Comets do what they will, not least  just break up and fizzle. Fragment is what the once every six thousand years returning  Comet Atlas did between April 11th and 14th. This disappointed excited expectation that in late May it could be shining in the heavens at half the size of the sun, but there are now cautious hopes for a substitute in Comet Swan.

[May 1st – Swan is likely to be the brightest comet in years but until late May most   visible in the southern hemisphere]

However…the dimming of a comet, and historically comets are chiefly associated with prominent deaths, warnings and calamities, could be as significant as their moments of brightest spectacle. It can’t quite be ignored that at a time when especially America is threatened by plague and economic disaster, that  Atlas broke on a degree conjuncting America’s foundational Jupiter/Venus conjunction, the chief marker of the nation’s wealth and success. This could be another of the signs (like Pluto’s once in 248 year opposition to the national sun during 2020), that America’s days and those nations America-influenced and dependent, are numbered.

Celestial signs, especially from comets, can seem obvious harbingers as before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. But heavenly signs may offer quieter indications such as accompanied the birth of Christ when Israel’s “messianic” Tzedek, Jupiter, the Bethlehem Star, was linked up and highlighted in various ways in a significant pattern.


Recently the locked down (and also exceptional Thursday Passover) which so exceptionally put people in mind of the first Passover when the Hebrews had to remain and celebrate indoors, there was a glut of symbolically plausible forecasts about transitions to new times and levels.

With the world threatened by plague, churches and synagogues without precedent shut worldwide, plus  some Jerusalem rabbis still  forecasting the imminent arrival of a Messiah, (an expectation tied in with rabbinic forecasts about Netanyahu retaining power  meeting and handing over to the Messiah), it even seemed to some that the Christian “dispensation of grace” (equivalent to the age of Pisces now at its last gasps) was ending. It was easier to think in terms even of the sudden surprise of the Rapture/harpazo event (the hidden as opposed to open Return of Christ for the believing prepared sector of the church ahead of the Tribulation period under a False Messiah/Antichrist figure).  (See previous article: If the Messiah arrived for Passover).

Nisan is divinely decreed the first month.   It is undeniable that Passover and  leading events of Jewish history like the fall of Jericho mostly occur in the month of  Nisan (March/April). It is like a season of new beginnings, transitions and redemptions. But  that does not make for an automatic relevance as regards that other and second Israel, the church, which was not born during Nisan, nor in the age of the March/April sign of fiery Aries, the ram/lamb.

Even though  (by tradition), Elijah was swept to heaven during Nisan and  Jews  do expect him to return one Passover, it’s also tradition that Enoch was translated to heaven in Sivan (May/June).

As talk of the meanings and forecasts for Nisan multiplied, so did my feelings of unease and scepticism around the symbolic logic employed.  I now and again pointed out to dogmatic voices and sensationalist dreamers, any end-of-days style crisis  might, if anything, need to fall around Pentecost.  At the end of the age, those delivered are like wheat gathered  to the barn. Getting ignored were central sayings like “ two men shall be in the field…. two women shall be grinding at the mill, one shall be taken and the other left” (Luk 17:35).  Since it does also speak  of people in bed, the simultaneity of day and night suggests a global event. Overall however  it’s a picture of (northern hemisphere) wheat harvest time, along with indications of a time of figs  before full summer – “as soon as you see its [the fig tree’s] branch become tender and put forth leaves,you know that summer is near” (Matt 24:32)    Fig trees can  put forth leaves after the tree has fruited).

The harvest of figs has a wider season and time range than wheat and there  is more  than one harvest; the green figs of Solomon’s  Song emerge from around mid April near  Passover. Ripe figs can be gathered as late as  September but, broadly, figs belong to June.  Northern  summer is commonly understood to begin at the solstice around 21st June.  The gospels thus appear to associate any surprises of an apocalyptic order with Jewish harvest time,  of wheat in May/June and of figs in June.  This is,  moreover, the season of Pentecost,  the wheat harvest festival that falls under Gemini. The latter is  sign of the church’s birth and sign of  division which is what Jesus says he comes to bring upon earth (Luk 12:51)  including through a separation at harvest between wheat and tares.

In 2020 Western Christian Pentecost falls 31st May and Eastern Christian 7th June, Julian, Jewish Pentecost on a variety of dates according to Karaite, Essene calendars. June 5th marks a lunar eclipse of some importance.  This doesn’t mean  that this year  (assuming there will even be a harvest) or any other year, acts of God are set to occur on those days . Indeed, perhaps in agreement with  the “no one knows the day  nor the hour” stricture, due to a reliance on the new moon, “true” Pentecost  has always been deemed uncertain, all of a moveable feast within the month of Sivan.

A more vital issue here is that there is  a  dubious but influential reason the harvest season indicators of apocalypse in especially Luke, can be downplayed by commentators despite their  rather clear reference. But for simplicity  I shall reserve that question  to a note below along with what may be another clue to the right season as regards the tie-ins with Ruth. a symbol of marriage and church.

Though the  following speculations upon forthcoming  celestial signs seem peculiarly, suggestively apt,  I must concede that with names and symbols there can  always be the occasional fluke, and  there are always  levels of application to consider. Given the turmoil of 2020 , the following could  apply in  ways other than suggested,  But economic upheaval and currency reform  (towards universal crypto-currency?), itself for prophetic reasons an issue for religion, seem guaranteed  for this year as I indicated last December.  One can well think in radical terms. This  year  is the first time since 1284 we find Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto together in Capricorn, 1284 being the year that revolutionized the European monetary system with Venetian introduction of the ducat


  early figs before summer

Here are some salient, suggestive points I notice for May into June.

  • In late May when the now fragmented comet Atlas would have been most visible and Comet Swan now might  be so, by transit, the fated nodes will arrive at the fated 0 degrees Cancer. This is a solstice point, one of the six world points while Cancer itself is  the sign of America. The coincidence is like a harbinger or  prompt to major events. (When activated, world points are potent. An eclipse on one preceded 9/11 but,  fulfilment to the day never being automatic, it took activation weeks later from a Mars transit to trigger and time the heavy event.
  • On May 22nd  there is a lunation at 2.0 degrees Gemini . Lunations indicate themes for the month from their inception. They can do this especially as they touch individual and institutional birth patterns. Christianity was born 28th May (Julian)  AD 30 on 3 Gemini, sign of languages, and divisions. The lunation conjunct this 3 Gemini could accordingly highlight affairs of the church, including that distant and imperfect inheritor of Pentecost, the Vatican, whose ruling Mercury is closely conjuncted by Mercury at the time of the lunation. But there’s rather more involved here.
  • On the 23rd May, any remains of comet Atlas  should have been conjunct 3 Gemini.  Even if they won’t now be that, Comet Swan (in whatever condition) should  be conjunct there , and it’s  currently assumed to be at its perihelion brightest  in late May. On the 27th it will anyway be on 13 Gemini,  Christianity’s Saturn being at almost 13 Gemini.  Saturn is any limit, restriction, test or ending.
  •  Even without help from comets, a sign and signal that the churches could be radically stirred up around late May seems indicated by the fact that asteroid Church at the time of the lunation will have been conjunct the mentioned fated 0 Cancer world point. Also…
  • …..At the same time, asteroid Chaos will be at 25 Gemini  opposite the Galactic Centre at 26 Sagittarius. The GC is associated with major events in the world, not least in religion (Christianity was born around the time the GC entered Sagittarius). It need hardly be said that if anything  apocalyptic were to occur, church and world would be thrown into some confusion or chaos; so it’s maybe relevant that Chaos falls where it does at a globally tense time. (Tense? Let’s not get into the  controversies and complication of  extreme prophecies such as currently repeated in Israel re a distinguished prophetic rabbi who died in 1933 and declared that seventy five years after the end of the next great war, i.e in 2020 from 1945, the horror of the Gog Magog war would occur).
  •  Reverting to the time of the lunation, if it isn’t a fluke, it might be significant that   Mercury and Venus are conjunct on 20 Gemini. This means they are  conjuncting the first Pentecost’s (i.e. Christianity’s)  natal Porta Coeli  (Lat. Gate of Heaven). This  could be  meaningful to the extent Jewish tradition held that at Pentecost  heaven was open to facilitate rare favours from and  access to God and it was regarded as a time that God was “married” to his people.  Moreover, Rev 4:1 which speaks of an open door in heaven and the voice like a trumpet  saying, “Come up here”, associates John’s vision and perhaps the Rapture event by implication,  with the season of Pentecost.  Meanwhile……
  •  At the lunation the shocks planet Uranus is on 8 degrees of stability and eternity sign Taurus. But there Uranus  conjuncts Christianity’s Part of Marriage   at the same time setting  up tension square aspect to Christianity’s   8 degree Part of Unpreparedness and the asteroid Thessalia. This is at least ironic, since Rapture belief always accompanies warnings about unpreparedness, while Thessalia carries suggestions of Thessaloniki (no asteroid). The Thessalonian church is the one to which St Paul most expounded teaching of hidden sudden Rapture. Degrees and angles carry across centuries, and as though to confirm some apostolic association, the foundation chart for modern Thessaloniki, reveals Saturn (age, tradition and warning) and also moon at 8 Leo in suitably direct challenging opposition to Unpreparedness and Thessalia

Since in any chart and situation Jesus will always be represented (planetary-wise) by either messianic, Bethlehem Star Jupiter or the mystical, more recently discovered Neptune, given the way celestial symbolism regularly works, any return of Christ would require either Jupiter or Neptune be in apparent retrograde motion. In mid May Jupiter goes retrograde until mid September   (and Neptune in late June retrogrades till late November).

The fact there were no such retrogrades at Passover could have further warned enthusiasts that Passover was never any very likely crisis convergence point. But most Christians, to their disadvantage, disregard all basics of astrology anyway while conservative Christians read as selectively as any liberals. Regardless…to note is that Jupiter’s soon retrograde from mid May, plus the ongoing current retrograde in the heavens of Pluto, both in Capricorn and variously involving degrees between 24 and 27 of the sign , are conjuncting Christianity’s natal conjunction of Aparicio and Anastasia (respectively Epiphany/manifestation and Resurrection).

These degrees and their asteroids are in turn natally in tension with trigger factors for any endings issues for the religion. And for Christianity absolute ending can entail everything from resurrection to marriage, or even for some, divorce. (It is one of the peculiarities of my data for Christianity that as though in affinity for the apocalyptic parable of the ten bridesmaids, the Part of the Hour of Marriage conjuncts the Part of Divorce). So, if nothing else, there’s plenty of suggestive symbolism at work for May/June. Could the church  actually be surprised by unusual marriage soon?

In the still working data for Christianity I possess, the ruler of the sector of any marriage is Uranus.  Uranus is  ruler of Aquarius, sign of shocks, surprises, the sudden and the unusual; and certainly the imagery of Christ married to the church is unusual enough!  As already mentioned, Christianity’s Part of Marriage is at 8 Taurus. In late May, and in early June, Uranus makes a once in 84 years contact with Pentecost’s Part of Marriage.


The marriage theme is reinforced by a rarity in Neptune’s 165 year cycle. The same Pentecost chart shows a conjunction of  Hemera (Gk.Day) with Ishii (read Ishi).  The word  means my husband or Lord in contrast to Baali (my Baal). Hosea uses the term. “On that day you will call me your husband and no longer my Baal” (Hos 2:16). The conjunction of  Day of the of the Lord/Husband falls at 19 and 20 Pisces. During 2020’s Pentecost season Neptune is conjunction Ishii.  (It is open to debate whether this peculiar natal conjunction of Day with Ishi offers a hint resolving a long standing argument over whether the time of Rapture/Marriage is to be  thought of as identical at another level with the  prophets’ “Day of the Lord” which is  a beginning of Judgement, one outside the banquet hall).

Rather as in 2015 the chart registered as though for the Rapture when the film Left Behind was premiered,  so I would assume that if the marriage of the Lamb didn’t occur literally around Pentecost 2020, it would still occur in some fashion  at that time (even if only because some wild American pastor decided he would  marry all his parishioners to Jesus and theologians suddenly became obsessed with the divine marriage theme. But if it didn’t occur  it might  be hard to invent a rarer point of signs  converging.


Even before the potentials of late May and early June, but as though in suitable prelude  to them, the period from late April, in which there is a lunation at 3 Taurus, and then of early May when there’s a full moon at 17 Scorpio, could themselves prove rich in  significance of some sort. This is especially the case since the Taurus lunation falls conjunct modern Israel’s foundational conjunction of Masi (Messiah) with Jerusalem in the nation’s seventh house of unions and legal issues.

Rare blooming at the Dead Sea

Might issues arise around the increasingly anticipated Jewish Messiah (pictures even circulate now of flowers for the first time blooming around the Dead Sea to welcome him)? The borders of Jerusalem could be at stake, so could a Mid East peace plan or a global educational/religious compact such as Pope Francis is expected to push on 14th May (Israel’s birthday).

The papal initiative has been criticized across the board as sub-Christian, a judgement if anything confirmed by the way Neptune (Christ issues) at the time is degree exact opposed to Christ’s birth degree sun.  If  May resounded to good intentions and favourable reports, especially regarding “peace and safety” whether in relation to viruses or nations – already the Pope and the UN have called for cessation of warfare in the light of the virus – that would take the picture nearer to the forecast pre-Rapture peace and security situation (1 Thess 5:3) .

So….even if, improbably, the two lunation periods of April 23rd to May 22nd and then of May 22nd to June 21st produce nothing dramatic in the world and for especially religion, the fact that on June 21st the mentioned solar eclipse hits on the Cancer (sign of America) world point, virtually guarantees there will be little easing of the many tensions of this year.

There are likely to be, indeed already exist, upheavals in the economic sphere even if not  in the religious. But both spheres stand to be effected not least  with stronger moves towards a one world virtual currency and generally towards a New World Order to which the sometimes extreme measures taken around Covid-19 are arguably prepping nations and minds.

My attempted analysis for 2020 assumed upheaval to be central and basic. See: Astro-forecasting 2020 https://wp.me/p4kNWg-vU  and the fact that so many planets are in apparent retrograde this year leaves many people rather passive or feeling victim to events. It’s a time for faith and going inward.  Increasingly things can either be or seem apocalyptic. It would be wise to accept living on the edge is the new reality rather than to imagine things can  simply go back to normal. They won’t, and we are at a turning of the ages.


Luke’s section on apocalypse, which is suggestive for an Israel wheat harvest season with  two men in the field and two women grinding at the mill,  closes with a cryptic saying about where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather (Luk 17:37). Or it does so in some, especially modern versions. The King James version, wrong about  many things, translates more correctly in line with early tradition “ wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together”.  The meaning rather matters because the corpse-vulture  nexus makes many commentators assume the reference must be  to the Armageddon scenario where the birds gorge the flesh of the fallen (Rev 19:21). From this it gets assumed that if there is any Rapture type event, it is post not pre Tribulation with its rule of the False Messiah. That would mean Paul’s “blessed hope”  need not be subject to the warnings about preparation and surprise  because its date could be certainly known by counting seven years from when the Tribulation began.    And there would be less need to localize the imagery to Israel’s seasons, it could apply to anywhere in the world.  The contrast and confusion between particular and general reference likely  belongs with what  seems  to have represented a  confusion in the disciples’  minds from the outset between end times as affecting the church, and apocalypse as affecting Jews in Israel (and left behind Christians) during the Tribulation.

But from early times the eagle was variously a symbol of resurrection, of resurrected Christ and resurrected believers, while outside scripture it is archetypal for any Rapture idea as with Jupiter in the form of an eagle seizing Ganymede to heaven. Hoi aetoi in the Greek consistently means eagles, not vultures. Jesus’ words at Luk 17:37 in answer to the disciples’ question where will the taken ones be taken to, accordingly suggest that where the body of Christ is, there the body of believers is gathered together, (the Rapture being a gathering up to Christ of first the dead in Christ and then the living believers who finally compose one body). Luke’s word for body is soma which can mean a body dead or alive but within the NT is almost invariably employed a living body. The text does not use nekros (corpse) as would be normal if such was the meaning. Someone on the Net has even recently alleged Jesus specifically revealed to them that Christians should reject the vulture translation which is distorting  current understanding. Whether or not Jesus  did reveal this,  scholarship and tradition leaves little doubt, maximum sense belongs with the eagles.

Whether or not eagles and the associated  pre-tribulation theory of Rapture is then consistent with signs for specifically 2020 is another matter.  Logic, symbolic, astrological and even prophetic as it ties in with developments in Israel, does  speak  for convergence and crisis this year.  It can’t however be said that the pre-tribulation picture of a relatively normal world going about its business of trading, building, marrying etc, quite fits what is current.  It follows that any suggestive signs for this year depend upon life in late May and early June being closer to normal than is the case at this time of writing.


The symbolic association of Israel with figs and the budding fig tree with Israel’s re-establishment and end of era events  is well established. It is less well established, if at all, that there is meant to be and why an implicit association with love and marriage  as in the Song of Solomon which some choose to regard as containing prophetic messages.

It is my guess that the  figs – marriage – apocalypse connection is because marriage, at least of the church is  beyond love it is seen as redemptive. It is unlikely and is nowhere stated in Genesis that Eve at an apple. The probability is we are to assume a fig. Why else would the Edenic couple make for themselves coverings with fig leaves, something we may again assume they wished to do to help hide their nakedness less in terms of sex than the loss of the aura light, the sign to them their soul had died in the fulfilment of the warning to them.

Redemption, reconciliation with God can be considered against nature (St Paul is explicit it is). The fig tree is a sign against nature, insofar as it can fruit before its leaves shoot, a good symbol to reflect the remarkable or new is due to occur. Grapes which give wine that has been trodden underfoot in a wine press, becomes symbolic of the blood of Christ and sacrifice and redemption by suffering ; by contrast, the fig, a more sensuous, almost fleshy, yin symbol, is the complementary redemption by love and marriage in which the covering of fig leaves is substituted for the wedding garment or more particularly and  – beyond any issues of clothed or naked , the latter always a rather floating signifier for religion, see article https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-2F  ) –  a new brilliance replacing  the lost aura in which the righteous “shine like the sun” (Matt 13:43).


On  the eve of Pentecost it is Jewish tradition to read the book of Ruth which is the story of how a Gentile woman becomes incorporated into Israel and even a forebear of Israel’s greatest king David and thus a forebear of Jesus also. Those who with good reasons assume the great events of biblical history occur on or around the season of the Jewish festivals have speculated that anything apocalyptic should now occur for Christianity on either  the Feast of Trumpets or on Pentecost. The Feast of Trumpets has been favoured because of precisely the reference to Trumpet sounds and the association with Last Trump, but it overlooks that the festival occurs at the harvest of grapes, a harvest prophetically associated with judgement and wrath which is what the church is supposed to be delivered from.

Pentecost given its association with the marriage and incorporation of a gentile woman into Israel, is more suggestive of the Pentecost birthday of the mostly gentile institution of the church. Is it therefore likely the beginning and end of the church be associated with the season of Pentecost?  I have to say it seems a more appropriate speculation than the alternative not least because I belatedly discover that the Ruth association looks surprisingly appropriate. In my consistently working data for Christianity, to my surprise I find that the asteroid Ruth is improbably conjunct the first Pentecost’s sun supplying a  strong hint of the correct association.






For  reasons unexplained and hard to fathom, Israel’s health minister, Yaakov Litzman,  has risked declaring that the Messiah will appear for Passover  (8th-16th April) this year and that he will deal with the virus too (which Litzman now has). This belongs with an earlier rabbinic statement this  year to the effect the Messiah had already arrived. He was however awaiting the right moment and power (supernatural?) to manifest.   We can know he wouldn’t announce himself unless to non Jews as in the case of Jesus’ declaration to the Samaritan woman; Messiahs are not self but rather community declared (it’s the reason Jesus deliberately asks his disciples “who do you say that I am?”). Anyway, we gather that some people  somewhere must be in discussion with this person of mysteries. One assumes he would be a Son of David, possibly from the Damascus region where Sons of David have lived for centuries. Jews would hardly accept anyone of less pedigree.

Another rabbi recently maintained that the times of the Messiah were close because according to the saying of a Talmudic sage, if Israel were to observe two true Sabbaths then the Messiah would appear. Due to Israel’s total shutdown under the Corona virus, for the first time since its modern foundation Israel would observe Sabbath by default – no cinemas, shops, transport etc.  (Rather similarly the   unprecedented shut-down of churches over the Easter period seems heavy in symbolism for many Christians, it’s like a signal the church age is ending and we border apocalypse itself).

At the time of writing it seems that PM Netanyahu who ordered the national shutdown because of the Corona virus has survived as PM in what will now be an emergency unity government. I had rather suspected last December that he would last the day. But the endurance has potential significance for the present subject given that prophecy, especially from the late Lubavitcher Rabbi Schneerson,  is to the effect Bibi would be the last Israeli PM before the Messiah, that he would meet and hand over power to the Messiah.

For many Christians the current prophecy is as disturbing as it is for secular Jews. For a sizeable number of Christians any Jewish Messiah must be if not another fraud like Sabbati Zevi in the seventeenth century or Bar Kokhba in the second, then the biblical False Messiah or Antichrist himself. This figure is understood to appear at the end of “the age of grace”, equivalent to astrology’s age of Pisces now at its last gasps. And some Christians devoted to prophetic studies would maintain (as per pre-tribulation theory) that the False Messiah cannot even appear unless and until the believing, prepared part of the church is “raptured” from the world and the Spirit is removed facilitating a darkness in the world. At which rate any Rapture might need to be seriously soon….even before Passover!

To have any perspectives on these remarkable claims, I believe that anything as world-shaking as the advent of an Antichrist were forthcoming, it would be signalled in the heavens rather like the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. There have of course been an abundance of real or at least suggestive end-of-era signs in recent years like the rare series of blood moon lunar eclipses across the Jewish festivals during the last decade; and religion apart, this year is notable for special planetary combinations and powerful conjunctions. Plus there’s an eclipse due in June on a world point such as preceded the events of 9/11.

It’s also a fact that before Passover, on April 5th , there is a conjunction of Jupiter with Pluto. This is always major. Give and take up to a couple of weeks either side of exact, some irrevocable shift in government or society can be regularly traced for it like the arrival of the personal computer in 1981 or the end of white rule in S Africa in 1994. However…

If one narrows things down and uses the data for the foundation of specifically modern Israel in 1948, which should register for messianic issues, what strikes me is that the post Passover lunation of 23rd April (effective for themes and events for the four weeks from then) falls at 3 Taurus. Here it conjuncts the nation’s natal conjunction of asteroid Masi (Ar.Messiah) with Jerusalem on the same degree, a conjunction itself significantly opposed to a Christ asteroid at 4 Scorpio and in tension square to Davidson at 2 Aquarius at the base of the chart.

This looks at once relevant (natally it certainly bespeaks known perennial  issues around anything messianic), yet in terms of the lunation and its timing it seems wrong. Surely, especially if there were  some Passover manifestation involving a Messiah it would belong clearly with the prior lunation of March 24th …..But it’s just possible the anomaly is a clue to the problem… if the issue is genuinely of the serious, crisis-level kind in the first place. Be that as it may, things worth noting amid this puzzle are these.

  Ken Peters

Back in 1980, a visionary, Ken Peters, claimed to have seen the times of Tribulation and the Antichrist’s rule in great detail. He certainly saw something because his account included details like flat screen TVs and personal computers not in use in homes at the time. His vision began with lightning style lights proceeding from cracked grave stones and some horn-like sounds. In short, though at the time he’d never heard of the Rapture/ Harpazo and so was just bewildered, it seems he could have witnessed what belongs to apocalyptic prophecy. The significant point here is that he saw resultant chaos on earth, but then around a fortnight later there was some recovery and amid martial law type conditions, an appearance on large street screens of a figure who would help introduce the NWO. Arguably we are approaching martial law conditions worldwide amid Covid-19 precautions, so modern relevance is possible. Does this connect to anything?

There are many tests one could apply in attempts to read the times and signs as they might affect Jews and Christians and I don’t want to get too complicated here. Obviously, however, a major desideratum would be the birth data of the would-be Messiah. I have long suspected we do possess this in data from the reported birth of this person in 1962 according to the late visionary, Jeane Dixon. Reasons to suspect its truth is how the pattern can stand at once as both imitation and denial of things claimed by and for Christ .

    Jeane Dixon

Exceptionally, all seven inner “material” and personal planets are in the human sign, Aquarius, but none of the three outer “spiritual” planets as one might expect of a true spokesperson of the awaited Aquarian, Millennial age. This unusual combination of planets is in itself like Revelation’s 666, “the number of a man”, i.e. the number that never arrives at the sacred 7. A requisite potential for great fame and influence in the world is present through the conjunction of the natal ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, conjunct royal fixed star Regulus in royal Leo, conjunct asteroid Achristou (which I believe to be the antichrist asteroid if any, and seems to enjoy some association with the dark side in charts).

Moreover at 19 Pisces, the Christ asteroid of the pattern conjuncts, but in its way occludes, the 19 Pisces of Jupiter (the Bethlehem Star) at Christ’s birth. The pattern suitably includes a tension square to asteroid Church and an opposition to asteroid Israel. And so it goes; if nothing else it’s all suggestively problematic. A square of Sun to Neptune covers for the possibility of the great deception.

But rather like the rabbis who last year were complaining of the Messiah delaying his appearance, I had just about given up on the Dixon data producing anything. Over recent years, times of opportunity for the pattern came and went and if they meant something privately, they didn’t register publicly save in one or two instances like the one indicated https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM. But maybe, belatedly, the pattern is about to come alive. In January this year a lunar eclipse (requiring its fulfilment within six months) hit challengingly opposite Masi (Messiah) in the Dixon data -20 Cancer to 20 Capricorn. More activity is promised for April/May

It might be a key to any appearance time that the asteroid Aparacio (Sp manifestation) is natally conjunct Mars on the Dixon data (a terribly close 2.44 to 2.45 Aquarius, an explosive epiphany too!). And though Saturn, which is natally at 3 Aquarius, is not normally fulfilling, it is vital in the careers of the politically ambitious. Anyway, all of the natal Aparicio, Mars and Saturn now stand to be highlighted by a transit from action-stirring Mars. In fact, for the whole of April and until 12th May, Mars tracks through the sign Aquarius potentially awakening all those natal Aquarian planets of the supposed Messiah’s natus. And all of April and until 11th May, political Saturn is moving direct at 0 and 1 degrees of Aquarius which has some relevance I needn’t delineate to the astrology of Christianity.

Although this is interesting, does it really relate to some identifiable person? Is the person a combination of coincidences on paper or something more? While we can’t be certain, something that tips the balance further towards reality is this surprise.

Britain’s former PM, Gordon Brown has suggested (27th March) that what is needed is a world government to fix our problems. In astrology an agreement of charts is important and I was reasonably sure that at this rare time I would have to find a major connection between the data for Brown and for Dixon’s birth vision if that vision could truly relate to someone and events of our time.

   Gordon Brown

Fascinatingly I discovered that Brown’s Mercury (his thoughts and dealings with media) is at 16.16 Aquarius which is incredibly close to the would-be Messiah’s 16.13 Aquarius. This prompted me to see if globalists such as Macron and Merkel would have similar affinities and in effect they do. Macron has power Pluto in good feelings trine aspect to the sun from 16 Libra, while Merkel has her moon closely conjunct at 15 Aquarius. If “kings” or rulers at the time of the end are briefly to give over their power to the Beast system (Rev 17:13) some such affinity would have to exist.

In the last two sections of my “Astro Forecasting 2020″  https://wp.me/p4kNWg-vU I pointed out a mystery related to Netanyahu, the Israeli elections and even then, without knowing these latest claims about a Messiah’s supposed arrival in Jerusalem, I speculated that if Bibi lasted out, as I suspected he could, then given the full moon factor he might even meet the Messiah. In second half April the full moon is at 18 Libra trine the Messiah’s Venus at 18 Aquarius (good for talking political and peace deals). Bibi’s 19 Libra moon that receives that full moon is natally conjunct the Achristou asteroid at 18, while Bibi’s Neptune at 15 Libra trines the would-be Messiah’s sun. The pair might actually be able to meet during late April in fulfilment of Schneerson’s prophecy.      [ 22nd April    what has happened in the wake of the Libran full moon is a long delayed. much argued  Libran compromise cum marriage of the two Benjamins, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu, to share government, this keeping Bibi in power and  t hus any messianic prophecy of meetings an open  matter ]

I also pointed out how certain fringe Christians have expectations surrounding the rare rise of Venus into the Pleiades in early April and the symbolism of this with  the divine marriage and Rapture. I indicated the – sort of – astrological sense this made. However the astrological pattern may fit together a little better than certain on-the-ground facts liable to be ignored in the excitement of current crises and speculations around it…..

The timing of any Rapture event whose day and hour may not be known, seems nonetheless identifiable by season. This should be a harvest one when there is grinding at the mill, and “one is taken the other left” (Luk 17:35). This would always place things between mid March and mid June, the harvests in Israel, first of barley, then of wheat. Also the event occurs when people are talking peace and security which it is not manifestly clear is presently the case (1 Thess 5:3). [ Jewish Christian commentator Amir Tsarfati would maintain the Trump Peace proposals have more or less put that on track. The Secretary General  of the UN’s Palm Sunday, now followed by a similar Papal call for global cessation of all wars and hostilities in especially  a time of plague might be relevant ]

The more purely astrological speculations are not so far undermined by the pattern of events and claims since December when I speculated on the nature of 2020. And if “the Messiah” really were to appear around Passover, then the Christian endings scenario looms larger.

I am not suggesting that end-of-era events must and will happen in that time frame; but if one takes stock of everything from the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction and around the time of its perfection the transiting Saturn transiting Christianity’s 0.50 Aquarius Morgenstern asteroid – the divine marriage is associated with a Morning Star theme as in 2 Pet 1:19 – there is nothing to deny the possibility of the extreme. Or not in a time of the surprising and during what is the end of an era. Whatever precisely April and into May brings, it could be memorable for change, a watershed.

The rest of the year will anyway provide that, even if improbably April delivers next to nothing. It is impossible that the June eclipse on a world point (same as preceded 9/11) doesn’t deliver things, while the late May lunation conjunct Christianity’s natal sun should be significant for prophecy watchers – at a guess, if they accepted any astrological perspectives, I fancy those of the pre-tribulation theory would assume it signals the post-Rapture re-grouping of the Left Behinds. Also the beginnings of a global revival, or last Pentecost which, back in 1980, the mysterious Ken Peters saw as spectacular, lasting several months but then severely persecuted. Again, I can’t and don‘t know. I can only point to the general outline of energies and events that attach to what is a very special year.

UPDATE.  At midnight Monday morning 30th March,  residents of Jerusalem were surprised by inexplicable sounds of shofar trumpets from the sky. https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/147830/jerusalem-residents-awaken-mystified-by-simultaneous-midnight-shofar-blasts/

It has already been claimed that this is a sign or advance warning of the impending messianic era which, say rabbis, must begin with the Corona Virus season and its cure, hopefully and supposedly around Passover. Christians might feel the reported event was  closer to the shofar of the Trumpet of God from above with its Rapture event summons to resurrection (1 Thess 4;16).  Any such assumption would seem to have its celestial support. In the foundation chart of Christianity from Pentecost AD 30, the asteroids  Anastasia (Resurrection) and Aparicio (Sp appearance/epiphany) were conjunct Mars at 24 Capricorn. Two millennia later and this last Monday,  optimistic Jupiter, the Bethlehem Star, and Pluto the deity force majeure planet, were conjunct at 24 Capricorn.  The sun was at 9 Aries conjunct Pentecost’s Einer (one) and in positive sextile to Theotes (God/Godhead) at 9 Gemini. The sun was near enough challengingly opposite Pentecost’s Trombka (Pol. Trumpet) at 10 Libra. All this looks to amount to something.


On  the birth data of Jesus see “The Magi at Era’s End https://wp.me/p2v96G-ip  especially section with author’s op-ed.

On the birth pattern of Christianity, see “Christianity’s Destiny: The first and lasting signs” shorturl.at/ckrD4

Clarifying re some of the imagery of apocalypse and demonstrating how the coming age of Aquarius is clearly identified in Ezekiel with the Millenium, see article “Apocalypse as a gay issue” https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-4p






Alex O’Connor, the Net’s “Cosmic Skeptic”, describes himself as the most atheist person he knows. An impassioned and successful youtuber and podcaster when not at study as an Oxford philosophy and theology undergraduate, he is the most vehemently atheistic person I’ve listened to on the Net.

I have done so because he is so clearly one of a kind, a phenomenon whose psychology interests me more than his ideas with which he endeavours to puncture all over-confident belief. O’Connor is like a twenty first century excited Shelley at Oxford without the poetry but with the protests and causes which include Veganism – atheist Shelley was a vegetarian in case you weren’t aware.

Even at seventeen there was already a side of Alex (b. 1999) that for someone so young would seem remarkably savvy,   self-dramatizing, sophisticated and decided in his views – in his earliest youtubes, especially if wearing a Micky Mouse shirt, he looked like a child ready to scold the world. He has always given as good as he gets and more, often in torrents of words and at great speed. But now and again there emerges a more sensitive, vulnerable side, one that is even disarmingly candid enough to admit that despite himself and all the reason and logic he periodically briefly fears hell, his “hell blips”, an interesting point on which I comment later.

But first for something that Alex would dismiss out of hand, something of forbidden, esoteric, invisible realms, namely what one can derive, and rather clearly, from his birth data. Even without the desideratum of a birth time this still proves oddly eloquent with its information, especially when one includes the modern input from asteroids.


Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Roger Scruton, A C Grayling and Madalyn Murray O’Hare (who said she liked a good fight and fighting God would be the ultimate) were all born under Aries as were Satanists like the poet Baudelaire and California’s Anton Le Vey (The Satanic Bible). The blood and guts, super-patriarchal sign of Aries was the same one that oversaw the age of Aries under which the scriptures of the Old Testament were forged, the same sign that much later produced the founder of the Salvation Army, General Booth.

Fast forward to today in which New Atheism is almost a product of Aries, and ….unsurprisingly….. we find that Alex O’Connor was born March 27th 1999 in Oxford, on 6 degrees of the fighting, head butting, crusading, psychologically rather patricidal or father rivalling sign of Aries, an inclination often crucial to the sign’s belief patterns at the archetypal level.

Whether believing or unbelieving, Aries is much inclined to fundamentalist, evangelical, crusading and literalistic treatment of issues. Thus the bible can readily assume the status of pure lie if the world was demonstrably not created in seven days, a perspective others could find as oddly alien as proposing a parable of Jesus is “untrue” because it fails to tell us the name of the sower who went out to sow and the day he did so.


Alex’s identity- giving Aries sun at 6 Aries is conjunct philosophy and religion planet, Jupiter at 9 degrees. Not so surprisingly, since conjunctions are very for or against something, Alex has been studying philosophy and religion – to meet the enemy in its den so to speak!  It’s not such an odd choice for him because  at  3 Sagittarius, (the religion and philosophy sign  that traditionally Jupiter “rules”), contains the wounded healer Chiron.   This suggests despite some more or less permanent hurt around beliefs, Alex can still make mileage from it  given the planetoid’s  basically fortunate trine to the natal sun.

The sun being the identity and will, anything conjunct or aspecting it counts. Alex calls himself “Cosmic Skeptic”, so suitably asteroid Skepticus conjuncts his sun and his Jupiter from between them both at 7 Aries while the Alex name by which he is commonly known, falls at 6 Pisces exact semi-sextile his 6 degree Aries sun.

What the Cosmic Skeptic wants and loves is science. That he really does o is indicated by Scientia  at 29 of the birth sign  Aries being there on what’s called an anaretic degree indicative of a certain insatiability and/or dissatisfaction.  The situation is further problematized by the fact that Scientia is in out-of-sign conjunction with Saturn (the doubting, empirical,  scientific but also limiting factor in things) at 2 of practical Taurus. Science will not have  the  required answers in many instances.

It’s a reasonable assumption given the name O’Connor and the fact of being raised Catholic, that some kind of Irish background (even if strongly rejected like a James Joyce in revolt), is somewhere involved. If that’s the case, it would be well covered by the way that asteroid Ireland at 7 Libra happens to oppose (challenge) the sun and Skepticus, while asteroid O’Connor at 8 Capricorn is in tension square to sun and Jupiter; so it looks as though Alex might well be opposed to, or opposed by, or in some kind of  tension with, family identity and legacy.

Unless Alex was born early or late in the day, the self-dramatizing Leo moon would have to have been more or less opposite Uranus, itself strong for him in its own sign Aquarius heightening any contrarian impulses. Indeed, at 15 Aquarius Uranus is on one of the six world points, helpful to the kind of wide, popular impact made. Uranus to any planet, but especially the moon, is common in gay charts, so whether or not Alex is gay, the aspect reflects the importance of the ever  tricky  gay theme for his anti-faith position.

Mars, Aries’ ruler, is at home in the chart within its other sign of affinity, Scorpio. From there at 11 degrees of that sign it’s opposed to Venus in its natural sign, Taurus, (though engaging what interests by house we can’t really guess without a birth time). The aspect nonetheless bespeaks the fixed, stubborn, tenacity in opposition to anyone or anything with possibly a quarrelsome, difficult relation with the opposite sex. The wide conjunction of Mars with Saturn could be, as Alex seems to be, a bit overworked, workaholic and /or obsessive.


Against this fighting warrior pattern of someone possibly trying to rival his father (who unlike the rest of the family we hear was atheist), there is almost another Alex, represented by a close tension/frustration square of Saturn to Neptune. This can be a sad and sorry, vulnerable and depressing, sometimes sickly aspect. Religiously it engages the strong doubt factor of Saturn which in this case is directed upon the kind of things Neptune represents – not least the mystical, the poetic, the mysterious and, some astrologers would say, Christ. There’s also some association with music and in his spare time apparently Alex pursues it.

Interestingly as I recently pointed out at the time there were rumours that Pope Francis doubts many things and even privately denies Christ’s divinity, a natal opposition of Saturn opposite Neptune in the Pope’s chart must be taken into account.

I won’t say all that strikes me about Alex’s pattern, but I will mention that the hell asteroid Hella is in Capricorn, the sign most inclined to be in fear of anything. But there is more to the confession of hell blip fears than just the astrological hint of it. It is arguably quite meaningful and could well be set against other stories of mental attempts to banish God from such as the philosopher Sartre and the radical feminist Mary Daly. And this has next to nothing to do with the religion as child abuse idea that Alex derives from his local Oxford hero Richard Dawkins.

Sartre is an interesting case because he didn’t carry heavy baggage from any Catholic upbringing, and almost uniquely for any atheist admitted in his autobiographical Les Mots, that when he was young Christ had appeared to him, but that he had turned away in irritated disgust (it’s not clear why so, but possibly because he felt he had been caught out burning the carpet with matches). Sartre admits that had his response been different his life might have been different. It’s not the quote  I want, but later in  the philosopher’s life and from the Net I do find Sartre quoted as saying “That God does not exist I cannot deny. That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget”.


Like Sartre (and many others), Alex believes science has made God impossible. But really what has made God “impossible” is a type of science-associated western dualism whose starting point is misleadingly “objective” as though able  and   justified to stand apart from a deity that can be observed like a galaxy and grasped by so many facts and arguments. This    type of inquiry may take some people  some way, but divine truths are always more spiritually than intellectually discerned.

The widely accepted notion that God created something ex nihilo from nothing is misleading as some Jewish mystics (and St Teresa of Avila who had a vision of everything inside God) realized. If “nothing” could even exist it would be a rival to God. Any divine creation is thus necessarily within a prior formed womb-like space within deity. In this model of spiritual reality it has to be that people are   closer or less bound, nearer to or further from the sustaining God.

The reason that Reason does not permanently obliterate hell fears even while it can appear to abolish deity as an idea, is because God is already within the self and will forever be so, at least as regards the individual’s spiritual part (which God won’t destroy but only “quarantine” else he would not be the Creator, Lord of Life),  a quarantined separation that may be “forever” because the post-mortem, purely  spiritual realm are essentially timeless.

Given  the element of freewill possible within the temporal, material zone, the individual is only ever nearer or further in relation to God. The more reflective individual will intuit something of the sort. Hell is simply “outer darkness”, the darkest and furthest point away from the inclusive divine light. Early world myth is broadly agreed on the withdrawal of the Creator God from an imperfect/become evil world. The general human sense of rejection by, or distance from, a deity now only rather conditionally approached if at all,  is reflected in the way that the world Christianity originally entered, assumed the darkness and living death of Hades/Hell, was, except for a few heroes, the automatic fate of the majority.

The Christian hell is thus effectively God experienced as what mystics and visionaries experience divinity most essentially to be, namely (spiritual) fire, but in hell as nothing else, i.e. fire uncombined with the other elements that make life pleasant and possible. As theology of the Eastern churches has it, it is the same light that shines on the saved, torments the damned.

Anyone who has been off-put or plain embarrassed by the kind of supposedly knock down arguments for faith delivered by evangelists behaving like second hand car salesmen, may be pleased, amused or occasionally enlightened  by Alex’s tenacious dismissals and chop logic. But Alex himself can in turn also presume on listeners, try the patience and give a few uneasy feelings.


There is a troubling je ne sais quoi about Alex’s vehemence (albeit this is not always in evidence)  and will to demolish any and every contrary position for the sake of it. One feels at times it approaches the madness of Aries poet, Alfred De Vigny, whose hatred of God was such he wanted to burn churches down (Aries is a fire sign!). And there is a real risk of engaging madness when one insists, like the devil, the “father of lies” (Joh 8:44), on unacceptable levels of lie and libel like proclaiming the bible “corrupt from beginning to end” and religion “child abuse”.

All the historic ills and errors of religion admitted, such talk is simply to ignore the comfort and inspiration towards good that the bible and faith have given to many. Denying such things gets too close to  talking  Reason but writing the next instalment of  Le Vey’s Satanic Bible. And these wild declarations anyway profit from a Christian tolerance that especially Islamic society would never allow for similar religion-directed accusations.

To skate over these problems and endorse illusions as Alex sometimes does, risks calling good evil and evil good many consider to be at the heart of the unforgivable sin against the Spirit (Luk 12:10) or, to the extent there is a will to destroy faith and draw people, especially the young and confused, away from God, it approaches the great offence it would be better to be drowned in deep seas than to commit (Matt 18:6).

So, at this level and beyond the intellectual entertainment, the Alex phenomenon can convey an unhealthy vibe. And we can safely predict God and hell are not going to leave Alex at the waving of any rational wands. They will simply recur, possibly a little fainter with time (because as philosopher Simone Weil had it, if we are deaf, God is like a beggar who keeps returning until suddenly he doesn’t). They will recur because Alex is clear-minded and sensitive enough to register at unconscious levels where he stands with Ultimacy. Since everyone has some deeper consciousness of sorts,  Alex’s hell fear is the only,  yet in its way perfectly authentic, God consciousness or “conversation” with the divine that he can have and may always have as long as his protests  and ultra-empiricism endure.

Whether this type of  peculiar  individual “conversation”  would ever alter its disconcerting direction and tone I couldn’t  say, but to the extent Theotes (Godhead) at 10 of mutable Gemini makes what’s called opportunity sextile to beliefs planet Jupiter at 9 Aries, one can only affirm some species of opportunity exists.




Though any year can be called “memorable”, 2020 will undoubtedly be all of that because whatever emerges amid its turmoil, there will be real and marked change.

Clarity about the nature of the pressures building and the barriers passed might wait till the end of the year  and beyond, namely in the wake of an important conjunction at the Solstice on 21st December. However, significant conjunctions and factors precede 2020’s Solstice event and the movement towards change will be irrevocable and part of a larger turning of the ages, and life on the cusp.

Precisely when in astronomical terms the approximately 2100 years reign of one era gives way to another cannot be measured, but the end of 2020 and its December Solstice effectively serves as the nearest to a distinct celestial marker for entry into the age of Aquarius. It’s then that, following a total solar eclipse on the  14th December,  the generation chronometers, Jupiter and Saturn, make grand conjunction in air sign Aquarius. This is the first of an uninterrupted series of their conjunction across two hundred years of  in futuristic Aquarius and the air signs as opposed to earth signs which have been operative since the industrial revolution. The switch to air signals an inflow and consolidation of new interests, ideas and systems.

The inflow is unavoidable. Whether  it’s for  good or ill  depends on many things. Every incoming sign has its positives and negatives, though at its inception what’s ill may  not be  obvious. When any sign acquires an unfamiliar new strength, the sheer novelty can  seem the answer to everything unsatisfactory at the time and previously.

Way back in the seventies,  a new age figure, Sybil Leek, warned the coming age  might  shock many by being rather totalitarian.  It’s clearer now  that despite all the excited new age idealization of Aquarius in recent decades , society might soon find itself swept into unparalleled high tech arrangements supporting  super surveillance and limiting free speech.  As a sign and hence as an era, Aquarius has a dual Saturn/Uranus rulership, Senex et Puer, Age and Youth which need to cooperate. We have a taste of this issue in the increasing youth versus age conflict in politics, already well  exemplified in Thunberg versus Trump relation   Interestingly,  if her vision was  valid, the late Catholic seeress, Jeane Dixon, warned of the advent of a false prophet antichrist,  who would function like a guru to especially crowds of youth.  Born under a super-cluster of Aquarian planets back in the sixties, this person would deceptively precede the true and full expression of Aquarian Utopianism in the long desired Millennium.


Be that as it may, positioned on the cusp of the eras as we now are, for whole populations like those of  Lebanon, Hong Kong, Chile, Iraq, Iran, France  etc, late 2019 already carried the flavour of 2020. It did so because the period was already in the shadow of 2020’s first of that year’s major conjunctions between the slow moving and portentous Saturn and Pluto. The pair finally conjoin exactly around mid January (the 12th) at 22 Capricorn. This is likely to be a time (though not necessarily to the day) of considerable tension political and/or economic or even natural disturbance and in some places  given also asteroid Ceres involved, food shortages.

A Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn reverberates in the area of especially politics, leadership, economics (and corporations)…the more so as 12th January is preceded by a solar eclipse on 26th Dec at 4 Capricorn, and a lunar eclipse on the 10th January at 20 Cancer, a water sign that may include a hint that disasters in the course of the year, and these will manifest,  will have some bias towards floods. (Eclipses engage themes that can work out across 6 months (lunar) and up to 12 months (solar) ).

Both these eclipses lock in the power of the conjunction, engage and challenge the very public and political nature of the Cancer/Capricorn axis  which, however, is not especially democratic in feeling. In fact, as part of the current narrative, democracy is on the decline in the West,  not least in America and Israel which will be considerably involved in major currents of the time that lead towards the more Aquarian era mode.  Governments and leaders can topple in 2020 and corruption, both real and imagined, be highlighted.

A major current of the times but negatively, is simply lies, deception, fake news  and whatever undermines things. It’s a trend assisted by the fact that  at the end of the Neptune-ruled Piscean era, since 2012 Neptune has been particularly strong  in its natural sign  and will remain there several years yet during this time of transition.  At its highest level Neptune is enlightened mystical insight,  compassion and service.  At its lowest octave  it is  just  ultra-permissiveness , lies and self-deception   as of the white person self-identified as black and ready  to accuse whoever  challenges it as a bigot. The candle flame rises brightest  before extinction and the strongest Neptunian effects for good or ill attend the era-cuspal situation.


Both America and Israel are mired in  the charges and counter charges of noisy factions. The December solar eclipse at 4 Capricorn opposite modern Israel’s Venus at 4 Cancer, looks like a demand upon Israel in 2020 to sort out everything from the extraordinary stalemate that has overtaken its leadership and voting arrangements to working out some definitive Middle East peace deal (a Venus issue). This could be along the lines of Trump’s grand design, or Macron’s threatened alternative if things don’t hurry up,  or some new alignment with  Arab Gulf states with which Israel has been in quiet negotiation in  late 2019. It may be relevant  the solar eclipse begins over Mecca  and crosses Muslim zones on its way to South India and East towards the Philippines,

Israel’s  year will likely see both war and peace.  Since nowadays Israel seems to be so often on alert in a semi-war state or  in ignored or minimally reported skirmishes with Iranian proxies, it’s hard to pinpoint when there might be outright war, but two seasons seem possible.   The month from the lunation of 23rd April at 3 Taurus which affects the nation’s ascendant and MC angles  and its moon could be  a trigger.  Hostilities might break out in August when that month’s lunation on the 19th makes conjunction with the national Mars in the nation’s destiny house while transiting Mars in bellicose Aries makes favourable, protective trine to the national Jupiter.

Given January’s lunar eclipse at 20 Cancer conjunct America’s Mercury at 22 Cancer, we can assume affairs of America are well in the spotlight, and divisively so in true Mercurial style, whether in relation to impeachment, Israel, China or anywhere. Also that Trump won’t enjoy too much peace and overwhelming success given his natal restrictive Saturn within calling distance at 23 Cancer. The general security of America could be at risk during 2020. In  June the eclipse of the  21st falls on one of the 6 world points (the same O degree Cancer,  natal sign of America, that preceded 9/11). Since at the time of the eclipse America’s Mercury is degree exact opposed by Pluto, this is not a mark of safety for that month and following. Extreme situations and decisions are possible.

I am not well versed in the astrology of American politics or the status of Trump’s main rivals, but my impression is that Trump, who will suffer more Pluto opposition in  July,  probably won’t gain second election….or…he will do so narrowly and it will be burdensome for him  and he likely wouldn’t finish his term.  One could apply various judgements here,  but  my deduction is made simply from the way  the lunation prior to the Nov 3rd election is in degree exact stress square to Trump’s natal Saturn. Then on 4th November, when presumably America has the result, transiting Saturn squares Trump’s Venus, ruler of his leadership house. Granted Saturn can be involved with the weight of office for winners and losers alike, but one needs plenty of positive stuff to accompany a real winning streak (admittedly, though, and rather importantly, there is a Jupiter trine to the Midheaven around the time, so perhaps he will gain second term after all, but as said not very happily so for him).

In Israel where embattled  Netanyahu may be correct that he is the object of a virtual coup, he is a little better placed than Trump. At any rate the January conjunction conjoins his natal Jupiter rather than his Saturn.  At the time of writing (early Dec 2019) it is expected Israel will go to a third election in probably March.  If Netanyahu can survive till then, things may go more in his favour, starting with a lunation in late February favourably trine his surprise-bringing Uranus followed by a full moon in March which at 19 Virgo conjuncts his leadership Midheaven. Admittedly this moon  is directly opposed by the transiting Neptune at 18 Pisces which is tricky, deceptive and even belongs to a few potential mysteries pending for Israel and its leader that I’ll revert to in conclusion.



Britain with its 19 Cancer moon in the nation’s important 1801 Union chart conjuncted by  January’s lunar eclipse, could remain well challenged not only by ongoing Brexit issues but Scotland’s desire to leave the union and divide Britain.

Dividing the nation or not, the royal family will continue to be swayed and weakened as living symbols of the British system. With the January conjunction’s degree in exact stress square to Prince Andrew’s 22 Aries Destiny/Reputation Midheaven, he may be expected to further squirm in 2020 and the Epstein scandal remain news at some level. And  since the lunar eclipse  hits exact on the Queen’s fated nodal axis,  the scandal affects her at a time she is already revising her role and deputizing.

The Andrew scandal broke with Pluto at 21 Capricorn, degree exact on the queen’s ascendant. It was a time some astrologers for some years had quietly speculated she might pass. That this did not occur nonetheless reflects the intense blow to the monarch and monarchy of what has  happened. No one and nothing emerges unscathed or unchanged from what for many can be a once in a lifetime  Pluto transit.

Traditionally the chart of a monarch was the chart  for a nation itself. On that basis at least, even if a clear Brexit break is not clearly shown for Jan 31st,  the fact that the monarch’s chart has the Saturn/Pluto conjunction so close to her ascendant is eloquent. In normal circumstances it would indicate a person’s isolation or going it alone. Alternatively here it could point to British independence as a theme for the year.

Meanwhile Australia, battered in late 2019 by massive fires, severe drought, record heatwaves   and also political issues with China, doesn’t look promised too much relief. The Dec 2019 eclipse  within  3 degrees of the national Saturn is hardly promising could be belt tightening for the people and demanding for the leaders. The nation has  nonetheless hopefully seen its very worst as regards fires (their  November peak in 2019  when many places were affected as opposed to the current greater concentration on New South Wales) corresponded to enlarging Jupiter in fiery Sagittarius conjuncting  Australia’s natal Jupiter in Sagittarius…. It  would be alarming if the conjunction should be read as opening a whole new cycle rather than marking a peak. The full moon of November 2019  at almost 20 Taurus  was closely conjunct Australia’s Taurus moon, general ruler of the home, and as this is natally conjunct Flammeus, the perennial  danger to rural  home properties from fire seems inscribed).

According to the  Australia chart I use (1) with its destiny and leadership Midheaven and hence its opposite IC point representing the land at 24 Capricorn/Cancer, the nation should feel some effects of January’s eclipse and conjunction. And since at the time of writing Sydney is threatened by encircling fires, it is not reassuring that the Jan eclipse  is closely conjunct asteroid Sydney in the national chart (19.40 Cancer). One must hope it means  re-think about the often careless planning and building  in the sprawling city.   With Pluto mid year hanging around the nation’s  Destiny/Reputation/Leadership point, Republicanism may well be re-ignited and the ruling party much challenged and  forced to be more pro-active on climate, water, food supply and safety issues if it is to retain power.

Since modern Ireland’s natal Mars at 20 Aries in its sector of land and history gets stress squared by both the Cancer eclipse and the Capricorn conjunction, Eire looks to be as threatened as its new nationalists/populists are warning it is. Forces, apparently globalist in the EU and assisted by dubious members of the Irish government, have encouraged the setting up of Direct Provision centres.  Despite Ireland’s  own desperate problems with homeless people living on its streets, the government is  bussing in refugees of a kind unlikely to integrate and  into unsuspecting,  unconsulted villages including remaining pockets of so far preserved Gaelic culture regions. It looks like the powers-that-be seek to undermine or abolish classic Irish identities perhaps as a test case for their policies elsewhere. And hate speech laws to be introduced in 2020 threaten to criminalize as “racism” nationalist protest resistance.

Plainly with Mars affected, many in Ireland will react with rage and with at  least 17% of the small country now composed of immigrants, by mid century the Irish, the only colonized nation in Europe, could become a minority in the land they waited centuries to reclaim. The historic evil of the Ulster Plantation policy now has its modern variation.  Europe, or at least the bureaucracy-ridden EU, is basically hostile to Irish interests, something  shown by the way Europa at 1 Taurus is in frustration stress square  relative to the otherwise fortune potential of the  freedom loving national Jupiter at 0 Aquarius. That this eloquent sign is no fluke is certified by the way England has its own perennial  alienation from Europe marked indicated by Europa in opposition to protesting, separative Uranus and involving the immigration and overseas affairs axis of the root 1066 chart for England. Brexit is fundamental to the English psychology and by the looks of it Irexit is or needs to be to Ireland’s!  That issue apart it is possible the Cancer eclipse carries a warning of floodings in Ireland during the year.

With Jupiter in its hidden twelfth house at 22 Capricorn, China will not be immune from what affects the rest of the world, especially economic in 2020, though  with Jupiter involved it can roll  with the punches better than some countries and might even  in over- confidence precipitate some of the problems .

One of the more important effects on Chinese life during the year will be linked to what happened on Dec 1st 2019 when new phone users were obliged to be subject to  the biometric revolution and its face scans. The nation is constantly increasing surveillance in harmony not least with its natal Mercury/Neptune conjunction. This is a difficult, secretive aspect behind much of the suspicion internationally of China’s meanings and motives. Interestingly, the conjunction is closely conjuncted by the asteroid Draco (Dragon), an echo of earlier  beliefs and a sign the nation is not as attuned to modern values as it maintains it is, nor tolerant of non dragon beliefs Christian or other – expressions like “Almighty God” are being blocked  from mobile  phone messages in China!

However, let’s note the following point apparently so far unmentioned by astrologers and relative to  recent problems around Hong Kong.  Modern  China’s ascendant angle defining the people, falls at 5 Aquarius where  it is in conjunction with its moon at 3 Aquarius and asteroid Hong Kong  at 4 Aquarius.

Use of asteroids in analysis is fairly recent, but to unpack  the message here let’s first realize that Communist China’s moon/ascendant conjunction is much, perhaps chiefly, involved with China’s long time  one child policy  and its sometimes forced abortions – the moon is a general symbol of mothers while mythically Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, has birth control and abortion associations. Given these factors in China’s pattern,  one could expect “motherland” and family possession are issues for all concerned  and that is the case with the Hong Kong issue.

With Hong Kong just inside the nation’s twelfth sector, (often associated in personal charts and medical astrology with the womb), the Mother country sees HK as part of itself. Since however asteroid Hong Kong is placed  in degree exact 150 degree quincunx aspect (a keyword for the aspect is “adjustments must be made”)  to the ruler of Aquarius, Uranus,  and in the mother sign of Cancer too, Hong Kongers  perceive any Chinese belonging in different, less dependent  terms. They favour the Uranian theme of freedom and independence, even protest and revolt. Ultimately both sides will need to compromise for the best possible outcome.

The HK troubles belong with the period starting from June 2019 when transiting Uranus at 4 and 5 Taurus (natal sign of HK leader, Carrie Lam, who is Taurus rigid and stubborn),  was making exact 90 degree stress square  to asteroid Hong Kong  in Aquarius.  Uranus continued on to 6 degrees then retrograded, and towards the end of 2019 with the success of the democracy movement in local elections and the intervention of Trump in support of democracy, Uranus was back at  a less overtly dangerous 3 Taurus. (2)

The tense square aspect to 4/5  degrees will repeat for the last time during March and first half April 2020. If  all parties can keep cool, the worst problems may be avoided for a while or more permanently; but one must always be ready for the shocks and surprises and openness to novelty  that are associated with Uranus. And  2020 is a difficult year. Theoretically, China with its sun in Libra should be a master of compromise and legal dealing, but factors within its pattern can work against this,  not least the mentioned Mercury/Neptune aspect which makes for distrust among negotiators. Different, perhaps  pragmatic attitudes from both sides might emerge in 2021 with Saturn across China’s ascendant and Hong Kong. Whatever  happens, it will not help China’s reputation in the world if it cannot acccept the element of Uranian individualism that will always characterize Hong Kong in relation to China.


The cycle of Saturn/Pluto, especially at its conjunction or opposition points, is always serious news – the beginning of WW1, the onset of the Great Depression, the beginning of the Cold War, anciently the sack of Rome, the expulsion of the Jews  from Spain (anti-Semitism can wax strong  in this  cycle) and the crucifixion of Christ, the list goes on. It is the severest, most testing, ruthless and “apocalyptic” of transits, one at times assuming a kind of God versus devil conflict, Saturn being an old symbol of Satan and Pluto a newer symbol of Creator/Destroyer.

Saturn is involved with structure, politics, tradition, Pluto with creative power, destruction and transformation. The meeting of these forces tears down and destroys, hopefully but not automatically to transform. Often savage nature joins in, and in his analysis of political and cultural cycles, Richard Tarnass notes a correlation of even Melville’s birth and publication of his Moby Dick, with the Saturn/Pluto cycle, the whale that attacks ship and man is a symbol of pitiless natural force. Hardships through nature like major food shortages such as preceded and facilitated the French Revolution can be another feature of the times.

The mentioned Irish dilemma which highlights new problems with a radical globalism, looks towards what could prove a feature of the year more widely and one enabling to any globalist juggernauts, namely a whole new global currency system in the wake of general economic collapse. The reason to suspect this is given by an important conjunction in July of (once again) Saturn and Pluto, but this time the fatal pair joined by the more optimistic, internationalist input of Jupiter. But again this happens in politically and materially minded Capricorn, and that’s a sign factor which could send reform in a ruthless direction.


A line -up of these three planets within specifically Capricorn has not occurred since 1284. That was the year that the Republic of Venice launched the gold ducat that would be standard coinage for the next six centuries. Astrology is not wild forecasting but judgement from symbols and cycles. It would be surprising if some kind of economic revolution did not take place during 2020. Rendering the system more total, biometric or joined to some radical NWO 666 chip would come later, certainly not before the end of 2020’s Aquarian conjunction that seals in any push towards more Uranian, high tech and electronic trends.

That the July conjunction really should have global effects seems certified by the way it is preceded by a solar eclipse on June 21st on one of the six world points (in this case 0 Cancer – a point suitably eclipsed ahead of 9/11). Moreover a lunar eclipse on 5th June hits challengingly opposite the Vatican’s sun. Since the Vatican is an international institution and now under Pope Francis even a globalist-minded one but either way a body heavily involved in finances through the Vatican Bank, crisis would bring reforms its way. There look to be reverberations at once economic and religious for Vatican leadership over the six months from that eclipse. Altogether I think for several reasons June’s lunar eclipse could be a really important one for the Vatican..

Italy can hardly be dissociated from such events, and with a natal conjunction of Saturn at 23 Cancer and Venus at 21 (its Saturn inside the 9th house of religion and overseas affairs), Italy should be feeling the force of conjunction and eclipse. As indicated in my description of Italy astrologically, https://wp.me/p2v96G-Nc art is much involved in the nation’s Venus/Saturn in Cancer and it would be unsurprising if, given the eclipse and conjunction, there were not more Venice style challenges from nature to preservation of the national heritage along  with affirmation of national identity in the face of EU globalism.


Saturn/Pluto is weighty enough, but with shocks and revolutions Uranus transiting earthy Taurus during 2020 and for several years, it’s unlikely the momentum of earth moving quakes and disturbed patterns of season and weather will be dying down any time soon. The earth’s foundations are being, and will be further, shaken. Indeed, the pressing question (in line with the perennially “apocalyptic” concerns of Saturn/Pluto) is whether that also corresponds to actual “end of days” scenarios and the beginning of the so-called Tribulation period, itself sooner or later overseen by the NWO of 666.

There are undeniably some indications for such an historical tipping point like the fact that the medieval prophecy of St Malachy would have it the current Pope is the last in line, while in Israel  leading rabbis anticipate the soon re-building of the Jerusalem temple and the advent of the end of days Messiah. If that person appeared, Christians of prophetic persuasion would doubtless assume he was the Antichrist… If these same people were on earth to pass an opinion on the identity!

There is disagreement among students of the prophetic about whether any false prophet figure would emerge before or after the so-called Rapture of the believing prepared, often seen as signalling the beginning, or near approach, of the Tribulation period. However, consensus is for post Rapture. Regardless, the inbuilt perennial tension between Jewish and Christian understanding of the messianic appears wonderfully reflected in the way that in the foundation pattern for modern Israel, the Messiah asteroid  stands at 3 Taurus in challenging opposition to the Christ asteroid at 4 Scorpio. ( I maintainJesus was born under neither sign, but his  Venus/Neptune conjunction, so important in defining his messianic image and role, was at 3 and 4 Scorpio). On the astrology of Christ see https://wp.me/p2v96G-ip


As to what is being said and believed in Israel, it is undoubtedly rather remarkable that over forty years ago the highly respected Rabbi Kaduri forecast that the Messiah would appear at a time of elections but no government, a cryptic claim…until 2019 when Israel’s politics became almost  exceptionally stalemated! It is a highly contested matter whether in the last years of his very long life Kaduri encountered the Messiah in dreams and declared he was Jesus, but decades ago he would not have implied as much in his strange prophecy.

Given the variety of contested expectations, is it possible to look for anything at all in terms of celestial signs for apocalyptic scenarios? For someone like myself who claims to have data still working today for the birth of Christ and for Christianity at the first Pentecost, there could and should be some indication of possible ending or major crisis. And if the false prophet were to appear, that should register on the chart for that person from the data for his birth if the late Jeane Dixon was as claimed able to register his birth in vision. I will say something about especially that option and also about an interesting, strange celestial phenomenon of April 2020 that could be symbolically relevant to speculations for 2020 as the year of the onset of Tribulation and the Great Lie.

Jeane Dixon’s 666 vision of her “Child from the East” makes for a compelling astrological picture for this person given all the inner (material, earthly) planets in the human sign of Aquarius but none of the spiritual outer, Trinitarian planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) in the sign although the  pattern’s Aquarian ruler, Uranus through its connections  has potential for great popularity and power, even if and while conveying ideas “human all  too human” that never arrive at the traditionally spiritual number 7. Add relevant asteroids and the picture is still more compelling as when one sees the pattern’s Christ asteroid degree conjuncting the Bethlehem Star of Jesus’ birth as though to occlude it. The pattern even seems to have worked and to be working as exampled in the article, “Malachy’s Last Pope Ringing Down the Curtain?” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM.

It is as though the person existed, but I assumed that given the eclipse patterns of recent years helping build influence, if this person truly existed they would have to have appeared to the public before the end of 2019 at latest. Otherwise could I honestly see the emergence? My position has become like those Jerusalem rabbis expecting a Messiah but saying “he delays his arrival” and by now I have to suspect a fluke or Dixon being misguided….even though I must still concede a point or two. For example, it’s of interest that January’s conjunction at 22 Capricorn falls conjunct the Messiah asteroid at 21 Capricorn in the chart for Dixon’s “child from the East”.

If I could  be persuaded Dixon saw true and the birth data is still relevant, then I would say with confidence that this figure must appear in 2020 if only because the eclipses of 2027 seem eloquent for the end of a reign prophetically expected to be of seven years duration prior to the open return of Christ to the world. So, I step back puzzled, except there is the other observational mystery that could be relevant….plus the mystery around Israel and Netanyahu with which I conclude – if, by half way through the year events don’t oblige it, I shall delete these final paragraphs as irrelevant.


I will revert to Netanyahu, a person of destiny it might be said, and certainly according to another of the prophetically influential rabbis, the late Rabbi Schneerson of the Lubavitch movement.

Schneerson believed Netanyahu could hope to beat many enemies and hand the keys to the Messiah (a Messiah who takes Netanyahu’s place and solves the political deadlock?).  But interestingly, Schneerson  specifically said Netanyahu could stand against 119 enemies, just the number his rival Gantz is now saying Netanyahu has to deal with in the Knesset. So it’s a reasonable question: can we see something linking Israel’s embattled leader and the messianic theme in 2020?

The full moon of March 9th is at 19.37 Virgo  which is conjunct Netanyahu’s 18 Virgo career and reputation Midheaven…..Full moons tend to bring out what the new moon implied or promised. The previous new moon on Feb 23 falls at 4 Pisces trine Netanyahu’s Uranus. Given Uranus’ rulership in his chart, this can put Bibi in the news  without its necessarily having him  in jail or the pits at a time when, if held that month, elections might even work in his favour.

Netanyahu’s natal moon is at 19 Libra in his destiny, career sector. That admittedly isn’t too helpul in relation to 2020’s Pluto/Saturn conjunction and the  eclipses across Cancer/Capricorn. But they could just bespeak satisfactory ending, one that with relief  hands over the keys. Within conjunction of his natal moon is Masi (Messiah) at 16 Libra  but  also Achristou at 18 Libra (recall that prophetically minded Christians would regard any  new Jerusalem Messiah as antichrist). Might we be looking at some messianic developments as the year progresses and the new and that full moons register against natal and national patterns?

[  April 25th  The period between the full moon and the end of the lunation month  has seen Bibi retain power and make way for a unity government. A Libran compromise fulfilled but no sign of any Messiah yet ]

The subsequent new moon on April 23rd then falls at 3 Taurus which is the degree of Masi (Messiah) in Israel’s chart. Does this mean anything? Likewise, what  might it mean that  late 2020’s solar eclipse at 23 Sagittarius not only aspects  Israel’s Sun at 23 Taurus and opposes its Uranus at 24 Gemini, but trines Achristou  at 23 Aries? Will Netanyahu indeed have handed over some keys before the year is out?

It is beyond me and perhaps any astrology to know just what is involved here, but it does look as though amid the very real dramas of 2020 some kind of messianic theme could be an important part of the general upheavals.


1. The chart for Australia I use is the Chesleigh one for the beginning rather than the ending of the Federation  ceremony at 1pm. 1st Jan 1901 in Sydney.

2. In standard astrology one would not automatically expect the difference between 3 and 5 degrees to make such difference in affairs  and their timing as I claim to see. But to be technical here, asteroids are not representative of energies like planets. They are instead names and ideas acted upon  rather than acting, and even in personal charts the orbs for effect are small (up to only 2 degrees at most unless aspects with sun or moon are involved). It follows the transit of Uranus between 3 and 6 degrees Taurus should be able to register a lot of change in relation to   Hong Kong and appear to be doing so.

3. Additionally on April 3rd,  Pluto the death and transformations planet, is at 24.52 Capricorn  while Jupiter is at a close 24.48 of the same sign. At the first Pentecost, asteroid Anastasia (Resurrection) was at 24.30 Capricorn – in other words also in favourable aspect to Pluto (ruler of Scorpio) on April 3rd . This itself is relevant because, natally, Jesus shows Morgenstern at 23.59, (virtually 24) Scorpio conjunct Coelum (heaven) at 24. Themes of resurrection and heaven thus join. I won’t say more than to notice that on April 3rd shocking, upsetting Uranus at 5.16 Taurus is not just conjunct Pentecost’s Fides (Faith) and Lamb (possibly relevant to signalling any marriage of the Lamb theme) but is stress square to Pentecost’s   5.06 Aquarius Achristou which given its regular associations I have come to assume functions as the Antichrist asteroid.



Way back in the seventies, the Catholic Seeress, Jeane Dixon, alleged a vision was given her in St Matthew’s Cathedral Washington of the disciples as the signs of the zodiac. Rather as in the art of Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery portrayed above, Christ reigns in the centre of a zodiac. Dixon subsequently believed the basics of astrology was something all Christians should know and such would eventually be taught in schools.

I can’t prove Dixon ever had the vision and knowledge claimed, but I have my reasons to say that if she wasn’t right, one feels she ought to have been.

There really are major reasons why Christians need, even badly, to assimilate a few astrological principles; and it’s anyway beyond high time they were rid of the erroneous, vehemently held, conversation stopping view, not shared by many rabbis nor many Catholics (Dixon was taught astrology by a Jesuit priest), that astrology belongs with the biblically verboten “divination” (Deut 18:10). Isn’t it at least a hint of something that Magi (ancient astrologers) were associated with Jesus’ birth?

So before going further let’s immediately state that astrology (much of which as we know it didn’t even exist in the times of the prophets who condemned the omen astrology of moon gazing) most essentially was and is a study of cycles along the lines of Ecclesiastes’ talk of recurrent history and appropriate times to act (Eccl 3:1-8).

This is a wisdom based on observation which has nothing to do either with random factors as in the use of divinatory cards, nor establishing spirit contacts. (In some respects it can be like reading a train time table!). Astrology is, as Jung recognized, an ancient and core system of psychology. But it’s one being constantly updated and since Jung’s death name, place and idea asteroid have graced astrology in sometimes breathtakingly accurate ways.

However…. this isn’t some apologia or proof for astrology in itself but rather a notice about how it can and should legitimately function as a supplement to religious faith. And this is in some areas a lot because, if rightly understood and used, it could shut down some of the more fruitless, perennial theological and pastoral arguments that occupy minds and supply some needed objectivity in situations where people may be so troubled they can hardly know anything beyond the enveloping emotion that clouds judgement.

The following statements obviously simplify for those not in this field, but the following are the sort of questions astrology can answer, and I am of course talking about astrology beyond sun signs. Though these can tell you something, strictly speaking a birth time, place and all planets are necessary for the proper reading of natal data.

Question: Isn’t astrology all about “fate” which Christians say doesn’t govern our lives, in which case why should we need astrology when surely the Bible can tell us enough already?

Answer: Though we do have choices, the basic shape and span of a life is unquestionably subject to “fate” and cycles as surely as the gifts and career of a scientist are not those of a musician. There are things to know about a life that are indeed extra-biblical as surely as the hidden message of the gifts of the Magi which forecast a particular destiny – the death of Jesus was as fated under eloquently exact planetary transits as his birth (See “The Magi at Era’s End”, especially its op-ed article section “Proving an historic discovery”    (https://wp.me/p2v96G-ip). If you think you need nothing but the Bible, consider the confusion on some subjects that Christians using only the bible have arrived at without astrology. A common but erroneous view is that Jesus taught his soon return when in fact on more than one occasion he refers to the aion (age or era). What is the age or era  (Matt 28:20) that he is with the disciples on earth for?

The answer is the astrological age of Pisces, or age of grace that began around the time of Jesus’ birth and must last around 2100 years. Nowadays it is hard for prophecy-believing Christians to speak of the end of days at all, it has been preached so many times sensationally and falsely it has become almost redundant. Yet is should be apparent the end of the current age and the advent of the new Aquarian age (which corresponds to the biblical Millennium) are mysteries Christians simply haven’t understood and not least through lack of astrological understanding even of the most basic symbolism (see for example what I  say about Ezekiel, Millennium and Aquarian age in this article https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-4p) . But the mere fact that Jesus’ birth is a subject for Magi (astrologers) should have alerted Christians to an understanding the religion will include astrological symbolism and cycles and that the subject can’t be so evil it would have been better if Magi had never come to Jesus’ birth as Bishop St John Chrysostom so wildly proclaimed in the fourth century.

Question: So what is my general direction and purpose in life, my so-called “Fate”? Can you do as well or better than intuition and prayer?   

Answer: People believe God should or will tell them about their lives and God may. But like it or not, you won’t be having a full interview with God about your life, (though you may receive hints which you might then be tempted to doubt). Your natal chart, especially through factors like its Midheaven, tenth house and its ruler can supply you some objective pointers to your talents and life options. There are no exceptions for believers. Charts of believers from Popes to Preachers will indicate the religious direction of their life and career.

Question: Can you shed light on why some people claim to hear from God much of the time and I don’t?

Answer: While this is complex and there could be several answers (everything from the matter of innate spiritual talents to one’s spiritual state – you might be in sin condition) on a long term basis, an important element is what your sun and moon were doing at birth. If your sun (the will, the core self) is positively aspected, you will, or will think, like St Teresa of Avila you hear from God a great deal. If the main aspects are to the moon you will “hear” more indirectly, through ritual, music, feelings and intuitions. The status of Jupiter (faith) and Saturn (doubt) also count. (If you fear you are hearing from the devil you might need to see how the asteroids Lucifer, the devil as light, and Malin the devil as darkness, work within your pattern). Evangelical Christianity which has affinities for especially persons strong in fire signs, can cause needless anxiety and self-doubt by expecting people to keep hearing from Jesus to the point many pretend or kid themselves they hear messages they never heard and weren’t meant to.

Question: Do you presume to judge why was this or that prayer was not answered when I felt it should have been or a healing miracle didn’t reach a devout friend when they had faith for it and power manifestly touched others at the time. 

Answer: As Ecclesiastes tells you, there’s a time for everything under the sun. It’s useful to know when that time is. Good things like miracles only happen in harmony with good aspects and transits in the sky to your natal pattern. Likewise, bad things, including delays, only occur under hard aspects. Especially Jupiter accompanies blessings. Especially Saturn accompanies frustrations. An answer to prayer deferred is not an answer denied.

Question: Even if astrology can tell me something about life, surely it can’t tell me anything about God in relation to life and my understanding?

Answer. In some respects it can. And it may even help you understand the little understood Trinity and its interaction a little better. The outermost planets, commonly associated with transcendence and generational influences, at another octave reflect (in their highest manifestation) the Trinity. Jesus equals Neptune. Uranus is the Spirit and Pluto the Creator and Judge/Destroyer. For example, Jesus’ declaration that any sins against himself can be forgiven but none against the Holy Spirit (Mk 3:28-30), has strange echoes in the notably forgiving, compassionate, quasi permissive outlook of Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, sign of the age of Grace, as opposed to the perfectionist, absolutist rather unforgiving mind of Uranus, ruler of Aquarius. Pluto transits can deliver people sufferings of Job type experiences in which one either dies or is profoundly transformed….

…..This subject belongs with the earlier one about healing and miracles. For example, one astrologer studying patterns of healing told me of how a terminal cancer patient who had asked Jesus to heal him was healed and allegedly saw Jesus enter his ward with transiting Neptune, the Christ planet, exactly on his destiny Midheaven. The still working chart for the birth of Christianity at Pentecost AD 30 shows Uranus (the Spirit) rising conjunct the horizon in fiery Leo at 9.15 am. (This can be known as the birth time was roughly given in the bible as necessarily after 9 am).

Question: Can we hope to avoid what feels and looks, whether humanly or astrologically, like the “bad luck” Christians are not supposed to believe in and some imagine is all that astrology deals in anyway.

Answer: There’s no doubt some people and their birth patterns are more fortunate and opportunity-bringing than others (think if you like about Jesus’ parable of the talents). Christians are not immune from problems and to be frank, astrologers are used to the unofficial visits to them of Christians lamenting God seems to have abandoned them. It happens under Saturn and/or Pluto transits as the late Sybil Leek noted years ago. It was behind St John of the Cross’s celebrated “dark night of the soul”. In the long term, the way to overcome the seriously, recurrently negative in a life is to locate its centre and work with it, perhaps invert it. If one sees a drug addict’s chart with, say, a dangerous twelfth house of hidden enemies and trapped conditions, almost certainly their cure and adjustment will be involved with working with social services, prisoners, addicts that belong with the twelfth house. You have choices, especially as regards level, but there is a degree of fate from the natal chart – just as you are born an extravert or introvert and nothing will change that essential – and it is not for Christians to call this observable root pattern, occult delusion.

Question: Are you suggesting astrology can find me my soul mate?

Answer: If it can’t find you your soul mate it can tell you who isn’t that and whether a pair are well suited, not least sexually. Christians who don’t approve contemporary mores ought to be interested in a system which can show sexual needs and romantic types so that there’s no need to keep sleeping around before marriage or divorcing after it to be sure you’ve landed Mr or Mrs Right. From head to toe, basic turn ons or off or lack of same are indicated from the birth chart. When and where the system isn’t compromised for financial reasons, the relative stability of Indian marriages has been attributed to widespread recourse to study of the couple’s affinity for marriage by horoscopes. Also as regards the vexed issue of homosexuality, it is possible to read whether a person is likely to be that way orientated. The matter is complex, but arguably the few conversion cure claims as regards orientation owe something to what is called an afflicted Neptune aspect which can manifest as highly changeable, addictive, confused and potentially bisexual. There aren’t just gay aspects but revelatory gay asteroids and a Part of Homosexuality telling the core truth of orientation which like Jesus’ so-called “eunuchs” is “from the womb”. Jesus like certain ancient astrologers stands alone in assuming something like an innate sexual difference exists.

All  of the above only touches on a big subject and something I have not covered is the major subject of how different sun signs and birth patterns incline people towards different types of beliefs and emphases in religion. I deal with this in my The Astrology of Beliefs shorturl.at/fwKLX     

I have also not covered, but somewhat do in the mentioned book, how theology itself is coloured by the astrological factor. Much that may seem alien to us today in especially the OT as it relates to women and war is considerably explained by the different values and psychology of a sign and era.  The age of Aries which precedes the age of Pisces/ age of grace, shares in the often hyper-patriarchal and bellicose  characteristics of Aries whose ideal is in the opposite sign, Libra, sign of Laws and peace, just as Pisces looks towards Jesus who was born under VIrgo. The ideal of the coming Aquarian age is Leo and Revelation pictures Jesus as the returned Lion of Judah.





I had been wondering if and when we might hear some religious speculation or declaration on the historic Australian fires and drought which currently are very dangerous and the worst on record. (Ten years ago the ever controversial  Pastor Danny Nalliah made out that Victoria’s Black Saturday fires were a consequence of the state undoing its abortion laws).

Disaster of all kinds is a regular part of life in an imperfect (Christians might say “fallen”) world. But really exceptional disasters do present special questions and it is biblical enough to inquire if the appropriate collective response should be serious self-examination, repentance  and/or re-dedication towards God. It’s more an OT idea than a NT one,  but only because the OT is more embedded in a national history and consciousness; but that doesn’t mean the issue is totally unbiblical and Christians need never consider it.

What I hadn’t anticipated was that first into the field with a rather predictable reaction to events, would be that most controversial of battering rams, Israel Folau.  He cruised in ahead of all and any churches to declare that legislating gay marriage and permitting the “murder” of abortion in NSW had brought down God’s judgement which, if there wasn’t repentance soon, would soon become more severe. (He incidentally ignored that as regards the fires, numbers had been started not by nature or “acts of God” but youthful delinquents!).

Public reaction to Folau was similarly predictable as also to the shortly following declaration of Sonshine Coast Baptist Church at Caloundra (on the affected Sunshine Coast). Its billboard cited 2 Chronicles 6:26  on a  connection between national sin and drought. Public response was that these people didn’t get it about Christ or the bible. The Pentecostal (Hill Song version) Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, declared Folau to be “appallingly insensitive” and “unhelpful” – Hillsong always   aims to be more helpful than theological and is not disposed to explore either life’s mysteries or tragedies. It’s the church of Justin Bieber.


I am going to suggest that the truth in this sad and difficult matter could be,  as in so many things in life, somewhere in between what’s getting so wildly declared.

So, no, I am not about to say that I believe God is punishing Australia for legislating gay marriage – the nation is anyway one of the last nations of the west to legislate for it, so what about all those other nations? Likewise NSW was one of the last strongholds of a strict abortion law, and while I don’t say abortion is a good thing, I’d agree with Jordan Peterson that it’s not good “but it’s not that simple”. Christians can’t and shouldn’t call all abortion “murder” and impose laws that not even all Christians are in agreement about.

All this said, it’s possible, and churches should have the discernment to at least allow the possibility, that through events God might actually  be speaking to a highly secular, unbelieving, often corrupt, materialistic and violent Australia, nationally a classic example of those people  “who forget God”.

In fact, Australia has so far dismissed the Christian legacy that scarcely one person in authority (including Hill Song Morrison) or media has the guts or loyalty to protest the horrors of persecution of Christians across much of Asia and Africa, choosing instead the soft PC option of women’s or gay or Muslim rights as though in sheer numbers and ferocity there could be much comparison. (If you doubt the assertion, here is one recent article taken at random:   shorturl.at/f0467

When God’s word is neither proclaimed nor heard, God may use anyone or anything to declare it. When the Pharisees try to silence Jesus’ disciples he tells them he won’t because otherwise the stones would cry out (Luk 19:40). As I indicated earlier this year, Israel Folau under the influence of a strange, religion swapping father  is a bit of an ill- informed nutter on many issues   https://wp.me/p4kNWg-qT ); but if Folau can make Australia talk about divine judgment, it’s conceivable God might use him to say the unsayable and unpalatable truth. But what truth is that?


It is to misunderstand or misrepresent the Christian gospel to suggest that the perfect Creator will normally deal with imperfect humanity other than (to superficial view) negatively, i.e. apart from issues of judgement. The gospel, which modifies this situation,  is precisely  gospel (good news) in light of  a  Christ overcoming and mediating the automatic human separation from  God who is seen as having basically withdrawn from his creation. ( This incidentally is a situation widely assumed in world myth to the point it seems  to be some kind of collective memory and archetypal ). All the so-called punishments and judgements of God can be considered simply degrees of separation from God who, in the face of sin, increasingly  abandons what basic protection is allowed to attach to nature and life .

If you doubt this point because you assume Jesus only ever says nice, comforting things, consider Jesus’ response to disasters like the tower of Siloam (Luk 13:14). It only makes full sense in the context of biblical assumptions about a well-nigh universal, death-invoking separation from God. “Do you think they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you but unless you repent , you will all perish as they did”. The point is everyone lives under a universal curse which makes for disasters and sweeps people away, and in the context of which the only proper response is an attitude of sufficient repentance to avoid worse.  As Ps 50:22 has it:
“Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.”

Prayer, (which many never even try to practice, abstract meditation having taken its place for many), right beliefs and attitudes alone give the perfect God, so to speak, “excuse” to bring blessing or protection on the imperfect. God throws no thunderbolts like Zeus; God is simply absent – hell itself is the absence of God.

Finally I must say there is one further  “prophetic”, speculative way of reading present conditions. True it’s again no great comfort to  those suffering in the immediate (and I don’t say we shouldn’t be sympathetic to them as victims of a collective fate), but it would at least make Australia seem less singled out!

The possibility is that at the end of the (around 2100 year Piscean) era inaugurated around the time of Christ’s birth, what is happening is part of a more worldwide, gradual meltdown towards the birth pangs that through apocalyptic horrors like the Tribulation of Revelation the next era is birthed. Moreover, by singular irony, aspects of the whole gay issue have an unexpected connection to adequate understanding and interpretation of that possibility. It’s a connection that would be unimagined by Folau and    his fans who should nonetheless for his and their sake try to absorb them.  Apocalypse as a gay issue https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-4p





If report is true, according to news from Rome quickly taken up by especially traditional Catholics and released on the 9th of this month through La Repubblica, Pope Francis does not believe in the divinity of Christ.

Here’s one report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVz8CGkRieo

It may be that Eugenio Scalfari, the pontiff’s long time  journalist friend, has misreported and exaggerated what got said in the course of private, unrecorded conversation. Scalfari who founded La Repubblica is an elderly (95yr) atheist. The Vatican has described Scalfari’s claim as a “personal and free interpretation” of what was said…

…But this does not constitute  the more complete rebuttal that might have been expected from the institution which regularly works to cover for the by now almost routine puzzles and gaffes deriving from Francis. For example, a year or so ago Scalfari reported the Pope did not believe in hell, another claim the Vatican rejected, though perhaps more accurately so as it’s known the Pope does believe in the devil. But why for years now has Francis been interviewed (now for the ninth time)  by someone liable to misreport?  Are these “errors” a means of giving  leaks that convey the real Francis’s credo?

With the latest controversy, traditionalist Catholics feel they have found serious confirmation of their opinion Francis is simply an anti-Pope who should step down. While we may not have the full truth in this case –  and in fairness Francis has referred to Christ as “true man and true God” as in a Christmas Eve homily of 2013 –  it’s still likely here that “there’s no smoke without fire”.


Pope Francis is, uniquely for his position, a Jesuit, and the direction of modern Jesuit thought like that of Teilhard de Chardin has long been suspect of various heretical,  universalist  and materialist/Marxist doctrinal swerves. This has been seen in South American Liberation theology and troubling policies like the excessive compromises with communist China. Traditionalist surprise about, for example, papal openness to  Fr  James Martin, himself an American Jesuit, and LGBTQ claims fails to take into account how this development may  well owe something to the neo-marxist basis of Queer (as opposed to gay) theory and theology (1).  Regardless, years ago Jesuit writer, Fr Malachi Martin, (d.1999) exposed not only many Vatican irregularities but accused fellow Jesuits of lack of adequate belief in Christ’s divinity.

A low or confused papal Christology would only be consistent with another earlier Francis controversy in which an audience was told that claims to any personal or direct relations with Christ are “dangerous temptations”. For Francis, the way to communicate with God is through the church, or perhaps he really meant Mary because qualities and attributes of divinity are liable to be directed by him away from Christ and onto Mary. He even told natural disaster victims in the Philippines they could take their pain to her calling her “Mum”.

That Francis’ beliefs would need to be ultra-flexible and “imaginative” on issues like divinity and Sonship is almost guaranteed by his unexpected and radical rapprochement with world religions, especially the agreement made earlier this year with Ahmed-al-Tayeb, the leading Imam of Sunni Islam. I regarded this as odd and commented on it critically earlier this year. (See St Malachy’s Last Pope ringing down the curtain?” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM).

This October’s Amazon Synod at the Vatican has itself raised controversy with the Pope attending a ceremony in which indigenous people worshipped the Earth goddess, Pachamama, a figure to whom they regularly sacrifice as a true and living deity rather than treat as just a symbol.

If there is truth in the charges of papal heresy, it’s unlikely the Pope Francis totally rejects Jesus’ divinity. By the sound of it Francis holds a highly original and ultimately unbiblical version of it which renders Christ wholly and only man while on earth, but lets him be divine before and/or after life. This cannot however be called strictly Christian. To the extent such belief would confound distinct notions of a unique eternal Sonship, it is even biblically associated with Antichrist teaching. “This is the antichrist, the one who denies the father and the son” (1 Joh 2:18)

Christians are supposed to believe, and Francis maybe doesn’t, that Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn (or pre-eminent) of all creation for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created….for in him the whole fullness of God was pleased to dwell….( 1 Col 15, 19 ).

Belief in divine incarnation has always constituted a mystery, one rendered unnecessarily difficult through its various definitions against Greek philosophy; but it can be more consistently and plausibly described in other terms (as in even two of my metaphysical poems “The Hidden God” and “A Divine Rejection” https://wp.me/p2v96G-wZ )


The trouble with this latest controversy around papal beliefs is that no matter what the precise truth of it, its existence and widespread broadcast creates uncertainty and confusion in the world, and even in the churches, which can be biblically illiterate in a secular age.

I have never bought into the  sensational claims of those would-be visionaries who go to youtube and elsewhere to declare that Pope Francis is the Antichrist or the False Prophet who supports that person’s cult, but I would concede that this theoretically last Pope according to the prophecy of St Malachy, could be preparing the way to a/the false messiah and the coming of the great lie.

If Christians weren’t so opposed to and dismissive of anything astrological it would be rather clearer to them what is going on and that includes  traditionalist Catholics who never liked the trends begun by Pope John the XX111 and his Vatican   council. There is a connection between back then and now. Once again a free-wheeling Sagittarian has assumed the top job and this time with truly global and historic effects given a natal sun conjunct the Galactic Centre (important for events in religion) and at the end of the approx 2100 year long Piscean era which began around the time of Christ’s birth and is rather obviously identical with St Paul’s “dispensation of grace”.

Things are coming to a climax. As with the earlier case of the February agreement with the Imam and world religious leaders, the celestial signs point to the significance of this latest development  along the way to collapse. For example…

First, to mention Francis’ own pattern, he was born with a not altogether helpful for a Pope aspect of Neptune opposite restrictive, sceptical Saturn. Positively Neptune is anything to do with Christ, ideals, compassion and mysticism while negatively it is confusion, lies and addictions. As to when the Francis news was launched….

  • On 9th October transiting Neptune at 16.33 Virgo was almost perfectly conjunct Francis’ natal 16.30 Saturn in Virgo releasing and reflecting distortions, misunderstanding and whatever about Christ.
  • The sun that day was at 15 Libra. This meant that for Christianity (as represented by the Pentecost chart for Christianity’s birth in AD 30) the sun was suitably conjunct Bischoff (Ger. Bishop). Society would receive a report about a notable bishop – Francis calls himself “Bishop of Rome” in preference to Pope.
  • I have no exact time for release, but the moon was almost certainly in late Aquarius to supply shocks and surprises, and also perhaps to conjunct the late Aquarian factors of the pattern most likely to indicate the Antichrist as mentioned in my February article cited above.
  • In Revelation, the second Beast or prophet of the Antichrist is one who speaks like a dragon (Rev 13: 11). Interestingly, on Oct 9th Jupiter, strong in its own sign of Sagittarius, sign of religion and doctrines, at 19 degrees was conjunct asteroid Drago (Dragon) in the chart for Christianity. This would suggest facilitation of an Antichrist doctrine – if Francis is guilty as charged. The dragon always threatens the church. In the chart for Christ’s birth, and in line with the way conjunctions are either very for or against something, asteroids Church and Drago are conjunct at 8 Taurus. Their ongoing argument was, as it were, released by the challenging way that on 9th October Mercury (any news) was at 8 Scorpio.
  •  It’s ironic and almost amusing but the sort of thing that helps certify astrology, that the Pope was reported to say amid the controversy that he likes creating some confusion (because it’s creative). He shouldn’t do this as biblically it’s said God is not a God of confusion, but we may accept Francis was telling the truth here. Natally he has the confusion asteroid  Chaos in often confused and confusing Pisces at 11 degrees which means in perfect opportunity aspect to his natal Mercury (any media or newspapers) at 11 Capricorn in his house of the audience.


Taken altogether this latest piece of papal controversy is an event that belongs with surprising, controversial Uranus in Taurus. This month at 5 Taurus, Uranus sets up tension square to Achristou at 5 Aquarius in the Pentecost/Christianity chart. I have found Achristou to work like “astrospeak” for dark side and antichrist issues.

Francis’ own Achristou asteroid is conjunct his Mars in Libra at 19 and 20 respectively. This week the full moon opposite there at 20 Aries attends and may possibly enlarge upon the controversy.

As said, conjunctions are very for and against something. One can hope that Achristou is not an Antichrist factor and that Francis would sooner oppose than support any Antichrist doctrine. But from now on it will be an uphill battle for Catholics, especially traditionalists, not to believe something is going wrong with the papacy.

And for those of us who are not Catholics, it can only seem ever more peculiar that Catholics choose to remain with a branch of Christianity they recognize to be so exceptionally scandal ridden, confused and even traitorous (as in the case of China’s Catholics, betrayed into communist hands by the same pontiff that should be defending them). Beyond a certain point, to stay around risks being undermined and contaminated and the relevant prophetic principle is always “Come out of her my people lest you partake in her sins…and suffer her plagues” (Rev 18:4).

NOTE  1)  I have stressed in various articles like The Muddle of Christopher Yuan’s Holy Sexuality (https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-3o) that non-essentialist, materialist queer theory and theology is inconsistent with Christianity in a way revisionist gay theory and theology need not be.  It would be ironic but not unexpected from a Jesuit background if papal acceptance of LGBTQ increasingly inclined to Queer.

Two poems about Pope Francis:
Pope Francis’ Heaven for All   https://wp.me/p2v96G-8y
Ichabod or papal glory departing? https://wp.me/p4kNWg-6c




At first sight nothing might seem more reasonable than the new move among Catholic schools in Australia (and other places and doubtless soon many non Catholic schools as in Sweden ) to introduce gender neutral language around God whom it’s assumed  should be easier by this to relate to. To be dropped are such words as “Father” “Son” and “Lord”. It seems to be assumed, rather in line with radical feminist Mary Daly’s once groundbreaking Beyond God the Father, that such words bespeak only the patriarchy.

Since the bible anyway nowhere categorically states that God is male – there are even places in the OT where God is compared to a mother, nurse or wife, – the new emphasis would hardly strike anyone as an inappropriate adjustment. It can still seem reasonable even though, as Catholic journalist Ann Widdecombe insisted on TV, Jesus always referred to God as his Father  so that should be good enough for us. Even so, we have to consider that Jesus also maintains, God is most essentially Spirit (Joh 4:24). And Spirit is, and is reflected through, certain energies more personal than abstract. Disposing of common names and terms for God risks leaving us with only the impersonal deity of the philosophers.

I suspect that what is going on has more ramifications than meets the eye, and especially for Catholics these may be linked to the Pope’s surprising swerve, signed into being last February with Islam’s leading imam, towards a new ecumenism of faiths with special and surprising reference to the often hostile Islam.  (See article on this site “St Malachy’s Last Pope” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM )

Before going further, let’s consider three problematic biblical verses for the project of dropping such key, familiar words as “Father”, “Son”, and “Lord”.

“….and every tongue should confess that Christ Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:11).

“no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 12:3)

“This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son” ( 1 Joh 2:22).

These verses accord the “patriarchal”, non PC words a special spiritual status in the realm of belief;  and undeniably, if you aim for a very strong Chrislam union of faiths, Christianity would need to downplay or cancel out especially the third quote because the Koran (Sura 23:91)  is dogmatic that “God has begotten no Son”. Indeed for Islam anything Trinitarian is as good as pagan and polytheistic.

What is Christianity trying to say with and through its “patriarchal” words attached to a religion for whom God is Spirit?

I suggest the matter is a bit confused by the fact the whole of the West (including somewhat St Paul) until the Enlightenment and modern science, had what Thomas Lacqueur would call a one-sex theory rather than a two sex view of reality. Women, like children, were regarded as less and below men but in some sense the same sex; the understanding of human relating was hierarchal throughout. Had there been a two sex theory (as we implicitly assume today) it might  have been possible to speak in terms of something more like a continually interacting, equal but different energies in the style of Yin/Yang.

This doesn’t sound like it would be much help to a Christian view of reality, but in fact it helps quite  a lot and tidies up what might not seem to fit, everything from the Spirit impregnating the waters at creation to Jesus declaring himself subordinate to the Father in John’s gospel and not being the fully, mathematically equal being that Augustinian and western philosophy has made him.

Where sex and gender are  concerned, there is of course a spectrum which contains a fair amount of difference so that male and female display a variety of styles and degrees in expression of their masculinity and femininity; but the core/archetypal energies are, and always will be, basically more or less yang active first and yin receptive. Though God is Spirit and male and female only reflect, imitate or symbolize transcendent divine energies, the fact remains that Yang more nearly “begins” is “first” or creates just as the male impregnates the female, starting a process the female brings to term.

Accordingly, to refuse to admit God is “the Father/Creator” or to think of Jesus as “Lord” can amount to denying God orders things and represents order rather than chaos. The created needs to acknowledge the Creator short of precisely chaos – in contemporary life a fair deal of mental disturbance and crime is associated with males raised without fathers. Though historically women have too often suffered from male domination, the fact seems to be that many men themselves crave some degree of domination by other males. God may be imagined as anything from pure light to a figure enthroned, but a deity without the quality  of an initiating power and authority is no deity, or not one that spirit and soul can ever quite adequately interact with. And it belongs to religion’s duties to help keep the doors to spiritual communication open. Which is something PC revisions may not psychologically and spiritually assist.

A strong case for Christian understanding of the Trinity, especially against the background of our two sex apprehension of reality is as follows. It is not as per Augustinian, western  and less than strictly biblical notions of a total, mathematical equality of the persons, but rather a complementary union and semi-subordination in harmony with statements like “The Father is greater than I” (Joh 14:28).

…………………..GOD (the Father/Creator)


Jesus and the Holy Spirit, both as the Eastern churches even split from the West to affirm, proceed or emanate from the bosom of the Father (who can also be like the Mother) who contains both energies analogous to male and female. (The West makes the Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son, which is most unlikely, not least in view of how much Jesus waits upon the Spirit!).  Son  and Spirit are however  the fundamental  ying/yang who together help materialize things “below” the level of the hidden and transcendent deity of which  however they are part. Christ and Spirit  in their different ways are both divine mediators of  the Godhead who being as immaculate as humanity is imperfect, cannot be directly approached or experienced in fullness.

While it is feminist trendy to propose the Spirit is feminine, the Holy Spirit, as Jesus insists (Joh 16:23),  is “he”, essentially male in terms of energy (like the Spirit who impregnates the waters at creation). It is Jesus –  who will do nothing until the father first wills or the Spirit moves him –  who is effectively the female principle hidden in plain view. He is self described as the mother hen who would like to protect Jerusalem and the world.(Matt 23:37). Practically and to human view obviously Jesus is male, the Logos or Word of God. But he is also called by St Paul the Sophia, the Wisdom of God which is feminine. Jesus is a face of, and the principle of “change” within the essentially unchanging deity; he is deity’s visibility and invisibility.  One needs to realize this, in effect a mystical realization in its own right, but as Jesus remarked, “Wisdom  is justified of her children”  (Luk 7:35).

All this and more would be much easier to absorb given only a few mystical and esoteric understandings that Christianity is by and large determined to pass over and dismiss. It cannot be adequately covered here.

However…sufficient to stress that though the historic and sometimes present misuse of terms like “Father”, “Son” and “Lord” can be acknowledged, any easy dismissal of their current usage is still a danger to Christian spirituality.  What has been to many the unexpected Catholic role in this radical change belongs to a wider problem, namely that Catholicism is at heart the least Judaeo-Christian and biblical of the branches of Christianity. It has too often, as now, inclined to impersonalize God, substituting relation to deity for a cult of saints, angels and especially Mary. The latter has received an abundance of titles and roles drawn straight out of especially biblical Proverbs and the Jewish apocrypha where they apply to the mysterious figure of Wisdom. Christians understand this figure to be the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, not any “Queen of Heaven”, a title that especially the prophet Jeremiah denies the right of existence to.

At a certain level, mystically, Catholicism is all of a potential  world faith though scarcely Christian with it but Neo-Platonic in the style of Plotinus.  This thinker would shape Christian mysticism from  St Augustine onwards right up to the popular Thomas Merton who from his many impersonal, as good as non-theistic realizations, easily slipped into the position of virtual or actual Buddhist convert. Questions can well be asked what Catholicism and its controversial Pope is doing and preparing behind its various adjustments to contemporary trends  and realities.


Trust not in princes” is a well known biblical saying (Ps 146:3). But ironically it is among those like evangelicals and fundamentalists who set so much store by the bible and always read it most literally that the advice is liable to be most ignored.

Partly this may be because if you are unswervingly, rigidly literalistic,  you won’t take the spirit of any message and won’t mentally paraphrase a statement like that of the psalm to render it: “trust not in presidents or prime ministers” . Politics is a pragmatic business at best. It’s nevertheless possible for Christians to outright disgrace themselves and their faith in the eyes of society when, through determination at all costs to have “Christian” rulers in charge or absolutist “Christian” policies implemented, they throw uncritical support behind dubious politicians apparently willing to serve them.

Brazil’s rapidly growing Protestant/ Evangelical/Charismatic community never had any business to be supporting the likes of the as good as fascist Jair Bolsonaro who is now the nation’s president. Here was a man who has said he would never give one inch to his nation’s struggling, hard done by indigenous peoples, who is seriously indifferent to the dangers to the Amazon and the environment (he has silenced even his own ministers on this topic) and who has declared (in a country which has held the record for more homophobic murders than any other nation in the world) that he would rather his son were dead than gay.

There is pay day for the kind of mindless Christian voter policy that goes along with this and it occurred recently (on the 24th of last month) when to great ceremony, President Bolsonaro consecrated his nation to the Virgin Mary.

Nothing could have seemed more unlikely and out of character. Bolsonaro  who is married to a Protestant, has attended a Baptist church for a decade and has enjoyed some kind of relation to the Assemblies of God too. But he has never renounced his Catholic roots. So he has now done what will please the crowds  because Brazil, despite its many new Protestants,  is still the world’s largest Catholic nation even if devotion is often wildly syncretic, mixed with all manner of folk beliefs, spirit cults and superstitions. Images of Mary of Fatima now adorn the Presidential palace.

Arguably there is little more in this than pandering to sudden Catholic fears in the wake of the slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka at Easter, that Catholics could be at serious risk short of overt dedication to Mary assuring them new and special protections. But many Protestants would insist, not without reason, that authentic Christian devotion today requires renunciation of a Marian cult that has come to obscure what and who Christ represents. (Just how far the obscuring can go I touch on in a recent article related to the Notre Dame fire: “Belated Idolatries and the stunning Stabat” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-rw ).

Whatever the precise motivation, I would suggest rather more  than is realized could be involved in the consecration at this point in time. It occurs during the pontificate of the ever controversial Pope Francis and at a period that especially many evangelicals would assume to be end of days itself and approaching apocalyptic and AntiChrist scenarios. (Celestially it is certainly the end of the Piscean era whose beginnings were around the time Christ was born).

As I wrote on this site  in “St Malachy’s Last Pope ringing down the curtain”? https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM, Pope Francis has already opened the way towards a new world religion with special emphasis upon unity with Muslims. And for some time now some Muslims have shown reverent fascination for Portugal’s Fatima shrine (Fatima was a daughter of Mohammed). If there will ever be anything like a world faith and enabled through Rome, it is clear it will be through devotion to an ecumenical, universalized, paganized Mary, not any doctrinal and historical Christ. It has been seen how Hindus who have no interest in Christ can still be deeply attached to Mary as a mother goddess.

The attitude of Pope Francis towards Mary is peculiar. On the one hand he has appalled Protestants by shedding doubt on any claims to personal contact with Jesus while strongly recommending praying and talking to Mary, even calling her Mum. At the same time he has also shocked Catholics as last December when he spoke of Mary becoming holy and perfect, not being, as Immaculate Conception doctrine would have it, born perfect in order to mother the perfect Jesus.

The IC doctrine has always been incomprehensible to Protestants and rationalists – if Mary was born perfect, how and why weren’t all her ancestors perfect too? All humans are said to have sinned (Rom 3:23), so why and, where would the divine-imitating Marian perfection originate? Wouldn’t it be enough for Jesus to be fathered by the Spirit – how far need and should perfection go, especially given that Jesus’ spiritual destiny was, on the cross at least, to himself become sin for us (2 Cor 5:21)?

So…. while IC doctrine bristles with problems for Protestants, even the present pope at a certain level is conflicted about it. It’s just that no element of doubt prevents him from demanding extreme devotion to and intimate connection with Mary whether deemed humanly or divinely perfect, and in a way that will serve his questionable ecumenism of world faiths.

This new aim, however unintentionally, the half Protestant Bolsonaro via Brazil is now helping to make a reality as surely as he will let the Amazon increasingly deteriorate. At the end of the era there are all kinds of pollution, material and spiritual. The Protestants of Brazil have behaved foolishly, even ignobly, and now we see the results of trusting in princes.

 Maryianity: A poem concerning the Virgin:   https://wp.me/p2v96G-dQ




Prophecy can be conscious or unconscious, openly declared or more symbolic, presenting itself like a Jungian synchronicity.

Something of the latter occurred at the Palm Sunday mass in Notre Dame on April 14th less than twenty four hours before the ancient cathedral’s destructive fire. And quite clearly those so calmly present were unaware of any subliminal messages being conveyed by especially the choir’s impressive performance of the thirteenth century  Stabat Mater (The Mother was standing), a celebrated Latin hymn  nearly as old as the cathedral  itself but sung in the dramatic modern arrangement of Jean-Charles Gandrille. Looking back on that morning   can supply something of a frisson. It’s like observing a last meal on the Titanic. After centuries of sacred music rising to the rafters, shortly the historic moment will strike in which song will be silenced for no one knows how long. And who would imagine it? (For a youtube video with Latin and English subtitles, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbdXXzhVKJc )

The performance has been compared to angels lamenting. Though the all-female choir looked relaxed enough, what is certain is that, as it develops, music and performance convey something agitated, urgent and towards the end almost frenzied in a way that would better suit precisely warning and prophecy than the post-communion reflection the average mass-goer might prefer. And although the hymn’s reference is not directly to things earthly and any church ediface, the words do make an appeal against flame and destruction by fire. Altogether there is something of a requiem about the performance.

The irony does not stop there. The fact that the disaster occurred during the Christian Holy Week, that it struck during a season when worldwide there is much persecution of Christians (highlighted  the following Easter Sunday with the Sri Lanka massacre) and that  celestially, we are currently at the very end of the age of Pisces which began around the time of Christ’s birth, raises a variety of questions. It does so perhaps especially for those of us who are non-Catholic Christians. For us, sacred space is less sacrosanct than in Catholic tradition – biblically we will recall that, as in the vision of Ezekiel 10, God may  depart from and remove protection from even the holy city and the Temple when it no longer represents what it should.


From the standpoint of history and aesthetics, there is every reason to preserve and restore  Notre Dame. Religiously the case is less strong, or it is if one’s position is, like some,  that the cathedral should be seen as almost the leading symbol of Western Christianity.  That’s  one  claim too far, especially if you mean Christianity as representing any species of Judaeo-Christian tradition.

Amid its undoubted beauty, Notre Dame represents almost too well  a chequered tradition of questionable beliefs and values  launched upon Western Christianity  through mainly France  from the twelfth century St Bernard de Clairvaux to the eighteenth century St Louis de Montfort.  St Bernard,  leading  advocate of the crusades and persecutor of the philosopher Abelard, was the “Marian doctor” par excellence.  Certainly he claimed the Virgin had gifted him her breast milk and, taking devotion to Mary to unprecedented levels, suggested God recreates the universe through Mary and that  it’s from the overflow of her graces believers receive the Holy Spirit.

The Marian cult of St Louis is so extreme it scarcely recognizes any  distinction between Christ and Mary who becomes virtual  co-redemptrix, (which however is not necessarily the liberating/feminist idea it might superficially appear to a few connoisseurs of the mystical). It was the always extreme Marian associations of French cathedrals and of Notre Dame which housed a miraculous image of Mary for pilgrims,   that arguably occasioned the hostile substitution of Mary during the French revolution  by a “goddess of Reason” enthroned on the   high altar in the person of a prostitute).

A work like Stabat Mater betrays the repressive influence of a strong Marian tradition as indicated presently. But to accept its outlook is in any  case  to deny virtually everything that especially the Bible’s Epistle to Hebrews affirms in relation to Christ and redemption; it’s an outlook become seriously untethered  from atonement doctrine’s  symbolic and doctrinal basis in the Old Testament and Judaism. This disconnection would to some extent  facilitate a medieval anti-Semitism which Notre Dame half endorses with its disapproving Synagoga image near its entrance.  Christianity’s Judaic inheritance is as good as denied.

But consider what the excruciatingly medieval and masochistic Stabat Mater actually says.

Unlike for example “Oh Sacred Head Sore Wounded”, from the outset Stabat invites us to observe and identify less with Christ’s own suffering than Mary’s suffering observing it : “Who is the person who would not weep seeing the mother of Christ in such agony?”

Mary sees Christ in torment for “the sins of his people”. (It’s not perfectly clear if this means the Jews or the greater world).

Mary, next addressed as Fons Amoris (fount of love), is then implored to make us feel the power of love so that we may grieve with her…… Is there no spontaneous, natural spiritual love towards Christ to make us grieve?  And how and why is Mary the “Fount of Love” if  God is the true and ultimate source of Love? (1 Joh 4:8).

The remote origins of extreme forms of address to the Virgin in this style, derive from  Jewish apocrypha where they attach to the figure of Lady Wisdom first introduced in the Hebrew bible’s book of Proverbs. However for Christians, St Paul, the New Testament and even Jesus himself, Jesus is not only the (male) Logos but the (female) Sophia or  Wisdom combined  – even if psychologically and spiritually the implications of this have never been fully worked out! Short of wanting a substitute for Diana of the Ephesians, there was never a case to bestow Mary divine-sounding attributes and status, especially given her less than perfect record in the New Testament where she evidently joins her family in questioning Jesus’ vocation (Matt 12:48, Mk 3:21,22).

The Sancta Mater (Holy Mother) is then implored  to drive the wounds of Jesus deep into our hearts  and let us bemoan the crucified as long as we may live. One doubts the choristers and Palm Sunday mass goers would  really consent to that vocation …. and they shouldn’t as it’s anyway unchristian. It is not to rejoice in and proclaim the resurrection and redemption achieved. Hebrews urges believers to offer not tears but a sacrifice of continual praise (Heb 13:15) and to God, not Mary, and their leaders are told to lead the people with joy and not with sighing as this would only be harmful to them (Heb 13: 17)!

But Stabat continues  asking “the Virgin of virgins” not to be “bitter” towards the would-be mourner (why should she be bitter?!), but let us weep, letting “me” be “inebriated” by the cross and Christ’s blood. “Inebriated” is an astonishing idea and meaningless too since till modern times Catholics weren’t even allowed communion in two kinds, though nowadays they may have a wafer dipped in wine as looks to be the case at  Notre Dame.

Now turning to Mary as though to the Redeemer, the hymn continues, “Lest I burn, set afire by flames, may I be defended by you on the day of Judgement”. This fearful, mistrustful approach to God is the very opposite of what faith in Christ  as “pioneer and perfecter of   faith” is supposed to engage (Heb 12:2).  Moreover as regards confidence,  Heb 4:16 even proposes, “let us approach the throne of grace with boldness.

The noted Christian apologist C.S.Lewis once asked to summarize the difference between Christianity and other world faiths, answered simply “grace“. But this is not entirely true in much Catholic tradition and absolutely not Stabat’s. One is still considerably left, almost Hindu style, with a religion of  earned merit. Never quite good enough, the believer doesn’t go to Christ, the “high priest” of Hebrews, for pardon and deliverance so much as to Christ through Mary, a mediator to the mediator. As in Stabat she almost protects you against Christ, a Redeemer more crucified and suffering than resurrected.  Indeed, instead of  his offering “one sacrifice, once and for all when he offered himself” (Heb 7:27),  Jesus is sacrificed in the mass again and again to the end of time… with the incidental effect that there needs to be a priestly elite to oversee the constant sacrifice.


One of the reasons  the misguided psychology and theology of Stabat Mater has kept in circulation, is because around 20 noted composers ancient and more modern from Pergolesi to  Poulenc have put it to music.  It’s nonetheless  time for some real change, but as long as people refuse to critically examine their hymns and  won’t examine the bible to absorb the general  drift of its messages, there won’t be any revision.  As it happens, Stabat Mater is even  taking on new life and being used as almost the defining statement for Notre Dame,  its disaster, Paris and France via an agreeable post-disaster popular song called  Notre Dame, Stabat Mater  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o4XuluCDmM

Notre Dame,  the ediface, is now seen as “ou Dieu vit et appelle (where God lives and calls), it’s “sa demeure” (his dwelling place) as though it were Solomon’s Temple. She, Notre Dame, is  herself Stabat Mater, attacked and killed like many mothers. “Elle est pour nous Stabat Mater (She is for us Stabat Mater) while since Mary is a being  “sans pareille” (without compare), at our side and watching over us, “let us present to Mary our prayers for France”.

It sounds nice and despite the touch of traditional  Mary for France nationalism, doubtless well-intentioned. However, it may  only be to compound an  old problem and possibly even  signals a reason there was not more divine protection in the first place, namely because it’s high time to exit from a serious ultra-medieval bind.  Unless Mary  were herself divine along with  Jesus as part of God, there can be no shared divine powers with a queen of heaven  to  appeal to in the beyond or to treat as centred upon a place of worship on earth. The prophet Jeremiah was inevitably and automatically opposed to  Israel’s devotion to  any “queen of heaven” because, as per the Covenant revelation,  “the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other” (Deut 4:39).

However… I am writing this in the month of May which the present  pope has urged Catholics to be sure to dedicate to Mary – a Jesuit custom since the late eighteenth century –  and  the Catholic trend (considerably under French influence) has been towards ever closer association of Mary with redemption and heavenly authority. This is the case despite, and paradoxically so, that last February this same Pope signed an accord which, contradicting all evangelical obligations of the faith and envisaging a union of religions, has declared differences of faith divinely willed.

To be a little  speculative and prophetic, I am inclined to say that if the medieval rut is not escaped from, any renewed Notre Dame will not finish a truly Christian site but the arm of a new end-of-era false world faith in which Mary will share space with, or at  least be increasingly identified archetypally  with, various goddesses. It is perhaps no accident that already there have been suggestions ND’s fallen spire could be replaced with the form of a minaret.

The times we are living in must be taken seriously as a turning point and a theme of endings needs to assume its due place among our perspectives.  Catholics who regard Pope Francis as an “anti-pope” they want out  and Protestants who fear he may facilitate the world faith of a false prophet Antichrist, must be allowed their point.

Further reading. See poem: “Maryianity: A Poem concerning the Virgin” https://wp.me/p2v96G-dQ 

“St  Malachy’s Last Pope Ringing Down the Curtain?” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM