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On 14 April 2018, the Moon ingresses into Aries and al-Saratan, the first Lunar Mansion.
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On 22 January 2018, the Moon will, once again, ingress into Aries and al-Saratan, the first Lunar Mansion.
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This is a general overview of astrological events occurring during the year 2018. Some of the events mentioned below may affect us globally or nationwide, whilst others may only affect us on an individual basis. For details about the nature, strength or duration of any effect that may take place, inception charts as well as natal charts of people in charge of the countries in question will also have to be taken into consideration. For events affecting the native on a personal level, natal-, solar return and other charts will have to be consulted. This should achieve an accurate judgment of the level of influence. In this astrological preview, the following information can be found:

  • Retrograde motion of the planets
  • Noteworthy sign ingresses and transits
  • Other noteworthy phenomena (Solstices, Equinoxes, Super Moons)
  • Solar and lunar eclipses
  • Solar ingress charts

For more detailed information, you may watch this space for in-depth articles to be published throughout the year. You may also follow my updates on twitter, via @StarsAndStones. For personal requests, please contact me via email; my email address can be found on the Contact Page.

Retrograde Motion

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be retrograde at times during 2018.

Mercury Rx

Will delight us, as usual, with interrupted communication, malfunction or complete failure of computers and other electronic devices and general uncertainty and confusion concerning any contracts, legal documents or agreements.

Mercury will be retrograde three times during 2018. The first phase will begin with Mercury in Aries, 0n 23 March and will end on 15 April. This will be followed by another Rx phase in Leo between 27 July and 19 August. The last Rx phase of the year will be in Sagittarius between 17 November and 6 December.

Venus Rx

Venus will be retrograde in Scorpio and Libra between 6 October and 16 November. She will remind us of a past relationship or even tempt us to have a secret affair, when she will be the morning star!

Mars Rx

Mars will turn retrograde in Aquarius on 26 November and will turn direct in Capricorn on 27 August. Which aspects of our lives will be re-enforced?

Jupiter Rx

Will remind us of his prudent side; with Jupiter’s help we are able to fulfil our potential but in his Rx phase, he demands that we obey the rules, follow our moral guidelines and show kindness and compassion.

Jupiter will be retrograde in Scorpio between 10 March and 10 July. Retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio brings a sober note to our search for justice. In this introspective time, we may want to question and reflect where we went overboard in the past.

Saturn Rx

In Sagittarius will give us a chance to re-evaluate what has become static and dogmatic in the past. It is likely that any unfinished but forgotten business will make an unexpected reappearance during this time, reminding us to bring old issues to a close.

Saturn will be retrograde between 7 April and 25 August.

Sign Ingresses and Noteworthy Transits

Jupiter will move into Sagittarius on 8 November

Jupiter will sextile Saturn on 27 August

Saturn will move into Capricorn on 21 December

Other Noteworthy Phenomena

Solstices and Equinoxes

Spring Equinox: 20 March (10:28UT)

Summer Solstice: 21 June (04:24UT)

Autumn Equinox: 22 September (20:02UT)

Winter Solstice: 21 December (16:28UT)

Super Moons

There will be 5 Super Moons during 2018:

02 January, 02:25 AM, Full Moon in 11* 38′ Cancer
31 January, 01:27 PM Full Moon in 11* 37′ Leo
13 June, 07:44 PM New Moon in 22* 44′ Gemini
13 July, 02:48 AM New Moon in 20* 41′ Cancer
11 August, 09:59 AM New Moon in 18* 42′ Leo

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses

There will be a partial solar eclipse on 15 February in 27* Aquarius. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to  Australia. Canada may be affected at a later date.  With  Saturn being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

An eclipse usually affects only a small number of people. To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 27* Aquarius
Sun or Moon are in or around 27* Leo (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 27* Taurus or Scorpio (square)
27* Aquarius is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
27* Aquarius is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)
Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

There will be a partial solar eclipse on 13 July in 21* Cancer. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Poland, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Australia is likely to be affected at a later date. With the Moon being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Cancer
Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Capricorn (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 21* Aries or Libra (square)
21* Cancer is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
21* Cancer is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

There will be a partial solar eclipse on 11 August in 19* Leo. This eclipse may be of immediate importance to North and South America. The Ukraine, Turkey and Egypt are likely to be affected at a later date. With the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

To establish the possibility of any effect to take place, the birth chart should be scrutinized for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Leo
Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Aquarius (opposition)
Sun or Moon are in or around 19* Taurus or Scorpio (square)
19* Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
19* Leo is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

 Lunar Eclipses

There will be an umbral lunar eclipse on 31 January, Moon in 12*Leo, Sun in 12*Aquarius. This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to Finland, Russia and the Iran. With the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the planet’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration, too.

People with Leo or Aquarius rising, either in their birth chart or in their Solar Revolution for 2017/18, could be more affected than others. Furthermore it should be investigated if natal Sun or Moon are conjunct the eclipse point. If it should be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the native’s charts may be necessary to find out which particular areas of life are likely to be affected the most.

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With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my friends, followers, and gentle readers of this web log a peaceful Winter Solstice and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2018.


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On 1 November, the Moon will, once again, ingress into Aries and al-Saratan, the first Lunar Mansion.

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My review of Marsilio Ficino – Edited and Introduced by Angela Voss been uploaded into the Review section – click on the thumbnail below to read it:

Marsilio Ficino, Edited and Introduced by Angela Voss, North Atlantic Books, US, 2006, ISBN-10: 1556435606, ISBN-13: 978-1556435607.


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On 11 August at 05:22UT, the Moon will, once again, ingress into Aries and al-Saratan, the first Lunar Mansion.

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John Flamsteed (1646 – 1719) was an English astronomer, and a member of the Royal Society. He also was the first Astronomer Royal. On 4 March 1675 Flamsteed was appointed by Royal Warrant “The King’s Astronomical Observator”. The warrant stated Flamsteed’s task as:

“rectifieing the Tables of the motions of the Heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired Longitude of places for Perfecteing the Art of Navigation”.

In 1725, after a lifetime of observing the heavens, Flamsteed’s own edition of Historia Coelestis Britannica was published posthumously. The book contained his astronomical observations, including a catalogue of 2,935 stars. Flamsteed accurately calculated the solar eclipses of 1666 and 1668. He was also responsible for some of the earliest recorded sightings of the planet Uranus, which he mistook for a star.

In June 1675, a second Royal Warrant was issued. It was concerned with the founding of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, which was intended to be a:

“small observatory within our park at Greenwich, upon the highest ground, at or near the place where the castle stood”.

(Greenwich Observatory [Latinised as “Observatorium Anglicanum Hoc Grenovici prope Londinum”], as illustrated in Doppelmayr’s map of the southern celestial hemisphere, ca. 1730)

It is fairly well documented that, in his youth, Flamsteed was very interested in astrology. In his autobiography, we find that in 1665, he busied himself very much in:

“… calculating the nativities of my friends and acquaintance…”

and in 1666, he:

“… spent some part of my time in astrological studies”

We also know that Flamsteed provided the astrologers Vincent Wing and George Parker with data for their planetary tables. In 1673 he began to work on “His large Ephemeris for the yeare 1674”, stating that in this ephemeris, he:

“… showed the falsity of astrology, and the ignorance of those who pretend to it.”

In the preface, he wrote under the pseudonym of Thomas Feilden,

“Indeed, so small is the verity of astrology that even astrologers do not agree on where it lies. Thus William Ramsey (Astrologia Restaurata 1653) says it lies with elections while William Lilly (Christian Astrology 1647) says it lies with horary (he makes his living by them), but John Gadbury (Genethlialogia 1658) laughs at both, thinks that elections are a vanity and horary uncertain, and says it lies with nativities, which I can disprove with one of his own examples of a famous person where, if the name of the person were concealed, the chart would be judged as indicating an idiot rather than a famous person.” (A Preface to the Readers Concerneing the Vanity of Astrology, & the practices of Astrologers; Source: astrology-and-science.com)

It has to be noted though, that neither the preface nor the ephemeris were ever published! It is thought that Flamsteed never found a publisher, willing to print his work, but there is also the possibility that he changed his mind. One year after he finished the draft for his ephemeris, Flamsteed produced an election for the foundation of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, shown below:

The chart includes the Latin motto “Risum teneatis amici”, translated as “could you, my friends, refrain from laughing”.

(Doppelmayr’s celestial map of the southern hemisphere published in Atlas Coelestis in quo Mundus Spectabilis…, decorated with vignettes of the astronomical observatories at Greenwich, Copenhagen, Cassel, and Berlin.)


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On 21 August 2017, at 18:30 UT, there will be a total solar eclipse. This eclipse, already known as the ‘Great American Eclipse‘, will be visible in its totality all across the USA from the East Coast to the West Coast. In the surrounding areas, people will see a partial solar eclipse. The partial eclipse will also be visible in Western Europe, North-East Asia, North-West Africa, much of South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Arctic. This eclipse is one of Saros Series 145. Its totality has a duration of  2 minutes and 40 seconds. The map below shows the visibility of the eclipse (time observed is UT):

The astrological chart, cast for Washington, also shows the event:

Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual, we have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Leo, the sign wherein the eclipse Sun resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect. In this case we are expecting the USA to be greatly affected.

Looking through traditional source material, we find that the Alps, Austria (especially Linz), Belgium (especially Ghent),Italy (especially Rome, Sicily, Puglia and Ravenna), Bohemia, Czech Republic(especially Prague), Germany (especially Koblenz), England (especially Bristol), Turkey, and Syria (especially Damascus) are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Leo.

The Sun is placed in the last decanate of Leo, which is ruled by Mars. Traditionally, the lights were not interpreted as eclipse rulers, therefore we have to look at Mars as eclipse ruler and also at Leo, the sign the eclipsed Sun is in. Generally speaking, eclipses in Leo signify:

“death or misfortune for royalty, nobility and ‘persons of quality’; the ruination and destruction of ancient buildings, palaces and churches; division amongst the clergy, the besieging of towns, and a scarcity of horses and grain”.

William Lilly writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a solar eclipse in the last decant of Leo:

“… presages Captivity, besieging of Towns, Plunderings, Profanation of holy places, a scarcity of Horses, or a destructive Murrain amongst them.”

It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in 29* Leo was in 1998. It may be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred back in 1998. Although an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people, it may be beneficial to try to remember if any problems occurred during this year. If so, but also to generally establish the possibility of any effect that could take place, the birth chart should be scrutinised for any of the following:

Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Leo
Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Aquarius (opposition)

Sun or Moon are in or around 29 Taurus or Scorpio (square)
29 Leo is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
29 Leo is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)
Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.

For the first time on this web log, I am publishing the Solar Eclipse Case Study of a person who is likely to be affected by the upcoming solar eclipse:

(Inner Wheel: Solar Eclipse/Outer Wheel: nativity)

From the bi-wheel above, we can see that the eclipse point is very close to the natal Ascendant and to natal Mars, which indicates that the native is likely to experience the effects of this solar eclipse in a strong and immediate fashion.

(Inner Wheel: Nativity/Outer Wheel: Solar Return 2017)

We have already described the general effects of this eclipse, but to find out in detail how this could manifest on a personal level, we have to look at other indicators. Using the native’s solar return chart for 2017, we find that solar return Saturn is conjunct the native’s Moon. According to William Lilly, this indicates:

“Danger of Death, full of ill Humours, Melancholy, …” (CA, p738)*

We can also see that his solar return Mars is conjunct natal Mercury. Lilly writes that this aspect:

“Inclines to lying, to speak ill of men, and [he] shall be in danger for words” (CA, p739)

(Primary Direction: Ascendant square Venus)

During August, the native may also feel the effect of primary directed Ascendant square Venus. Lilly knows that, in some cases,:

“It signifies some infirmness in the Body, obtained by a Surfeit, or too frequent use of venery … he is slighted by the virtuous, the dishonest have no Bridle …” (CA, p662)

This point is very close to the fixed stars pi Scorpius and Dschubba (delta Scorpius) on the right claw and the forehead of the Scorpion. Robson knows that Dschubba is:

“of the nature of Mars and Saturn. … It causes sudden assaults, malevolence, immorality and shamelessness.” (Fixed Stars and Constellations, p172)**

(Inner Wheel: Nativity/Outer Wheel: Solar Eclipse)

Returning to the bi-wheel of the nativity and the solar eclipse, we can also see that eclipse Saturn is conjunct natal Moon and natal Dragon’s Tail. This is a sign of depression. People who are living through this transit often report that they aren’t able to cope with everyday life any longer.

These conjunctions are close to the MC of the Sun’s Aries Ingress chart 2017, cast for Washington. This means that eclipse Saturn and the native’s Moon/South Node are in the 10th house of the Aries Ingress 2017 for the USA. In mundane astrology, the 10th house represents the ruler, president or government of the country the chart is cast for.

Ingress Saturn and Moon are also in the 10th house, whereby Saturn indicates the possibility of public sorrow and disappointment, even state funerals. The Moon in mundane astrology represents the common people and shows where the public’s attention will fall.

From the above, it can clearly be seen that this native’s fate is intrinsically linked with the fate of the whole nation. This is not surprising, as I can reveal now that this case study is based on the birth chart of Donald Trump, the current President of the United States of America.

*Lilly, William, Christian Astrology, facsimile edition, Regulus, London, 1985

** Robson, Vivian, The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology, Astrology Classics, 2005


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On 21 May at 10:10UT, the Moon will, once again, ingress into Aries and al-Saratan, the first Lunar Mansion.

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