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New Moon 24Sag39 on Dec 16, 2009

In this blog’s sidebar you’ll find a feed to Julie Demboski’s excellent blog with her insightful details on the New Moon of Dec, 2009 @ 24Sag39.

The Sabian Symbol for this new cycle of activity, which Julie terms a Fantasy New Moon (oooh!) is for ’25Sag’…”A Chubby Boy on a Hobby Horse” which Marc Edmund Jones gives as EMULATION.

Positive expression: an indomitable determination to give the lesser potentialities of existence a more effective dimension;

Negative/Unconscious/Shadow Side: idle self-indulgence and ingenuous claims of merit.

Got hobbies? Perhaps you may begin a new cycle of activity where you showcase them! And with December holidays coming up perhaps we’ll be inspired to play and have fun before the Blue Moon Eclipse of Dec 31 ends our year.

News reports say that sales are up for retailers so that’s good for the economy and for your Aunt Granny Fanny who’s pining for a gift from you that doesn’t involve checkered socks! (Surely you can do better than that.)

The New Moon’s Sun Sag/Moon Sag combo of Fire-Fire energies is an interesting blend for its optimism and faith in the future. The essential benevolence of life found in this blend is perfect for the celebration of our Savior’s birth (if you believe that way, as I do.)

Sun Sag/Moon Sag is a blend shared natally by Max Born, Joan Didion, Randy Newman, and Ludwig von Beethoven, composer of ‘Ode to Joy’ who said:

“Give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that.”

I’m guessing Beethoven’s music does that even when his personality didn’t.

Happy Holiday New Moon!

Geminid Meteor Shower + Sepia Art Theater

Space Weather News for Dec 12, 2009

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: This weekend, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from extinct comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. Forecasters expect more than 100 meteors per hour to fly out of the constellation Gemini when the shower peaks on Dec 13 and 14.

For most observers, the best time to look will be from 10 pm local time on Sunday night to dawn on Monday morning.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for photos, a sky map, and live audio from a meteor radar.

ASTRONOMY ALERTS FOR CHRISTMAS: Spaceweather.com’s astronomy alert service makes a great gift. It works like this: Suppose the International Space Station is about to fly over your back yard. Your phone will ring and tell you to go outside and look. Subscribers also receive alerts for meteor showers, eclipses, rocket launches, Northern Lights and much more.

Give the heavens for Christmas at SpaceWeatherPhone.


At some point, you may have a notion to check out my fledgling new Art Gallery blog Sepia Art Theater with content much as it sounds: sepia-toned Art of a backstage nature.

An astrological look at the Amanda Knox case

UPDATE April 30, 2013: Amanda Knox will be interviewed on TV this evening. The following post was written and published years ago. Read, if you wish, though no edits or updates to its text or conclusions have been made for after reading through it, I stand by what I’ve written based on the horoscopes.

Original post begins here:

Among thousands of news sources covering the tragedy and subsequent trial, Wikipedia has some of the tragic details of the murder of Meredith Kercher for which Seattle native Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in Italy on Dec 5, 2009 “shortly after midnight,” say news reports this evening in the US (Dec 4.)

(“Shortly after midnight” in Italy, Dec 5, 2009, gives: Sun-to-natal Moon, Moon-to-natal Sun for Ms. Knox, indicating completions concerning past behaviors; Sun/Moon has a relationship flavor as well.)

One of the more time consuming branches of Astrology is Forensic Astrology and I seldom have a chance to spend the several hours required to get very far with a particular case – and I don’t today, but I will give some of the main astrological factors as I see them.

For having the police estimate that Ms. Kercher was brutally murdered between 8:30 and 11:00 pm (Nov 1, 2007, Perugia, Italy) makes a brief study of the related charts intriguing, to see which planet/s were rising, 8th house ruler/s and aspects, aspects to the chart-ruler/s, planets at chart angles (ASC/DESC and MC/IC), the last lunation (here a Full Moon 2Tau23 on Oct 26, 2007) and many other chart factors which cannot be covered here.

The Pre-Natal Eclipse of the crime is the Sept 11, 2007 Solar Eclipse @ 18Vir24 in the 9 New South Series with flavors of: ‘long-term worries surface having to do with loved ones, paperwork, communication, or health; responsibilities relating to paperwork come home to roost; news has a sense of destiny or fatedness about it’. (Brady’s ‘Predictive Astrology.)

(Sun/Moon as mentioned above has a fated quality, too, and relates to male-female principles.)

Plus, you know that Sabian Symbols can give interesting facets of an event’s actors (planets), methods (signs), and places of action (houses) – but there’s no time for them all now. Still, here are some factors I discovered. “Real” forensic astrologers may feel free to correct my assumptions and comments – and I hope they will; or perhaps will add a link to a different analysis, if available.

Of course, having one precise time of an event is preferable, but here I’m looking at charts for the 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm CET time frame for Perugia, Italy, Nov 1, 2007.

Meredith Kercher was born in Feb, 1986, London, but I’ve not found her exact birthdate. Protecting her birth data may be a family priority and if so, I certainly don’t fault them.

However, I’ve calculated a Noon chart for Amanda Knox, born in Seattle, WA, on July 9, 1987: Sun 16Can05, Mercury 9Can05 Rx, Venus 3Can38, Mars 1Leo20 in 10th house; Moon 12Sag42, Saturn 15Sag50 Rx, Uranus 23Sag51 Rx, in 3rd house.

Her Chiron is in 9th house @ 24Gem20; Jupiter 26Ari58 in 8th h, Neptune 6Cap21 Rx in 4th h, Pluto 7Sco10 Rx in 2nd house. Of course, these house positions are based on a Noon natal chart; Noon’s ASC 29Vir10 with SN rising @ 6Lib05; Mc 28Gem58/Ic 28Sag58. Transiting transformer Pluto was conjunct this Ic on Nov 1, 2007.

The Chart for Nov 1, 2007:

At 8:30 pm, ASC 8Can28 brings up Ms. Knox’s natal Mercury 9Can05 Rx, along with transit Mars 11Can14. With Cancer being ruled by the Moon, Mars in Cancer can be touchy and temperamental – plus, Mars was out-of-bounds (OOBs) and doing as he pleased without interference.

This is Mars-to-Mercury transit for Ms. Knox indicates a period when mental energies are sizzling and thoughts are quickly turned into actions; lots of ideas and info are in the environment and life’s tempo increases to possibly a chaotic level; impatience, verbal combat and aggression are likely, and injuries to head, face, or hands are possible.

Nov 1, 2007’s Sun was a Sun-to-Pluto transit for her as well, a time when one has an urge to get to the bottom of motivations; if one is strong-willed, the trait is increased under this transit; use of power, self-control or its lack, and aggression become issues; circumstances can provoke resentment of manipulations by others who have more power or control.

Although I’m considering mainly the 8:30 pm chart (Hour of Mars) for Nov 1, 2007, Perugia, Italy, I must note that the chart for 11:00 pm (Hour of Venus; Venus 22Vir41) has the difficult, sometimes abusive, ‘destructive energy’ of the Mars/Saturn midpoint on ASC 9Leo21…as always with midpoints ‘any, all, or none’ may apply:

Mars/Saturn = ASC: obstacles caused by others; separation; discipline or restraint brought to activities; military people or athletes; struggling for every step of advancement; a health threat.

Also at 11:00 pm, the Leo Moon (a woman; physical body; Leo = romance; affairs; need for approval) is rising which creates another midpoint picture…

Mars/Sat = Moon: separation or death of a female; weakness of will; feelings about losing something; fit of depression; anger over restrictions imposed by home or family.

This indicator doesn’t give an exact time of death, however, for forensic officials have said that Ms. Kercher did not die immediately from her wounds. One wishes she had suffered less.

Besides rising Mars being angular at 8:30 pm, there’s Uranus 14Pis59 Rx at Mc. This puts Uranus/Mc within orb of an often difficult Fixed Star, Achernar, keywords: ‘crisis; risk of rapid endings’; Achernar relates to the ‘end of the river’ which may be viewed in some cases as an end-of-life signature.

So there’s malefic Mars, OOBs and testy in Cancer, on an angle, with sudden upsets/crises-bringing Uranus angular, too:

Mars square Uranus indicates someone with a strong sex drive who prefers to be free to exploit themselves without hesitation or restraint; there’s an impatient temper that doesn’t like postponing activities or having desires challenged by others.

Uranus/Mc SQ Mars: becoming violent quickly; a lack of self-control; attaining authority through a display of unusual energy; quarrel; accident; injury.

A window was broken in the Kercher’s room which the police say was done to ‘suggest’ a break-in and robbery. With Uranus angular in murky Pisces square Mars rising, I can’t feel absolutely certain that a Mars-Uranus person didn’t suddenly appear, can you? Or, the culprit was in the apartment already from being allowed in the front door (Mars/ASC.)

Uranus in Pisces has a ‘deception toward friends’ quality and a mystical signature and may relate to the police report that violent comic books were found in Sollecito’s apartment. And they say that Meredith Kercher attended Oct 31 Halloween festivities dressed as a vampire. Some connections between the crime and scenarios found in said comic books have been implied by police. I’ve always thought that Dressing as a vampire is one thing – harming others As If you’re a vampire is illusory madness.

(And I doubt that the huge success of the Twilight films encourages impressionable young folk to separate real from fantasy. I call it, making one’s fortune bwo of the lowest common denominator. It’s the ones watching such entertainments over and over who aren’t emotionally or mentally stable that concern me most. Still, the films weren’t in theaters in Oct/Nov 2007 but I suppose the books were available.)

Now the position of Nov 1’s Mercury 23Lib22s Rx relates to Mercury’s ongoing retrograde period in progress during the prior lunation, the Full Moon of Oct 26, 2007 @ 2Tau23, 6:51:30 am CEDT; Sun Hour; Mars was OOBs then, too. Mercury 27Lib32 Rx is rising in the Full Moon chart with Sun 2Sco23. And Mars 9Can50 is even closer in orb to the Nov 1 ASC 8Can28, as noted for 8:30 pm.

In fact, backing up a little, vigorous Mars (a male) and the Moon (a female) met up @ 10Can51 at 9:10 CEDT on Oct 30, 2007 with ’11Can’ being the “A Clown Making Grimaces” degree; 5th cusp of Romance and Risk-Taking = 6Sco59 conjunct asteroid Hidalgo, one of the ‘power’ asteroids who ‘expects to be in control’; spidery Arachne is conjunct Venus, and Amanda Knox’s natal Venus 3Can38 is conjunct the ASC of the Moon/Mars hook-up. Somehow I feel the Moon/Mars conj relates to the Halloween festivities of the next evening and on to the events of Nov 1; perhaps I’m wrong, but there it is.

Another note on the Nov 1 8:30 pm chart: Jupiter, often active at times of death, is in a wide conj with manipulator Pluto 27Sag05, Jupiter 19Sag46. Between them at 8:30 pm is the Part of Death 27Sag42, another possible indicator of a money involvement since Jupiter/Pluto signifies wealth, bankers, the underworld, or even a wealthy father. And Jupiter is in his own sign of Sagittarius, a strong signature of long-distance travel.

An interesting factor on Nov 1, 2007 is the position of the Mars/Neptune midpoint @ 00Tau15. This is considered by some to be a degree of violence (aka, ‘Hitler’s trigger’ degree, position of his natal Sun, yet I don’t mean to suggest Hitler is involved – violence is. The degree of the 2Tau23 Full Moon is nearby, too.)

Mars (male; sex; attacks; sharp objects) with Neptune (deceit; drugs; theft) in Taurus, the sign ruling the Throat; Ms. Kercher’s windpipe was crushed and her throat slit so I feel Mars/Neptune in Taurus is a significant signature of the culprit/s. And Mars/Neptune can also relate to sexual games and fantasies.

“Someone Else Was in the Apartment” – Was It Rudy?

Another participant who’s already in prison for this crime is Rudy Guede, who’s been described as a ‘street hustler’ and I read last evening that his attorney described him as a “fighter” – feisty Mars is often termed a ‘fighter’ or ‘street fighter’ so did OOBs Mars in Cancer make his home in the streets?

The Lady on Trial:

Amanda Knox’s natal square between Mars and Pluto may be an apt if disagreeable place to end my surmises. As I said, please feel free to add your thoughtful views, if you wish. (Be civil please, or your comment won’t be published!)

Now the following Mars/Pluto info may not seem to describe the angel-faced young lady, as some have called her. But astrological Pluto, by his very nature, indicates deeply unconscious or underground facets of our personalities, as Psychological Astrology informs us. And natal Pluto resonates very strongly with the sign of Scorpio in anyone’s personality. Some extreme possibilities are:

Mars SQ Pluto: an overly forceful nature; aggressive in pursuing desires; a do-or-die attitude; using force to gain one’s ends; courage; a violent temper; egotism; criminal tendencies; brutality; can be aggressive in sexual relationships or abusive; may become dictatorial with a ‘might makes right’ attitude; reckless and foolish; attracted to violet circumstances.

Add to her natal square of these two powerful planets, the transiting Mars-quindecile-Pluto which was in effect on Nov 1, 2007, along with sex and drugs, and we may have a picture of a romantic young girl on her own in a foreign country, whose Mars/Pluto SQ was negatively influenced by the tr Mars/Pluto quindecile (165 degr), an unconsciously operating aspect of obsession and compulsion:

Mars QD Pluto: may be driven toward power, domination, greed, and possessiveness; may demonstrate sexual dominance and aggressiveness; may be ruthless and manipulative to gain power and control; benefit comes through the power of taking physical action. (paraphrasing from ‘Quindecile’ by Ricki Reeves.)

Well, as you can tell, this is a complex situation of two years’ duration so the Astrology describing it must be complex as well.

Yet I don’t mean to suggest that I agree with the verdict reached by the Italian jury and judges who were, I believe, swayed unfairly (and perhaps politically?) by the Italian press when it came to Amanda Knox, whose activities of Nov 1, 2007 may never be fully revealed or understood. Trial by press has been a problem in the US, too, and should not be allowed to tip the scales of any court yet they so often do. And it wasn’t 12 jurors of their peers who convicted Knox and Sollecito – I believe the vote was 5 to 4…a pretty shabby way of doing things in a court of law, imo.

And so with a sense of grief for their loss, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Kercher, Knox, and other families involved in this sad case. For if a travesty of justice was made with the Knox or Solliceto guilty verdicts, I pray they will find the strength to fight for the freedom of their loved ones.


Midpoint pictures: Ebertin; Tyl; Munkasey. Mars/Pluto info: ‘Planets in Aspect’ by Rob Pelletier.

Note: please pardon any typos; I’ve tried to catch them all myself since WordPress’ spellchecker no longer functions here.

Some saved drafts of this post were lost in cyberspace as well, so if any of my text seems disconnected, let me know because paragraphs were lost with WordPress’ auto-save feature but I may be able to explain better if you’ll alert me. I did attempt to reconstruct them but you know how that goes.

BTW: Tags don’t function here either, so if you found this post, good job. I’m impressed. jc

Winter Solstice 2009: Sun Cap-Moon AQ

On Dec 21, 2009 at 12:46:35 pm est in Washington DC, we reach the time of year of the Winter Solstice (Sun 00Cap00:00), the shortest day of the year.

The Sun will rise with Fixed Star Altair, the Alpha Star of Aquila, The Eagle; keywords: boldness, courage, dogged determination, and risk-taking, but anyone influenced by Altair may be guilty of bloodshed. (Robson.)

Considering the further trek America is about to take down the war path in Afghanistan, perhaps a link to violence is to be expected.

Besides the Solstice, Dec 21, 2009 happens to be the day of a US Moon Return (Sibly Moon 27AQ10) with the astrological Moon in a mundane chart representing the people, the public, the masses. Our nation’s Lunar Return occurs a mere ten minutes after the Winter Solstice becomes exact!

Dec 21 is also the day of the third and final Great Conjunction of the speculator pair, Jupiter and Neptune, occurring upon the US Sibly Moon – quite a celestial pile-up of synchronicity for the American people which indicates the importance of this particular Winter Solstice.

You remember the midpoint picture being formed on top of our noggins:

Jupiter/Neptune = US n Moon: becoming involved in speculation, instability, wastefulness; uncertainty about what is real and what is not; going with the wind; a desire to dream; losing oneself in plans.

Sounds familiar, yes?

So let’s check out the Sun-Moon blend of 2009’s Solstice chart to see if anything resonates for you. This is an Earth-Air blend which together describes productive, rational, efficient energies; at its best Earth-Air melds absract thought with talent for dealing with practical matters. Objectivity and a scientific approach are evident for this is an elemental blend of practical idealists with far-reaching goals in mind.

Sounds pretty good unless a ‘dry as dust’ flavor is allowed to creep in because emotions and the ‘unquantifiables’ of life may be lost touch with.

When Sun is in Capricorn and Moon in Aquarius we have insight, diligence, and professionalism; personal ambition mixes with respect for the rights and well-being of others; privacy is required yet an up-front friendliness and independence are shown in elegant fashion; music, dance, art, and poetry are much appreciated and perhaps pursued.

Noel Tyl gives this blend as: ‘Ambition finds fresh applications, probably through humanitarian or social service channels; there is stability of purpose and performance that brings success; innovation is the goal, significance the prize.’

If any of this reminds you of President Obama, I agree – especially since he travels to Oslo Dec 10, 2009 to collect his Nobel Peace Prize. Whether you think he’s done much yet to deserve it or not, the president receives a ‘prize’ of ‘significance’ although the ceremony occurs 11 days before the Winter Solstice we’re considering here.

But as you know in Astrology, sometimes things happen ‘early’ and it’s possible that other significant prizes are on the Universe’s menu as well…

Sun Cap-Moon AQ’s ‘Images for Integration’ are: ‘A prophetic poet is awarded high honors…Having struggled unaided to the peak, a mountaineer hitches a ride on a passing helicopter…An historian points the way to the future.’

(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Well, realistically that’s about as ‘sweet and light’ as I can get with the Winter Solstice 2009 chart with its subsequent sway over US and world events. (Guess I hang out with Politics too often and long.)

If you wish, you may read more details in the Political or Mundane Astrology vein and see an image of the chart set for Washington DC along with my notes which mainly concern war escalation into Afghanistan, for I believe it shows all too well in the horoscope for Winter Solstice 2009.

Written by Jude Cowell

December 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

‘War on Terror’ weakens US and US economy

Ahead of President Obama’s announcement this evening of our misdirected war escalation in Afghanistan there’s this argument to consider.

And here’s what I published earlier today showing the natal chart of Afghanistan with current planetary positions for Dec 1, 2009 added.

You’ll notice that restrictive Saturn in early Libra has been and will be conjoining Afghanistan’s natal Pluto, a period when power and authority issues are foremost, and situations come along that are too large to handle which results in a loss of control.

If you follow the above link you’ll find my wondering aloud if Mr. Obama and his neocon colleagues are intending the new escalation to bring about regime change in Afghanistan. But at the least, taking over (government, pipelines, poppy fields?) seem to be at the top of the imperialists’ to-do list.

Yeah, I voted for him, too. But just look at the alternative which was really no alternative at all. False choices are all we get anymore!

Written by Jude Cowell

December 2, 2009 at 12:04 am

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