The Captain’s Folly

Captain Francesco Shetinno took his ship close into shore so the passengers could enjoy a view of the harbor and village on a small island rather than a view of the horizon line.  This posting will look at a Moon-to-Sun Return chart and the chart advanced to the date of the ship’s grounding on the rocks.  Previously we have looked at the Moon-to-Sun Return charts for the ship, and the natal-and-progressed charts for the Captain.









This Moon-to-Sun Return chart is a 2nd house Return (22 Scorpio); the focus is on sustainable comforts and personal security.  Typically money is involved in terms of spending or income, but not in this case.  Note that the small difference between the Sun and Moon positions is due to precession correction.  The Part of Fortune (PoF) conjoins natal Pluto at 7 Virgo.  We note the presence of Pluto and PoF in the ship’s chart shown in an earlier post.  “Chance” and change can cause irrevocable change for the Captain in this period.  Natal Mars-opposite-Saturn is aligned with the career-values axis of the chart:  This stop-and-go pattern was noted in the Captain’s natal chart review as (relative to other factors) being an inability to organize his activities due to his distraction with his self-perceived role as a social leader rather than as a ship’s leader.  The chart is advanced, now, for Jan. 13th, the date the ship hit the rocks.










This “advanced” chart for Jan. 13th finds transiting Moon conjoining natal Pluto!  The Captain is facing the challenge to deal with irrevocable changes in his life.  Transiting Saturn at the Ascendant opposes transiting Jupiter at the Descendant:  “The business of life” planet-pair has to be dealt with, today.  Transiting Sun (22 Cap.) trines transiting Mars and natal Moon:  Decisions take the easy route (trine aspect) in terms of acting upon the changes that have occurred in his life.   This is clearly a crises-date for the Captain.  I note also that transiting Sun sextiles natal Sun with 7 arc-minutes of exactness.  These close aspect patterns are seeming to emerge as “timing” factors in this type of Return chart — they will need to be evaluated over time as to their being granted a significant role in chart evaluation.

These forms of charts continue to intrigue me.  Whether they will work out as effective tracking and predictive tools has yet to be determined.  Dave


About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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