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COVID-19 Vaccine Forecast Review

On March 27th I published a blog entry of the Horary judgement on COVID-19 Vaccine (you can find it here). In that article the judgement was that approximately 6 months from the day the piece was written, in October 2020, the vaccine will be available for mass production. 

Additionally, I have made a suggestion that the country to create the vaccine will be China… well, first I described the country as having a “strong Saturn/Pluto/Mars = order/control/military flavor” and then just sort of pointed my finger at our neighbour partly because fish doesn’t know it’s in water, partly because I filtered the dry horary judgement of timing the event (which was correct) through my own perception of the situation (wanting to complement China on their scientific prowess while underestimating one of my Homeland).

So now, just as the 6 months are running out, what is happening with this situation? The vaccine is created, has been registered back in August, I believe, and is now in the finishing stages of the third (and final) stage of trial with 2 stages completed successfully. All of it happening in Russia (!) which, incidentally, has a Capricorn stellium in the Birth Chart, including the Sun while China only has Jupiter in the 12th house there… ok, that’s not how Mundane Astrology works at all but Horaries are usually full of little synchronicities like that and it did have a Cap stellium showing the government “meeting up with” the significator of the vaccine. 

If I hadn’t been too lazy and done my homework (made a list of countries-candidates fitting the description and took a good look at their charts) I would have been correct in both parts of the prediction. But my skip- skip-skippity-hop Natal Mercury couldn’t be bothered with all this drudge, alas.

Oh, well. The question posed by my friend was “When will the vaccine be invented?” It did not have “and by whom?” part so it goes to show that an astrologer should really mind their own business and answer only the question which is asked. LOL.

P.S. Here is the news article about Russia rolling out the vaccine for general public

P.P.S. Just kinda feel like this now

but the feeling quickly goes away when I can’t figure out why I can’t embed an actual gif here and have to stoop down to doing a screen clip and inserting it right into the text. I think it has something to do with my WordPress account level… hm-m-m, is this a question worthy of my horary powers??? 🙂

P.P.P.S. (How many Ps is it now? Ha-ha) Wouldn’t you know… these synchronicities just keep coming. As I was publishing my post, Financial Times published theirs, just a few hours ago. Read it here or take my word for it: they say 9 vaccines are in the 3rd phase trial (including China, Russia, UK, US and Germany) and purchase contracts are already signed with governments all over the world. So it looks like mass (I mean, mass-mass) availability in October really is happening.

Funny (but Offensive!) Horoscope: The Dirty Truth About Each Sign. Part 2.

Part 1 can be found here

LIBRA

Briefly – a damn aesthete. Can’t make up their fucking mind about anything and like to go on about Picasso-Shmicasso and  “Oh, Holy art!” yet they can’t be bothered to take the trash out of the house when it’s full.  All their adult life they run around in search of the bright ideal and so they can’t find time to learn how to cook or sew buttons. Libras like to dress up meanwhile annoying the hell out of everyone around choosing between tha-a-a-t one with pearl buttons and thi-i-i-s one with silk stitching. They don’t mind sleeping around even if they have a permanent partner and explain their infidelity by the fact that in their heart they’re always true to the One and the body is just the fetid dust of being and doesn’t mean anything. 

All-in-all these bastards are chasing the peace of mind that’s so important to them but is basically unattainable because their slutty nature always outweighs the highly spiritual ideals. Like all indecisive fuckers they often suffer from nervous diseases like psoriasis and gastritis. Envious, but not malicious. Libras tend to stick their ass out for someone and do it solely out of masochistic love for humanity, not with the goal of getting something out of it. They usually look gentle and sad and tend to awaken a dangerous desire to caress them and take under your wing which should not be done under any circumstance because Libras can brain-fuck you harder than all the other signs combined. They are in a constant state of cognitive dissonance between reality and wishful thinking because they’re suckers.

SCORPIO

The sex-terrorist. When there’s no one to fuck they start brain-fucking, usually themselves. They’re constantly gushing with all sorts of delusional ideas, narcissistic to the point of shitting themselves, and are ready to stare into the mirror at their reflection all day long with a tender smile stating that there is definitely no one more beautiful in the world. Hysterical, and somehow do not hesitate to flaunt it. Their only interest in life is  fucking and their own precious selves… well, in some cases they show interest in people who are interested in them. Good-natured, if you don’t try to borrow money from them. By the way, they love money almost as much as they love themselves and know how to earn it. 

These bitches are super-secretive. Getting information out of Scorpio that they don’t want to divulge is almost as difficult as marrying off a fifty-year-old virgin. These two-face assholes are constantly thrashing about choosing  between high ideals and the desire to play a rotten trick on someone. In their desire and ability to break through a brick wall with their forehead Scorpios can only be compared with Aries. Often they choose the same stupid goals but do not give up out of principle. They stoically endure all the shit that permanently happens to them because they know  they deserved it. In general, they give off an impression of a terrible, loud, menacing and formidable creature but deep down they’re white, soft and fluffy.

SAGITTARIUS

Sagittarius is another zodiac clusterfuck. The personal opinion of a Sagittarius is bound to become the ultimate truth for everyone who happens to be nearby. They express it willingly, often, and even when they are strongly advised not to do so and are threatened to be hit in the face for it. They are genuinely perplexed if people take offense at them for this.

In general, these bitches are a very lucky sign in life which does not compensate for the constant lack of money. Sagittarius, despite their tendency for incessant verbal diarrhea, usually has a lot of friends who are keeping them, the poor things, fed and warm. And all this because they know how to deftly pretend to be a kitty-cat, especially when their mouth is busy with food. Their main drawback is that they can not shut up telling everyone the truth about everyone and sometimes get carried away for which, again, they often get beat up. They are prone to all forms of drug addiction as well as religious fanaticism, which is essentially the same thing. They’re kind but you can never tell it right away.

CAPRICORN

At first glance – miserable shit (C). Capricorn’s motto is “No matter how fucked up it was today, tomorrow will probably be even worse”. These bitches keep the cheerful mask on so as not to get in trouble for being so grim but all the same they do (get in trouble). Capricorn comprehends happiness in only one way – they work like hell. An idle Capricorn is a dead Capricorn. If they are not able to work, they will still come up with a lot of strange things to do because without work Capricorn can not achieve Zen, and a Capricorn who does not achieve Zen is a Cancer. Do you really want that?

In the beginning they seem meek and even tame but at the first convenient opportunity they will ram their gnarled horns right up your ass and they will do it with special pleasure if you are a Gemini or a Leo – they can not stand  these signs for inappropriate playfulness. Capricorn is a smart-ass. Stingy – but not always. They feel best when they’re hugging a money bag. They like to tease and pick on people and don’t stop even when the situation gets hot but they do the picking so well that the fuckers are surprised themselves when they manage to get away with it. In general, they’re not that evil although they definitely look it. When choosing partners, they’re guided mostly by common sense and calculation so in family life these jerks are happier than anyone else.

AQUARIUS

Special features – everyone, well, absolutely every scum likes them as if they’re made of gold. When it comes to chatter they’re a worthy competition for the Gemini. They’re  eager to communicate, even in an unfamiliar company, like a sailor after a long voyage is eager to get to the red light district. They always have the look of someone who fell out of a tree and this is what fascinates others. Aquarius has the slight flair of being fucked-up in the head and their inexplicable charm attracts crowds of silly enthusiastic fans. Even if everything goes through the ass in the life of Aquarius, they manage to give out advice to others and some-fucking-how the advice works! 

With all the visible and tangible fluffiness and awesomeness they are potentially great criminals. Aquarius is always a con artist even if only in their dreams. There is no Aquarius without criminality in their dark and shadowy past. They break the law without any remorse and even, I’m not afraid of this word, with pleasure. At the same time, these bitches understand perfectly well unlike, for example, Gemini that it is not kosher to do so but they don’t give a fuck. They look like a cross between the Mad Hatter and Marilyn Monroe.

PISCES

There are two types of the Fish: the devils straight out of hell who have become blinded by their own unscrupulousness, and the angels who are faithful, truly kind, with unshakable morals. And the vile kind of Pisces, as a rule, is  forgiven for everything they do, while the angelic martyr Pisces irritate others with their unattainable holiness and sanctity. 

They can sleep around so much it is scary but to catch them in the act or make them admit to it is harder than to see a wrinkled dogfish. Until the very last moment, you will look into her honest, tearful eyes and keep believing. Pisces are soulless assholes with no moral principles. They tend to bullshit everyone even when there seems to be no need to thicken  the fog and mislead people but you don’t feel offended for this as Pisces have terrible pangs of conscience. 

This is a common thing for them and sometimes their conscience tortures them even for what they did not do. They tend to idealize people and afterwards resent them for being assholes. They can suddenly start taking revenge on the world around them in an abstract and fucking idiotic way. It is touching to see them live in their illusions and even when they turn out to be scum and douchebags  they are still unwittingly forgiven for their utter inability to live in our material world.

Funny (but Offensive!) Horoscope: The Dirty Truth About Each Sign. Part 1.

Before we get to the dirt I promised to you guys in the clickbait-y title there are a few disclaimers I need to make:

Disclaimer #1. I am not the author of the original text. The author is, unfortunately, unknown and this text has been circulating the ru-net since the early 00’s as a sort of new-age folklore. I am, however, the author of the translation you’re about to read. I’ll do my best to  keep to the original whimsical style (not so difficult as it is close to my own) and the use of the profanity (slightly more difficult as English is my second language after all).

Disclaimer #2. As the title clearly states, much of what is said about each sign is offensive… or can be taken as offensive by people with severe humor deficiency. So if you don’t think you can stomach some home truths about your sign in an exaggeratedly caricature manner and heavily seasoned with dirty words – this is your chance to surf away to something more agreeable. 

Disclaimer #3. This is just the basic undiluted sign archetype descriptions. Unless you were born with a 7-planet stellium in the same sign, chances are you have a mixture of energies. So checking out the big three (Sun-Moon-Rising) is a good idea or maybe, if you know you chart well enough, you can check out the signs that are strongly emphasized in your Natal Chart.

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Ok, if you’re still with me so far, here it comes:

ARIES

A Ram is a Ram. They’re always right and don’t give a fuck. It is easier to kill them immediately than to start arguing with them because it is only possible to win an argument with an Aries in one case – if they’re blind, deaf and mute with no arms or legs (and even then, there is a huge chance they will still find a way to flip you off). But Aries are honest. Sometimes they are so honest that it makes your teeth ache: they will answer very honestly if your haircut doesn’t suit you or your dress makes you look fat. There is nothing you can do about it, you will have to accept it (or kill them, as mentioned above).

In household affairs, Aries is usually useless – they can only generate brilliant ideas and try  not to defile the soles of their feet with the drudge of menial daily existence. However, if you somehow convince Aries that Sagittarius washes the floors better than them – they will work their fingers to the bone polishing  your hardwood floor every Saturday because there is not a thing in the world that Aries would let Sagittarius be better at.

Aries is never boring – this sign has some karmic fucking talent to find adventures for their beautiful ass. They earn money easily and quickly but as proud and principled types they hate the moolah so they try to get rid of it immediately. At the same time these bitches always have some money stashed away which is actually much more becoming or appropriate for a Virgo. Because of the unfathomable carelessness they usually forget about the stash which is great for the heart friend of Aries, especially if this friend is a Gemini.

TAURUS

Taurus is fucked up and I have nothing more to say about this sign. Much more stubborn than Aries, but does not have Aries’ charming carelessness. Big time hoarders, they’re able to lovingly store all the useless shit in their house for centuries and are very surprised when someone tries to throw away all these broken transistor receivers, ball bearings, rags, waste paper, and other trash. They’re very persistent in their attachments, including shitty people which, alas, makes them unhappy in love.

Also, they’re suspicious to the bone, jealous as a bitch, never an innovator and so at first glance they come off as a sad asshole. Secret perverts, they love fucking to the point of losing their pulse. Distrustful of new people but for old friends they will tear their last calico shirt off their back and hair off their ass. What the fuck those friends are supposed to do with a torn shirt isn’t something they’re able to think of to begin with. Altruistic, even though they always get punched in the face for it.

GEMINI

Gemini are very cool if it is just one and quite a clusterfuck if they are at least two of them. Can chinwag without stopping for at least three days and never once repeat themselves which is generally fun but sometimes is tiring. Everyone is usually jealous of them because they are jack of all trades  and try to apply themselves to anything and everything. To put it simply, they’re sticking their nose in every (butt)hole they can find. But no one knows how difficult it is for Gemini to survive and make choices in this huge world of opportunities – they always think that life is passing them by even if they’re ears-deep in shit in events. They like to fuck, eat and get new information – best if it’s all happening at the same time. For this, they’re known as perverts, although in fact, it just saves time.

They’re phenomenally lazy, ninety percent of the turbulent activity unfolds only in order to be finally left the fuck alone. Generally come off as a scatter-brained imbeciles, although in fact they’re not that dumb and don’t mind reading Kant and Kierkegaard when occasionally they take a break from jerking around (this reading is often accompanied by idiotic giggling and interjections like “er-r-r” or “um-m-m..” which actually looks pretty cute because only Gemini can find any humor in Kierkegaard’s works). Sentimental as a cheap port whore, they believe in romance although they constantly disown it and defiantly grin teeth at those who talk about it. In love they’re usually unhappy (and I want to say – because they believe in romance) because the only one who’s capable of enduring Gemini’s constant extravaganza of idiotic fun and fun idiocy is Aries. However, there is not enough of those shitheads for all of Gemini.

CANCER

I might sound biased but IMHO there is no sign worse than Cancer. Cancers are suspicious schmucks constantly bothering everyone with questions like: “If I sit in the hot tub after Pedro Francesco Dickheado, who of course jerked off under the water to my luminous image, will I get pregnant?” Meanwhile, they are absolutely unbothered by the fact that they do not have a hot tub and they’re a man. 

Cancers tend to constantly imagine the end of the world, get scared of their own imagination, get hysterical and turn to Virgo for comfort. Squeamish as a scum, they will surely die from hunger on a deserted island because Cancers are physically unable to eat a product which is not wrapped in plastic and which is lying, say, under a palm tree.

They like to fuck but somehow without any vigor to it. However, if they want to, they can give it some heat but afterwards they eat themselves up with shit for trying so hard in vain. Cancer women are the kind who watch porn with the hope that in the end everyone will definitely get married. They like to talk gloomily and at length on the topic of their own sores and other life failures, which scares away everyone but Taurus – they are even more tedious in matters concerning one’s own bodily functions. Cancers are loyal because they are afraid of chlamydia and trichomoniasis. They are prone to drunkenness and philosophy, yet both of those things don’t do them any good.

LEO

Leos divide people into two categories – the retinue, who are allowed into the inner circle, and the lackeys, who are used for sharpening claws and teeth. Selfish, certainly, but Leo’s selfishness is usually forgiven because of their holy and unwavering faith in their own ‘fucking awesome’-ness. They are suckers for flattery so you can use it to get anything you want out of a Leo. Generous and do not mind laughing at themselves. Everyone else should refrain from making fun of the Lion if you don’t want to spend the remaining hours of agonizing existence in the intensive care with a stake up your ass. Boorish, but elegant. Capable of trampling anyone up to their ears in poop, which they sometimes do out of pure curiosity and idiotic childish desire to see what will happen.

Leos want to be masters in everything. They make it very clear to their partner just how much un-fucking-believable luck and happiness came to them in the form of a Leo and demand to be treated appropriately. They do not mind if in everyday life they are addressed simply as “Almighty”. However, they are loyal friends and like to give expensive and valuable gifts to once again make everyone imbued by their majesty and grandeur. They like to eat, sleep and blabber and because of that are often friends with Gemini. Unbearable in large quantities if you are a Virgo, Cancer, or Pisces.

VIRGO

What can I say about this sign when the dry science has already said everything for me? Virgo is the most fucking cruel and inhumane sign of the zodiac. According to international statistics, most psychopathic  maniacs are Virgos. Those bitches are able to smile at you affectionately and in their head draw a delightful picture of your guts wrapped around a chandelier. 

I’ll tell you one secret – all little Virgos plan to become the Dark Masters of the Universe since childhood, and when they grow up and realize that they have fucked up, they become just heartless monstroids and with their pedantry and love of law and order (and this, of course, is rooted in their snotty desires to rule the Universe) they poison the existence of literally everyone who is ‘lucky’ enough to live  on the same territory with a Virgo. A Virgo wife is the kind of woman who makes your bed when you get up to take a piss at three in the morning. A Virgo man is the scariest math teacher you can imagine. Control freaks, of course. They even fuck on a schedule because everything should be in order. They do not explain the reasons for their actions to anyone, the root again lies in their childhood megalomania. 

However, they can fall into the other extreme – not to deem themselves worth a penny and to play a victim and a sacrificial lamb day in and day out which annoys the fuck out of others. By the way, they like to play on the nerves of loved ones in general and they suffer for show in public usually believing in their own suffering which causes them to get sick and wither. In everyday life they are actually useful because they know all sorts of lifehacks (learned while planning to become the Dark Master). All in all, you can live with them if you completely ignore them and remove weapons from the house.

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Part 2 can be found here

Astrology of a Name: how to use Alphabetical Zodiac.

Our name is the word that we hear most often through the course of our lives. Just think about it – how many times have you heard someone say it today? This week? This month? Add in the times you have said it yourself when introducing yourself to someone new or maybe even calling customer service and you will have an impressively large number. Every time it is pronounced the energies that the name carries are reinforced.

Now, every nation has its own language, for sure, and different cultures use  different alphabets. Actually, even European alphabets while all based on Latin each have their own variations. One thing that stays the same is that every alphabet has a beginning and an end and in between the letters always go in a fixed order. This follows the universal idea which is also reflected in the Zodiac – starting from Aries, the Alpha, it follows a fixed order all the way to the Omega of Pisces. 

This practice is as old as astrology itself. The ancient astrologers of Babylon used it in choosing sacred names for rulers to give them more power, for priests to strengthen their connection with the spiritual world, for making ritual invocations. The alphabet used by them had a better correspondence to the 12 sign 360 degree system of the Zodiac, neatly dividing the circle into 72 segments 5 degrees each (they are still familiar to the followers of Traditional Astrology as “terms” – the segments into which each sign is divided, even though the number and size have deviated from the original version).

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We, however, do not need to study the ancient language to be able to use this system. Our first language, the one we grow up speaking, is the one we form the strongest connection with. We don’t even pay attention to these subconscious links but they play a formative role to our worldview as a part of our entire cultural ecosystem. In order to adjust it to a different alphabet all you need to do is divide 360 degrees by the number of letters in the alphabet and assign each section to a letter, starting with 0 degrees Aries. Sounds quite simple, except for the pain in the neck of having to count out not only degrees but also minutes – something a modern “spoiled-by-technology” person like myself finds annoying. So I pitched this idea to my friend Petr at Astro-seek.com and am now elated to see this come into life with the new Online Name Calculator. No more converting 0.846 degrees into minutes! Yay!

Now, let’s talk about the uses this tool can have:

1. What names to chose

Baby names are the first thing that come to mind. This is the number one thing I use it for in my work with clients who plan on having children. Of course, the moment of birth is something that can not be controlled in most cases except for Cesarean sections, which are being used more and more often nowadays and for them we can  choose the time as well, making the Birth Chart more balanced and minimizing problematic placements. But even with a natural birth, I am not aware of any country that requires the parents to choose the name for the newborn immediately after birth. Usually, some thinking period is allowed and with the time of birth now known it is possible to analyze the chart and choose a name that will highlight the most harmonious placements. I will give details on that in the “how” part below.

You can also use this tool to pick a different name that suits your Natal chart better. I am not talking about an official name change, but we all now have a sort of “second identity” online – user names we choose for social media and other profiles are the ones I am talking about. Also stage names and pseudonyms.

Additionally, names for businesses or websites can also be chosen by this method. Here, you can use your own Birth chart or the Birth chart of the business or website (the date and time the business or site was created or registered).

2. How to choose the letters

Of course, the first thought is about “The Big 3” – Sun, Moon and ASC. This has some sense, of course, but with some reservations. You see, sometimes the Moon or the Sun are not the strongest or most beneficially placed planets in the chart. If you chose the letter that corresponds to the Moon, and the Moon is afflicted (e.g. in detriment, in the 8th house, conjunct a malefic, has only harsh aspects, etc) you enforce the problematic energy it carries in the Chart. Same goes for the Sun.

The ASC is slightly different – it has no dignities or debilities by sign or house. It can, of course, receive harsh aspects, but the chances of it being heavily afflicted are lowered by the absence of the first two factors. ASC ruler is a different story. So, looking at the degree of the ASC is a safe bet. Just like your name begins with the initial, the Chart begins with the cusp of the 1st house (ASC) and using the letter it falls on as the first letter of the name is generally a good option, unless there is a better one.

In search for a better option you need to analyse the other planets, giving preference to personal ones (Sun through Saturn) unless an outer planet is strongly highlighted in the chart (closely conjunct an angle or a personal planet). Pay attention to the planet’s strength and dignity, whether it is a part of a problematic pattern and so on. If there is such a planet, you can use the letter it falls on as the initial instead or use it together with the letter of the ASC degree in the name.

As an example of how this can highlight certain energies in the chart I want to use Princess Diana, who’s also known as Lady D, which is also perfect for demonstrating that the first letter is used even more often, than the entire name not only for her but for everyone who has seen or written their name in the last name + the initial format (so she was born Spencer, D. on July 1st, 1961)

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It is uncanny to see what placement the letter D activates in her chart which shows that the name was actually karmic. D falls on Venus, which is strong in her chart by placement – in the peaceful and placid Taurus, the sign of its rulership. It also  rules the MC, the 10th house of social achievements and popularity. Indeed, a Princess who was beloved by the entire world. Yet, it is also the apex of a tight T-square, which makes it a sensitive and problematic spot. Placed in the 5th house it is, of course, about her tumultuous love life. With the 10th house in the mix we see the pressure of the public image she needed to uphold in conflict with her emotional needs (Venus square Moon) and letter D puts even more emphasis on this, tipping the balance toward the public expectations (Venus rules MC) rather than her emotional security (the Moon).

Letter S is on the ASC and while she has it in her last name, using it in her first name would have given her more Sagittarian energy, the courage and independence which she needed to stand up for her own identity and needs. For sure, she had some, being a Sag rising, but Jupiter is not very strong in her chart – in Aquarius, not ruling any planets and only with one major aspect, a generational one at that. “S” would have strengthened this lack of Jupiter/Sagittarius influence in the chart.

So, when using this tool for choosing a name, keep in mind that the entire chart has to be analyzed and using certain letters can help to correct the chart’s imbalances.

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Buying or renting property with horary analysis

Ever since I started learning Horary, I can not stop being amazed at how multi-functional and also very practical Horary astrology is. While Transits or Solar returns or other prognostic methods can indicate a good or bad time to move or buy a house or an apartment, when it actually comes to choosing between available options all these methods are of no help. Horary, however, comes very handy with its ability to give an answer to a specific question in a clear and precise manner.

A client of mine was on the market for a one-bedroom apartment last year. She questioned me first in October and horary chart was the following:

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A property you want to buy is shown by the 4th house ruler and in this chart it is Venus. Before we get to Venus’ condition, I notice that the 1st house ruler, the Sun(querent) is in Libra, ruled by Venus. She likes the apartment very much, but in the last degree of Libra the Sun is about to change the sign showing that this infatuation with the place is about to change also. The way she spoke about the apartment was clearly reflected in this placement:she was in love with it……after looking at the pictures of the online listing.

So the ruler of the pretty apartment is Venus, but Venus is in detriment in Scorpio – there is a problem with the place. This also explains the price being lower than normal – the ruler of the 10th house (showing the price) is Mars in detriment in Libra. The affliction to the house is shown by a water sign in this particular chart which  indicates a problem of that nature – plumbing, leaks or mold. Since it is Scorpio we expect it to be hidden as well, not something that stands out right away or the seller is willing to reveal. They may not even be aware of it.

After visiting the place with the agent, the client indeed had her pink glasses taken away – it was a first floor apartment in the shades of the trees and balconies of the upper floors which isn’t great in the humid climate of the area. The building was old (there was no prior information about this in the listing online) so even without horary one would start suspecting problems with the systems like electrical and plumbing that are 40+ years old. The seller had no information on any renovations done to them previously, which isn’t a good sign either.

While problems shown by horary as “hidden” were not so easy to confirm, there was other information that was easy to verify. In describing the property, the 6th house shows the neighbors and here it is shown by Saturn placed right inside the 6th house. Saturn signifies old people and being physically placed inside its house it shows exactly that – they stay in their homes.

My client was able to talk to one of the neighbors (an elderly lady) who said that the majority of the tenants indeed were retirees. One thing verified, my client didn’t take the risk of verifying the apartment had problems by buying it – she was in no rush and continued to search for a good option.

3 weeks later she found something else and asked me about that place. This time things looked much better:

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The 4th house ruler again turned out to be Venus, but in a much better place for her this time. I mean, it is peregrine in Sagittarius for sure but peregrine is still better than fall or detriment. Per rules of horary, peregrine planets gravitate towards worse rather than better, so in the question about the property it should be read as “OK now, but deteriorating”. Sure, just like anything (and anybody) else does with time. However, the main thing we’re concerned with here is the initial condition the place is deteriorating from. The condition doesn’t seem bad at all, considering that the 5th house is the house of joy for Venus.

The placement in Sagittarius, ruled by expansive Jupiter, suggested a larger place as well, which it was (by about 50 sq.ft). The building was only 12 years old, so it had a long way ahead until reaching the detriment state of the previous place. However, the age does not guarantee the absence of problems – a house can be 10 months old and get pipe leaks because someone didn’t do the job right. Either way, with no afflictions to the 4th house ruler by placements or aspects, it was time to look at the neighbors. Saturn, again and in its own house again. Confirmed by the sellers of the place as they said that the nearest hallway neighbor was a very quiet old lady they had seen about 4 times in the past 2 years. 

Remarkably, the placement of the Moon in both horaries reflects the floor placement as well – in the first one the Moon is below the horizon (first floor) and in this one it is in elevation above all other planets (new place was on the top floor). 

The price for the second place is also low, but this time explained by the rush of the sellers – a young family with a two-year-old and planning to have another one was itching to get out of the one bedroom, however spacious it might be.

My client purchased the place and moved in 4 months ago. So far, other than some minor cosmetic repairs (a loose shelf in the hallway, a chipped mirror in the bathroom, a few crayon marks on the wallpaper in the bedroom) there have been no problems. She indeed feels like Venus in the 5th – rejoiced. She sent me some pictures of the place and I could not believe just how “Venus in Sagittarius” that apartment really is! With her permission I’m using the photos here. The first one is just Venusian with a touch of Jupiter’s flair – the pink bedroom with niched shelves and built-in lights in each one. This is exactly how she bought it, including the curtains (the only exception is the stuff on the shelves – that’s hers):

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The second picture is a much stronger mix of Venus’ desire for beauty and Jupiter’s exaggerating touch. The chandelier-style light… in the bathroom! I am dead serious – note the shower-head in the background. She says she finds it funny and likes the kitschy look of it and has no wish to replace it. Even shows it off (for a laugh) to friends and family who come to visit her place for the first time…

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Horary practice: Coronavirus Vaccine.

A friend of mine sent me a Horary chart a few days ago. The question was: “Will a vaccine be found?”. The chart below is cast for the time and coordinates provided by this friend, since he is  astrology-savvy and cast the chart himself. The outer planets are not turned off since in this particular case there is one significant conjunction, but normally I ignore them and judge Horary with septener only.

If you’re familiar with Horary practice – take a minute and try to find the answer in the following:

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If you’re just starting to learn, I’ll break this down for you:

  1. The virus is the 6th house of health and disease, straight in accordance with the classical rules. The significator is Jupiter (ruler of Sag)
  2. The vaccine should be determined by turning the chart. It is tempting to think of a vaccine as the open enemy of the virus but that would not be in line with the idea of a vaccine. The house of open enemies and opponents does not mean we automatically beat them. In fact, in Horaries about, say, court cases it is often a question of who is stronger – the 1st house ruler (you) or the 7th house ruler (the opponent). If we take that approach and the significator for the virus is stronger ( the medicine is weaker than the virus) than it  can not be called “vaccine”. Vaccine kills the virus, so it’s the death of it. We need to look at the house of virus’ death, which will be the 8th house from the 6th (turning the chart) which means that in this Horary vaccine is shown by the Moon, the ruler of the 1st house (8th house from the 6th).
  3. Before we look at what’s happening with the vaccine, let’s evaluate the state of the disease itself. The 6th house is ruled by Jupiter which is placed in Capricorn (the sign of its fall) and in a cadent house. So while the disease has spread widely (Jupiter) it is not as dangerous (in fall= weak) and doesn’t have the ability to act (cadent house). Capricorn is ruled by Saturn that has affinity with old people, clearly confirming what we know about is so far: widespread, mostly dangerous for old folk, but weak compared to some other recent (as well as historical) epidemics in terms of  fatality rate. It is also placed in the sign where the Moon is detriment, so Jupiter “hates” the Moon = the virus “hates” the vaccine. So far, everything checks out.
  4. The Moon here carries the double load: in any Horary the Moon shows the course of events, how the situation is going to develop. In this particular chart it is also the significator of the thing in question – the vaccine. Either way it is in the sign ruled by Jupiter (remember – only septener in Horary!) so it has no power over it. Quite the opposite, actually – the disease has the power (rules) over the vaccine and over the situation in general. Borders are shut down, streets are empty, people are staying at home during the 2-week social distancing period… Jupiter (virus) rules the Moon (current situation) but is filtered/expressed through a Saturnian sign (borders, limitations, distancing).
  5. The movements of the Moon and the applying aspects it makes show us the development of the events. The Moon is closing in on a sextile with Mars (about 1 degree). In this chart Mars rules the 5th and the 10th houses. The 5th house doesn’t give us much but the 10th house being “the king” aka the government brings our attention to the fact that there is Pluto closely conjunct the planet the Moon is about to contact. Don’t let the 5th house Scorpio fool you – in Horary Pluto is more like an additional significator, like a fixed star. It doesn’t rule houses. But it does signify several things, among which are large scale processes, people in power (government) as well as hidden, secret things. Looks like in about 1 measure of time the vaccine (or at least the first successful trial batch) will be created in government labs somewhere. Which government? That I can not be too sure about, but with the strong Saturn/Pluto/Mars=order/control/military flavor it is likely to be the homeland of the virus – China. 
  6. What happens next? There are no other aspects till the end of the sign, but that end is pretty near. Just over 6 degrees (6 and 1/3). The change of sign in Horary always signifies the change of the situation. In addition, in this particular case the vaccine will leave the sign where it is ruled (overpowered) by the virus and will go into the sign where it is ruled by Mars (=controlled by the government). So we can expect the vaccine to appear about 6 measures of time from now (end of March).
  7. Now, comes the most difficult (for me) part of judging. Which measures of time? Days, weeks, months, years? With the nature of the house (cadent) and the sign (mutable) of the applying planet (the Moon) suggesting the “medium-fast” type of units we can eliminate “days” or “years” being too fast and too slow. It is tempting to think that “months” would be shown by both a sign and a house from the “medium speed” category (I am still hoping to be able to travel this summer) but the scale of the question begs to differ. This is a question of a grand scale and in terms of the world and history (for example, how fast the vaccines for pox or cholera or Spanish flu had been created) 6 months from now (and just under a year from its appearance) is actually pretty fast.
  8. P.S. Even though Horary usually only deals with the houses that have to do with the question itself and it is not advisable to go meandering through the other ones to avoid confusion, I do love noticing things like the 3rd house of information and the 12th house of misinformation being ruled by the same planet – Mercury in fall and detriment in the panicky Pisces. It figures…

 

Horary judgement: the vaccine will be available for mass production and use around October 2020.

Additional details: it is likely to be first tried/tested in late April – early May 2020. Quite possibly China will be the country to create the vaccine.

Signs, bitch! Astrological archetypes of Breaking Bad characters.

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Spoilers ahead!

 

Better Call Saul season 5 has just premiered and, as I am bracing myself for the long-forgotten experience of watching one episode per week (argh, the wait!), I decided to kill some of the torture waiting time with my favorite game of matching the characters with the astrological archetypes aka signs. There will be no deep digging and no detailed analysis – only the general feel of the character and the Zodiac energy it corresponds to. After all, this is just a popular astrology article as I want to keep my audience as wide as possible (and I leave the deeper analysis for the consultations).

Without further ado let me start with the learn’d chemist himself:

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Walter White – Capricorn

Eyes firmly fixed on the goal The Goat is always climbing up and up until the goal is reached. Strategically and unyieldingly as is befitting to an Earth sign ruled by Saturn, he is not averse to making some quick decisions on the spot when circumstances require which is in line with the cardinal modality of Capricorn.

There is a tremendous drive and ambition present in Walter, of course stifled and buried at first, but slowly emerging in the course of the first season. Capricorn is associated with social achievement and recognition, mastery, work and career. All these things are clearly important to Walter, as he is frustrated every time he is denied any of the above in situations like:

1) The Gray Matter. Yes, the financial aspect is also on his mind, but not being recognized as a creator of the company is just as important to him.

2) The donations (money laundering) via Junior’s web-site. That one’s bugging him even more. A missed opportunity due to pride and youthful recklessness is one thing. Now, he is a 50-year-old who has finally achieved success by applying his skills and has something to show for it. Yet, he is forced to hide it and appear to the wider world as a helpless chemistry teacher who has to accept charity for his cancer treatment. A major mood-killer for a Capricorn.

3) The need to hide the wealth. Social status is also a sensitive spot for Walt. Unlike Gus Fring, he’s not content with appearing humble, driving a Volvo and wiping down tables while sitting on bags of cash. Again – while having the money is important, it is not enough. His knowledge that it was his earnings for his masterful performance and not donations is not enough. He’s yearning for recognition of his achievement.

Another thing about Capricorns is that the goal is always shifting, since a Capricorn without a goal is extremely miserable and depressive. Just as the original one is reached, another one is set and the climbing continues. So making $700,000 is just a pit -stop and retiring to be a car-wash owner is a delusion. Peaceful and placid life is for Taurus. Capricorns need to keep climbing higher and higher until a miscalculated step finally brings them peace… at the bottom of the cliff.

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Jesse Pinkman  – Cancer

I know, I know, it’s cliche-ish. Opposites attract, yin-yang, complimentary energies… Well, guess what? There is really nothing new under the Sun. Or on the ecliptic, for that matter. And Jesse having a Cancerian energy about him is a universally perfect way to display his radical difference from Walter.

He is quite an emotional type and unlike Mr. White he can not just focus on the goal and use it to justify the means. He might have had more street knowledge in the beginning of their journey and appeared to be a better fit for the business this unlikely duo was getting into but pretty soon it became obvious that climbing the career ladder of the drug business is not his cup of tea. Jesse’s too sensitive for that.

Cancer is the sign associated with nurturing, mothering and family. There are several incidents where this side of Jesse shows distinctly: he had nursed his dying aunt, he’s unusually caring and impartial to children who aren’t his (or related to him) and the one and only time he murders someone is when there is no other possible way to protect Mr. White who’s almost like family to him by then. And that murder sends him into a much deeper and longer depression than Walter White’s first murder had sent him – after all, as a water sign he’s much more attuned to the emotional world. With Cancer’s essence being about nurturing and caring, hurting someone does inflict the psychological wound which Jesse kept on picking rather than focusing on that goal, like Walter did.

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Gus Fring – Scorpio

This one is a no-brainer, for sure. An immensely powerful presence and energy lurking under quite average and commonplace facade. Gus might have lost to the unstoppable locomotive of a man Mr. White, but he got to his position of power by carefully manipulating the events, by knowing when to crouch back, sit quietly and wait for the right moment to strike the deadly and very accurate blow.

Holding a grudge is something Scorpios are infamous for. Of course, depending on the chart and the person, they may choose not to act on it, not to seek revenge or even waste their time on being angry with you. But they will always remember, trust me. Always.  It’s just that Gus chose to pay back with interest to Hector Salamanca and everyone else involved in his partner’s murder and waiting all those years was, actually, an important ingredient to the dish that Scorpios like to serve ice-cold.

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Mike Ehrmantraut – Taurus

Taurus is a fixed Earth sign and the difference in modality is a large contributor to their difference with Capricorn, who are restless because of the dynamic cardinal energy. The Earth element keeps them both rational and grounded, concerned with practical results, rather than emotional realm (unlike Fire or Water), but the fixed mode of Taurus produces a calm, placid, deliberate and paced people. They’re never in a rush in contrast with their preceding sign of Aries. They like to contemplate things and don’t waste words. They’re simply imperturbable. Uhm… What is Mike Ehrmantraut? 

Practically anything he does – from walking with his granddaughter to solving crisis situations to even being killed by Walt – he’s borderline phlegmatic with just a few sprinkles of rage popping up in some extreme cases. But when it all comes to an end, his final words are “Let me die in peace” as he is watching a serene nature scene… oh, yeah, forgot to mention that Taurus is also closely associated with nature. Not that all the other signs don’t like it, but this sign falls on the time of the year when nature is firmly taking root and having its growth spurt after waking up in Aries and enjoying simple life pleasures like the sunshine, the smell of the flowers, the sound of leaves rustling in the wind or the taste of a pimento cheese sandwich is a Taurean energy everyone has in their chart at some level.

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Saul Goodman – Gemini

Jimmy McGill – Pisces

I am actually going to do some deeper exploration on this one, since not only Saul was given his own separate show, but also because the prequel reveals a completely different side of him.

In Breaking Bad he radiates Mercurian energy: witty and talkative, quick-minded, full of ideas and information – a classical Gemini rather than a Virgo. He doesn’t bother with any questions of morality, just like the ruler of this sign – the god of  tricksters, thieves and merchants. Morals are left to Jupiter while Saul is quicksilvering his way through the daily influx of tasks most of which somehow end up being about tricking the law.

This is how we first see him, how he comes off to those who don’t know him well personally, which makes me think of a Gemini Ascendant with Sun in Gemini first house thrown in the mix (I mean – these outfits and his general manner of presenting and carrying himself grab one’s attention and hold the spotlight in an unmistakable Leo-like way, but he’s way to mutable to have any serious placements in the actual sign of Leo, so it’ll have to be residual Leo in form of the Sun on the Ascendant).

In Better Call Saul there is a different side of him – Jimmy McGill. Still the trickster, but trying to change, to be a better version of himself, as he’s looking to impress his brother Chuck and his love interest Kim. He’s also tender and caring, making sure Chuck has everything he needs day in and day out, so his sensitive side is more prominent. Looking up to his older brother and as a result trying to change his true nature of a witty trickster who is having fun and enjoying pulling different scams makes me think of Pisces – the sacrifiers of the Zodiac. Pisces can be quite receptive to the point of being submissive and lead on. The general lack of direction is true for all mutable signs, but it is stronger in Pisces due to affiliation with Neptune and its cloudy and hazy ways.

 So when it comes to putting more touches on Jimmy-Saul’s chart, I’m thinking of the Moon and a couple of other personal planets here in Pisces. Not Venus and Mercury, obviously, but even Jupiter and Mars would give him a nice Piscean core as well as creating two major themes in Saul-Jimmy’s chart:

  1. Gemini stellium of the Sun and the entourage in an aspect of square (by sign, if not by degrees) with another stellium in Pisces 
  2. Multiple Gemini-Pisces placements creating a strong imbalance of mutable modality

So Jimmy is always torn and always swinging between the desire to do the right thing, to live up to the ideals and be of service to people (Pisces) and the drive to exercise his wit and develop his mental abilities in a more fun and stimulating way (Gemini).

Oh, and as I was typing his real last name at the beginning of the section, it hit me that it is actually quite fishy, if you know what I mean. So I take it as a sign that my guesses are right. 

 

Now, it feels like I have been writing forever, why in the hell is it not next week yet? I want my fix next episode!

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Dream Interpretation and Analysis Using Transits

Sleep is a large part of our life. On average it’s one third, but only if you truly get your ideal healthy 8 hours every single night (and many of us don’t). It is also a very important part, though in modern culture of over-achievers it is viewed as a period wasted out of your “productive time”.

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Yet sleep is just as essential to our health and well-being as food and water. Multiple biological processes happen while we appear to do nothing but lay there and toss around, but I’m not getting into that, since this is not a biology blog. Unless you’ve been banned from Google I’m sure you can find the info on that if you wish to.

From the consciousness point of view, sleep is akin to trance. A daily state of trance that each of us enters out of physiological necessity but with a psychological pay off, if we care to collect it, since dreams are a direct communication channel between our conscious mind and both our personal subconsciousness and the collective unconscious.

All spiritual practices and cultures that focused on developing the potential of the  human mind across space and time gave great importance to dreams and their meanings – from ancient philosophers to samurai, from Central American shamans to 20th century psychoanalysts.

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The problem of difficulties in dream interpretation is a long standing one. Nowadays you can find a plethora of dream dictionaries with just a few clicks, but that doesn’t really solve it. The thing is – just like cookbook astrological interpretations, these dream symbol interpretations are so generalized that it is by a lucky coincidence the actual meaning of your particular dream is fully clear and explained by looking something up in a one-size-fits-all book (or website). Furthermore, sometimes we can’t look objectively at a situation in our life and define clearly what’s wrong – if we could, our subconscious probably wouldn’t be sending us the signals in the first place! But after we receive the signal, chances are the issue still remains quite sensitive and if we have been pushing it down and refusing to face it, we just might find it difficult to even identify the problem since we’re so used to suppressing it.

Astrological transits is a useful tool to identify the areas of life and issues in your individual life the dream is signaling about. It’s as customized as it can be – transits are happening to your personal unique natal chart and the areas of life (houses) affected also vary among people with similar birth chart placements.

There are several types of dreams, each one has its own astrological signature and I will list them in the order of both their frequency in one’s life and their informational value. 

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1. Reflective dreams

These are the most common and the least valuable. They are just a form of processing and organizing the information our brain has received during the previous day (or several days). Caused by a conversation, some news, a stirring experience and so on, these don’t need to be analysed as they are more of a physiological function of the brain – sorting through the inbox, logging the important things into memory and emptying out the trash folder.

Astrological signature of these dreams is actually the lack of one – there are no aspects with an orb of 2 degrees or less from fast planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to the natal chart during the time of dreaming.

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2. Compensatory dreams

These are the ones psychoanalysis is about – unrealized and suppressed desires. They are signals from your personal subconsciousness expressed in a symbolic form. The recurring ones and the ones that have a developing plot are of a special interest here. Checking the transits for the night or the time you saw the dream will help you define the dream as informationally valuable as well as point to the issue this signal is about.

First thing to look for astrologically is a major aspect (conjunction, opposition, square, trine or sextile) from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a planet of the natal chart with an orb of 2 degrees or less. The natal planet that receives the aspect is the one you should look into for the meaning of the dream – the symbolic nature of the planet itself, the house it is placed in and the house(es) it rules.

It may happen that there are no fast transits to your natal chart during the night, but the transit Moon contacted another transit planet and you have a natal connection between the Moon and this same planet (for example, transit Moon made a trine to Mars and you have a natal Moon-Mars opposition). This kind of mimicking contact may also trigger dreams that bring up the issue described by the planet that is contacted by the Moon. Again, looking at the houses connected with that planet will show the area of life the issue is about.

This transit method is extremely valuable for decoding recurrent dreams and developing-story series of dreams. If you keep track of the dates and look at the transits, more often than not it will be the same houses that are activated during the fast transits for the nights when you see these dreams.

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3. Archetypal dreams

This kind of dreams is a lot more rare than the first two and also carries more importance. Archetypal dreams plug us into the collective subconscious experience and connect us to our true spiritual needs. There are three categories here:

  • archetypal objects (bridges, doors, roads, etc) – these are the ones you can get a good reading on with the help of a dream dictionary, as these objects have a universal common meaning for all people across all cultures
  • archetypal stories (travelling, chasing, overcoming difficulties, studying, and so on) – these are similar to the previous category with a little more personal variation of the shared meaning
  • archetypal entities – the least common category. Many people never experience this kind and the ones that do may not even realise if they’re not familiar with the archetypal entity they have seen. Since we’re all connected within the framework of the collective subconscious, it is no wonder that a person from one culture may see in a dream a mythological creature from a completely different culture and thus they have no knowledge of which archetype this entity might be connected to. They might come across this entity later on, if they start researching the subject. Some of the traits that can help you recognise this type of a dream are: the central figure of the dream is an entity that attracts your attention; it is perceived in detail with some attributes from this entity’s mythology that you might have no prior knowledge of (such as colors, elements of the dress or appearance, etc).

Either one of these categories of archetypal dreams allows us to get in touch with the primal source of the entire human culture without any intermediaries. In some cultures these kinds of dreams were considered a beneficial sign from the higher powers and their encouragement of things we are doing.

Astrological signatures for these dreams are the following:

  1. During the dream there was a transit from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a higher planet, most often Uranus or Neptune. It is more common to happen during a conjunction rather than any other aspect. Remember, the orb is 2 degrees or less. The meaning is interpreted according to the higher natal planet that is receiving the aspect (house placement and house rulership).
  2. During a long term transit of a higher planet – Uranus or Neptune – to your natal Mercury, Sun, Moon or ASC you may also see such dreams. Usually when the long-term transit is activated by a fast planet (multiple transit). For example, Neptune is conjuncting your ASC with an orb of 2 degrees or less. Because it’s a slow planet, even with such small orb this transit will last for months, but it doesn’t mean you will have archetypal dreams each night. However, you’re more open energetically to connect with the collective unconscious and during a faster transit, like Mercury squaring your ASC, you may have this experience. Interpretation of the dream in this case will be also connected with the higher planet that is making a transit to your natal chart (the houses it is connected to). It will show the reason for having this dream. The receiving natal planet or ASC will describe the purpose of the dream and its advice.

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4. Prophetic dreams

Another rare and valuable category. Just like the archetypal dreams, many people may never experience these in their life. Actually, this kind is more common among those, whose chart has certain placements indicating predisposition to prophetic dreams. There are various combinations, of course, but most typical is a tight aspect between Uranus or Neptune and Sun, Moon or Mercury in the natal chart. During the night this aspect is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

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5. Karmic memories (Past life memories)

These are even more rare than the previous ones and not everybody experiences them. Some of the characteristics are:

  1. A vivid and detailed picture of the events and life during a certain historical period 
  2. There are no unrealistic elements such as sudden object transformations, flying, talking animals and other typical features of a normal dream.
  3. The plot is short but memorable and we are also left with the knowledge about the details of what we saw that seemingly comes out of nowhere, without these details being shown in the dream itself.
  4. The dream doesn’t seem or feel to be in any way connected to our current situation or activity, i.e. it could not have been inspired by a film or a book you have seen or read the day before.

Spontaneous karmic/past life memory activation is quite rare. If you have done some past life regression hypnosis, it is more likely to come up in your dreams in the days following the session. Otherwise, it may occasionally be activated by a transit and it happens more often to people who have a planet in the 12th house close to the ASC (so in the last ⅓ of the house). At the time of having a past life memory dream, a planet in the 12th house of the natal chart (less often – the 12th house ruler) is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

The astrological signatures of transits to your natal chart described above are an extremely helpful tool in arriving at a more personalized and relevant interpretation of your dreams. If you’re not very familiar with astrology and its tools, there are multiple sites out there that allow you to create a transit chart and also provide information about planets and their symbolism as well as basic knowledge on the meanings of signs and houses. Using the transit method will help you to single out the main theme(s) and idea(s) of the message your own or the collective subconscious is trying to deliver to you during this large part of your life – sleeping.

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Abridged translation from K. Daragan. Original video can be viewed here

Riding the wave: Astrological analysis of the 2019 Joker.

A couple of months ago I wrote an article about the astrological archetypes of the Joker and Batman in Christopher Nolan’s version of these iconic comic book characters (read article here). I have wanted to write it for a long time, but didn’t get around to doing it until mid-August, a few weeks before Todd Phillips presented his take on the green-haired clown you wouldn’t want to invite to your kid’s party. This new film has created a tremendous resonance and the cyberspace is now flooded with reviews and discussions as well as comparisons. These comparisons are divided into two types: either reviewing all Joker portrayals from the dawn of ages (and by the dawn of ages I mean the 60’s, when hippies were still roaming the world) OR it is just comparing the two most impressive ones (Heath Ledger’s and Joaquin Phoenix’s) in many cases taking sides and giving reasons why one or the other is the best Joker in the author’s opinion.

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I am going to mention Ledger’s Joker today, too, but with no intention to hand out “The Best Joker” plaque at the end. I don’t have a fixed idea of what the Joker is or should be like. On the contrary, I love seeing the same thing being approached and interpreted from a different perspective, so as long as all the other components are well-executed, I am open-minded and willing to consider new ideas. These two Jokers are equally excellently written and played and they are also as different as they are amazing. Comparing them for the purpose of choosing an absolute leader is like comparing something soft with something yellow – they’re in different categories and you just can’t do that. Similarly, the psycho-astrological archetypes depicted are different. As different as two signs that come one after another. If you are familiar with elements, polarities and modalities, you know where I’m taking this. If not – don’t worry, I’ll try to put it in layman’s terms as I go. In any case, I’ll be referring to Ledger’s Joker as a means of contrast and comparison of the two Zodiac signs and planetary energies that these two embody.

I have defined the 2008 Joker as Aquarian/Uranian type. “The Dark Knight” was about the battle of two minds – an anarchist vs a capitalist, a radical and rebellious Aquarian against the authority and centralized power of Leo. The 2019 Joker has no ideology, doesn’t care about politics and doesn’t believe in revolution. In his own words, he doesn’t believe in anything. Both the character and the film are focused more on the emotional component. From the cerebral and intellectual level of existence of an Air sign we shift to the element of Water which is about feelings. 

This particular change of element brings with it the change of polarity – from positive (masculine, extroverted and externally oriented) to negative (feminine, introverted and internally oriented).  Dark Knight’s Joker is actively interacting with this world, he’s pushing his ideas and manipulating the crowd. Arthur Fleck lives in his inner world, submerged in his dreams and turmoil, making little to no attempt to take action. He wants to be noticed, accepted and loved, he aspires to become a stand-up comic but it doesn’t go beyond writing down jokes and observations on how to be funny in his journal. In fact, it’s not until the Joker starts to emerge after the killings on the subway, that he actually takes the first step and goes to perform in the club. Notably, even this event – the shooting – is a result of external pressure and someone else’s initiative.

Finally, there is a change in modality – Christopher Nolan’s Joker (and Batman) are both fixed signs, they’re firmly fixed in their beliefs and views, so “an unstoppable force meets an immovable object”. Todd Phillips is showing us a man who is constantly trying to adjust in order to fit in. This attitude is typical of the mutable signs – they’re flexible, they try to avoid conflict and go with the flow. They deal with problems by flowing around them or changing direction. All of this is Arthur, up to a certain point.

Thus, if we put these attributes together – polarity, element and modality – it gives us the Zodiac sign of Pisces. And, boy, does this movie scream Pisces! No, scratch that. Fish don’t scream. It’s more like this film is soaked and saturated with Piscean energy to the point where it seeps out of every pore, every frame, every message.

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Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a cloud-laden ice giant associated with imagination, inspiration and dreams but also illusion, confusion, deception and delusion. The atmosphere of the planet makes for its mysterious appearance – Neptune is not easy to see as it is hiding behind its misty veil, invoking the above-mentioned associations. This is also true of Pisces – the confusion may happen both in their own head and in the minds of others as they struggle to understand them. So we see this confusion reflected in everything – from Arthur’s words (My whole life I wasn’t sure if I really exist) to his uncontrollable laughter that happens in the most tense, stressful, inappropriate moments, creating a strong cognitive dissonance from the beginning, less than 3 minutes into the movie. We are also taken in by a deception for a good portion of the story, which leaves us doubtful and suspicious towards anything that happens in the end – is the inscription on the back of the picture real? If it is real – was it really written by Thomas Wayne? Was any of it real in the first place, or is it all a fantasy of a sick mind and Arthur had never left the asylum?

The message is reinforced by visual means – Arthur’s constant smoking provides the veil, the Neptunian haze, that blurres the lines of his face , the smokescreen that separates him from the surrounding world. In many frames the use of long lenses results in only Joaquin’s face being in focus while not just the background, but even his shirt is out of focus, unclear, highlighting the idea that the character is staying only in his head and is disconnected from the reality.

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Let’s leave Neptune for a while (we’ll come back to it later) and focus on the sign itself. Pisces is a dual-bodied sign. Its symbol is two fish swimming in the opposite direction which is a perfect demonstration of its tendencies and inner conflict. In esoteric tradition, one fish is alive and the other one is dead. And before you question how it is possible for a dead fish to swim, I need to add, that this is a sort of metaphorical shorthand. Both fish are alive, one is swimming towards death though and the other one didn’t sign up for this shit but, oh well, too bad, so sad.

The thing is that Pisces is the last sign in the Zodiac circle, which represents the cycle of life, with Aries being birth and beginning, the fiery life-giving impulse which acquires shape and form in earthy Taurus goes on to develop thoughts and feelings in Gemini and Cancer respectively and on through the social signs and transformation of Scorpio it enters the universal level of the last four signs of which Pisces is ultima thule (pardon my Latin). Pisces ends one cycle of life so that another one can begin. However, in order to incarnate, we need to join the source first and this is what this sign is about – merging with the collective, giving yourself up to the higher power, letting the subjective ego dissolve into the objective psyche. So one fish is swimming to its final destination while the other one is desperately clinging to life, overtaken by the depth of emotion at this level of existence, refusing to let go. 

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Descartes said “I think therefore I exist”. Good for him. He had zero planets in Water signs and a close Sun-Uranus conjunction, so I see how this statement would ring true for him. Anyone with water-dominated chart knows that they feel and therefore they exist, no arguing about it. Incidentally, that Uranus conjunction sends us back to the cerebral version of the Joker I wrote about 2 months ago. The three outer planets are sometimes connected to the personal planets by being called “a higher octave” or “a higher register” of their energies. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury, the thinker. In that article I mentioned that unlike Batman, the Joker shows very little emotion. In addition, he’s very eloquent and witty, doesn’t miss a chance to crack a joke and these jokes are funny and come to him with ease. 

Arthur, on the other hand, struggles with both understanding and producing relatable humor, as Mercury is at fall and detriment in Pisces; in non-astrological terms Mercury is not comfortable there. The dreamy and blurred Piscean world is a hostile environment for Mercury which is about analysis, clear thinking and mental, rather than emotional, processes. But Pisces is friendly to another planet – Venus, which is exalted here (and Neptune is the “higher register” of Venus). With its energy of love and compassion Venus expressed through Neptune gives Pisces altruism, devotion, desire to serve others. And Arthur does show these qualities – he’s tender and loving to his mom, he takes care of her and doesn’t see it as a burden. He says about the teenagers that beat him up that “they’re just kids, I shouldn’t have chased them” and even lets Gary, his former co-worker, go despite him being a witness to Randall’s murder.

And these feelings don’t happen only on Arthur’s part – watching his struggle evokes empathy and compassion in viewers, making us all get in touch with the Pisces energy in our chart.  The theme of empathy appears in his monologue at Murray’s show as well, along with the desire to be heard and noticed. At this point I am starting to struggle with organizing and structuring everything that needs to be said, since the Joker’s final statement on the show is just as multilayered and full of deep meanings and undercurrents as the deep and endless ocean, which is another symbol connected with Pisces and Neptune. This was only to be expected, after what I have said above – the confusion, the elusiveness and the almost imperceptible level of existence the last Water sign offers us. I feel like I should start introducing numbers…

  1. Arthur himself struggles to “be heard and noticed” throughout the film. His difficulty is the lack of a clearly defined personality. He has no idea what he is, he yearns to find the “I”. He is the fish that is still trying to hold on to what is familiar, what has been done in the previous 11 stages of the development – expressing oneself through various archetypes. He keeps looking for that one thing all other signs have that they can define themselves by. The other fish is pulling towards merging with the collective and losing oneself in the deep waters of the universal chaos.
  2. The crowds in the streets of Gotham are representative of this collective energy. This connection between Arthur and the masses starts to form when the murders on the subway get public approval – the merging has begun. The sign someone holds up during the protest meeting – “We are all clowns” is a signal to that. On the subtle, intangible level Arthur attunes to this current, the need for change, the dissatisfaction of the people of Gotham with  the injustice and the same desire to be heard and noticed. As this is happening, he is starting to lose his ego – the Joker is born. He doesn’t have a name now, he has nothing to lose or to fear, he has become the other fish… the dead one. Life is suffering, so Arthur suffered. He struggled to fit in and struggled to ascend to the light from the dark bottom he was living at day in and day out. The Joker has shed all that and has now let the collective in. He is the voice of the crowd and Murray’s murder is the first murder that is not personal for Arthur. As he’s yelling out about wanting to be heard to the host, the guests of the show and the TV viewers, it’s not Arthur anymore. Heath Ledger’s Joker was the one to initiate the crowd’s hysteria. Here the chain reaction goes the other way. Up until the last moment Arthur is contemplating suicide and it seems that the decision to kill Murray comes at the very last moment. However, in that moment Arthur is already dead (not physically, of course) and the Joker, who is expressing the collective wishes and desires,  has taken the reins. He is now the dead fish that is riding the crest of a powerful wave, letting the flow take it wherever it may be. A symbol of the uprising but not the moving force behind it. He’s like the hood ornament of a car – recognized but not in charge.

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So Arthur is dead and the Joker is born. There are plenty of mentions of the bathroom dancing scene, which is an obvious demonstration of the alter-ego surfacing for the first time. There is another scene, also notable but more strange and confusing – the scene with the fridge. On the surface it is another clear and expressive metaphor: after the confrontation with Wayne, when Arthur asks for some warmth and gets hurt again, he decides to “freeze” his feelings and buries himself in a cold box which is an allusion to a tomb or a grave. Not so simple if you consider the fact that to fit into this box he has to assume a fetal position, so now it’s a tomb and a womb 2-in-1. To be born anew you have to die first. The cycle has to end before the next one can begin. Astrological code for the last two sentences is yet again “Pisces”.

Since the film itself is quite dark and depressing, the balance of the sign in this particular article is tipped that way, too. After all, “All I have is negative thoughts” is the gist of Pisces’ phrases in like every other astrological meme. Sure, in part this is based on some true tendencies of the biggest worry-warts you could find (as a daughter, sister and a good friend of  three different Pisces, I know this first-hand) . And they’re always listening to the Neptune-FM while never fully present in this brutal and way-too-real-for-their-liking world. But there is also plenty of beauty and enchantment in them. 

Music is another one of Neptune’s domains – Neptune rules trance states and escape from reality, which music readily provides for those who want to experience this without the help of any substances. So, quite appropriately, music is, as Todd Phillips says, “another character in the movie”. It flows in Arthur, it wants to come out. His movements and plastique change as he transforms into the Joker, but it is present in Arthur from the very beginning. Who knows, perhaps if he had listened to his own needs and decided to become a dancer, instead of trying to fit in with his mother’s projections, he could have walked a less bloody road to recognition and acceptance… 

Of course, then we wouldn’t have had this immersive, staggering and breathtaking experience some people went to see twice (for the first time since LOTR… yes, by “some people” I meant myself)… So let’s just be completely honest in our selfish position of not wanting to deprive ourselves of this experience and just thank Arthur Fleck for his self-sacrifice in service to our entertainment ♓

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You complete me: The Batman – Joker axis in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”

While there are many adversaries Batman faces both in comics and on screen, the Joker is the one that defines him best by juxtaposition. In every version of the story different authors endow these two with various shades of the traits from the appropriate spectrum (the good guy or a hero vs the bad guy or a villain), yet they still end up as a complementary palette to each other.

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In my search for the next movie character(s) to examine through the prism of astrological archetypes I thought that the somber saga by Christopher Nolan about a hero dethroned and banished would be a suitable choice. It’s always exciting to rediscover the well-familiar characters.

 

The Joker, of course, was an easy pick. Chaotic, radical, shocking, anarchistic and mad as a box of frogs – all these epithets come straight from the list of keywords for Uranus. Without getting too deep into placements, houses and aspects I will simply stick to the general planet-sign association. Uranus rules Aquarius, so this is the tag we’re putting on our never-too-serious guy. Aquarius is independent and unconventional – qualities that can also describe the Joker. He doesn’t want to be part of any organized criminal group and everything from his methods to his looks and manner is as far from normal as I am from getting a Nobel prize in mathematics  (and  I’m not diminishing my math abilities here).

 

But this isn’t the case of solely siding with negative characteristics of a sign or planetary energy. Aquarius under the rule of Uranus is socially oriented (like all Air signs) and looks for ways to contribute to the society. The way is usually found through radical reforms and tearing down the existing structures and boundaries in order to create new ones. The Joker’s eccentric manner leads our neurons down the familiar pathways: crazy equals dangerous equals villain. But if you really break down what is happening in “The Dark Knight”, it turns out that it’s not only for the devilish charm and playful charisma which Heath Ledger gave this version of the Joker that he appeals to us. There is more to this guy, just as there is more meaning to his actions than simply creating chaos for the fun of it (though, “chaos for the fun of it” is the sauce the entire thing is dressed with).

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Let’s take a few steps back and look at the bigger picture of what is going on in Gotham at the beginning of the film:

 

The city is sinking in crime. All the good guys are fighting it – the city officials, the police, Harvey Dent and Batman himself – but with zero effect as the crime rate doesn’t seem to decline whatsoever. The cops are still corrupt, the streets are full of thugs and the Mob is well and thriving. Everything functions just great in this fine tuned mechanism, this system that had been established long before Bruce Wayne lost his parents and decided to try and change the order of things in Gotham. And while it’s quite clear why everyone else can’t put an end to this (cops aren’t superheroes), it is interesting to note that Batman’s efforts to clean up the streets seem to be as productive as raking water uphill. Why? Not for lack of trying, of course, and not even because he is just one person. The reason is that he is also a part of this system. He joined it in “Batman Begins” when the city installed the signal light and accepted him as an unofficial part of the crime-fighting force. The mechanism adjusted to the new part and the status quo remained undisturbed. All the law enforcing action we see is just a veneer. Enter Joker.

 

The guy who wants to see everything burn because the old system can not be adjusted or changed – it needs to be destroyed completely in order to move forward. The guy who self-describes as an “agent of chaos” (very Uranian) and praises chaos for being fair and unbiased (very Aquarian). Well, sure, that’ll get some sympathizers among anarchy-oriented types, but there really aren’t that many out there. Then, how come this particular version of the Joker have gathered a larger crowd of fans than any others? Heath Ledger’s performance is definitely a big part of it, but in addition the Dark Knight’s Joker doesn’t appear to be a senselessly evil one. He’s not a villain just for the sake of being a villain, neither is he driven by personal ambitions or desire for power. He’s a guy with a vision and ideals, a true revolutionary who’s ready to risk his life for the cause (and we see that he often does).

 

Violence is a part of any revolutionary movement but it is only condemned in case the change of power fails, otherwise all the bloodshed is seen as done for the greater good. Besides, if we actually do a body count of people killed by the Joker personally, most of them turn out to be criminals – the ones he robs the bank with or the ones working for the Mob. He blows up a hospital that is completely empty and even lets Harvey Dent point a gun at his head and play a coin toss version of the Russian roulette. So while it appears that he leaves piles of corpses in his wake, he actually doesn’t, and as for Rachael… well, he [quote] “…was locked up in Gordon’s cage the whole time!” Obviously, unlike the corrupt cops who claim to have had no knowledge of what would be done to Harvey and Rachael, the Joker knew. But was he the one to orchestrate all of that? Does he really look like a guy with a plan?

 

From the very beginning you can’t help but wonder at the vast resources he has at his disposal. I mean, sure, he isn’t in it for the money, however, it is unlikely that all of the people who work for him share this principle. And it isn’t just financial resources – the information the Joker has, the level of organisation of all his feats and actions, like the amount of explosives at the hospital, on the two ferries, around Harvey and Rachael – all of this shows that his team is very efficient and has no problem getting access to the necessary items and locations without much trouble and on time. Finally, the Joker himself gives away his true position in the chain during the motorcade chase: “ I like this job!’ – he says – ‘I like it!” This job? As in “I work for someone”? That would explain why he comes in as a powerful player with deep pockets, yet not being the part of the Mob.

 

I should probably steer back to the knight in matte armor before this article turns into “who’s behind the Joker” theory. Gives you guys some food for thought for later (hint – always look for the motive).

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Anyway, with the Joker being so clearly an Aquarius (at least in my opinion) I took it easy on my brains and followed his clue, since from my personal experience Aquarians do have these higher insights and often stumble upon the truth by force of some divine inspiration. He tells Batman: “You complete me” and this translates into an astrological aspect of an opposition, which is two signs that are polar opposites of each other. Like two sides of the coin, they complete each other and – even though they are different – they are not completely different, being a part of one whole. This means that Batman should be a Leo, so let’s take a closer look to see if we can make the shoe fit.

 

If I had to choose only one word to describe the archetype of Leo, I would probably go for “dramatic”. Leos like attention, which isn’t bad in itself. They are also confident, courageous and natural leaders (all three apply to our subject). They are creative, however, this creativity is to some extent driven by the desire to be in the limelight and win the respect of others. When Bruce gets all negative about the copycats, it raises the first flag. Why so negative? It’s not like the guys are running around in Batman suits and robbing people. They’re inspired and trying to help, but “this isn’t the kind of inspiration” he was hoping for… is it because they are crowding the stage?

 

What about the method he has chosen to clean up the streets of Gotham in loving memory of his parents and his own childhood trauma? There’s a common joke about Batman’s superpower being his money. It is often shown in both Batman Begins and the sequel that not only he has plenty of it but also has many wealthy connections and is sure enough that his sources will never dry up. So sure, that he can buy high-end restaurants on a whim. Seems like there is more than one way to reduce crime and corruption rate, like, oh, I don’t know…giving the money to the city budget to raise cop’s salaries high enough so that the Mob can’t compete? Maybe also sponsoring educational and family programs to lower the number of kids growing up in addiction- and crime-inducing environment? Free rehabs for addicts? I’ve only been brainstorming for two minutes here, I’m sure there are other projects that could have been created and funded… but what is it that they all lack? The flair. The show. The drama.

 

Incidentally, all of the above would be legal ways to achieve the goal. The copycats Batman is so unhappy about are technically increasing the amount of crime in the streets, since they aren’t authorized to assault anyone, including criminals. But neither is Bruce Wayne. As the R-r-r-r-russian prima ballerina Natasha puts it, he is a ‘vigilante who thinks he is above the law’ and since he was successful in taking down Ra’s al Ghul in the previous part, the police are only too happy to shift the load onto him. The light that Gordon installs on the roof doesn’t seem to upset Batman too much, so we understand that secrecy and element of surprise is not his chosen tactic.

 

We could try to justify Batman’s thinking that he’s above the law by the noble motivation as well as the problem of corruption among the police officers, if it only ended there. Leos are confident and authoritative, but can get a little too arrogant at times. While talking to Alfred about the Joker and his reasons, Bruce says: “All criminals are simple” – quite dismissively, as if the moment one breaks the law the uniqueness and complexity of a human being is just zeroed out. With a single exception of him, apparently, since he always conveniently forgets that he isn’t a perfect law abiding citizen either.

 

Perhaps you have noticed by now, that I seem to be sort of pro-Joker and anti-Batman in this little article of mine. No, I’m not. Not really. I happen to have an exact Sun-Uranus trine in my chart and with the Sun placed quite strongly it is not overpowered by Uranus, thus I strongly identify with both energies. Also, having some Leo in my chart, I know how our tribe can be at times (no offence, you guys, y’all know you’re awesome, of course). Any which way, it’s not really the case of one sign being better than the other. Each of the astrological archetypes, if seen as a color, can have a great variety of shades – from dark to light. And each individual chooses their own path, their own actions, which shades to use.

 

The reason the Joker is not as bad as a true villain should be and Batman is not as good as a true hero should be is that this is how they are shown in this film. The title itself – The Dark Knight – in which the key work is “dark” doesn’t refer only to Batman’s outfit. The character is  much darker himself, despite fighting on the good side. He’s much too often unnecessarily violent (to the copycats, to the SWAT and while interrogating the Joker) and concerned with his personal matters (Rachael, of course). He gets emotional, while the Joker stays cool and detached. Yes, the Joker yells and screams and acts crazy, but that’s all for show. If you watch closely, you’ll notice he doesn’t get personal, not one bit. This is another great demonstration of fiery, emotional and dramatic attitude of Leo and cerebral, emotionally withdrawn  Air sign of Aquarius.

 

Finally, if the Joker’s crazy insight on him and Batman being two parts of one whole doesn’t make a respectable argument for some, we can also listen to Alfred, who tells Bruce: “Perhaps, he’s a guy you don’t quite fully understand.”  Being polar opposites does complicate comprehending, but astrologically speaking, this can refer to some other aspects, like quincunx or semi-sextile. Is there something that unites them, just like the two signs of an opposition are united by modality and polarity? It looks  to be the fight for the souls of the people of Gotham, which neither one is able to win hands down yet neither one is willing to give up. Firmly entrenched (as the fixed signs would be) in their own ideas on the subject, they keep going at it all the way till the end of the film, and probably after as well since the Joker doesn’t get killed, only detained. For how long, I wonder (remember the mysterious powerful figure he is likely working for?)……