Solaris Astrology
Uranus conjunct Alpheratz - Striving for something new.


This conjunction occurs at 14.30 degrees Aries and is active now and until 31st May.

This is an interesting star connection that we haven’t seen for the best part of 80 years as Uranus makes contact with the star Alpheratz in the beautiful constellation of Andromeda, which includes the fabulous Andromeda spiral galaxy. Gorgeous, isn’t it? You can see the movement and speed of this lovely formation, and this star is very similar. The Greeks saw Andromeda as the beautiful princess and virgin who was chained to the rocks and required a hero to save her. In those legends this was the warrior Perseus, with sword in hand and these two constellations sit side by side in our night’s sky. Andromeda is a symbol of female fertility waiting for her lover to come to her side. This star is connected to freedom, to speed and the love of movement. It is a star of independence and it is connected to decisive action.

As you will know, Uranus is the planet of revolution, or overturning the status quo, of challenging authority and looking for a fresh way of doing things, and all of us as this Cardinal Cross is hitting will be motivated to take a look at ourselves in the mirror and to work out where we can start to move ahead. Times have been hard recently and the opportunity to unchain ourselves from the rocks that we have been tied to will be hard to resist. Whether it is getting a new job, making an important decision about a relationship, moving house, sorting your finances out or even changing your personal attitudes, this connection wherever it is is in your chart can see some fresh new air blowing into your life.

I mentioned independence and decisive action, and looking at the world’s hot spot in Eastern Ukraine this connection does give a clue to the prevailing mood that will be more and more prevalent in the coming weeks. I think that Eastern Ukraine will fall and eventually separate away, leading in the end to Russian rule. One other prediction that I will make as well. The United Kingdom’s North Node is at 14 degrees Aries, and with European elections coming along in May, look for a big anti EU vote to come out on the back of this conjunction. Furthermore, the UK has it’s own independence situation to deal with soon, the future of the Union of Scotland with the rest of the UK. This connection will be active as the vote for Scottish independence occurs on 18th September as Uranus returns retrograde to this star. At that point, I see the UK splitting and Scotland voting to go their own separate way. You heard it here first…

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Mars Conjunct Algorab - Fanning the flames of hate and distrust.


This conjunction is now active until 25th April 2014 and is exact at 13:39 degrees Libra.

This conjunction is one of the more difficulty ones in the night skies as Mars the planet of action and force gets to 13 degrees Libra, the degree connected to Algorab, the main star in the constellation of Corvus the Crow.
The crow has always been seen as a messenger of difficult news in mythology and this star is no different as it takes on the attributes of the crow. Crows are clever, cunning, scavengers, see as malevolent and bringers of bad tidings. Connections to this degree point have been proved to be connected to terrorism in the past and the Twin Towers attack had Mercury and the Ascendant bang on this degree. The phrase kill or be killed has been connected to Algorab, sullying the reputation of this difficult star.

Mars arriving here doesn’t lessen the danger, especially as it is part of the Grand Cardinal Cross that is almost exact this minute. The torture and murder of a politician in Eastern Ukraine today is classic Mars conjunct Algorab, stirring up tensions even more in the embattled European country. Russia just shrugs her shoulders and watches as the seeds sown at the 15th March new Moon at the time of the Crimea elections grow into vicious and seemingly uncontrollable separatism. These are dangerous times, and this conjunction of Mars on Algorab comes along to add fuel to the fire, just as I predicted last month.

I wonder if this unsettling combination has caused an upset or a radical change in your life as it opposes Uranus, and squares Jupiter and Pluto? Let me know please…

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South Korean Ferry capsizes with over 400 on board

Ferry disaster

There has been an awful tragedy in the seas south of the South Korean mainland. A ferry travelling from Incheon to the island of Jeju sank just before reaching it’s destination, a distress call was given out just before 09.00 am local time. The ferry to all reports had 459 people on board, many of whom were young high school students. At the latest reports two people have died but a shocking 295 are still missing, indicating to me that this ferry capsized very quickly and without much warning.

SouthKoreaFerry natal

The Astrology chart of the accident has the Moon still in an opposition to the Sun after the eclipse but it had moved around to make a trine to Neptune and Venus in the 10th house indicating that this was an public incident. The Moon obviously shows a connection to people, Neptune a connection to the seas and oceans and Venus also indicates a social element. Venus on this chart rules the 12th house of unseen events and suffering (via Taurus) and the 5th house via Libra, the house of children. This accident beyond all others will be remembered for the almost 300 children who were on board, many of whom may have perished.

Of course we had the cardinal cross in action at the time of the accident, Uranus the planet of accidents and shocks conjunct to Mercury the planet of transportation making aspect to Mars retrograde (action that is misdirected) thus the possibility of a transportation accident was higher than normal. Pluto the planet of destruction is in the mix in this cross and so is Jupiter which expands the scales of everything it touches and gives an international flavour too. Any matter or accident was going to be a big one that would reverberate around the world. This one with hundreds of children involved unfortunately falls into this category.

It is also very interesting to note that Saturn at the time of the eclipse and the accident was and still is unaspected. The only connection it made was a square to the Aquarian Midheaven of this chart. Is Saturn unaspected being unusually strong here, thus increasing the chance of a public tragedy or accident (Aquarius)?

I also notice one other thing about this chart. I don’t often use Black Moon Lilith, however because it’s position is determined by the Moon, it is interesting to see that the Moon was making an exact square to the position of BML - 4 degrees Scorpio to 4 degrees Leo. BML herself was making just one other aspect, a nasty inconjunct aspect to Neptune. Even I as a seasoned Astrologer have yet to fully work out the true mysteries of Black Moon Lilith, but her dark shadow does seem to hang over this tragedy quite profoundly.

SouthKorea transits

This leads me to look at the tragedy against the South Korean natal chart (15/08/1948 – midnight – Seoul) and there the picture is most interesting. The South Korean natal chart has the Sun at 21 Leo, Mercury and Saturn in conjunction at 24 and 25 Leo trine to the Moon at 24 Sagittarius. All these planets received a sextile from the Lunar eclipse point at 25 Libra, the eclipse hit at the midpoint between these planets. Remember the Moon rules the people, Mercury rules transportation and Saturn rules loss and mourning. The effect of any eclipse is often detrimental and it has proven so again this time.

The triple conjunction of the Sun, Mercury and Saturn all in Leo in the SK 4th house have been under a square aspects from that currently unaspected Saturn in the past few weeks, so some tough situations were likely to occur to this nation. At the actual time of the accident, the Moon had moved around to 4 degrees Scorpio making an exact inconjunct aspect to the South Korean Ascendant which has been receiving a square from transiting Neptune for some time now. You will see that the grand cardinal cross still tightening as I write is impacting the natal SK Neptune and Mars, with retrograde Mars sitting right on top of the SK natal Mars. Mars, through Aries affects the SK 12th house, so unforeseen action here causes suffering and sacrifice. This aspect also highlights the tensions that have been apparent on the Korean peninsular in the past couple of weeks between the North and the South. The SK Neptune is being attacked by all the four planets in the cardinal cross, so it is not surprising that a maritime disaster has affected this nation.

All in all, this is an accident that may have affected so many families, and my heart goes out to all of those who have been affected…

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Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp - Looking a little deeper.

Oscar & Reeva

Last year in February a week after the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp I wrote the following article. I am republishing it now as the trial of Oscar Pistorius continues. The views held and comments I make in the following article come from the Astrology that I saw at the time, and it is interesting to read what I though then compared to what we know now. I hope you find it a fascinating read… 

A picture of happier times. I don’t know when this picture was taken, but at this point in their lives Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp looked very content in each other’s company. They appeared the perfect couple and in South Africa they were seen that way, but now their relationship will remain infamous for evermore. I have waited a few days to let the dust settle before having a closer look at how they related as people on the astrology chart and what activated the awful events of Valentine’s day at Oscar’s home.

Oscar Reeva synastry

First up, a look at the synastry between them. Oscar has a watery and intense Scorpio Sun and Reeva was an ebullient and proud Leo and both these Suns were in a square aspect. These were essentially two different people, one quiet and emotional and one loving the highlife and full of optimism, but for sure they were both very strong willed. Now fire and water don’t normally mix, however with Oscar’s Moon in Leo complementing her Sun and her Moon in steady Capricorn a good and stable companion for his Scorpio Sun, these placements would have made this fire and water mixture a little more bearable. With Reeva’s Venus in Virgo sextile to his Venus in Scorpio and trine his natal Neptune, there was definitely compassion and friendship that they shared. Her Jupiter was conjunct his Sun and his Moon could well have been sextile his Mercury and/or Jupiter (we don’t know what time she was born) so these were potentially optimistic, expansive and fun connections between them. Were they able to communicate? With his Mercury in Scorpio and her Mercury in Virgo, he would have been quiet, probing and secretive and she would have been modest, practical but also somewhat critical. At least these signs are in sextile aspect so the relationship between these Mercury’s although not perfect would have been quite satisfactory for them to get on.

Now there were three aspects here that made me raise my eyebrows. Firstly Oscar’s Moon was square to Reeva’s Saturn/Pluto conjunction and her Mars sat on Oscar’s Moon. Trust me this was not an easy combination to deal with. Saturn tends to pour cold water on the proud Leo Moon, Pluto shows control and together they would have taken the fun out of the relationship between then. At times, being together would have more like an obligation that an enjoyable experience. Yes Saturn brings stability, but these were two high profile people, and would Oscar have been willing to accept Reeva dominating the partnership as Saturn/Pluto square to the Moon is apt to do? Remember, Oscar is a Scorpio himself, and Scorpios fear being dominated and losing control of any situation.

The combination of this Saturn square as well as the Mars conjunction to his Leo Moon would have been annoying and frustrating to Oscar in equal measures, and adding in the effect of her critical Mercury in Virgo would have added fuel to the fire if she disagreed with something he did. Oscar in the meanwhile because of his Scorpio nature, would have bottled up his emotions until he was ready to explode. When that explosion came, it would have been quite violent as his Mars opposed her Sun, so he would be very direct in his anger towards her. So in time it came to pass. One other aspect takes my eye. Oscar’s Uranus is in conjunction with Reeva’s South Node. This is an association that often begins and ends suddenly, often in unusual circumstances. With Reeva’s Mercury square to his Uranus, she would have been fascinated by him but their relationship would have constantly been “on edge”, and this could have lead to sudden arguments.

With Uranus’ nature for shocking events on her point of detriment, the South Node, the constant state of tension between them through Mercury and Uranus, the critical Saturn/Pluto square to his Moon, the angry Mars Moon conjunction and Mars Sun oppositions and the fact that they were different people with different objectives, this was not the easiest of relationships despite some of the more favourable aspects and optimism that I explained earlier.

OscarPistoriusReevaSt compOscarPistoriusReevaSte transits

So what was happening astrologically the night that Oscar shot Reeva?  I have included 2 charts above, their composite chart and the composite chart against the planets at the time of the murder. I am a great believer that the picture of the chart tells the story and in the composite chart, Mars sits alone as an anchor point, counterbalancing the rest of the planets. It suggests to me that this was a competitive couple, active yes, physically attracted to each other, yes with Mars trine to the ascendant as well, but also argumentative too. Composite Mars was opposed by composite Saturn conjunct the composite South Node so this would have acted as a restrictive blocker, all that energy and spirit would have drained away in damaging disputes. It’s like when one wanted to do something positive, the other would refuse and say no. This would set off the disagreements. With composite Jupiter at the point of a wedge formation those disagreements may have escalated and got out of hand.

It’s a shame that this composite chart was compromised by this difficult opposition as it also showed a Sun Moon conjunction that was really settling and appreciative of each other, a Sun Venus conjunction which showed love and friendship, a Mars Jupiter trine that was active and adventurous, and a Uranus sextile to Mercury and the Sun which was sparky and individualistic. Oscar and Reeva would have really liked each other, but I believe that an uneasy truce would have kept the deeper disagreements at bay for only so long.

That Mars Saturn opposition was being hit by the North Node on Valentine’s day, so fate was going to play it’s part in their relationship in some manner around this time. As has been hinted in the bail hearings so far, I think an argument set off the events of the day that lead to the shooting. Transiting Mercury, the planet of communication was inconjunct their composite Sun and was square their composite Uranus, and knowing from their synastry chart that this was a relationship that lived on the edge, Mercury would have triggered the trip wire.

Transiting Venus was at this point square their natal Mars  (by 0:08 degrees) and was approaching a square to Saturn too, thus activating that nasty Mars Saturn opposition on their composite chart, so in my estimation the relationship had hit a critical point. Transiting Uranus was opposed to composite Venus (although separating) so instability had been in the air I think for a little while, and transiting Pluto was approaching a square to their composite Sun, so this relationship would have been transformed in a big way anyway, had not this tragic event happened first.

The critical point however which was almost exact on this chart lies yet deeper. Transiting Saturn at the time of the event was 0:04 degrees from the composite Saturn/Pluto midpoint for them. This point Reinhold Ebertin calls a place of place of “hard labour, cruelty and violence”. Transiting Saturn was also conjunct the composite Sun/Uranus midpoint and Ebertin says that this connection shows “rebellion against limitation of freedom, Inhibitions and difficulties overcome through extraordinary efforts. Sudden separation, sudden loss, separation from another person carried out in haste”.

Put it all together. I think that an argument set off a series of events in their relationship which on the surface looked fine but beneath was unstable at best. Along comes transiting Saturn and Mercury to set off Oscar’s already boiling emotions. The midpoints tell the story of what happened next…  


Posted 14th Feb 2013    Oscar Pistorius – Arrested for shooting his girlfriend and charged with murder.


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Monthly Ascendant or Rising Sign Horoscope Predictions for April 2014

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