Sidney Kimball Bennett (Wynn) and the Failure of Progressions and Directions

Sidney Kimball Bennett, born February 10, 1892, in Chicago, was a notable U.S. astrologer of the early twentieth century.  He published Wynn’s Astrology Magazine in the thirties and forties and is known today primarily for his method of forecasting called the Wynn Key Cycle.

Wynn’s claim to fame in the 1930’s was a 1932 prediction he made in the NY Daily News , when he forecast a week of immense financial turmoil for early March of 1933.  OMarch 4, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated.  One of his first acts, in response to many bank failures and “runs” on banks, was to proclaim a bank holiday,” closing all the banks in the United States from March 6th until March 13.  There was great financial turmoil and uncertainty until the banks reopened on March 13th and depositors began to return their cash to the ailing institutions. Interestingly, on March 8, 1933 (two days after the start of Roosevelt’s bank holiday) the recently discovered dwarf planet Pluto in Aries by transit made an exact square to Uranus in Cancer (the Whole Sign 2nd house of money of the USA Gemini-rising chart).  I don’t know whether Wynn had begun to use Pluto in his charts at that time.

According to The Free Dictionary Encyclopedia:

“In The Key Cycle, Bennett [Wynn] relates that a number of his clients had complained that his prognostications, based on the techniques of progressions and directions, had failed. He regarded these failures as being traceable to mistaken birth times. These faulty predictions struck home, however, in May 1926 when he failed to foresee an accident in which he was almost killed by a hit-and-run driver.  At the time, Bennett was traveling in California on a business trip during which he was attempting to take advantage of a ‘marvelous combination of progressions’.  However, from a business standpoint the trip was a total failure.  Reflecting upon these events and calling to mind his clients’ complaints, he was persuaded to give up progressions and directions.”

I was surprised upon reading this passage about Wynn because life-altering events such as a major accident with a near-death experience almost always show up astrologically using traditional techniques.  Most likely such an event would involve Mars (force), Uranus (unexpected disruption) and the 8th house (near-death experiences).  I felt that Wynn must have missed a significant progression or direction when he did his personal prognostications for 1926, so I decided to investigate.

According to, Wynn was born on 10 Feb 1892 at 9 AM in Chicago.  Here is his natal chart with Whole Sign Houses.

Wynn whole sign

We must begin by determining whether a serious car accident is revealed as a potential in his birth chart.  Local transport is a matter of the 3rd house, which contains a Neptune/Pluto  conjunction in Gemini (a travel sign).  This Neptune/Pluto conjunction is opposed by Mars in the 9th house of long-distance travel (the accident occurred in California, far from his Chicago birth place).  In addition, the 3rd house Neptune/Pluto conjunction lies in 6 degrees of Gemini, which is quincunx Uranus in 6 degrees of Scorpio in the 8th house of death.  The quincunx carries and 6th and 8th house connotation.  The natal chart appears to carry the potential for a life-threatening accident while traveling.

Solar Return:

Now let’s look at his birth place Solar Return for 1926, the year of the accident.  At the time, Wynn was using Placidus houses, so I have cast the 1926 return in that house system.

Wynn 1926 return

In the 1926 Solar Retutn Wynn’s Sun lies in the return 8th house of death.  The house position of the Sun in a Solar Return chart indicates a major theme for the year.  The Sun is conjunct return Mercury, which rules the 3rd house of local transportation in both the natal and the return charts.

Return Saturn, the traditional ruler of the return 8th of death, forms a square aspect to the return Sun/Mercury conjunction in the 8th, warning of a serious potentially life-threatening (8th house) problem while traveling.  Mercury also rules the return 12th house of confinement and undoing, which includes hospital stays whereas in the natal chart Mercury rules the 3rd of local travel and the 6th of bodily afflctions.

Furthermore, the Moon rules the return Ascendant and almost exactly opposes the degree of the Ascendant, which rules the body and the vitality of the individual.  The transiting ASC-ruler opposing the degree of the Ascendant indicates some difficulty for the vitality of the organism.  In Hellenistic astrology the Moon is a general signifier of the body.  In Wynn’s natal chart, the Moon rules the 4th house of endings and the grave.

If we superimpose his natal chart on his solar return, we see the following.

wynn natal solr.jpg

There is an emphasis on the 6th, 8th and 10th houses with natal MC in return 6th, natal Sun in return 8th, and natal Ascendant in return 10th.  The accident occurred while on a business trip in California.

Most striking, however, is the natal Moon opposite the return Moon across the horizon.  As mentioned the Moon is a general signifier of the body.  She rules the 4th of endings in the natal chart and the Ascendant (body and vitality) in the return chart.

Lunar Return:

The Lunar Return for the day of the accident (May 18, 1926) is even more revealing.  Here is the natal chart with the Lunar Return superimposed:

wynn lunar

Here are the key features of the Lunar Return for the day of the hit-and-run:

  • Malefic Saturn, peregrine and retrograde, conjoins the cusp of the natal 8th of death as well as the Ascendant of the lunar return which lies in the natal 8th house.
  • Lunar return Mars in the natal 12th of hospitalization squares natal Mars in the 8th house.
  • Lunar return Venus, which occupies the natal 12th of confinement and undoing, conjoins the natal Ascendant.
  • The Lunar Return M.C. occupies the natal 6th of bodily afflictions where it opposes return Mars in the natal 12th and squares natal Mars in the natal 8th, thus forming a T-square connecting the traditionally unfortunate 6th, 8th and 12th natal houses.

Solar Arc Directions:

Wynn said that his directions for this period did not reveal the event.  Let’s look at his Solar Arc Directed chart superimposed on his natal chart for May 18, 1926.  (In his book on the Key Cycle Wynn says the hit-and-run accident occurred at 9 PM in Merced, California on 18 May 1926).

wynn solar arc

What stands out is that solar arc directed Uranus is exactly conjunct natal Mars (01′ orb) in the Placidus 8th (Whole Sign 9th house of distant travel) on May 18th of 1926.  I cannot imagine a more compelling symbol for a life-threatening hit-and-run accident than a Uranus/Mars conjunction in the 8th of death.

At the same time this Uranus/Mars conjunction is quincunx the directed Neptune/Pluto conjunction in the 4th of endings and the grave.

In addition, the solar arc directed MC is exactly quincunx directed Pluto in the 4th of endings; and in modern astrology Pluto (god of the underworld) would be considered a ruler of the natal 8th of death.

The solar arc directed Moon has recently entered the 6th house of bodily affliction.

Finally, the directed Sun almost exactly conjoins natal Venus in the 12th house of undoing and confinement.  Venus is exalted ruler of Pisces, which is intercepted in the 12th.  Venus also rules the 2nd of income, suggesting a costly period of confinement in a hospital following the accident.  On May 15th directed Venus in the 1st was exactly quincunx natal Saturn in the 6th, and at the time of the incident this aspect was within one degree of orb.

Primary Directions:

If we direct the natal chart by the Placidus semi-arc method of primary zodiacal directions using the Kündig key (which I discussed in a recent post), we get the following primary direction during the period from April 1 through June 1 of 1926:

wynn primaries

In May of 1926 the primary directed Ascendant (the body and one’s vitality) was moving through the natal 12th house (confinement).  On May 17th (the day prior to the accident) the primary directed ASC exactly semi-sextiled natal Mercury in the 11th.  The semi-sextile is a stressful aspect similar to the quincunx.  Natal Mercury rules the 3rd of local travel and, with Virgo intercepted in the natal 6th, co-rules the 6th of bodily affliction.  Thus, this semi-sexitle of the primary directed Ascendant to natal Mercury connects the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th houses — symbolism apt for being hit by a car and end up in the hospital.

In summary, it seems that Wynn must not have looked at his Solar Arc directions or his Lunar Returns for May of 1926 when he did his personal forecasting for the year.

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The Kündig Sun Key for Directing a Chart

I recently came across a reference to the Kündig method of rectification.  Heinrich Kündig (born 23 April 1909, 9:33 AM, Thalwil, Switzerland) was an astrologer who developed a method of chart rectification based on the idea that a chart should be erected for the moment where there exists a perfect harmony between MC and the planets ruling MC/IC axis.  Apparently this method, which produces ten potential birth times, is popular in Scandinavia and in German-speaking countries but is little used in other parts of the world.  I have experimented a bit with this method and have not been impressed in the small number of charts I tested it against.

On the other hand, in his book Astrologische Prognose, in the chapter Der Wahre Zeitschlüssel (The True Time Key) Kündig discusses a rate (“key”) for directing a natal chart.  The Kündig key sometimes produces remarkable results.

In the method of secondary progressions, astrologers equate each day (24 hours) following the birth moment with one year of life. If I understand Kündig correctly, in directing a chart he equates one degree of ecliptic traveled by the Sun after the moment of birth to one year of life.  The twist is that he converts that one degree of ecliptic longitude to Right Ascension and then uses the value in R.A. (in degrees, minutes and seconds) to direct the chart.

[Note: Bernd Mueller points out in a comment (see below) that the method I am following is slightly different from the original proposed in Astrologishe Prognose.  which on page 213 states:
“The ecliptical degree where the ecliptical longitude of the natal sun is located has to be taken as 1° full degree. No matter if the position of the sun is 1′ or 59′ within that degree.”  My preference, however, is to measure the actual movement of the Sun forward by exactly one degree on the ecliptic and to convert that distance into Right Ascension.  This gives a value that is more individualized to the nativity, though the difference is the value of the keys calculated by the two methods is extremely slight.]

To illustrate the use of this key, I tried to think of a dramatic event which should produce notable results.  What came to mind was the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

JFK was born on 29 May 1917 at 3 PM in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He died on 23 November 1963 at the age of 46.48 years (or more precisely 46.48724 years).

To calculate the Kündig Sun Key for directing, we start with the position of his natal Sun:

Kennedy’s Sun was at 7 Gemini 50′ 36″ with a R.A. of 66 deg 04′ 05″.

When the Sun advances exactly one degree of ecliptic longitude, it will be at 8 Gemini 50′ 36″ with a R.A. of 67 deg 7′ 48″.  (This occurs on 30 May 1917 at 21:01:50 GMT.)

These positions can be easily found using the online Sun & Moon Position Calculator.

Thus, when the Sun advances by one degree of ecliptic longitude from its birth position, it advances by 67 deg 07′ 48″ minus 66 deg 04′ 05″ degrees of Right Ascension = 1 deg 03′ 43″ of arc in R.A.

In other words, 01 deg 3′ 43″ of arc in R.A. is the Kündig Sun Key for directing the natal chart.  In decimal form, this key is 1.06194444 degrees of arc.

At the time of Kennedy’s death he was 46.48724 years old.  Multiplying his chronological age by the Sun Key we get 1.06194444 x 46.48724 = 49.36687 degrees of arc, which we must add to every position in his natal chart to produce the directed chart.

Here is JFK’s natal chart with the Kündig Sun Key directed chart superimposed:

JFK Natal Chart with Kündig Sun Key Directed Chart outside at the time of his death.

JFK Natal Chart with Kündig Sun Key Directed Chart outside at the time of his death.

The outstanding features of this chart are:

Directed Sun conjunct natal Saturn (ruler of the 4th of endings) –  02′ orb.

Directed Saturn square natal Venus (ruler of the 8th of death) –  13′ orb.

Directed MC quincunx natal Uranus (stationary) — sudden shocking events  ( 03′ orb).

Directed Pluto square natal Jupiter in 8th of death ( 24′ orb).

Directed Chiron conjunct natal Mars at cusp of 8th of death ( 21′ orb).

The symbolism of the aspects formed by the directed chart with respect to the natal chart certainly portend risk to the life of the native and attest to the accuracy of the Kündig Sun Key in directing a chart.

Addendum: To show the range of  Kündig Sun Keys, I put together the following table.
Kundig Keys Chart





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Shooting in Baton Rouge

Sunday morning we woke to the news of yet another shooting — this time at about 8:46 AM CDT in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The alleged killer was identified as Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri. He chose to carry out his murderous attack against six police officers on his 29th birthday.  Mr. Long was a former sergeant in the Marines.  His time of birth is unknown.  Here is his sunrise chart for Kansas City.


A striking feature of this chart is Mars in Leo almost exactly square Pluto in Scorpio.  This aspect is an indicator of powerful drives, the urge to dominate and control, extreme effort, and intense emotions with a potential for violence.  (At present we don’t know his time of birth, but Mars square Pluto became exact at 4:47 PM CDT on his date of birth.)

Mars was the ancient god of war who got what he wanted through the use of force and aggression. Pluto was the god of the underworld who abused his power by forcibly abducting Prosperina, daughter of the goddess of grain.  Proserpina’s mother was so distraught by the rape of her daughter that she ceased making the crops grow, thereby almost wiping out the human race in the ensuing worldwide famine.

Also noteworthy is that Pluto is stationary turning direct in Scorpio, giving the themes signified by Pluto prominence (transformation, death and rebirth, coercive force, abuse of power) throughout the life of the individual.  This lifelong emphasis on Pluto issues suggests that a likely motive for the killings  has to do with Mr. Long’s rage (Mars square Pluto) about the perceived abuses of police power (Pluto stationary) in dealing with the black community of which he was a member — all of which are quintessential Pluto significations.


Photo of Gavin Eugene Long from social media:
Mars square a stationary Pluto in Scorpio dominates his chart.

If we superimpose the current Solar Return on the sunrise natal chart, we get the following:

long sr

What is most striking in the comparison chart is the almost exact square of transiting Uranus in Aries to his natal Sun.  Uranus has the signification of rebellion, liberation and the quest for freedom from oppression; it was discovered at the time of the French Revolution with this motto of “liberté, égalité, fraternité.”  Transiting Uranus here in Mars-ruled Aries is stressed by a close quincunx from transiting Mars in Scorpio.

At the same time his natal Mars/Pluto square was being triggered by the solar return Mercury/Venus conjunction.  In addition, Mr. Long was in the midst of his Saturn return. The transiting Moon in his return chart, which disposes his natal Sun, Mercury and Venus, is conjunct both his natal and return Saturn, suggesting that he has been dealing with difficult emotional issues and frustrations during this Saturn return period, especially during this Solar Return year.

Here is the chart for the time of the shootings superimposed on Mr. Long’s natal chart:


The Solar Return positions have advanced by a day.  Transiting Venus is now closely conjunct natal Mars, and transiting Mercury has just conjoined natal Mars and will momentarily square square natal Pluto in Scorpio.  The transiting Moon has recently conjoined natal Uranus.  Thus, the transiting planets are activating the natal Mars/Pluto square and also natal Uranus at the time of the incident.

Transiting Mercury’s activation of the natal Mars square Pluto began at 6:40 AM and ended and 10:10 AM, as can be seen in the following table.


It is noteworthy that at 10 AM CDT, as transiting Mercury was within minutes of perfecting its square to natal Pluto, Baton Rouge Police Corporal L’Jean Mckneely Jr reported to the media: “We’re securing the area with a deceased suspect, a suspect that has been killed. We’re making sure there aren’t any explosives in the area.”

Addendum (July 18, 2016): In today’s news there are reports of the suspect’s opinions as expressed on social media.  These reports confirm what was suggested by the strong emphasis on Mars and stationary Pluto in square aspect in the natal chart.  Here is a quote from the LA TIMES:

“Gavin Eugene Long, the gunman who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, left a vast and angry online trail documenting his interest in black separatism and fury at police shootings of black men.”

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Will Hillary be our next President?

Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions are just around the corner, it seems clear that the November U.S. Presidential Election will be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  We have reliable information for Trump’s birth but Hillary’s birth data is still considered “dirty data” because of the many conflicting reports about when she supposedly was born.  Most astrologers appear to be using an 8:02 AM time for Hillary, and I will stick to that convention.  In addition, there is disagreement among astrologers about which chart to use for the “birth” of the United States.  My own favorite is a Gemini rising chart which has consistently yielded positive results, so I will make the following assumptions about chart data:

Donald Trump: 14 JUNE 1946, 10:54 AM, Jamaica, NY, from birth certificate.

Hillary Clinton: 26 OCTOBER 1947, 8:02 AM, Chicago, IL, time in dispute.

USA Gemini rising Chart: 04 JULY 1776, 2:13:48 AM, Philadelphia, PA, a symbolic chart.

First votes in USA Election: 08 NOVEMBER 2016, 00:00 AM, Dixville Notch, NH.

usa gemini

Let’s begin by looking at where the USA is with respect to its progressed Sun-Moon cycle. Here is a list from Solar Fire about the current USA progressed lunation cycle:


Roughly every 29 1/2 years the USA enters a new progressed lunation cycle. The current cycle began in 1995 when Bill Clinton was President.  Key events that surrounded the May 28, 1995 date (Aquarius 10th house progressed New Moon) were:

April 19, 1995 – Bomb explosion at Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma kills 168 people in a homegrown terrorist attack.

June 1995 – Monica Lewinsky began her internship at White House.

The themes of terrorist attacks on America soil and the obsession with the sexual behavior of consenting adults have been a prominent part of the current USA progressed lunation cycle.

The First Quarter phase began in January 2002 (Taurus 12th house progressed First Quarter Moon).  The most notable event of this period was George W. Bush’s State of the Union speech in which he name Iraq as a member of the ‘axis of evil’ and warned of the grave danger to the USA of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

The Full Moon phase began in August 2009 (Virgo 4th house progressed Full Moon).  This was Obama’s first year in office and he was dealing with the subprime mortgage financial meltdown and was also promoting his new healthcare plan for the nation. In the gardening metaphor used for lunation cycles, the flowers have now blossomed and the plants are about to bear fruit.

The nation is now in the Disseminating Moon Phase, the time of harvesting and distributing the goods of the harvest — to use the gardening metaphor.

The next president, who will be elected in November of 2016, will lead the nation through the final quarter of the Aquarius 10th house progressed lunation cycle, which will begin in October of 2017 with the progressed Moon at 12 Sagittarius 22. The harvest has been gathered and distributed, and the plants that remain in the fields begin to decompose as we prepare for the end of this cycle and the beginning of a new one at the next progressed New Moon in November of 2024.

Who will America choose to oversee the final distribution of the harvest and to preside over the ending of the cycle that began with Bill Clinton and came to fruition under Barack Obama?  From a thematic point of view it seems to me that Hillary Clinton is a more logical candidate for winding down the cycle started by her husband Bill and brought to fruition by her colleague Barack Obama.  Donald Trump, despite his popular appeal, seems to be too radical a change for this late stage of the USA lunation cycle.

That being said, there are a number of factors which suggest that Trump may do very well in the November election.  The next figure shows the Gemini-rising USA chart progressed to November 2016 with Donald Trump’s natal chart superimposed.

Trump to nov 1 prg

Incredibly, Trump’s natal Moon falls  exactly on the USA progressed Ascendant, an indication that Trump’s sense of the public mood of the America people is exactly in accord with the emotional state of the populace.  Moreover, Trump’s natal Sun/Moon opposition is powerfully placed on the horizon of the progressed USA chart — suggesting a compelling resonance between Trump’s personal style and the current state of the nation. Trump’s natal stationary Jupiter, symbolizing his expansiveness and tendency to exaggerate, is prominently displayed in the progressed USA 10th house, reinforcing his status and popularity as a public figure in this country.

If we compare Trump’s progressed chart for November 2016 to the USA progressed chart, the results are also quite striking.

trump pr to usa pr

Here we see that Trump’s progressed Uranus lies exactly opposite the progressed USA Ascendant at the time of the November election but it is also directly opposite his natal Moon.  Generally such a Uranus aspect has an unpredictable, tense, disruptive and emotionally distressing effect. In charts of individuals, Uranus on the cusp of the  7th house often signals a divorce or the breakup of an important relationship.  Since the base chart is that of the United States, the upset is likely to be in the 7th house area of foreign affairs and our relationships with other nations.  Certainly a Trump win would have such a Uranian effect on our dealings with other countries.  Domestically, it could mean the the population of the United States is likely to divorce Trump during the November elections.

Note also that Trump’s progressed Sun squares the USA progressed Moon at this time.  If this were a synastry comparison between Donald Trump and the United States, the Solar Fire program would interpret their relationship as follows:

“Each one seems to fill a void deep inside the other. In astrology it is considered important to have a combination of personal planets in order to enjoy a deep relationship, but this can be a difficult combination once the initial excitement has worn off. Friction easily arises and what was once attractive becomes irritating. The success of this relationship largely depends on each person’s ability to accept the other person’s differences. Donald may eventually have difficulty understanding the USA’s emotional nature. Donald may feel impatient and frustrated by the limitations placed on him by the USA.  The USA may feel overwhelmed by Donald’s personality.”

Now let’s look at Hillary’s natal and progressed chart for November 2016 with the progressed chart of the USA for the same period.

hillary usa pr.jpg

Hillary Clinton’s closest aspects to the USA progressed chart for November 2016 are her natal Jupiter conjunct the USA progressed Moon.  This is quite positive, especially since Jupiter rules the USA progressed Ascendant.  In addition, Hillary’s natal Saturn trines the progressed USA Ascendant, suggesting the the people will see her as a more traditional and conservative choice.  Her natal Part of Fortune is on the MC/IC axis of the USA progressed chart, which seems to be a strongly positive indicator.

Let’s now compare Hillary’s progressed chart to that of the USA.

hillary pr usa pr

Here Hillary’s progressed Neptune conjoins the USA progressed MC within half a degree, no doubt contributing to the public perception of her as deceptive or deliberately misleading.  Hillary’s progressed Venus makes a favorable trine to the USA MC, but here progressed Sun/Mercury conjunction squares the progressed USA MC, suggesting some difficulty or obstacles in winning the presidency.

On the other hand, her Sun/Mercury conjunction is disposed by Saturn, which is sextile her progressed Part of Fortune in the USA 10th and trine the progressed USA Ascendant, suggesting that she will be able to overcome the difficulties indicated by the Sun/Mercury square to the MC.

Finally, the Sun/Mercury progressed conjunction is extremely close, so that Hillary’s progressed Mercury is ‘cazimi’ or ‘in the heart of the Sun’ — an extremely powerful conjunction which strongly fortifies Mercury.  This is significant because natal Mercury rules Hillary’s 10th house of career success, so that at the time of the election natal Mercury’s ability to effect its significance as a career success indicator is powerfully activated by secondary progression to the heart of the Sun.  To my mind Hillary’s progressed Mercury cazimi configuration, which becomes exact 13 October 2016 if the 8:02 AM birth time is correct, is the strongest indicator that she will shine brilliantly by winning the presidency.

The bottom line is that Hillary Clinton is more likely than Donald Trump to be our next president, though she will have some tough times in late summer/early fall during the height of the campaign.  Trump is extremely popular and has tapped powerfully into the public mood, so a Trump win is not out of the question. However, Trump’s progressed Uranus exactly opposite the progressed ASC of the USA Gemini chart in early November suggests that, despite his popularity with the Republican base, the nation as a whole will “divorce” him at the time of the election.  If Trump were to be elected president, the progressed chart suggests that we would be in for a rough ride, especially with regard to our relationships with other nations (which are ruled by the 7th house in mundane charts).  To repeat the Solar Fire delineation:

The success of this relationship largely [will depend] on each person’s ability to accept the other person’s differences. Donald may eventually have difficulty understanding the USA’s emotional nature. Donald may feel impatient and frustrated by the limitations placed on him by the USA.  The USA may feel overwhelmed by Donald’s personality.

Addendum 1 (17 July 2016):

I received several comments in Facebook regarding this blog post.  Clearly, other astrologers may interpret the same data differently.  For example, Al Mackenzie wrote: “Trump’s progressed Ascendant ruler (himself) is well-dignified and conjunct the progressed US MC…to me that speaks better of his chances than the ill-dignified Saturn ruling her chart which falls in the US eighth.”  I responded that since this was a comparison of progressed charts I gave more weight to very close aspects (less and half a degree).  That said, it may turn out that Al is correct and that Donald Trump will be our next president.

Addendum 2 (2 August 2016):  A reader pointed out that I used November 1 instead of November 8 for the date to which to progress the charts.  This was a typo on my part.  However, the difference of a week in secondary progressions is essentially insignificant.  The Moon advances about 14 minutes of arc in a week by progression.  The other planets and chart points remain essentially unchanged.

Addendum 3 (7 August 2016):  My prediction that Hillary would be the most likely winner was made prior to the political conventions which officially nominated Hillary and Donald as the respective Democratic and Republican candidates.  One of my favorite political astrologers, Patrick Watson, came to the same conclusion after examining the charts for the moments Clinton and Trump stated publicly at their conventions that they had accepted the nominations.  Here is the data he used:

  • Trump accepts the nomination: 21 July 2016, 10:20 PM, Cleveland, OH, Pisces rising.  The Moon lies in the 12th house and is corrupted by malefics.
  • Hillary accepts the nomination: 28 July 2016, 10:47 PM, Philadelphia, PA, Aries rising.  The Moon lies in the 3rd house and applies within a degree to sextile the Sun, which is the exalted ruler of the Aries Ascendant.

Patrick, using Hellenistic techniques, comes to essential the same conclusion.  Hillary Clinton is more likely than Donald Trump to win the November election.

[Note on 11 Nov 2016: It appears that Patrick Watson’s technique of using the exactly timed charts for the moment each candidate accepted the position for their party produced a wrong result and should not be considered reliable.]

Addendum 4 (19 August 2016): I was looking over the Sun signs of US Presidents.  Those born under fixed Sun signs are much more likely to become president than those with mutable Sun signs — another argument in favor of Scorpio Hillary over Gemini Donald. Here is the list:

  • Aries:  John Tyler, Thomas Jefferson
  • Taurus: James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, James Monroe, Harry S. Truman
  • Gemini: John F. Kennedy, George H. Bush, ? Donald Trump ?
  • Cancer:  Calvin Coolidge, John Quincy Adams, Gerald Ford, George W. Bush
  • Leo: Herbert Hoover, Benjamin Harrison, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama
  • Virgo: Lyndon B. Johnson, William H. Taft
  • Libra: Jimmy Carter, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Scorpio: Theodore Roosevelt, John Adams, James K. Polk, Warren G. Harding, James Garfield, ? Hillary Clinton ?
  • Sagittarius: Franklin Pierce, Zachary Taylor, Martin Van Buren
  • Capricorn: Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Johnson, Millard Fillmore, Richard M. Nixon
  • Aquarius: William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, William H. Harrison, Abraham Lincoln
  • Pisces: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, Grover Cleveland

Addendum 4: Hillary’s secondary progressed Mercury/Sun ‘cazimi’ conjunction becomes exact on 13 October 2016 (based on an 8:02 AM birth time).  At this time Trump’s campaign is spiraling downward and he is being abandoned by a host of key members of his party.

Addendum 5: (9 Nov 2016): Trump appears to have won the election.  It seems that the 8:02 AM time for Hillary’s birth is probably not correct.  The cazimi configuration mentioned above occurs with the 8 AM time, but not with an 8 PM time.  In a recent Podcast, Chris Brennan mentioned that he asked Hillary in person about her time of birth and she said 8 PM, which would significantly alter the nature of the prediction.  We should probably be using the 8 PM time for Hillary’s birth chart.
It also looks like I misinterpreted Trump’s progressed Uranus opposite the USA ASC as the nation divorcing Trump. Instead, it appears that it meant that Trump would drastically upset the sense of identity of the nation.

Here is a clip from MSNBC about the voting turnout:
Clinton won the popular vote by a small margin, but Trump won the electoral college vote.



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For those who may be interested I just wrote a brief article on dodekatemoria for the Spanish website Campus Astrología:


The article is based on the following passage from page  157 of the book In the Path of the Moon:Babylonian Celestial Divination and its Legacy de Francesca Rochberg (Brill Academic Publishers, 2010) in which the author presents a scholarly discussion of the Babylonian method of calculationg dodekatemoria:


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George Lucas’ Near-death Experience

For those who attended my talk at the NYC NCGR meeting on 18 June 2016, I have posted below what I intended to say about George Lucas’ chart.  Unfortunately I brought the solar return for the wrong year in the slides I made for the lecture.  My apologies.

In a TV interview with Oprah, George Lucas commented about his senior year in high school:

“In high school, I lived to be a race car driver. I was in a very bad accident and so then I reevaluated all that. I said maybe there’s something else for me. Maybe there’s a reason I survived this accident, that nobody should have survived…
“I was hit, broadsided, by a car that was going about 90 miles per hour. I should be dead… It did give me this perspective on life that said, you know, basically, I’m operating on extra credit… Let’s just go for it. I’m never afraid of dying. I feel like what I’m getting is bonus material.”

A report about the accident adds:

“The Star Wars creator was driving home from school in the middle of his senior year when a car slammed into the side of his vehicle – causing it to flip more than seven times. The filmmaker was left with several broken ribs and two collapsed lungs.
Lucas is convinced the accident had a profound effect on his life, revealing the experience prompted him to reconsider his dreams and change the course of his career.”

Chris Brennan uses this event in his lectures about zodiacal releasing because at the time Lucas was going through his first significant ‘loosing of the bond’ period (12 Sep 1961 –  5 April 63), as you can see in the table below.


Lucas Solar Return for the year is quite telling. Here is the SR chart in effect at the time of the accident.

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Note in the Solar Return that Pluto conjoins the ASC, marking a year of dramatic change in his sense of personal identity.  The Jupiter/Chiron conjunction in the 6th of bodily injury opposes Pluto in the 12th of hospitalization.  Uranus in the 12th of undoing and confinement squares the SR Sun in the 9th (his philosophical view of life).  Mars rules the SR 3rd of car travel and occupies the 8th house.

Here is Lucas’ Solar Return with his natal chart superimposed.

lucas superimp

Here we see his natal Uranus at the MC of the solar return.  Uranus often indicates accidents.  Notably, natal Uranus on the SR MC squares SR Pluto on the SR ASC, marking this as a year in which this square between the outer planets (SR Pluto square natal Uranus) will manifest in his life.  Angular planets have special prominence, and the outer planet aspects often have life-changing implications.  Uranus often symbolizes major disruptions, such as accidents or divorce; and Pluto often indicates events that divide one’s life into “before and after.”

Natal Mercury rules the SR ASC and conjoins natal Venus in the SR 9th.  Venus rules his natal ASC (his body).  The SR Neptune in the 3rd (local car travel) opposes his natal Mercury/Venus conjunction in the 9th, warning of the potential for a car accident related to Neptunian inattention.

In addition, Lucas’ natal Chiron (the wounded healer) conjoins the SR ASC and SR Pluto.  At the same time natal Chiron opposes the SR Jupiter/Chiron conjunction in the 6th house.


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The Zodiacal Releasing of a Pleasant Surprise

Last year I wrote about the astrology of a pleasant surprise.

To quote that post:
“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.”

Recently I’ve been going through the most recent lecture about zodiacal releasing which Chris Brennan posted in his online Hellenistic Astrology Course.  Zodiacal releasing is a time-lord technique for forecasting described by Vetius Valens. You begin by measuring time from the natal sign which contains your Part of Spirit.  Each zodiacal sign covers a certain number of years and is divided into subperiods assigned in sequence to the signs of the zodiac.  If you complete an entire cycle of the zodiac, you jump to the sign opposite the one that started the period; this is called “loosing of the bond.”  Such “loosing of the bond” (LB) periods often mark significant transitions in one’s professional life or life direction.

When I tried this technique in my own chart, I discovered that there was a loosing of the bond at the time I submitted a proposal to Llewellyn to write a horary book (August 1989) and again when the book was published (January 1991).  Finally, there was a loosing of the bond during the week that I unexpectedly received an award for the book at the 1992 UAC Conference.

The following table shows the loosing of the bond, marked (L), in August 1989 (book proposal submitted) and January 1991 (book published).

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The next table shows the loosing of the bond, marked (L), on Level 4 for the UAC Conference in April 1992 when I received the award, which occurred on April 20, 1992 as far as I can recall.


The level 4 loosing of the bond occurs from April 18 – 22, 1992, in the sign Cancer which is my Whole Sign 10th house of career.  This corresponds exactly to the time I received the award.  The precise timing is quite amazing.

All-in-all the Hellenistic timelord technique of zodiacal releasing is quite impressive and pinpoints some key periods in my professional life.  My thanks to Chris Brennan for his clear presentation of zodiacal releasing and his excellent course on Hellenistic astrology.


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