Hermes, Aphrodite and Eros

In *Stars on Sunday* this weekend

Dominic Cummings

Going to press, here is a remarkable showing of the current Mercury-Venus conjunction

noon chart

Dominic Cummings, no longer a Downing Street adviser, is willing to spill the beans this weekend about Boris Johnson and past government strategy. We will check out the astrology of this saga, especially in the light of the critical Mercury-Venus of Sunday night.

Prince Philip

HRH Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died 9th April 2021.
The announcement was made by the Palace between 12:00 and 12:04pm.


A second corrected birthtime, shown here, has come up for Gemini HRH Prince Philip. Joanna Watters, a former COA tutor who now teaches in Greece, has passed on Facebook information from astrologer Laura Boomer-Trent. Laura has posted a Greek birth certificate for the Prince, born in Corfu. This states the birthtime as 10:00 am, not the 9:46 pm time given amongst other sources by Astrodienst (via Lois Rodden, who listed this as DD dirty data).

The 9:46pm wrong chart in use until now showed a striking commutation, negated by the considerable difference in time. This commutation suggested a ‘fairy tale’ theme in the synastry of the Queen and Philip, with both Queen and the (wrong) Prince having Moon ruling the marriage 7th, alongside Neptune in the 7th. Her Moon at 12 Leo is conjunct his Neptune at 11 Leo; her Neptune at 22 Leo is conjunct his (wrong) Moon at 22 Leo.

We therefore lose his Moon on her Neptune. Instead, Philip’s corrected Ascendant at 18 Leo falls broadly across her Neptune opposite Mars-Jupiter.

We are bound by our craft of natal horoscopy to start our investigations from a correct birth time as given on a birth certificate. Yet as Geoffrey Cornelius pointed out in The Moment of Astrology with Princess Diana’s chart, ‘wrong’ maps may work, until they don’t. Then they are replaced by the ‘right’ map, which must be found to work. The interesting thing about many wrong maps is that they offer a narrative that is then replaced by the new narrative. The fairy-tale marriage of the Moon-Neptune commutation matches the idealised and romantic presentation of the royal couple at the very beginning of their marriage. This must now give way to a story that is a better fit, perhaps to Philip’s 7th ruler Saturn at 18 Virgo, closely square his Sun at 18 Gemini, trine and sextile the horizon: walking two steps behind, in a life of service. – MH

The wrong map

Happy Pisces Returns, Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is famous for his Die Hard movies (note the natal T-square with Pluto tied in), but perhaps his most moving and impressive role was in the supernatural drama The Sixth Sense. He plays a child psychiatrist helping a boy who sees dead people, with a stunning twist at the end. The film was released 6th Aug 1999 with transit Neptune on his natal Moon.

Saturn-Uranus & Bitcoin

for London

The slow forming Saturn-Uranus square, made as Mercury comes close to its station, takes place in the week before the UK lockdown is due to be revised and new rules are announced. Neptune strong with malefic Mars separating by sextile looks good for the UK’s mass vaccination roll-out. However, the Moon falls closely on Uranus – a populace discovering its libertarian streak and seeking independence, quite a challenge for Saturn to restrain further.  On this note, ministerial advice for people not to plan for summer holidays goes down like a lead balloon with Asc. ruler Mercury in the 5th yearning to escape Saturn and head for Jupiter. Planets in the 5th house of speculation aspecting Uranus in Taurus also throw a spotlight onto market and economic instability. Note that when Saturn and Uranus were last in opposition, Bitcoin was launched. Watch its progress – or otherwise – on this square.
– MH

courtesy Mark Flaherty who showed this chart in *SOS*. The location is widely assumed to be London.

Happy Aquarius returns, Eddie Izzard!

Stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard describes herself as an ‘action transvestite’, with a comedic style that ‘takes the form of rambling whimsical monologues and self-referential pantomime’. – Wikipedia

‘Cats have a scam going – you buy the food, they eat the food, they go away; that’s the deal’.

Joe Biden – Inaugural Omens

Biden’s Inaugural Omens >> detailed interpretation in pdf download – includes timeline and horoscopes for Biden and the Capitol Riot.

The Moon in fiery Aries directly separates the square of Pluto. The people are whipped into anger by their Shadow President. Void-of-course the Moon has nowhere to go. Crossing into Taurus she becomes powerful by exaltation, enters the orb of Mars and Uranus and reclaims that which was stolen. At least, that was the plan…


The Jupiter-Saturn zeitgeist conjunction in the first degree of Aquarius occurred on the day of the Winter Solstice of Monday 21 December 2020 at 6:22pm GMT/UT. Apart from the symbolic significance of coming together on the Winter Solstice, this was the closest they have been in latitude for many centuries, appearing to the naked eye as a single star on the day of conjunction. The last time they joined in Aquarius was in 1405. What a privilege to have seen them now!

In our online celebration of the conjunction, we featured the classic New Age song Woodstock, as well as a notably Aquarian rendition from The Boomers: Let’s Stick Together (By Keeping Apart). Streaming from YouTube via Zoom didn’t work well, so if you’d like to hear it, here is the link – login

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