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CAPRICORN

Posted in Astrology for Beginners, Sun through the Zodiac with tags , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by YAEL

Capricorn is the 10th zodiacal sign of the celestial sphere. The sign rules matters belonging to the 10th house which are; Employment, profession or trade; employers and those in authority. Honor, prestige, reputation, power, control, dignity, glory, acclaim, advancement – the worldly position, career or life-interest that attains these. Success or failure that an individual will attain, which, is relative to one’s own station in life. Also, fame, infamy, notoriety and in general terms, the public eye.
Capricorn, represented by the goat, is a cardinal sign because it heralds the beginning of a new season. It presides over the winter solstice when the sun enters Capricorn each year on December 22. For the northern hemisphere, the transit of the sun to its lowest southern declination produces the shortest day, and the longest night of the year. In astronomical terms, the transit of the sun into the lowest southern declination, 23 degrees and 27 minutes, is called the “grave”, because the sun seems to remain at that degree during the next three days. On December 25, as if rising out of the grave, with a new birth, the sun begins to make its slow ascent, back into the closest northern declination which comes to its culmination each year, on the summer solstice.
It is an earth sign, belonging to the earthy triplicity along with Taurus and Virgo. Capricorn is tropical sign, cold, dry, feminine, of short and oblique ascension, nocturnal, weak, unfortunate and it’s direction is west, below. The sign is ruled by Saturn, the most malefic of the 7 ancient planets. In it, according to Ptolemy, Mars has his exaltation at 28 degrees therefore, Mars is co-significator in the sign. Jupiter is in its fall according to Ptolemy, however, being the sign that is the exact opposite of Cancer, home of the moon, it makes sense that the moon would be in its detriment here.
Within its constellation, there is one important star of the second magnitude which is the “Bright star of the Vulture” or “Aquila”.
In its phases, Jupiter holds the first 10 degrees of the sign, and it is represented by the 2 of Pentacles in the minor arcana. It is the phase of hospitality, benevolence and honesty; of conviviality, merriment and sport. In this part of the Capricorn constellation, “Sagitta is observed, a group of stars that resembles a speeding arrow heading for its aim. According to Greek mythology, Sagitta is the arrow that was used by Heracles to kill “Aquila”, the mystical bird that was sent from heaven to punish Prometheus. The bird pecked his liver out as punishment for stealing the fires of heaven in order to share it with mankind, an act that was benevolent, hospitable and honest.
The second phase of the sign is held by Mars, from 11 to 20 degrees Capricorn and it is represented by the 3 of pentacles. The group of stars in this part of the constellation depicts “Aquila” the wounded and falling eagle. The Arabs named it “Al Tair” meaning “the wounded”. Here the source of punishment receives its punishment and therefore, it is a phase of inordinate desires, unbridled passions, intemperate lusts, discontentment and disappointment.
The third phase is held by the Sun, from 21 -30 degrees Capricorn. It is represented by the 4 of pentacles in the minor arcana. The cluster of stars observed here, are associated with “Delphinus” or “sacred fish”, a beautiful dolphin, symbol of metamorphosis, springing upward as to claim its victory over peevishness. Therefore, this is the phases of exalted understanding, manliness and wisdom; of sobriety, integrity and honor.
The tarot card of the sign is XV “The Devil” in the major arcana and the card of it’s ruling planet Saturn, is XXI “The World or Universe”. Capricorn’s Archangel is Hanael and it’s Angel Saritiel. Its Apostle is Thomas and Minor Prophet Nahum. Tribe of Israel represent by the sign is Zebulun. It’s color is Indigo (Blue-Violet) Scent: Musk, Civet and its tone is A.
Psalms associated to the Quinances are:
• From 0-5 degrees Capricorn Ps. 71:16
• From 6-10 degrees Capricorn Ps. 33:4
• From 11-15 degrees Capricorn Ps. 94:11
• From 16-20 degrees Capricorn Ps. 131:3
• From 21-25 degrees Capricorn Ps. 116:1
• From 26-30 degrees Capricorn Ps. 26: 8
Its positive traits are: ambitious, hardworking, serious, businesslike, conservative, pragmatic, prudent, responsible, scrupulous.
Its negative traits are: stubborn, sulking, egotist, status-conscious, overbearing, unforgiving, fatalistic, inhibited, mind over heart.
key phrase : I USE
Key word: AMBITION

Anatomical rulership: bones, all manner of decay and death as part of catabolism and metamorphosis. Part of the body: the knees.

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The Astrology of Christmas: Winter Solstice Traditions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 19, 2010 by YAEL

Our Christmas traditions, the Christmas Tree and Mistletoe go back our ancient roots as a species. Wikipedia reports the Christmas Tree was a tradition tied to the Winter Solistice as far back as the Chaldean culture.

From Wikipedia:

“In the Chaldean custom, Tammuz, son of the sun god Nimrod and the virgin mother Semiramus, was known as Zero-Ashta, “The seed of the woman,” and also Ignigena, or “born of the fire”. At the time of the winter solstice, the past sun god would die, his branches stripped from him – and one piece, the seed, would enter the fire on “Mother-night” as a log. The next morning, the new triumphant sun god was born from the fire as a tree, the “Branch of God”, who was celebrated for bringing divine gifts to men.

In the Bible, Jeremiah the prophet admonishes those who dare to erect such a pagan artifact: “Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (Jeremiah 10:2-6)”

Egyptians carried through the same tradition by bringing in fronds of palm trees into their homes and the Romans set up fir trees and decorated them with pieces of metal.

Ancient Celts would decorate with greenery from evergreen trees and burn a log on the solstice, celebrating the perpetual cycle of life, the death of the old Sun god and the birth of the new on the Solstice.

From Wikipedia

“The fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith.”

While we might be amazed that a fir tree sprang up from the destruction of an oak tree, Celtic “pagans” would not. They observed a similar thing in nature. Mistletoe is a partly parasitical plant that would spring up on woodland trees, sprouting from the seeds consumed and excreted by the bird called the mistle who found the berries of the mistletoe especially tasty. While the Celts didn’t understand the full mechanics of the parasite, they considered it to be “the soul of the tree”. Druids especially revered the Mistletoe gathered from their sacred oaks. Most likely, because Druids were prone to do this with all manner of herbs, barks and berries, they made a wine from the berries for use during Solstice rituals. Though we do not know the particulars of these rituals it isn’t a stretch to imagine why the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe became a holiday favorite.

Happy Holidays!

WINTER SOLSTICE 2010

Posted in Astrology for Beginners, Reports with tags , , , , on December 15, 2010 by YAEL

The sun’s ingress into the cardinal sign of Capricorn marks the winter solstice. This year at 12:38 AM (GMT) on December 22 the sun will make his yearly round into its most southern latitude, which to astrologers it is known as the “pit” or the “grave”. At his ingress into the first degree of Capricorn, the sun seems to remain “still” within the same degree for 3 days. On December 25th, as if rising up with a new birth, he begins to make his slow ascent back to his most northern latitude, which culminates at the summer solstice.
This year, it will be presided by a lunar eclipse only 11 hours or so earlier. As a result, the months that constitute the winter season, will undoubtedly be foreshadowed, by its commencing event.
In accordance with Ptolemy, the fortitude and debility of the planets are measured and assessed; where by, the scheme of the planetary forces acting upon our nature is revealed or least hinted.
In this case, the premium mobile or the mid-colei takes on the light of God or the giver of life. The Mid-colei is representative of government and power. The Alchocoden or guardian Angel is Mercury and the king or Almuten is Saturn. Because Jupiter sits in the 9th house, he represents the prophet. However, Jupiter’s strength cannot measure up to Saturn’s exaltation and southern angle as to diminish his severity. Therefore, the lord of the vernal solstice is Saturn.
With the moon in the 12th house and the sun in the 6th, the eclipse seems to be reinforced by the luminaries in the same houses, however reversed, from whence the eclipse took place. During the eclipse, the sun occupied the 12th house and the moon the 6th. Saturn now, sitting in the 4th house in a detrimental square to the moon, denounces an unrelenting severity to the people. The moon, at the sun’s ingress into the first degree of Aries, pronounced her as lady of the year and representative of the people. Deprived of her light in her own house (cancer), sitting in the 12th house, house of sorrow, lamentations, imprisonment, banishment, grief, poverty and limitation denotes the lamentable conditions of the people during the winter quarter. People in hospitals due to infiltration of sickness from travels to and from foreign lands, grain, fruit and cattle coming from distant lands diseased and noxious, is a testimony that was conferred during the eclipse and reiterated during the solstice. The sun, representing people of power, during the eclipse was in the 12th house, but in the solstice is in the 6th. Once again, Mercury, lord of the houses of communication and large institutions such as hospitals and secret societies, is combust and retrograde in Sagittarius, the sign of foreign lands, making the same argument that an important piece of information about illness in foreign lands is being withheld from the public. Saturn, the planet of discipline and limitation, sits in the southern angle, the 4th house. This combination alone tell us that the homes of people will be limited in basic commodities and items of luxury, and the moon in the 12th house shows the emotional anguish and distress to the people who will feel helpless in their limited conditions.
Jupiter, representative of the wealthy, is sitting in the 9th house which is his natural house. According to ancient tradition, Jupiter ruled Pisces, however, today, Neptune is said to be lord of the sign, which in this case occupies the 8th house at 26 degrees Aquarius. With the lord of the 9th house in the 8th, denoting death in a foreign land and the lord of the 6th house sitting in the 9th, arguing sickness while traveling, the testimonies do not seem to deviate one from the other.
In summary, the heavens seem to concur in their judgments which according to my limited capacity as a human, can only confer in a general manner. The message imprinted by the planets, as above so is below, contends that officials and people of power, at the time of the eclipse, are well aware of the outbreak of an illness in a foreign land and damage to consumable goods. Perhaps due to inclement weather conditions, which could affect labor in foreign lands as well as foods and basics commodities (please refer to the lunar eclipse of December 21, 2010 for further information). The luminaries testify to illness that infiltrates homelands through travels to and from abroad, and by means of noxious grain, fruit and cattle. Scarcity dominates and inflation sets in. The people will go to buy their groceries with baskets full of money, and the money will only buy them, pockets full of food. It is to our hope, that none of such matters will ensue, due to the fact that a devastation such as this one, would be bordering on tragedy upon an already weakened and wounded economy.

LUNAR ECLIPSE DECEMBER 21 2010

Posted in Astrology for Beginners, Reports with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by YAEL

The moon will be eclipsed on December 21 at the eve of the winter solstice. The eclipse takes place at 3 degrees cancer at 1:51 PM (GMT). Although it is not a complete eclipse due to the fact that the sun is not at the exact position of the lunar nodes. However, it is only 4 degrees from the northern node.
A lunar eclipse is simply the interposition of the earth between the sun and the moon, with the moon having no light of her own, but that of the sun at the time of their opposition. The lunar nodes are also referred to as the dragon’s head and the dragon’s tail. The dragon’s tail refers to the southern part of the ecliptic where the sun moves at an angle at about 5 degrees and the dragon’s head denotes the northern angle. This particular lunar eclipse is of a greater magnitude, producing an occultation of about 73% of her body.
The duration of the eclipse is that of 1 hour and 43 min taking place in the western quadrant of the ecliptic.
According to Ptolemy in his most notorious work, “Tetrabliblos”, an eclipse in the western quadrant announce “that it will influence the laws, old age, and persons about to die” (p 84). The eclipse occurring in tropical signs as it is in this case, Ptolemy notes; “the tropical signs give warning of changes in the atmosphere and in political affairs” (p 83).
The lord of the eclipse is calculated by the strength and debility of the planets in accordance to House, exaltation, triplicity, term, and face. In this case, Venus was found to have the most dignities and therefore, dominion over the eclipse.
The Hyleg in the lunar eclipse is the giver of life and the moon has precedence. The Alchocoden or the angel is Mars and the Almuten or the planet with the most essential dignities is Venus, which is the queen and the significator of the event. However, after careful consideration of the rules and mathematical calculations set forth by Ptolemy, Saturn which is the prophet seems to be the Lord of the eclipse and not Venus, the queen. His degrees of Hayz and the nearness to his degrees of exaltation, has lead me to render Saturn as the significator of this eclipse.
Ramesey notes; “Again, an eclipse of the Moon in the first face of Cancer excites and stirs up wars” (p. 234) and “in the water triplicity, it promises the death of the vulgar and ignoble sort of people, seditions and rumors of wars and eruptions and floods of sea banks……. If it occurs in Cancer, it denotes a rottenness or corruption of the fruit when it is gathered causing sickness to those that eat them….” (p. 215 Astrologia Munda).
Saturn in the ninth house refers to conservatism in interstate and international commerce, navy, foreign shipping, foreign communication, the internet, law, the supreme court, religion, teachers, publishing, advertising, books, lectures, courts, judges, philanthropic institutions and grants. Henry Coley describes Saturn being lord of eclipse with these words; “… He is generally the cause of corruptions by reasons of cold, more properly he declares continued disease in the bodies of men, as general decay of nature, wasting, or a consumption which hath its origin from some deflux of rhume; he denotes disturbance of the radical humours, fluxes, quartane agues, banishments, poverty, misery, lamentations, vain fears, mortality of old men especially, a scarcity of such cattle as are useful for mankind, afflicting those cattle which escape death with diseases. In the air Saturn stirs up most violent colds, with tedious frosty weather, cloudy and pestilent, misty and foggy, much snow, more destructive than profitable; In rivers and the sea he stirs up strange tempests, sudden shipwrecks, dangerous and difficult voyages, scarcity of fish and water fowl, overflowing of the sea banks, inundations and corruption of rivers. Upon the earth a scarcity of corn and fruit, and most provisions become dear, grass and hay are destroyed by floods and immoderate rain, hail, storms and furious tempests, whence famine may be feared; Aged persons are now afflicted and die more so than former years, also much controversies, malice and envy between men, and consequently many tedious law-suits follow, especially amongst the most rural sort”. (p. 302 Clavis Astrologie Elimata).
Even though Saturn does not come to his precise degree of exaltation this year, due to the fact that he turn retrograde before he can do so, he does however come within 3 degrees of it. Ramesey indicates ; “he is the fore-runner of some great and most notable thing to happen during the revolution, especially in those parts subject to Libra and Saturn: and men shall suffer much loss and detriment in their estates and fortunes, and that his significations shall be of long continuance” (p. 136).
Ramesey as well as Ptolemy agree; “the places subject to the sign in opposition and square thereunto, you may say assuredly taste of its effects” (Ramesey p. 217)
Countries subject to cancer are: Canada, Holland, Iraq, New Zealand, Paraguay, Scotland and United States.
Countries subject to Capricorn are: Afganistan, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Lithuanina, Mexico.
Countries subject to Libra are: Argentina, Burma, China, Egypt, Japan, Siberia & Tibet.
However, because the eclipse is diurnal, not being the governess of day but of night, the effects of the lunar eclipse are somewhat diminished.
As far as time goes, Ptolemy makes this very clear with his statement; “the commencement of the effect, and the period of its general intensity, or strength, are to be inferred from the situation of the place of the eclipse with respect to the angles…. In the western horizon, the effect will begin in the third four months, and its general intensity in the last third part of its whole duration”(p.79 Tetrabiblos). Here we have to remember that Ptolemy is referring to a solar eclipse which effects are subject to the season or revolution, however, the lunar eclipse is calculated by 10 days which is the equivalent to the 4 solar months. Therefore, the effects of the eclipse will be notable approximately 20 days after the eclipse and the height of its effects will be felt in the last part of the month.
There were other peculiarities about the eclipse which at the risk of overextending myself, I will briefly make mention of. The first was the Sun and Mercury in the 12th house. A planet combust by the sun will denote something hidden and mostly notably in the 12th house and in Sagittarius. In world astrology, the Sun represents the person in power and in a nation’s chart, it would represent the President, King, Prime Minister and the like. Here, we have Mercury not only combust, but also retrograde. The lord of the 12th house is sitting in the 2nd house leading me to believe that there will be great loss of money in foreign lands and the news of that loss is being concealed by the person of power. There is however, one more thing that seems to stand out.. Mercury is the lord of the 6th house in the eclipse… house of sickness and workers and positioned in Sagittarius denotes, sickness of workers in a foreign land. Here ends the judgment for the eclipse which will obviously be modified whether for better or worse, by the testimonies of the vernal solstice.