Want to know your astrological life expectancy?

europe~medievalAncient astrologers used a technique involving the Hyleg and Alcoccoden to determine the life and vitality in a chart

It’s not so much predicting how long you will live (and it most certainly does not predict the timing of your death) but about how much ‘juice’ is in your ‘battery’ at birth.

Clearly someone with lots of battery could die young due to an accident. Likewise someone with not so much battery could, with the help of modern science, live to a ripe old age.

Hence today, the technique speaks more to the quality of life rather than actual length of life.

The following recipe for astrological life expectancy is by Bonatti using the chart of Queen Elizabeth I:

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  1. If the Sun is in the 1st, 11th or 10th in a masculine or feminine sign, then it is the Hyleg. Her Sun is in the 8th house so move to the next step.
  2. If the Sun is in the 7th, 8th or 9th in a masculine sign (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagitarrius, Aquarius), then it is the Hyleg. Her Sun is a feminine sign (Virgo), so the Sun is not the Hyleg.
  3. If the Sun is not the Hyleg, then move to the Moon.
  4. If the Moon is in ANY angular house (1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th ) or a succedent house (2nd, 5th, 8th, or 11th) and in a feminine sign (and ANY of the four rulers of her degree (Rulership, Exaltation, Triplicity and Term) aspect her then she is the Hyleg. Note that feminine signs include Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces.
  5. Elizabeth’s Moon is in Taurus in the 3rd house (Placidus) but because it is within 8 degrees of the cusp of an angular house (the 4th ) then it is considered in that angular house.
  6. Her Moon is angular and in a feminine sign (Taurus). However it is un-aspected (we do not look to the modern planets of Uranus, Pluto, or Neptune) so the Moon is not the Hyleg.
  7. Elizabeth was born after the full moon but before the next new moon, so her chart is Preventional. (Note that if she had been born after the new moon but before the full moon, her chart would Conjunctional and we would have looked first to her ASC).
  8. Hence we look first to her Part of Fortune which is at 19 Leo. As it happens, her Jupiter at 20 Sag forms a trine with her Part of Fortune and is in reception with by term, triplicity, and face.
  9. Her Part of Fortune is the Hyleg and it forms an Alcoccoden with Jupiter.
  10. Because Jupiter is in rulership of Sag (very strong), then using the chart below we start with the length of life of 79 years.
  11. However because Mars (a malefic) is aspecting her Jupiter by an opposition (7 degrees), then we must subtract 15 years (based on the lesser life of Mars in chart below) plus another 40.5 months (based on the middle life of Mars in chart below).
  12. Hence the life expectancy for Queen Elizabeth is 60 ½ years.
  13. Since she died when she was 70 years old, she beat her own odds by 9 plus years

 

Moon Mercury Venus Sun Mars Jupiter Saturn
Lesser 25 20 8 19 15 12 30
Middle 66.5 48 45 69.5 40.5 45.5 43.5
Greater 108 76 82 120 66 79 57

Today and Tomorrow are Days of ‘The Fool’

UnknownWith the Sun and Moon both in Sagittarius (NEW MOON !!!), today and tomorrow are Days of ‘The Fool’.

Wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, The Fool is about to jump off a cliff.

Why would he do that, you ask?

Good question.

Here’s what I think.

The Fool isn’t a fool in the ordinary sense. Indeed, he represents the most enlightened energy in the deck.  He’s the archetypal youngest son in fairy tales in whom initially, no one had faith.

And so our young man set outs with nothing and returns having conquered the world. Not only has he recovered the lost treasure, married the pretty princess, and fathered a stable of beautiful children, but he also has the fidelity to return home to share his gain. While his older brothers, in whom their father had placed his promise, the Fool is bright and sunny for he alone has succeeded big time.

Unlike those brothers, the Fool didn’t over analyse. Nor did he try to be cute or clever. He didn’t even try to rely on patronage and family connections. He just went out there and by sheer force of character ‘did’.

The Fool is the real hero of the tarot. That’s why you’ll often find him both at the beginning and the end of the (Major Aracana) deck.  He started out modest and simple and despite his ‘wins’, he returns the same way. This doesn’t mean he hasn’t grown. On the contrary, it suggests he’s perfected his self par excellence.

For despite all the heart ache and disappointment he’s experienced during his travels, The Fool refuses to let any of it get him down. He’s just as adventurous, curious, and cheerful when he returns as when he first left. That’s not easy, as I’m sure you know because most of us have let our trials and tribulations get the better of us – to the point in which some of us no longer even try.

Days of ‘The Fool’ offer a unique opportunity to put the past behind you and start all over again. Remember what it felt like when you first set out to conquer life?

I bet you can do it again.

The Wounded Healer – A Classic Sagittarian Myth

imagesMyths are a very special kind of story.

Expressing recurring archetypal themes, they speak straight to the heart about shared human experience.

Myths associated with your natal sun sign offer significant insight into the archetypal themes playing prominently in your life. They allow you not only to get a handle on your personal dilemmas, but also provide a chance to find new meaning in your daily struggles.

This one’s for Sagittarius. Happy birthday to you.

Chiron was the wise king of the centaurs, an ancient breed of wizards and healers; half-man and half-horse. Accidentally wounded in the leg with a poisoned arrow (dipped in the blood of the many-headed Hydra), Chiron tried desperately to heal himself.

Although his inspired efforts spurred brilliant advances in science and medicine, he was unsuccessful in his primary task.

Because he was half mortal, Chiron suffered unbearable agony.

Because he was half immortal, Chiron was unable to die.

Finally, Chiron exchanged his life for that of Prometheus who, in punishment for stealing fire to benefit mankind, had been left chained on the mountainside by the angry gods. For his sacrifice, Chiron was honoured with a place in the constellation Sagittarius.

Sagittarius is the archetype of the philosopher who through expansion of his physical, intellectual, and geographical boundaries seeks something greater than himself. Even, if like Chiron, Sagittarius never quite reaches his goal, he brings to his fellow men and women, the precious gift of hope.

If you Play with Fire – You’ll Almost Certainly Get Burned

bouncy TiggerBouncing is fiery and fire is what Tigger does best.  It makes him larger than life.  It makes him the most loveable character in the hundred-acre wood.

Yet being larger than life doesn’t always make one happy – despite his or her cheery smile.

“Fiona” is a young Irish woman with a Grand Fire Trine.  She has her Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius (gregarious, optimistic, and naïve).  Her Saturn (organisation) is in fall in Aries (reckless and impatient).  Her Moon (nurturing and belonging) in Leo (proud and confident yet easily duped).

With that fiery line up there’s little surprise her life is a continuing drama.

Her father was the local vicar.  He kept his mistress as a housekeeper and worked undercover for British intelligence.  According to Fiona, her mother was a mouse who roared only on her way out of the marriage.

Fiona’s friends know her as a ‘good time girl’ who had an enviable sex life  – that is before she got married.  Seems that now the party is over.  Fiona’s husband (who apparently was fine before the marriage) is now impotent.

She can’t understand his problem.

Seeing her Mars (assertion and survival) in detriment in Libra (compliant and evasive) across the MC/AC (4th house/10th house or ‘parental’ axis) we suspect it’s her problem.

One day Tigger loses his famous stripes.  He is inconsolable until he learns that it’s what’s ‘inside’ not ‘outside’ that counts.

Likewise Fiona must look within for answers.

But how do you get a fire-type to do that?

Write a book about herself, you suggest?!  

What’s your ‘astrological’ fate?

Leo is lucky – Leo is fire.

But if like me, you have no fire (Leo, Aries, or Sagittarius) in your astrological chart that won’t mean that you won’t have to deal with it. [1]  Indeed – astrologically – what you’re missing is more important than what you have.

Did you know that statistically you’re highly likely to be missing one of the four elements (water, earth, fire, or air)?  Further, until you devise a conscious, constructive outlet for this missing energy, it will operate unconsciously through the collective in what is often referred to as ‘fate’.

Consider the story of Simba – a rambunctious lion club full of himself and his future.  He will be King of the Pride Lands one day!  However his unchecked enthusiasm for adventure makes him easy prey for his jealous, cunningly evil uncle.  This results in the death of Simba’s father and Simba’s guilt-ridden self-imposed exile from home.

Simba now discovers a new philosophy – Hakuna Matata – ‘no one cares at all’ and lives happily with new friends repudiating all that a lion should be.  But, after a visit from the ‘Wiseman’ and the spirit of his dead father, Simba reconnects with the ‘Circle of Life’ and returns home to overthrow his usurper uncle and claim his rightful throne.  Simba has come full circle with regards to his fiery energy.

Simba may have too much fire in his chart or – more likely – none at all.  We can only tell the difference by the way he behaves.

Accordingly to Liz Greene, a missing element is like a wild animal that can never be domesticated.  It can be either a powerful friend or enemy.  But the point is you’re never going to be in control. Yet your ‘missing element’ holds both your greatest creative potential – as well as the seeds for your downfall.

I’ve had to work hard to develop my intuition (a manifestation of fire) but its erratic expression has head to such unpredictably that I’ve been inclined not to trust it.  Yet without it, I can’t make any progress in life.

Simba seems to have the same problem.  His easy passion for life turns to tears and his sense of destiny deserts him in his hour of need.  He looses faith in life and himself.

Fire is naturally extremely dangerous even at the best of times.  But as Liz suggests, those of us who lack it must still deal with it – albeit not directly.  With help from others, Simba was able to reconnect with fire in a more healthy way through his emotions (water) and reason (air).  No doubt it was also helped by the responsibility (earth) thrust upon him by his position as once and future Lion King.


[1] I do have Pluto in Leo, which being a generational planet (as opposed to a personal planet) I figure doesn’t count.

Follow your Bliss – Today is an Eight of Coins Day

With the sun in Taurus (industry and tangible success) and the moon in Sagittarius (hope, wisdom, and purpose), today is a eight of coins

This is a lovely energy and a quiet energy, too.  In some ways, it’s the best that coins have to offer.  On an eight of coins day, you can be content and enjoy your work with heart-felt enthusiasm.

Energy like this is hard to come by – especially these days.  In a world where you’re constantly being convinced that  you need ever more and more, it’s difficult to accept you could be happy with what you already have.

I suggest the problem lies with the nature of the energies coming both before and your delightful eight of coins interlude.

With the seven of coins (Sun in Taurus and moon in Scorpio) we see a man admiring the enviable fruits of his labours.  Yet despite his success, he looks less than pleased.   One gets the impression he’s thinking – ‘hold on –  this is all very well and good – but is this all there is?’  Remember Scorpio can’t be happy with anything – being as guarded and distrustful as he naturally is.

With the nine of coins (Sun in Taurus and moon in Capricorn) we see an lovely lady standing in her abundant garden.  She seems completely at one with her world.  Yet there’s an added feature here that is easily overlooked – the hooded falcon.   The falcon represents the soaring human spirit (Sagittarius).  That is is hooded suggests that it flies only as and when its mistress chooses.  In other words, although she is capable of intense creative and emotional expression (Taurus),  (unlike with the moon in Scorpio) the moon in Capricorn is not a slave to her passions.  Such grace comes not only with success but also with discipline.  This lovely lady has had to train like a new puppy to hold herself until its time to let go.

It’s the discipline part of the nine of coins that these days, most of us eschew.

Yet it’s impossible to fully embrace the passion offered by the eight of coins without also sensing the discipline the nine of coins will require in order to enjoy it.

It’s much easier to sink back into the empty victory the seven of coins, moaning – as most of us do – there must be more to life.

But if that’s not what you want, then on an eight of coins day, you have a choice.

Do that which makes you want to get up in the morning – that which expresses your most treasured values, gifts, and desires.  On a eight of coins day you have the unique opportunity to bask – even if just for a moment – in the pure pleasure of doing for the doing .

On an eight of coins day, follow your bliss.  Live today for the day.

Today and Tomorrow are Five of Wands Days – Hang on in there – it’ll get better

With the sun in Sagittarius (truth, justice, ethics) and the moon in Pisces (transcendence, sacrifice, and victim mentality) today and tomorrow are Five of Wands days.

The Five of Wands always bring conflict and tension – but it’s not the kind we can directly address through positive action.  The Five of Wands tension is more like a low-grade fever that – resistant to antibiotics – drags you so low you can nothing else but get just plain fed up.

The reason is that on a Five of Wands day, we sense that not only is the whole of humanity not up to the challenge, but we – in particular – have been going about it all wrong.

Actually it’s worse than that.

On a Five of Wands day, we realise that we’ve been lying to ourselves – despite heroic attempts to do otherwise.

We’re all capable of self-deception, but on days like this, we’re downright confused whether the ‘voices’ we ‘hear’ are truthful or not.   Although we’re desperate to be guided by our ‘higher Self’ – yet are thoroughly frustrated we can’t seem to get anywhere near it.

But don’t throw in the towel just yet.

When the moon shifts from Pisces into Aries late Tuesday morning (GMT), you’ll feel fighting fit again.  Then you can look back over the experiences of today and tomorrow and see them for what they really are.

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