Mundane Astrology and the Croatian Presidential Elections 2014/15 – Part I

It has been a while since I have written anything. There are many reasons for this but the main reason being I have had to concentrate on health issues. It is remarkable that when our physical being is “in tune” then often our “mental” or “soul” finds the appropriate partner to be more successful and complete. The opposite is also very observable and true, that when the body suffers then often qualities of the soul are diminished. There is a strong symbiotic relationship between the two, i.e. the qualities of the soul[1] and the body. Quite understandably every person is a unique composition where the balances or imbalances are going to have an outcome that may be fallaciously recognised as a general characterisation when it is rather quite specific and personal.

This article is about mundane prediction and delineation; before the fact rather than hindsight astrology we find so prevalent today. I have been told by certain popular and respected astrologers that the mundane techniques of our astrological forefathers, like Abu Ma’shār and Māshā´āllāh, are not relevant today because they delineated events concerning dynasties and kings and the political world is not the same today so those techniques cannot be used today.

This objection is wrong on many points. There are still families, dynasties and religions “ruling” this world. And regardless the political systems, the concepts laid down by these forefathers are still valid, even if their applications may have to vary. For example, when discussing the meanings of the Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions when they shift triplicities, we are told by Abu Ma’shār that they can indicate the rise of a new religion and prophet(s).

[21] In the presence of one of these times that we have defined, one looks at the horoscopes of those times, and the location of the celestial bodies’ in them, and all their natural and accidental conditions <which result> from their essence and from <their relation to> the Sun and the sphere, and one discovers (1) the nature of their indication from the planets which have predominance over the principal positions, and (2) the time of it according to what the indicators point out. Then one looks at the indications of these six principles.

[22] This is divided into three divisions. The first is proper to universal states, like the property of the indicators of great Beginnings indicating universal matters like floods, dynasties, religions, and the like at the time of the conjunction of the two superior <planets> in Aries and their conjunction when they shift from one triplicity to another.[2]

While Professor Dykes was working on his second book of World Astrology, I was in contact with him and we were discussing the “mean conjunctions” and how they were calculated.[3] In comparing our notes and calculations I was made acutely aware of one particular triplicity shift in history. In 1603 there was a shift of the mean conjunctions into the fire signs, starting at 00° Sagittarius 33’ 51”.

That is actually a pretty relevant shift when you consider the theory behind the importance of the shifts of triplicity indicating universal beginnings of important “religions”. This particular era found many brilliant minds building the arguments and philosophical underpinnings of Democracy and what has become, in the words of several historical writers, a word which has acquired “a universally sacred character” and given “the notion of democracy a moral and almost religious content”. In this era were the minds of Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Montesquieu (1689-1755), Voltaire (1694-1766), Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-88), David Hume (1711-76), and Adam Smith (1723-1790). And one, foremost among these “prophets”, was John Locke (1632-1704).

Abu Ma’shār gives in his instructions some interesting information:

“We say that if the conjunction occurs in the fiery triplicity, it indicates power for the eastern people, and that the strongest of their signs is Sagittarius…”

Of course that is very relevant at the shift, which was to Sagittarius, since the political power was in Britain and “eastern people”[4] were to be the colonists.

2.) “As for the time of the appearance of the indications, the fiery triplicity indicates three conjunctions after the return of the conjunction to the sign of the triplicity to which the conjunction shifts;”

But he also adds this qualifier,

“It is possible that the times of the indications are different: according to this scheme, the indications of the shift to the fiery triplicity occur after 9 conjunctions from the time of the shift…”

This is very interesting as the appearance of the indications of this “new religion” would appear in the 9th conjunction after the shift which was to 1782! Quite remarkably, only 7 years later the newly formed American Congress began its duties and the first president took up his position.[5]

These are things with no relevance for today? I hardly think so. Over the past several years I have been using these techniques with regards to particular world events; From the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 to the general elections in Britain in 2011. I have not published everything. Certain predictions in the course of discussions on astrology forums have been documented. I have to make perfectly clear here that at no time have I done this to “make a name” for myself. Our art is supposed to help others, not glorify oneself. This is why I have not published much of my work. This particular post is therefore probably only the second time I have, through a public media, made known this work.

The following prediction and delineation concerning the outcome of the Presidential elections in Croatia was published on the East European Traditional Astrology forum “Astrološki dijalozi”, December 29th 2014 and January 2nd 2015 respectively.

On 29.12.2014 I stated the following:

“Been looking at some charts and contemplating the election in Croatia…. I really know nothing of the politics involved so my opinion is a purely astrological one…. I will be glad to explain how I came to it when I get things written up. My first impressions are that Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will win this vote. The charts I have been considering are the Aries Ingress, Libra Ingress, Mars/Saturn conjunction and lunation prior to the election as well as the sunrise chart of the Election Day.”

I guess you can call this Part 1 of my judgment concerning the elections in Croatia. I am not trying to be longwinded but I thought it important to explain my judgment[6] and what it is based on. As I understand there have been some who make predictions that are not explained and from what I understand of the conversations their judgments and predictions are quite speculative and perhaps not based in much astrology. I am not here to judge anyone else but to just render my judgment as best I can using the Astrology that I practice. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong and won’t be the first time I have not totally understood what I was seeing.

I will start my judgment with two charts; 1) the chart of the revolution of the year in which the ruler accedes, and 2) the chart of the ascension of the ruler. You will no doubt notice that for the first chart I have chosen to cast the chart of the Ingress for 2010. I have my reasons but the main one is simply because his acceding to power occurs only 1 month before the Ingress and falls just after the pre-ingress lunation (new Moon). Therefore I have deemed the 2010 Ingress more relevant to the length of the rulers rule rather than the Ingress for 2009. This is my judgment call. I could name other astrologers from the past, like Mashā´āllāh, who understood the need to do likewise, so I am in good company on this call.

Figure 1 Croatia_Aries Ingress 2010
Figure 1
Croatia_Aries Ingress 2010

Now Abū Ma’shār would have us use this chart in this way:[7]

“…one looks at the revolution of the world-year in which the ruler accedes, and then one looks at Saturn.”

One might well ask, why Saturn? Why not the Sun? The answer is a very important philosophical cornerstone that is based in something very old and probably coming from the Persians.

“…. Related to the superior planet furthest from the world of generation and corruption, i.e. to Saturn, is the indication for matters of Beginnings…”

Saturn indicated all “lofty” beginnings; a rulership, a kingdom or dynasty, a new religion, etc. You will find this doctrine also in Māshā´āllāh, Saul, Umar and others. In these sources you will find that Saturn signified the current and lawful king.[8]

So what does Abu want us to do with Saturn? In the chart of the Revolution of the Year we find Saturn in the Ascendant. We are to see what domicile it is and who the lord of his domicile is. In this case Saturn is in Libra and Venus is the Lady of the domicile. Both are in cardines so he would have us see how many ascensional degrees there are between Venus and Saturn. In effect directing Venus to Saturn and we are to count 1 year for every 30°. I have already done the calculations and there are 160 ascensional degrees between them and dividing this by 30 we find that it is 5 years.

Now the other chart in this process of discovering the length of a rulers rule is to look at the actual chart of the rulers acceding to power. In this case the ruler assumed his rulership on the 18th of February 2010 and I have included this chart as well.

Figure 2 Croatia_Josipovic accedes 2010
Figure 2
Croatia_Josipovic accedes 2010

Now Abu would have us do something a little different in this chart, but no less very profound and significant.

“As for <discovering> the measurement of their periods from their accession, it is found from the distance between Mars and its lord…”

Why Mars? Again this is based in a philosophical cornerstone of these ancients which is stated as follows,

“Related to the third of these planets in order, i.e. to Mars, is the indication for wars, strifes, and the like, being, as it were, the decline to the final ends of things, because the ends of things indicate destruction of their orderly arrangements after their perfection, and corruption of their regularity.”

Mars signified the end of things. So we were to do with Mars just as we did with Saturn, i.e. look at the domicile it is in and who its lord is. In the ascensional chart we find Mars in Leo and the Sun conjunct the cardine of the MC in Aquarius. And in the same way we judged from Saturn and its beginning so judge we here of its end with Mars and count the ascensional degrees between Mars and the Sun and give 30° to every year. There are 153 ascensional degrees between the Sun and Mars which once again is 5 years.

The last testimony he suggests is to direct the Midheaven, as we would do in a nativity, to a malefic that would cut off the years of his rule. We are to judge one month for every degree. The Midheaven will come to the square of Mars in 59°. Once again we end up with 5 years because 59 divided by 12 is just shy of the 5 years (5×12=60).

When reading up on Croatia’s government and election process I was surprised to find that the term of President is 5 years! So I was rather convinced that he[9] will only serve one term.

This second part in my notes is about the Croatian election based on the Revolution of the World-year 2014.

Figure 3 Croatia_Aries ingress 2014
Figure 3
Croatia_Aries ingress 2014

I notice in the revolution of the year (see Figure 3) that the Ascendant and Midheaven are close to changing signs and the signs are common (mutable). We have 28° Virgo 51’ marking the ascendant and 28° Gemini 37’ marking the Midheaven. The Sun is also setting, handing over his dominion to the Moon. I also note that the Midheaven[10] moves into the Moons domicile[11]. Themes are important to note. In this case I am noting the theme of endings and change. The Lord of the year is Mercury because of his testimony in the ascendant and his testimony as the other luminary’s[12] term lord and he is in a strong place being the 7th by counting.[13]

Since Mercury is also the significator of the king[14] then the state of the king is because of the state of the people.[15] This is something important to understand for the year and further readings of charts, i.e. how the fate of the king is bound to the fate of the people.

We should note the zodiacal state of Mercury. Mercury is the only planet that has one sign as both its detriment and fall. The sign of Pisces as Mercury’s detriment represents a threat to the people’s (and therefore the king’s) being and operative ability. It signifies very clearly the peoples (especially the common people) inability to gain through livelihood, their poorness and their being brought low. Its descension (fall) indicates their sorrow, prison, and distress; it is the place of their worthlessness relative to their own interests; they hate their situation, and are restricted. This state of being is particularly intense in this year because Mercury is oriental, direct and free of the Sun. By division Mercury is cadent and being carried away from the angle, however it is very interesting that Mercury has a strong helper from among the cabinet of the ruler (11th house/sign). Mercury is applying[16] to Jupiter in its exaltation and by division in the strength of the Midheaven and the 11th by counting. Because Jupiter will receive Mercury from a strong place, it will lift Mercury from its detriment and depression.

Jupiter I would deem is a very powerful “noble” in some position of the current government. Jupiter being occidental in a feminine sign leads me to believe this is a powerful woman.

The state of the “commoners” is also underlined by the Moons conjunction with a retrograde Saturn in the sign of her descension, Scorpio!

Another indication of the people’s bad situation can be seen by Mars in its detriment in the 2nd and destroying the fruits of the people’s livelihoods while the coffers of government are overflowing.[17] This is all setting the stage for the events of the rest of the year.

[1] Ptolemy attributed the rational mind to Mercury and irrational mind to the Moon.

[2] Part I, Chapter 1 of The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions), Ed. and Trans. Keiji Yamamoto, Charles Burnett, Volume 1: The Arabic Original (Leiden: Brill, 2000)

[3] This is an entirely other subject which I cannot go into here. But Professor Dykes goes into very good detail in his World Astrology II. To understand these principles I highly recommend this book. It is well worth the investment if you are interested in mundane astrology.

[4] On the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States, the four distinct British regions were: New England, the Middle Colonies, the Chesapeake Bay Colonies (Upper South) and the Lower South.

[5] The First United States Congress, consisting of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, first officially convened on March 4, 1789.

[6] My “judgement” was that I predicted, contrary to popular opinion, that Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović would be elected the country’s first woman president.

[7] Chapter 5 in Part II of Kitāb al-milal wa-d-duwal – The Book of Religions and Dynasties

[8] Also I strongly recommend reading Ben Dykes introduction in his newest translation contribution, Astrology of the World II.

[9] I mean Josipovic, the current Croatian President.

[10] The Midheaven is the place of the sun’s strength and power which is also a masculine sign, Gemini.

[11] Cancer is a feminine sign and house of the “feminine” luminary.

[12] I.e. the Moon

[13] Please note I am using whole sign houses. The term, “by counting” was used by the Medieval astrologers to indicate they were using whole signs and “by division”, indicating mundane divisions of the quadrants.

[14] I chose the ruler of the 10th over the Sun because Mercury is in a better “place”, the 7th and 10th from the 10th, rather than the Sun falling in the 8th place.

[15]And if you knew this in a revolution of years (that the Lord of the Year was the same as the significator of the King), know even the significator of the king from the Lord of the Year, and know his condition from the condition of the rustics.” Cf. Mashā’āllāh’s, “Revolutions of the years of the World” Chapter 19

[16] It is applying to but not yet joined to Jupiter, so technically Mercury is not yet pushing his authority to Jupiter. However I note that it will.

[17] This judgement is based on the 11th being the treasury of the government with Jupiter there and testified to by the Sun which is in its exaltation Aries and in the 8th of taxation and debt which opposes the peoples resources, the 2nd.

Killing Planet : Case Study

by John Timperman

This method indicates ( according to Bonatti and AbuMahar) which planet among many has the greatest force to kill or at least to harm the native’s health. The fact of the matter is that Bonatti mentions 17 destroyers

Alexandra Fedorovna
Alexandra Fedorovna

which determine towards death. Further, other planets are considered to be potential killers by virtue of being in the 8th or 4th houses, ruling these or being conjoined with such planets. It is in order to sort out which of these is the greatest threat , i.e. the most likely agent of death that we have to construct an Almuten table.

As example we take the horoscope of Alexandra Federovna, the wife of Nicholas the 2nd the last Tsar from Russia ( born in Darmstadt, Germany, June 6th 1872 at approx. 3.45 AM-Asc. 11 °34 Gemini – MC 8°40 Aquarius). The total eclipse right on the Ascendant seems to be very symbolic for the last Tsarina : the cancelling of the sunrays !

With this super strong Mars ruler of the 12th and the 6th on the Ascendant and a heavy laden 12th house we see a woman that was always sick , crashed by her own power , with that dreadful destiny waiting to befall here. Her life ended in that terrible massacre when she was brutally murdered together with her family during the night of the 16th and 17th July 1918.

In the example I use the method of Robert Zoller and combine the methods of Bonatti and Abu Mashar, which seems to be Bonatti’s source. I do as Bonatti suggests and look at the Ascendant and the Lord but do not look at the eighth house, but at the eight sign from the Sun and its Lord ( As AbuMashar is doing). Whatever the changes Bonatti makes in Abu Mashar’s criteria, the purpose is the same: by this method we are to ascertain the cause, manner and circumstances of the native’s death.

As we are no longer living in Mediaeval times, it is possible that this planet is an indicator of the weaknesses in our health. This I don’t know. In Bonatti’s time the Almuten of all these places was the ANARETA, the significator of the death of the native.

I would like to say here that I don’t want to prove anything but just want to make the method clear for those who are interested to see how the old method worked. I do this not to re-enter the past but rather re-enter the future and to do homage to those who went before us and made our efforts possible. Without the Bonatti’s and Abumashars we would be doing something else.

I set up an Almuten Table for the Significator of Death- the killing planet to determine which planet has the post dignities in the different following places :

– Ascendant
– Ruler of Ascendant
– Pars of death
– Ruler of the Pars of death
– 4th house
– Ruler of the 4th house
– Ruler of the triplicity of the 4th house ( depending on day or night birth)
– 8th Sign from the Sun
– Ruler of the 8th sign from the Sun
This gives us the following table :

kp_table -Image2

For those not familiar with the way an Almutem should be calculated I will explain with a couple of examples: to find out which planet is the strongest ruler or almutem of a particular place we must remember that mediaeval astrologers used 5 levels of rulership : Sign ruler (to which they gave 5 points) Exaltation ruler (4 points) Triplicity rulers ( each of them 3 points) Term ruler ( 2 points) and Decan ruler (1 point).

The Table of Essential Dignities according to Dorotheus is as follows:


So if we want to know which planet has most dignities of the Ascendant of Alexandra Federenova ( 11°34 Gemini) we know that the ruler of Gemini is Mercury, so Mercury gets 5 points. We know that no planet is exalted in Gemini (When we don’t know we look at the table of dignities) so no planet gets 4 points. The triplicity rulers of air signs are Mercury , Jupiter and Saturn, so they each get 3 points ( Bonatti was very democratic !). Further we see that 12 degrees Gemini falls in the terms of Venus, so Venus gets 2 points and it is in the second decanate of Gemini ,which (we see from the table of dignities ) is the decanate belonging to Mars, so Mars gets 1 point. Now ,we go on with the ruler of the Ascendant which is Mercury and Mercury is placed at 26 degrees Taurus .

The ruler of Taurus is Venus, so Venus gets 5 points. Exaltation ruler of Taurus is the Moon, so the Moon gets 4 points. Triplicity rulers of Earth are Moon, Venus and Mars, so they get 3 points each. 26 degrees Taurus is in the Terms of Saturn ( 2 pts) and the decanate of Saturn as well (1 point more).

Now, we continue with the Pars of death , ruler of the Pars of death, 4th house, ruler of the 4th, Triplicity ruler of the 4th (depending whether it is a day or night birth- here night birth as the Sun is under the horizon) which is Jupiter placed at 28 degrees Cancer ( so Moon 5pts , Jupiter as exaltation ruler of the Moon 4 pts etc…).

Then we go to the 8th sign from the Sun which is 15 degrees Capricorn and for closing at the ruler of the 8th place from the Sun which is Saturn. When we have the patience to struggle through the calculation we see that the Almuten of all these places is Saturn. So, Saturn is the ANARETA or killing planet. Saturn is ruler of the eight (death ) and the ninth house (foreign countries ) and exaltation ruler of the Sixth ( hidden enemies, according to Greek tradition).

Once the Killing planet was found , the astrologer had to find what was called the arc of life. This is when we enter into the realm of Primary Directions as there was a serious chance that death or life threatening sickness or events might occur when the Primary Directed Killing planet touched the Ascendant or the Hyleg.

Now, when we change the birth time with 11 minutes and make it 3:34 instead of the approx 3:45 as stated and we work with the Primary direction method, we see that 3 hours after birth Saturn would touch the Descendant making an exact opposition with the Ascendant ( Life force) If we convert this time into years using Naibod’s key we see that this took place at the age of 46. This was exactly the time when she was murdered.
Astrologers do horoscopes to help the living and not for those that already died and serious astrologers are fully aware that the prediction of death is a very serious matter, not to be done promiscuously, although we all know that death is often present or not far off.

Further, I would point out that even if this method (as many old one’s) may have been valid in Middle Ages, it doesn’t mean that they are still valid today. Or they may work in some cases but prove absolutely invalid with another person. Especially as death is concerned, we should not forget that the planets and directions are the same as 1000 years ago but we all live much longer.

However, it is clear that when planets like Saturn or Mars touch the Angles by Primary Direction, ( even if they are not Anareta) we often see that something very unpleasant may happen. This means, and it is very significant, that some future events can be predicted by the mathematical movement of significators in the circle of the horoscope as it has been done for ages by our predecessors. This is why reinvestigating the older astrological methods is important as it reconnects with the perceptual ways of the ancients.

[John Timperman is a Classical astrologer from Belgium who studied under Robert Zoller.]