology was a major reference work for Byzantine and Medieval Arabic astrologers.

[7] That is, sign

[8] That is to say, that the Moon in the nativity is the same as the hour, or ascendant degree, of the conception.

[9] This work, as the name implies, is a compilation of 100 astrological aphorisms. It was also known by the name Liber Fructus or Book of Fruit and often attributed to Ptolemy. However, this attribution has become very doubtful since a majority of the aphorisms deal with horary, which is a subject Ptolemy appears to disdain and ignore totally in Tetrabiblos. Modern scientific historians also cast much doubt on this attribution and suspect it was rather an ambitious Medieval Arabic writer’s work in the 9th century and assuming Ptolemy’s authorship in order to lend greater authority to his own writings!

[10] I.e. from conception to birth

[11] I.e. the ascending degree

[12] 1º = 2 hours

[13] Dominicus was the student of Marsilio Ficino, the great Florentine Platonist and advisor to the Medicis. He was also reputed to have been friend and associate to Copernicus.

Mundane Astrology and the Croatian Elections – Part II

In Part I some important testimonies were established. 1.) A testimony concerning the length of the rule for the period of the current president. 2.) The testimony concerning the theme of change for the country from the revolution of the Year in Aries. 3.) The testimony concerning the very poor state of the general populace and how that state is the cause of the ruler’s state.

Now because the angles of the Revolution of the World Year in Aries were in common signs[1] and the Lord of the Ascendant was in a common sign, then especially there is yet one important revolution of this year; i.e. the Libra Ingress. And falling in the Aries Ingress just prior to the Libra Ingress is a conjunction of Mars/Saturn which had a special signification to political events.

I anticipate that the question most would ask is why we would want to consider the conjunction of Mars and Saturn? These conjunctions fall into the 2nd group of principles as explained by Abu Ma’shār. The first principles, as stated earlier is the change of the conjunctions first when it returns to Aries and then the shift of triplicities indicating dynasties, religions and prophets. Abu Ma’shār writes concerning the 2nd principle group:

[23] The second is proper to the sum of the parts of those universal , like the property of the indicators of the conjunction of the two malefics in Cancer, and the conjunction of the two superior in each of the signs, for the condition of chiefs among leaders and nobles in that transit.

The Mars/Saturn conjunction is going to give testimony concerning chiefs among leaders and nobles. More specifically,

…Mars is one of the superior planets and has a strong indication for kings and dynasties at its conjunction with Saturn… and, even if its conjunction with Saturn does not have such power over changes as that of the conjunction of Jupiter with Saturn, its indication is one of the things one needs when calling witnesses, commensurate with what the conjunction of Jupiter with Saturn indicates…

Again we need to return to the principles of Saturn and Mars. I looked at these two planets to determine the length of a rulers rule. And once again we can say that when they join they are going to indicate what changes can occur to rulers and their rule. Historically they indicated rebellions and upheavals in politics. Which is why the worst case scenario of Mars/Saturn conjunctions was when their conjunction fell in Cancer because Cancer is the fall of Mars and detriment of Saturn; both are very malefic in this sign generally speaking. But Rebellions don’t have to always be violent. When a majority decide enough is enough they can cause a revolution.[2] Mind you revolutions just mean turning and going the other way. And in modern western countries for the most part these revolutions are done at the ballot box. The call word of every opposing candidate seems to be “change”.

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Croatia – Mars/Saturn Conjunction 2014

 

What is it we want to understand from this chart? Particularly, this chart will tell us the nature of the conjunction’s indication from the planet which has predominance over the principal positions. In other words, what kinds of change are in the works? Will the change be violent? Will it be generally a good and useful or bad and failed change? What is the nature of the change?

What are the principle positions? 1) The Ascendant 2) Lord of the Ascendant 3) Degree of the conjunction 4) Lord of the Conjunction and 5) the chart luminary. Now based on the number of testimonies in these places and the strength of that testimony then no other planet but Mars would qualify as the predominant planet. And the day and hour rulers (Moon and Mercury) testify to Mars and Venus (nocturnal benefic) confers her testimony to Mars.

So what can we say about the nature of the conjunctions indication? It will be the nature of Mars in his preferred domicile and in sect. Change, confrontation and conflict are principle natures and being in sect and in his strength then those states of being will be productive, with Mars very violent nature being mitigated and moderate.

Having judged the nature of its indication then we have to see where this conjunction falls in the Revolution of the World Year in Aries.

Bi-wheel of the Aries Ingress and Mars/Saturn Conjunction
Bi-wheel of the Aries Ingress and Mars/Saturn Conjunction

We immediately see that the conjunction occurs in the place of the Moon in the Ingress chart. The Moon of course is general significator of the common people. And this is the 3rd house[3] which in mundane astrology signifies the practice of the laws and religion as well as the consideration of matters in the practice of doctrine and law and faith. It was seen as the house of “opinion and fighting amongst sects concerning doctrine and law”[4]. It is the 7th from 9th and signifies partners, conflicts and contentions of religious men and law makers.

So I say then, that “change” is coming because of the harm falling on the common people; because of arguments and unjust imprisonment and bonds; damages and afflictions from unjust practice of the law; the ruin of villages and towns and the forced migration of their people, and the lack of resources.[5] All of which are ultimately destroying the people’s wealth and livelihoods.

The testimony that is being strengthened in these current considerations is that “change” and “rebellion” if you will, is a strong motivation of the common people.

Croatian Libra Ingress 2014
Croatian Libra Ingress 2014

The next chart and the one most relevant to the election is the chart of the Libra Ingress for 2014 as the election will be held in this half of the year. Therefore we are told that the LOY of this chart will participate in the significations that began in the Aries Ingress.

I judge that the LOY of this revolution is the Moon because she is the nocturnal triplicity ruler of the Ascendant and is in the Ascendant and is the chart luminary. She is also Lady of the Day and the Hour. Mercury falls in aversion to his domicile and exaltation. There is no other planet as worthy to be the LOY.

I judge that in this chart the significator of the current ruler is Venus since the Midheaven falls in Taurus and she sees her domicile from the Ascendant. In this chart we can now look at the significator of the opposition and the rulers’ opponent. Scorpio is the sign on the IC but its ruler Mars falls in aversion. I judge that Saturn found in Scorpio is the opposition ruler.

I also find this supports the major political parties involved; the more liberal social democrat/left wing parties (Venus) and the conservative centre-right parties (Saturn).

At first glance it would seem that the LOY is joining Venus except that Saturn casts his ray to 19° Virgo and cuts off the Moons joining with Venus. This is, in my opinion, the clearest testimony that the people give their testimony and power to the opposition instead of the current ruler.

I find it significant that Saturn is aspected by this very intense Jupiter, in its nocturnal triplicity, rising oriental of the Sun and superior to Saturn in the 10th from Saturn. I also find it interesting that Jupiter is in Saturn’s triplicity and bounds and in the house of Saturn’s joy![6]

Sunrise chart 2nd round Croatian elections 2014
Sunrise chart
2nd round Croatian elections 2014

This last chart I am going to consider is the sunrise chart on the day of the election. The reason I am choosing this particular time for the election is because in our astrological lore, sunrise and sunset were the two times ancient astrologers would look at the heavens for portents. When I look at this chart what struck me first is the heliacal rising of Saturn. In the Libra Ingress this I judged was the significator of the opposition so to see it is very significant. I also note that before this day is done the LOY, which is the Moon, will first conjoin with Saturn from Saturn’s exaltation and she confers her testimony to him and he receives it.

Judgment is about understanding the testimony from several indicators. I have made my judgments based on many different indicators and charts. The preponderance of testimony tells me that there will be a new President in Croatia. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will be the next (and first woman) President of Croatia.

[1] I.e. mutable signs

[2] Aristotle described two types of political revolution: 1.) Complete change from one system to another; 2.) Modification of an existing system. The Oxford dictionary states that a revolution is: The overthrow of an established order which will involve the transfer of state power from one leadership to another. So a revolution can simply be the removal and replacement of a government and its leaders. Of course the revolutions that stand out in history are those that were violent and sweeping. However the whole idea behind a democracy was to establish a means whereby the people could bring about “revolution” without the bloodshed and total anarchy often following such upheavals. Unfortunately in today’s democracies, they only give the appearance of bringing revolution and change. In most cases the faces change but the powers remain the same.

[3] Interestingly Rhetorius places Banks in the 3rd. “The third house is called the house of the Moon, Goddess, overshadowed, authoritative, [and] metacosmic. It signifies the topic of foreign things, that of dreams and religious observation, and banking and friends and brothers and the Queen.” Cf “Rhetorius the Egyptian” Translated from the Greek by James H. Holden and published by American Federation of Astrologers Inc. I would imagine what is meant is “money lenders” since at that time in history there was no institution known as a bank.

[4] We find these significations in many medieval astrologers in delineating the houses in mundane astrology such as Saul, Abu Ma’shār and Ibn Ezra.

[5] I.e. the significations of the Moon joined to Saturn in the Ingress chart.

[6] I.e. the 12th house