Week of 9-18, Providence and the Mask

The CDC feels we are not wearing enough masks indoors. Rhode Island had a primary last week, so I picked it for our weekly mundane chart. Interestingly, this week’s chart has a lot of Vertex action.

The Vertex and its shadow, the Anti-Vertex, always opposite it, are supposed to be a karmic point and here in the seventh house suggest that the following week relationship issues will come to the forefront of discussion.

Not much news out there except the Queen is still dead and it’s raining in London.

Cheers, Suki

Labor Day Chart, Covid for Hal Willner and Stay Awake

I was thinking this Labor Day I should do something a bit extra since a lot of updates to the charts occur but I never note them, Dolly Parton’s new book with James Patterson made me laugh, and whether the progression to the chart shows that. I do it for myself, but never publish them out. Seems to be a mistake.

I this will happen every week with the current weekly mundane chart attached. This week’s chart is Hal Willner. He was a victim of Covid two years ago in April 2020. His bio is on the New York Times. https://tinyurl.com/47bbkefp . Eventually he will be posted at post #308, right after Michelle Obama at 307 and before Padre Pio at 309.

I found out about Willner while looking for Stay Awake, I have the album on vinyl somewhere but in the meantime there was a song I wanted to hear. On the side are all the tracks listed individually.

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Spring has Sprung — 2022

On Sunday 20th, it’s New Year’s Day for the Zoroastrians, those happy Sun worshippers in Iran.  For the rest of us, it’s just Spring, the beginning of all things — at least the zodiac with its bias on Aries thinks so. Mars rules Aries, rams jutting horns. The Sun is exalted here. Odd isn’t it? It rules Leo but it is exalted in Spring — I guess its revenge over Old Man Winter. “I’m back.”

Aries colour is red because the blood runs faster, so the Ancients say, in the heat of Spring. The daffodils are soon to bloom and robins will pick out the insects from our lawns. Already here, in the Endless Mountains, the hawks, vultures and eagles have returned and the chooks run in fear under the coop until the mighty predators are gone. Soon the weeds will come.

Spring comes to Kiev

Officially Spring is born at 15:33 PM in Kiev according to the first chart. They run about 7 hours ahead of Philadelphia, so they still have time to wrastle with winter. With the Sun in Libra, in its fall but not oopsoite the Ascendant, its possible the tide will turn in their favor. The preponderance in Pisces suggests a lot of work, but also funds are needed. It is not impossible.

Spring has come to Kiev

Spring comes to Philadelphia

Spring arrived at 11:33 this morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the nation’s first capitol. It’s been downhill ever since. Using an Aries Chart with midpoints.
Finally, we have Spring in the Campanus format. Europeans should use the first set. The rest of us, pick your poison. The ascendant, or Lord of the Chart, is under the glare of the spotlights, a smiling television actor accepts an award. Inwardly, he has already decided to quit the show, lest he become irredeemably typecast– a problem for all us one day or the other.

Ukraine leading the world in baby production

As the War between Ukraine and Putin continues, odd facts have come out, and one of them is that Ukraine is the world leader in baby surrogacy.

The war in Ukraine has prevented their biological parents, in Canada, Germany, France and elsewhere from claiming babies born via the country’s many surrogate mothers.

“The number is growing every day,” said Denys Herman, legal adviser to Ukraine’s largest surrogacy agency, BioTexCom. It works with 600 surrogate mothers, some of whom gave birth to the babies being kept there. They are currently in the care of Ukrainian nannies. As Russia ramps up a violent push to take strategic cities, the fate of hundreds of surrogate mothers carrying babies, and newborns, across the country is becoming increasingly perilous. Hundreds of expectant parents are struggling to reach them.



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Russia invades Ukraine 2-24-2021, Does a World War Follow?

On February 24, 2021, Colonel Vladimir Putin invaded neighboring Ukraine.

Most believe, and we agree, this is the first step in his march in restoring the great land empire called the Soviet Union. Putin was a KBG Colonel and son of a KGB Colonel. Perhaps we should refer to him as the “Little Colonel,” a tribute to “Little General” the French Grand Emperor Bonaparte.

Mundane Charts and Patterns

While, typically, planetary patterns do not work with mundane events; Marc Jones created them for individuals and there is an extant work that he was thinking of applying them either horarily or mundanely. In the past, Celestiology has tried that and found most are too nebulous for mundane event charts. Still, there is one place they do rather give the taste of the event and that is with buckets — those bundles or bowls with a sole planet in the opposing hemisphere.

I imagine the same would be true of the Locomotive, that they would highlight the events single minded purpose, but in all the years of doing mundane charts for the site, I do not think we have had a single care of one. Splashes are truly very person oriented. Splays, on the other-hand, are better called by their look than by his name, and they, while I haven’t seen one in a while, do happen. Here I propose the term “birdsfoot” picking up Jones’s description in the “Guide to Horoscopic Interpretation.”

Another suitable planetary pattern for events (the mundane chart) is the hourglass. Marc Jones originally called “seesaws” but in using and applying them over many charts the idea of the seesaw does not hold; while Robert Jansky’s theory of “sifting sands of objective” does. Thus when Russia invaded Ukraine, we got a Moon — fear, dread and death — in the ninth house of legal affairs on an international level, thus public opinion, and international commerce, mergers and acquisitions, all became highlighted.


Our header picture is of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kyiv under attack by the supposed religious Little Colonel. Do not join the Russian Orthodox groups on Facebook — — Moscow monitors them. I am told Telegram is the best,. I am not there.

Chart for Putin Invasion from Ukraine

Our chart is a deviated bowl mundane chart or a bucket with a Moon handle. I prefer the Moon handle, because of the proximity of the Moon to the midheaven, but the deviated bowl is rather appealing because of the empty second house of material prosperity, which with all the bombing from Russia is being destroyed. But if Putin’s desire is for the land where the riches reside, i.e. the second house, then the people and the buildings are moot. Seems to make an exemplary case for the deviated bowl doesn’t it?

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Happy 92nd birthday Pluto

              Happy 92nd Pluto.

On February 18, 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered the off and on again planet  Pluto.

It was such a long-awaited event, the New York Times covered it. Two years later, the animated cartoon character Bluto came to life in the Popeye cartoons. Below is one of my favorites. Bluto and Pluto, the Greek god, have much in common–they both try to win their beloved by trickery, they are dark and foreboding, but the similarities end there:  Bluto is all about brute force; Pluto finesse.


The stories about Pluto highlight his charm, his invisible helmet so he can sweep his beloved Persephone away from a rather domineering mother Demeter (Ceres) who was never letting her little girl grow up and leave her side. Bluto, on other hand,  the trickery was never suave — he is no suave and debonair Cary Grant.  Instead Bluto has a heavy-handed approach to winning the “beauteous” Olive Oyl, and before too long, she always wakes up and yells he is an “ogre.” Perhaps the story of Sleeping Beauty or even  Beauty and the Beast segues into this scenario, too.

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Asteroid Ceres gets Vivified! Spring will soon be here

                     The vivification of Winter

Today, February 8, 2022, Ceres will go into Gemini  Using Jones’s keywords that would mean that the (Ceres) economy goes into the house of  regeneration (ninth house — Jones believed in reincarnation so the idea of death is out)  in the sign of vivification (Gemini), or the quality of being spirited, alive and vigorous.  On the most literal level, we can see that Ceres is countering Punxsutawney Phil saying that there will be an Early Spring.  Well, while I love Winter, this one has been bust – at least snow-wise:  only one small snowstorm.  Instead, we have had weeks of subzero temperatures and days of ice storms.   All that ice makes the place shimmer and the trees look like long pendants hanging from the sky,  while  all that cold has kept us in a Winter Wonderland while ice skaters and  anglers  dot the lakes — they’ve been frozen since Christmas .

Still, with  cold, damp, muddy Spring  marching our way,  perhaps Ceres is hinting at that we should get cracking and put in those seeds in now ? And order those chicks for the Spring ahead?


                                                                                                     Ceres Mythologically

Back to Ceres.  Ceres’s glyph is a Question Mark, and named for the Roman goddess (the Greek counterpart was Demeter) who pined for losing her daughter, Prosperina (Greek counterpart was Persephone) to Pluto, god of the Underworld (Greek counterpart was Hades).  You find her in the upper right-hand portion of the chart next to the North Node.  The other strange glyph on the chart is Black Moon Lilith  in the ninth house of understanding.

Marc Jones said Ceres was “economy” or the idea of being frugal and wise with one’s resources.  Martha Lang-Westcott differs and claims it is about the need for nurturing.  In our chart, the two astrologers’ meanings collapse and the differences fall aside.


Martin Goldsmith says the symbol for the first degree of Gemini is “At an opening, an artist stands in front of a self-portrait and explains what he was aiming for, while audience members talk excitedly amongst themselves.”  He suggests this symbol means ushering people into a new way of seeing things that have exciting implications. Looking at our cartoon, I certainly hope Ms. Whoopi gets the Ceres vivification.

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C158 Alastair Sim, Everyone’s favorite Scrooge

A comedian does Scrooge

Sir Alastair Sim was a British actor who is best known for his role as Scrooge in the Dicken’s Christmas classic, Scrooge c. 1951. It plays somewhere on television every Christmas though recently that is just via streaming. Luckily, someone put up a copy on YouTube for the rest of us. He married his student Naomi in 1930 when he was the Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at New College, Edinburgh University. They were married when Naomi turned 18 in 1930, just when Pluto the planet, not the streaming television station, was discovered. They had one daughter, Merlith, which was uncommon even in their native Scotland. He died of lung cancer in 1976. His obit is from the New York Times.

His performance “exposes much more than the grief and despair of a nasty old man, exposing a sort of wretchedness of the soul—a hollow‐eyed horror of the void that is not only before him but on all sides because of his longtime indifference to affectionate associations with other men.”

Bosley Crowther, reviewer for the New York Times on Sim as Scrooge

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