Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Shake of Agadir - some thoughts on an old Earthquake

The 1960 Earthquake of Agadir devastated the Moroccan city almost completely, killing thousands of people (about a third of the city population) and destroying most of the buildings. The vast majority of the survivors became homeless; it was considered the worst natural tragedy of the country's known history.

I make no claim of being able to predict such a disaster; and I hope I don't sound disrespectful to the thousand of victims by taking a look at the chart for the event. But, with the help of hindsight, we are able to see quite a few unusal things happening at the same time.


Chart for February the 29th, 1960, 23:40, Agadir. 

The planet traditionally connected with earthquakes is Mercury. Mercury is in its detriment, fall, stationary (about to turn retrograde) and conjunct the South Node. It couldn't get much worse - or more related to being under the ground, it is coming back to a) the South Node b) the fourth house.

This bad Mercury falls by antiscion on 5º Libra - the spot of the previous eclipse. The Sun and the Moon are in almost exact opposition by antiscion (which is usually called "contrantiscion").


These things look compelling, but - apart from Mercury going back to the fourth house - they are the same all over the world. What is pinning this magnified destruction to Agadir?

Neptune is conjunct, by antiscion, the fouth house cusp. It seems to be connected to earthquakes (and the God from whom it got its name, Neptune or Poseidon, was the "Earth Shaker"). Uranus is conjucnt the Midheaven. Saturn is conjunct, also by antiscion, the second cusp. There are some fixed stars of Saturn nature involved, the most prominent being the South Scale (Zuben Algenubi) rising and Baten Kaitos (the Belly of the Whale) conjunct the Moon.

The chart looks bad. Would I have predicted such a devastating earthquake beforehand? Probably not. Will look for similar testimonies in other earthquakes? You bet I will.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Four Holy Marshals - A soldier of God for each temperament

There's a tetrad of saints that were prayed to, in Rhineland (Western German) during the Middle Ages, as special intercessors and were regarded as a powerful aid against diseases.

These four Saints were venerated as "The Marshals of God": Saint Hubert, Saint Qurinus of Neuss, Saint Cornelius, and Saint Anthony the Great.

A quick look at the diseases they were said to be effective against (and a quicker check on their biography) was enough to make me suspicious that there were each for each element.

I make no claim of having discovered the only possible correlation, but this one seems quite reasonable.

Saint Cornelius was a Pope, and was involved in theological controversies, things related to Jupiter, the airy planet. Wikipedia tells me he was invoked against diseases such as epilepsy, cramps, fasciculation (things related to nervous system), and earaches (communication). He was probably the sanguine one.

Saint Anthony the Great (also known as St. Anthony of Egypt, or of the Desert) was a ascectic who lived in the desert wilderness. He was known as "the first monk", although it is not accurate, and is invoked against a myriad of skin diseases (ergotism, for example, was known as "St. Anthony's Fire"). He was the earthy, melancholic one.

Saint Hubert of Liège, a noble who loved hunting and is the Patron Saint of hunters and metalworkers, is said to help in rabies and dog bites. Probably the fiery saint.

Saint Qurinus of Neuss was a Roman tribune who, witnessing miracles performed by three saints he was supposed to kill, was baptized, along with his daughter, and beheaded. There's a spring named after him in Neuss; the water from this spring is considered sacred (there are many springs and wells devoted to him).
Every detail of this short account suggests water (even being beheaded; losing one's head is not unheard of, when desires are involved), and the diseases he is said to cure are goitre (caused by lack of a fiery martial substance, iodine, and of a martial gland, the thyroid, not working properly. Lack of fire), gout, smallpox (small water bubbles on the skin), and bubonic plague, which is swelling of lymph nodes. We have our watery saint.


An interesting thing about these four is that they seem to work by sympathy (fighting element with the same element), not antipathy.


The wikipedia article on them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Holy_Marshals

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Chasing Echoes - And Bunnymen

What could signify "Echo" in a chart?

My first thought was to investigate the birthchart of Ian McCulloch, the singer of "Echo & Bunnymen".


Unfortunately, I couldn't find his birth time. Here's a noon chart for him, from Astrotheme.com.

The bunnymen are easy enough to find. Bunnies are Venus-like animals; Venus is in Gemini, a human sign and ruled by Mercury, the significator of reason. A double-bodied sign: more than one venusy small creature with the faculty of reason.

But where's the echo? We cannot check McCulloch's third house, but we can look for things connected to the bunnymen. The Mercury/ Moon conjunction is tempting, but misleading. The Moon could be very far from 18 Aries at his exact birth time.

Echoes happen when sound hits a hard surface. Hard things are ruled by Saturn which is strong in earthy Capricorn, hard as hard can be. Hitting Saturn could be signified by an opposition, but Venus cannot be opposed by Saturn, because she is not in 6º Cancer.

But her antiscion is. Echoes make the sound seem to come from somewhere else, and antiscia are alternative placements, after all.



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A good teacher and an enraged student

This is not exactly the way I wanted to resume this blog, but I must do this.

During the 2014 World Cup (which, if you don't live on Earth, has just happened in Brazil; Germany won), some people and I were analyzing some event football charts in a private discussion group run by Gorizza Svortzan, a well-known astrologer and a dear friend.

I made a bad joke when posting one of the charts. I nicknamed the Germany vs Portugal match “Hitler; vs Salazar”. I know, it's not a classy one; I apologized then (see below) and a apologize for it again now.

The thing is: one of the members, that uses the name Max Schneider (he writes very much like someone who used the name Berthold in another Facebook forum, though), got offended. Very much. I apologized for the joke, he said he wouldn't accept my "half-hearted apology" and was shocked by my “comments”.

As I couldn't do anything other than apologize, I didn't do anything else. He, on the other side, sent me hate messages and asked Gorizza repeatedly to ban me from the group (which I told her would be fine, by the way; she didn't), and to delete the post. Because she wouldn't do it, or at least didn't do it with the speed he demanded, he:
a) send me one last hate message and blocked me from answering;
b) left the group;
c) left Gorizza's course (he was a student);
  1. threatened to tell anyone he knew that she was a terrible teacher.

Actions a) and b) were really OK by me; actually, they were a relief.
Action c) is a stupid decision (she's among the finest ones around), but it's entirely up to him and none of my business. His loss, not mine.

Acion d), however, is an unfair, cowardly act, and I must make it widely know as such.

Until my stupid joke, he was nothing but praise to her abilities as an astrologer and as a teacher, which is not out of place, since most her students are like that. According to them – and, judging from her as an astrologer and as a friend, I must agree with them – she is a fantastic teacher.

So, I made a bad joke. My bad; let the blame fall on me. I won't even talk about the amount of unanswered bullshit I received from the guy, or the – to me, at least – disproportion between my “offense” and his reaction. It's OK, my skin's thicker than his, I guess.

I just don't want an excellent teacher to have her reputation bruised, apparently for not killing me fast enough.


That's it. I promise next time the tone will be ligher.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

My new website

I'm sorry for being absent for so long.

I'll try and go back writing (and commenting on the things I've written before).

But, for now, I"ll just leave my new website. If you like it, please share:

http://mvmonteiro.wix.com/marcosmonteiro


See you soon.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Last fight of the year!

Ok, the year's almost over, but we still have one fight night to go.

The fight is, of course, Weidman vs Silva II, in which Chris Weidmann defends his belt from the guy who lost it to him, ex-Middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva.

It will happen this Saturday, December the 28th, 2013, in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas.

Here's the chart (cast for July the 13th, 2013, 48W41, 26S43, BZT):


Here's the prediction: champion loses. That is, Anderson gets the belt back.

Here's the bet:

Yes, it's a small bet (40 reais, around 19 dollars), but it's Christmas, my money's gone.

See you before New Year's day, I promise.




Monday, 23 December 2013

A Christmas Gift Tip

It is, of course, my Stars and Life.

Full of thrills and marvels, the perfect gift for all ages!

See what it brings to your astrological Christmas table:

Watching the Sky on the Screen

                                   Saturn goes to the Movies – Eyes Wide Shut and its free Astrology Lessons

                                    Virgo, Ice, and an Axe – Mercury in “The Shining”

                                    Perfume: Death by Venus Smells Good.

                                    Hook: or, Saturn, the Great Benefic

                                    Samurai Dancing in the Sky – The Seven Samurai and the Seven Planets

                                   Justice League: an exercise in symbolism.

What are you made of? The Temperaments.

                                    An Elementary Introduction: The Temperaments and the Elements

                                    Sex, Pepper, Beer, and Swimming: Welcome to Traditional Medicine


Life in the Fast Lane: Being an Astrologer

                      Translating the Heavens: The Joys and Wonders of being a Freelance  Astrologer and Translator

                                Astrology and Spirituality

                                 That Not-so-Magical Moment

                             Modern Traditionalists, or why I stopped calling myself a ‘Traditional Astrologer’


Learning Astrology by the Numbers and by the Hour

                                The Nature of Number and the Numbers of Nature

                                Two Lessons Horary Astrology Taught Me


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It may even be read in the Kindle itself :), which is a nice gadget.

I plan to write here again soon (I have to write about the last fight horary I have), but, if I don't manage to do it in less than two days, have a nice Christmas, dear readers, and God bless you all!