Astrology Secrets Revealed by ERIC FRANCIS

Tropic of Scorpio


October 28, 2005 (with two charts)


Dear Readers:


This week, the Sun and Jupiter have entered the sign Scorpio. In case anyone is wondering why the Sun is so influential in astrology, consider that it contains 99% of the mass of our solar system. Though there are apparently several different principles on which astrology works, the effect of gravity or mass is probably one of them.


It's worth mentioning at the outset that many things with no mass or size whatsoever are rather influential. But the Sun is enormous compared to our Earth, and it's a fiery ball of radiation illuminating whatever part of the sky we see it coming from. So it is bound to influence us.


Jupiter (the largest planet, and some say a star that never quite got started) has arrived in Scorpio along with the Sun, the first time Jupiter has been in Scorpio for 12 years. It's also the first time we have the presence of a slow-moving planet here since Pluto left Scorpio in 1995. That is a very long break -- and that means we're in for an exciting time.


This marks one-quarter of a year since Saturn went into Leo. So we've experienced the ingress of a gas giant planet and the Sun entering a fixed sign, nearly simultaneously, separated by about 90 days. This is the kind of movement (based on a 90-degree square aspect) that says "turning point."


Jupiter is 318 times as heavy as the Earth and 1,300 times as large -- containing as much mass as all the other traditional planets combined. So between these two bodies making their move, we have just experienced vast emphasis shifting into the astrological sign that is associated with sexuality, death, transformation and anything taboo. Scorpios themselves often have strong attraction to the mysteries. Rob Brezny's office once told me that this is the most frequently read sign on their Web site. Is anyone surprised?


Like any astrological symbol, Scorpio affects every single person, and this symbol or idea can be taken on at least two different levels: what you might call the high road, and what you might call the low one. But with Scorpio, in our world, the choice is unusually important.


In its clearest essence, Scorpio is the sign of the secrets and mysteries of life, which include the origins of life -- sex, including the most psychological aspects of sexuality and surrender; as well as the origins of the mind and the soul; the genetic code and others. And then there is the death aspect, or the mystery what happens to us when we change to another form, including this rather mysterious process called "transformation" that our personalities go through. Hence, some like to say that Scorpio is the sign of "death and transformation" but if you leave out the sexual mysteries, you miss the whole point.


People with strong Scorpio energy coming through their chart tend to have an awareness of these mysteries and go through a lot of changes. With any luck at all, that grants awareness. Awareness often translates to knowledge; knowledge is power; and power often has that "compelling but uncomfortable" feeling to it. As a result, Scorpio is probably the single most maligned symbol in all of astrology, with Pluto, its modern ruling planet, coming in a close second. Hopefully Jupiter's presence in Scorpio will help provide us with some more creative and positive ways of expressing Scorpio energy.


I have not missed Jonathan's recent comments about the Jupiter in Scorpio phase helping make the world a little safer for the discussion of taboo subjects and deep mysteries -- a wise interpretation, pointing to an opportunity that we need to take advantage of. Quite a few times in my travels, I have seen what happens when you get a group of people together and say, "It's okay to talk about sex." What happens is everyone has something meaningful and interesting on their minds -- something we usually hide.

Scorpio is powerful, necessary medicine, and we crave it as much as we fear its effects. The result is, quite often, we are terrified of ourselves, our power, what we feel and what we know. Behind all this fear is lurking the fear of change. Some would say the fear of death; okay, I grant that. But in practical terms, it's the fear of change.


When we take the Scorpionic energies and introduce them to our daily lives on Earth, what we (as in all of us) typically wind up with is a lot of power struggle, obsession over money, control dramas over sex and reproduction, and many instances of normal living where secrecy is an issue (i.e., don't tell anyone who broke the office coffee pot).


These ideas are more closely associated with what is called the 8th house, or Scorpio's parallel dimension in the everyday world around us. Scorpio is the sign of the sublime mysteries of life and death. The 8th house is traditionally the house of "death, dowry and the substance of the bride" -- meaning inheritance and bride-price. Scorpio is the sign of the origins of existence, including the beautiful mystery of the genetic code; the 8th house is where we patent the human genome and make a profit on it. Essentially, the sign of the mysteries of life becomes a kind of trap in the 8th house. Notice that the easiest way to make money is typically by selling some form of fear or violence -- or by associating your product with it (on television, for example, in the US).


Notice how the material of an astrological house is what happens when you take the ideas and energies of an astrological sign and put them into real-life situations. A sign is more like a cosmic idea in its theoretical or "pure" form. A house is the actual expression of that idea in real life. A sign is the script or summary. The associated house is the resulting drama on the stage of existence. This works for all the signs and their associated houses.


In dealing with these Scorpio/8th house concepts, the instinct of most humans at this point of history is to respond with fear. We also respond with shame; the feeling is that "we have something to hide" and that something is how we feel, what we desire, and the "sins" we have committed. Guilt is a critical issue associated with the 8th house, and generally, it points to the fact that someone has laid a control trip on us at some point in our lives. Guilt is the sign that somebody in your past has turned you against yourself. And usually this involves two things: your sexuality, and your right to survive.


We need a better way to live. Clearly, we need a more spiritual and loving way to address the mysteries of life and of existence than the ones that seem to have taken over much of reality. To put it simply, we need a more spiritual approach to these subjects, an approach in which honesty replaces taboo and compassion replaces control. Most people have the desire to live this way in their hearts. We need to learn how to express it as a way of life, and we need to re-learn the choreography of civilization together, so that we can do a different dance. We can, and we will, because at this point in history we truly need to.



Scorpio In The News


The Sun and Jupiter moving into Scorpio should prove to be very helpful with our 8th house struggles and our 8th house explorations of life, or at least help us address them clearly. That, or they will blow them up to huge proportions and we'll get to address them anyway.


This moment is the perfect time for discussion over the "national security" secrets of the United States and the UK in the form of learning what really happened on the way to the Iraq war -- a war that epitomizes the most horrid aspects of the 8th house in the forms of death, money, secrets and power.


As of press time Thursday morning, the world is waiting for the official announcement of whether several top officials of the Bush administration -- political mastermind Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Cheney's chief of staff, Irve Lewis "Scooter" Libby -- will be accused of committing crimes in the outing of an undercover CIA agent named Valerie Plame Wilson. Exposing Plame Wilson was in retaliation for her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, revealing that contrary to George Bush's claims, Iraq was not really developing a nuclear weapons arsenal.


To put it in plain language, we now know that lies were told by the White House to get the US and the UK into the war, and when someone tried to expose those lies, the punishment that his wife's identity as a CIA agent was exposed. It's not ironic that her rather dangerous job was actually working against terrorists getting WMDs.


If any of these men are accused of crimes, it will be some of the most groundbreaking political news since this same team came to power five years ago one very strange night in November 2000. There will be many unprecedented developments to follow. These developments have been foreshadowed in the astrological charts for years and have been a major theme of the discussion of the Astrology Secrets Revealed column.


In this section, I would like to look at the horoscope for the Presidential Inauguration earlier this year, focusing on progressions of that chart. We'll also take a look at the chart of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, the Frodo Baggins of our day.


Not enough is written about progressions and they are barely understood by many. And they are much easier to use than people give them credit for. The hard part is wrapping your mind around how they work.


Let's assume that a progressed chart is just another chart, and that the important thing is that we cast it correctly, and look at it with both eyes open. The way you get a progressed chart is you start with a reference chart of some kind: an event, a birth, whatever you need to chart. In our situation, we're looking at the Inauguration of George Bush as president for his second term, on Jan. 20, 2005 at 12 noon in Washington, DC. The time of the inauguration is set in advance by federal law. Before airplanes, it was in March after the prior November election; now that Congress does not travel by wagon, it is in January. But the important thing is that you can cast these charts years in advance.


Here is the Inauguration Chart:


There is plenty going on in this chart, but the main event is the 8th house. To find the 8th house, start with the section in the left below the thick arrow; that is the 1st house; and count anticlockwise, using the light gray lines as divisions. You wind up in a house with two points -- light blue glyph for Mars (which looks like the thing on a men's room door) and red glyph for Pluto (which looks like a person with his arms up).


These planets are placed in the 8th house: described above as dealing with secrets, life and death issues, money, and the brokering of power. They basically represent the hidden issues that the administration faces, the things we don't normally hear about in the news. They could represent powerful people, including bankers, investigators, prosecutors and so on; they represent facts; they could be documents and evidence; probably all of the above. Whatever they may be, they are not particularly friendly. When I called this chart "the Inauguration chart from hell," this is what I had in mind.


Next, find the Moon, which is always one of the first things to check in any chart. It is in Gemini, opposite Mars and Pluto -- that is, almost directly across the dial. It is dark yellow. It is shaped like the Moon. You cannot miss it, unless you've never seen or heard of the Moon (which you have). In the kind of astrology we are doing, the Moon represents nearly everything; that is, it has multiple significations, but one of them is timing. And here is how we work with it as a timing device. Follow along -- it will be worth it.


Note the Moon has a number next to it -- 9 degrees. Note Mars also has a number. That is 18 degrees. The difference is 9 degrees. The Moon's number is lower. It is moving in the direction of Mars -- called "applying" to an opposition. When we begin working with progressions, the thing to remember is that the Moon's progressed speed is one degree of chart motion per month of calendar time.


How do you get that figure? It's easy -- progressions are a scale model of time. The model we are using is the "day per year" model. When you reduce time to a 1:365 scale, or "a day per year," it turns out that the Moon moves one degree every month. So we know that the Moon will reach an exact opposition to Mars in about 9 months. To be precise, the date that the progressed Moon makes an exact opposition to Mars is Oct. 30, 2005. For this reason, I've been writing about October 2005 since the summer of 2004.


It turns out that the grand jury investigating the wrongdoings of the Bush administration expires Friday, Oct. 28. This is just a 48-hour window on a powerful and exact progressed event.


In a number of articles going back to the summer of 2004, I have described this as wakeup time. Moon opposite Mars certainly has the feeling of a turning point, and if that is not enough, the Moon keeps on going, and in about five months -- at the end of March 2006 -- it opposes Pluto, another major turning point in this process.


Here is what the progressed Inauguration chart looks like for Oct. 30, 2005. It is linked here and will open in a separate window.


Note that the wheel has turned; there is a new ascendant; and the Moon-Mars opposition is exact to the arc minute. Ceres, which represents the grief of mothers, is appropriately the highest planet


Perhaps the most interesting thing about this chart is that Mercury is rising -- exactly, to the degree -- just like in the chart for Sept. 11, 2001. Mercury rising says "big news." Mercury rising in Capricorn says "big news about government."


Will this come to pass? We shall know soon enough.


Meanwhile, if you're curious about the Inauguration charts you can see many more of them, in different versions, at this link.



Patrick Fitzgerald


Let's take a look at the chart for Patrick Fitzgerald, the United States Attorney for Chicago, who has the job of running the investigation, and if there are indictments, of prosecuting the accused. We don't have a birth time on Fitzgerald, but we do have a sunrise chart and that's a very good start.


This is a sunrise chart, since his birth time is not available yet. There are many ways that this chart will interact with the charts of the conspirators. But let's look at it as a stand-alone.


First and foremost, we have an Aries Point chart. I say this because Fitzgerald's Sun is at 00 degrees of Capricorn. Anything in very early Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn falls under the Aries Point phenomenon, covered extensively in the prior edition of Astrology Secrets Revealed. Fitzgerald's Sun at 00 Capricorn has been picking up all the activity going back to that mysterious solar eclipse of June 2001, the one right before Sept. 11, 2001, that seemed to get things going


This is a message that he is likely to have a wide and long-lasting impact on our society.


Next, note the concentration of planets in Capricorn and Aquarius, which you could describe as "transpersonal" signs -- those dealing with the community, government, official responsibility and the structure and order of society.


For everyone who writes in asking about how they're ever going to get anything done with empty houses in their chart, remember Patrick. He gets a lot done. He understands commitment. He knows how to concentrate his energies. He is obsessed.


We see the obsession in at least two aspects: Pluto in Virgo on the North Node, symbolizing his obsession with service (Pluto = obsessed; Virgo = service; North Node = compelling and unavoidable); and Mars opposite Jupiter (a kind of religious quest for justice).


Note also a meaningful transit: his natal Mercury is at 22+ degrees of Sagittarius -- and Pluto is right there, right now, making a long transit to this degree. According to this aspect, there was no way he was not going to get to the bottom of the spy outing issue, and many other issues along with it. Pluto + Mercury is intense. It stops at nothing; it can walk through walls and take apart testimony forward and backward, a skill Fitzgerald apparently has had for quite a while. He is currently also prosecuting the former governor of Illinois for crimes he allegedly committed while in office, and is closing in on the mayor of Chicago.


The service theme which is picked up in the numerous Aquarius placements he gets to work with: in particular, Venus in Aquarius conjunct Vesta. Vesta, like Aquarius, has very strong leanings toward serving others.


Also in Aquarius is a triple conjunction of Moon, Chiron and Ceres. We are on the same page here. Even though this is a sunrise chart and the time may be off by some hours, I can assure you Fitzgerald has the Moon in Aquarius. And with that conjunction to Chiron, he clearly understands the pain that people, groups of people, and in particular women (Moon and Ceres), go through.


On a side note, Ceres comes up as prominent rather frequently in charts of the Bush administration (including the progressed Inauguration chart, please see above), going right back to the chart for the first inauguration -- wherein Ceres was conjunct Chiron exactly.


There is much to this chart and I am sure we'll be living with it for a while. Anyone who has the birth time, I would greatly appreciate if you would send it in, along with the source.


Charts and additional research by Tracy Delaney.


Charts in this section cast in Solar Fire 5


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