Alexander Marr’s Gemini Rising Chart for the USA

Alexander Marr (12 April 1919 — 9 February 2000) was a Swiss-born astrologer whose family moved to Germany when he was one year old. He was a pioneer in working on astrological charts with computer programs, using the topocentric system, and he was allegedly quite expert in rectification. In his book Astrologers, Kings, Politicians and Others Marr wrote that the hospital record for his birth states that he was born at 13.30 MET, which he rectified to 13.11.14 MET in Zurich with an Ascendant of 16Leo33 and Saturn rising. Marr published 6 books and over 150 articles on astrology. The American pediatrician and astrologer Margaret Millard of Maine was a devotee of Marr’s methods.

One chart that Marr spent time and care in rectifying was the Gemini-rising chart of the USA, of which there are many versions in the literature. After much study and verification, Marr believed that the best fit for a Gemini rising USA chart was one calculated for about 2:43 AM LMT in Philadelphia on 4 July 1776 with the Ascendant at 15 Gemini 21. This is what the chart looks like with Topocentric houses, which Marr advocated.

The Gemini rising USA chart by Alexander Marr is cast for about 2:43 AM LMT. A popular chart used by Elbert Benjamine has 7 Gem 35 rising at about 2:14:15 AM LMT. The chart used by Evangeline Adams is cast for 3:03 AM LMT and has 20 Gem 26 rising.

The Gemini rising chart is a symbolic chart rather than one cast for an exact historical moment of an event. Astrologers who use these Gemini-rising charts have reported good success in their ability to predict happenings in U.S. history. For example, if we superimpose the Solar Return for the year of the 9-11 terrorist attack on the USA over the Marr USA chart, we get the following:

Marr USA chart inside with Solar Return for 2001 (the year of the 9-11 terrorist attack) superimposed

A striking feature of this figure is that the midpoint of Mars/Pluto in the Solar Return for 2001 lies at 14 Sag 55′ 30″ and is opposite the midpoint of natal Mars/Uranus, which lies at 14 Sag 55′ across the horizon axis. At the same time SR Saturn conjoins natal Uranus, and SR Mercury (the natal chart Asc ruler) conjoins natal Mars, with the SR Mercury/Saturn midpoint at 16 Sag 09′.

The natal Mars/Uranus midpoint on the natal ASC horizon axis opposing the SR Mar/Pluto midpoint on the DSC makes this opposition of dangerous and explosive planets especially prominent and powerful in 2001. Solar Return Uranus at the Midheaven of the natal USA chart also portends sudden disruptive events.

For completeness, reproduced below is Marr’s original USA chart rectification from his 1985 book on political astrology:

Alexander Marr’s 1985 rectification of the USA Gemini rising chart

As an aside, I should mention that astrologer Bruce Scofield has rectified the Sibly USA Sagittarius rising chart to one cast for 5:18:28 pm LMT with an Ascendant of 14 sag 07, which is almost exactly opposite the Gemini rising Ascendant of the Marr chart. It’s not surprising that both charts would work since they share the same horizon axis.

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Shameless self-promotion

Llewellyn Publishers is set to release my most recent book on finding lost objects with horary astrology early in 2021. Here is an image from amazon.com:

The following is the first page of the Table of Contents in response to a question from Cindy in the comments section.

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An Amazing Discovery of an Asteroid that hit the Earth in 3123 BCE

I saw this online* and am reposting it here. Researchers believe that this clay tablet tracks the trajectory of the asteroid which collided with the Austrian Alps in Kovels in June of 3123 BCE, causing a catastrophic impact that killed anyone in its path.

As an aside, it is interesting to note that Abu Ma’Shar dated the Great Flood to the year 3102 BCE. This is also the year in Hindu astrology ascribed to the start of the Kali Yuga. According to the Surya Siddhanta, Kali Yuga began at midnight (00:00) on 18 February 3102 BCE, which is also considered the date on which Krishna left the earth to return to Vaikuntha. In addition, Bruce Scofield let me know that the Maya Long Count start date was in 3114 BCE.

Of astrological interest is that there was a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in sidereal Gemini (3 degrees) in April of 3124 BCE and a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in sidereal Capricorn (22 degrees) in December of 3105 BCE, using the Lahiri ayanamsa. In the tropical zodiac these conjunctions occurred in Aries (16 degrees) and Sagittarius (5 degrees), respectively.

An ancient Sumerian astronomer recorded the events that he observed in 3123 BC. Computer analysis compared the inscription on the tablet to the sky over Mesopotamia showing the date of the event as June 29, 3123 BC.

“An ancient Sumerian astronomer recorded the events that he observed in 3123 BC. The age of this cuneiform wall is more than 5100 years.

This cuneiform stone is found in the British Museum and has puzzled experts for more than 150 years. This plate recorded the collision of a (Aten) asteroid, which is a group of asteroids close to Earth with a diameter of more than a kilometer

Researchers now believe that the size and trajectory of the asteroid that was tracked by this unit correspond to the asteroid that collided with the Austrian Alps in Kovels, causing a catastrophic impact that killed anyone in its path, and this impact led to a landslide.

According to the researchers, this clay tablet is believed to be an astrolabe or best said to be one of the oldest astronomical instruments discovered in Mesopotamia.

Computer analysis compared the inscription on the tablet to the sky over Mesopotamia showing the date of the event as June 29, 3123 BC.

Mark Hempsell, one of the researchers from the University of Bristol who decoded the tablet, said: ‘It’s a wonderful piece of observation, a perfectly fine piece of science.’

In 2008, two authors, Alan Bond and Mark Himsell, published a book on the tablet titled ‘A Sumerian Observation of a Covels Effect’.”

Sources:

Bristol University by Mark Hempsell

Trustees of the British Museu

* in a Facebook posting by Mohammed Aljawad Alawi at https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=2499223447036905&set=gm.1026879434481628

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The Great Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction

On Thursday 19 November 2020 I will be speaking via Zoom at the Astrological Society of Connecticut about the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of 21 December 2020.

Here is a link to their site if you are interested in attending:

https://myasc.org/2020-2021-program/

NOVEMBER

Lecture: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:00 PM
Anthony Louis
The Great Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction



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Stationary True Lunar Nodes in Solar Returns

The Moon’s nodes come in two varieties: true nodes and “mean” or average nodes. Traditionally the mean nodes were used because astronomers did not have instruments capable of measuring the subtle movements on the Moon on its orbit around the Earth. The mean lunar nodes, being average positions, are always in retrograde motion. Nowadays the positions of the true nodes are also available, and as a result we can identify days on which the true nodes become stationary and turn direct or retrograde.

In Hindu astrology the nodes are given names and regarded as “shadow” planets. The North Node is Rahu and the South Node, Ketu. The myth is that Lord Vishnu suddenly and unexpectedly decapitated the celestial serpent, whose severed parts became Rahu and Ketu, when the Sun and Moon turned him in for his deception in trying to steal the Elixer of immortality.

Vishnu severs the serpent’s head, creating Rahu and Keu.

The Nodes are associated with sudden and often disruptive events. One site gives the following description (bold mine):

“Purāṇic stories (sacred lore of India) reference Rāhu and Ketu, conveying eternal themes of ambition, pursuit of a desire, purpose, addiction, insatiability, illusion, leveling the playing field, immortality, revolution, donning disguises, trickery, manipulation, social unrest, going against the grain, instability, innovation, suddenness, unforeseen consequences, mystery and disruption of the status quo, relating with foreign cultures-lands-religions, technology (especially that which disrupts the status quo), magic and slight of hand.” 

I have noticed repeatedly that when the true lunar nodes are stationary in solar returns, the native’s year is usually marked by periods of disruption and instability, often with crises that confront us with our own mortality. With this in mind, when I come across a biography with such events, I like to check the solar return for the year of the crisis. One such case is the following.

Garry Hoy, a Canadian lawyer, was born in Toronto on 1 Jan 1955 and he fell to his death at age 38 on 9 July 1993. Because of his unusual death, Hoy was awarded the Darwin Award in 1996. The story, according to the site Find a Grave, goes as follows:

“Garry Hoy was a lawyer for the law firm of Holden Day Wilson in Toronto who became notorious for the circumstances of his death. In an attempt to prove to a group of prospective articulating students that the glass windows of the Toronto-Dominion Centre were unbreakable, Hoy threw himself at a glass wall on the 24th floor. The glass did not break, but the window frame gave way and he fell to his death.”

Hoy’s time of birth is unknown so I cast a sunrise chart for his date and place of birth, and a solar return based on this chart for the date of his demise. It is noteworthy that he has the true lunar nodes stationary at birth and again stationary in the solar return for the year of his death.

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Some Thoughts about Cuspal Interlink Astrology

Recently I’ve been exploring a Hindu astrological technique called “cuspal interlink” theory, which was developed by Indian astrologer S.P. Khullar, based on the pioneering work of the late K.S. Krishnamurti (1902 – 1978) who developed KP astrology. Krishnamurti had the idea of basing astrological predictions on Nakshatras, which underlie the Vimshottari dasa predictive system, in combination with the Western idea of quadrant houses, specifically those of Placidus. He subdivided each Nakshatra into 9 unequal parts or “Subs” based proportionately on the durations associated with each planet in the Vimshottari system. Khullar went a step further with his “cuspal interlink” theory [KCIL] and subdivided each “Sub” into 9 unequal “Sub-Subs”, also based proportionately on the durations associated with each planet in the Vimshottari system

The Nakshatras of Hindu astrology are small star groupings or asterisms, which are also referred to simply as “Stars.” Twenty-eight such Star groupings of unequal sizes exist. Perhaps for reasons of mathematical simplicity, Hindu astrology divides the zodiac wheel into 27 equally-sized groupings called Nakshatras, which are named after the original 28 unequal asterisms, much as the 12 equally-sized “signs” of the zodiac are mathematical constructs named after the 13 constellations in the zodiac circle.

Unlike Western astrology, which places great emphasis on the planetary rulers of signs, the system developed by Krishnamurti, and further elaborated by Khullar, stresses the role of the Nakshatras which planets occupy. Specifically in the Vimshottari dasa system (which is one of many Nakshatra-based methods), each Nakshatra is paired with a planetary “lord.” These planetary “lords” vary with the dasa system and should not be regarded as “lords” in the same way that Western astrologers view the planetary rulers of signs, which have an intrinsic relationship with the nature of the zodiacal sign.

Because this Nakshatra-based approach depends primarily on the Star groupings or asterisms rather than the zodiacal signs, it is often referred to as “Stellar” astrology. Because Stellar astrology originated in novel theorizing about the Vimshottari dasa system, it is especially useful in doing predictive work with this dasa system. To illustrate this point, let’s consider a case example.

Recently I was watching a video about birth time rectification in Vedic astrology. The presenter, a distinguished practitioner of Jyotish, noted that the birth chart of the famous Indian astrologer B.V. Raman revealed no connection between the planet Jupiter (a natural signifier of children) and the 5th house of procreation, yet Raman had nine children, most of whom were born during his Jupiter mahadasa. Like Western astrology, and especially Hellenistic approaches which strongly influenced Indian astrologers, traditional Jyotish is largely based on planetary rulers of zodiac signs. Given this odd finding of the absence of influence of Jupiter on the 5th house according to traditional Jyotish, I wondered whether Jupiter would be strongly connected to the 5th house in Stellar (Nakshatra-based) astrology.

Here is the chart of B.V. Raman, calculated in the sidereal zodiac with the birth time Raman apparently rectified for himself and with the Khullar ayanamsa of Cuspal Interlink theory. (Raman had invented his own ayanamsa, which I assume he used for his own chart.) Placidus cusps are used in the Bhava-Chalita chart in the center.

B.V. Raman has Aquarius rising (sidereal zodiac). His 5th whole sign house of children is Gemini, which is unoccupied. Mercury, which rules the sign Gemini, lies in Leo in the 7th house. Western astrologer might more easily visualize the above chart in its circular format:

Jupiter, a natural signifier of procreation and children, lies in Scorpio, in the 10th whole sign house in the Rasi chart and in the 9th Placidus house in the Bhava chart. Traditional Jyotish uses whole sign houses and specific aspects for each planet. Jupiter and Mercury are unconnected by traditional standards. (By Western astrological theory, Jupiter in Scorpio is very closely linked by square aspect to Mercury in Leo.)

Modern Jyotish might regard Jupiter in the 9th house of the Bhava chart, which is the 5th from the 5th (the bhavat bhavam principle), to be a close connection between Jupiter and the 5th house which would indicate prolific powers of procreation and the likelihood of fathering many children. In any case, from a strictly traditional Jyotish point of view, there is little if any connection between Jupiter and the 5th house in this natal chart.

Now let’s turn to “Stellar” astrology to see if it reveals a significant Jupiter-5th house connection. In Stellar astrology we must consider the Nakshatras occupied by each Planet and by House Cusp in the chart, and also the Sub and Sub-Sub sections of those Nakshatras or “Stars.” The following tables show the Nakshatra or Star positions in this natal chart along with their Subs and Sub-Subs.

In the above lists, “Ld” refers to the Nakshatra “lord” which is the planet associated with a particular Nakshatra in the Vimshottari system for predictive purposes. If we look at Jupiter, we see that Jupiter occupies the zodiac sign Scorpio and the Nakshatra Anuradha, which is associated with Saturn in the Vimshottari dasa system. Western astrologers would regard Mars (the ruler of Scorpio) as the sign-based dispositor of Jupiter. In Stellar astrologer we could in a similar way regard Saturn as the Nakshatra-based dispositor of Jupiter. A basic principle of Stellar astrology is that Planets give the results of the Nakshatra lords (aka “Star lords”). Thus, in B.V. Raman’s chart, from a Stellar astrology perspective, we must study Saturn as the Nakshatra-based dispositior of Jupiter, to see what results Jupiter might indicate during its dasa period.

We are specifically interested in the 5th cusp of children and its relation with Jupiter in this chart.

The co-rulers of the Gemini 5th cusp are: Mercury as sign ruler, Rahu as Nakshatra ruler, Saturn as Sub ruler, and Jupiter as Sub-Sub ruler.

We have seen that Jupiter, during its dasa period, will give the results of its “Star lord” Saturn, and now we see that Saturn is one of the co-rulers (namely the Sub ruler) of the 5th cusp, which establishes a clear link between Jupiter and the procreative 5th, which we did not see using traditional methods. In KCIL the Sub ruler of a cusp qualifies or specifies the promise of the cusp. Thus Jupiter, through its “Star lord” Saturn, qualifies the promise of the 5th cusp of children. Jupiter is a planet of expansion and abundance.

In addition, the planet Jupiter does not serve as the Star lord of any other planet (see the column under “Ld” in the list of planets. This condition indicates that Jupiter has what is called “positional status” and will also give the results of the Bhava house it occupies and the cusps which it co-rules during its dasa period. As previously noted, Jupiter occupies the 9th Bhava house, which is the 5th of the 5th, and indicates significant procreative potential.

Another principle of cuspal interlink theory is that the Sub-Sub lord of a cusp indicates the promise and potential of that cusp. In Raman’s chart, the Sub-Sub lord of the 5th is Jupiter, which has both positional and stellar status, and thus shows the promise and potential of having many children during its dasa period.

The results of the cuspal interlink analysis is consistent with the findings of the D-7 or saptamsa divisional chart, which is used to study the native’s procreation. Here is Raman’s D-7, based on his own rectified time of birth. As you can see, Jupiter occupies the 5th house of children in the D-7 chart. Jupiter is also conjunct benefic Venus, which rules the 2nd of family increase. In the natal chart, Jupiter rules the Pisces 2nd house which signifies additions to the family. It is no surprise that he fathered a great number of children. The presence of Ketu with Jupiter and Venus in the 5th house of the D-7 may reflect the added burdens and responsibilities of providing for such a large family.

B.V. Raman D-7 saptamsa chart

The point of this example is that Stellar astrology and cuspal interlink theory add a dimension of Western astrology to traditional Jyotish, which results in being able to derive more information from a natal chart.

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A Great Coordinate Conversion Tool for Astrologers

The accuracy of astrological charts depends on having a fairly precise time of birth at a specific location on earth. Most astrological software allows you to select a city of birth but does not provide the exact coordinates for a specific address within that city.

Fortunately there are websites that allow you to identify a specific address on a map to determine its exact coordinates (geographic latitude and longitude). One such site, which I recently came across, is called the NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation Tool and is located at https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/NCAT/.

Here is an example. I was born at Waterbury Hospital and wanted to know the exact coordinates of the hospital. Using the site, I generated the following map and set of coordinates:

As you can see, you can move the marker on the map to a specific location and then press “Submit” to calculate its exact coordinates. It turns out that Waterbury Hospital has coordinates: 41N33’33.44″ latitude and 73W03’32.94″ longitude, which you can then enter into your astrological software to generate a precise Ascendant and house cusps for your time and place of birth.

Note that this site returns the “geodetic” or geographical latitude of the location based on the ellipsoid shape of the Earth which, like many of us humans, bulges a bit at the Equator and is not a perfect sphere as can be seen in this diagram from wikipedia.

Some astrologers prefer to convert the geodetic (geographical) latitude into its geocentric equivalent, which can be up to about 12 arc-minutes less than the geodetic, depending on the geodetic latitude. The program Solar Fire, for example, offers an option to use geocentric latitude and gives the following explantion:

Apply Geocentric Correction to Latitude

It is possible to calculate charts based either on geographic (also known as geodetic) latitude or geocentric latitude. Atlases such as the ACS International Atlas and the ACS American Atlas contain geographic latitudes. Geographic latitudes are based on the measurement of the angle of the local horizon (also known as the geodetic horizon) onto the celestial sphere. It is assumed that all latitudes entered into Solar Fire are geographic latitudes, and all displayed latitudes, such as in chart details text, are geographic latitudes.

However, because the earth is not perfectly spherical it is also possible to define a latitude based on where the horizon would be if the earth was a perfect sphere, which also corresponds to the angle of a line from that location to the center of the earth. This is known as a geocentric latitude. The geocentric latitude is never more than 12 minutes of a degree different from the geographic latitude. There are arguments for and against using each of these types of latitude. Astrologers are divided about which is the most appropriate to use.

Solar Fire always displays latitudes as a geographic latitudes. However, when this option is on, any chart calculations performed will have a correction applied to the latitude to convert it from geographic to geocentric. Any chart that has had this correction applied will have a “G” appended to its latitude. For example, a geographic latitude of 34°S55’ is displayed as 34°S55’G when this option is on. In order to determine exactly what the geocentric correction is, you must view a “Chart Analysis” report for the chart. If the geocentric correction has been applied, then this will be specified in the report, and the corrected geocentric latitude will be shown as well as the originally entered geographic latitude.”

The next graph illustrates the amount of correct in arc-minutes which must be subtracted from the geodetic (geographic) latitude to arrive at the geocentric latitude based on the 1984 World Geodetic System revision (WGS 84):

The straight line in blue signifies degress of geodetic latitude from 0 to 45.
The curved red line, which ranged from 0 to about 12 on the y-axis, shows the number of arc-minutes to be subtracted from the geodetic degrees to arrives at the geo-centric latitude.

For example, suppose your geodetic latitude is about 30 degrees North, then 30 degrees along the x-axis corresponds to a correction factor of about 10 arc-minutes on the y-axis. Hence, your geocentric latitude (based on the center of a perfectly spherical Earth) would be 30 degrees N minus about 10 arc-minutes. If we were to calculate it using the formulas that underlie WGS 84, we would get a result of 29d 50m 01.1s North geocentric latitude, which is about 10 arc-minutes less than the geodetic latitude of 30 degrees North.

This is an alternate form of the above graph. The horizontal blue lines represent geodetic latitudes, The shorter red lines represent the number of arc-minutes (x-axis) which need to be subtracted from the geodetic latitude to calculate the geocentric latitude.

The following table presents the same information as the above graph. Subtract the arc-minute correction from the geodetic degree to arrive at the corresponding geocentric latitude in the WGS 84 system.

Degree
(Geodetic)
Arc-minute
Correction
Degree
(Geodetic)
0090
10.489
20.888
31.287
41.686
5285
62.484
72.883
83.282
93.681
103.980
114.379
124.778
13577
145.476
155.875
166.174
176.473
186.872
197.171
207.470
217.769
22868
238.367
248.666
258.865
269.164
279.363
289.662
299.861
301060
3110.259
3210.458
3310.657
3410.756
3510.855
361154
3711.153
3811.252
3911.351
4011.450
4111.449
4211.548
4311.547
4411.646
4511.645
Find the geodetic degree of latitude in the left or right column and subtract the number of arc minutes in the center column to calculate to corresponding geo-centric latitude.

In the example of Waterbury Hospital at the beginning of this post, we can see that it has a geodetic latitude of 41d 33m 33.44s, which would correspond to a geo-centric latitude of 41d 22m 06s if the Earth were a perfect sphere and the latitude of the hospital were measured from the exact center of this sphere.

Addendum (26 Sep 2020): A similar and very useful site for finding the geographic latitude and longitude of a location is https://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/

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Vocation in the Horoscope

I recently did a video with astrologer Levi Cosijn on traditional approaches to delineating vocation in the natal chart. Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zt1TyJG4cM&ab_channel=LeviCosijnAstrology

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A Sad Case of Suicide in Bipolar Disorder

As a psychiatrist who is interested in astrology, I find it informative to study events in the news related to psychiatric disorders. One such event occurred on 14 June 2020 when Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, committed suicide by hanging. According to various sites on the internet, the actor’s mother and sister may also have died by suicide.

Unfortunately, the incidence of suicide in bipolar disorder is rather high, being about 20% in untreated patients. This is partly due to the severity of the accompanying depression and also to the tendency of many patients with this disorder to avoid or stop their treatment. The treatment usually consists of medications to stabilize mood and regular psychotherapy to help the individual deal with various life stressors without resorting to suicide. In my experience medication alone is inadequate, and an ongoing relationship with a good psychotherapist is essential in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

A recent scientific paper by Dome, Zihmer and Gonda summarized the risk of suicide in bipolar disorder as follows:

“Bipolar disorders (BDs) are prevalent mental health illnesses that affect about 1–5% of the total population, have a chronic course and are associated with a markedly elevated premature mortality. One of the contributors for the decreased life expectancy in BD is suicide. Accordingly, the rate of suicide among BD patients is approximately 10–30 times higher than the corresponding rate in the general population. Extant research found that up to 20% of (mostly untreated) BD subjects end their life by suicide, and 20–60% of them attempt suicide at least one in their lifetime.”

Sushant Singh Rajput was born on 21 January 1986

Sushant Singh Rajput was born on 21 January 1986 at about 11:30 PM (23:30) in Patna, Bihar, India. (Some sources give Purnia rather than Patna, but they are geographically very close, so the charts for either location are very similar.) The time of birth, 11:30 PM, is taken from an interview given by the actor in which he states that he was born at 11:30 PM. Oddly, he says in the interview that he was born on a Saturday night, but in fact he was born on a Tuesday. He also says that his sun sign is Aquarius and that he was born on the cusp, indicating that he is referring to his birth chart in the tropical rather than sidereal zodiac. Here is the chart in the tropical zodiac based on the actor’s own recollection of his time of birth.

Natal chart in tropical zodiac with Whole Sign and Placidus houses, based on the native’s own account of his birth time and the New York Times report of his date and place of birth.

Libra rises in the tropical chart, and the natal Ascendant conjoins the fixed star Spica. Traditionally Spica is a star of the nature of Venus and Mars and is associated with success, wealth, a sweet disposition, and a fondness for the arts and sciences. The actor was fond of music, dance and the performing arts but also had a penchant for science, astronomy and especially astro-physics. Bernadette Brady in her book on fixed stars writes: “Spica represents a gift of brilliance, a hidden or obvious talent, skill, or ability that is out of the ordinary. The word “gifted” applies to strong Spica people, and whatever this star touches, it will illuminate in some way.”

His manic-depressive tendencies are probably reflected in Moon conjunct Chiron in Gemini in the Placidus 8th and opposite Saturn in Sagittarius in the Placidus 2nd/Whole Sign 3rd. Solar Fire interprets this Moon/Chiron conjunction as follows: “You have suffered from rejection by a parent-figure, probably your mother, when only a young child. As an adult you have become adept at looking after your loved ones, sometimes at the expense of yourself. You need to nurture yourself.” The Moon/Saturn opposition involves the parental axis with Saturn ruling the 4th cusp and the Moon, the 10th cusp. When the actor was 16 years old, his mother died unexpectedly. She called him the night before her death and asked his to come home to visit her but he was unable to. Although he was told she died of a cerebral hemorrhage, it is quite possible that she called to say goodbye because she was planning suicide the next day (on 12 Dec 2002).

Sushant Singh Rajput recounts his final conversation with his mother in December of 2002 as follows: “She would call me everyday and would try to pretend to be happy. I could sense all of it. On December 11, I got a call at 11.30 pm. I picked up and she was crying. I was like, ‘What is wrong, What happened?’ She said, ‘Nothing. Can you take out some time and come back?’ I told her, ‘No, abhi kaise hoga? I will come during Holi. Why do you want me to come now? I am okay’, etc. I asked her to stop crying. I was trying to be mature, but I could sense that I didn’t want to go back at that point of time. I knew she was missing me and wanted me around all the time, but I thought this was the right thing to do — to go home later. She just asked me to take care of myself. It felt odd. That was the last line my mom told me. Next day, she had a brain haemorrhage and she passed away. She was 40-something, fine before this suddenly happened.”

In this natal chart Chiron, the wounded healer, is exactly conjunct the fixed star Aldeberan. Vivian Robson writes: “Fixed star Aldebaran is of the nature of Mars (violent death, ultimate ruin by folly or pride.) It gives honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, integrity, popularity, courage, ferocity, a tendency to sedition, a responsible position, public honors, and gain of power and wealth through others, but its benefits seldom prove lasting and there is also the danger of violence and sickness.” Chiron, through its proximity to the Moon and opposition to Saturn, ties these significations of Aldebaran to both the native and to his mother. 

In his birthplace Solar Return for 2020, Capricorn rises with Jupiter in Capricorn, the sign of its fall, closely conjunct the SR Ascendant. Natally Jupiter rules his 6th of illness and squares natal Mars. In addition, the true lunar nodes of the SR are stationary, which almost always indicates of year of major changes and unexpected disruptions in the life trajectory.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s Solar Return for 2020 at his birth place.

Sushant Singh Rajput himself committed suicide by hanging in his Mumbai apartment on 14 June 2020. If we look at this “distributions” (primary directions of natal planets to the horizon), we see the following pattern.

His mother died in Dec of 2002 when Pluto by primary direction was on the horizon in the term/bound of Venus and the square of 4th house Venus was partnering with the bound of Venus. The actor committed suicide in June of 2020 with the term of Jupiter in Scoprio on the horizo and Mars by primary direction conjunct the horizon. Natally Jupiter rules the 6th of illness and is closely square to Mars.

If we consider the transits in effect at the time of his death, we see that he was undergoing a conjunction of transiting Saturn to his natal Sun as well as his natal Ascendant ruler, Venus. Such Saturn transits often mark periods of depression, frustration, hardship and hopelessness. In addition, transiting Venus (his natal Asc ruler) was in the 8th house opposing natal Saturn at the time of his demise. A good astrologer could have warned him that he was passing through such an intensely depressive period and encouraged him to seek psychiatric treatment to get him through the worst of it without resorting to suicide.

Saturn transiting over Venus often heralds the loss or separation from an important female figure in one’s life. The actors’ death occurred just days after his former manager Disha Salian allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor of a building in Mumbai on June 8, 2020. It is quite likely that the death of his former manager reminded him of the death of his mother and increased his sense of depression and hopelessness.

Inner chart is the natal one. Outer chart are the transits at the approximate time of death. Note transiting Saturn passing directing over the natal Sun/Venus conjunction, and transiting Venus in the 8th opposing natal Saturn in the 2nd. In addition, transiting Mars conjoins transiting Neptune and squares natal Uranus.

 Much more could be said about this natal chart and the related life events, but this post is already getting too long, so I’ll stop here.

PS: Astrologer Athen Chimenti has a “true sidereal” chart calculator at his site. Here is what this actor’s chart looks like in the “true sidereal” zodiac which uses the actual sizes and locations of the constellations in the sky. It’s interesting to compare this chart with the tropical one as well as with the standard sidereal chart calculated with Lahiri or any of the of the multitude of sidereal ayanamsas.

Natal chart in “true sidereal” zodiac which uses the actual boundaries of the constellations.


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Trump vs Biden, Part II

In the last post I looked at the profections of both charts. In this post let’s consider the solar and lunar returns of both candidates for 2020 and the election. SR refers to the solar return. LR refers to the lunar return.

Lower left is Trump’s natal chart. Upper right is Trump’s Solar Return for 2020 for his birthplace.

Assuming that Trump has Leo rising (a few seconds later he would have Virgo rising), he is 74 years old at the time of the election so that he is in his 3rd house/Libra profection year, with the profected Asc ruled by Venus.

Venus rules his natal 10th cusp and SR Venus occupies his natal 10th house, which makes sense since he is running for re-election to the presidency. In the SR chart Venus in Gemini is Retrograde and peregrine (without essential dignity), suggesting that winning the election will not be without difficulty.

The SR Ascendant in Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which conjoins Mars and Neptune in Pisces and also conjoins the cusp of the natal Placidus 8th house. In addition, the SR Moon lies at the bendings of the lunar nodes. This close square to the nodes indicates major changes during the SR year. Furthermore, the true lunar nodes of the SR are stationary, which almost invariably indicates major shifts and unexpected alterations in the person’s life, often involving health and career. With the SR nodal axis spanning the 6th and 12th SR houses, there is a suggestion of a significant health crisis during the 2020-2021 SR year.

Joe Biden natal chart is lower left. His SR in effect on 3 Nov 2020 is upper right.

Joe Biden will be 77 years old at the time of the election, making this a 6th house/Taurus profection year, with Venus ruling the profected Ascendant. Venus rules Biden’s natal 11th and 6th houses and occupies his natal 12th.

In the SR chart Venus is peregrine (without essential dignity) but is fortified by a conjunction with SR Jupiter and occupies the angular 4th SR house. Biden’s Venus appears a bit more favorable than Trump’s in their respect SR charts.

Like Trump, Biden also has his true lunar nodes stationary in the SR chart. This is typically a highly disruptive influence indicating major shifts in the life trajectory, including a possible health crisis. Biden’s SR nodal axis falls across his 5th/11th house axis, whereas Trump’s SR nodes fall across his 6th/12th house axis which is more indicative of a health crisis for the current president. In either case, the presence of stationary lunar nodes in the SR is an indication of a highly volatile year for both individuals, marked by much unpredictability.

Now let’s look at the lunar returns of both men at the time of the November election.

Lower left is Trump’s LR in effect on 3 Nov 2020. Upper right is Biden’s LR for the same period.

Above are the lunar returns in effect for each candidate on the day of the election.

Trump has his LR Moon conjunct the LR Asc, and the LR Moon is peregrine. In addition, the LR true nodes are Stationary and fall across the horizon, suggesting a major disruptive life change during this period. LR Venus, ruler of LR 10th, lies at the bendings of the nodes in the LR chart.

Biden’s LR Moon has essential dignity and his LR true nodes are in normal Rx motion.

Overall Biden’s lunar return looks more favorable than Trump’s during this period.

In summary, it doesn’t look like smooth sailing for either candidate. Judging from the solar and lunar returns, I think Biden has somewhat of an edge over Trump. At the same time, both men have indications of major disruptions and unexpected changes in their charts, so election time should be full of surprises. Trump’s return is especially concerning because of the 6th/12th house nodal axis and the possibility of a significant health crisis before his next birthday in 2021.

Addendum 04 Oct 2020:

I originally posted the above blog on 3 Sep 2020. Over the past few days the nation has been concerned about Trump’s health. He apparently came down with symptoms on Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 and was tested for Covid-19 on Thursday 01 Oct 2020. The result was positive and he announced very early Friday morning 02 Oct 2020 that he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and was receiving treatment for the illness. On September 3, 2020, I had written that Trump’s current Solar return “is especially concerning because of the 6th/12th house nodal axis and the possibility of a significant health crisis” during this Solar return year (June 2020 – June 2021).

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