Issue No. 78
June 2011

On related topics


May 2011
The new saros series.

September 2006
Babylonian sky religion and Eclipses.

February 2008
Pluto - its pathway through the heavens. The journey of Pluto as it moves through the sky. 

May 2007
Three Goodbyes... When the snake and the lion walk the land. Lunar Eclipses.


This issue is focused on two stories - more details on the birth of a new saros series which starts on 1 July 2011; and a look at Pluto and its relationship to the Lion.

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July 2011

Saturn still holds its place of power of culminating as the sun sets. You can see Saturn sitting in the stars of Virgo near the star Porrima, the belt of the Virgin or Goddess. The first quarter moon will pass underneath Saturn on 7th July.

Jupiter is now in its Sagmegar phase which it will hold for many months. The Moon moves over the top of Jupiter (northern hemisphere) on 24th July.

Mars now moves into the horns of the Great Cosmic Bull. This is a time of action, to literally 'take the bull by the horns'. On 28th July it will sit with the Moon right on the tip of the horns - not a good day for rash actions.

Venus now begins to fade and joins the Sun She retreats to 'another place'.

The crescent of the New Moon will occur on 3 July and will be amongst the stars of Cancer.


Calendar of
forthcoming Events


9 July, 2011
London, UK

Faye Cossar and Bernadette Brady in association with the London School of Astrology - more information.


26 - 29 August, 2011
Oxford, UK

FAS Summer School, 
Bernadette will be teaching a weekend of fixed stars and sky maps. If you live in Europe this is your chance to add visual astrology to your astrological knowledge. more information



16-20 September, 2011, Wyboston Lakes, UK
AA Conference
Plenary sessions and lectures by both Bernadette Brady and Darrelyn Gunzburg. more information.



14 - 16 October 2011 - Bristol, UK
Heavenly Discourses: Myth, Astronomy and Culture
An academic conference at The University of Bristol, UK.
Co-convened by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Nick Campion.
An exhibition of David Malin's deep space astrophotography will be held in conjunction with this conference.

Early Registration is now open.



21st April 2012
The Bolton Astrological Society Spring Conference.
Two half days by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Bernadette Brady. Visual Astrology and AstroGraphology. more information.

24-29 May, 2012
New Orleans, USA

UAC 2012
Bernadette Brady on Fate and Free Will in Astrology and Darrelyn Gunzburg on visual astrology. visit the UAC web site.




























































More on the birth of a new Saros Cycle in July - Saros Series 13 South New.
Pluto, and the Lion - a visit to Zosma and the constellation of Leo.

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More on Saros Series 13 South New
A new eclipse series joins us

By Bernadette Brady M.A.

EclipseEclipses run in cycles and these cycles were discovered in 747 BCE by the Mesopotamian astrologer/astronomers. These cycles were called Saros Series or cycles by the Greek lexicographer Suidas in the 10th century (the word saros means repetition or to be repeated). Once a cycle begins it will produce an eclipse every 18 years 9-11 days later (depending on the number of leap years involved). Each eclipse in the series will occur 1/2 to a full degree closer or further to the actual nodal axis. When the series begins it will produce a eclipse which is 15-to-18 degrees in front of the nodal axis. ( For example, this particular eclipse on the 1st July will be at 9 Cancer and the node is at 22 Gemini). Every subsquent eclipse in the series will be just a little bit closer to the node. It will eventually produce an eclipse conjunct the transiting node in 650 years. This eclipse will occur over the equator and it will be total. After this 'middle' eclipse the series produces eclipses around 1 degree behind the nodal axis and eventually in another 650 years it will produce a tiny partial eclipse which will be around 15 degrees behind the nodal axis.

This new series will, like other series, contain 72 eclipses (+/- 1). It will produce its first eclipse on 1st July 2011 and will not produce its last eclipse until 3237. A Saros Series is most relavant for mundane astrology, not only countries but ideas and concepts. There are 38 - 39 families of eclipses active at any one historical period. [All of this eclipse information is covered in detail in my book 'Predictive Astrology - the Eagle and the Lark'. If you own this book, cut out this section and stick it into the book so you have it as reference material.] This new series will be Saros Series 13 New South (to use the Jansky naming system) or Saros Series 156 (van den Bergh numbering system).

This series is 'born' on the 1st July 2011 and as I pointed out in the last newsletter, it captures in its birth chart a Grand Cross involving the New Moon in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. The closest midpoints (45 degree module) are Pluto on the midpoint of Mars/Jupiter and Jupiter on the midpoint of The Sun/Neptune.

LockThis theme of this entire series will be about undertaking and or completing large endeavours. At a personal level hard struggles begin to resolve, old thorny issues begin to untangle and the too-hard problems start to become clear.


Added to this Grand Cross is the energy of the tightest midpoints and these are Pluto to Mars/Jupiter which suggests extradinaory effort and achievement PLUS Jupiter to New Moon/Neptune which brings long and difficult issues to gentle conclusions through inspiration or the insight of a bright idea.

thinking outside of the boxSo if you are stuck or jammed on an issue at the moment, apply your mind and give yourself premission to 'think outside the box' or do a little active imagination to help find solutions. Old problems can be solved in this period.

This eclipse is also happening amongst the stars of Gemini which, within the Assyrian astrologer/priests' letters to their kings, usually indicates the death of a king or the ending of an issue. So endings... but endings of problems, the ending of 'old' things which then allows a fresh approach to life.



Pluto and the Lion
Revisiting Zosma

By Darrelyn Gunzburg

EarthFifty years ago this year, on 12 April 1961, a Soviet cosmonaut and pilot named Yuri Gagarin strapped himself into the Vostok 1 space capsule and took a flight into history. The flight marked the first time that a human entered outer space, as well as the first orbital excursion of a manned vehicle. This single circuit of the earth lasted 108 minutes from launch to landing.[1] Yuri Gagarin was just 27 years old.

This ability to put a man into space and bring him back alive began the US / Soviet space race, landed men on the moon, gave us our first view of earth rising in the black velvet sky, put satellites out into the galaxy, built a space station that orbited the earth, and continued our love affair with the heavens through the pioneering astro-photography of David Malin through the 1980s and 1990s, showing us deep space as we had never before seen it. Its consequences had such a far reach that we would expect to see something spectacular in the horoscope, in the skymap and in the parans.

Yuri Gagarin's flight chartAccording to Hall and Shayler [2] lift off occurred on 12 April, 1961 at 06:07 UTC from Baikonur Cosmodrome,  Site No. 1, Kazakhstan, 45°N55', 63°E20'. Vostok 1 reached orbit at 6:17 UTC (see chart left). The natal horoscope contains the Moon in Pisces conjunct the South Node in opposition to Pluto conjunct the North Node. We can delineate this as an intense emotional event of heightened drama (Moon-Pluto), involving faith and trust (Moon in Pisces) that leads to new pathways (nodal axis). It could also be a time of confusion and loss (Moon in Pisces) due to an issue from the past (Moon conjunct the SN) that causes intensity and drama (Moon-Pluto) in reaching for something new (Pluto conjunct the NN).

The skymap

But it is easy to get swayed by this horoscopic aspect. What is more interesting is to look at this placement of Pluto in the skymap, for it rolls down the back of the Lion close to Zosma, the victim star, the star of those whom the establishment, either directly or indirectly, makes powerless. This is not the most obvious interpretation we would give to this extraordinary event of leaving planet earth for the first time —ever — so can the mundane parans that sat underneath Pluto at this time illuminate what might be going on for the world at large?


Sky Map of first manned space flightMundane Parans to Pluto - The Crises or the Changes that Occur

Pluto was in paran with Zuben Eschamali,the northern pan, the professional helper:
A person is given, takes, or claims, power.

The Space Race had its origins in the missile-based arms race that occurred just after the end of World War II, when both the Soviet Union and the United States captured advanced German rocket technology and personnel.[4] Between 1957 and 1975, Cold War rivalry meant an arm-wrestle between the US and USSR in space exploration, each aiming for 'firsts' which were seen as necessary for national security and held to be symbolic of technological and ideological superiority. With the Gagarin flight, the USSR claimed the high ground in the Space Race.

Pluto was in paran with Regulus, the heart of the lion, success through avoiding revenge:
A time of tyranny.

However, one month after Gagarin's flight, American President John F. Kennedy redefined the ultimate goal of the Space Race in an address to a special joint session of Congress: ‘I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.’[5] Kennedy argued that it was vital for national security as well as necessary in focusing the nation's energies in other scientific and social fields.

Pluto was in paran with Castor, one of the Twins, and the lighter side of the story or situation:A powerful orator or author takes the spotlight.

After his flight Gagarin became an international celebrity and Soviet poster boy for space Yuri Gagarinflight. He was awarded countless medals and honours but was prevented from flying by Soviet officials who worried they might lose their hero in an accident. Ironically Gagarin died on 27 March 1968 in a routine training flight.

These parans certainly give an insight to the times and the power and drama that lay underneath this event. The push to ‘conquer’ space lead to inventions as well as fatalities, advances in technology and education along with disasters, some covered up and others spectacularly public.

Above all it changed the way we saw ourselves and our place in space and time: for the first time in history we saw our home-world as it really appeared — a fragile blue planet bordered by the blackness of space.[6] Was this, then, the face of Zosma?


The last time Pluto was in this position along the back of Leo was in 1714.

Finding Longitude solved

In July 1714 the British Parliament voted to offer a reward (£10,000 for any method capable of determining a ship's longitude within 1 degree; £15,000, within 40 minutes, and £20,000 within 1/2 a degree) ‘for such person or persons as shall discover the Longitude.’ Solving the problem of establishing the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea revolutionized and extended the possibility of safe long distance sea travel.

Discovering longitude led to a change in navigation and perspective but it was a road hard won by John Harrison, the working class joiner from Lincolnshire with little formal education who invented the marine chronometer which solved the seemingly-intractable problem. Despite early success, it took until June 1773 for Harrison to finally be recognized as having solved the longitude problem. Similar to Pluto’s placement with the first space flight, here new inroads into navigation came at a price.

Harrison and Longitude

Discovery of the southern hemisphere
by Europeans

Prior to this Pluto was in this position along the back of Leo in 1466.

In 1471, as Pluto moved past Zosma, João de Santarém and Pedro Escobar crossed the equator and discovered the southern hemisphere. For the first time European sailors were guided by a new constellation, the Southern Cross. In this same year Pedro Escobar helped to discover the gold industry that would grow around Elmina in Portugal. Six years later Escobar was recorded as being the pilot of the famous Bérrio caravel on Vasco da Gama’s 1497 expedition that sailed directly from Europe to India. Here again is the theme of navigation and exploration.








The Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest

Pluto was in this position along the back of Leo in 1215-1220

1215 saw the issue of the Magna Carta, an English charter which required King John of England to proclaim certain liberties, and accept that his will was not arbitrary. For example he had to explicitly accept that no ‘freeman’ (non-serf) could be punished except through the law of the land, a right which is still in existence today. In 1217 The Charter of the Forest (Carta de Foresta), prevously eroded by a succession of kings, re-established rights of access to the forest for free men. Royal forests were essential sources of fuel for cooking, heating and industries such as charcoal burning. Free men also used them to forage for food, as well as graze animals. Thus this charter uniquely provided free men with a certain amount of economic protection including pannage (pasture for pigs), estover (collecting firewood), agistment (grazing) and tubary (cutting turf for fuel).


This expression of Pluto rolling over Zosma took ‘those whom the established order made powerless’ and gave them benefits. Whilst this expression was not about navigation, through The Charter of the Forest it did establish rights of access for free men. And perhaps this sums up what this exploration of Pluto in this placement offers: rights of access where none had existed before.

In conclusion ...

Whilst Zosma is the ‘victim’ star, as Pluto rolled past it in history we see that in some way it opened up new pathways that altered and changed the world, cutting deeply and with a price to pay as a consequence but allowing us to see longer, to travel further, into forests, beyond the equator, and out into deep space. This is a different understanding to the more personal meaning of Zosma in an individual's skymap but we should always be aware of the symbolic expression at a larger mundane level.


  1. Rex Hall, David Shayler (2001). The rocket men: Vostok & Voskhod, the first Soviet manned spaceflights. Springer, p.150. Also see Note: The longitude and Latitude of Baikonur, Kazakhstan is 45N55, 63E20 and should not be confused with that given in Solar Fire which may be for a similar named town.
  2. Hall and Shayler, The rocket men, p.15.
  3. All meanings of parans from Brady, Bernadette. Star and Planet Combinations. Bournemouth: The Wessex Astrologer, 2008.
  4. Cornwell, John (2003). Hitler's Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil's Pact. New York: Viking Press p.147.
  5. Kennedy, John F. (1961-05-25). ‘Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs’. Historical Resources. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. p. 4.
  6. Poole, Robert (2008). Earthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University, p.13.
  7. Brady, Bernadette. Star and Planet Combinations. p.250.