Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Voldemort and The Boy Who Lived – Part 1 by Frances Clynes


Recently I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a web seminar or webinar at Kepler College where Lee Lehman gave a presentation on astrology in modern literature, which included a look at the charts of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Inspired by Lee's talk, and in view of the upcoming release in July of the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I decided to take a further look at the charts and the synastry between them. We have dates but no times for the births of Harry and the Dark Lord so I have used noon charts. We do have a time of sunrise on the 2nd May 1998, for the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. This takes place at Hogwarths which we know is in Scotland. I have used Edinburgh in the absence of a more exact location. Perhaps some of our members from Scotland could help here?

Voldermort's Chart

Voldermort's Chart

Unsurprisingly Lord Voldemort, nee Tom Marvolo Riddle, has a complex chart with both a kite and a T-Square. Neither of these configurations include the opposition between his Capricorn Sun and a conjunction of Pluto and the North Node. While a Sun-Pluto aspect is to be expected in the chart of someone known as the Dark Lord or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, the fact that this aspect is an opposition gives us a flavour of the switch in identity that took place when Tom Riddle announces that he is now to be known as Lord Voldemort. In true Plutonic style, we have the death of the brilliant if flawed student, that was Tom Riddle, and his re-birth as the power-hungry Voldemort, intent on the domination of pure-blood witches and wizards over Muggles (the non-magical population of the world) half-bloods (a witch or wizard with one pure-blood parent and one Muggle parent) and mud-bloods (a witch or wizard born to Muggle parents). Paradoxically Voldemort is himself a half-blood. The Sun-Pluto opposition can be detected quite clearly in Rowling's statement that Voldemort is a 'self-hating bully', whose greatest fear is death.

On the apex of the T-Square is the Moon-Saturn conjunction. At noon this conjunction is applying. Although we do not have a time of birth for Voldemort, it is likely that he was born late in the day when the conjunction would be tighter, perfecting at 11.52 p.m. On 31st December his mother arrives at a Muggle orphanage in London where later in the day she gives birth to little Tom. She dies an hour later and Tom grows up in the orphanage without any knowledge of his parents or family, until at eleven years old he receives a visit from Dumbledore and learns that he is the last descendent of Salazar Slytherin, one of the four founders of Hogwarths. The Moon-Saturn conjunction shows the pain and loss he felt at the absence of a home and family, and its apex position gives us an indication of its power as a motivating force in his life. A tight opposition between Jupiter and Neptune squares the conjunction. Perhaps he could have found a spiritual form of expression for this T-Square, but instead he deals with his hurt in other ways. The Jupiter in Aquarius opposite Neptune also runs through the centre of the kite aspecting Mercury and Chiron. Tom had the potential to be a powerful healing force in society, but the painful Moon-Saturn squaring the central axis of the kite, appears to have led him to use these gifts in killing. In July 1943 as tr Chiron conjoins natal Neptune and activates the kite, Tom kills his hated Muggle father and grandparents and leaves his uncle to take the blame. Many more murders were to follow.

In 1947 as tr Neptune squares his Sun, Tom disappears and ten years later when tr Pluto is approaching a conjunction of his Moon-Saturn, he resurfaces and announces he is now known as Lord Voldemort.

To Follow: Harry's chart and his links to Voldemort

To hear Lee Lehman’s presentation:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Jupiter Returns But This Time Flings the Bling! by Jenni Dean Harte

Although we no longer publish Transit magazine some of it's more popular features will continue on our website, including Jenni Harte's World News. Below are the introductory paragraphs to Jenni's latest article....

Jupiter-VenusDuring it's 12 year orbit around earth, Jupiter enlarges and expands what it touches, encouraging us reach further than our grasp and urging us to move beyond our known limits; it's where we find our faith and how we want to grow. So far, so good. A 12 year cycle of expansion sounds positive but which Jupiter return being experienced makes quite a difference. In particular, this is about transiting Jupiter's 12 yearly visit to the UK Venus in Aquarius in the 5th house and the subsequent demise of the UK as the once coolest place to be.

In 1997 the Labour Party had at last wrested victory from 18 years of Conservative rule. The country's economy was beginning to rocket, fuelled by the very bankers and speculators we've lately come to detest but then supported by enthusiastic newcomers eager to participate in the party. And it was, in many respects, a very long party, indeed. At that time, transiting Jupiter had just opposed the UK Jupiter at 2 Leo in the 10th and the nation’s profile was raised to a world-wide status it hadn't experienced since the heyday of the British Empire. Transiting Uranus had already opposed UK Jupiter in late 1996, setting the charge and igniting the touch paper for growth. Transiting Neptune, in the final minutes of Capricorn and soon to oppose UK Jupiter, suggested all might not be as at it seemed. In the event 1997 was the year the UK was labelled 'Cool Brittania.'

All things expanding eternally however can bring problems, hence Saturn defining boundaries and holding us back from over-doing…whatever it is we’re doing. Saturn is not always welcome but far from being the perpetual party pooper it literally gives us perspective. However, even Saturn in his Aries robes was ready to push the envelope with less restraint than usual. But back to Jupiter.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Planetary Hours Part 2– G20 events analysed

So did the Planetary hours pan out as stated? With the help of the BBC’s Live Text* updates I was able to follow the events of the day.

Jupiter hour At 06:45 just into the Jupiter hour, the BBC reports there is a major security problem and some members of the media are prevented from checking in for an hour. Towards the end of this hour the G20 members start arriving for a 'working' breakfast. Mars is the dispositer of Mercury, ruler of the media. Here we see the Mars intercepted in the 12th in action. Members of the media aren't going anywhere right now.

Mars Hour Barack Obama arrived just as the Mars hours began, followed by several other G20 members, the last to arrive is Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper just as the Mars hour was about to end. As suggested the leaders were indeed putting on their 'public faces'

Sun hour During the Sun ruled hour the BBC reports that the working breakfast is well under way. They state that “Once the last of the croissants is polished off, there will be a group photo of the leaders. The event is scheduled for 0935, but the summit is running late”. Perhaps this latter is the manifestation of the chart ruler being combust and in the 12th?

Venus hour During the Venus hour we are told "When asked about the mood among the G20 leaders, BBC business editor Robert Peston says: "They're all rather jolly from what I can gather. I get the sense that the supposedly intractable issue of tax havens has been sorted." The expected number of protesters is much less than anticipated, earlier some had set up an over-sized Monopoly board, now we are told they have gone home saying they need a sit down and a nice cup of tea. Not as I predicted but very Neptunian don't you think?

Mercury hour 10:56 less than a minute into the Mercury hour, and as expected the Summit begins as Gordon Brown opens by outlining the work plan for the next few hours.

Jupiter As we enter the Lunar hour, we know that agreement re tax havens was reached earlier, therefore the 8th house Jupiter and Neptune may well be linked to the release of a statement from the Independent Police Complaints Commission at 12:05 which says it is to "assess" the death of man at a G20 demonstration in London on Wednesday. We are told that investigators will be attending the post-mortem during the afternoon.

Jupiter As we approach the Saturn hour the meeting is indeed getting down to the nitty gritty as we hear that the G20 leaders are said to have agreed an increase in the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) made available by the IMF, this can be converted by governments into currency to provide a swift injection of confidence into their economies.

Jupiter hour As we approach the second Jupiter hour we are also told that the $250bn increase in Special Drawing Rights is at least a ten-fold increase in the current stock. That will allow poor nations to borrow at the US official interest rate of practically zero. This certainly seems to fit with Jupiter on the descendant.

Mars Hour Come the Mars hour and we hear from the BBC's Robert Peston who says: “A chap who knows a lot more about this Special Drawing Rights stuff tells me its not very useful for very poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It will be most useful for middle-income, emerging market economies.” This is when the Moon square Sun perfected. A summary of the agreements made are being announced during the last 15 or so minutes of the hour.
I have to say I'm not sure what that signifies with regard to either the Mars hour or the aforementioned square. Perhaps that will be assessed by any later response to these statements.

Sun hour I was completely wrong with what I said about the solar hour because the Summit is already over bar the shouting. As befits the solar hour the press conferences are still going on, with the summit members feeling pleased with themselves for what they say they have achieved. Some reaction also began to come through during this hour as we hear that that London's FTSE 100 index of leading shares ended 4.3% higher. In Paris, the Cac 40 jumped 5.4% and in Frankfurt, the Dax rose 6%

Venus hour The start of the Venus hour and we are seeing mainly favourable reaction to the official communiqué and it seems the money for the IMF is what every one is talking about. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the conclusions of the G20 summit were "more than we could have hoped for" Not only does that statement reflect the fact that this is a Jupiter day it also reflects the Moon perfecting the trine to Mars

Mercury hour For some reason Barack Obama's press conference was delayed and didn't start until Mercury hour. Maybe, (with both Mercury and chart ruler Venus in the 7th) it's to remind the world that "The US remains the largest economy by a considerable margin and most powerful military in the world" and that "America can still lead in the world." Or maybe it’s that in this Mercury hour he just wants the last word? I'm not sure that the zodiacal position of Mercury and Venus will help such last words go down well.

In summary I feel that this technique did in fact reflect the day’s events as they unfolded. Where they didn’t seem to is probably more the fault of the astrologer (i.e. me) than the technique.

Click here for a report of what was agreed today

*BBC Live Text