Shooting Stars 17th-18th October 2020

Astrological Football Predictions for Everton vs Liverpool, Manchester City vs Arsenal and Crystal Palace vs Brighton

Saturday’s predictions begin with (what is certain to be) one of the most hotly-contested matches of the weekend, the derby fixture between Everton and Liverpool. The bookies favour Liverpool to win: As favourites, they are awarded the 1st house and its ruler, Jupiter. Everton are signified by the opposing 7th house and its ruler, Mercury.

Mercury applies retrograde to the Moon, significator of events during the match. Uranus at 09 Taurus 15 intercedes, but collects light from both Moon and Mercury by opposition, lending his assistance to rather than blocking the conjunction. A conjunction between the Moon and a key planet usually awards the match to the team signified: In this case, it points to a likely victory for Everton. It will be interesting to see how the influence of Uranus manifests during the match: Unexpected events or sudden reversals of fortune are likely.

Later the same afternoon, favourites Manchester City do battle with visitors Arsenal and, once again, it seems likely that the retrograde aspect of a key planet will decide the result: This time, Mars (who, as Lord 1 represents the favourites) applies retrograde to conjunct Fortuna; a powerful testimony for City which should award them the match.

On to Sunday’s match between Crystal Palace and Brighton, where a glance at the bookmaker’s odds tells us that the match is expected to be very close, with Palace deemed to have a very slight edge over their opponents. As favourites, Palace are represented by 1st house and its ruler Saturn. Brighton are awarded the opposing 7th house, ruled by the Moon. As the Moon is already spoken for as the main significator of events, her dispositor Mars steps in as substitute to represent Brighton.

The Moon applies to sextile Saturn, Lord 1 for Crystal Palace. In the absence of any corresponding testimonies for Brighton, this should award victory to the hosts. The Moon has over 5 degrees to travel before she perfects the sextile with Saturn: This being quite a significant distance for an short event such as a football match, expect the result to be decided in the latter stages of what promises to be a tense and hard-fought contest.

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Astrology by LouiseOfArabia

Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Shooting Stars Saturday 3rd October 2020

Astrological Football Predictions for Leeds United vs Manchester City and Newcastle United vs Burnley

Manchester City are odds-on favourites to win against hosts Leeds this Saturday, but the heavens may have a surprise in store. The aspect of greatest significance is the Moon’s application to oppose Mercury, which, as ruler of both 7th and 4th houses favours the underdogs Leeds (Mercury is also the dispositor of Fortuna, but as he rules both 7th and 4th houses, his role as main significator of Leeds takes precedence). The North Node’s beneficial placement just inside the cusp of the 4th house (victory for Leeds) and the corresponding debility for City from the South Node in the 10th house add further weight to the testimony of the Moon and Mercury; all of which point to Leeds doing much better than the bookies expect.

On to Saturday evening’s game at St James’ Park, where hosts Newcastle are the bookies’ favourites to win against visiting Burnley. As favourites, Newcastle are represented by Venus, ruler of the Ascendant. Mars, Lord of the opposing 7th house, signifies Burnley. The Moon, whose movements often decide the outcome in football charts, makes no conclusive aspects: Her trine to the antiscion of Mars (at 05 Virgo 45) is mildly favourable for Burnley, but not strong enough to guarantee them the match. Balanced against this, Saturn placed in his own sign of Capricorn and in his own house (the 10th house, victory for the favourites), lends his strength to Newcastle and attests to their fine form, but alone is not a winning testimony. Overall, this is a fairly balanced chart with both sides looking set to score. Newcastle have a slight edge over their opponents, but a draw should not be ruled out.

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Astrology by Louise Of Arabia

Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Shooting Stars Sunday 27th September 2020

Astrological Football Predictions for Spurs vs Newcastle and Manchester City vs Leicester City

Spurs are odds-on favourites to win against visitors Newcastle this Sunday, but do the heavens agree? The Moon, who so often decides these contests, makes no aspects of significance with the exception of a late opposition to Venus. This might be seen as favourable for Spurs, were it not that Venus’ role as dispositor of the Part of Fortune takes precedence over her rulership of the 10th house (victory for the favourites). This opposition is immediately followed by a sextile to retrograde Mars, strongly placed in his own sign of Aries. As Mars rules the 4th house (victory for the underdogs) the cause of Newcastle is favoured, especially as Mars is also applying to conjunct the 4th house cusp, lending his strength to Newcastle’s house of victory. Overall, this chart is far from conclusive, but there should be goals for both sides. With the comparatively wide orb between the Moon and any significant aspects, expect a much busier second half, with Newcastle’s chances of victory increasing greatly in the latter minutes of the game, especially if extra time is played.

In Sunday afternoon’s match between Manchester City and Leicester City, the Moon’s opposition to Venus (Lady of the 4th house; victory to the underdogs) promises at least one goal for The Foxes. However, the following lunar sextile to retrograde Mars (Lord 10; victory for the favourites) is a powerful testimony for Manchester, especially combined with the added strength of Mars’ retrograde square to Saturn (Lord of the Ascendant and primary significator of the favourites), which describes victory (Mars, Lord 10) going to the Manchester City (Saturn, Lord of the Ascendant). As with the previous match between Spurs and Newcastle, expect both teams to score, with a busier second half and some crucial late goals!

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Astrology by Louise Of Arabia

Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Shooting Stars Saturday 19th September 2020

Astrological Football Predictions for Everton vs West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United vs Crystal Palace and Arsenal vs West Ham

In charts for football matches, the Moon’s movement is usually key in determining the victor as she represents the progress of events and can often signify goals scored. In our first match of the weekend, the Moon’s immediate opposition to retrograde Mars (ruler of the Ascendant) marks an early lead for favourites, Everton. It has been observed that retrograde movement of a planet seems to have little effect on the performance of the team it represents, so the early aspect of the Moon to Mars combined with a lack of significant testimonies for opponents West Bromwich Albion should award Everton the match.

The bookies have proclaimed Manchester United odds-on favourites to win Saturday afternoon’s match against Crystal Palace, a verdict with which the heavens agree: The Moon is void of course (she makes no further aspects wherein the sign she is placed). Nor is she in a sign (Cancer, Taurus, Sagittarius or Pisces) which would give her additional powers to perform. In any case, the Moon makes no immediate aspects to significant planets in the sign she is about to enter (Scorpio), with the possible exception of a trine to the Part of Fortune which also favours the favourites. With the void of course Moon in full effect, the status quo will be maintained: The favourites at the start of the match will be the winners when the final whistle blows.

In the chart for Saturday evening’s match between Arsenal and West Ham, the Moon immediately applies to the cusp of the 7th house; providing significant assistance to the cause of underdogs West Ham. The only other testimony of note, a sextile from the Moon to the antiscion of Mars (ruler of the the 7th house) at 02 Virgo 35, also favours The Irons (or Hammers). Although not conclusive, this chart hints at disappointment for favourites Arsenal and an upset for the bookies.

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Astrology by Louise Of Arabia

Bibliography

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

Shooting Stars 12th-13th September 2020

Astrological Football Predictions for Liverpool vs Leeds and Spurs vs Everton

The start of a new season is a time of hope and expectation, when every football fan allows themselves to daydream, however briefly, of their beloved team winning the ultimate prize. The bookies, however, are not so egalitarian: There must always be a favourite, and in our first featured match this is unequivocally Liverpool. But do the heavens agree?

As favourites, Liverpool are signified by the 1st house (22 Capricorn 50 ascends) and the 1st house ruler, Saturn (25 Capricorn 33). Pluto glowers on the ascendant, a caution that this match may not be the easy win for Liverpool the odds suggest. However, his baleful influence is parried by Saturn (Lord of the 1st house), strong in his own sign and house, and placed close enough to the ascendant to make a difference.

What of their rivals, Leeds? As the opponents of the favourites, they would usually be signified by the ruler of the 7th house. But with Cancer on the 7th house cusp, and 7th ruler the Moon already occupied as significator of the the progress of events, they have just one planet to represent them, Venus (ruler of the 4th house; victory for the underdogs) at 07 Leo 00. Unfortunately, Venus is peregrine (she lacks strength in the sign and degree where she is placed), makes no significant aspects, and can do little to avail their cause.

The Moon’s immediate application to trine the Part of Fortune (19 Scorpio 39) is a positive testimony for favourites Liverpool, but her next aspect, a sextile to to the antiscion of Venus (at 23 Taurus 00) inclines to favour the cause of Leeds, as does the following opposition to Pluto. Liverpool should take an early lead, but Leeds will also score. The Moon’s final opposition to Saturn, favours Liverpool, but the width of orb suggests that Liverpool’s best chances of victory will occur in the latter stages of the game, perhaps in extra time.

On to Sunday, and in the chart for our next featured match between favourites Spurs and their opponents Everton, Pluto and Saturn (both key players on Saturday) are now too far from the ascendant to figure strongly in the result.

The Moon at in a late degree of the sign wherein she is placed would usually be considered void-of-course, maintaining the current status of both teams and auguring victory for the favourites. However, this being her own sign of Cancer, of which William Lilly writes; “yet somewhat she performs if void of course and be either in Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces”; the Moon has greater power to act. She needs to travel slightly over 8 degrees to make a conjunction to Venus (at 08 Leo 04), an aspect which Lilly would consider just within the moiety of both planets. As Venus rules the 4th house (victory for the underdogs), and conjunctions are usually conclusive, this could indicate an upset for the bookies and potential victory for Everton.

As always, the proof of astrological prediction is the result, and it will be interesting to test this theory regarding the void of course Moon on Sunday!

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Astrology by Louise Of Arabia

Bibliography:

Sport Astrology by John Frawley

Christian Astrology by William Lilly

For further discussion of Lilly’s writings on moiety and the void of course Moon, Peter Stockinger’s Traditional Astrology web log is highly recommended: www.https://starsandstones.wordpress.com/tag/moiety/

The Dark Moon in the 2nd Decan of Capricorn, 6th January 2019

January’s Dark Moon occurs at 15 degrees 25, in the second decan of Capricorn (exact at 01:28 am GMT).

This decan is under the rulership of Mars, which is exalted in Capricorn, and so receives all the respect accorded an honoured guest. As might be also expected of such a guest, Mars is on his best behaviour and exhibits all his most positive characteristics in this sign (courage, confidence, endurance), which are also reflected in the attributes of this decan. The tarot card attributed here is the Three of Pentacles, entitled “The Lord of Material Works”. Aleister Crowley, who titled this card “Work” wrote that it describes the energy of Mars as “constructive, like that of a builder or engineer”. Combined with the reflective, internalised qualities of this month’s Dark Moon, this decan favours planning, forging harmonious links with and laying a solid foundation for future plans and projects.

The degree of this month’s Dark/New Moon (15 degrees 25) is conjunct the position of the powerful fixed star Wega), one of the brightest stars in the heavens. In the medieval astrological magic of the European and Arabic worlds, the image of this fixed star was a traveller, hen or vulture (this last being associated with the goddess Nekhebet, an Egyptian protective deity). Wega has rulership over the protective gemstone chrysolite , the strengthening herb succory (chicory) and clearing and balancing fumitory (also known as earth smoke). This star was employed in the construction of talismans which bestowed the qualities of magnanimity and pride on the wearer, and which provided power over beasts and devils; all gifts and attributes related to Mars. However, it would not be wise to attempt such a talisman with the Moon here, for the reasons given below.

The lunar mansion which holds sway over 15 Capricorn 25 is the 23rd, called S’ad Bula: “The Fortune of the Glutton”. The unfortunate reputation of the Moon in this Mansion may be attributed to her being in the sign of her detriment in Capricorn, a debilitation which tarnishes the expression of the positive energies of Mars, and which, according to the Picatrix, makes the Mansion fit only for talismans dedicated to works of discord and destruction. Additionally, the Moon here seems to dilute the strength of Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) , although with potentially positive results: The dissolution of boundaries inherent in the Moon’s placement in this Mansion is noted by Cornelius Agrippa as useful in magic aimed at liberating captives.

By LouiseOfArabia

Bibliography

The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology by Vivian E. Robson

The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot) by Aleister Crowley

Tarot and Astrology by Corrine Kenner

The Mansions of the Moon by Christopher Warnock

Stars and Stones: An Astro-Magical Lapidary by Peter Stockinger

The Picatrix (Liber Atratus Edition) Trans. by John Michael Greer and Christopher Warnock

Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Henry Cornelius Agrippa of Nettesheim (Llewellyn’s Sourcebook Series Ed. Donald Tyson)

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by Catherine Yronwode

The Astrological Tarot by Georges Muchery

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The astrology of Oswald Cobblepot; The Penguin

On 21st October 1941, issue 58 of Detective Comics hit the newsstands: This publication, (the birthplace of Batman), would now witness the debut of one of Gotham’s most dashing and formidable villains; Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin.

Throughout his long and chequered career, the ruthless and elegant Gentleman of Crime has escaped the pages of “Batman” comic as often as he has eluded his captors in Blackgate Pentitentary and Arkham Asylum, inspiring acclaimed portrayals both in the Batman television series and a number of forays into film. For the last five years his most recent incarnation, played by Robin Lord Taylor, has been winning new plaudits in Netflix’s Batman prequel series “Gotham”.

What can Astrology tell us about this most enigmatic of villains? To my knowledge, there is no record of Penguin consulting an astrologer but we do have a birth chart of sorts. A “Sunrise” or solar chart set for Gotham (which according to Batman lore is located in the state of New Jersey) fits the approximate time when issue 58 of Detective Comics went on sale and marks the emergence of Penguin onto the world stage. When a birth time is unknown, the ‘sunrise’ chart can tell us much about the promise and abilities of those born on the day in question, and (as might be expected) the 21st October 1941 was a day rich in potential.

On the Midheaven (signifier of public image and fame), Pluto Lord of the Underworld in regal Leo certainly fits the profile for the mobster, nightclub owner and self-styled “King of Gotham”. Chiron is here, too; often signifying someone perceived as a maverick or outsider; there are many accounts of him suffering cruelly from childhood bullying. However, this inability to ‘fit in’ served as the impetus to his ambition – for him, without doubt, the greatest revenge has always been success – on his own terms. Saturn, ruler of the 4th house (home, family and ‘roots’) is in the 8th house in Taurus, conjunct Algol: Among the many versions of Penguin’s backstory, there are numerous examples of which feature the early death of his father (4th ruler in 8th house) and his subsequent rejection by his extended family. Saturn is conjunct Uranus and Algol; in many stories, a sudden reversal of circumstances denies the young Cobblepot his inheritance and birthright, perpetrating the crisis which sets him on the path to crime. Algol is a fixed star associated with uncontrolled desires; in the 8th house (other people’s goods and resources), this seemingly limitless appetite is directed towards the property of others; be it money, real estate or jewels. Venus, the ascendant ruler in the 2nd, points to a complex connection with material goods and self-worth and also reveals his talent as a snappy dresser.

As a Libra, he works well in partnership with others and is a networker par excellance. He has been the architect of many an imaginative underworld alliance throughout his career, and (when it suits him) is not above dealing with the Caped Crusader or the GCPD if it will allow him to manipulate the balance of power to his own ends. Charming when he wants to be, under that elegant exterior beats the heart of a ruthless fighter; Mars strongly placed in Aries in the 6th house shows that he views violence as an occupational hazard, and a way to get the job done when plans call for it.

Mercury in Scorpio describes a formidable strategist, with a fascination for the hidden and the mysterious. Power, crime and the taboo are all topics which often have an irresistible allure to those with this placement, and it is nearly impossible to keep a secret from them. Mercury is retrograde, endowing him with an unusual approach to problem-solving: Whilst others flounder in chaotic circumstances, he keeps a clear head and knows how to turn the situation to his advantage. The Moon, also in Scorpio, adds a more dangerous tone to the mix. The Moon rules the emotions and is natural significator of the mother in the birth chart. With the Moon in intense Scorpio, this is a man who will never forget a slight. If you hurt his feelings or (God forbid!) his mother, there will be no forgiveness. The comic books, in particular, are full of blood-chilling accounts of the fates of those (and their friends and families) who got on the wrong side of the King of Gotham; the usual mob vendettas resemble a picnic in comparison.

“Gotham” has brought Penguin before a whole new audience of admirers, with many clamouring for a spinoff series dedicated to the Gentleman of Crime, in no small part due to Robin Lord Taylor’s mesmerising and charismatic performance. We have no birth time for Robin Lord Taylor either, but the comparison of his chart with that of Penguin’s ‘sunrise’ chart shows some intriguing links. Radical and unconventional Uranus in Scorpio (Robin Lord Taylor’s chart) is conjunct the Moon and Mercury in Penguin’s chart. Robin’s highly original and Machiavellian portrayal of the young Oswald Cobblepot has electrified viewers and, from the first, earmarked Penguin as the show’s breakout character. Furthermore, the Sun in Robin’s chart conjunct Jupiter in Penguin’s chart is a fortunate and expansive influence which has introduced them both to a whole new audience.

Some Penguin quotes (taken from the “Gotham” television series) and their astrological correspondences:

Sun in Libra : “…walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light” and “maybe its not our friends, but our enemies that define us”

Pluto in Leo conjunct the Midheaven : “Foolish arrogance led me astray. But I learned my lessons. I’ll be back, stronger and smarter than ever” and “This is Gotham City. There will always be crime. What I am offering is crime in the hands of professionals, and held to agreed upon terms”

Mercury retrograde in Scorpio “Gotham is rife with crime…who better than a criminal to clean it up?”

By Louise of Arabia www.louiseofarabia.com

Image of Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot; The Penguin from “Gotham” Series 5

“Gotham” distributed by Warner Bros Television

Batman and and the Penguin are characters published by DC Comics

Beauty is Truth : The 3rd Quarter Moon in Libra, 29th December 2018

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know”: Astrology is as much art as science, and these lines written by John Keats in his beautiful, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ express the quintessence of this month’s 3rd quarter Moon in Libra, which occurs on 29th December 2018 at 09:34 GMT at 07 Libra 16. The Moon in this air sign, ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, is the personification of grace, elegance and poise. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn assigned the Two of Swords to the Moon in Libra; its key meanings of clarity, balance and peace describing the element of Air acting through the Sephiroth Chokmah, (meaning ‘Wisdom’) on the Tree of Life. The 3rd quarter Moon forms an exact square to the Sun at 07 Libra 16, a degree associated with the 16th Lunar Mansion, of which Christopher Warnock writes; “The recurrent theme of the scales reminds us to exercise moderation and maintain balance even in the midst of abundance”.

This month, the finer qualities of this lunar placement are hindered in their expression by a difficult reception with Venus in Scorpio, the sign of her fall and an impending square with Saturn in Capricorn, sign of the her detriment, and may require more effort to bring to the fore. Nevertheless, the waning Moon is an excellent time for reflection which, in combination with the discernment of Libra, can assist in cutting and clearing away that which no longer serves, and enable us to approach the New Year lightly and in a spirit of clarity and grace.

Astrology by Louise of Arabia www.louiseofarabia.com

Painting of the Goddess Themis by Howard David Johnson

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Bibliography:

The Mansions of the Moon by Christopher Warnock

The Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley

Winter Solstice: Full Moon 22nd December 2018

Following close on the heels of the Winter Solstice, this month’s Full Moon occurs on 22nd December 2018 at 17:49 GMT at 00 Cancer 49.

In the first decan of Cancer, this degree is allied with the tarot card Two of Cups – a favourable card to which the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn attributed the astrological energies of Venus in Cancer and titled the “Lord of Love”. The card from the Rider Waite Smith deck depicts an adoring couple, toasting to their love from chalices of gold. The Two of Cups often heralds a new romance, but can signify a friendship or even a happy working partnership. It speaks of two people (or complementary elements) in complete accord. As Aleister Crowley writes, this card signifies; “perfect and placid harmony, radiating an intensity of joy and ecstasy”.

The auspicious meanings of the Two of Cups are reflected in the mostly fortunate attributes of the 8th Lunar Mansion, Al-Nathrah, which was originally located in the constellation of Cancer and of which it is written in the Picatrix; “…in this Mansion it is good to make images (talismans) for love and friendship, and for the safe travel of those who go by wagon through villages, and to cause friendship between allies”, although the it is less favourable for captives, and is also less beneficial for mice and bugs, who can be expelled from ‘whatever place you wish’ under the influence of this Mansion. Just as a strong and well placed Moon can often denote fame and popularity in a Natal chart, or the potential for a favourable outcome in Horary and contest charts, the Moon in this Mansion can augur victory or the attainment of a cherished goal.

The Moon is in her own sign in Cancer, making this Full Moon particularly powerful for manifesting any goals relating to a harmonious home and family, promoting love and reconciliation in relationships and working on personal attraction, glamour and brilliance. Those with the sign of the Crab prominent in their charts, and particularly those with key planets or angles in the early degrees of the sign, may find this Full Moon particularly magical.

Following on from the Full Moon, the next lunar aspect is an opposition with Saturn in Capricorn. With Saturn and the Moon both so strongly dignified, this aspect may not be as challenging as usually expected and could even contain the potential to translate the inspirational, visionary qualities of the Moon into concrete results (although not without some Capricorn diligence and hard work). Expansive Jupiter in his own sign of Sagittarius underscores the meanings of the Two of Cups by highlighting the joy and generosity of the Yuletide season, his influence magnified by the Full Moon in Cancer, the sign of Jupiter’s exaltation . Providing we remain mindful that Mercury is still in the sign of his detriment and ensure we attend to words and details with care, this month’s Full Moon marks a hopeful start to the Astrological season of Winter and promising outlook to the New Year.

By Louise Of Arabia www.louiseofarabia.com

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Bibliography

“The Book of Thoth” : Aleister Crowley

“The Mansions of the Moon” : Christopher Warnock

“The Picatrix” (Liber Atratus Edition) : Trans. by John Michael Greer and Christopher Warnock