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Deductive Divination; Considerations before Judgement

~ Predictions on the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba ~

Estebon S.R. Duarte © 2014

Without making definitive statements on what is or isn’t a prediction, or trying to persuade or dissuade pro and antagonistic remarks on the topic, there is no argument against the fact that Astrology is a facet of Human culture and civilization that stimulates discussions about humanity and earthly affairs. And that is largely what we are engaging with, an ancient tradition that follows (precedes?) literate humans who reckon with numbers.

That being said, as Astrologers have shown varied opinions on what qualifies as prediction and to what extent prediction is even possible, Traditional Astrologers practice predictive astrology with purpose and sometimes have even stricter guidelines as to what is and is not a proper prediction. For the staunchest predictive astrologer may want to see the planetary arrangement used for the delineation and timing charts with exact intervals for possible timing of events referenced with quotes from the ancients. As research continues into both the historical use of astrology as well as its practitioners and participants, there is a pronounced difference between which ‘rules’ are promoted and practiced “faithfully” and delineation methodology that yields predictive results. Horary is a good example of how rules meet delineation toward the ultimate worth of a prognostication. Even the most particular ancient authors were prone to miscalculation as Ben Dykes points out in his evaluation of Masha’allah’s efforts;

“we must simply look at his own interpretive method to understand his astrology, and pretend the charts are accurate” (Astrology of the World II p.97).

Further considered is the value of the prognostication and wether it is preached for the choir (astrologers) or the masses (public readership). So when evaluating the USA Aries Ingress for 2014 (https://plus.google.com/+Organic-Astrology/posts/dFVCzhNcEdh) strides were made to pronounce judgement on the chart without “showing the work” of astrological determination and delineation. Thus the statement “Spending will increase, foreign investments will rise and we may see the embargo lifted from Cuba before next spring” is not a particular prediction for Cuba or Cubans. It has elements of predictive effort and may not just be a consideration before judgment. It is a part of the 2014 Ingress report for the United States and as such was not delineated as a physical event that will happen at a specific time which is why after downgrading the prognostication I left the embargo strikethrough for later discussion.

The announcement of a new relationship with Cuba was a proclamation made by the ruler of the US and is grouped with a delineation of the potential Lord of the Year (LOY) which in this chart was the difference between an exalted people and an exalted ruler.

Finances are a major topic of the 2014 Ingress. Jupiter rises in Cancer ruling the MC, the 9th and the 6th signs, The Sun is exalted in the 10th sign while ruling the 2nd.

In 2014 the US concerned itself with generating wealth were there was none before; Quantitative Easing, Record stock market numbers, producing oil domestically, burgeoning Cannabis Industries, with a ninth house component there must be a foreign business environment that has gone un-tapped or un-developed. To serve the received trine from Mercury to Jupiter it would have to be secret or suspect, though layered with commercial applications in the guise of Justice. The arrangement would also have to be counter status-quo (Mercury in Fall) and a grandiose gesture of goodwill (received by an exalted Jupiter), though ultimately productive and successful as the Lot of Fortune is with Mercury. Politics, posturing, and grandstanding with a definitive result. The closest foreign place where no current communicated source of opportunity exists for the United States is difficult to find in the modern age, Venezuela? Cuba?

While studying the rise of new rulership in Cuba under Raul Castro I noticed Libra, Venus, and Pisces as indicators of change, and if deductive divination were not enough evidence then I offer the water signs involved and a signification of island locales as the realm of Pisces if not so much Cancer.

With an amount of unchecked exuberance I wrote “the Embargo will be lifted”!!

These are the types of proclamations that make predictive astrologers’ results look unreliable.

Regardless, I wished to stand by predictions that I had spoke and I downgraded the prognostication to “trade restrictions” while leaving proof of my dubious claim on my WordPress blog (https://cosmophage.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/aries-ingress-usa-2014/). While the time between edits was a few hours, I knew the element I was delineating was opportunistic, magnanimous, and shrewdly economic (for reasons that may not be readily available right now) so there the testimonies toward judgement were there.

A timeline of events relating to trade stemming from the date of the embargo will show that in the last couple of decades so much back and forth allowances and exceptions have occurred to make the embargo look perhaps opaque (depending on particular perspective as it takes a uniquely ‘un-biased’ or perhaps naive stance to make proclamations about Cuba and Cubans). Regardless, to the Old Guard the Embargo is symbolic and 8 months ago it may have seemed a far-fetched prediction (does it still? The current administration has officially asked Congress to lift it).

So still the idea of “lifted trade restrictions” seemed lacking in any weight or sufficient detail, perhaps a safe prediction that could be explained by any exception or allowance to the rule. I could have added ‘travel’ to the restrictions lifted with mercury and ninth house indicating a pilgrimage element, and with Jupiter and Venus ruling the 9th there would be Catholics involved (apparently the Pope brokered this accord).

As I posted the 2014 USA Aries Ingress report first to Organic Astrology (www.organic-astrology.com scroll down) then to Google+ I realized that there should be something more to recognize that I really did believe the Embargo would be lifted before Spring (I just didn’t complete the Cuban ingress report to confirm with confidence), so when posting the report to my WordPress blog I finalized the effort as “significant trade restrictions will be lifted”. Real game-changer eh?

I recognized all of this as a completely haphazard approach to what I wanted to be a more in-depth prognostication, but with work still to be done on the Hybrid Solar Eclipse/Ebola paper discussed on Organic Astrology, I chose not to have my USA Ingress Report crowded with planetary arrangements and delineations for different countries, as well as the aforementioned attempt at a readable ingress report for both practitioner and participant.

Simple answer to determination and delineation?

In the USA chart an exalted rising Jupiter, Lord of the Asc/MC was receiving Mercury in Pisces/9th sign.

Why Cuba/Embargo?

9th/Pisces/Mercury (conjunct the POF). Mercury in Pisces participates with Venus as LOY when Raul Castro took office (Aries Ingress 2007) and the Sun was transiting Pisces when he gave his acceptance speech and was officially sworn in as “Ruler” of Cuba. Libra rises in the relevant Cuban ingress charts.

Astrology doesn’t have to be over-complicated or difficult, trust in simple delineations combined with proper significations, which will probably always be a source of disagreement. Now timing is another story still and all I can say is with the dynamic planetary arrangement, that some decree with initiating action would occur before the next Aries Ingress, I consulted no directions, though if you Profect the first house Jupiter and the Asc come to Mercury and the 9th/MC between Nov 21-Dec 21.

Should any staunch traditional practitioner of ancient horoscopy wish to complicate, prove or provoke the matter I invite you to the (partial) list of charts one could use as a beginning chart or relevant radix.

  • Lunation Prior*Conj* 29 Pisces
  • Aries Ingress 1958 (fixed chart) Revolutionary Socialists Take Control (January 1)
  • Lunation Prior *Prev* 22 Pisces Total Lunar Eclipse March 13 1960
  • Aries Ingress 1960 (fixed chart) Embargo
  • Saturn/Jupiter Conj Feb 1961
  • Lunation Prior*Prev*26Pisces
  • Aries Ingress 1965 (fixed chart) Communist Party Established (October)
  • Aries Ingress 2007 Rise of a new Ruler (movable)
  • Feb 24 2008 Raul Castro Elected (5pm?local. AP report?)
  • Lunation Prior*Prev*26Pisces/Virgo
  • Aries Ingress 2014 (movable chart)
  • Lunation Prior*
  • Cancer Ingress 2014
  • Lunation Prior*
  • Libra Ingress 2014
  • Lunation Prior* to Announcement
  • US Relations Establishment Announced Dec 17 2014
  • Lunation Prior*
  • Capricorn Ingress 2014

Capricorn Ingress USA 2014

USA Capricorn Ingress 2014

Capricorn Ingress 2014 Washington DC USA

December 21 2014 – March 21 2015

Lord of the Year:

Jupiter as the continued Lord of the Year (I was inclined to give LOY to the Sun in March, after further delineations of the year I submitted Jupiter in June) offers economic stimulation, the rise of the dollar, more confidence in investing and as we have seen the hyperinflation of the stock market, Jupiter is in the 2nd sign Leo.

Retrograde he promises more than will be delivered, as most money generated will find its way to foreign investors and markets.

Lady of the Chart:

Venus as the Lady of the Chart indicates a dignitary who will be showcased as she brokers some agreement or arrangement with/for the Administration.

Significator of the King:

The King deals with foreign foes and friends ruled by Capricorn. Human lives are lost on account of his decisions. Domestically an improved economy and initiated healthcare will be used to defend against the charges of social injustices and corruption in the land. More young men will be killed before spring.

The People:

The People seek to raise the bar on the Standard of Living. Not through excess, but through redefining wealth and luxury. Employment and wages will increase, though most likely serve foreign investment and profit. Domestically the People are initiating alternative means to raise the GDP. Consumer confidence will increase with spending in the retail sectors.

The Malefics:

Saturn and Mars have a tenuous situation worked out with reception by sign though are both square to each other and in an aggressive aspect with Jupiter, a square and opposition respectively.

Social disturbance and violent uprisings will be seen across the land. Disease increases in the north, some illness will reach high infection rates. Self-destructive behavior will rise among the youth and occult pleasures are sought after.

Lord of the Luminaries: Saturn and Jupiter.

The youth are anxious and hide their anxiety. Their education is interrupted by these anxieties. Violence in US schools is at a record level in 2014, this Ingress indicates that increase.

As the economy improves the countries’ wealth will become more unevenly distributed causing gaps in social awareness between rich and poor.

The US Firdar:

The United States had entered a particular nasty firdar cycle beginning 2008 when the Big Firdar was ruled by Scorpio and both the Middle and Small Firdar were ruled by the North Node (then South Node for the small firdar in 2011).

With Scorpio on the cusp of the 12th house and the Nodes in the signs of their Fall in the US radix ingress (1789) there were indications of failure.

Now in 2014 the Firdar has moved rulership to Sagittarius (Jupiter/Big), Cancer (Jupiter/Middle), Saturn (Small).

The new firdar periods offer renewed opportunity and abundance for the USA, though in 2017 Saturn will hold dominance over the cycle until 2022 when Jupiter holds sway again.

Weather Report:

Record cold, with record dryness. Though climates seem temperate for Winter in most regions, above average Cold-and-or-Dry is coming before Spring. Bouts of rain and moisture cause more harm than good in drought stricken areas. The West will see tumultuous weather patterns that swing between extremities. The California drought will not see reprieve before Spring.

Medieval Persian Astrology: The Part of the Unseen

Medieval Persian Astrology: The Part of the Unseen

This essay was first published in The Astrological Journal Vol 55 No 5 Sept/Oct 2013
as Third Prize Winner of the Young Astrologers Essay Contest Authored by Estebon Duarte AMA MACAA

Part of the Unseen_AA_Essay_July_2013PDF




Horoscope Chart Reading done according to Medieval Methods | North “Nori” West


Astrological Delineation of: North “Nori” West

Date of Birth: June 15 2013

Time of Birth: 05:34 AM

Place of Birth: West Hollywood California United States

Date of Delineation: June 29, 2013

Chart Reading Author: Estebon Duarte (organic-astrology.com)



While it may be tempting to read this chart as the nativity of a star musical performer that would be too easy, and as a full reading it may be mixing up adjectives that will only be relevant during certain time periods. As a researcher into ancient astrological predictive methods possessing a state recognized birth certificate is a rare opportunity to apply technique to a ‘clean slate’ as it were, by inference offering predictions on one’s Fate, in this particular case the seed of a (in?)famous American couple, using techniques applied and passed down by those Historical Astrologers reading the nativities of Princes and Sultans, Queens and Rich Nobles.

Americans have a tradition of resisting notions of royalty, we have produced a similar class of citizen by splicing ‘Fame’ into the Royal DNA; Stardom. And while Stardom is far more capricious than bloodlines when passing on a royal name I feel that the circumstances of North West’s Horoscope will be subject of discussion for sometime among the American societal prerogative.

Contrary to the modern perception of astrology, the sign the Sun occupied at the time of birth or ‘Sun Sign’, is not the sole signification of a person, their profession and their personality type. The rising sign, First House, or simply Ascendant, is primary when delineating the physical life, inherent skills and inclinations, Primary Motivation.

The Ascendant is influenced and affected by ‘aspects’ from the seven visible planets combined with the position of the Rising Sign’s ruler.

The combination of these influences and conditions displayed in the particular Astral Arrangement represented in the Birth Chart (also; Natal Chart, Nativity) offer elemental information relating to the Humors of the body and the Temperament of the Soul. Since ancient times the health of an individual was first assessed by this criteria and this base information regarding physical makeup and constitution was foundational to astrological delineation and prediction.

Gemini rises; a masculine air-sign with give-and-take mutable activity Gemini motivates the integration and dissemination of information, absorbing and redistributing knowledge. This will be focused in this chart though ambitious projections of self, public displays and social activism.   This is determined by an interesting stellium consisting of Mars, the Sun & Jupiter, with Mars just outside the rays of the Sun. Many planets associated with the 1st House can drive a person in various directions, here there will be a bombastic flair added to all things attempted, though not always with the dedication to see things through to completion. The Sun is closest to the Ascendant, indicating a Solar Planetary Type in a predominately motive chart arrangement underlying a sanguine temperament.

This indicates an Urbanite. Humanitarian in worldview she will seek public roles or leadership opportunities. Easily lured by trends and fads, there will be many manifestations of North West.

Gemini is a human sign, indicating good looks as the ruler of the sign Mercury is conjunct Venus in Cancer, gifting an ever youthful appearance. With a medium height and build indicated the solar influence presents oval facial features, arched eyebrows and high cheek bones. Jupiter inclines a full figure and during years with a strong Jupiter influence there may be fluctuations in growth. The influence of Mars is athletic, though in an air sign I would interpret active engagement less physical though exerting and demanding on the senses (Gymnastics or Ballet…Pilot?).

She will be joyful and expressive with a presence that demands attention. This will make her an excellent promoter or manager, especially of other artists or performers.

The intellect will prove active and inquisitive regardless, Mercury as the ruler of the Ascendant produces a love of knowledge and information connected with Mars makes the Activist, a champion of causes and missions. This would hold true with the Sun/Jupiter conjunction in the 1st House.

Mercury and the Moon have a certain reception between them and this creates a healthy relationship between thought and emotion. A tight square between the Moon and Mars makes haste so that she may be pragmatic in thought, though emotional in speech and expression. She will decide what she thinks and feels before speaking her thoughts and emotions, though may lose control of when and where she speaks them.

Vocational/Profession – North’s talents are represented in the Gemini stellium discussed above, how these talents apply professionally will depend on the strength of the planets involved and their objective manifestation through Solar Returns (or Revolutions as the Ancients called them). Mars, Venus & Mercury are the Traditional indicators of profession (Warriors/Builders, Artisans & Merchants) and of the three Mars is the most prominent in the rising-sign, though Mercury has the most dignity in position and Venus is the almuten of the 10th House (MC, the House of Action/Profession/Recognition).

She will pursue performance and public presentation early in life, we will most likely see attempts at child-stardom through music and acting, this will not persist however and after a tumultuous teen period that will peak with some certain scandal between ages 15-17 she will be well received at home and in her community, where she may be most well known as an Activist or fundraiser for social reform, young women and/or health issues. Most likely as a spokesperson she will have an intuitive business sense and will relate that sense to art, design and philanthropy. 

She will be aggressive in her professional pursuits; intellectually and proactively. Success will be moderate to full with only really self-imposed obstacles of numerous opportunities and ambitions indicated by three planets attending the Ascendant. The Mutability of the Chart indicates many different avenues of expression which can dilute real potential.

Fame and Recognition will be fair to high with both Luminaries (Sun & Moon) in angular houses, the Sun in a masculine sign, the Moon in a Feminine. The Sun is attended by an angular Jupiter and the Moon an angular Mars; further marks of notoriety through philanthropy and activism. She will not seek out fame directly, it will be brought to her and how this is assimilated while developing will remain to be seen.

It would not take all the effort of a wise astrologer to calculate and read a chart of a medieval courtesan to determine the wealth of a child born to rich parents. However, how that wealth is distributed by the child and whether the child adds to or depletes from that wealth through childhood to adulthood is a matter of intricate astrological technique. 

When determining the source and agency of wealth or financial substance the Ancients sought a planet (or some astrological) in the chart that could be representative of a ‘Financial Significator’, determined toward finances in general.

A quick look at the 2nd House reveals Venus and Mercury separating from conjunction in Cancer, the sign of the Moon. The same reception between Mercury and the Moon mentioned above will connect Family money intrinsically to her own personal finances. She will be comfortable among the rich and powerful. Venus in Cancer is impulsive emotional shopping sessions, though the Moon in Virgo rules the position; numbers will be managed toward ambitious business opportunities.

North West will acquire unexpected good fortune without much labor, though it may originate from a place which she might not like. Regardless, she will be successful in her own acquisition of wealth; In promotion, philanthropy, pubic appearance & redirecting seed finances. I decipher these considerations from what the Historical Astrologers had to say about these particular Planetary Alignments. Not always relevant in a (Post)Modern  context, there are underlying elemental qualities that produce considerations used to relate astral arrangement to earthly events. 

For example;

“Substance will be gained by the discovery of crude gold, or things not thought of before”

The “discovery of crude gold” is not something that happens often and the context might leave some to think of mining. The definition of crude is ‘In a natural or raw state, not yet processed or refined’, what is not yet refined in this context is also something “not thought of before” which means she will be responsible for producing something new worth its weight in gold. This will include family members, friends or familiars, negotiations, accommodations and collections.


This reads to me as less a full-time Musician of Performer and more of a Manager, Promoter or Producer.


Without making sweeping statements about the nature of a young woman’s future relations it would be remiss to attempt a full astrological reading without considering judgments on Marriage/Children/Family.

The Sun is conjunct the Ascendant, the ruler of the 7th House is in the 1st House; She may marry or be involved romantically with a performer or public figure, though the chart configuration suggests she will possess more fame and money than her partners. Many suitors will seek her out (Jupiter), there may be two major relationships (Mutable Sign on the 7th House cusp), one will be early and frivolous, the other later and more serious and respectable.

She will relate notions of Family to substance and financial stability. She will be closer with the Women than the Men. The House of Children (5th) is ruled by Venus with Libra on the cusp, though Saturn is exaltation ruler of Libra and is in the 5th House/Scorpio. A fertile water sign, Scorpio, though Saturn is a solitary planet and usually indicates no children, though many 1st House planets can contribute fertility as well. (0-3 children)

Spiritual Life – North West’s 9th House is not particularly active. Aquarius on the cusp suggests Humanitarian Sciences as a path to higher knowledge where she may develop a humanistic worldview. Saturn in Scorpio suggests psychoanalysis or behavioral science. She may also be privy to joining local groups that offer opportunity for community service and outreach.

The Ruler of the Chart is Mercury; a rational spirit whose Day is Wednesday, Colors range between sky-blue and storm-cloud, a Sacred Mercurial Space should be offered for those that have this Planet as Chart Ruler. That space should include grey linen, dried caraway and coriander, pieces of amber incense and green & yellow stones, coins from varied countries around the world. This space should be built on a Wednesday at Sunrise. 


Games of chance built on simple forms of Divination

Iron in Egyptian relics came from space

Iron in Egyptian relics came from space

#zodiac #astrology #cosmos


In the year 2000 I had the Mayan glyphs representing the Four Cosmic Quadrants tattooed on the back of my skull;


individual symbols with small glyphs representing their corresponding colors arranged in a pattern from the base of my neck up to just beneath my crown, the arrangement can be loosely described as a ‘Zodiac’, though it is more representative of the Celestial Sphere as a whole than only one of the Three Great Circles.


As a student of ancient Mesoamerican studies I was aware of how little we could interpret of Mayan Chronology and Archeoastronomy through the available historiographical tools. What is accessible is a sophisticated system of time reckoning, cyclic in nature, which permeated the fabric of existence. Temple Knowledge was cultivated by an Astronomer-Priest tradition aware of deep celestial motions (including the Galactic Center) and used these interwoven cycles as Omen. While this may sound like the basis for a ‘Mayan Astrology’ any modern interpretive tools assuming an analytical quality or predictive system would be optimistic at best.

My intentions with this meditation symbol of Cosmos was less precise than predictions of Queztalcoatl, though had to do with Alignment; discerning orientation within my cosmological environment and connecting my location to a Geo-Cosmic pattern. The Dome of Heaven imprinted upon the Dome of Man; As Above, So Below.


Cross-cultural investigation based on cosmological orientation is a long held Human Tradition. The Egyptians were idealized by the Greeks for their knowledge of the Stars and repeated their traditions by reducing cultural myths to astronomical cycles. In the tradition of the New Testament, the Three Magi, or Wise Ones, were astral-theists who used Celestial Cycles based on Persian, Indian and most likely Chinese Astrology to observe a Great Cosmic Event. Though promoted as a strictly ‘Christian’ Event there was no conversion efforts made by the Three Magi, only recognition, they were in foreign lands as Cultural Emissaries of a Tradition that faithfully observed a Cosmically Ordained Event. The Historical Cycles synthesized in Persian and Vedic astrology reflect this tradition. Mayan Cultural Astronomy is believed to have promoted an intricate and complicated system of cosmic interpretation which maintained chronological prophecies studied and manipulated by Cortes and the Conquistadors to undermine the ruling Aztec Empire, which borrowed much of its own traditions from a widely known and almost mythological Maya Legend. Similar to Cortes, Modern Media continues to contribute apocalyptic portrayals of Mayan Chronology. 

When Cultures observe The Great Cosmic Event over long periods of time and with open minds Temples and Monuments are constructed along lines of astral orientation, as reflected in Egypt, Stonehenge and Washington D.C. These Temples seek to Orient themselves to the Cosmos (literally ‘Beauty’) and are celebrated in varied ritualistic fashions at times that are culturally significant.

As contemporary understanding of Ancient Cosmology grows with the boundaries of Modern Cosmology so does an observable desire to re-connect and orient culturally with the Great Cosmic Events that occur in Our Cycles of Time. As December 20 2012 (20/12/2012; Our Numerical interpretation of the end/beginning Cycle in Mayan Chronology) approaches it is inspiring to see representative Cultures observe the Time and Place with Knowledge and Wisdom, knowing that there is no destruction associated with this Cycle, just Renewal. The Glyphs that represent the Alignment for me will travel to the Pyramids at Giza to welcome the new Cycle, along with Pacific West Coast Culture at The Great Convergence 2012. 

I inherited my connection to the Mayan Symbolism through the DNA of my Mexican Grandfather. Some might question the connection between Pyramids on different continents, aside from visible connection in Iconography, I would counter there is highly suggestive evidence that pre-Columbian transoceanic trade existed between ‘Egyptian’ and ‘Mayan’ Cultures based on enthopharmacology, though it can be assumed that higher knowledge was also exchanged, promoting the cross-fertilization of Cosmological Traditions that should be investigated experientially by all those interested in Cultural Astronomy.

The Great Convergence 2012;


Cultural Astronomy;


Pre-Columbian Entheogens in Ancient Egyptian Mummies;


vintagegal: Zodiac by Alphonse Mucha, 1896 (x)

Venus-Moon-Jupiter in ♊ Look Close… #Astrology #Astronomy (Taken with Instagram at Eastwood/IOOF Cemetery)