New Moon Aquarius - January 2017 - Trials and Tribulations (Retrospective)

I'm way late getting this one up. So late, in fact, we've already hit the first quarter. So let's take a look at the very least and see what we have so far this lunar cycle.

This New Moon conjuncts 666 Desdemona, and squares 55 Pandora and 5325 Silver. This is already shaping up to be a very rough one, and basically we have the beginning of the lunar cycle on a demon-associated asteroid. Lots of diabolical-ness in the air, and it's at odds with a money asteroid and Pandora's Box, really. This New Moon was essentially on Day 7 of the Trump Administration, and holy hell did he open a Pandora's Box... Only this box released the gods of mammon and chaos. It's not just the President's activities, as this is a global chart. Protests are gaining steam, friends are having strange occurences, and on a personal note, this has just frankly been an utter shitstorm on my end, with my dad having had a hell of a dizzy spell and speaking slowly. It wasn't unil Monday that he was formally diagnosed as having a stroke (He is recovering and already undergoind some physical therapy, as this was not a catastrophic stroke). Yes, this is the kind of Lunar Cycle this is. AND... this is the precursor to a Lunar and Solar Eclipse later on in February. Let's dive deeper, as much as we may be afraid to.

It is also worth noting that this Lunar Cycle began with all planets direct, which doesn't happen very often. It will be ending soon, and I do not have an exact date, but I believe it's after the weekend I write this. More on this in a later article (hopefully soon). Safe to say, by the Lunar Eclipse, at least one planet will go backwards, and thankfully it is not Mercury as it just got done with a retrograde and post-retro shadow cycle.

Mercury conjuncts Pluto and the fixed star Vega, and squares Uranus loosely (5 degree orb) and 4386 Lust and 9951 Tyrannosaurus more closely.. Upsetting messages can be expected this cycle, and with Mercury on Vega? Per Constellations of Words:

"Suspicious, reserved, bitter, thwarted ambitions, double dealing, secret enemies in influential positions, trouble with the mother, loss in business."

Well, that's not very nice. The square to the planet of sudden changes, rebellion, revolution, upstart action, as well as a lustful asteroid and the asteroid of a tyrant? Harsh words related to authoritarian measures will be in vogue, like say, accusations of fascism, real or imagined. Not to mention not-so-diplomatic ways of communicating. (Hanging up on the Prime Minister of Australia comes to mind, interestingly enough. Again, this is a partial retrospective at the time I write this, so I claim no credit in prediction this time around).

(Personally? I'm seeing this configuaration with a metric shit-ton of delays in business matters and job interviews right now. I have been for the last several months, really, but it's really being a pain. (And transit Pluto is within a degree of conjuncting my Antivertex/opposing my Vertex. A Vertex article will be in the works as soon as is feasable, hopefully sooner than 6 months from now). Anyways, I'm getting sidetracked.)

Mars and Venus both conjunct with a 5 degree orb, with Venus 2 degrees conjuncting Chiron, a closer conjunction to 19 Fortuna, and a square to Saturn and Ixion. There's no two ways around it, Mars square Saturn sucks. Big time. It is volatile energy, and with Saturn also squaring Venus and Chiron at the same time, it's just an awful mess alone. Relationships and how we relate with others will also be a major theme for the remainder of the lunar cycle. With Mars and Venus having been in Pisces still at the beginning of this cycle, and their now-at-the-time-of-this-writing entry into Aries, we have a lot of steam ruffling our feathers. Venus and Chiron can bring some healing or catharsis when it comes to relationships and romance, and to a limited degree some small job (not career) matters, but then again with tha square to Saturn, expect delays, restrictions, and some bait-and-switching with Ixion being in there. 19 Fortuna being with Venus/Chiron also may help bring some good fortune to offset some losses. You may be able to negotiate with creditors at this time, though it will not be the greatest walk in the park, it is possible. (Ahem, yes, another personal anecdote, but then again I do have an extreme circumstance to consider). As another aside to not being all doom and gloom, Venus makes a Grand Trine with Vesta in Cancer and 1930 Lucifer in Scorpio, and sextiles 1981 Midas/829 Academia/90377 Sedna in Taurus.. So knowing your value and sticking to your guns can possibly pay off in the long term, but in the short term, you must play hardball. Venus/Chiron quincunx Jupiter/1388 Aphrodite in Libra is also going to be a bit of a pain when it comes to money matters and jobs/careers, as well as relations to our loved ones (and even those we can't stand as much). Don't expect any business matters to be easy for the next month.

It is worth noting that Sedna is now also within the extended range of conjuncting Algol, one of the most reviled stars in the heavens. Sedna is slow as hell too, with an excess of 500 year orbital period, so we have this unfortunate conjunction for years to come. I will touch on this in a future article, which I will aim to do before the end of this Eclipse period.

I'm actually going to cut this one short, as I need sleep and I have a lot of other tasks to do later today. The charts are provided if anyone would like to take a stab at checking asteroids/stars yourselves. I hope to be much more regular than this.

I'll try to get the Eclipse articles up before they actually happen this time, as the previous several months (this previous Eclipse cycle from September 2016) has been a colossal shitshow for me. More on that in an upcoming retrospective article. Why bother? Because I need to write more, get back into this, and at this point, I have little left to lose.

Donald Trump's Inauguration - January 20, 2017 - Golden Isotope

A quite overdue article, and one that is rather... well, timely. An unanticipated outcome by some, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States, and as of the time I actually sit down and begin to write this, we are an hour and a half away from Obama leaving office. I will attempt to be as objective and as quick as I can. I have also taken the liberty of making more charts than normal, and uncertain on some meanings of asteroids in this mix, so whatever I forecast, we shall see what happens. I am confident, however, that the themes will play out in some way. Also note that I have not done a full comparison against the USA Sibley Chart, nor have I compared this to The Donald's own birth chart. We are focusing on the Inauguration itself and the beginning of the Trump Presidency in this article.

First thing we need to make abundantly clear: There is a LOT of Pisces energy here in this chart among the major bodies, with Neptune, Venus, Chiron, Mars, all in Pisces. North Node in Virgo puts the South Node in Pisces as well. Another major thing: All major planets are direct. Events will unfold quickly in this energy, and we must also note that Mercury is still in its post-retrograde shadow phase, so there is still the chance of some revisions going on as well. So yeah, we've got some dreamy water energy here, and no, I don't think this alone accounts for the timing of the Russia dossier involving the, um... water sports, for lack of a better term. Personally, I have questions about the accuracy of that report, and I think there's some BS in it. The Pisces illusionary energies going on here with Neptune/Venus/Chiron/Mars all being in this sign at once, and the Sun also just now crossing into Aquarius at the same time (which seems to be the norm for any Presidential inauguration under normal circumstances), well, there's a lot of fluff in the air right now.

Anyways, let's address the elephant in the room, and I don't mean the T-Square (more on that in a minute). Mars Square Saturn. This is not a pleasant aspect in any way, shape, or form, and it is what we have going into the new Presidential administration. Isn't this fun? Saturn, the taskmaster, the disciplinarian, is squaring off against the volatile, high energy and anger/rage of Mars. Amplifying this is Mars conjunct Chiron, which thankfully is no longer exact. That's a small comfort, but not much of one. given that Saturn is in the 8th house of this event chart, representing sex/death/occult/other people's property, and Mars being in the 11th house of friends and of hopes and fears... Party's over. Obama's leaving, and given the makeup of the administration that's been confirmed thus far (so far, Pence as Vice President), well, there is a lot of anxiety in some camps. People are fearing that years of progress are going to be undone. I can't say 100% for certain that will happen, but I can say without a doubt that this is not going to be the smoothest administration to live under, just from that Saturn square Mars/Chiron in this chart! Do I see a premature end to the presidency just based on that aspect? Not offhand, and Saturn in the 8th could even restrict death. But let's be honest, just because he's going to take the oath of office does not mean his previous scandals will go away. I'm going to say they'll be an albatross around his neck for a while longer.

Let's move on to the other elephant in the room. T-Square apexing Pluto from squaring both Jupiter and Uranus. Now, it's a 5 degree orb to Jupiter, and a 3 degree orb to Uranus, so it's not a precise T-Square, but it is there. We've got the expansive optimism of Jupiter, right now in Libra (a cardinal air sign), being flanked by Pluto in 9th house Capricorn (so some elements of belief are going to come into this, whether his own or others), and that Jupiter is being opposed by Uranuse in Aries in the 12th house. We've got some fiery, revolutionary energy there in Aries. And Uranus is not only conjunct Eris, but also the Inauguration's own Antivertex. Remember, the Vertex is what others bring to you or to the event, and the Antivertex is what he would be bringing to the presidency. In this case, a lot of changes, and some are going to be chaotic and bring a bit of discord. Pluto as the apex of this T-Square? Upheaval. Lots of upheaval. the fact that asteroid 1125 China conjuncts Pluto tightly, along with 2598 Merlin, 5731 Zeus and 763 Cupido makes for some interesting times ahead. Expect the United States' relationship with China to be upended in some way.

Pluto does sextile Venus however, and Venus is with 16089 Lamb and 15845 Bambi in the 11th house Pisces of this chart, so there's going to be some dreamy, some illusory qualities of beauty and of desire come into this as well. He already had some big stars play for him, and many more who refused to participate for him. Regardless, Pluto does not seem to be a focal point or foundation point for any Yod patterns, so Pluto and the upheaval, destruction and renewal it represents is largely focused on by the challenges of the T-Square.

We also have the Moon in Scorpio 6th house trining Neptune in 11th house Pisces and sextiling Mercury in 9th house Capricorn. I would suggest that this may be beneficial for The Donald's health slightly, although not completely as being President is a stressful job. (Even one-term presidents look noticeably older upon leaving the White House, as I recall George H.W. Bush did after his four years after Reagan and before Bill Clinton. I can't comment on Carter as I was very young when Carter left office). Anyways, Mercury rules the 6th house in this chart, having the 6th cusp in Virgo (ruled by Mercury), and being beneficially aspected to the Moon and to Neptune, I'm somehow thinking him losing access to Twitter may actually be better for his mental health (where he won't be tweeting late at night and arguing with people because he'll have presidential things to do, and also in theory won't have access to a device that access Twitter to begin with). Mercury is also sextile Pallas, so we have the potential of seeing him solidifying and communicating some kind of belief. Perhaps a meeting with the Pope or the Dalai Lama grants him an insight. Whether the rest of the cabinet reacts the same way, ehhh.... I'm not sure.

One thing of note is the inauguration's Nessus conjunct South Node. Again, the scandals of the past and his brashness concerning women in the past will continue to come back and haunt him. I don't think he'll see a sex scandal while in office. That said, his past indiscretions (real or perceived) are going to come back and haunt him repeatedly for the duration of his administration. Nessus square 232 Russia/2658 Gingerich (think Newt, as this is a name asteroid for him), and the other squares to 389 Industria, 5790 Nagasaki, and 2046 Leningrad suggests to me that the Russian dossier is going to continue to hound him. Especially with the GRussia/Leningrad asteroids forming a Grand Cross to the presidency North Node and Nessus. he will not be able to fully shake the allegations, all he can do is continue to try to move forward and learn from the past, and keep a check on his anger lest it become explosive at a bad time, such as a diplomatic communique in Eastern Europe for example.

Nessus does form a Grand Trine with 26955 Lie, 2250 Stalingrad, and 258 Tyche, however. So he might be able to disprove some of the allegations in the dossier at the very least. But he'll also have to keep on top of things to ensure he doesn't fall prey to deception or to deceiving others needlessly. It's certainly easier, especially with the Grand Trine, but then again these are minor asteroids, so the influence of this won't be as profound as, say, grand trines involving Pluto or the Sun.

I am also noticing Venus/16089 Lamb/15845 Bambi is opposing 1912 Anubis (Egyptian god associated with the underworld) and 3811 Karma in 5th house Virgo, and both T-Squaring 4227 Kaali in 8th house Sagittarius. Hmmm... I thought there was talk at one point about him having his own private security detail. He may want to step up the security around himself. It's not as strong as, say, a major planet in the apex position, but these particular asteroids and Venus being there, especially with two asteroids associated with a deer and a lamb (both prey animals), and opposite an Egyptian death god and karma itself... hmmm. I think someone's going to make the attempt (Yes, people plot against presidents all the time, true)... Definitely should be careful during his administration.

I'm also seeing 157 Dejanira retrograde conjunct 2031 BAM, which conveys to me an image of potential victimhood or danger regarding anything explosive, and this could be a device, or someone's explosive temper, it could even be his own temper gets the best of himself, though I think in this scenario, he's more likely to hurt himself. This could also affect the national economy, as this is in the chart's 2nd house. Dejanira/BAM also square Lamb/Bambi/19 Fortuna and Chiron (but is out of orb from both Mars and Saturn directly), so there's another potential for mayhem there.

Finally, I'm going to end with my observation of 1709 Ukraina conjunct 99942 Apophis, both square the chart's Vertex, as well as square 1724 Vladimir/4464 Vulcano/Jupiter, and T-Squaring witth Uranus/Eris. Somehow I think we are going to see more trouble concerning Russia and China overall, and I think Ukraine or a similar event will be what upsets the scales. Could be Syria too. Regardless, citizens of both the United States and of Russia and China need to push for peaceful solutions wherever possible.

As I have more tasks today, I'm going to leave off here. As of the time I end this, we have about 25 minutes until the Inauguration and oath of office. In short, I think we're going to see some major challenges during Trump's presidency, and I think we're going to have a possible to-do with Russia or China before it's all over. Also, I'm uncertain about national natural disasters or the like, but I think we're looking more at civil unrest and disobedience more than anything right now. Let's pray whatever conflict comes, it doesn't go nuclear. I'm not expecting that it will in the next four years, but these years could help set the stage for such as such down the road. Let us pray that he'll exercise some wisdom and will not come to harm during his time in the White House.

Lunar Eclipse Aquarius - August 2016 - Arrow of Fate

The "Almost" Lunar Eclipse is here! Almost because really, the moon's not going to be shadowed very much at all. It's just the tip of the Earth's shadow for this one. But make no mistake: this supercharged Full Moon is potent in its own right, thanks to the Yod Kite! And given that this is a grazing of the moon for this eclipse, and another Lunar Eclipse is just after the September 1st Solar Eclipse, this is going to be quite the ride for the remainder of the current lunar cycle, leading into this new Lunar Eclipse cycle.

First and foremost, the Big Impact. The Lunar Eclipse itself forms a Yod, sextiling Uranus/Eris/4386 Lust, apexes at Mercury/1930 Lucifer/Jupiter/(arguably) 4227 Kaali, and the apex is kited by an opposition to Chiron! ...Ok. Let's breathe a little bit. Mercury and Jupiter being at the apex mean we are going to see some big messages come about in our lives right now. Jupiter expands things, and Mercury is travel, communications, messages, technology. Mercury is also in a shadow period before its next retrograde cycle when it stations direct on August 30th. So we're already seeing glitches and disruptions. (I should know, my laptop, a fresh install I might add from last month, blue-screened tonight before I could write this. Pissed me off). Lucifer and Kaali with Mercury and Jupiter, well, we're going to see some issues with pride with the Lucifer factor, while the Kaali factor is going to kick this up a little bit. Not too much, as Kaali is about a couple degrees orb from Jupiter (and on the other side of Mercury), so we've got some amplification to this. The Quincunx of Mercury and Jupiter to Uranus/Eris/Lust tells us that we're going to see some sudden changes, surprises, major disruptions coming from these revelations. Sex, lust, the baser portions of romance, they're going to play a role in this too. The other Quincunx to the Lunar Eclipse itself, safe to say that this is going to supercharge the emotional aspects of this, and how we all feel about what we discover. Chiron retrograde opposing Mercury/Jupiter's apex will bring to this a factor of catharsis.

Long story short? Major happenings, emotions running rampant and roughshod, and some inner healing to come through this for some, while others who don't heed the lessons will continue to burn with the inner wounding. I'd recommend heeding the lessons. These should be blatantly obvious for all, in my opinion.

More about the impact of this Lunar Eclipse... if you have personal points or planets in your own natal charts from 21 degrees of the fixed signs (Aquarius/Taurus/Leo/Scorpio) to 1 degree into the Mutable signs (Pisces/Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius), this eclipse will hit you harder than it will others. As a Lunar Eclipse, it'll be more in the realms of emotions, intuition, and more lucid matters.

Let's get to the rest of this eclipse cycle, shall we?

Mars joins Saturn, now both direct and finally moving forward, in their T-Square to the North Node and Venus in Virgo, and the Neptune/South Node contact in Pisces. Where Saturn retrograde before during the New Moon at the start of this lunar cycle was about us determining our inner restrictions, we are now going to find ourselves dealing once again with outer restrictions, and the Mars conjunction is going to amplify our frustrations and our desire to act and get past this post-haste. Neptune on the South Node is still doing its thing drawing us back into addictive and fantasy-driven comfort zones. Venus is a carrot on a stick driving us to go forward and get past this hurdle. We can visualize what we want, what we desire, and go for it. Still, that desire to go backwards is there. Amplifying this is Saturn sitting on fixed star Antares, and this is quite an incendiary star in its own right. But what wisdom does Saturn on Antares have for us? From Constellations of Words:

With Saturn: Materialistic, dishonest through circumstances created by environment, religious hypocrisy, many disappointments, loss through quarrels and legal affairs, trouble through enemies, many failures, hampered by relatives, unfavorable for domestic matters, much sickness to and sorrow from children. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]

Well, Moon isn't on Aldeberan. Thank goodness for that. Doesn't sound very pleasant. Given that the election season is ramping up in the United States, oh yeah... the bull is going to fly, horns, shit, and all. Oh, and 666 Desdemona is still conjunct Saturn. We are already seeing some manefestations of the loss through legal affairs and quarrels in the news, actually... For example:

Lots of messes out there.

Continuing on, we have Sun trine Uranus retrograde/Eris/Lust for this particular eclipse. Unconventional solutions to problems may come, or you may have some good surprises come your way with this. Or at least a mitigation of some not so nice surprises. Sun conjunct 5325 Silver may also allow for some good fortune when it comes to some financial pursuits or news.

90377 Sedna and 829 Academia conjunct, both on fixed star Algol, and both apexing a T-Square between the Sun and Moon this Eclipse, well, that's something we need to address as well. When it comes to education (both higher and lower), we can expect an amplification of betrayal here. Not what people want to hear going into a school year! Make sure you are watchful and mindful of your own and your childrens' (if you have any) educational environments, and make absolutely sure there isn't someone there to betray their trust. I dread the thought that we're about to see another college or school sex scandal come out, but regrettibly that is what I am thinking is going to come out in the news the next couple of weeks. I could be wrong, and I'll be glad if I am. Given the above mentions of Jerry Sandusky, I wouldn't be surprised if something else comes out about that sordid saga. Or we hear something out of the Bill Cosby scandal. In fact, given the Saturn/Mars T-Square, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets more unpleasant news... All depending on what his natal looks like, I haven't done a full analysis on that yet. (I'm getting there as events permit).

Speaking of betrayal markers, 149 Medusa in Pisces is conjunct 433 Eros, 16089 Lamb, and Nessus, but is also a point on a Grand Trine with 896 Sphinx in Cancer, and 128 Nemesis in Scorpio. This... hmm. Ceres opposes Nemesis for a Water Grand Trine Kite, but as this is not directly impacting any planets, so really we have a focus on Nemesis. We may see some reconciliations at this time with matters regarding home and hearth towards those who antagonize us in our own homes, perhaps. Like family, or lovers. Still, Nessus and Medusa together along with a possible victimization asteroid (Lamb), and Eros in the mix... hard to say. Maybe some healing comes of it, some reconciliation of a domestic drama... or, as a Grand Trine is a big "easy" aspect, and can be "lazy" as well, maybe something gets swept under the rug. Sphinx, named for the mythological creature that loved to give riddles (and eat people who didn't answer correctly, as I recall...), there could be some mystery and intrigue to this. Again, though, as no major planets or luminaries make any major aspects to any of these, really... it's likely a minor influence at this time.

On the other hand, 157 Dejanira does apex a T-square between North Node/2629 Rudra in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces, so really this could be the other side of a possible very weak Grand Cross if we throw in Saturn (but at a 3 degree orb, I'm not really thinking about this so much). I think we're going to see something regarding victims taking back their own power. And it's going to be a hard road ahead, given the hard aspects. It has to happen. With Dejanira trine 37117 Narcissus and 151 Abundantia, there's a chance a sociopath may back down right now, or be more able to be influenced to back off or change their ways.

Finally, speaking of Narcissus, it and Abundantia apex a T-square from 875 Nymphe in Taurus and 2601 Bologna in Scorpio. Expect psychopaths and sociopaths and narcissists to try to flaunt some resource or money and exaggerate in an effort to get laid. In other words, the usual, but a bit amplified. That's what I'm seeing. Don't confuse this with someone trying to make a genuine effort to make peace (and there will be some of that this cycle too, so use your best judgment!).

So there we have it. The Almost Lunar Eclipse. Stay frosty and aware, and may the rest of the month of September go well until the next New Moon, which is the powerful Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st. May the rest of this cycle go... somewhat smoothly.

New Moon Leo - August 2016 - Harsh Realities

This lunar cycle is looking to be a bit of a rough one, but it isn't without its merits. And it's a lead up to the "Almost Lunar Eclipse" later this month! Let's dive in, shall we?

The New Moon itself trines Saturn retrograde, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself. This lunar cycle, we will be looking within and seeing where we have limited ourselves, and will enact plans that will allow us to overcome this self-limiting. The overcoming will not be easy at all, as Saturn retrograde is still apex a T-square with Neptune retrograde in Pisces and the North Node in Virgo.. We will, of course, be tempted to retreat back into addictions, into old fantasies, old ways of escape. We mustn't allow ourselves to give in to these inclinations. Expeciallly considering that we have a new asteroid I'm adding to the analysis, 666 Desdemona conjuncting Saturn for the apex as well. Self-imposed restrictions at this time via escaping into old addictions and fantasies is bound to be especially detrimental this month, as this just strikes me as... pretty dark side fears. Rise above it and power on through. Use that trine to the New Moon for all its worth, trust me.

Pluto retrograde is just within a hair of sextile Neptune retrograde, and this aspect is fading a bit, as Neptune moves faster than Pluto. We also have Pluto trine North Node at this time, so we have some inner dynamic to ease our struggle a bit, and some of us will embark on some alternatives that we had not yet considered to come to some solutions. Now, being Pluto, and it being retrograde, we're going to have to pay a price for these options previously not considered. Possibly a heavy price, depending on aspects to your own natal chart. This price is going to be amplified, I believe, as Pluto also conjuncts 8813 Leviathan, and apexes a T-square between 37117 Narcissus/9951 Tyrannosaurus in fiery Aries, and 4955 Gold in airy Libra. Whatever alternative solution you didn't consider before is going to take some serious eating of crow and swallowing of pride. And it'll cost you. And you're going to have to suck it up and do it because right now that's the nature of this beast. Leviathan and Tyrannosaurus are both beasts, true. With Arachne conjunct North Node, now's the time to leverage your networks to make this solution possible.

Mars just inside Sagittarius squaring Venus in Leo and Mercury in Virgo implies that we have some rough business when it comes to communicating and in love this month, though maybe not necessarily with the same people. (Or, perhaps, as Mercury and Venus are 8 degrees apart, bringing their transiting midpoint almost exactly square Mars...), maybe there is something regarding romance and communications or travel. And if we look, 1388 Aphrodite is more exactly square Mars, albeit as an offsign square with that Mercury/Venus midpoint. So I stand corrected, romance and some rough aggression, anger, jealousy perhaps. Maybe a travel hiccup hinders your arrival to a date, for example. Maybe just a little late, though, as Uranus/Eris (both retrograde) and 4386 Lust trines Venus in this configuration. We should consider that maybe we sabotage ourselves a little but recover in this messaging. Maybe we're in denial of allowing enough time to get to a destination? Better be careful with that.

Asteroid-wise, I see Uranus/Eris/Lust also are in an asteroid Grand Cross with oppostion to 42355 Typhon in Libra, and squaring 3811 Karma in Cancer and 6583 Destinn in Capricorn.. Ouch. Typhon is a bit of an amplifier, and I think of a beast moving through the currents. Think like a typhoon touching down, and with it in Libra, we have some major air power with it. Karma and Destinn being squared, well, we probably are standing up and rebelling against some downsides in our lives, and basically, what this tells me is that for this lunar cycle, we are going to reap what we sow in unexpected and abrupt ways, more than likely by our own doing.

We also have 1981 Midas conjunct 564 Dudu, and squaring 389 Industria, North Node, and 407 Arachne. So, speaking of the networking earlier, and possible gains via solutions not considered before, we need to filter out the crap and honestly, we're probably gonna get the carrot and stick treatment. Be aware of the bait and switch and watch for it. What seems like a sure thing this cycle? Isn't.

And to top it off, we have 90377 Sedna conjunct 100 Hekate on fixed star Algol and it's squaring Venus and 3412 Kafka in Leo. ...OK. That's a hell of a mix, to be quite honest. Sedna... This is based on an Innuit myth of a woman who was married off by her father to someone who seemed to be well, but he wasn't what he was cracked up to be, and when she tried to go back to her father, ... I need to look this up, but long story short, she got betrayed by both the new husband and the father, her fingers were cut off, and she sank to the bottom of the sea. Put this on Algol, which is the eye of Medusa who was herself betrayed before becoming that snake-haired gorgon that petrifies people with her glare, and combine that with the asteroid of the goddess of the crossroads (and an occult asteroid at that)... and THEN add a harsh aspect to the planet of love, romance, and pleasant things, and... yeah, it's a real shitshow. And Venus is with Kafka, so all of this is going to reveal even more unbelievable things, to the point it's absurd.

Let's be clear on something: Sedna moves SLOW. I'm nearing my next solar return (yeah, 5 days after the Almost Lunar Eclipse), and Sedna was at 5 or so Taurus when I was born. It's at 26 Taurus now, almost 38 years later. It's a long orbit. So it's been on Algol for a bit, and it's going to stay on Algol for a while. Just in time for a lot of stuff happening in the world. I should do a special article on this when I get more time, but still, I have other projects going on at this time that demand my immediate attention, so this will of course... be delayed.

Keep your wits about you, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it! See you for the eclipse!

Full Moon Capricorn - July 2016 - Chaos Rising

This posting is coming a little late and the Full Moon has already passed, so hopefully things are going good for you all. I do have a valid reason for this, as I recently ran into computer issues. After a failed attempt at cloning the old hard drive (this after upgrading to Windows 10 on an already-borked Windows 8.1 install), I was forced to do a clean install on a new hard drive. (99.99% of my previous data was salvageable so fret not, I didn't really lose anything! Reinstalling ALL of my software, however, is a real pain in the...). Anyways, enough about my computer misadventures. Let's get into this...

This Full Moon is part of a Water Grand Trine Kite! Sun in Cancer trines Mars in Scorpio and Chiron retrograde in Pisces, with the bowstring pulled by the moon itself!. This does not seem to happen very often, so this Full Moon has undoubtedly had a major effect on us all! Sun trine Mars leads us to a more productive, but potentially also lazy time (such as resting on laurels after a (perceived) victory assured), but the potential to get things done that need done is still there and likely already has been done (such as me reinstalling my laptop). Sun trine Chiron retrograde gives us a time period where we can do much internal healing after much struggle, and this hasn't been the easiest of lunar cycles. By now the Sun's rays may have revealed to you what it is that needed to be healed. Mars trine Chiron retrograde allows us to take advantage of the exposure and begin the work of working on that inner healing now. The moon opposing the sun at this point tells us that our emotions are at odds with our ego, or perhaps maternal/mother issues are at odds with our egos as well. Perhaps some of us didn't treat a woman in our life (mother, girlfriend, potential could-have-been girlfriend, etc.) fairly and now we see the error of our ways? Moon sextile both Mars and Chiron retrograde (thus making a Minor Grand Trine by itself) at this stage of the Full Moon will show that we have some emotional impact, but not debilitatingly so. Being opposed by Sun, well, our egos are still going to get in the way a little. The Moon is also conjunct 4179 Toutatis and 6583 Destinn, so we may be trying to protect our own emotional state at this time or perhaps motherly issues are being protected. Destinn being here isn't bad, as we have a good chance of succeeding in this time of healing.

Do be warned though, it won't be an easy road with Full Moon forming a T-square to Uranus. Uranus itself is apex this T-Square, so there's a good chance of a bit of rebellion against the healing and active energies of the Grand Trine. The Sun and Moon themselves also square 763 Cupido and 545 Messalina on the other side as well, though they themselves are out of orb of opposing Uranus. We can expect that issues relating to people charming others for the sake of promiscuity or other goods is not outside the realm of possibility.

Mercury conjunct Venus, both trine Saturn retrograde, shows an excellent potential of communications and travel benefiting us at this time. Venus in the conjunction shows that we should expect events and communications pertaining to romance and perhas some minor money or aesthetical gain to go favorably. Trine Saturn retrograde, we may see ourselves invoking a little more self-discipline to go out there and negotate some favorable gains. We need to make sure our expectations are realistic though, as this could blow up in our face if we get too carried away. This is represented by Saturn retrograde square Neptune retrograde and South Node. If we are not careful, we could get caught up in thoughts or daydreams (or nightmares, perhaps) of the past... this runs the danger of sabotaging this period of potential gain and healing, and thus would lead to more wounding if we don't escape it. Don't even think of doing anything underhanded or shady, as it will likely come out.

Jupiter is applying to an opposition to Chiron retrograde, which will continue to get stronger over the next few weeks. The caveat to this time period is that, while we have the potential for some good gains, especially with Pluto retrograde trine Jupiter and the North Node, we will have our work cut out for us due to the aforementioned Node-Saturn-Neptune T-Square.

Now, given that during the Full Moon period we have just seen Donald Trump become the official nominee at the Republican National Convention, this would be a good time to look at a particular asteroid T-Square. While there are no major bodies making major aspects to any of these particular asteroids from what I can tell, 26955 Lie in Gemini apexes 8690 Swindle in Virgo opposing 10961 Buysballot in Pisces. That event happening during that T-square is a little interesting, and I thought I would mention it, especially with that name... Buysballot. To be fair, we must also note that within a week or so of this T-square happening with the Full Moon, the Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-28th in Philadelphia, PA. So we can expect the controversies to continue. After all, both Hillary and Trump are not exactly the most-revered people in the Presidential contention arena right now, and yet both are frontrunners/nominees (Trump officially, and Hillary soon to follow it seems). As for the Melania speech plagiarism controversy... well, the Lie/Swindle/Buysballot T-square represents that too, I think.

Finally, I'm going to note the Fire Grand Trine with Uranus, Eris, and 4386 Lust in Aries, 1388 Aphrodite in Leo, and Ixion/Pholus in Sagittarius, with Aphrodite kited by 19 Fortuna in Aquarius. Really, the focus I would look at in this is the Aries point in this Grand Trine, as Uranus is the only major body in this. Uranus, the planet of rebellion, revolution, breaking the rules, and general chaos, conjunct Eris, the dwarf planet representing (to me) discord and chaos... well, I think that definitely sums up what the hell is happening lately, what with the presidential election, the Black Lives Matter protests over actual and perceived abuses by police, and the retaliatory attacks (and other attacks) on police officers. 4386 Lust there, well, we did have the revelation in the Bill Cosby story that he's now "completely blind and homebound" and life described as a "living hell." Hmm, but the people over the years that have apparently been victimized not having their lives turned into a living hell all this time? I dunno... (Yes, he has not been convicted in a court of law, yet his innocence is not looking very likely either from my personal standpoint. Perhaps I shouldn't throw stones quite yet). Maybe that Fortuna/Aphrodite opposition, and the uninvolved (by way of aspects) Pallas conjunct Nessus retrograde has something to say about this as well. Pallas strikes me as a stroke of justice for some reason in this instance, though it's likely his eyesight was failing for a while now and is only now being reported. Pallas is named for Pallas Athene (or Athena), born from the forehead of Zeus fully grown and ready to fight.

With Pallas conjunct Nessus retrograde, perhaps this is the time to defend ourselves against our own obsessions, or abuses of ourselves. There do seem to be other supporting healing aspects (espectially the Full Moon Grand Trine Kite involving Chiron), so we can make great progress here.

This is where I'm going to leave off. Again, this was late due to technical issues, and I'm starting to ramble now. Let's see where the rest of this lunar cycle takes us until the New Moon in August.

New Moon Cancer - July 2016 - Emergency Self-Reconstruct

This is going to be one of the more potent lunar cycles this month, as the Moon is transiting its home sign of Cancer. This gives the New Moon more strength, and emotions will be running high this cycle. Not to worry, as we have plenty of opportunities to engage in some major healing this time. Set your intentions appropriately, and dive in.

New Moon opposite Pluto retrograde for this cycle is going to challenge us hard in terms of how we feel about what is unmaking or remaking us. We need to look inwards for the next 28 days and see what is holding us back. In this way, we can move on from that which is blocking us. At the same time, the New Moon is also trine Neptune Retrograde. Pay close attention to your dreams now, as the answers may come from within in the dreamscape. Neptune conjunct 433 Eros will likely evoke an erotic quality to the dreams as well, and with Eros trine New Moon, these aren't likely to make us feel bad (unless you're of the train of thought that feels guilty about such dreams. Don't.). New Moon is also making a very weak conjunction to Venus (little more than 7 degree orb), so while this influence is minimal, it is there. We'll be reflecting on our feelings and emotions relating to love, romance, relationships, and of course what we find appealing to ourselves. Finally, we have 3811 Karma conjunct the New Moon, so expect some karmic reward (or judgment) this month depending on what seeds were sown the previous month.

Pluto retrograde also opposes Venus, so we'll also be reflecting on how we self-sabotage those relationships and what we desire. Consider also that Venus squares 4386 Lust and Uranus both in Aries, so this self-sabotage is almost certainly lustful or rebellious in nature. Perhaps we're still stinging from a past hurt. We need to move on from this. Uranus also is still conjunct Ceres and Eris, so this discord is still causing some problems with our home lives, that I'm quite certain about. If you're fortunate, you may have aspects to your natal chart from this configuration that smooths this over. Me, ... not so much as I would like.

Let's consider another aspect, and it's a little weaker as it's not a tight one, but I feel it still counts for the cycle: A Water Grand Trine involving Venus in Cancer, Chiron retrograde in Pisces, and Mars in Scorpio, with Pluto making a weak kite with it's opposition to Venus. While Pluto and Chiron are too far apart to be aspecting, it's just within range to affect Venus and Mars. Especially Mars with a 2 degree orb in that trine. In our self-reflections this cycle, we're going to review in our minds what rash actions led to pain earlier, and with Venus involved (and the Pluto retrograde opposition), it's going to be about those relationships and how we managed to hoist ourselves by our own petards. But we can take stock in what happened, and perhaps work inside ourselves to repair what our role was in these hurts... and then perhaps move forward and repair that damage externally as well when the time comes.

A T-Square between Neptune Retrograde, Saturn Retrograde, and North Node/Jupiter is still present, though Jupiter's influence in thsi is waning as it moves out of this configuration. If we throw in 26955 Lie opposite Saturn, we have a Grand Cross. North Node is also conjuncting weakly 8690 Swindle and of course we have Eros with Neptune. How have we been lying to ourselves regarding our roles in sabotaging ourselves and those of our partners or ex-partners (or prospective partners?... perhaps ex-prospective partners). We need to be brutally honest with ourselves right now if we are to move forward and make the changes necessary. This is shaping up to not be an easy month now that I'm looking at these aspects...

On another front, we have Nessus and Pallas conjunct, forming a T-square with an opposition to 4227 Kaali in Virgo and an apex with 1981 Dudu and 1981 Midas in Gemini. We may find ourselves lying to ourselves, or perhaps to others to get a job or make some sort of gain? Be careful of smooth talkers this month. But with the other major configurations, those fabrications should not be relied on if you're the one making them, and you should be prepared to catch someone else in one. Their intentions may even be honorable but misguided. Nessus opposite Kaali by itself gives us a vibe of our obsessions getting the best of us and being a problem. At worse, abusive partners could try the old bribery route (considering the T-square to Midas and Dudu). Don't buy the bullshit.

A Yod Kite is also formed with some asteroids, with 157 Dejanira sextile Chiron retrograde, both quincunx 763 Cupido (itself conjunct 545 Messalina), and being kited by Uranus/Eris/Ceres. Messalina by itself would be too wide to count in the quincunx with Dejanira, but Dejanira is dangerously close to that oh-so-wonderful star Algol (and it's going to be an ever-so-slight influence, but it's close enough for me to mention it...)... Messalina with Cupido though brings it into the apex. Enough technicalities, let's get down to business. A focal point of this cycle is going to be in dealing with those playing "Cupid", those who would steal their heart for their own hedonistic and promiscuous desires. This is going to play a little fast and heavy with chaos, and you may feel like you were used when Cupid fires his arrow... or, conversely, perhaps a little fast and loose and chaotic flirting may aid in the healing process. A form of catharsis. It really depends on your situation and how this Yod affects your chart (If it aspects anything significant, that is... in my own chart, transiting Cupido and Messalina square my natal Jupiter and Black Moon Lilith (both in my 8th house Cancer, so I'd say there's some potential for something to affect me, maybe not profoundly, but it's there).

This is all I have time for tonight. Let's be glad Eros got off of Nessus finally. That should smooth things over a little bit romantically or maybe sexually too. At any rate, I'll summarize this cycle as being a time where flirtations can get a little hot and heavy, and indulging a little may be fine (so long as you're not hurting someone you love in the process)... and ultimately we need to look within and really be honest with ourselves. Figure out honestly what you're doing to damage yourself and start making steps to bring an end to it.

In my case, my sleep cycle needs repaired immediately. Which will happen. (And other projects need to be powered through). On that note, make this a good cycle.

Mars Direct 2016 - Red Reckoning

After a brutal Mars Retrograde period, we are finally entering the forward motion phase of Mars' motion, and the last vestages of Mars transiting Scorpio for the next year and a half (it won't return to Scorpio until December 2017). While some placements are not all that different from the Chiron station Retrograde from two days prior, we do have some useful info in the heavens to glean.

Mars opposite 157 Dejanira, with 151 Abundantia and 19 Fortuna apexing a T-Square between them is one of the first aspects I'm noticing. We need to be careful that we keep our tempers in check over the next Mars direct cycle, as our prosperity and our sense of good fortune will be very dependent on it. Abundantia and Fortuna are both retrograde as of the Mars Station, so perhaps a reduction in that abundance and good fortune are what leads to an impulse to act aggressively, possibly victimizing our loved ones in the process. Economic hardships increase tension and it spills over. There is no doubt about that in my mind. Take a deep breath. Relax. For your sake and your loved ones' sakes.

Jupiter conjunct North Node continues to be involved in a T-Square opposing Neptune and 10961 Buysballot (themselves too wide to be conjunct), and apexing that T-Square is still Saturn retrograde (again, out of orb to the square to Buysballot). This configuration at the Mars station direct point further emphasizes a drive to gain, to expand, perhaps some good fortune will come of what is ahead, but it will take some solid work to make this dream a reality. Again, I remind you that Virgo is not Jupiter's strongest sign, so plans will need to be very solid and roadblocks overcome. We're also still in a dream daze with Neptune retrograde, so we're still finding some of our plans were not on solid ground. Mars direct will help us deal with this a bit, but again, as it's in Scorpio still, expect some poison to counteract poison. Saturn retrograde is still showing us where we are tripping ourselves up.

Jupiter sextile Venus on Sirius both make a Yod to 15845 Bambi and 37117 Narcissus, so while we have Jupiter and Venus working in tandem, helping out a bit with romance and some job action, we need to make sure we aren't caught like a deer in headlights by whatever comes. At the same time, we'll need to stand up to bullies, and those who think too highly of themselves. It's likely that those who have thought too highly of themselves will themselves be laid low this cycle, or perhaps they begin to reflect and see how they can change. (Not all narcissists can, but there are some who do see the light. Nothing is impossible). 1388 Aphrodite completes the Yod Kite as it "pulls the bowstring" with an opposition to Narcissus. Perhaps the driving factor that gets a few narcissists to think about others a bit more will be someone they love, someone that loves them... maybe a lost love from the past. Narcissus square 100 Hekate may make for some interesting crossroads in the process. Narcissus trine Vesta may yield a bit of light on the subject, and perhaps what that person held most dear (or losing that which they held most dear) is the catalyst that sparks the change. I'm certain change will happen, by choice or by force.

Sun conjunct 3811 Karma and Venus shows that this Mars Direct cycle will bring about a reaping of what is sown. With Sun apexing a Minor Grand Trine between the Moon and 829 Academia in Taurus, and 1930 Lucifer, we can see that we will have to study our emotions and the emotions of others, and what pride has brought to the proceedings. We are going to see some pride before the fall, but fortunately as this is a minor "easy" aspect, we may avoid the worst of the prideful falls.

Sun also trines a heavy asteroid stellium involving Neptune, including Nessus, Pallas, 149 Medusa, 16089 Lamb and 433 Eros, and forms a Grand Trine with 307 Nike in Scorpio to boot. This Grand Trine is kited from the Neptune side by 1930 Lucifer in Virgo.[/b]. I'm going to say that we're going to see some of the more proud, more narcissistic ones double-down on their ambition (expect the election season to get very nasty!), yet somehow betrayal is going to bring a reckoning to those tooting their own horns too loudly. Likely it's going to be a forceful rejection or rebuke based out of someone or something that normally would not be expected to object so loudly, someone or something meek. Affairs of the heart and the loins will figure prominently into this.

Let's backtrack a bit to Venus on fixed star Sirius. By itself (from Constellations of Words), :

"With Venus: Ease, comfort and luxury, extravagant, gain by inheritance."

Well, we have an interesting thing coming up for this Mars Direct cycle as Venus opposes Pluto retrograde. That extravagance and inheritence is going to come at a heavy cost. Destruction or death of something is likely to be the big factor in this. Now granted, the Sextile to Jupiter and North Node and the Trine to Neptune retrograde mentioned before may mitigate some of this destructive oppositon, but we are going to see something collapse. Something better will come about, but it's not going to be pretty. I'm not sure what exactly will happen. Upheaval and renewal of relationships and what we find beautiful is highly likely, or how we perceive such. I keep thinking of Donald Trump with this, as it's known he inherited a good bit of fortune, and his wife modelled extensively.

Mercury conjunct 11144 Radiocommunicata definitely tells me that electronic communications will be quite meaningful and prominent during this Mars Direct cycle. This is a no-brainer as we're, again, in the middle of an election cycle. With a Trine to 258 Tyche and Juno... hmm. Wouldn't be surprised if we have a hit reality romance show come out or another online dating network become a sensation somehow. I'm a bit iffy on that one though. With Mercury sextile 55 Pandora and 4227 Kaali in an offsign-conjunction also involving fixed star Regulus (the heart of the Lion)... Important messages will be unleashed and not able to be put back in the bottle, but will ultimately be to benefit.

This is where I'm going to leave off. There's a lot going on with this Mars Direct cycle. We'll likely be alright, but it's going to be a bumpy ride, for sure. If there's a loved one you feel the need to reconcile with, the next couple months I would say would be the time to do it. I'm feeling that for whatever reason. Maybe it's my own personal feelings. We'll see what happens.

Chiron Retrograde 2016 - Self-Regeneration

We are entering a major period of inner reflection and healing, as Chiron has turned retrograde. The fact it's doing this as Mars stations prior to it going direct should not be lost on us. Chiron, the wounded healer, brings us both wounding and healing. Whichever of the two happens is largely up to us and up to circumstance. As it goes backwards, we direct the healing (or wounding) within. It will be retrograde until December 1st, when it will turn direct around 20° 40' Pisces (or 20 Pis 40' as I usually write it), so we have several months to attend to our wounds. The upcoming Mars Direct movement won't be much different from these charts, but there will be some key differences, particularly in moon placement, so these are in fact two different events.

Chiron square Mercury, and apexing a T-Square also with Pholus and Ixion reveals to us internal wounding that has happened in our past, by our words and our actions, or lack thereof. Pholus on Galactic Center amplifies this greatly and is bringing us to a point of internal soul searching. Perhaps in the past it was words or a message sent in anger. Perhaps someone wounded us without meaning to. This is a time where we must heal that pain.

Chiron is the focal point of a Yod from 389 Industria in Leo, and 763 Cupido and 545 Messalina in Libra at this time as well. That wounding that I mentioned before involves the asteroid of industriousness, of work... 389 Industria is a career asteroid after all. 763 Cupido and 545 Messalina on the other side of that Yod suggests it may have been a workplace romance gone sour, or perhaps someone you know got with someone who wasn't what they seemed at work. Perhaps breaking your heart in the process. (Man if i Had a nickel...) Depending on what else Chiron may be aspecting in your chart, you may finally be able to begin the healing process, or it will be continuing to wound you heavily. As far as I could tell, there wasn't a real opposition to Chiron so we do not have a Yod Kite at this time (unless you chart some other asteroid there, or if it opposes a personal point in your natal chart, but then it will be more personal to you).

Chiron also forms a Quindecile (165-degree link) to 8690 Swindle in Virgo and 4955 Gold in Libra as well. A Quindecile is an obsession aspect, and I'll need to do an article on aspects themselves pretty soon here... There isn't a name I'm aware of of this particular pattern, but it's likely that whatever caused our previous wounding involved lying or misrepresentation... and Gold, being another career or money asteroid, would involve a workplace or some money or resource somehow. Perhaps you were helping someone out and they hid something important from you. Perhaps they hid another lover, if the Yod above was any indication.

Chiron trine Mars station direct, however, gives us a little boost in harnessing the inner drive to heal this wounding. Keep in mind that at this point in the game, Mars is still retrograde, so it's going to be tough going at first. But it will move forward again, and you will too.

Chiron sextile 12927 Pinnochio, hmm... I have to say that perhaps we'll be able to start working through some tall tales or whatever wounded us. Perhaps a good time to clear up some misunderstandings. But be sure you're ready. Chiron's quintile (a 72-degree or so link) to 26955 Lie could go either way: as a creative aspect, the quintile to Lie would either embolden someone to create a new lie, or would allow a way to create some healing from a previous lie.

Chiron also forms an apex of a Thor's Hammer, another aspect like the Yod, to 3412 Kafka in Leo and to 307 Nike in Scorpio. A Thor's Hammer is when two bodies square one another, and both create a sesquiquadrate (135-degree or so link) to a third body. It's like a Yod but a bit harder. (A Yod is termed as a Finger of God, whereas the Thor's Hammer is also known as a Fist of God). This particular Thor's Hammer formed over the Yod, I'm going to have to say that the previous wounding that we're now embarking on healing, seemed downright unbelievable. Like someone who you felt you could trust betrayed you. And some of us likely said to hell with it and just did it, in my personal case, that "Just did it" was me leaving the town in question in a very short time. (I had a very serious wounding emotionally several months ago, yes it involved a woman hence the noticing of the romantic asteroids in this as well. And yet, I feel the need to reach out again, not that I'll be heard most likely... and friends have said why torture myself... yet... Enough about my particular wounding situation though).

The Moon's placement can yield some clues as well as to what wounded us or may heal us during this time. Moon conjunct 114 Kassandra shows that we may have ignored some news, or plowed ahead despite what news or warning we received. (In my personal case, I was also encouraged to, in one case, "Don't give up!", and another counseled I should talk to the person in question. I did not get a direct answer until the fateful night... well, yeah. Lots of drama).

Moon also squares Sun and 99942 Apophis, so we're hitting this in a third quarter moon (considering it's a quarter moon and the New Moon is the next major moon cycle point). The lunar cycle is midway to winding down and concluding at the start of this internal healing phase, and our ego is likely in conflict with our emotions. Apophis is too wide to be considered conjunct the Sun in and of itself, so this emotional wounding wasn't enough to completely destroy our egos or our sense of self, but it was a major pain in the ass.

Moon sextiles 1981 Midas in Gemini, and 4179 Toutatis and 6583 Destinn in Aquarius, forming a bit of a very loose minor grand trine (almost negligible, except for both asteroid sets aspecting the moon). We may be able to find some golden lining on those clouds, or silver lining (and with Moon trine 5325 Silver, this may be more likely) to whatever happened. Maybe we make use of whatever wounded us before to drive us to new heights. It may lead us to a greater destiny, but we've got a rough road ahead as healing isn't without it's kinks.

1388 Aphrodite in Leo opposes 37117 Narcissus, so we will need to likely fight our inner ego, our inner desire to be obstinate. As a saying I've seen somewhere went, "do you want to be right or alone?" If you wish to reconcile with someone, you're going to have to put your own selfish desires aside. 4386 Lust sextile Narcissus and trine Aphrodite create a wedge aspect, which to me shows the root of the pain that has happened, or conversely may be the root of whatever healing may be happening now, or has been ongoing if you are fortunate! Narcissus semisquares the Moon and Kassandra, while Aphrodite sesquiquadrates that same Moon/Kassandra conjunction, which makes a different kind of "Hard Wedge", I'm going to call that one. We have a hard choice to make if we're chosing the side of ego. The side of love... well that's also hard too. As I said, we all have a choice to make.

This won't be an easy time of healing. Remember that Chiron will also be retrograde during the November Election here in the United States, so hopefully a more healing setup is voted in. Assuming enough fabrications are exposed before then, we just may yet see some sanity prevail. I'm not holding my breath, personally, but then again, these past few months I've become a bit of a cynic on that front.

Try to heal as best as you can though... we aren't out of the more energetic aspects yet. Saturn will make one more direct square to Neptune in the next several months, and Mars going forward will start some balls rolling again.

Full Moon Sagittarius II - June 2016 - Solstice Crossroads

The second full moon of Sagittarius has arrived, and this is a very powerful one. It takes place on the Summer Solstice (Winter in the southern hemisphere), and this hasn't happened in almost 70 years. Also won't happen again until maybe the 2090's, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. Take full advantage of the energy of this period if you can, and where advantageous to do so!

The Full Moon makes an off-sign Opposition to Venus, so with the Sun offsign-conjunct (Sun in Gemini at that moment while Venus is in Pisces), we have an emphasis on relationships, romance, sex, and what attracts us as well as minor jobs. Some people will undoubtedly change jobs or begin new ones this period. The Full Moon also T-Squares Chiron, so we're going to see a bit of catharsis. Venus is a bit wide to square Chiron but it's subtly there and thus part of the T-Square as well.

Venus in Cancer trine 2601 Bologna retrograde and Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio should allow us to see through some nonsense, I'd think. However, 2601 Bologna also quincunxes 564 Dudu and 26955 Lie in Gemini at the same time. White lies I think will backfire, but deliberate and malicious lies are still going to be damaging. They're not conjunct tightly like they were during the previous new moon, and thankfully both off of Algol. Since that new moon we've seen more BS fly, to be sure, and we're still in that New Moon cycle. 3811 Karma's involvement with Venus here, and forming a Water Grand Trine altogether with Nessus retrograde are going to bring some strong emotions to the surface. This would be the culmination of a cycle where people in dysfunctional relationships or those who are in toxic emotional entanglements... I believe we're going to see some resolutions here, a calling out on bullshit, capitulations of sorts. Also communities standing up and speaking out against obsessive, abusive and/or intimidating behavior, like what we're seeing post-Orlando.

Let's focus on the big elephant on the room for a bit now... The Grand Cross between Jupiter/North Node in Virgo, Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, Neptune retrograde in Pisces, and Mercury in Gemini. We seem to keep getting Grand Crosses being formed with the Neptune/Jupiter/Saturn T-Square at critical points with major planets lately, during the last New Moon and Full Moon, and that carries over through the rest of the cycle. Jupiter and North Node together very tightly during the Full Moon is emphasizing our pursuits in expansion, in gaining, and with Jupiter not really at home in Virgo, it's a lot of hard work to get that gain. Yet at the same time, the Neptune retrograde in South Node in Pisces, that just strikes out as wanting to retreat inward in escapism, or us resorting to self-medication with drugs, with alcohol, too many video games, too many Netflix movies... too much sex? (Is there such a thing?)... Saturn square both, and retrograde, we're self-sabotaging ourselves in ways that are insidious. Ways that we probably aren't even catching ourselves doing. Now, Mercury completing the Grand Cross as it speeds through Gemini... There's going to be conversations about what we do with all of this. Keep in mind, this is also the time period where new fiscal years are coming about for some companies as well, at least those that start theirs in July, so that takes effect before the end of this Lunar Cycle. We're going to see a reckoning, I think, in terms of markets, and in terms of balance sheets, checkbooks, it's... not going to be pretty. We also have asteroid 10961 Buysballot involved on the Neptune arm of the Grand Cross as well, so we're going to see more stories about electoral shenanigans. And how timely, as this comes right before the time of the upcoming Brexit vote too. As disillusionment of the EU grows in the United Kingdom, I am expecting to see a vote for "Exit" win out. But to whose benefit? The Primaries are largely done for the Presidential race in the United States, with the conventions next month as well. That will be during the next lunar cycle entirely, so we'll look more at that then.

Personal-life wise, this Grand Cross will affect different people differently of course, depending on the layout of their natal charts and personal inclinations. My own natal Neptune around 15 Sagittarius (station direct in my chart, I might add) is getting hammered by this, and Neptune's generational, so a bunch of us are probably facing our inner disillusionments right now. I'll admit some of my more lofty ambitions haven't been working out so well lately, and I'm still adjusting. Other planets being directly impacted by the spokes of the Grand Cross will face different challenges, of course.

Pluto retrograde trine Jupiter and North Node should help with the grand cross just a bit, as Pluto retrograde also sextiles Neptune retrograde. If we're wise, we can use this longer-lasting period of the remainder of the cycle to look within and see exactly where we're sabotaging ourselves, and maybe even put an end to much of it.

3412 Kafka opposite 4179 Toutatis retrograde... we're already seeing some screwed up crap happening. Such as the freak accident that claimed the life of Anton Yelchin at age 27. Very bizarre, and very tragic. Frankly, this seems to be a time period of tragedies that defy logic and defy our sense of stability.

Mars retrograde trine Chiron, well, Mars is beginning to slow down in preparation for its Station Direct on June 29th. We should start seeing some healing happening, though we should expect more wounding before that healing comes. The fact that Mars Quincunxes a stellium of Uranus, Eris, Ceres and 875 Nymphe also shows us that we're going to face more rash actions, homewrecking actions, and people aren't going to know what to make of it. There is a lot of chaos in this setup, and Nymphe being there, I can almost guarantee sex is going to play a part in whatever homesteads break apart at this time.

Mars retrograde also T-Squares 389 Industria, 258 Tyche, and 4227 Kaali in Leo on one side, and 151 Abundantia (station retrograde) and 19 Fortuna in Aquarius on the other side. Again, fiscal years are coming up for many companies... and governments! State governments, at least in Pennsylvania (where I once lived), well, that state (commonwealth, really) in particular are to have a budget enacted by July 1st. I can almost guarantee you that that's not getting done on time this year. (I'm not even sure Pennsylvania actually passed a budget for last year, maybe they did, but for a long while when I last checked they didn't). I'm calling it right now: budgetting shortfalls and arguments are going to be a hallmark of the next month or two, and it's going to be contentious, but we may see some relief in this once Mars goes direct and the next New Moon hits. Full relief won't happen until Mars gets out of the post-retrograde shadow period a couple months later. Saturn will station direct on August 13th, so we still have a few months of hard lessons yet even after this Full Moon period ends and the next lunar cycle begins. Expect talk of new taxes, fees, and other unpleasant expenses related to regulations when people take a second look at finances.

For the final focal point, we should be fortunate Venus trines Nessus, as Nessus retrograde is making a contentious stellium conjuncting 149 Medusa, 16089 Lamb, Pallas, and 433 Eros. This opposes 1930 Lucifer and 8690 Swindle. Yeah, so the chaos and homewrecking of Uranus and it's lovely little stellium will be amplified a bit by this other opposition. Pride and keeping up appearances are going to play a large part in this, and probably some bitterness regarding betrayal, likely by women or women-minded individuals, will play a large part of this. Infidelity, or perceived infidelity, is a strong possibilty, and with Nessus retrograde, participants in this are likely to question why they do this to themselves (and probably the other). Or they'll wonder why things got to this point. But for some, of course, it'll be business as usual.

This is shaping up to be a rough period for a lot of people, and some hard decisions must be made. Keep believing in yourself, or believe in yourself again if you've lost the faith... and keep moving forward. It's what we have to do. Until the next trial by fire, stay cool.

New Moon Gemini - June 2016 - Crossed Swords on the Crossroads

We are about to embark on another lunar cycle with the new moon in Gemini. And this one is going to challenge us to the core for the next 28 or so days. Whatever illusions and pie-in-the-sky ideals you have regarding love, relationships, career, and projects... throw those out the window and seek the truth within. Because those illusions are going to be challenged and challenged hard. But there are some hidden rewards in here as well, and those balance out the crossroads.

* Note: I do tend to use "New Moon" to refer to both Sun and Moon conjunct in the chart. So don't think I'm ignoring the sun, it's just how I term this in New Moon articles.

The New Moon itself conjuncts Venus, and conjuncts relatively tightly at about a half degree orb when the exact new moon takes effect. Sun and moon both conjunct Venus aren't too bad, though the Venus is combust (within 8 degrees of the Sun, but not within 0 ° 17' where it would be Cazimi), so Venus is slightly weakened in truth. So themes of romance, love, relationships, and to an extent jobs and service to others will be emphasized, as well as how we feel about all of this.. One may not think of Venus as related to jobs, one would normally think of Jupiter (money, expansion), and that's fine. But... in this case I think it's safe to say that it does factor due to the greater picture...

The greater picture is that New Moon/Venus in Gemini are in a Grand Cross with Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. And another part of that greater picture is the Grand Trine Kite between Jupiter/North Node in Virgo, Mercury in Taurus, and Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, with Neptune in Pisces pulling the bowstring aiming at Jupiter. So really, the star of the play is going to be Jupiter and North Node, with New Moon/Venus sharing top billing. We're going to have to break this down, as there is a lot going on with this lunar cycle!

We already covered Venus and Sun/Moon conjunct. The opposition to Saturn retrograde in Jupiter's ruled sign isn't an easy place for Saturn to be, more so when it's retrograde, and it's spotlighted this cycle. We're looking inwards, asking "is this what we really want?" We're also looking over our failings, seeing where our discipline has failed us. (Mars retrograde going back through one of its ruled signs, Scorpio, will further hammer this point home). This isn't easy for us to deal with. But it's something we really need to look at.

We also have Saturn retrograde square Neptune, and this is a brutal, brutal aspect. One of the more difficult ones, as we have Neptune in Pisces, feeling all airy and dreamy (despite being a water sign, I know...), and we're at a point where we see where we want to go, and all these dreams we want to build. Saturn squaring this is showing we're at a time of some serious (if not severe) wake-up calls... and retrograde Saturn is having us look inwards, saying "Hey, silly! This isn't realistic!". We've got a point in our lives here where we are examining our dreams, and seeing just how realistic our dreams and goals really are. Those of us who are a bit more grounded (and I don't profess to be this right now, to be brutally honest), well, ok they'll be more alright. More headaches than normal, but nothing they can't handle. Us folk who are not so grounded and on stable footing at the moment, well, we've got our trial by fire. The New Moon and Venus together squaring Neptune in the other direction further amplifies this, as we're getting frustrated and disappointed in that some of our ambitions and dreams are not working out, and beating ourselves up over it. Even if we don't admit it to anyone else. We are our harshest critics, after all.

And speaking of dealing with where we want to be, let's get to Jupiter's role in this... Saturn retrograde square Jupiter is a bit of a downer on us building things at the moment. We have some self-doubt or some realistic realization of how optimism doesn't always pan out. (Neither does pessimism, otherwise we'd never get anywhere!) Jupiter wants to go go go, and applying towards the North Node, it seems like we feel we're destined to gain somehow, win it all. But Saturn, again, retrograde and squaring all this, it's telling us to slow down and making us wait when some of us just can't afford to wait. Jupiter opposite Neptune is also a bit of a monkey wrench right now as we're starting to see some cracks in the facade, and while we want to keep going, we're probably distracted right now and not focusing entirely on the goal of getting where we want to get to. Something's holding us back, and given that Neptune is five degrees or so from the South Node (where we tend to withdraw to and feel comfortable), we're probably indulging, ever so slightly, in some forms of escape. With Jupiter square New Moon/Venus, we're feeling a bit off-kilter and probably not being as effective in pursuing our goals, getting that job, winning that man or woman's heart.

In general, we're wanting to go one direction while we're being pulled in another. Well, that's a Grand Cross for you! Pulled in four different directions. NOW... Let's get to the Grand Trine.

Jupiter trine Pluto retrograde is something we've been experiencing for the last few weeks now pretty strongly, and Pluto is going to be going backwards for some time yet. Pluto retrograde is where we look at what we're doing to ourselves, what do we not need and what do we need to discard to get to where we want to go. Quite simply, with Jupiter trine this, we're seeing where we're sabotaging ourselves, and what we need to do to get on that path to get us to a better place.

Mercury trine Jupiter isn't bad either, as this should help us along in some communications. We'll likely have some breakthroughs in communications, in document-signing, probably some easing of travel, though we can expect some mayhem with the Grand Cross going. Should probably also note the Mercury wide opposite Mars retrograde, where we're probably a bit frustrated with some of the other delays. We'll have to look out for some aggressive drivers, and we need to take a step back and not get too worked up over delays, especially those of our own making. And try not to get too mad at ourselves. But I repeat myself.

And we already know Jupiter opposite Neptune, which is pulling the bowstring towards Jupiter. Neptune is also in a wide sextile to Pluto retrograde at the moment, so if we can, we should use some of our intuition to figure out what's sabotaging ourselves.

It occurred to me that three of the most "malefic" planets are all retrograde right now... So right now, and for the majority of this lunar cycle, we're going to still be doing some soul-searching and self-reflection and seeing what just hasn't worked in general, and we'll need to figure out where to go from there. I didn't even think about that before, but this is actually a rather unique opportunity for us as the human race. Not that that which needs discarded isn't going to fight back and fight to maintain its hold on us.

Let's go deeper into this cycle...

99942 Apophis conjunct Vesta shows we're at a point where we're seeing what's sacred to us, what we most value, and in some cases, this is where we must destroy that which no longer serves us. Sometimes beliefs are challenged, and this is going to be one of those times I think. As this conjunction does not directly aspect a planet, this may be a more minor influence. But those seeds of wondering are going to be there.

Pholus retrograde opposite 3811 Karma is at a point where we're probably thinking "what did we do to deserve this?" A little self-reflection is further exemplified, and some of us may actually step up some good deeds, even without thinking. Or maybe the chickens come home to roost. Pholus is sitting on Galactic Center, so a sense of divine what-goes-around-comes-around may be coming about in this cycle.

4386 Lust sextile New Moon/Venus could make a few things hot and heavy, and it is close to Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere anyways), so expect a few fireworks to go off. The Grand Cross with the New Moon will of course temper this.

37117 Narcissus sextile 875 Nymphe also offers some opportunities for some romps in the hay, but be careful you're choosing a partner who actually cares about you and aren't just using you for your own ends. Solid advice at any point, but I sense there's going to be some disappointments over this next month. 149 Medusa conjunct 433 Eros, 16089 Lamb, and 7066 Nessus further adds influence to this, and both Medusa and Eros make a wide (for asteroids) opposition to 1930 Lucifer and 8690 Swindle (Lamb and Nessus are a little wide for the opposition by themselves), so be careful that you are not betrayed where a woman (or woman-minded) other is concerned. Likely there will be an acting of pride involved, maybe from a previous hurt? Or people getting taken in over a sob-story, so do keep your wits about you. With Nessus station retrograde, any self-serving betrayals will come back to bite the offender, just don't let yourself be the sacrificial lamb in any such encounters.

Juno conjunct Black Moon Lilith can add a bit of spice to romantic relationships, sexual unions, friends with benefits, etc. Be alert that this also sextiles Lucifer/Swindle, so a little bit of ulterior motive is likely this cycle. (When isn't it?)... there is a possiblity that it will be somewhat muted though, given the sextile.

This next one might be somewhat political on all sides, as I'm not singling out a single party: 564 Dudu conjunct 26955 Lie, wide orb (2 degrees), both straddling fixed star Algol. Expect the bullshit to fly and fly far and fast. Appropriate as US Presidential Primary season is winding down in the U.S. here. With both sextile Chiron, maybe more people will have their bullshit detectors calibrated a little better, and of course recognize the lies and deal accordingly. We do also have 2601 Bologna retrograde sextile Lucifer/Swindle (which puts it with Juno/Black Moon Lilith, arguably, at wide orb), so hopefully a lot of lies are discovered before they do get really damaging.

4179 Toutatis conjunct 6583 Destinn... hmm... I'm going to interpret this as us needing to be on the lookout for fated events, as we have seen with Muhammed Ali passing away last night. I need to do a little more study on Toutatis. That was an asteroid mentioned as being one that could potentially hit Earth in the future if I'm not mistaken, so it's definitely one to keep track of.

157 Dejanira square 1388 Aphrodite is something we need to watch out for as well in our relationships. Given the involvement of Narcissus, Swindle, Lucifer, and Medusa mentioned above, definitely keep your wits up. Falling for the wrong one is looking a little more likely, and now that I think of events such as the Primaries... I wouldn't be surprised if we see developments in the Bill Cosby case or ex-Subway Jared's adventures in prison during this month. Sex scandals... watch for those. Don't get caught in one yourself.

And I think this bears repeating: Nessus is station retrograde, and Nessus represents abuse, obsession, disregarding others for one's own gain. Nessus was a bit of a bastard in mythology as well (and I think I need to do an article on Nessus and Dejanira now). I think we're going to see a period where people's skeletons come pouring out of their closets. Again, just in time for an election year, and the conventions as well. This should be fun. We're either going to see more revelations of the Donald, or Hillary's email woes are going to bite her in the ass. My bet? Both.

This is where I'm going to stop. I'm sure I may have missed some aspects. But this is a lot of information to chew on. Again, set your intentions for this New Moon period well, and ultimately things will be alright for a lot of us. Even if it doesn't seem like it right now. Trust me, I've got my Dark Night of the Soul going on a bit too. But dark nights are the best nights for seeing brilliant lights.