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A total solar eclipse will be visible in America on August 21, 2017. The so-called Great American Eclipse will darken skies across the USA where the eclipse will be total in a narrow path from the west coast to the east coast as we can see in the picture below.


We have already seen in the previous article The American Midas that this solar eclipse will involve the actual President of the United States, Donald Trump. We are going now to consider the general effects of the eclipse and some specific places where those effects can be stronger.

Since the Solar Eclipse will last for about 3 hours and half, the beginning of its effects will start at the end of April 2018 and will last till the end of October 2021. The intensification will start at the end of August 2020.

The Luminaries are at the end of Leo, in the bounds of Mars, with the star Regulus and moving away from the conjunction of Mars applying to the conjunction of Mercury in Virgo. Moreover they are moving away from the trine of Saturn in Sagittarius soon becoming stationary and from the hexagon of Jupiter in Libra.  Mars and Mercury rules over the Luminaries but they are combust and invisible so Jupiter participates since Jupiter is the second triplicity ruler of the Luminaries and they are in sextile with him. Let’s note that the angle closer to the syzygy is the MC which is in Virgo for most of the places across the USA. So Mercury is a very important ruler.


According to Ptolemy, since the syzygy will occur in the constellation of Leo, the effects can concern wild animals and those which injure the human race; since the Luminaries are close to the autumn equinox they concern the sowing, the hay crops and because the syzygy is close to the MC they concern the kings and religion. The star Regulus in close proximity to the Sun and the Moon can effect the President of the USA, Donald Trump, as the ‘king’ of the country.

The rulership of Mercury and Mars can bring hurricanes, earthquakes and drought and loss of crops by drying or important changes in customs and laws.



Carbondale, Illinois

In the place of the greatest eclipse, Carbondale, Mercury is exactly at the MC.



Nashville, Tennessee

Also in Nashville Mercury is at the MC.



Lincoln, Illinois

In Lincoln Mars is at the supernal pivot.



Kansas City, Missouri

In Kansas City also Mars is at the MC

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Outside the USA


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Here Saturn is on the oriental horizon so Saturn adds his influx.

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The American Midas


Annibale Caracci – Apollo gives the ass’ears to Midas

Though the rest was human, he was punished in that sole aspect: he wore the ears of a slow-moving ass. He was anxious to conceal them, and tried to detract from the shameful ugliness of his head with a purple turban. But the servant who used to trim his long hair with a blade, found it out, who, since he dare not reveal the disgrace he had seen, but eager to broadcast it to the four winds, and unable to keep it to himself, went off quietly and dug a hole in the soil. In a tiny voice, he whispered to the hollow earth, and buried his spoken evidence under the infill, and stole away having closed up the hidden trench. But a thick bed of quivering reeds began to shoot up there, and as soon as they had grown, at the end of the year, they gave the burrower away: stirred gently, then, by the wind they repeated the buried words, and testified against his master. Ovid Metamorphoses XI

In the presidential election of November 8 2016 the billionaire tycoon Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America. Without any prior governmental or military experience and opposed by the cultural and entertainment elite he was eventually able to collect the votes of rural and deindustrialized zones and people who saw this eminent outsider as a possibility of change.

The geniture


The temperament

Mars is rising at the horoscope in the bounds of Mars. The Sun, Lord of the Horoscope, is in Gemini in the bounds of Mars and he trines Mars. The Moon in Sagittarius trines Mars and she is moving away by hexagon from her lord Jupiter. So the Lords of Temperament are Mars and Jupiter. Mars and Jupiter are both occidental. Jupiter is in his second station. Moreover Regulus, the heart of Leo, is rising at the horoscope. Regulus is of nature of Mars and Jupiter and so the rulership over the body of Mars and Jupiter is again stressed. The Moon is almost perfecting the opposition to the Sun, that is Full Moon, and so very hot. Therefore Trump’s predominant quality is hot and his temperament is Choleric Sanguine.

Ptolemy says:

When Jupiter is setting, he makes his subjects light, to be sure, but not as before, in such a way as to give them a good colour, and with lank hair or even bald in front and on the crown, and of average stature; in temperament they have an excess of the moist.

When he [Mars] is setting, he makes them in appearance simply ruddy, of middle height, with small eyes, not much hair on the body, and straight yellow hair; their temperament exceeds in the dry.

Since Jupiter is near to his highest boreal altitude Trump’s body is big and fleshy but agile.

The Moon is with Shaula a harmful star in the Sting of Scorpio which brings damage to the eyes.

The soul

Mercury is in Cancer, occidental and making the evening heliacal rising. Mercury is almost feralis, that is alone, except for a parallel in mundo with Jupiter which is his Lord by exaltation. Since Jupiter is the Lord of the Moon as we have already seen, Jupiter is the Lord of the Soul. Jupiter is occidental, in his second station, dignified by term, in a cadent house because of the ptolemaic rule of 5 dead degrees.

Jupiter in a equinoctial sign produces souls fitted for dealing with the people, fond of turbulence and political activity, glory-seeking; in his evening station he produces souls noble and wise, but with mediocre memory, not painstaking nor fond of labour, but investigators of hidden things, says Ptolemy. Moreover Jupiter is in his proper face or almugea to the Sun and so he gives a liberal, simple, self-willed, strong, noble person.

If Jupiter alone has the domination of the soul, in honourable positions he makes his subjects magnanimous, generous, god-fearing, honourable, pleasure-loving, kind, magnificent, liberal, just, high-minded, dignified, minding their own business, compassionate, fond of discussion, beneficent, affectionate, with qualities of leadership. If he chances to be in the opposite kind of position, he makes their souls seem similar, to be sure, but with a difference in the direction of greater humility, less conspicuousness, and poorer judgement. For example, instead of magnanimity, he endows them with prodigality; instead of reverence for the gods, with superstition; instead of modesty, with cowardice; instead of dignity, with conceit; instead of kindness, with foolish simplicity; instead of the love of beauty, with love of pleasure; instead of high-mindedness, with stupidity; instead of liberality, with indifference, and the like.

Here the Jupiter’s condition is not very dignified but it is also effected by some aspects with other planets. Firstly Jupiter is in mutual reception with Saturn and Venus by a quartile aspect both in mundo and in the zodiac since Jupiter is in Libra, domicile of Venus and exaltation of Saturn and Venus and Saturn are conjuncted in Cancer, exaltation of Jupiter. But Saturn and Venus are superior to Jupiter. Venus in right square with Jupiter gives a strong desire for women; he will love beautiful ladies and possibly harlots. Moreover the conjunction of Saturn and Venus corrupts the passive part of the soul and makes him even more prone to desire and indulgence in pleasures. The other aspect is Mars in sextile in mundo with Jupiter. Mars is very strong since he is angular but he is out-of-sect therefore he make Trump active and commanding but bossy and despotic. Here Mars is also in aspect with the Moon close to the Full Moon, so the choleric mood effects even more the sensitive soul. Moreover the Moon is with Shaula a harmful star of nature of Mercury and Mars.

Lets note that the Moon is actually not only very close to the Full Moon but also with Cauda, that is, Trump was born during a lunar eclipse though not visible from USA during his birth. This peculiar configuration is by itself quite critical and it effects the native strongly, in particular it clouds the sensitive soul and if had not been for the presence of Jupiter and the antiparallel between the Moon and Mercury, the angular Mars would have brought a serious illness to his soul.

The profession

Mercury is making the evening heliacal rising and so he is the Lord of Activity. Mercury is in parallel in mundo with Jupiter which is his exaltation lord, so Jupiter testifies Mercury.

Says Ptolemy:

For if Mercury governs action, to speak generally, he makes his subjects scribes, men of business, calculators, teachers, merchants, bankers, soothsayers, astrologers, sacrificers, and in general those who perform their functions by means of documents, interpretation, and giving and taking.

If it is Jupiter that witnesses, they will be law-makers, orators, sophists, who enjoy familiarity with great persons.

The Material Fortune

The Lot of Fortune is angular, with the descendent. It is in aversion with its Lord Saturn in exile in Cancer. But Saturn is aspected by benefics: he is conjuncted with Venus and squared by Jupiter in mutual reception as we have already seen. Moreover the Lot of Fortune is aspected by the Luminars, Jupiter and Mars. The trines of the Sun and Jupiter are quite beneficial but the opposition of Mars from the ascendent seems to indicate a sudden reversal of fortune or loss due to unwary and impulsive actions.

Lets note that both the Lot of Fortune and the Lot of Spirit are with Vega, the star of nature of Mercury and Venus, in the constellation of Lyra. Stade says:

The Lyra in the second house or with Jupiter or Venus or with the Lot of Fortune, gives great wealth.

Here Vega is not in the second house but she is with the Lot of Fortune aspected by Jupiter in the second house.

The Dignity

In Trump’s geniture we don’t find any proper doryphory. Mercury, which is making the vespertine heliacal rising and he is the Lord of the Sun by domicile, is unfit in a day chart to be a proper doryphoros of the Sun, since by his phase he is nocturnal.  Anyway Mercury is in parallel in mundo with Jupiter, his Lord by exaltation. This testimony is a sign of a dignified person and also of his father since the Sun is angular in the X house.

More significative is the star Regulus rising at the horoscope with Mars.  Rethorius the Egyptian says:

[Regulus] makes honored generals, subjecting and administering lands and cities and nations, and frightful men and commander and generals, administrator, those who shaken up, unconquered, outspoken, contentious, effective, shrewd, manly, those likely to conquer, with much property and very wealth, magnanimous and ambitious, fond of nice things, but not coming to an entirely good end.

The additional presence of the out-of-sect Mars makes those features even more pronounced and promises a possible bad end.

The Presidential Election


In the Solar Return we see that the Lot of Fortune is in Scorpio with her Lord Mars. They are also in sextile in mundo with Jupiter and angular, at the IC,  in the geniture and so Mars and Lot of Fortune of Revolution testimonies the horoscope and Mars of nativity. Mars in this chart is the Lord of the MC by domicile and terms signifying that some important achievement are going to be realized. The Moon is moving from Mercury to Saturn, the Lord of Lot of Fortune in nativity. The Moon is also in square with the natal Mercury, which is the Lord of Activity.


In the Profection Mercury is with the MC of nativity. The horoscope and Mars are with Venus and Saturn of nativity. Saturn and Venus are in opposition to the Moon of nativity.


We see in the direction a perfect conjunction of the Moon with Jupiter of nativity.

A Look into the future

On 21th August 2017 a Solar Eclipse will be visible in North America.

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Ptolemy says:

Usually, however, those men are affected by the more universal ills who in their own genitures happen to have the most essential places, by which I mean those of the luminaries or of the angles, the same as those that furnish the cause of the general misfortunes, that is, the places of the eclipses or the places directly opposite. Of these the positions most dangerous and hardest to avoid are those in which either of the luminaries is in possession of the very degree of the place of the eclipse, or the degree opposite.

In this eclipse we see that the Luminaries are on the horoscope of Trump’s geniture. Moreover Saturn in Sagittarius in the I house is exactly with the Moon of Trump’s nativity. Also Mars is close to the Mars of nativity, as Jupiter with Jupiter of nativity and Venus with Venus and Saturn of nativity.

The Solar Eclipse will last for about 3 hours and half so the beginning of its effects will start at the end of April 2018 and will last till the end of October 2021. The intensification will start at the end of August 2020.

On the 27th May 2018 we see a direction of Mars to the Moon of nativity.


In the Solar Revolution for the 2017 even if Jupiter is rising on the Horoscope of Revolution and in conjunction with the Jupiter of Nativity, others elements are not so beneficial. The Lord of the ascendent, Venus, is in Taurus in aversion with the horoscope and, more noteworthy, Saturn is conjunction with the Moon of nativity and in opposition to the Sun of nativity.

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Trump probably will face hard times during his presidential term especially from the end of April 2018. Definitely it will be very improbable that he will be reelected.

A note on the recent earthquakes in Central Italy

A dear friend of mine and a very good astrologer, Margherita Fiorello (her blog: Heaven Astrolabe ), told me concerning my article about the recent earthquakes in Central Italy that,according to Cardano, a catastrophic event should be predicted from a solar eclipse instead of a lunar eclipse. So I checked for a suitable solar eclipse visible from central Italy.

The Solar Eclipse of March 2015

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The eclipse started at 8:25 UT and it ended at 10:43 UT. The maximum will be at 9:32 UT. The syzygy will be in the X place and lasted for 2 hours and 18 minutes and so the effects should have started around the beginning of August 2015 and lasted till the end of 2017. The intensification should have been around the half of May 2016.

So the influx of this solar eclipse was still active in the period of the earthquakes.

The Lord of the Eclipse is Saturn since  the Moon is applying to Saturn and the Luminaries are in the bounds of Saturn. Let’s noteDuring this eclipse the luminaries were at the end of  Pisces while during the lunar eclipse on 28 September 2015 the Moon was at the beginning of Aries and the Sun in the first degree of Libra, therefore the two syzygies occurred on the same axis but the lunar one was already in the sign of Aries which belongs to the fire triplicity having lordship over Italy and western Europe. The star Regulus in the solar eclipse was at the subterranean angle where at the time of the lunar eclipse was with Mars which was located exactly on the IC of the solar eclipse. As we have already seen in my previous articles, Saturn, which is lord of this solar eclipse, was the lord also of the lunar eclipse of September and it was at that time at the IC.

So the lunar eclipse occurred in September 2015 strengthened the previous influx from the solar eclipse.

Let’s note that Mercury was close to the MC during the solar eclipse and in square in the zodiac and in trine in mundo with Saturn. Ptolemy says that Mercury can be a sign of earthquakes during an eclipse. Mercury during this solar eclipse in Albania was exactly at the MC. So this can be a sign of a possible event in that area, especially in the first half of next December.


The long shadow of terror

Brussels's Angel

I cannot refrain from doubting that there exist any genuine realizations of our deepest character except war and illness, those two infinities of nightmare

Journey to the End of the Night, Ferdinand Céline


A deadly link exists between the terrorist attacks in Paris and those new ones in Brussels. Shortly after the arrest of Abdeslam, one on the terrorist involved in the Paris attacks, the terrorist choose to spread terror in the city where Abdeslam was arrested.

The long shadow of the eclipse

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The chart for the solar eclipse in Brussels on 20th March 2015 is not so different from the one we have already seen for Paris (The Dark sides of the Moon). As for Paris Saturn, to which the Moon is applying, is with the Aculeus Scorpionis. The syzygy was in the XI place and lasted for 2 hours and 18 minutes and so the effects started around the end of June and will last till the end of 2017. The intensification will be around the end of April 2016.

The syzygy before the attacks

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The syzygy before the attacks was also a solar eclipse though not visible from Brussels. The syzygy occurred in Pisces on the III house cusp opposing Jupiter, the ruler of the Luminaries and the horoscope which is in exile in Virgo on the IX house cusp. The Luminaries are with the Aqua Aquarii, which are stars belonging to azemena stars (from Arabic az-zamâna, chronic infirmity or illness as well as inseparable disease) which are harmful especially to the sigh and raise passions. Moreover Mercury, which is with the Luminaries, is in exile and fall and it is squared both in the zodiac and in mundo by Mars with a right aspect.  Finally Saturn which squares both the Luminaries and Jupiter is with Antares, the violent star in the heart of Scorpio.

Let’s note that the syzygy is almost mirroring the solar eclipse chart. Furthermore we see that Mars of the solar eclipse in on the IC of the syzygy.

The attacks

The terrorist hit the airport the first time around the 8 in the morning on 22nd March.

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We see  all the benefic planets are cadent. Venus on the XII cusp is in opposition to Jupiter and the Moon conjuncted in Virgo. The Moon is exactly opposed to the place of Luminaries during the preceding syzygy. Saturn squares both Venus and Jupiter and the Moon. Mars is in parallel in mundo with the Moon and squares Venus. Mars is with Graffias, violent star of Mars-Saturn nature. Let’s note that Mars has reached the same degree where Saturn was during the solar eclipse of March 2015.

At the 9:11 the metro in the centre of the city was bombed by terrorists. In that moment Mars was exactly on the occidental horizon. Metro bombing.png


Dark waters

Dark Waters

On the 9th of March a total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Indonesia and from locations in the Pacific Ocean.

The eclipse

The greatest eclipse will be in the middle of Micronesia, an archipelago of islands in Pacific ocean in front of Philippines. The eclipse in that area will last about 4 hours and 9 minutes.

According to Ptolemaic doctrine the eclipse effects will last 4 years and 2 months. Since the syzygy will occur at the meridian the effects will start in the second forth months, that is, between July and October. The intensifications will be  in the middle third of the entire period of its duration, that is, between the mid July 2017 and the end of November 2018.

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The syzygy occurs in Pisces, in the terms of Mercury  near the MC also in Pisces in the terms of Jupiter. Jupiter retrograde in exile in Virgo at the IC is opposing the syzygy both in the zodiac and in mundo. Saturn in Sagittarius on the occident is squaring the syzygy in the zodiac. Mercury is in parallel in mundo with the syzygy and with Jupiter. Moreover Saturn squares Mercury in mundo with a right ray, making an epidekateia on Mercury.

Checking the fixed stars, we see the syzygy is in conjunction with the Aqua Aquarii the cluster of stars in the waterfall of Aquarius. Aqua Aquarii has nature of Saturn and Jupiter. The star Fomalhaut, in the mouth of Piscis Austrinus, of nature of Mercury and Venus is at the MC.

As we see many influences gather in the eclipse and though Jupiter seems prominent, because it is angular, opposing the luminaries and it has a dominion over them, we must consider that it is not visible, retrograde and in exile in Virgo. On the other hand  Mercury is doing the matutine heliacal setting in the next seven days and it is close to the MC, in parallel in mundo with the Luminaries and Jupiter.

I think that the dominion over the syzygy is of Mercury and Jupiter.

According to Ptolemy:

Mercury, if he gains the rulership, is, generally speaking, in nature like whatever of the other planets may be associated with him. In particular, he is above all stimulating, and in predictions concerning men is keen and very practical, ingenious in any situation; but he causes robbery, theft, piracy, and assault, and furthermore, brings about unsuccessful voyaging when he is in aspect with the maleficent planets, and occasions diseases of dryness, quotidian agues, coughs, raising, and consumption. He is the cause of events taking place which concern the priestly code, the worship of the gods, the royal revenues, and of changes in customs and laws, from time to time, in consistency with his association with the other planets on each occasion. With reference to the air, since he is very dry and swift on account of his nearness to the sun, and the speed of his revolution, he is particularly apt to arouse irregular, fierce, and changeable winds, and, as might be expected, thunder, hurricanes, chasms in the earth, earthquakes, and lightning; sometimes by these means he causes the destruction of useful animals and plants. At setting he diminishes waters and rivers, at rising fills them.

Since the syzygy occurs in the sign of Pisces and in the constellation of Aquarius, which are both wet and in particular the Luminaries are with Aqua Aquarii, the waterfall I judge that the event will concern the see and tempest. A seaquake or a tsunami or an hurricane can be the event predicted by the eclipse.

Since Jupiter is involved the severity of the event will be attenuated, but, since Jupiter is not in good condition and Saturn squares Jupiter in the zodiac and Mercury in mundo the additional influx of Jupiter will not be so beneficial.

Let’s note some configuration concerning the weather. In a syzygy, either elliptic or not, when a conjunction, an opposition or a square between two planets of opposite docile occur then a violent change in weather condition happens. This configuration is called ‘Opening of the Portals’. We see in this chart that Saturn squares the Luminaries, and Mars squares Venus. Moreover Saturn and the Luminaries are angular so their effects will be stronger.
Magini says in his “De Mutatione Liber Libellus”:

The first Opening of the Doors happens when Saturn is configured with the Sun or the Moon and it generates a turbid, cloudy and cold air, especially in earth and air signs; but in water signs instead it brings great rainfall and in winter snow, especially when Saturn rules over the angle during the New Moon, the Full Moon or the quarters or also when it is stationary or retrograde.

The square of Mars and Venus adds violence to the weather change, causing rainfall and lightning.
Since Jupiter and Mercury are also in parallel in mundo they produce strong winds.
Mercury is associated with all winds and so, being at the MC and aspected by Saturn and Jupiter, suggests that winds from different directions and opposite in humidity and temperature will meet and originate a cyclone.
Since this syzygy is the New Moon before the vernal equinox it should give an general picture of weather condition during the incoming spring season.
Anyway it gives and idea also about the effect of the eclipse.

Possible intensifications of the events

Ptolemy says:

The beginnings of the particular abatements and intensifications of the event we deduced from the conjunctions which take place in the meantime, if they occur in the significant regions or the regions in some aspect to them, and also from the other movements of the planets, if those that effect the predicted event are either rising or setting or stationary or at evening rising, and are at the same time in some aspect to the zodiacal signs that hold the cause; for planets when they are rising or stationary produce intensifications in the events, but when setting, and under the rays of the sun, or advancing at evening, they bring about an abatement.

Let’s look at moment in the range of possible manifestation of the syzygy influence in which the effects could be more intense.


During the Full Moon on the 6th of September 2017 Mercury in making its morning helical  rising and is on the occidental horizon with Mars and the star Regulus. The Moon is very close to the degree of the eclipse of 9th March 2016 and she is applying to Saturn. Saturn is squaring the Luminaries both in mundo and in the zodiac.

Another moment will be after the Full Moon on the 2nd March 2018.

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Mercury in making its evening helical rising and is close to the degree of the eclipse of 9th March 2016. The Moon is applying to Mars which is with the star Shaula of the Sting of the Scorpio and it is squaring Mercury and Venus. Jupiter trines Mercury and Venus.

The fall of Constantinople

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    “The capture of Constantinople – I tell you the truth – threw me into a despair from which I lack the means to rise up when I think about the slavery of so many men, from what great fortune in what abyss of misery they have fallen, the ineffable beauty of the churches and the buildings, then I think that until now we had told ourselves that freedom and slavery consisted for the wise in something else from what is mentioned generally by common people, but now the meaning we gave to that distinction escapes me” from a letter of Cardinal Basilios Bessarion to Theodorus Gaza

The last siege of Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, took place in 1453. The Ottoman Turks, led by Sultan Mehmed II, captured the city on May 29, after about two months.

Although Constantinople had the safest and most impenetrable city walls of Europe, the Ottomans possessed a new war instrument, the cannon, able to chip away the Theodosian medieval walls . Despite the advanced technology used by Ottomans, that, however, was not entirely effective in destroying the Byzantines bastions, the Ottomans outnumbered Constantinople’s defensers: the ratio between Byzantines and Ottomans was one against eleven.

By the fall of the capital and the death in battle of Emperor Constantine XI Palaeologus, the Eastern Roman Empire after 1058 years ceased to exist.

 The preceding Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse was visible from Constantinople on 11th of December 1452. The obscuration lasted for 25 minutes and had its maximum at 8:29. Its effects, according to Ptolemy, would have started in four months after the eclipse and would have lasted for almost 6 months. The intensification of the effects would have been expected in the first third of its duration, that is, in the first two months from the beginning of the events.

The siege started on 6th of April, right after almost 4 months following the eclipse. Constantinople was captured on 29th of May, after almost two month later as predicted by ptolemaic doctrine.

Solar Eclipse 1452

The luminaries and the horoscope, the angle closer to the syzygy, are in the last degrees of Sagittarius,  in the domicile of Jupiter and the terms of Mars. The Moon is separating from Mars in its domicile in Aries and after the syzygy is applying to Saturn in its exaltation in Libra. Therefore the luminaries are besieged by the malefics which are both angular. Since the syzygy occurred in the terms of Mars and the Moon is separating from Mars, Mars rules over the eclipse.

The eclipse occurred close to the opposition of the horoscope of Constantinople’s inauguration and so in opposition to Venus and Jupiter in the inauguration chart. Moreover the Moon of inauguration is placed on the VIII house cusp of the eclipse and the Sun of inauguration is in opposition to Venus in the eclipse chart.

The syzygy before the beginning of the siege

Syzygy before the siege

Let’s look at the syzygy preceding the siege which started on April 6th.

The Moon and the Sun are respectively at the upper and at the lower pivot.  The Moon is applying to Mars. Mars in this chart is exactly in the same degree of Mars in the inauguration chart (15° Gemini). Moreover the star Altair of nature of Jupiter and  Mars is rising with Laguna, the nebula of nature of Mars and Moon.

The Lunar Eclipse during the siege

During the siege a lunar eclipse occurred at sunset on May 22nd. The event was considered an inauspicious omen by the defenders of the city. The lunar eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 10 minutes, so its effects would had been expected in the following month. A week later the city was captured.

Lunar Eclipse 1453

In this eclipse the axis of the luminaries is very close to the position of Mars and Mercury in the horoscope of Constantinople’s inauguration. Let’s note that Mars is the out-of-sect malefic in the inauguration chart.

The final assault

On May 29th shortly after midnight the final assault began. The Sultan Mehmed II  was advised by the astrologers to attack at a propitious time.

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The attackers are signified by the ascendent in Pisces and its lord, Jupiter. The defenders by occident in Virgo and its lord, Mercury. The city is the IC in Gemini and its lord Mercury.

We see here Jupiter in the I house dignified by triplicity. Mercury instead is peregrine and the Moon is separating from Saturn and applying to Mercury translating the light from Saturn to Mercury. Note that Saturn is on the cusp of the VIII place and it is its lord. Moreover Jupiter receives Mercury in Cancer making a dexter square to it.

The Dark sides of the Moon

kali_002Forward he cried, from the rear, and the front rank died – Us and Them – Pink Floyd

Just after the New Moon in Scorpio two terroristic attacks were launched against the cities of Beirut and Paris.

The New Moon

In both chart below the Moon with the Sun is moving from Jupiter in exiles in Virgo to the the sextile with Mars in the 29° of Virgo with Caput Draconis at the subterranean pivot. Venus is in her domicile in Libra besieged by malefics Mars and Saturn. Moreover Mars is sextile with Saturn which is making the heliacal setting.


In the New Moon chart for Beirut the stars Betelgeuse, of nature of Mars and Mercury, and Rigel, of nature of Jupiter and Saturn are rising. The planets which rule over the Horoscope are debilited: the Moon, devoid of light, in detriment in Scorpio, applying to Mars; Jupiter in exiles falling from the angle; Venus besieged by malefics.


In the New Moon chart for Paris the violent star Aldebaran, of nature of Mars, is rising at the horoscope. The Lord of the Horoscope is combust in the VI house. Saturn is with the Aculeus Scorpionis, the malefic Nebula of nature of Mars and Moon.

The Event Charts

Beirut Attack

The violent star Aldebaran is at the horoscope. The Moon and Venus are besieged by the malefics. The Moon is applying to the body of Saturn.

Paris Attack

The star Rigel, of nature Jupiter and Mars, is rising at the eastern horizon. Mars is at the subterranean pivot. Jupiter is in exiles falling from the lower meridian. Venus is still besieged by the Malefic. The Moon is in aversion with the horoscope. Tyche, the Part of Fortune, is with Asellus Borealis, of Mars and Saturn’s nature, with Praesepe, the nebula of nature of Mars and Moon, and with Procyon, star of nature of Mars and Mercury.

The Solar Eclipse

As stated in the good article Paris Attack from the Heaven Astrolabe blog we must look for an eclipse visible from the regions where the terroristic attacks took place. Eclipses which are not visible are unsuitable according to Ptolemy’s doctrine. The Solar Eclipse of the 20th of March 2015 was visible both from Paris and Beirut. In Paris the phenomenon was greater and more lasting than in Beirut though. The syzygy occurred in the last degrees of Pisces and during the obscuration time the Moon moved to the sign of Aries which rules, according to Ptolemy, the North Western Europe, including the north of France and Paris. Moreover the eclipse generally can effect also the region of earth which are ruled by the signs of the same triplicity. Beirut and Lebanon are ruled by Leo, sign of the fiery triplicity.

In Beirut the eclipse lasted only half an hour. Since the syzygy was at the supernal pivot the effects must start around six month later and last for six months, that is, between the end of September and the the end of next March. The intensification is in November.

Let’s note that the Luminaries are at the MC in the last degree of Pisces. We already have seen that Mars was in the opposite degrees in Virgo at the lunation before the attack and was still there during the terrorist attack in Beirut.

Beirut Solar Eclipse 2015

In the Solar Eclipse chart for Paris we see the violent star Aldebaran, of nature of Mars, rising at the eastern horizon. Saturn, to which the Moon is applying, is with the Aculeus Scorpionis. The syzygy was in the XI place and lasted for 2 hours and 18 minutes and so the effects started around the end of June and will last till the end of 2017. The intensification will be around the end of the next April.

Obviously also in this case we see that Mars during the lunation before the Paris attack was in the last degree of Virgo exactly opposing the place of the ecliptic syzygy. During the attack Mars has already moved to Libra but was in the first degree still opposite to the degree of eclipse.

Paris Solar Eclipse 2015

Paris and the Virgo


Coat of Arms of the City of Paris (detail)

Traditional attributions report, as in Lilly, that Paris is ruled by Virgo. Some fascinating speculations affirms that the city name comes from Par Isis, which means ‘near Isis’ or Bar Isis, that is, the Ship of Isis. Actually its roman name, Lutetia, and its greek name, Leukotekia, probably mean ‘marsh haven’. Anyway the coat of arms of the city of Paris depict a ship floating on the waters with sails unfurled and the motto “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur”, that is, “Tossed but not sunk”. During the First Empire (1811-1814) the coat of arms showed a ship with a star above it and the goddess Isis on the bow of the vessel. Isis was as Ceres associated with the asterism of Virgo.

The modern astrologer and occultist C.C.Zain (1882-1951), also known as Elbert Benjamine, says in his book “Mundane Astrology. Interpreting Astological Phenomena for Cities, Nations and Groups” that the city of Paris is ruled by the 29° of Virgo. I ignore the rationale behind that statement but in the New Moon before the attack Mars was in the very 29th degree of Virgo.