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The second or ‘blue moon’ of Cancer is upon us and much has unfolded
since the first full moon in the early degrees of Cancer, some four
Cancer: Home is Planet Earth
Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order passing through it, Cancer loves the
ritual of daily routine and order. Cancer is traditionally about the
home and a stability that creates a solid foundation upon which to build
one’s life; a home base to return to, a solid family support base and
is also the (hermit) Crab that carries its home upon its back, that
can attach itself to whatever rock or home it chooses; it is subject
to the tides of change and the influences of the vacillating Moon upon
its environment; it can be very ‘attached’ to its locale but has the
capacity to re-attach elsewhere.
It is paradoxically not unlike the previous sign Gemini, more commonly
noted for its restlessness and wandering. These signs have in common
the Third Ray of Active Intelligence and the Moon. Although the Third
Ray does not pass through Gemini, it has several similarities to this
is esoterically and anciently associated with Gemini and of course rules
Cancer. Cancer is currently the strongest conduit in this cycle for
the influences of the Third Ray and is closely related to the evolution
of the mind; its not just an ‘emotional’ sign.
Third Ray is the ‘resourceful’ ray, whilst the (hermit) Crab is a good
symbol of the scavenger who appropriates a discarded shell in which
to live: Put them both together and the Cancer picture can be seen more
clearly – as can a study of the rays reveal a deeper understanding of
the signs. The science of the seven rays is the missing link in astrology:
it completes astrology and demonstrates some of the deepest origins
of the meanings for the signs.
increasingly ‘globalised’ world, with greater travel opportunities,
technology and human interaction, more people are finding themselves
uprooted from their base and making a home elsewhere, either temporarily
or permanently. Whether they are the western businessman in China or
a foreign soldier fighting in Iraq, they find themselves away from their
loved ones and the familiar environment and structure to which they
tradition, a foundation built on the past – all Cancerian. As we know,
the homes most of us take for granted, a large proportion of the world’s
population do not have. There are millions who find themselves refugees
or displaced persons through war, poverty, natural disaster and hunger.
Even some of the richest nations have extraordinarily high levels of
homeless living on the streets.
in other newsletters, it is most appropriate that the United Nations
horoscope has a Mars-Saturn conjunction in Cancer – in terms of addressing
this problem; having just gone through its Saturn return in the last
year or so, it is encouraging to see the issue of world hunger being
says that a quarter of the world’s population, 1.3 billion people, live
in severe poverty. Cancerian Nelson Mandela recently stated at the Band
8 concert that, like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not a natural
part of the human condition. The U.N.’s website contains the following
- The net wealth of the 10 richest billionaires is $133 billion
, more than 1.5 times the total national income of the least developed
- The cost of eradicating poverty is 1% of global income.
- Effective debt relief to the 20 poorest countries would cost $5.5
billion - equivalent to the cost of building EuroDisney.
- Providing universal access to basic social services and transfers
to alleviate income poverty would cost $80 billion, less than the net
worth of the seven richest men in the world.
- Six countries can spend $700 million in nine days on dog and cat food.
- Today’s world spends $92 billion on junkfood, $ 66 billion on cosmetics
and nearly $800 billion in 1995 for defence expenditure.
is a sign of resources and is related to money, hence it is not uncanny
that the G8 Summit was held in Cancer-ruled Scotland!
Response Morphs to G8-Band8.
the tsunami six months ago – it seems ages away now? Most victims of
that disaster are nowhere near rehabilitated; it happened while the
Sun was in Capricorn during the full moon period - when the Moon was
void-of-course in Gemini moving into Cancer. The response from the world
then was unprecedented and the momentum has kept rolling into Capricorn’s
polar opposite sign Cancer - through such initiatives as the G8 and
Band 8. However futile, wrongly motivated or imperfect these events
seem to some, there’s been a genuine concern and commitment to addressing
these problems – which has not really existed quite like this before;
and these are not the only initiatives – there are many other meetings
and conferences going on in all parts of the world – they just do not
attract that high a profile in the media.
in an earlier Aries ingress commentary, “it seems that the compassion
which the tsunami invoked from the West will just keep demanding more
of the same for 2005; … the giving could well be those resources which
the West has abundantly and we may have to keep giving till it hurts!”
Summit commenced on July 6th, appropriately with the new
moon in Cancer. Libra was rising with Jupiter on the Ascendant, indicating
the possibility of a fair and generous outcome. Although the pledged
50 billion was criticised as a ‘drop in the bucket’, it was a start.
The problem becoming more widely recognised and acknowledged was how
to plug the ‘holes in the bucket’, i.e. the corruption and greed, religious
and cultural intolerance - that has characterised many developing nation
recipients, resulting in no aid or ineffective distribution of funds.
From Olympics to Terrorist Attack
Soul: Gemini. Second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
Personality: Taurus. First Ray of Will-Power.
London: Soul: Leo. Fifth Ray
Personality: Libra. Seventh Ray of
must bear in mind that the esoteric rulerships for nations and cities
do not necessarily correspond to the dates given for national horoscopes.
The former are the inner charts, whilst the latter are from one perspective,
the outer illusory forms. In some cases there are a bewildering number
to choose from that all ‘work’ - nevertheless, they are reasonably accurate
in terms of providing a basic understanding of the evolution of a national
the given esoteric rulerships are best to work with in the long term.
Students should experiment with what has been given and interpret accordingly.
For instance the above rulerships for Britain give Gemini rising with
a twelfth house Taurean Sun – how does that measure up? Interestingly,
Tony Blair has the same combination which may be related to his ability
to stay in office! Also, London is Leo rising with a third house Libran
kicked off grandly for Tony Blair when news of the 2012 Olympics
was announced. Curiously, Blair has his progressed Sun and several other
planets in Cancer. London is a Libran personality and no doubt Jupiter’s
position in Libra translated Jupiter into ‘jubilant’ for the British.
The square of Jupiter to the Cancer Moon that day reflected the excitement
of winning the Olympic bid in the ‘home town’, but the following day
London was rocked by the bombing of its transport system.
reversal of fortune is unusual and relates very much to the Mercury-ruled
Fourth Ray of Harmony Through Conflict - a ray that is indirectly related
to Britain through the Mercury rulership of its Gemini soul.
the Moon is also a co-ruler of the Fourth Ray, and relates more to the
‘conflict’ side of the Harmony Through Conflict equation. The Moon as
ruler of the Fourth Ray can indicate a rollercoaster emotional life.
karmically close family to Britain, has a Fourth Ray personality and
one can experience extremes in that country from moment to moment, let
alone day to day! Yet Britain is accustomed to the Fourth Ray influence,
having experienced many wars in its recent history.
has a Seventh Ray personality that likes order (such as transport being
on time), decorum, courtesy and the daily ritual of life. This event
has shaken that order but fired her resolve, reflected by the nation’s
First Ray-Taurean personality (Will-Power) – the British bulldog spirit.
In the immortal words of Churchill, ‘We shall fight them on the beaches
… we shall never surrender.’ (It is rumoured he also muttered, ‘And
we'll beat them about the head with bottles, because that's about all
for the attack saw Mars in Aries square to the Cancer Sun.
Mars was also triggering the Aries eclipse of April 2005. Mercury (transport)
was in the twelfth house of secret enemies (underhand in the underground)
and involved with Venus and Jupiter in focusing a yod formation upon
Uranus in Pisces.
London Bomb Attacks
rules the seventh house of ‘open enemies’, encapsulating this sudden
event and its ‘revolutionary’ religious fundamentalist perpetrators.
The Moon was still in Cancer, moving up to conjoin Saturn which was
in the last degree of Cancer - hence the fear and issues of national
degree of this Cancer-Capricorn axis is quite potent in one of the British
chartsVenus tenants the last degree of Capricorn
and was opposed by transiting Neptune when Princess Diana (Cancer Sun)
was killed. The normally stiff upper lip of the British people quivered
momentarily and the nation wept, as did the world. Likewise now, transiting
Saturn opposes Venus (8’ of arc) and another dramatic moment has emerged.
The Sabian symbol for this last degree of Cancer is:
“A daughter of the American revolution: The prestige and conservatism
of a long-maintained heritage … the proud preservation of socio-cultural
values in a tradition. After several generations the ancestor who was
perhaps a violent revolutionist or rabble rouser – or even a fugitive
from justice – acquires a halo of respectability. The tradition that
once was born of revolution now extolls ‘law and order’, attempting
to suppress any new forms of the same revolutionary spirit.”
are some interesting points to reflect upon here and the whole idea
of what constitutes a ‘true revolutionary’. Writing on this Bastille
Day one is reminded of the violence of the French Revolution which came
hot on the heels of the American Revolution and the revolt against the
constraints of the mother country Britain; they were in some ways one
revolution, coinciding with the discovery of Uranus the Liberator.
have asked, does that make those revolutions any better than a modern
Islamic jihad that seeks to find a voice within a world that it regards
as corrupt? The Sabian symbol for the last degree of Capricorn is equally
interesting and bears no extra comment:
“A secret meeting of men responsible for executive decisions in world
affairs: The power to assume responsibility for crucial choices
arrived at after mature discussions with those who share power. We are
all aware of the work of secret committees in the White House and at
all levels of the government. The student of esoteric philosophy believes
in the existence of what has been called an ‘inner government’ which
has the power to direct or guide the evolution of our planet and of
mankind. Some people speak of the ‘occult Hierarchy’ or of the ‘White
not least, this ‘blue’ full moon straddles the Cancer-Capricorn axis
at 28° 47’, crowning the activation already going on. The Sabians for these
are most complimentary to each other: 29th Cancer: A Greek
muse weighing new born twins in golden scales: The intuitive weighing
of alternatives. 29th Capricorn: A woman reading tea leaves.
The ability to see the signature of hidden meaning in every occurrence
drawing one’s attention.
(as opposed to the greater entity Britain) is ruled by Leo at a soul
level and the bombing event chart has Leo rising. Although anticipated,
this attack is a wake-up call for the soul of the nation. Saturn is
going to move into Leo by July 16, so these issues may come into sharper
focus, especially as it will be conjunct the Sun during the full moon
rising sign is esoterically the soul potential for an entity in any
given incarnation and Saturn is the Lord of Karma, then the transit
of Saturn through Leo will be most important in this next two year period
for the soul of London, which is the soul of the nation in one respect.
transit also coincides with the fact that Britain’s progressed Sun (1801
chart) is at 1° Leo 03’, whilst the progressed midheaven is opposite at 0° Aquarius 12’ - along
with transiting Chiron in the first degree of Aquarius.
the ruling sovereign and ‘rule Britannia’ has done just that through
its parliament in London for centuries – over much of the world in fact;
she still retains her monarchy but does not rule the temporal world
as she used to.
could be sorely tested by Saturn to rise up to her full potential, in
demonstrating courage and leadership on the one hand, and the magnanimity,
benevolence and generosity of a true sovereign Leo on the other. This
will partially work out in her ongoing tolerance of the Muslim racial
tensions that have increased recently.
Libran personality is closely related to the democratic system that
gestated here, ultimately for the rest of the world, plus a fairness
that recognises the great ethnic diversity within the greater community.
may also be bringing in some measure of karma to work out specifically.
Perhaps there is a little truth in the notion by Muslim fundamentalists,
that their current ‘jihad’ is about the ongoing battle of the crusades
back in the middle ages. Nevetheless, that era had its roots in greater
Europe which has since transplanted a microcosm of itself to America.
Hence the Middle East will probably still be the main theatre for the
‘coalition of the willing’ for some time to come.
will of course have a profound effect on all other nations and individuals
with strong Leo in the horoscope. Some esoteric examples are: Brazil,
Italy and Roumania are all Leo souls, whilst France, Russia, Berlin
and Rome all have Leo peronalities. (Italy has a double Leo influence.)
nowhere near the scale of 9/11, the London bombing has had a similar
effect on the nation’s psyche. Terrorism has come to London before,
but not in the form of young home-bred men willing to commit suicide
for their cause; a whole new dimension is emerging now and may be repeated
in other Western nations.
9/11 three planes came from the sky and hit buildings, whilst one crashed
into a field. On the seventh of the seventh, 2005
three trains were bombed underground whilst one bus was attacked in
the street; an interesting comparison between the sky and the underground.
No doubt Pluto as Lord of the Underworld plays some part here, conjoining
Uranus in one of the charts for London . Transiting Pluto also quincunxes
the Cancer Moon in the bombing chart and trines the Leo ascendant.
and New York are two of the five major planetary chakras – speculated
by this author to be the throat and solar plexus respectively. The solar plexus is of course the seat of expression
for the emotional body whilst the throat centre is utilised by the mental
body. Both nations that contain these global centres are involved
in the coalition against terrorists in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
few days later (July 10), the commemoration of the end of World War
II reminded the world and affirmed for Britain her stoicism and determination
under the threat of a ‘new terrorism’; how much of a trend that develops
from here remains to be seen. It seems so far that the bombers are linked
with Al Qaeda, having adopted their terrorist ideology like many thousands
talk plenty about not giving into terrorists, but do not make much mention
of addressing the causes of distorted ideologies behind the attacks.
There exists a catch-22 of ‘we don’t negotiate with terrorists’ versus
the need to open up some kind of dialogue that may lead to understanding
and eventually transformation of ideas.
many souls emerging from the blind mass consciousness (Cancer) and becoming
autonomous independent thinkers (Leo); during this transition process
over many lives, illusion abounds. Distorted ideologies come about through
the perception of an idea through the filter of the emotional body,
‘seeing through a glass darkly’ – none of us being really exempt from
this until Liberation is achieved:
illusion can, therefore, be defined as the consequence of an idea (translated
into ideal) being regarded as the entire presentation, as the complete
story or solution and as being separated from and visioned independently
of all other ideas—both religious in nature or apparently completely
unrelated to religion. In this statement lies the story of separation
and of man's inability to relate the various implications of a divine
idea with each other. When visioned and grasped in a narrow and separative
manner, there is necessarily a distortion of the truth …
illusion evokes … an emotional reaction which immediately feeds desire
and consequently shifts off the mental plane on to the astral; a desire
is thus evoked for a partial and inadequate ideal and thus the idea
cannot arrive at full expression, because its exponent sees only this
partial ideal as the whole truth and cannot, therefore, grasp its social
and planetary and its cosmic implications.
there is a real grasp of the whole idea (a rare thing indeed) there
can be no illusion. The idea is so much bigger than the idealist that
humility saves him from narrowness. Where there is illusion (which is
usual and commonplace) and a vague interpretive reaction to an idea,
we find emerging fanatics, vague idealists, sadistic enforcers of
the idea as grasped, one-pointed and narrow men and women, seeking to
express their interpretation of God's idea, and limited, cramped visionaries
imposition of these humanly and mentally interpreted ideas in the form
of limited ideologies has had a sorry effect upon men. They need to
learn to penetrate to the true idea which lies behind their ideal and
to interpret it with accuracy in the light of their soul, besides employing
those methods which have the warrant and the sanction of LOVE.”
horoscope for Al Qaeda has been proposed based
upon a fatwa issued by Bin Laden. It is a fascinating chart with Capricorn
rising and four planets in Pisces, the sign of the martyr and Sixth
Ray fanatic. Sun, Jupiter and Mercury in Pisces all make a square to
deadly Pluto. Sixth Ray ruler Mars, is in Pisces and this happens to
conjunct Bin Laden’s Sun.
Saturn in Aries (new initiatives) may set the tone for a long time –
maybe a 28-year Saturn cycle for these old ideologies to run out of
steam? Saturn makes an exact square to the Moon in Capricorn, revealing
this group’s depth of crystallised thinking and regressive thought.
Moon in Capricorn is well noted for its ruthlessness and rootedness
in matter, recalling the fact that out of Hitler’s ‘gang of seven’,
an amazing number of five individuals had the Moon in Capricorn.
day of the London bombing, transiting Mars made a close conjunction
(26’ of arc) to Saturn in the Al Qaeda chart, setting off its natal
square. The Moon in Capricorn was also opposed by the Sun in Cancer
on the day of the attacks.
himself may have Moon in Cancer, depending upon what time is used for
his birth; he certainly does have the elusiveness of
the crab who scuttles under rocks to hide, i.e. the caves of Afghanistan.
Cancer also relates to primordial and instinctual fears, something that
Bin Laden knows how to use when he strikes terror into the hearts of
the other co-ruler of the Sixth Ray, standing in this case for misguided,
narrow and glamoured idealism, is in the first degree of Aquarius; its
position falls opposite Britain’s progressed Sun in Leo (1801 chart)
– reflecting the undermining of Britain through deception and subterfuge.
Currently Britain’s progressed midheaven is applying to a conjunction
with Al Qaeda’s Neptune, exact by April 2006, hinting at much more to
young British bombers have been traced to Leeds, a city with a fascinating
horoscope; it contains Libra rising
with the Sun and a stellium of planets in Leo, the reverse of the esoteric
rulership given for London.
Leo Sun and midheaven are in the first degree of Leo in close synastry
with the abovementioned planets. The Moon is also very close, just into
the second degree of Leo, so as Saturn continues its transit across
these points in the next few weeks, Leo Leeds will be in the limelight
– reluctantly no doubt. Leeds has Mars square Pluto, an aspect well
noted for extreme violence; interestingly Bin Laden has the same aspect
in different signs. In another London chart its progressed Sun opposes
Bin Laden’s Sun.
Sun: 1 Leo 03
MC: 0 Aqu 12
0 Leo 20
2 Leo 22
0 Aqu 54
Saturn: 1-2 Leo 00
Chiron:1 Aqu 00