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CosmiTec's Love Letter, Issue #117 -- Marriages Over 15 Years
August 21, 2014

In this issue we take a closer look at a new statistical research study conducted by Michael Bergen who has a M.A in Math Education from Brooklyn College and who has done some compelling astrological research pertaining to many different life events.

The study we want to discuss in this Love Letter is about his innovative findings regarding marriages that lasted longer than 15 years.

Our monthly forecasts are focused upon Pluto's station in Capricorn, which may bring some profound and powerful transformations to governments, the banking world and big corporations, among others.

Love forever
Luc De Jaeger

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Table of Contents

Our regular features
  1. The Love Forecasts for the Month
  2. Love Quotes of the month
  3. What's new on our web site?

Our occasional features

  1. Marriages Over 15 Years

Love Forecasts for September 2014

Click here to download the september 2014 calendar in pdf format.

In general and on a mundane level, events are likely to happen around September 3, September 9, September 16, September 23-24 and/or September 30/October 1.

Around September 1, you may feel bored and/or need a change and some of you will change the place (make a trip, travel or just move and change the place of residence).

Some others will do some home improvements instead.

Mercury enters sociable Libra around September 2 which may bring lots of new encounters.

Also, Mercury the messenger in airy Libra loves to share stories, opinions and ideas and it loves feedback and mental interactions.

As long as Mercury is in diplomatic and balancing Libra, expect agreements, even if decision-making can be difficult and fragile at times.

The time frame between September 2-3 can be filled with love's sorrow, separation, sadness and financial issues.

These issues may especially pop up if you are born between January 1-3, February 14-16, March 31 - April 3, May 17-19, July 3-5, August 19-21, October 4-6 or November 18-20.

September 4 is a very creative day full of exciting events and optimism which may, for some of you, result in attractions and enjoyable encounters.

These auspicious September 4 influences will be felt most if you are born around January 4, February 17, April 3, May 19, July 5, August 21, October 6 or November 20-21.

Venus enters the sign of work, Virgo, around September 5.

In this earth sign, Venus may find love at the working floor.

Because Mercury and Venus are now in reception (they are in each other's zodiac sign), they are very much focused on finding agreeable solutions, balancing out the tiniest details with care and precision in a discerning way.

If you are born around September 5-6, your whole (solar return) year (counting from birthday to birthday) is marked by windfalls, relief and sudden optimism.

The September 8-9 perigee Full Moon may bring illness, oppression and obstruction and/or a lack of zest.

Take it easy and don't fight the energies but go with the flow.

Mercury at 11° Libra squares Pluto at 11° Capricorn around September 9-10, resulting in mental strain and a lot of sorrow and pessimism.

It's an aspect of an obsession with an idea or opinion that you are not willing to change.

This may result in clashes but don't forget that Pluto is the stronger body of the two which implies that any protest may be in vain, for now.

If you are born between January 1-3, February 14-16, March 31 - April 3, May 17-19, July 3-5, August 19-21, October 4-6 or November 18-20 you will likely feel this Mercury-Pluto square most.

Around the same day of September 10, Venus at 5° Virgo opposes Neptune at 5° Pisces and reflects a dissolving bond, a loved one who is 'out of reach' or absent.

Also, secret unions, unrequited love or impossible relationships may mark the day.

You may feel disappointed overall.

If you are born around January 4, February 17, April 3, May 19, July 5, August 21, October 6 or November 20-21, the day of September 11 can be stormy in many ways.

You are very talkative and restless.

Some of these birthdays will be in a fanatic and fighting mood while others may experience the current astrological configurations through an accident, surgery or physical injuries.

If you are born around the same days of January 4, February 17, April 3, May 19, July 5, August 21, October 6 or November 20-21, things will evolve in auspicious ways though which will be clear and noticeable around September 12.

Mercury at 15° Libra opposes independent Uranus at 15° Aries while Mars enters fiery Sagittarius around September 13.

The Mercury-Uranus opposition at a so-called 'critical degree' wants to express its opinions.

There is contrariness and reaching an agreement can be difficult.

As long as Uranus remains on 15° Aries, expect recurring accidents, crashes, collisions, clashes and confrontations.

The current configurations presage a confrontational period of rebellions, expulsions, fierce debates and messages that contradict each other.

The additional entrance of Mars into blunt Sagittarius adds to it and can be too fanatic so that compromising and understanding other people's viewpoints should not be expected.

Mars will strongly defend its ideas and push for (often religious) truths as if these are right and everyone else's are wrong.

Around September 17, Mercury and the North Node of the Moon conjoin at 20° Libra.

Beware of (self-)delusions, misunderstandings, betrayal, theft and secrecy.

Between September 17-20, there is sadness, a mourning mood, separation from loved ones and hardship.

Around September 22 Mars at 5° Sagittarius squares Neptune at 5° Pisces which may bring self-doubt, anxiety, a lack of courage and diffused anger.

If you can't focus and steer your energies and mind, your efforts may be in vain.

If you are born around this day of September 22, your whole (solar return) year (counting from birthday to birthday) is about a thrilling and welcome turn of events.

Around the same period of September 22-23 the Sun enters Libra while Pluto stations at 10° Capricorn and moves direct again.

In the earth sign Capricorn, representing the surface and structure of things, stationing Pluto may disrupt and transform a lot.

This station will mark very profound changes related to the banking world, governments and the corporate world.

Previously hidden or covert things will come out into the open and will break through the surface.

The truth (or part of it) is about to come into the open.

Pluto rules the underworld and it often happens that the meaning has to be taken literally when Pluto stations so that events under the surface of the Earth may develop and transform as well, resulting in earthquakes, mining disasters, earth slides, volcanic activity, sinkholes etc.

Stationing Pluto is above all highly forceful and implies an 'abrupt' separation from the past that leaves an emotional and often uncomfortable imprint (don't forget that Pluto rules the water sign Scorpio).

It acts like a rebirth and, interestingly, 10° Capricorn, the degree of Pluto's station, is linked with a 'separation from the womb' in favor of liberation and emancipation that are desperately needed for one's self-development and evolution.

So, expect separations with emotional consequences during Pluto's station but now you also know what purpose it serves!

Now that Pluto turns direct again, it's slowly heading forward towards the mid December 2014 clash with independent and rebellious (and stationary, thus very powerfully) Uranus.

The September 24 New Moon at 1° Libra is very self-contained instead of interested in others.

Just to say that you may need time alone.

If you are born around January 18, March 3, April 18, June 3, July 20, September 5, October 21 or December 5 you have lots of persuasion and have some influence over others around September 24-25.

If you are born around September 25, your whole (solar return) year (counting from birthday to birthday) is about changing the place of residence, moving, traveling, relocating and/or strokes of good luck with major changes that you planned yourself.

Around September 27-28 Mercury enters intense and investigative Scorpio.

Expect a series of fortunate breaks and increased confidence these late September days, after the New Moon.

There can be news about sudden discoveries, innovations and technological breakthroughs.

If you are born around January 20, March 5, April 20, June 5, July 22-23, September 7, October 23 or December 7, there are windfalls and fortunate changes going on around this day of September 28.

If you are born between February 3-4, March 19-21, May 5-6, June 21-23, August 7-9, September 22-24, November 6-8 or December 21-23, new thrilling encounters and/or new agreements await you around September 29 when Venus enters its own sign Libra.

Love Quotes of the Month

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none
-- William Shakespeare --

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage
-- Lao Tzu --

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own
-- Robert A. Heinlein --

Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it
-- Nicholas Sparks --

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too
-- Paulo Coelho --

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves
-- Albert Einstein --

What's New on Our Web Site?

We added an article about the Lunar Nodes in synastry which was previously published in one of our Love Letters.

There were numerous but rather minor additions to many existing pages (20+ pages): additional delineations on the 12 zodiac signs (Horoscopes) pages, changes to the auto-responder pages when sending e-mails or orders among others.

On our contact page we also added information for Gmail and Google Mail users who increasingly report they are not receiving our e-mails/orders...

Since Google changed its e-mail system into a tabbed system, some of our e-mails are automatically directed to the spam folder, the commercial tab or somewhere else but the primary tab.

People are still not aware of this and are mistakenly thinking we are not responding.

When they want to contact us through our Contact Page, they are made aware of the mail changes Google introduced.

Marriages Over 15 Years

Michael Bergen who has a B.A. in Applied Math from Brown University and a M.A. in Math Education from Brooklyn College made some innovative discoveries regarding astrological research and life events.

With the help of the AstroDatabank, among others, he was able to identify statistical evidence that the planets influence our life.

In his research he organized 12,678 birth charts into different groups with at least 70 charts in each group.

The groups are based upon objective facts that happened in the native's life.

One of the groups he researched is based upon the birth chart of people who are or were married over 15 years.

During his long research to find statistically significant results, he eventually discovered that he had to use the 36th Harmonic (aspects of 10° and multiples) in the aspect analysis with an orb of 40'.

He also used the 9th Harmonic charts (called Navamshas in Vedic astrology and commonly used by Vedic astrologers -- clearly for a reason) as well as the conjunctions to midpoints (with an orb of 3°!).

He discarded the houses because of a lack of significant results but still uses the angles (Ascendant-Descendant and MC-IC) in his investigations.

What are the major findings in the natal charts regarding lasting marriages?

He found the following statistically significant results:
  • Jupiter rises (is conjunct the Ascendant) OR culminates (is conjunct the MC)

  • Pluto is often conjunct the IC

  • There is a Venus-Saturn aspect (remember the aspects he uses!)

  • there seldom is a Venus-Jupiter aspect

  • Sagittarius is strong (because of a Sagittarius stellium for example)

  • Aquarius is strong in the 1st and 9th Harmonic (for example because of a stellium in both signs)
Our opinion about his method and results

When we found out he uses an orb of 3° to analyze the conjunctions to the midpoints, we raised an eyebrow (or two).

The fact that he found statistically significant results by using such a wide orb, raises our eyebrows yet more and questions the worth of statistical research the way it is conducted today in the 'scientific community.'

There are thousands of midpoints situated on a horoscope wheel of 360° denoting there are different ones sharing the same degree.

In our opinion, widening the orb beyond 1° is beyond common sense.

However, this is the only objection we have for his methods so far.

We tried out his findings on a couple of natal charts of nativities that were married for longer than 15 years.

We also used a 36th harmonic aspect set with an orb of 40' to find the aspects he lists.

It was a bit of a hit and miss in the end.

Listing astrological configurations that are statistically significant is one thing and already difficult enough but what is really important is finding the right combinations of these astrological configurations.

Research is about finding chains of separate conditions that blend and bring or show the event, characteristic or fact.

It's about combining all the individual and separate pieces of the puzzle and bringing them together to get the cover of the puzzle (and the event).

In doing astrological research, we ALL fail here because it's so laborious to blend the conditions and try to find out if they are still significant.

We need Super Humans and Super Computers to help astrological research because it looks like we're now touching the boundaries of the abilities needed to do astrological research.

This all does not downgrade Michael Bergen's interesting findings at all.

On the contrary!

We particularly like the way he assessed the aspects and incorporated the Navamshas (9th Harmonic) in his research.

The use of Harmonics in astrology has long been found valid and scientific and is actually a Hindu technique.

It's less understood, unfortunately, among Western astrologers but certainly needs a much closer look.

His study group about marriages over 15 years should not be confused with 'marriages till death do us part' nor with people who were or are only married once.

Such life events would be part of another group.

However, the marriages over 15 years group is a category in the AstroDatabank, making it easier to identify people who fall under this category.

Michael Bergen's website: http:/
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