Eagles of Death Metal and the Paris Attacks — some preliminary astrological observations

The recent terrorist events in Paris have shocked the world. The theater where the American band Eagles of Death Metal was a prime target. I wondered if the horrific events would show up in the charts of the band members.  According to wikipedia, “Eagles of Death Metal is a rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, who are the only permanent members of the band.”

According to astro.com, Josh Homme was born 17 May 1973 at 13:18 in Joshua Tree (Palm Springs), California (data rating AA).  Jesse Hughes was born 24 September 1972 in Greenville, SC, time unknown.

Here is Homme’s natal chart (AA) with his birthplace Solar Return superimposed.

Homme na-sr

Note the angular placements of the solar return planets Saturn on the IC, Neptune on the DSC and Mars on the MC.  This solar return T-square activates his natal Mars (ruler of the 8th), suggesting a stressful year with the risk of danger of death. In addition, the recent solar eclipse of 13 September at 20 Virgo 10 closely squared his natal Saturn.

If we superimpose the natal chart on the birthplace solar return, this interpretation is further highlighted:

Homme sr-naHere the emphasis is overwhelmingly on the 8th house of the danger of death. The Sun occupies the 8th as does the Solar Return Ascendant ruler Venus.  The natal Ascendant ruler Mercury closely conjoins the 8th cusp.  The natal MC (career matters) conjoins Solar Return Mars (ruler of the natal 8th) in the solar return 8th.

Here are the 2015 direct primary directions for Josh Homme, calculated by the method of Regiomontanus with the key of the midpoint between the Ptolemaic and Naibod keys (which I find to be more accurate for timing).

Homme primaries 2015

Among Josh Homme’s Regiomontanus primaries (mundane and zodiacal) for this year are Pluto square Mercury in June followed by Sun oppose Uranus in October and Mars square Uranus with Sun semisquare Mars in November around the time of the Paris attacks.


Jesse Hughes time of birth is not known, so here is his natal chart for Noon with solar sign houses.  Superimposed is a chart for 11 pm in Paris when the theater was under siege.

hughes eventHere is it noteworthy that transiting Uranus closely opposes natal Uranus, an indicator of a midlife crisis. In addition, transiting Mars (aggression) conjoins his natal Sun/Pluto conjunction, which was recently activated by a total lunar eclipse with the Moon at 4 Aries 40. In addition, the recent solar eclipse of September 13th at 20 Virgo 10 closely squared his natal Saturn. These two band members, though born in different years, have almost identical zodiacal positions of their natal Saturn.

In Peter Stockinger’s blog post about the 13 September Solar Eclipse, posted on 20 August, he wrote that, according to astrologer William Lilly, this eclipse “produces murder and banishment”. Peter also predicted that one of the locations most likely to be affected could be “France, especially Paris”.   See Peter Stockinger’s blog.

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Lamar Odom hospitalized

According to ESPN:

“Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized Tuesday after he was found unconscious…  authorities were called at about 3:15 p.m. to Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas, for a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance.”

Are there indications in his birth chart of these events?

Lamar Odom was born in NYC on November 6, 1979, time unknown.  I cast a sunrise chart with Placidus houses to get a sense of his natal chart and placed the transits for time time the authorities were called to attend to him in Nevada on Tuesday, October 15, 2015:

Ambulance called (outside) to attend to unconscious Lamar Odom (inside whee natal chart, sunrise, time unknown).

Ambulance called (outside) to attend to unconscious Lamar Odom (inside whee natal chart, sunrise, time unknown).

Striking in this chart is the transiting Sun exactly conjunct his natal Pluto which lies opposite transiting Uranus along the cusps of the Placidus 12th (hospitalization)/6th (bodily ailments) axis in the sunrise chart.

In addition, transiting Saturn almost exactly conjoins his natal Venus (ruler of all things venereal) which is conjunct natal Mercury, ruler of the sunrise 8th house (danger of death).  Venus rules the sunrise 12th of confinement.

Here is his natal sunrise chart surrounded by the solar return for this year at this birthplace:

Inside chart: Lamar Odom natal sunrise (time unknown). Outside: Birthplace Solar Return in effect at this time.

Inside chart: Lamar Odom natal sunrise (time unknown).
Outside: Birthplace Solar Return in effect at this time.

The Ascendant of the Solar Return conjoins his natal sunrise 8th house cusp, warning of serious medical problems.  Solar Return Mercury, which rules the SR Ascendant lies in the 12th of hospitalization.  Solar Return Neptune (drugs) lies exactly on his natal South Lunar Node.  Solar Return Uranus in the sunrise 5th (brothels) lies almost exactly quincunx is natal Sun.  His natal Uranus in the 1st lies on the midpoint of the Solar Return Venus/Saturn conjunction.

Also notable are:

  • The Solar Eclipse at 20 Virgo 10 on September 13th. This Solar Eclipse conjoined his natal Saturn and squared his natal Neptune, thus activating his natal Saturn/Neptune square.
  • Transiting Chiron squared natal Neptune on September 18th, marking a period of intense confusion, disillusionment and sometimes painful soul-searching
  • Transiting Pluto stationed direct at 12 Capricorn 58 on September 25th.  Pluto stationed in very close square to SR Uranus. The Uranus/Pluto square symbolizes sudden change, upheaval and disruption.
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An interesting horary chart on renting an apartment

Recently I was browsing through the Skyscript Astrology Forum and came across and interesting horary question: “Will I be able to rent my downstairs studio at my asking price in 4 weeks?  Question asked April 12, 2011, 7:06 PM, Kinnelon, NJ. I had been having a lot of trouble renting this out and needed to rent it out soon.”

The querent explains that several people expressed interest but none of the potential renters came through by the time the 4 weeks was up (May 10, 2013). Finally, during the 5th week a 31-year-old mechanic agreed to rent the studio and finalized the deal on May 19th.  She had to reduce the rent to make the deal, and the new tenant moved in on June 1, 2011.

He turned out to be a good tenant but in July of 2013 he complained of mouse droppings around the apartment, and the querent had to get an exterminator to resolve the problem. Mice can be really disgusting.  In late July he also said that a female friend would be moving in with him for a while, which was against the terms of the lease.  The tenant agree that if his friend needed to stay longer than a month, he would vacate the apartment so she could rent it to someone else.

Here is the chart with Whole Sign Houses and the seven traditional planets, as Hellenistic horary astrologers would have viewed it:


It is a Mars day during a Moon hour. The Ascendant lies in the via combusta, a debilitating area from 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio where the malefics are free to do their mischief. Retrograde Saturn rising in the 1st is an indication that matters may not work out as the querent desires.

The Ascendant is at 18 Libra 07, making Venus the significator of the querent.  Venus in the 6th house of tenants is fitting because the querent asked about finding a tenant within 4 weeks.

Saturn is almuten of the Ascendant and also occupies the 1st house, so Saturn is a potential co-ruler of the querent. The Moon also co-rules the querent. Interestingly, the Moon opposes the Arabic Part of Servants (which are shown by the 6th house as are tenants), suggesting that she may have difficulty finding a tenant within the 4-week deadline.

Potential tenants would be shown by the 7th house of people who would contract with the querent to rent the apartment. Mars rules the cusp of the 7th, and is a significator of a potential tenant.  The Sun is almuten of the 7th and also occupies the 7th, so the Sun is a co-ruler of the potential tenant. Mercury and Jupiter in the 7th could also show interest in renting the  apartment.

The studio for rent is shown by the 4th house ruled by Saturn. In addition,  Saturn Rx could also show the rental space moving backward toward the querent rather forward toward a renter.

The price for the rent would be shown by the 10th house, ruled by the Moon. The Moon is peregrine (without essential dignity), so the querent may not get the amount of rent she is hoping for.

The primary ruler of the querent, Venus, lies in the cadent 6th and is “falling away” from the 7th house of potential tenants.  There are no aspects forming between Venus and the signifiers of the potential tenants, suggesting that she will have difficulty renting the apartment within 4 weeks.

The querent’s co-ruler Saturn (almuten and occupant of the 1st) lies opposite the 7th house planets.  Oppositions show separations rather than coming together, another indication that she will have a hard time renting her space within 4 weeks.

Mercury in the 7th is apply to oppose Saturn in the 1st. This opposition will perfect in 4 degrees or in about 9 days in the ephemeris. Most likely this Mercury/Saturn opposition means that someone will show interest but will not complete the deal, perhaps in 4 days or in 9 days time.

The Moon (querent’s co-ruler) is peregrine and in a succedent house and a fixed sign. Moon will trine the 7th house planets Mercury, Jupiter and the Sun, but the earliest trine (to Mercury) will perfect in 5 degrees from a succedent house and fixed sign, so the first opportunity for a tenant who signs a 7th house lease will be in about 5 weeks, which is around May 17th.

So the answer would be that she is unlikely to rent the studio apartment within 4 weeks (by May 10th) but she might sign a lease with a new tenant at 5 weeks, that is, around May 17th.  In fact, the lease was finalized on May 19th.

The property and its quality are shown by the 4th house with Capricorn on its cusp. Saturn thus rules the studio apartment. Interestingly, Lilly attributes mice to Saturn, which lies in the via combusta where the mice are free to do their mischief, especially with Saturn retrograde and opposite the lesser malefic Mars.

Table of Dignities for this Horary Chart.

Table of Dignities for this Horary Chart.

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The Quincunx, Chiron and a Broken Leg

In sports news the weekend a major story was the broken leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. The Associated Press published the following on Saturday evening:

LOS ANGELES — Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada broke his right leg when a takeout slide by Chase Utley flipped the shortstop during a four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers went on to beat New York 5-2 Saturday night to tie their NL Division Series at one game apiece.

I was curious to see what symbolism was active in the shortstop’s chart at the time of the accident.

Ruben Tejada was born on 27 October 1989 in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama (08N06, 080W58), time unknown. I used an approximate time of 9:30 pm in Los Angeles for the accident (based on the Associated Press report) and put the transits for October 10th 2015 around the outside of a natal chart set for Noon (actual time unknown) with equal houses from the Sun on the 1st house cusp.

Natal chart for Noon with Accident chart superimposed.

Natal chart for Noon with Accident chart superimposed.

I was expecting Uranus (sudden disruptive events), Mars (forceful injuries) and Saturn (gravity, bones) to be active.

Transiting Uranus almost exactly opposes the transiting Sun and at the same time squares his natal Chiron (wounds to the leg). In the myth, Heracles accidentally shot Chiron in the leg with a poisoned arrow, causing a wound that would not heal. Transiting Chiron trines Tejada’s natal Chiron, but at the same time mutually applies to a stressful quincunx with transiting Sun. The quincunx involves signs that are either 6 or 8 signs apart and has a 6th and 8th house significance — illness, bodily ailments, the need for medical or surgical intervention.

Transiting Saturn squares transiting Venus but does not appear to be particularly involved with the natal chart by transit.

Transiting Mars in Virgo trines his natal Saturn/Neptune conjunction in Capricorn.

Here are the transits and progressions for the month before and after the accident.

Tejada transits

Quite striking in this list is the lunar eclipse of September 27th which occurred almost exactly quincunx Tejada’s natal Sun from a 6th house distance, symbolizing risk of illness and bodily injury.

Also significant is the fact that the day of the leg injury (10 Oct 2015) is sandwiched between transiting Saturn sesqui-square natal Chiron on October 7th and secondary progressed Venus opposing natal Chiron on October 17th.

Venus is prominent both by transit (square transiting Saturn) and progression (opposite natal Chiron), so I suspect that Venus plays a significant role in Tejada’s natal chart.  In the Sun Sign chart (which is generic for someone born on this date), Venus rules his 12th house of illness and confinement; and it is certainly true that a leg injury led to a period of confinement (progressed Venus opposite natal Chiron).

Some things I learned or confirmed from this chart are:

  • The importance of the quincunx in bodily ailments and injuries.
  • The symbolism of Chiron as injuries to the legs.
  • The validity of Uranus as a symbol of sudden unexpected events.
  • The role of eclipses as harbingers of stressful events when they closely involve natal planets.
  • The name Tejada comes from the Spanish verb tejar, meaning to tile a roof.
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A Pleasant Surprise

Recently Chris Brennan posted this request in Facebook: “I’m looking for some people who have had a distinct and unambiguously positive or fortunate event occur at some point in their life.” As I thought back over positive events in my life, one came to mind whose astrology I had never studied, so I decided to look at it now.

Not long after my horary book was first published I attended the United Astrology Congress at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, D.C. from April 16 to 21, 1992. At the conference I was surprised and pleased when I received a “Regulus Most Promising Newcomer Award” at the opening banquet. I don’t recall the exact date of the award during the April 16-21 period. Judging by the programs of recent UAC conference, the awards banquet was probably Monday evening, 20 April 1992.

This award was totally unexpected, and I think it qualifies as an “unambiguously positive or fortunate event” which Chris was looking for. In addition to the unexpected recognition, I met some astrologers at this conference who have remained friends to this day — another very positive aspect of this period. Here is my natal chart with a superimposed chart for the first evening of the conference:

Natal chart with chart for first evening of the 1992 UAC conference superimposed.

Natal chart with chart for first evening of the 1992 UAC conference superimposed.

The two benefics are notable for this fortunate event.  Transiting Jupiter (the greater benefic) conjoins my natal Part of Fortune, and transiting Venus (the lesser benefic) is extremely powerful as she is angular, exactly conjunct the natal Descendant.  Transiting Venus trines natal Venus, Moon and Pluto in Leo in the 10th.

The transiting Moon conjoins the benefic fixed star Spica. The transiting Sun sextiles natal Mars in Gemini in the 9th.  Transiting Pluto is trine natal Saturn in the 10th. Transiting Saturn on the cusp of the 5th (banquets) was closely trine natal Uranus in the 9th (publishing, astrology, long distance travel). Transiting Mercury was opposite natal Jupiter in the 12th.

Finally, secondary progressed Jupiter (not shown) lies at 11 Libra 53 where it almost exactly conjoins the natal Ascendant and opposes transiting Venus at the start of the conference.

All-in-all the transits and the secondary progressions of my natal chart clearly depict a fortunate event.

Chris Brennan pointed out that the April 1992 conference occurred during an 11th house profection year.  I met some people at the conference who have been friends ever since. In the Hellensitic Whole Sign House system, Leo is the 11th house of my chart.  In an 11th house profection year, the planets in Leo and  Leo’s ruler, the Sun, become activated.  Thus, the Moon which rules the 10th of career and Venus, which rules the Ascendant, play a major role during the year of the award. In addition, Mercury in Leo rules the 9th of foreign travel, and the NCGR group from Mexico invited me to give a workshop in Mexico City in October of that year.

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A sex-addict who imposed his moral hangups on society

Recently I was listening to a podcast about the history of the birth control pill in America. The speaker mentioned the history of oppressive laws in the United States aimed at suppressing women’s interest in their own sexuality. Many of these laws were the brainchild of compulsive masturbator Anthony Comstock, the “father of American censorship.”

As a biographer explains:
“Comstock’s own sexual frustration may have led to such hatred of obscenity.  During his war years, “lust, masturbation, and the reading of pornography also worried the young soldier.  In the diary that he kept during this period he often confessed to a nameless sin, which, in the opinion of his biographers, was probably masturbation.”  Psychologists today would argue that Comstock’s failure to express his own “sinful” sexuality eventually sublimated itself in the form of ruthless censorship.”

Comstock even has a law named after him. The Comstock Law is a federal act passed by the U.S. Congress on March 3, 1873 for the “Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use”. This act makes it illegal to send the following items through the U.S. mail (which is probably how Comstock orginally ordered his own masturbatory pornography): erotica, contraceptives, abortifacients, sex toys, or information about any of these products!

I wondered what Comstock’s natal chart might look like in light of his documented sexual compulsions and his need to force his extreme version of morality on American society.  My speculation was that he would have an afflicted Mars (the male sex drive), a prominent Pluto (compulsive behavior) and a rigid Saturn (stern morality).

According to wikipedia, this bastion of uptightness was born on March 7, 1844 in New Canaan, Connecticut (my home state). Here is a chart for Noon (birth time unknown) with Sun sign houses and the Egyptian terms around the wheel.

Anthony Comstock, 7 March 1844, Noon chart.

Anthony Comstock, 7 March 1844, Noon chart.

As expected, Mars is prominent opposite his natal Moon, and Mars-Moon-Saturn form a significant T-square in the natal chart. Mars lies in detriment in Taurus and disposes the stellium of Uranus, Pluto and Venus in Aries (ruled by Mars).

Pluto (compulsion) closely conjoins Venus (sexual pleasure) in assertive Aries. The planets of sex, Venus and Mars, are in mutual reception, each occupying the sign of the other. In addition, Venus and Pluto are in the terms of Mars, and Mars lies in the terms of Venus — a configuration which again emphasizes his compulsive sexuality.

Mars forms an extremely tight semi-square with his natal Sun, again highlighting the importance of Mars to his sense of identity.

Saturn (laws, restriction, oppression) dignified in Aquarius very closely squares his debilitated Mars in Taurus, suggesting a powerful need to suppress his male libido and perhaps his felt need to impose his stern morality on the rest of society (perhaps symbolized by the Moon).

Neptune conjunct Mercury does not incline toward logical thinking but puts him more at the mercy of his beliefs, fantasies and imaginings. This Mercury/Neptune conjunction, which describes his mode of thinking, takes place in the terms of Mars whose glyph depicts the male phallus.

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Infantile behavior on the baseball field

In the sports news today we learned that the Washington Nationals have suspended closer Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his role in a dugout incident in which he choked his teammate Bryce Harper.

According to ESPN:

“After getting out of the batter’s box slowly on a pop fly to left field, Harper returned to the dugout and was approached by Papelbon …  The two appeared to have a brief but heated exchange that resulted in Papelbon putting his hands on the 22-year-old Harper’s throat and shoving him into the back wall of the Washington dugout.” This is not the first time Pabelbon has been suspended for acting like a two-year-old during a game.

I guessed that in his birth chart he must have an afflicted Mars to account for such impulsive aggressive behavior, so I looked up his birth information: 23 Nov 1980 in Baton Rouge, LA, time unknown.  Here is a Noon chart with Solar Sign houses:

Noon birth chart, time unknown.

Noon birth chart, time unknown.

Mars, the planet of aggression, is quite strong being exalted in Capricorn.  However, Mars is afflicted by a square from Jupiter (expansion, excess) and Saturn (hardship, restriction).

Jupiter rules his Sagittarius Sun which is already in a stressful semi-sextile with Mars. The square from Jupiter to Mars increases the tendency to impulsive behavior of the red planet. The square from Saturn to Mars has a push/pull effect on Mars, causing the Mars energy to express itself in fits and starts.

Cafe Astrology offers the following delineations:

Mars square Jupiter: “This aspect brings great impulsiveness, insatiable desires, playfulness, and daring. You might be frequently trying to prove yourself, to others and/or yourself …”

Mars square Saturn: “You can pick at yourself and others unmercifully, trying to get circumstances in your life to match some unspecified standard.”

The Sagittarius Sun conjunct Uranus in fixed and intense Scorpio increases the native’s willfulness, arrogance and rebellious streak.  It is interesting to see how public figures act out their charts in a public arena.

Jupiter and Saturn both put pressure on hot-headed Mars through a challenging square aspect, which causes a lot of friction.  Jupiter steps on the accelerator while Saturn steps on the brakes.  Help is available from Venus in Libra which applies from Libra to an out of sign sextile to Mars in Capricorn. If he could learn to call upon his natural grace, charm and sense of balance, he could avoid situations like the one he just created.

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