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A close call with death

Last Sunday a 14 year old boy was seriously hurt by an electrical discharge on Faro’s Train Station in Algarve, Portugal. Apparently the boy was practicing a “sport” called parkour; when he went over one of the carriages of a parked train he was hit by an electrical discharge, which throw him on to the ground and burnt his clothes and body. He suffered 70% burns on his body and is now recovering in the hospital.

The incident occurred on 29th March at 20:10 at Faro, Algarve, Portugal.
This is the chart for the event:

The ruler of the Ascendant, representing the boy is in very bad condition: detrimented, retrograde, combust and falling from the angle. This not only indicates his serious injure but also describes the event itself. Venus also rules the 8th House, which brings serious danger and the possibility of death.
The boy was practicing an extreme sport, which requires great stamina and involves going through obstacles, something which falls under detrimented Venus in a fire sign; his behavior was reckless (Aries) as it is forbidden to go on top of the train carriages, and he placed himself in danger of death by his own actions (Venus rules both the 1st and the 8th houses).
The electrical discharge itself is signified by the combustion (burns and energy surge) of Venus in a sign of Mars (a hot and dry planet), and its conjunction to fixed star Algenib, of the nature of Mars and Mercury.

He probably escaped death due to the trine of Jupiter to the Ascendant. Venus is in its own term and in mixed mutual reception to Mars, which also helped.
The Moon is in the 8th, but exalted and void of course, it also receiving a square of Jupiter, which is elevated above her, so he survived.

Luís Ribeiro

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Lulin’s effects – follow-up

In the current issue (Spring 2009) of The Tradition journal is Luís’ the article  “Comet Lulin: nasty little green thing”. This post is an addendum to that article.

The African country of Guinea-Bissau was shaken to its foundations last week, when two of its leaders – João Bernando ‘Nino’ Vieira, the country’s president, and General Batista Tagmé Na Waié, his political rival – were brutally murdered. Both men died within a short period of time. General Waié was assassinated on 1st of March late at night when a bomb exploded in his office; president Vieira met a violent end a few hours later when armed men invaded his house and hacked him to death with machetes. Besides the obvious political motivation of these murders, there is also an underlying motive of personal revenge, as the two men were long-term rivals. (more details here)

This violent crime can be linked directly to the comet’s traditional significations which are: “death of kings and Grandees, Nobles such as chief rulers”, as mentioned in the article published in The Tradition journal. It was also pointed that: “a comet in Scorpio indicates ‘abundance of war and rebellion’, ‘detriment and damage to soldiers’, ‘contemptions among great men’, ‘death of some eminent men’. (…) Its effects should be noticeable quite quickly because it is oriental of the Sun.”

In this case the “contention” between two powerful men ended with the assassination of one of them, the top military chief, General Waié, and the subsequent revenge taken by his soldiers on his rival, President Nino Vieira. This fits the description of the comet’s significations accurately.

The article also referred to areas where its effects might be felt:

“Its declination ranged from approximately 15ºS to 18ºN, thus in geographical terms its effects will have more emphasis on the equatorial and tropical areas of the planet which have around the same value of latitude. This would suggest Africa (particularly the North) as the place where its effects will be felt most strongly and because that is an area ruled by Scorpio and the rest of the Water triplicity.” As comet Lulin was first spotted in this sign, it is no wonder that its effects were felt in this area of the globe. As we can see on the map, Guinea-Bissau is situated just south of Mauritania, and therefore in an area ruled by Scorpio according to Ptolemy and with a range of latitudes between 11ºN and 12ºN40’.

The comet’s path, during its period of visibility, period crossed the Zodiac from Scorpio to Leo and on the day of the murders it was moving away from a conjunction of Regulus, a star usually related to kings and chiefs.

Let’s now take a quick look to the event chart. According to diplomatic sources quoted on the news, the murder of President Vieira, occurred on the 2nd March at around 5:30 AM:

The human sign of Aquarius rises, and its ruler Saturn is placed in the house of death in the human sign of Virgo. Mercury, ruler of the 8th house, is on the 1st in exact conjunction with Mars, showing a violent death by “human hands” (see William Lilly, Christian Astrology, p.646: “Humaine Signes, denote death by a Man, as by Armes or Violence”), in this case by soldiers (Mars). Mars also signifies the President (as ruler of the MC/10th house) meeting his death, because Mercury is the ruler of the 8th house from the 10th.

The Mercury-Mars conjunction seems to be the key element in this event, and the nature of the comet Lulin is also Mercury-Mars (see full article in the The Tradition for details). At this time the comet would have been opposing the conjunction and squaring the Moon. In fact, the murders occurred within a few hours of the exact Mercury-Mars conjunction, as we can see in the timeline:

– 1st March late night (exact time not found), general Waié is murdered in a bomb attack;
– 2nd March, 03:05 am, the Mercury-Mars conjunction perfects (this was the third conjunction of a series of three, due to Mercury’s recent retrogradation from Aquarius to Capricorn);
– 2nd March, around 05:30 am: President Vieira is hacked and shot to death in his mother-in-law’s house, after a siege which lasted at least one hour.

There is also a possible interaction with the Presidents nativity – Nino Vieira was born on 27th April 1939 (time unknown). Despite the unfortunate lack of a birth time, the natal Moon would be posited between 9º and 23º of Leo, therefore close to the opposition of the Mercury-Mars conjunction degree. This area of the Zodiac was also the place of the two last eclipses (a solar eclipse at 6º Aquarius, and a lunar at 20º Aquarius-Leo).

These were the almost immediate effects of comet Lulin – a shocking and violent crime, as it would be expected judging by its nature. Let us hope this was Lulin’s darker side and from here on its effects become dimmer.


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The Freeport scandal and the Portuguese Prime Minister

In the last week allegations of bribe involving the Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates, have been all over the Portuguese media. The PM is supposedly involved in the Freeport scandal, and could have accepted bribes from a British building firm, to award the contract for the construction of the Freeport shopping complex. (read more)

Socrates is presently experiencing several significant astrological contacts, all of them related to this setback, which might jeopardise is political career. He was born on 6th September 1957 at 10:30 PM on Oporto, Portugal (source: hospital records):

Let us start by the primary directions.
The directed MC is now opposing the Mercury-Mars conjunction, which suggests that his public image and career (MC) are greatly damaged.
The first planet opposed by the directed MC is Mars, which according to the Tradition represents:

“It denounces onto the native many evils, robberies, contentions, quarrels, restraint of liberty, many harms, which shall as well proceed from himself as from others; many times public death is threatened, or public accusations (…) it notes lost of offices, commands, etc. In kings or princes it notes danger of deposing, loss of their armies, tumults by their soldiers, mutinies, uproars (…) in times of peace it shows the oppression of kings, and the subjects vexed.” – William Lilly, Christian Astrology

In the PM’s natal chart Mars rules the 7th and 12th houses, both signifying enemies, confrontation and (to an extent) limitation.
Right after the opposition to Mars the directed MC opposes Mercury, which suggests:

“(…) unto the native a most difficult and ambiguous time, oppressed and tormented with and by mercurial man, witty and learned, who shall give occasion of trouble and distress onto the native, misinterpreting his actions with several by-reports (…) it involves the native in some ungodly desire, and occasions his loss of preferment; it raises many feigned and untrue reports against the native, much abused by letters and sinister informations, false witnesses and accounts, and unjust sentences, or partial dealing of judges (…)” – William Lilly, Christian Astrology

Mercury rules the 2nd and the 5th houses, thus the accusation against him relate to bribery money (2nd house) and intermediation (5th house) of a shady dealing.

But these are not the only planetary movements to trouble Socrates.
Saturn has been transiting in Virgo, trough his natal Mercury-Mars conjunction, and thus strongly activating the two directions mentioned above. As Saturn is a difficult planet, toil and trouble are to be expected. The problems signified by this planet originate from his public image (as Saturn rules the 10th house) and from foreign countries (as it also rules the 9th).
In his solar revolution for the present year Saturn is angular in the 1st house and conjunct the Sun, thus increasing the impact of the problem.

Although the problem has been developing for some time, it only reached the level of scandal by last Monday the 26th. On that day an eclipse occurred at 6º Aquarius, and almost simultaneously a Mercury-Mars conjunction at 23º Capricorn. As both events affect the PM’s MC and 10th house, they have triggered the ongoing direction and transit. Thus, the underlying innuendo and rumours suddenly emerged into the public domain, “eclipsing” what was left of his already low popularity.

Here we can see how three different types of predictive technique can combine and interact in a nativity. The primary directions define the quality of the event, the transit enhances its meanings, the solar revolution determines its impact, and the eclipse (together with the fast-moving transits) acts as a trigger for a specific event.

In the 9th of February, a lunar eclipse will fall on the natal Moon, placed in the 10th house. This should bring further developments to this case. However, as the eclipse is penumbral and thus very weak, the effects shouldn’t be too drastic. Let’s wait and see.


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An astrological view of the iPhone

The gadget that all Apple fans are waiting for is coming soon!
The second generation iphone, with new and improved technology, will be launched on Friday the 11th.

To make an astrological study of this event we have to consider three moments. The first and most obvious is the announcement of the 2nd generation iphone, which is the first chart we’ll be studying. Because this is the 2nd version of the iPhone, it is also important to take a look at the chart of the first time the iPhone was ever introduced to the world (in 2007). And because it will only be available to the public in a few days, it is also relevant to observe the astrological configurations for that date.

The much expected iPhone 2.0 was announced in San Francisco, California, on the 9th June, at 10:06 AM. (Source: internet news with detailed timeline of Steve Job’s presentation)

A first look at the chart is quite alarming, as both malefics, Mars and Saturn, occupy the 1st house. Mars is conjunct the Ascendant and the South Node, and Saturn is afflicting the Moon, near the cusp of the 2nd house. Not good.
Furthermore, Mercury, the main significator of any communication device, is retrograde and combust. Indeed, not good.

Does this mean that the iphone 2.0 will be a flop? Not really.

The Sun, ruler of the Ascendant, is quite nicely placed in the 11th house, which shows the strength of the announcement. It is exactly conjunct to the ruler of the MC, Venus (which is therefore cazimi). This shows the impact and public visibility of the announcement (note that Venus also rules the 3rd house).

Besides, the placement of Mars in the 1st house is not as malefic as one would expect. Its conjunction to the Ascendant confers to the announcement a bold and daring tone (which is reinforced by the strength of the Sun).
In addition, Mars rules the 9th house, of foreign countries, and one of the main topics of this event was the announcement of the worldwide launching of the iphone 2.0 (the 1st generation was only available in the USA).

The combustion of Mercury is not as bad as it seems. Mercury is in its own sign, Gemini, and thus essentially stong); this also makes Mercury the dispositor of the Sun, which ameliorates its combust state.
On the other hand, the Sun (which “subdues” Mercury) is the ruler of the Ascendant (Apple itself); this conjunction signifies that Apple (the Sun) is in full control of the gadget (Mercury).

All things considered, it is to be expected some degree of setbacks in the new version of the iphone; these are represented by Mercury retrograde, South Node on the Ascendant and Saturn afflicting the Moon. But even so it will have immense support and visibility.
We can therefore conclude that regardless of a few problems, the new iphone will not be a disappointment.

Let’s now take a look at the announcement of the 1st version of the iphone. It occurred at a particularly fortunate moment, 9th January 2007, at 09:43 AM, also in San Francisco. (Source: internet news with detailed timeline of Steve Job’s presentation)

The chart presents early Pisces rising, with the powerful benefic star Fomalhaut closely conjoining the Ascendant, and the North Node also in the 1st house.
Jupiter, the ruler of the Ascendant, is strongly placed in its own sign and term (at 9º Sagittarius), closely conjunct to the MC.
Just by itself, this configuration points to tremendous success.

It is interesting to verify that this chart also carries a martial tone, as Mars is strongly placed in the 10th house and Jupiter (ruler of the Ascendant and the MC) is conjoining the martial star Antares, the heart of the scorpion. This shows great ambition and the stamina to achieve success.

As to the third moment to be considered, the new version of the iPhone will be made available to public on the 11th of July, just a few days from now.
It is impossible to erect a chart at this point, because it will be available at different times, around the world.
The first purchases will probably occur in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, the most eastern of 21 countries where the iPhone will be available. Because of time zone differences, the 11 of July starts “earlier” there. In Australia, New Zealand and Japan the configuration is more favourable, because Mercury is still in Gemini and the Moon is still in Libra, conjunct the benefic star Spica.
In Europe and the United States the configuration will be less favourable, because of time zone differences. The Moon will already be in Scorpio and Mercury in Cancer, therefore weaker and a bit “muddy”, and so less suitable for this kind of event.
Luckily or all of us, the first, more agreeable, configurations should prevail.

It is just a pity that Apple has chosen the exact day of the Mars-Saturn conjunction for this launching.

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The tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto

In the final days of this year of 2007 the entire world witnessed the assassination of the charismatic Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto.
In the news there was no clear reference to the time of the event. The only times we found are that of the confirmation of Bhutto’s death given by the BBC as 18:16 local time and Wikipedia refers 17:35 as the time she went into surgery at a nearby hospital. The earliest TV reports appeared a little after noon UT (17:00 Pakistan local time). If the event took place around that time, it makes perfect sense as Mars was rising, a clear indicator of a violent event.

In this chart Mars is debilitated in Cancer describing a treacherous act of violence. The small malefic is afflicting Jupiter the ruler of the MC, and thus significator of authority figures and leaders. Jupiter is also combust which afflicts it even further.
The Sun itself, another symbol of leaders, is in the 7th House setting, which can also signify the fall of a leader.
The Moon, ruler of the Ascendant, is in the 3rd House of small travels. Indeed Bhutto was in transit (3rd House) in her campaign car when the assassination took place. In this house, the Moon is in her joy and she was in fact receiving cheers from a multitude of supporters.

Benazir Bhutto was born on the 21st June 1953 in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. Unfortunately the time of birth is unknown, so no chart can be erected. The only evident connection to the event chart is the close conjunction of transiting Mars to her natal Mars (at 4º49’ Cancer) and Sun (at 29º36’ Gemini), but without the Ascendant and the houses this information is rather vague and irrelevant.

Evidences of this tragic event must also be seen in the mundane charts for Pakistan.
As no visible eclipses or other phenomena have occurred in Pakistan in the last couple of months, we must look at the latest ingress chart, that of Capricorn.
The ingress occurred on the 22 December 2007 at 11:07:49 Pakistan time. The figure was cast for Islamabad, the country’s capital.

The most noticeable positions are the angularity of both malefics: Saturn is right on the cusp of the 7th House and Mars is on the 4th House. Again, the opposition of Mars to the Sun-Jupiter-Mercury conjunction is quite evident, an indicator of an act of violence. Jupiter, ruler of the Ascendant and the MC, is combust, which is another traditional indicator of danger to a leader. The triple conjunction is disposited by Saturn on the 7th House of enemies and ruler of the 12th House of secret enemies and conspirators.

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