‘FOLLOW THE STAR’ – Christmas Alignment

Our solar system’s two biggest planets Jupiter and Saturn are causing excitement as astronomers and astrologers observe the rare planetary alignment at the  2020 Solstice. Astronomers study celestial objects and phenomena using the physical sciences to explain  their origin and evolution.  Astrologers view the cosmos as a whole to study the impact of celestial bodies on the earth and on mankind as a microcosm of the solar system. Astrology is not predictive or fatalistic it simply indicates options.

Because of the orientation and tilt of their orbits, the eight major planets of the Solar System can never come into perfect alignment. The last time they appeared even in the same part of the sky was over 1,000 years ago, in the year AD 949, this will not occur again until 6 May 2492. The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226!  The planets have moved so close that their brightness merges together to appear as one bright light,  easily observable on 21st December.Johannes Kepler, a German astronomer and mathematician who discovered the laws of planetary motion in the 17th century was the first to propose the theory that the the ‘Bethlehem Star’ which led the Magi astrologer kings to Jesus was actually a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Keppler described the two planets coming close together in the sky three times over a short period, a celestial phenomena which occurs due to an alignment between the Sun, the Earth, Jupiter and Saturn. Astronomers and scientists today are questioning whether this could be the return of the same astronomical event said to have heralded the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago.

Another theory is that the star was light from the birth of a new star, or Nova. There are records  from astronomers in the Far East – of a new star in the small, northern constellation of Aquila in 4BC which would have been [positioned] “directly over Jerusalem.”. Dr Robert Cockroft, manager of McCAllion Planetarium at McMaster University in Ontario believes a Nova to be “a good candidate” for the Star of Bethlehem.  “It can appear as a new star in a constellation and fade again over the following months” he explains. ‘It is also not too bright, explaining why we don’t have any records of it in the West”. Dr Cockroft suggests that if the Magi set out on their journey West to Jerusalem as tradition states, it would take many months to arrive. “by which time Aquila (and the new star) could have risen in the sky to appear in the south…Bethlehem lies due South of Jerusalem, allowing the Magi to ‘follow’ the star to Bethlehem”.

  • Astrology is a divine science originating thousands of years ago in China, Egypt, Persia and the Middle East. When conjunctions occur in a new element, it is called a ‘mutation’ and marks the beginning of a new Era or Age. Schools of Astrology differ somewhat in their calculations but most agree the new Age of Aquarius begins on the 21st December 2020  said to last some 2,160 years. with the Grand Conjunction in the Sign of Aries, a Fire sign.
  • Astrology states that when these two massive planets line up in the same sign at the same degree this represents a major cosmic event. It also signifies Saturn’s movement into the sign of Aquarius from the sign of Capricorn where it’s been for almost three years.  Aquarius is associated with social and humanitarian traits, holding world leaders to account; where justice does not prevail we can expect the revolutionary aspect of the energy to  come to the fore. 
  •  In Vedic astrology Saturn is called “The Lord of Karma”.  Aquarius is the sign that represents the collective consciousness of humanity. Saturn represents  traditional rules, regulations, and government. The planetary energy constricts, contracts and exerts discipline, assisting our growth and development and tests us, breaking everything apart which does not support our evolution.  The energy of Jupiter represents blessings, spiritual insights, and new insights. If we’ve done the work we experience the benign generosity of Jupiter to bring blessings and rewards, if not we fall back to restriction.
  • The international division and discord seen today at social, religous and political levels exemplifies the urge to throw off restrictive, authoritarian rule for the right reason but often in the wrong way.  If this is done for the collective good it will bring freedom, if done for selfish reasons it will trigger greater restriction.  There will be a battle between these two planetary energies as they travel through Aquarius which will impact upon the whole of humanity. We will experience immense expansion and contraction at the same time. Both are required in assisting the evolution of consciousness. How we respond is up to each one of us.

(Publishing error/Correction: Sign of Aries, a Fire sign)

See: Star of Bethlehem – An Astrological Configuration






STAR OF BETHLEHEM – An Astrological Configuration


The story of the three ‘wise men’ has captivated people for centuries but many have questioned how could the kings  who travelled  hundreds of miles ‘from the East’ have arrived within days of  the birth of Jesus. The Magi, or Mage, were Masters of the esoteric arts with a deep understanding of the celestial heavens and the significance of planetary configurations.  Astrology, as a cornerstone of the divine sciences had amassed a vast wealth of data throughout antiquity.  The birth of a Messiah or Saviour had long been foretold by the prophets and was awaited impatiently by the Jewish people,  An event of such magnitude as the birth of an Avatar, or World Teacher, would certainly have been expected to be heralded in the heavens. It would be reasonable to expect the unfolding of not one but a series of unusual planetary configurations. The Magi who had been scanning the heavens awaiting the sign that the birth of a king was imminent were alerted by a series of rare planetary conjunctions which combined to create the Star of Bethlehem. At this point they began their long journey to Palestine which would indeed take many months. Through their ability to read the astrological signs they were led by the Star of Bethlehem ensuring  that their arrival in the region coincided with the birth of Jesus. Continue reading

CORRELATION: Solar Eclipse and historical events

Cosmic Laws govern the Universe, one of which is the Law of Cause and Effect or Karma. This fundamental principal states that every action generates a reaction, a return of the energy in kind; we ‘reap what we sow.’ The energy returns to us in accordance with the Law of Cycles. Without an understanding of the divine principles we remain ignorant and so compound our errors. The Law applies equally at the personal and the collective level affecting individuals, communities and all nations, played out through repeated incarnation, the refinement of souls  through experience. We are all our brother’s keeper.

Karmic energy is neutral, The Law is exactreflecting past actions  both positively and negatively.  The American belief in ‘manifest destiny’  led to expansionism,  its magnificent achievements  built on a foundation of slavery and genocide. The American continent was opened up by early settlers whose wagon trains, railroads and ranches displaced the indigenous tribes. The effect was compounded by governmental policies which ultimately resulted in what has been described as  ethnic cleansing. The Oregon Trail crossed America and was used by the wagon trains of some 400,000 settlers, farmers, miners, ranchers, and business owners and their families. 

The eclipse began in Oregon. a region originally populated   by some 50,000 Native Americans until government legislation in 1850 forcibly removed  tribes and offered 2.5 million acres of their land, free to white settlers. The Oregon Trail was linked to the California Trail: Evidence of human occupation by native American tribes of California dates from at least 19,000 years ago. These aboriginal people had 500 distinct sub-tribes or groups, each consisting of 50 to 500 individual members. The California Gold Rush began on January 24th 1848 with the discovery of a gold nugget by James Marshall, who had been hired by a California land baron, John Sutter who was building an empire on 50,000 acres of Indian land near Sacramento. Sutter kidnapped native Americans and forced them to work for him. It was recorded that Sutter “keeps 600 to 800 Indians in a complete state of Slavery.” The discovery of gold brought 300,000 people to the area in two years. Of an estimated 50,000 native Americans living in the area at this time, only 16,000 were alive by 1990.

1846 Mexican-American War: America was victorious and Mexico ceded to the United States approximately 525,000 square miles (55% of its pre war territory).February 2nd 1848: The Treaty of Guadelope Hildago (coinciding with the discovery of gold in California) brought land under the control of America 

The land would eventually become the future states of Washington, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Texas as well as portions of what would later become Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and Montana. Native American land titles were not honoured. The native tribal population was reduced by 90% during the 19th century—from more than 200,000 to approximately 15,000 mostly due to disease.

Slavery played a major part in Oregon’s historyIn December 1844, Oregon prohibited slavery while simultaneously passing its Black Exclusion Law, which prohibited African Americans from entering the territory. Any African Americans in the region after the law was passed were forced to leave, those who did not comply were arrested and beaten. They received no less than twenty and no more than thirty-nine stripes across their bare back. If they still did not leave, this process could be repeated every six months.

The eclipse ended in Charleston Carolina. Charleston was founded in 1660 when King Charles ll gave the land (which became the Province of Carolina) to 8 of his loyal friends. The area was inhabited by the Cusabo Indians and the settlers declared war on them in 1671, forcing the Indians to cede large tracts of land and making them pay a humiliating symbolic payment of Tribute when the war ended.

Tobacco to Cotton: The early white settlers had created tobacco plantations in Virginia, Colonists tried to use Native Americans for labour but they were susceptible to European diseases and died in large numbers. The plantation owners then turned to enslaved Africans. In the 1660’s, the government of the colony of Virginia established the legal framework for perpetual servitude based on colour revising its laws in that decade to establish that black slaves could be kept enslaved  permanently, generation after generation.The invention of the cotton gin improved processing of raw material, increasing production and profits; this led to the transition from tobacco to cotton in the southern

States, reinforcing the regions dependence upon slave labour. Congress outlawed the African slave trade in 1808 but by 1860 the slave population had almost tripled to nearly 4 million with more than half living in the cotton producing states of the south. The American Civil War, fought over the abolition of slavery resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

Despite the progress made in Civil Rights, the residual karma of injustice is playing out today as civil unrest



 ‘From Sea to Shining Sea’  –  August 21st 2017

 Astronomical significance: The light of the sun is eclipsed by the moon as it passes over, casting a shadow upon the Earth.

Metaphysical significance: The sun represents Father/Spirit/Divine Masculine/External expression. The moon represents Mother/Earth/Divine Feminine/Introspection.

In metaphysical terms a total solar eclipse represents an Initiation experience requiring introspection, an opportunity for self examination, looking within. The light is temporarily eclipsed, revealing the true consciousness, individual perception and intention, whether at an individual or collective level.

The ‘eclipse parties’ as thousands watched the event are an example of the external rather than internal experience of the observers. This was not simply an event to be observed but one with major impact denoting a major shift.


Sacred Numerology Esoteric codes decipher the meaning of events through the resonance of numbers:.

Location and Timing:  This is the first solar eclipse to cross the entire continent of America in 99 years. 99 is a Master number, a soul message to extend effort at a point of closure. In simple terms this was a cosmic event directly affecting the American continent and its people. An initiatory experience where the collective consciousness is revealed.

The eclipse began at Oregon, the 33rd state, ending at South Carolina, at the 33rd parallel (33 is a Master number resonating with cosmic consciousness, wisdom and justice) denoting the degree of  spiritual attainment. The eclipse cast a 70 mile wide shadow across the whole American continent from coast to coast, linking the southern states from Carolina to the western states of California and Oregon. 7 resonates with collective consciousness and spiritual awakening. 10 is the number of evolutionary journeys. 70 is a sacred number relating to transitions, the culmination of a cycle.

A solar eclipse often signals major historical conflicts and shifts in power relations.

  • A solar eclipse that blackened the sun over the important Mediterranean seaport of Tyre just before Alexander the Great invaded Persia.
  • A solar eclipse passed over the Russian Army on the 21st of August in 1915, this was at the outbreak of World War I. That same solar eclipse also marked the day that saw the opening clashes on the Western Front.
  • The last time a solar eclipse passed over the US was in 1918, this was the year that saw the beginning of America’s post war rise to prominence.
  • 1948 A solar eclipse passed over the center of Korea with the division into North and South.  NASA map shows the path of the Korean War solar eclipse of May 9th 1948.  2018 would be a 70 year cycle.

SPIRIT AND MATTER – An Astrological Perspective

Cosmic Astrology is a divine science which investigates the configuration of planetary bodies and their influence upon human conduct and behaviour. The New Age movement places great value on free choice as opposed to indoctrination, this is not coincidental  but rather a reflection of the  energy of the Aquarian Age. Free thinking, Innovation and enlightenment are words which express Aquarian energy in its positive form; it is not surprising therefore that at this point many might feel  an ambivalence towards prescribed religious dogma with a yearning for  spiritual enlightenment  in another form. The very word ‘religion’ (from the Latin ‘relegare’ meaning to tie or bind) seems to indicate restriction and limitation yet it denotes a binding to God as opposed to the sensory pull  of the physical world. We can therefore be spiritual without being religious but should not aspire to be religious without being spiritual!

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Age of Aquarius…. We the People

We stand on the cusp of the Age at the transition from Pisces to Aquarius, the cycle brings an acceleration of energy equating with freedom from spiritual bondage. True freedom is the right to choose, often wrongly interpreted as being ‘free to do as we wish’ which is in fact rebellion. Our choices reflect our spiritual values, observed in our attitude and behaviour, both individually and collectively. The people of all nations are awakening to a new realization as the lies and deceit of past decades and centuries are revealed.  Continue reading

EPIPHANY – An Astrological Interpretation


‘We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain following yonder star

A favourite carol tells of the three wise men who came to worship the child Jesus in the stable, a story retold for two thousand years.  Epiphany means ‘great light’ or ‘illumination’ referring in this instance to Jesus as the Light of the World. There are many interpretations of who these visitors might have been. They are variously described as Kings of the East and Astrologers and are commonly referred to as the Magi.  The word Magi means ‘wise ones’ and relates to those who had a deep knowledge of the divine sciences including astronomy, astrology, numerology and the study of the celestial heavens and ancient star maps.  Today’s term ‘magic’ is derived from it and used to describe something supernatural or beyond the ordinary.  Many intriguing questions arise.  If the story is true and the Magi did indeed come to pay homage to Jesus how did they know of his birth?  We are told they were guided by a star arising in the East which ‘went before them’ and finally ‘came to rest’ over the place where Jesus lay. Today Christians celebrate The Adoration of the Magi and the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th in remembrance of this event. If the Magi had ‘traversed afar’ from their own kingdoms, reputedly of the Persian Empire, this would have been a lengthy and even hazardous journey with much preparation required.  How could they possibly arrive within days of the birth…unless they had advance warning? Continue reading