A Horary Webinar on Relationships
January 31, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT
by Jackie Slevin, CA, NCGR
$30.00, payable through Paypal
Jackie Slevin M.A., C.A. NCGR-PAA, an internationally published full-time professional Astrologer, is the author of Finding Success in the Horoscope (available on Amazon.com), and is the NCGR Education Director. A graduate of Classical Studies in Horary course, she was a Track Coordinator at UACs 1995, 2002, and 2012, and was a member of the UAC 2002 Education Committee. Featured in The Bergen Record and The New York Post, she was a biography writer for Lois Rodden’s Astrodatabank and is a member of the NCGR-PAA Board of Examiners. She currently writes the Daily Guides and Love, Money, Health columns for Horoscope Guide Magazine and is Vice President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of NCGR.
It is universally accepted that the basic necessities of life are food, clothing and shelter. In industrialized nations in the 21st century, the additional amenities of well being and security would include a cash flow, a bank account, a life insurance policy, and a credit card.
In the western hemisphere from ancient times until the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, a loaf of bread meant virtually all of these things. In 58 BCE the Roman Emperor Clodius issued an edict to distribute free bread every day for the poorer plebeians. This edict continued with minor changes for over four hundred years until the demise of the Empire in the fifth century CE. Thus it is no coincidence that the early Christians, whose primary congregation was in Rome, included the phrase, “Give us this day our daily bread” in their signature prayer.
The staff of life was readily available, and grain in ancient Rome equals oil in the United States in 2008. The temple of Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain, crowned the Aventine Hill in the Eternal City. Another statue of this goddess sits atop the Chicago Board of Trade Building, where agricultural commodities are traded.
Saturn (restriction) in Virgo (the harvest) has wreaked havoc in the world’s food supply. But the price of grain (Ceres) has skyrocketed beyond the means of most inhabitants in third world countries, or modern day “poorer plebeians.” On March 13, 2008, grain prices in Africa had risen 50 percent. Food riots were reported in the African countries of Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, and Senegal. In Sierra Leone, grain was up 300 percent. On this day, dwarf planet Ceres was at 24 degrees Taurus, 31 minutes, conjunct malevolent fixed star Algol within one and a half degrees. One month later on April 18, the front page headlines of the New York Times read “Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger,” reporting on the food riots in Haiti, the severity of which sent the prime minister packing. On that same day at noon, GMT, Ceres was at 7 degrees Gemini and 34 minutes, exactly conjunct the Cardinal Axis. (The Cardinal Axes are highly energized degrees at 0 degrees Cardinal, 22 degrees, 30 minutes Cardinal, 15 degrees Fixed, and 7 degrees, 30 minutes Mutable). Thus the goddess of grain was poised front and center on the world stage. Ceres reaches the Cardinal Axis at 0 degrees Cancer on June 11, 2008, when the food crises will no doubt be in the headlines. This summer the world will get a powerful trilogy of events when transiting Saturn is conjunct the Cardinal Axis at 7 degrees Virgo 30 minutes on July 30, the height of the growing season. Two days later the total eclipse of the Sun on August 1 at 9 degrees Leo 32 minutes may signal a heat wave, bringing drought conditions that would affect the harvest. On August 2, the very next day, Ceres is again conjunct the Cardinal Axis at 22 degrees, 33 minutes in Cancer, the sign of food. This celestial line-up is bound to impact the global markets of grain and rice, the fundamental staples of survival for humankind. Many of us will tighten our belts, and perhaps the poorer plebeians may again receive government rations, echoing the ancient petition to give us this day our daily bread.
The shining disk in the night sky that has held human attention since the dawn of times tells more than we know. Those shifting shadows that signaled to our ancestors when to plant and when to reap marked the passage of seasonal cycles as well as the passage of life itself. The display of nocturnal celestial phenomenon held a myriad of visual delights; planets wandered, stars twinkled, and meteors darted about in showers of light. Many star patterns remained constant for the navigation of nomadic tribes. One thing was certain; the Great White Circle was always changing its appearance. It mysteriously monitored the growth patterns of the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms and these kingdoms were in a continual state of change, for change is the only evidence of life.
To observe the Moon‘s phases was to partake in the ritual of reflection, which is indeed the Moon’s favorite pastime. This distant disk symbolized the patterns of development from life to death, as virtually all living things have a beginning, a middle, and an end. We’re all familiar with the biblical quote from Ecclesiastes that became a credo for the sixties: “To everything there is a season and time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3).
The Moon pulls the trigger on timing the events that define the experiences of our lives. It can only be observed through the reflection of the Sun and, since it is the nature of the Sun to shine with a fierce light, we can only too easily become blinded by it. Being too bright to comfortably observe, the best way to view cosmic light was from the reflection of the Moon. Although the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon, the Moon is 400 times closer to the Earth, which is a.ll the better for earthly observation on a clear night. Early peoples knew it was a powerful mirror of their earthly experience and behavior, and thus began to record the occurrences of the changes, or phases, which happened eight times during each cycle. Some of the most primitive etchings on rocks discovered on archaeological sites worldwide are the recordings of the Moon phases, and these rough etchings were humankind’s first calendars. As the phases repeated themselves without fail over time, the lunar calendar was formulated.
What better way to streamline your life than to plan your schedule according to Nature’s timekeeper? The Great White Circle and her measured movements determine the rhythm of the tides, shellfish activity and marine life, and the surface tension of all fluids on the planet; not to mention the moods of the public. “It has been shown that at the time of the Full Moon, and especially during a lunar eclipse, the surface tension of all fluids is increased (the molecular cohesive forces of the surface of any fluid). Because our bodies consist largely of water, this increase in molecular tension is bound to produce a biochemical effect upon our bodies. Furthermore, our bodies tend to take on and hold larger quantities of water during the Full Moon phase each month. The skull, being the only are of the body that cannot readily expand with increased fluid pressure, therefore exerts greater pressure upon the brain cells, which ultimately affect our behavior patterns. (Jansky, Carl, Interpreting the Eclipses). Is it any wonder that the root word for lunatic is luna, which is the Latin word for Moon?
Since the Moon rules the Mother Principle and Mother Nature in general, let’s take a look how She intended the population to perform in their daily lives. It’s Her prerogative to change Her mind, only She calls it a phase. She always comes through on schedule, and would like you to follow her example. Your Mother should know.
The first phase is the New Moon, or the Dark Night of the Moon, when darkness reigns. No lunar reflection is visible; living organisms are left to their own devices with no magnetic field to guide them. All life forms stem from chaos and void. The New Moon symbolizes life at its most basic form, the seed. In order for a seed to sprout, survival tactics are front and center. It is a pure masculine energy, the primitive warrior who lives on impulse and thrives on spontaneous action, requiring no direction whatsoever. Instinct is the only guide. Mental awareness is acute, yet full consciousness is not present. During this wholly subjective time it is best to plant seeds in all forms, whether you plant a garden, devise a new method of strategy or undertake a new project, the New Moon is the starting point. Not every seed is expected to sprout, as any gardener will tell you. Nor will every project reach the finish line, yet this is the time for laying the foundation for your desired goal. One never knows where their beginnings will lead them. You’re at the starting line and the shot is being fired. Go for it! Great oaks from little acorns grow.
The next phase is the Crescent Moon, the time of manifestation, when the seeds sprout. The wise gardener now examines his bed of seeds and thins out those that have never sprouted; they are cast aside for the scavenging birds. The promises, vows and plans that were established during the New Moon are now revised as new developments have come into play. Some prospects, like the discarded seeds, have also been completely forgotten. Those visible green shoots, however, represent the first stage of development of your new desire. They struggled through the metamorphosis from tiny speck to organic growth and, needless to say, not everybody else made it through. Your projected thoughts have taken form, and it is in this Crescent phase that we are most vulnerable. There is much unconscious resistance in public attitude during this period and the phrase “yea, but…” is the order of the day. Like toddlers in the playground, we’re up and running, but our definitive outcomes remain to be seen. Just as all promises are not delivered, not all sprouts take root. Those that do move on to the next development: seedlings.
The first quarter Moon, also known as the Half Moon, is the phase of the seedling. Our goals have not take root in our consciousness and sprouted leaves; further growth is assured as there is not turning back. We’re now bound and determined to deliver the promises we made at he New Moon, revised or otherwise. Literally or figuratively, we roll up our sleeves and seize an opportunity to do something – anything- to see our projects through. We become walking combustible missiles in action; we’ll find a crisis or make one happen, but we just can’t keep still. The outer world steps in with its own agenda and requires us to conform to some degree. Whether this agenda rewards out efforts or throws a monkey wrench at us, we’re ready for it. We’re in the emotional state of the teenager and we need action, whether it’s a challenge to our abilities or a rebellion to launch. If we’re confused and don’t know which way to turn, this is the time to seek guidance and/or direction.
While undergoing baptism by fire, we are faced with the fact that moving forward with a burning tenacity can lead to problems. Flies in the ointment become inevitable, but they are met with anger and frustration. We’re now in the phase of the Gibbous Moon, where we find ourselves up against a rock and a hard place. After such a good start with the greatest enthusiasm, why do we meet up with obstacles at this point? This phase can bring disillusionment in its wake because we’re up so close, yet so far. The plant is now ready to bloom, but it can’t bloom fast enough. Something has to give. It’s time to rehash, rewrite, and clarify. It’s the time to weigh pros and cons and put yourself in survivor mode. Pull out all the stops on patience and let go and let God.
The Moon is now at the end of her waxing phase. It will no longer increase in light as it’s reached its highest point of illumination. The Full Moon is the Moon in full bloom. It’s all it up doing it’s balancing act with the Earth, as it’s exactly opposite the Earth during this phase. The mood of the population is now blazing at a high pitch and it is open season on human behavior. The Full Moon uses her magnetic field to influence the water levels in our bodies to harness all our capabilities and bring our actions to fruition. The results of this polarity send a push-me, pull you message to earth dwellers to stand in the spotlight of your particular achievement, because it’s ready to harvest. You’re reached your goal; you can’t shine any brighter than you do right now and if you’re not feeling particularly fulfilled during this time, discontent may take root and flourish and you may shine in a dark light. All that increased illumination an heightened magnetic energy field has to get channeled somewhere, and if you haven’t planned your schedule according to the Moon’s phases, Mother Nature’s orchestrations become distorted. Agitation becomes blown out of proportion and thus we encounter Full Moon madness; the negative manifestations of which are legendary. Bask in the light of achievement or howl uncontrollably, the choice is yours. We also become obsessed with relationships during this time, as the Moon is exactly opposite the Earth. It’s as if the two Lights are pitted against each other in a cosmic game of ping pong and heightened sensations are the ball. The Full Moon marks the end of the waxing phase; she has increased her light to her full capacity and now begins her journey home.
After the emotional feeding frenzy of the Full Moon comes the Disseminating Moon, or what this writer refers to as the “Morning After Moon.” The party’s over, all that high anxiety has passed. Depending on how we reacted during the heightened awareness of the Full Moon, we either cry in our coffee or delight in our results. As the Full Moon represented the plant in full bloom, the Disseminating Moon represents the fruit on the vine. This is the time when we renew where we’ve been, where we are now, and decide our next move. If this process requires deep introspection and painful realization, so be it. Now is the time to hone our skills and demonstrate and distribute. The profit-minded gardener or farmer now harvests his or her crop and heads for the marketplace. The fruit must be picked, or else it will die on the vine. The rest of the population wisely holds it current projects up to the light and troubleshoots for any flaws. This is the sum total of our work and, whether we’re satisfied or not, we must put our name on it and accept it in its final form. Our growing season has ended and we must reap what we have sown. This also the time to reach out and lend a hand to your neighbor who is having trouble harvesting their crop, or bringing projects into their final phase. By doing this, you just may get first pick before it all goes to market. To disseminate means to scatter or disperse widely and, in biblical terms, we must now cast our bread upon the waters and it will return to us a hundredfold.
The Last Quarter Moon represents pay day in terms of consciousness. Our tally sheets are on the cosmic payroll desk and this phase of the Moon will determine our commission and ultimate income. If we completed our tasks and followed through on schedule, we can honestly and humbly expect our just desserts. Are we pleased with our harvest or final result? If so, we can pass “Go,” collect $200. and remain a player. If not, gnawing feelings of inadequacy rise to the surface and we must come to terms with the reality that, in order to remedy our output, then we have to change on the inside in order to improve o the outside. This can result in private disappointment coupled with internal crisis as slowly we turn and head back to the drawing board. Just as the plant that grew from the seed at the New Moon has withered and now died a natural death, so our inner structure may wither to make room for the new season of growth. The lunar cycle is winding down and coming in for the home stretch.
Draw the veil. The Dark Night of the Moon is upon us. This last and final phase is known as the Balsamic, and old English noun with several definitions. One of which is an “aromatic ointment for ceremonial or medicinal use,” another is “any agency that heals, soothes and restores.” (Websters’ unabridged). This is the perfect description of this Dark Night, as this is the time to to retreat, restore, and rejuvenate. It’s the time to let go of the Moon’s magnetic tie on us and be cast adrift in the void so that the soothing energy can filter through and the healing can take place. The field must be weeded and the desk cleared. It’s the time to withdraw and meditate. Psychic energy is at its peak as we let our intuition guide us through the shoals in darkness, by tuning in, inner navigation is successful. By shutting out, we may encounter fog and chaos. Here in the Dark Night we contemplate our higher purpose and clear the path for Destiny to take over. In this midnight of the psyche, Mother Nature tucks us in for a good night’s sleep. She’s come full circle back to the beginning, and she wants us to be well rested for the forthcoming New Moon. We’ll need all our energy for the growing season. Mom always did know best.
Any astrologer worth his or her salt has done the synastry and composite charts for Bill and Monica and interpreted ad infinitum, but here’s yet another look at this nation’s most infamous couple at the end of the current millennium.
The pre-natal eclipse can serve as an indicator of the collective unconscious that your soul chose to incarnate through, with your mother as the vehicle through which you pass through the veil between the worlds. The moment of your birth, otherwise known as your Ascendant, is your own personal window on the world; the Ascendant is you, the pre-natal eclipse is the group collective or, to put it in a more catchy phrase, “the horse you rode in on.” The sign of your prenatal solar eclipse describes the more positive qualities you have to give to others. The sign of your lunar eclipse tells what qualities you didn’t get or use the last time around, so you must find a way for your soul to learn its lesson this time. If either eclipse is in conjunction or other hard aspect to a planet or angle, then the planet or angle can serve as a signpost to working out our K word, better known as our karma.
For example, if your pre-natal solar eclipse is in Taurus, your soul came down this time with an eye for quality, a love of creature comforts and strong instincts in business. You could have the Midas touch in financial acquisitions without being greedy, ensuring that others gain from your ventures. If your pre-natal lunar eclipse is in Gemini, you never developed your communication skills, never traveled far from your local environment and may have had a penchant for gossip and slander. You may have also been a frequent visitor to the seamy side of life, hobnobbing with pickpockets, con artists and forgers.
The houses these eclipses fall in your chart show where these energies will be played out. Someone born with a pre-natal lunar eclipse in Leo in the second house came here this time flaunting their gaudy jewelry in everyone’s face and must spend a fortune on themselves in order to feel worthwhile. A pre-natal solar eclipse in Cancer in the sixth house means you can cook like a chef, or even be one. Or a first-rate pediatrician. You get the idea.
And now to our dynamic duo. Bill Clinton’s data is August 19, 1946, 8:51 AM CST. Hope, AK. 33N40, 93W35. (Source: birth certificate. Reference: Lois Rodden). His pre-natal solar eclipse is 6 degrees of Cancer, exactly conjunct his Midheaven. Thus he was born to be the boss and share his nurturing qualities with the world at large. The Cancer/Capricorn axis rules government and, as goes the family, so goes the nation. His pre-natal lunar eclipse is 23 Sagittarius in his third house. Bill touched down this time with ambiguous religious convictions and he might have had the inclination to preach right and wrong to his neighbors. Sagittarius rules ethics, and the third house rules rumors and lies. I’ll say no more on this particular interpretation. I don’t need to. Pick up the newspaper or turn on your radio or television and observe what everyone else is saying about it.
Monica Lewinsky was born on July 23, 1973, 12:21 PM PDT in San Francisco, CA. 37N46 122W25. (Source: birth certificate. Reference: Lois Rodden). Her pre-natal solar eclipse is is 8 degrees of Cancer conjunct her South Node in her 9th house of lawsuits, ethics and the media. Monica came here to wrap up unfinished business (South Node) by telling the truth concerning government (Cancer/Capricorn axis) in a court of law and have the whole world know about it. Take note that this conjunction matches Clinton’s pre-natal solar eclipse within two degrees, and is thus conjunct his Midheaven!!!! Is this past life pay back or what?????? If this conjunction between charts is not enough to convince you that a divine plan is at work between these two, let’s put the icing on the cake with Monica’s pre-natal lunar eclipse. That’s right, you guessed it! Monica’s pre-natal lunar eclipse is 24 degrees Sagittarius, conjunct Clinton’s pre-natal lunar eclipse!!! Matching pre-natal eclipses between two star-crossed wooers, two peas in a pod. It’s also in her third house of communication and we’re back in the land of rumors again. Wasn’t it a taped conversation that got the word out? Perhaps Monica functioned as a Town Crier the last time around and lacked discretion in divulging delicate points of information to certain individuals. Karma rides again.
The ramifications of the “relationship” between these center stage characters remains to be seen. It’s just mind-boggling to observe how it all falls together in the jigsaw puzzle between Bill and Monica, just another microscopic view of how the heavens work on earth.
Copyright 1998 by Jackie Slevin, M.A., C.A. NCGR All Rights Reserved.
Hurricane Katrina made landfall at Buras, Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane at 6:15 AM, CDT on August 29, 2005. As the storm traveled north the city of New Orleans, cradled between Lake Ponchartrain and the Mississippi River, prepared for the emergency, but what they ended up facing surpassed their deepest fear. Despite typical wind damage of fallen trees and power lines, the city’s horror manifested when the obsolete levees were unable to sustain the 28-foot surges and tragically broke, perilously flooding a city that, in many places, is already below sea level. The catastrophic deluge demolished the Big Easy, marking Hurricane Katrina not only as the most destructive storm, but also the most extensive and expensive natural disaster in American history.
On The Banks of the Mississippi
“The city of New Orleans must be forever associated with the Mississippi River, for the city was built to guard the mouth of this great stream and owes its existence to its geographical location.” (Lyle Saxon, Fabulous New Orleans, Robert L. Crager and Co., New Orleans, 1954, p.73.) Indeed this is true. Location is everything, as any realtor will tell you. And so will any astrologer, providing he or she has done their homework to determine the very planetary locations that aligned the Crescent City with the ferocious winds of Hurricane Katrina.
The City of New Orleans was incorporated on February 17, 1805 at noon (Carolyn Dodson, Horoscopes of the United States and Cities, AFA, 1975, p.66.). Its pre-natal solar eclipse, an indicator of the city’s collective consciousness, occurred almost three weeks prior to the city’s incorporation on January 30, 1805 at 10 Aquarius 32. The position of the progressed Moon on the incorporation chart to August 29, 2005, the date the hurricane struck, was none other than 10 Aquarius 55, exactly conjunct the pre-natal eclipse. This obscure, yet exact conjunction emphasizes the progressed Moon serving as the second hand on the horoscopic clock of destiny. The New Moon on August 5, 2005 at 12 Leo 48 opposes this degree, and the Full Moon on August 19, 2005 at 26 Aquarius 50 conjuncts the Midheaven and the Sun on the chart of incorporation. The triggering of pre-natal eclipses, along with previous lunations in hard aspect to the incorporation chart, are classic techniques of mundane astrology. Their tight orbs in this example clearly illustrate their impact. Angles are the most personal points in a chart, and any planetary contact to them points to increased, if not frenetic levels of activity in mundane interpretation.
In the progressed chart of incorporation, progressed Pluto is exactly conjunct the IC, indicating domestic crisis, destruction of housing, evacuation, criminal activity, and death. Progressed Jupiter is conjunct the progressed Ascendant within one degree, with Neptune right behind it, signaling an overabundance, the dissolving of boundaries (levees), and the inclination toward flooding. Moreover, solar arced Neptune to the date of the storm is exactly conjunct the Ascendant of incorporation, serving as yet another powerful indicator of the deluge. One can also characterize this conjunction to the Ascendant in a mundane chart with hysteria, lawlessness and looting, all of which manifested in the storm’s aftermath.
If the above indications with eclipses, progressions, solar arcs were not enough to foretell disaster, the transits tell their own sad story. Transiting Uranus is conjunct Pluto of the incorporation chart to the minute. The transiting South Node is conjunct Saturn, transiting Saturn opposes Venus, Jupiter is conjunct Uranus, and Chiron is conjunct the North Node. Transiting Saturn just passed a conjunction of Mars and an opposition of Mercury and Venus. These respective transits point to collective trauma, social and political unrest, restrictive delays and the need for medical and educational reform. The lunar eclipse at 4 Scorpio 05 on April 24, 2005 is exactly conjunct the sixth house Placidean cusp of the incorporation chart, showing the depletion of basic food and medical supplies. The servants of the city, namely the police, firefighters and other civil workers, will be tested to their limits, much like the levees. So will social services and civic aid in general. This eclipse degree also squares Mercury in the incorporation chart, emphasizing communication and transportation breakdowns, and Venus, ruler of pleasure. In the city whose motto is “Laissez bon temps rollez” (Let the good times roll), all one has to do is read a headline or watch their television screen to see that the good times are no longer rolling in The Big Easy.
Despite widespread catastrophe, the “city that care forgot” will definitely rebuild. Astro-relief is on the way. In October of 2005, transiting Jupiter will trine the MC and Sun of the incorporation chart, Pluto will sextile the MC, Saturn will sextile the Ascendant and Neptune will station at 14 Aquarius, trining the natal Saturn. This station of Neptune may well mark successful reconstruction of the levees, so vital to the safety of this water-surrounded city. Overall conditions will clearly improve. The eclipse at 10 Libra 19 on October 3, 2005 has too wide an orb to affect Saturn in the incorporation chart, and the eclipse at 24 Aries 13 on October 17th bypasses this chart altogether, eliminating crisis from the immediate future.
Based upon the coming transits, the city of New Orleans can look forward to clear sailing in the months ahead for its reconstruction. Despite a disaster of biblical proportion, citizens and services will regroup, rebuild, and regain their distinctive joie de vive. The Mardi Gras will again reign as America’s premier street party, tap dancers will entertain, and jazz will fill the air in the city of its birth. The good times will roll again, and when they do, the citizens of America’s most distinctive city will rise from its ashes, grab a go-cup, and sashay down Bourbon Street.
I can smell the gumbo from here.
Copyright 2005 by Jackie Slevin. All rights reserved.
Long before the Baby Boomers rocked society to its foundations with its pagan worship of raucous musicians, an underweight matinee idol from the Garden State of New Jersey wreaked similar havoc with his singular possession of The Voice. This Voice sent female teenagers shrieking in an unprecedented manner that often bordered on hysteria, it sold out theaters from Boston to Los Angeles and was the star of the Hit Parade. This twentieth century Orpheus with his gifted vocal chords left a hypnotic sound in his wake that left an indelible impression on all who heard it. It invited anyone who would lend an ear to “Come Fly With Me” and, after hearing The Voice, they began to sprout wings. It gave hope to a generation returning from war, a hope that is still heard when you listen to the kitchen radio of anyone over the age of 65. It was a mysterious, sometimes dangerous power that could take root in your soul and envelope your whole being. It held an entire generation in the palm of its hand, and even those iconoclastic Baby Boomers were forced to turn their heads on occasion. How could they not, when they turned on their parent’s television set The Voice was often seen with his magic wand/microphone in his hand or starring in a movie. The Voice was heard and seen everywhere. It gave popular music a first and last name and those names were none other than Frank Sinatra, Chairman of the Board.
Biographies of Sinatra abound, and almost everyone can tell a story or two on his shenanigans from their travels through life. But we as astrologers know where the stories really begin, and that’s why we’re going to take a in-depth look at his chart.
Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 at 3:00 AM in Hoboken New Jersey. (Reference: Lois Rodden. Source: Father’s memory).
The Sun in Sagittarius in the second house gives an ability to make money and spread it around. Frank enjoyed millionaire status in his early thirties and spent, gambled and invested is way through life in the style of the show business potentate that he was. Moon in Pisces on the cusp of the fifth gives a strong artistic sense and a need for privacy. It can also give a need to entertain (5th house) through impression (Pisces). Sinatra’s ability in this department was no less than legendary. The sign your Moon is in is how you feel emotionally secure. The house the Moon is in is where you feel emotionally secure. Thus Frank was in his element on a stage, on the set or in the recording studio. He simply took command and held it as his birthright. A Sagittarius Sun with Moon in Pisces gave Frank a double dose of Jupiter as Jupiter co-rules Pisces. Since Jupiter is also in Pisces, this gives Jupiter a triple whammy in Sinatra’s chart. Jupiter rules freedom of thought, expansion, the Truth delivered by slings and arrows and foreign travel, to name just a few. In short, Jupiter has no concept of staying within boundaries, and neither did Sinatra. Keep in mind that Jupiter was the Roman counterpart of the Greek Zeus, the supreme ruler of Olympus, whose power was greater than all other divinities put together. The Chairman of the Board of gods, if you will. Zeus fell in love with goddesses and mortals alike, disguising himself as swans, stars and showers of gold. He was forever sneaking around and would go to no end to hide his infidelities from his jealous wife, Hera. See the pattern? Fits like a glove, doesn’t it? Throw in Mercury in Sagittarius and those verbal slings and arrows hit the bull’s-eye every time.
Mars, co-ruler of the second house of personal income, is conjunct the royal fixed star Regulus in the tenth house. A royal star as the ruler of your talents and personal resources would definitely ensure a bank account with never-ending zeros.
Libra rising gives Venus as Sinatra’s ruling planet. Venus is in Capricorn in the third house of siblings, communication, and your local neighborhood. Try as he might, Sinatra could never shake his Italian, blue-collar roots in Hoboken. The third house is also co-ruled by Saturn and here Venus and Saturn are in opposition. Wherever the planet Saturn is placed in the chart, or the house that Capricorn rules, is where you’ll have your most trials and tribulations followed by reward and achievement, but only if you work on these issues. Frank was denied brothers and sisters in his youth; his mother’s experience with his birth left her unable to have more children. He was also a poor student, (third house), never getting past his freshman year in high school. His father (Saturn), a immigrant from Sicily, was completely illiterate, and education was not a priority in the Sinatra household. Sinatra made up for his lack of education later on in life (Saturn again), by becoming an avid reader. On a lighter note, Venus in the third gave Sinatra the ability of phrasing of his singing in a style that was all his own, often copied but never duplicated. Lest we forget, the third house also rules the press, Sinatra’s all-time nemesis. Venus also rules the twelfth house and suffice it to say that, with Venus opposing Saturn, Sinatra had issues with privacy. He was not above decking reporters and paparazzi in his salad days and as he grew older, he kept an entourage of bodyguards specifically for that purpose when the press got too close for comfort. Yet even the Chairman of the Board himself could not stop author Kitty Kelly from publishing her gossip-ridden unauthorized biography, His Way, the number one bestseller.
Aquarius, co-ruled by Uranus and Saturn, rules Sinatra’s fourth house of family roots, domesticity and conditions in one’s later years. Uranus is in dignity in the fourth conjunct the North Node of destiny. Such a well placed planet describes excellent conditions in fourth house matters, and this case is no exception. Sinatra’a father was an amateur boxer and passed down the love of this sport to his son. Sinatra always held his father in the highest regard and he lived out his later years in the grand style. He helped those in need in the most Aquarian style, donating millions of dollars to needy charities every year, often anonymously.
Probably the most significant astrological factor that contributed to his natural ability to entertain was Jupiter, co-ruler of his fifth house, in dignity in the fifth house. The planet, sign and house are highlighted by this placement in dignity and it was hard to argue that Sinatra was truly gifted. Such a placement gives a profound artistic sense bordering on creative genius. With the aforementioned Moon being conjunct the cusp of the fifth, the Moon could also be a co-ruler of the fifth house. What better placement of the Moon than in Pisces to create moods for creative expression? The Voice was a portal to another world, where the Summer Wind really was blowing. His trademark posture of slouched hat and coat slung over his shoulder beckoned his audience to emulate his insouciance, and emulate they did. After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery. Having conquered music and acting, Sinatra explored painting in his later years.
The fifth house also rules speculation and gambling and, after appearing at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, (a hotel he helped finance), Sinatra’s usual routine was to head straight to the casino, parting the Red Sea as he went. The sound of the spinning roulette wheel and the calculating call of the croupiers beckoned Old Blue Eyes like a moth to flame. If the ruler of the fifth house in dignity in the fifth house produces a dyed-in-the-wool artist, it likewise produces a die-hard gambler. Notice that the Sun in the second squares Jupiter in the fifth, an aspect that only exaggerated Sinatra’s lifelong habit of throwing money around, as well as pulling it in.
The sixth house rules one’s work ethic, daily routine, habits and attitudes towards hygiene and diet. Mars rules Sinatra’s sixth and, with Mars so prominently placed in the Midheaven and conjunct THE royal star, Regulus, Sinatra commanded the treatment of a dignitary. Above all, the sixth house rules service and, even though he had his own definition of giving it, Sinatra demanded it everywhere he went. Room Service was his watchword and any hotel in which he stayed had to cater to his every whim and the whims of all of his guests. He once ordered over one hundred martinis to be sent up to his room and, after they arrived on carts, promptly left them all in a corner of the hallway, as the guests of his party had all changed their minds. Woe betide the hotel employee who informed Zeus that his request could not be granted. Out came the thunderbolts and, occasionally, the employee was fired at Sinatra’s insistence. In-between wives he employed a personal valet to attend to his wardrobe, greet guests, prepare his food and, in general, be his personal servant. In the studio, on the stage or on the set, the cameras rolled and the work began when HE SAID it would begin. Once after The Voice spoke, his demanding work ethic was demonstrated in no uncertain terms, and he demanded perfection in every area of his work. He was a gifted artist and he knew it. He then made sure everyone else knew it, too. One does not question or argue with royalty. Needless to say, this imperialistic attitude towards “work” did not win him any popularity contests, and not all who confronted him backed down after the thunderbolts landed. Fist fights often ensued, usually followed by lawsuits. For all his celebrity status, Sinatra was not a king, and these are not medieval times. Yet his primary tool for work, The Voice, truly did rule a kingdom, it commanded more sincere homage from more people than any royal decree ever did.
The effects of Mars and Regulus spilled over into his relationships. Mars also rules the seventh house of relationships so it was only right and fitting that Sinatra court queens, which he invariably did. Notice that the only Ptolemaic aspect that Mars makes is a sextile to the Ascendant, ruler of your beginnings in the world and your overall perceptions. If your beginnings and perceptions are granted an opportunity (sextile) for royal treatment, you would most likely receive said treatment at an early age. As previously mentioned, Sinatra was an only child and thus was the focal point of his parents’ attention. His mother (Mars in the tenth house) particularly doted on her only son by catering to his every whim. His wish was her command. Sinatra unconsciously assumed this style of man-worship onto the women he loved and here was Zeus in all his glory. They were expected to play the role of lovers on hold while he cavorted among the casinos and his colleagues to his heart’s content. His first wife, Nancy, the mother of his three children, played this role quite willingly….for a while. His flagrant philandering became to much to bear, so she granted him a divorce to set him free to marry the love of his life, Ava Gardner. True to form, Ava was a queen of the silver screen and, at the time of their marriage, commanded almost as much adulation as Sinatra. Without consciously knowing it, Ava was a feminist who was way ahead of her time. She had no intention of playing second fiddle to anybody, least of all her husband. Sinatra met his match in Ava. She was phenomenally successful in her own right and maintained her own celebrity status. When her temper flared, she was Chairwoman of the Board in The Department of Verbal Abuse. Sinatra was awed by her, but he could not cope with the fact that he could not control her. He was completely unaccustomed to females not serving his every need. Lack of subservience, however, was nothing compared to the freedom-loving, wisecracking, argumentative condescending treatment he received from her. The tantrums escalated and one night she dramatically marched out of a restaurant never to return, leaving Sinatra broken and humiliated. They loved and fought their way across two continents in a marriage that lasted a grand total of two years. Some say he never got over her. Mars, ruling the seventh house, is conjunct Regulus, the fixed star that does everything in a BIG way, the biggest way possible and, with Mars posited in the tenth house of high visibility, the whole world knew about the break-up. Ava would not play the role of queen on hold. His other two wives, Mia Farrow and Barbara Marx, most certainly did.
Venus rules Sinatra’s eighth house of joint finances, research, psychiatry, death, taxes, secrets and tycoonery. As previously mentioned, Venus is posited in Capricorn (longevity) and opposing Saturn (more longevity). This opposition to Saturn made Sinatra take eighth house matters seriously, which he did. His tycoonery was a very serious business. It required a staff of professionals to allocate donations of minimum one million dollars each to various charities every year, all for tax purposes. Dubious friendships in organized crime and politics enabled him to have knowledge of many secrets. His visits to psychiatrists assured him he was, as he so aptly phrased it, (ruler of the eighth in the third house) “a fourteen karat manic depressive.” No one who knew him well disputed that fact as society sharpened its definition of “difficult people of artistic temperament.” The eighth house ruler signifies how we die. The hard aspect of Venus opposite Saturn (longevity again) aided and abetted Sinatra to live to the ripe old age of eighty-three and pass on in a relatively painless manner.
The ninth house of long-distance travel, higher education, public relations, religion and ethics is ruled by Mercury and the Moon. Both ninth house rulers are in mutable signs ensuring Sinatra would open up his mind to new horizons. Pluto in the ninth signifies how Sinatra transformed himself and others with race relations. Growing up in the Italian section of Hoboken, his neighborhood (third house) gave him a very narrow (Saturn) window on the world. Once he grew into adulthood, he was shocked to see prejudice rear its ugly head. Show business in the 1940’s was segregated; black entertainers traveled in a different bus, ate in separate dining rooms and slept in different hotels. Sinatra would have none of this. He personally saw to it that those rules were broken wherever he sang. If they were broken without fanfare, fine. If hotel management confronted him on this issue, they soon realized their mistake. Down came the thunderbolts again resulting in desk clerks flying and foyers in shambles. Lawsuit? No problem. The ninth house also rules law and Pluto gave Sinatra nuclear power with lawyers because he had The Truth. He made a short film about prejudice in the forties called “The House I Live In” which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Saturn in the ninth often denies higher education; the book from which the script was written for “The House I Live In” was the first book he had ever read from cover to cover. Religion took a back seat in Sinatra’s life; he flew in the face of Catholicism in the early 1950’s when he divorced Nancy and married Ava, a divorced woman. Thus he was a renegade Catholic-until his mother died in a plane crash, his private plane, no less. He then went full circle back to his Catholic roots, befriending Bishops and donating millions to Catholic charities. Glamorous, other- worldly Neptune is also in the ninth house conjunct the Midheaven. This ninth house placement of Neptune increases tolerance, and Sinatra certainly had his own definition of ethics; he showed the world in his own way that the best is in the worst and the worst is in the best. Neptune on the Midheaven gave Sinatra the abililty to blend with Everyman and Everywoman in his singing, reaching the highs and lows of the human condition and expressing the melting pot of everyday life in a popular song. Rushing over the public like the waves of Neptune’s ocean, his career embraced humanity.
The Sun rules his tenth house of career and public image and the house that Leo rules is the house in which you shine. After all, that’s what the Sun does best. To say that Sinatra enjoyed being in the spotlight is like saying Godzilla was a lizard that was above average size. The Midheaven also shows how you relate to authority and what you’re striving to emulate. Since the Sun is the center of the universe and life on earth could not exist without its rays, it was only right and natural that Sinatra would strive to be center of attention, The Chairman of the Board. Neptune casts an aura of mystery and glamour over his singular career and, with Neptune ruling his fifth house of showmanship conjoining the Midheaven within one degree, we’re looking at artistic expression of the highest order projected into the public eye.
Sinatra’s Part of Fortune is also in his tenth house, conjunct his South Node (what you came with) and also conjunct his prenatal solar eclipse at 17 degrees Leo. Combine that with Mars conjunct Regulus in the tenth and we may well be looking at Zeus himself.
Mercury rules the eleventh house of his friends, social circles, and his hopes and wishes. Sinatra’s camaraderie with the Rat Pack is legendary, as he lit up the stage with Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Joey Bishop with discriminating wit. The house that Virgo rules shows where one will be highly selective, critical and willing to serve. With Sinatra’s eleventh house ruler, Mercury in detriment in Sagittarius, squaring Jupiter in Pisces, his friends were loud and boisterous with a tendency to overindulge. Yet, there was nothing Sinatra wouldn’t do for his friends; paying their hospital bills, cooking for them, or procuring them medical treatment.
The last stop before we come full circle, the twelfth house, is ruled by Venus. This house shows how you unwind and spend “down time.” With the ruler of the twelfth in the third Sinatra spent such time in his later years reading, making up for lost time in his youth. Venus’ opposition to Saturn lends not a little profundity to the dynamics of this house. The twelfth house also how one can do themselves in and, ironically enough, many of Sinatra’s most famous hit songs were about self-undoing situations; broken hearts, shattered dreams and soul-wrenching disillusionment. It was almost as though pouring his heart out to a microphone was a psychic healing process for him, and The Voice could reach into our soul memories and make us empathize with him. Sinatra could take his public with him anywhere he wanted with The Voice. We in turn took him into our hearts and our collective unconscious where he left such an indelible impression. We can take comfort in the fact that, although he left this life on May 14, 1998, he’ll always be with us; all we have to do is turn on the radio.
May The Voice be with you.
Copyright 1998 by Jackie Slevin, M.A.
One of the leading ladies of blockbuster hit “Charlie’s Angels,” actress Drew Barrymore possess a wide streak of “star quality.” By the age of ten she had appeared in “E.T.”, “Irreconcilable Differences” and Stephen King’s “Firestarter.” Hosting “Saturday Night Live” at age seven, this modern day Shirley Temple awed directors and movie-goers alike with her effortless ability in front of a camera. Being well connected in Hollywood is a plus for anyone in show business, but Barrymore’s connections are one of a kind, extending back to the nineteenth century. In short, she was born to the breed.
Moon conjunct Saturn: The Ties That Bind
A conjunction is an aspect that occurs when two planets are within a few degrees of each other in the same sign, combining their energies for better or worse. The blend of Moon and Saturn indicates a strong family pattern that is indelibly imprinted on anyone born with it. Drew Barrymore is a fourth generation actor. Descended from a nineteenth century London stage actor Maurice Barrymore, her grandfather was the legendary John Barrymore, accounted as one of the finest English-speaking actors in addition to being a Hollywood matinee idol. Great Aunt Ethel was a leading actress of the American stage along with Great Uncle Lionel, accredited as one of the finest actors on Broadway, who left his profession to study art in Paris only to return to the US and resume acting on the silver screen. Thus Barrymore’s gene pool was an ocean of talent, and she plied its waves with the skill of a mermaid.
Sun in Pisces: Dream Maker and Heart Breaker
Many Thespians are born under this sign. Acting is to make pretend; drama involves the willing suspension of disbelief. Whether an actor lives a life of masquerade or assumes a role with uncanny precision, they stretch their empathy to project a particular image upon the public at large. Pisces is the Fish that swims submerged in an underwater world of incandescent lights, ethereal sounds and strong currents. When trouble lurks, as it often does in the perilous deep, fish either escape to safety or become caught in the nets and hooks of their predators. The same can be said of Pisces people, who must choose their own personal escape route when the going gets too tough. Fish who catch the upstream current escape through the arts, literature and the helping professions. Downstream swimmers escape through drugs, alcohol and delusion. Some Pisceans use both exits simultaneously, and Barrymore was no exception.
Venus conjunct Jupiter: Too Much of a Good Thing
When the Goddess of Beauty and the God of Good Fortune join hands, a party results on a grand scale. This gala event can bring a celebration of good cheer or a debacle of debauchery. Strongly placed in Barrymore’s horoscope, this aspect of abundance is a two edged sword that cuts both ways. The ocean of artistic talent that runs deep in her ancestry holds very murky depths. Grandfather John died a penniless alcoholic. His son, Drew’s father John Drew Barrymore, while not an actor of great renown, also drank to excess. Young Drew’s mother, Ildiko Jaid, and father separated before birth. Fame in Drew’s early childhood and its resultant celebrity status catapulted mother and daughter into life in the fast lane, and it was a lifestyle that was eagerly embraced by both. Drew’s world changed at age nine when she had her first taste of alcohol at actor Rob Lowe’s birthday party and it marked the beginning of her downward spiral. After a suicide attempt at age ten, isolation became her constant companion. By age thirteen she was in rehab for alcohol and cocaine abuse. The following year her autobiography “Little Girl Lost” was a tell-all litany of a childhood characterized by overwhelming bouts of loneliness, depression and delusion. Clean and sober at sixteen but no longer able to play childhood roles, directors wouldn’t take Barrymore seriously until her blossoming sexuality came into view along with her notable streak of independence.
Sun trine Uranus – The Free Spirit
The trine aspect of 120 degrees between two planets imparts a beneficial blend of their energies. With the Sun representing one’s identity and Uranus their originality, this aspect is one that enables someone to hear a different drummer while blazing their own trail. Legally emancipated at age fifteen from her antagonistic manager/mother who had manipulated her career since her breakthrough in E.T., Barrymore’s new found freedom emerged in full bloom. Casting her inhibitions to the wind, she appeared nude on the cover of “Interview” magazine and flashed her breasts in clubs and on “Late Night Letterman.” After establishing her own company “Flower Films” in 1994, her appearance in the 1996 film “Scream” confirmed her career rebirth. Following critically acclaimed performances in “Everybody Says I Love You” and “The Wedding Singer,” she served as Executive Producer in the film “Never Been Kissed.”
Thus the child star that became a little girl lost was ultimately found and rose to be an Angel. To whom much is given, much is expected.
Since prehistoric times, humankind has attempted to fathom its earthly experience. Their first gesture toward this understanding may well have been a cave dweller lifting his or her eyes toward the heavens in wonder and speculation of forthcoming events. The sky could tell stories, it held omens. It foretold weather conditions which affected travel, hunting and agriculture. Daylight and darkness were measured by the rise and fall of those two majestic objects, the Sun and the Moon. The ancients used the sky as their blueprint for action. The so-called “Wise People” were those who made a thorough study of the patterns of planets and stars and observed how to use them as signposts. Observations were made regarding how Mother Nature mirrored events in the heavens. Shellfish activity and the rhythms of the tides coincided with phases of the Moon. Seafaring peoples, lacking compasses, used the North Star and other constellations for navigation. The Egyptians repeatedly observed that the Nile flooded every time the star Sirius rose with the Sun. The clockwork that the ancients observed in the sky shaped and defined their annual calendars. Moreover, this time-honored system of celestial phenomenon worked.
But how did it work? What was the direct correlation between earth and sky? If astronomy was the study of planets and stars, then astrology fell under the definition given to it by transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was, simply, “astronomy applied to the affairs of men.”
British astronomer Percy Seymour wrote a startling book entitled Astrology, the Evidence of Science, which states that certain predictions made from horoscopes can be explained logically and tested scientifically. He has wagered his professional standing by espousing such a theory and, as a result, endured much criticism. The science of astrology is no stranger to intolerant criticism and has been often considered a laughing matter. Rob Hand, astrologer, author and co-founder of Astrolabe, Inc. claims that “The way the media deal with astrology is to put on the laugh track.”1
Seymour has earned master’s and doctoral degrees in astrophysics and has served as senior lecturer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. He is currently principal lecturer in astronomy at the Plymouth Polytechnic Institute in southwest England and director of the planetarium there. “Of course I expected people to take objection to my theory,” Seymour concedes, “but I didn’t expect the reaction to be so vehement and irrational. Some of my colleagues here at the Polytechnic and at the Royal Astronomical Society simply dismiss the idea without reading the book or even looking at the evidence. Meanwhile, many other scientists, even respected scientists, have evoked the cosmos-the theories that are a little short of bizarre-to explain the extinction of the dinosaurs, or what have you. That’s all right. But propose a theory about astrology and people assume you’re mad.”2
Seymour himself looked askance at astrology until 1984 when a BBC crew interviewed him briefly on his opinion of astrology. His reply, which was standard on the question, was that he “knew of evidence to support certain aspects of it, but that I personally could not think of any mechanism to explain how the planets, the sun, and the moon might affect human life.”3 He then began to seriously rethink his pat answer to this perpetual question and discovered the mechanism that could serve as the missing link between the cosmos and humans. His theory of astrology now is plain and simple: “…astrology is not mystical or magical but magnetic. It can be explained by the tumultuous activity of the sun, churned to a lather by the motions of the planets, borne earthward on the solar wind, and perceived by us via the earth’s magnetic field while we grow inside our mother’s wombs.”4
The initial evidence of validity of astrology that Seymour embraced was the work of Michel Gauquelin, a French psychologist/statistician, whose rigorous method of testing astrology was the show that the placement of the planets in the horoscope is more conclusive overall than the actual Sun sign. In other words, the components are more important than the sum of their parts. In 1951, armed with the birth data of 576 French doctors where selected to the Academie de Medecine, Gauquelin made significant progress in his research. “Having (painfully) worked out by hand the position of the planets at the hour of birth of each doctor, I made a statistical compilation of my findings. Suddenly, I was presented with an extraordinary fact. My doctors were not born under the same skies as the common run of humanity. They had chosen to come into the world much more often during roughly the two hours following the rise and culmination of two planets, Mars and Saturn. Moreover, they tended to ‘avoid’ being born following the rise and culmination fo the planet Jupiter. After such a long and fruitless search, here I was, confronted with not one but three astonishing results – all from observing the daily movement of the planets.”5
Gauquelin tested this new method further by subjecting to the same scrutiny the charts of 508 doctors who had not yet been elected to the Academie de Medecine. “I calculated the positions of Mars and Saturn. Once again, my doctors ‘chose’ the rise and culmination of these planets for coming into the world. Once again, they ‘avoided’ being born when Jupiter was moving through this sector of the sky.”6 The Gauquelin sector is specifically referring to is the quadrant of the horoscope which extends from the 10th house though the 12th.
Gauquelin’s discovery led to more research on yet another theory of “planetary heredity,” a point which bears resemblance to Seymour’s theory that astrology is “…perceived by us via the earth’s magnetic field while we grow inside our mother’s wombs.” Sixteen years and over 30,000 charts later, Gauquelin published his results in the book L’Heredite Planetaire: “Children have tendency to be born when a planet has just risen or culminated, if that same planet was in the same regions of the sky at the birth of their parents. Certainly, it is not a very pronounced tendency; yet bearing in mind the great number of births examined, the probability that chance should have produced so many planetary similarities from one generation to the next falls less than a million to one.”7
Thus, Gauquelin refuted Kepler who, in 1598, tried to convince others of his own theory of astral heredity: “Behold the kinships of births. You have a conjunction Sun-Mercury; so has your son; you both have Mercury behind the Sun. You have a trine from Saturn to the Moon, he has almost a Moon-Saturn sextile. Your Venus and his are in opposition…”8 Kepler could only put forth simplistic propositions because he lacked access to the thousands of birth times that Gauquelin was able to procure.
In discovering his mechanism to explain how the planets, the Sun, and the Moon might affect human life, Seymour claims that Gauquelin’s results on planetary heredity “are the most important of all of his findings, as far as my theory is concerned. This is because they are based on objectively measurable quantities, like planetary positions and birth times, as opposed to personality traits. They also indicate quite clearly that a physical agency is involved. . .I knew that Gauquelin found the effects he saw to be exaggerated on days with lots of magnetic disturbance, and that seemed very important to me, so I got cracking on it.”9
Magnetic disturbances are the key to providing the ancient axiom “as above, so below” for disturbance creates perceptible action that can be observed and analyzed. After all, Seymour’s theory of how astrology works is based on magnetism. The way a womb might perceive magnetic stimulus is through the nervous system. In the same way that a baby resembles his parents in terms of physical characteristics, so its magnetic antennae is similarly wired, and resonates to the mother and/or father’s same magnetic frequencies. Seymour reminds us that the very earth itself is a magnet, surrounded by a magnetic field that is 20 to 30 times larger than the actual planet. Therefore, magnetic attractions, or “disturbances,” are keenly absorbed. When a baby is ready to be born, it is a magnetic signal from a planet, received by the nervous antennae in the mother’s womb, that triggers the actual moment of birth. “Astrology. . .has put the cart before the horse by crediting the planets with the power to predict personality. For Seymour feels certain it is the genes that set the personality on course and the genes that determine which planetary signal will herald the individual’s birth. Astrology merely labels what nature has already ordained, but the effects that astrology describes are not trivial by any means, nor are they limited to the first moments of life.”10
What is curious about Seymour’s theory of magnetism is that, although he fully acknowledges sunspots, solar prominences, solar flares and solar winds, he never mentions the work of the patriarch of sunspot research, John H. Nelson. An amateur astronomer since boyhood and radio operator for RCA Communications, Nelson pioneered solar research and forecasting through over 25 years of rigorous experimentation. In 1946 he was given the title “Short- wave Radio Propagation Analyst,” and began a course of scientific observation, the results of which ended in unexpected controversy. “We have come to realize that the Sun is doing something to the planets, or the planets are doing something to the Sun that the presently recognized laws of science cannot explain. Though sunspots have never been completely understood, I found, through careful observation, that they are predictable. Why the predictions come true is not readily apparent. When future amateurs or scientists find a scientific explanation for what is taking place in the solar system, on the Sun and in the ionosphere of the Earth, we can take the subject out of the occult and assign it a scientific basis. I am confident this will be done someday.”11
The Chinese have been recording sunspots since ancient times, but it was the Renaissance scientist Galileo Galilei who, after viewing them with this homemade telescope, reported them to scholars in sixteenth century Italy. Scholars at this time were connected to the Catholic Church, whose strict dogmas did not allow for much free thinking. The Church doctrine on the Sun and planets was based on Aristotle, who stated that the Sun was perfect and free of any blemishes whatsoever. After repeatedly insisting that the Sun did show black spots on its surface periodically, Galileo incurred such fundamentalist wrath he was informed that, unless he rescinded his statement, he would be punished by torture. Following exasperation and anguish, Galileo finally retracted his statement, but is said to have muttered under his breath immediately afterwards, “but I did see them.”12
Nelson then doggedly pursued his method of experimentation. RCA constructed a solar map on which Nelson could record sunspots, after observing then with a telescope, just as Galileo did. With this map he was able to make drawings of the sunspots and place then in their proper position on the Sun. At first, research with these maps confirmed that radio frequency requirements would vary according to the number of spots from week to week, and even in some cases day to day. It was also discovered that some types of spots had more influence than others. This information enabled Nelson to develop a system of forecasting frequency changing times on a daily basis. “This added to our efficiency in the handling of messages, because less time would be lost during what are known as ‘frequency transition periods.’ During normal conditions, it would be about two hours earlier and, during above normal conditions it could be about two hours later. Knowing ahead of time when to change was of value in both the saving of time and the saving of power.
“Getting to understand sunspots in relation to good and bad signals was much more difficult. I mapped and analyzed sunspots for about a year before I dared to try my hand at forecasting what they were going to do to the signals. Progress was made, however, during the winter of 1947-48 when I fastened a solar map on a drawing board and recorded the position of all sunspots each day that the signals were in trouble. After a few months, this map became covered with sunspots but distinctly showed a concentration of spots in one particular area of the sun’s surface. This indicated to me that spots in this area were the ones causing our troubles.13
What yet proved to be intriguing was that each spot had its own “personality.” Some spots made trouble with radio signal qualities whereas other spots “behaved well.” Nelson could find no logical reason for this. what Nelson could pinpoint after years of research was that sunspots operate in a cycle of 11 years and correlated with such events as the Sun conjunct or opposite Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and the earth.
Years after this monumental research had been well established, Nelson decided to find out more about the mysterious subject of astrology. He attended astrological meetings in New York and, afterward, decided to keep away from it, stating that “ What I have seen in their books is that astrology is a very difficult subject and frankly, I have enough to do in my own specialty.”14 After one meeting, two astrologers approached him and asked for his birth data, saying they wanted to make predictions for him. “In my business, predicting magnetic storms, I know I can make predictions either forward or backward in time. If for instance, someone asked me to tell them what magnetic conditions were on September 4, 1918, I could analyze the planetary positions on that day and tell them what it was like with considerable confidence. I reasoned that astrologers should be able to do the same thing with their data.”15 Nelson decided on a retroactive reading, asking each astrologer to tell him what he was doing on a particular date two years prior at 12:30 PM EST. Three months later, he received a report from each astrologer with a detailed analysis of the date. “They were both right, in fact, embarrassingly accurate. It is beyond my comprehension how they could have done this by simply comparing the position of the planets on the day that I was born with the position of the planets on the day that they analyzed. They astrologers themselves have no logical explanation either. This puts them in the same boat with the astronomers who cannot tell why sunspots change polarity each cycle and change latitude as the cycle changes. And, I find myself in a similar situation because I have no reason for the correlation that I have seen for many years between the position of the planets and the behavior of short-wave radio signals.”16
It is now time for the media to take off the laugh track on the subject of astrology. “A 1988 survey from the National Science Foundation found that 38 percent believed astrology to be ‘very scientific’ or ‘sort of scientific.’ Six percent confessed to changing their plans to fit their horoscope…”17 The pioneering work of John H. Nelson and the recent theory of Percy Seymour have modern scientists poised to alter their entire perspective on the celestial mechanics of the universe. If the so-called arcane axiom “as above, so below” can be formulated into a rational, proven scientific theory, then the age-old profession of astrology will have its principles vindicated, and the global population will join in comprehending the words of thirteenth century philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, “The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world.”
1 Patricia King, Newsweek, January 15, 1990.
2 Sobel, Dava, “Dr. Zodiac,” Omni, December, 1989, pp.63-64.
3 Ibid., p. 64.
5 Michel Gauquelin, Birthtimes, Hill and Wang, New York, 1983, p. 21.
6 Ibid., p. 26.
7 Ibid., p. 43.
8 Ibid., p. 39.
9 Sobel, Dava, “Dr. Zodiac,” Omni,December 1989, p. 66.
10Ibid., p. 68.
11John H. Nelson, The Propagation Wizard’s Handbook, 73 Inc., Peterborough, NH 1978, p. viii,
12Ibid., p. 7.
13Ibid., pp. 20-21.
14Ibid., p. 84.