Solar Eclipse Pisces March 2016 - Full Circle

Here we go, Solar Eclipse time! Just what is a Solar Eclipse, really? Astronomically, it's when the moon occults, or obscures, the sun. Astrologically? In short, a supercharged New Moon. Considering that this one is a Supermoon as well (A full or new moon at its closest point to Earth in its orbit), this eclipse proves to be highly potent!

Something you have to keep in mind with a Solar Eclipse as opposed to a New Moon is the duration of the effect and the cycle it represents. A normal new moon is the beginning of a new phase for about a lunar cycle, or roughly one month if we want to stretch it. Solar Eclipses, much more potently, affect about 6 months to a year, perhaps more in a cycle. Also, the effects can be felt even before the eclipse actually happens! Sometimes events happen even during or directly after the eclipse, as I've personally experienced. I'll spare details but it was quite a game changer for me.

Now, eclipses are part of Saros Cycles, or a particular family of eclipses (This one in particular is Saros 130). This particular Saros Cycle this eclipse is part of won't end in our lifetimes (sometime in the 23rd century actually), so note that as a bit of info for trivia night.

The chart for this eclipse looks brutal:

Solar Eclipse in Pisces is opposing Jupiter retrograde in Virgo, and is also conjunct the South Node and Chiron, both in Pisces. Let's also consider that we have a T-Square to Saturn in Sagittarius. We have a decision to make: With Jupiter retrograde conjunct but separating from the North Node, we're already in a phase where we're engaged in internal expansion and contemplation. The eclipse, however, is with Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and on the South Node a.k.a. Dragon's Tail, where we feel more comfortable, the comfort zone, away from where our path to growth, the North Node (or Dragon's Head) is. Saturn squares both, so it's sitting there, in Jupiter's home sign, its arms crossed and basically teling us that we need to make a decision in our lives: Will we continue on our individual and internal growth, or will we allow events to overwhelm us and have us rush back to the familiar to take comfort? That second one may not be in our best interests. Bear that in mind. The unknown road forward could be a trap, but then again, what we left behind could very much be the bigger trap.

With the Solar Eclipse at roughly 18 Pis 56', anyone with personal points or planets between 13 ° 56' - 23 ° 56' in Pisces/Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius will feel this eclipse most strongly. Personally, my I.C. is within a degree and a half conjunct this one, and the previous eclipse hit my Midheaven directly. Many changes in store still for me. But this is about all of us, so let's just take that as a brief example.

Continuing on, Mars just crossed into Sagittarius, and it's squaring Nessus right now, albeight at a 2 and a half degree orb. It's muted now, but there's a subtle drive of active obsession to this eclipse cycle. Mars also trines Dejanira and Hekate, so there could be a little bit of victim play here, but as a trine, it's an easier energy. We could see a mitigation of this somehow, as if perhaps those who would be victims will act to rise up or escape their circumstances.

Mars is also a weak square to Venus for this eclipse cycle, so we could see a bit of intensity in relationships and romances, perhaps some affairs as well. As an offsign-weak square between Sagittarius Mars and Aquarius Venus, best be on your guard.

Pluto is nearing its Retrograde, and Uranus is squaring it rather tightly at less than 2 degree orb. There's also a weak T-square to asteroid Kaali, which acts as an amplifier, so we can expect to see some dramatic upheavals this cycle. I have a feeling the U.S. Presidential Election cycle is about to get much more contentious, as an example. And if you've seen the recent Republican debates...'s not pretty. For the sake of civility on this blog I'll just leave it at that.

Uranus quincunx Jupiter this cycle, well we have the planet of Rebellion and radical change in Aries, a cardinal fire sign, definitely high energy here. Jupiter is retrograde in Virgo, and it's in its detriment right now. I will go out on a limb and say we could see some market and economical volatility within the next several months, and I believe this is going to play a large part in the outcome in November as well, even after the following solar eclipse. On personal levels, be careful with the spending as it could be easy come, easy go. There could be a tendency to belt-tightening.

Another asteroid I haven't touched on yet is 1930 Lucifer. This one, from what I feel, denotes Pride. President Barack Obama has this conjunct his Sun. I have a personal friend who also has that aspect. They both exemplify it well. There is that air of confidence, of pride, and right now, transiting Lucifer conjuncts fixed star Regulus, the Heart of the Lion which now resides in Virgo due to the Precession of the Equinoxes. Anyways, as Lucifer squares Mars, and despite Lucifer being retrograde and Mars in its pre-retrograde shadow period (or perhaps, as an indicator thereof), we are seeing some major flurry of pride and caustic activity going on lately. The exchanges on the stages of the Republican (and to a lesser degree, Democrat) Presidential Debates lately are good examples. Kim Jong Un ordering his military on pre-emptive status and his nuclear rhetoric also would be a solid example of this aspect playing out.

Uranus trine Saturn, well, we could see a slight tempering of caustic action, like a pause to think whether we should really hit that little red button, or a "whoa, wait a minute" moment before we engage in revolution for the hell of it. I think this aspect may be one of the few things indicating that all hell doesn't quite break loose yet. I hope.

In closing, Let's consider this: whatever we set in motion as of the previous solar eclipse in September, we should well consider that the cycle is likely still moving forward as eclipses last long in their influence, so this should be considered the Full Circle. This will be the completion of that previous eclipse and it is also the start of its own cycle. And this current cycle promises to be brutal. Set your intentions well for the next six months, and make sure you make the best of what you can. It's not all doom and gloom. After all, the strongest diamonds are made under the highest of pressures.

Full Moon Virgo February 2016 - Illusion Shatterer

This full moon is a culmination of the previous New Moon (the Warped Messages moon). We have a few changes, and a few other continuations. I'm a little late in getting this up and am short on time so I will be brief. I'll post the charts below:

We continue to have Sun Square Mars, but at a very wide orb (8 degrees, as far as we should count for Mars/Sun). This is still significant as Mars has now entered its pre-retrograde shadow period. We are starting to see some slowdowns and disruptions in actions and activities, and rest assured we will be seeing some revisions to plans as we start seeing what is not realistic. We also have the Sun conjunct asteroid Nessus this cycle, an asteroid of the abuser and of obsessions. We could see some power plays in relationships given this conjunction in Pisces. With Nessus opposing the Moon, we may see some shakeups in public relationships. I'm not sure if the sleeping Kanye West pic going viral is one of these, though given his recent thin skin and money problems, it probably isn't going to help Kim with him very much.

Fortunately, Mercury has exited its shadow period, and is now fully direct. We should start seeing a little ease in communications and travel. Mercury conjuncts Pallas this Full Moon, which is very useful for communicating wisdom and wise actions. The sextile to Saturn is helpful, though we should note that Saturn is now slowing down for its own retrograde period which will hit in the near future.
I suppose an example of the wise communication working with the taskmaster and master of restriction would be Jeb Bush exiting the Presidential race. Considering his dismal showing in South Carolina, this is likely a wise decision on his part. We also saw Ted Cruz fire a prominent campaign manager after a controversial video that implied Marco Rubio was implied to say something about the Bible not having all the answers (when in fact Rubio was saying the opposite). Cruz took this action likely to minimize fallout to his campaign, so unwise communication may not be as damaging in this case as corrective action was taken. We'll see how it unfolds.

One major thing I'm noticing is the Chiron/South Node opposite Jupiter retrograde/North Node, both T-squaring Saturn (though at a 5 and a half degree orb). So we have the Wounded Healer on the point of staying where it's comfortable, the "safe zone", while we have the planet of expansion and the greater benefic where we need to go... but the expander has turned inward with the retrograde, and it's already debilitated in Virgo (Jupiter's sign of detriment), so it's likely people will look to the past for solace. I think we're seeing this with the campaign season in full bloom, particularly with Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan (though I have serious doubts he would accomplish this)... the square to the Saturn in Sagittarius shows us that there are some serious prices to be paid for staying put in the "safe spot" and not moving forward, and that there are some impedences to moving forward at this time. Basically, we could really say that there is no safe spot and moving forward is going to be tricky for the rest of this lunar cycle. For a good while, actually. Given how many more contests are going to be hitting election-wise, this doesn't exactly fill this astrologer with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Expect the rhetoric to ramp up.

We still have the Uranus/Pluto square going on, and Pluto is with asteroid Destinn this time, a sense of destiny permeating the rapid disolution and tearing down of the old coming. With this in Capricorn, I'm going to go out on a limb and say we could see some market volatility. Many places are already seeing sub-$2/gallon gasoline in the United States. Even here on the West Coast we're seeing lower prices, at least around Seattle, WA. Uranus, being the revolutionary changer, I question whether this is ultimately to our greater benefit. Maybe it is, given Pluto's trine to Jupiter/North Node. Also, given this info, Pluto sextiles Chiron/South Node, so we have a bit of a wedge pattern shaping up. Any sudden shocks may actually be well-weathered in the long-term.

We also have Ceres and Neptune in a conjunction this Full Moon as well. We've got Pisces pretty much fully loaded at this point. Bound to be some illusions in the home life, but with the weak opposition to the Full Moon, we could also see a little bit of deception come to the surface. Saturn in a weak square to Neptune right now amplifies this (though Saturn is out of orb of squaring the Full Moon, thankfully). It would be wise to be above-board in communications with your loved ones at this time. I wouldn't be surprised if a scandal comes out regarding one of the candidates at this time too. (Perhaps the Cruz campaign and the Rubio Bible/Answers flap is part of this, though I may be off-base in linking the two).

Asteroids Dejanira (victimhood/asteroid of the victim) and Hekate (an occult asteroid) conjunct in this full moon could be interesting. Perhaps a story of occult or ritual or religious abuse comes out during this time. Perhaps with infidelity as well, given the square to Ixion. However... Dejanira/Hekate trine Mars at this time at a slightly wide orb (greater than 1 degree), so whatever comes out will likely happen quickly and be quickly buried or made irrelevant by other goings on.

Lastly, Venus squares asteroid Karma this Full Moon. Again, be above-board in your relationships, and you should be able to weather your storms. Could see some rocky roads, but as there isn't much else aspecting Karma from what I see in the current charts, I wouldn't expect too much development over the next couple weeks. Maybe you singles (or not?) meet someone karmic in the next couple weeks, but whether its to your benefit, well, that depends on how you get along too, synastry, and other factors.

Overall, I'm going to say that this Full Moon we can expect further revelations in our lives, some unpleasant, and we'll face a choice as to whether to move forward in our evolution, or stay behind and lick our wounds. I'm inclined to say it's going to be an eventful remainder of the cycle until the next New Moon, which is actually a total Solar Eclipse in Pisces! Expect things to ramp up over the next two weeks!

New Moon Aquarius - February 2016 - Warped Messages

New Moon in Aquarius in February, 2016. This looks a little easier than last month's New Moon, but not by much. Enough new challenges for this one.

I missed the Full Moon for Leo for last month, as things got a bit hectic near the end and just couldn't get to it. I can't blame that fully on Mercury Retrograde, but it does show you a little bit of the chaos that can happen! Anyhow, moving on!

For starters, we have Sun square Mars, so we have some tension between this planet's lifegiver and the planet of war, action, energy, aggression. Egos will need to be kept in check for this lunar phase as arguments and misunderstandings will be enhanced from where I sit.

Before I forget, let's see the chart for this new moon. Naturally, charted for Seattle, WA.

Mercury is still in it's post-retrograde shadow period, so there are still prone to be some misunderstandings in communications as well. Conjuncting Venus for this one (though by a wide 4 degree orb), messages of love and relationships seem to be a likely theme, especially with Venus itself conjunct Pluto (though not tight at a 3 degree orb) and square Uranus. So there are bound to be potent developments regarding our relations with others, romances, and whatnot. With the Uranus square, expect some disruptions and butting of heads, as well as unexpected developments. Venus itself is trine Jupiter, which itself is retrograde and still with the North Node. This should add a little ease into the relations front, though we may be more focused on how our relationships (or lack thereof, for those of us not attached) affect our inner being.

Saturn is still square Neptune, but at a 6 degree orb, the influence of the taskmaster to the illusory should be rather muted. Saturn is also trining Uranus right now, so there could be a resolution to some restrictive circumstances this lunar cycle by the planet of sudden changes.

We should note that Mercury this New Moon is also trine Jupiter, so along with Venus, again, messages and communications may be somewhat expansive in regards to relations. Again though, post-retrograde shadow for Mercury may make this a little iffy until February 14th or so when it finally exits the shadow period.

Let's not forget, however, that three days after Mercury exits shadow, Mars itself enters its pre-retrograde shadow period. Activity and initiating things will start to see a bit of a slowdown and bogging down, leading up to the Mars retrograde later on this year. For now, it's best to set intentions to shore up loose ends and spend the first week or so of this lunar cycle setting up what we want to achieve for best results, as for half of this year, we can expect more slowdowns.

Ceres opposite 1930 Lucifer, we could see some contention between what's good for home and hearth and our inner pride. More inner pride, as Lucifer is retrograde. It's a degree and a half orb, so this won't be a major influence. And as Lucifer isn't directly aspecting any major planets (not by transit anyways), this may be a aspect we can put in the back of our mind. Ceres, itself is 4 and a half degrees orb from conjuncting Neptune, so I wouldn't worry about too many home fantasies getting the best of us quite yet.

A couple more presidential primaries (New Hampshire being a big one) will be taking place this lunar cycle. Expect more mudslinging and vile rhetoric by those who would be our "leaders".

Enjoy this lunar cycle as best you can, as the next New Moon will be a powerful Solar Eclipse in March! Things are going to come full circle soon, I feel!

David Bowie - Taking a look at Ziggy Stardust

Recently we have experienced the passing of several notable stars. One of the biggest names we've recently seen pass is David Bowie, who went through many incarnations throughout his career, and also played as the Goblin King in Labyrinth.

Let's take a quick look at his natal charts.

One thing I am noticing right off is Venus conjunct Midheaven. Now this is a good placement for someone in the arts, as in the public spotlight it brings forth public beauty or handsomness (depending on gender) and of course he was popular with the ladies as I recall.

Moon conjunct Descendant is interesting. This leads me to believe that relationships would have an emotional bearing on his life, but the conjunction also to Saturn retrograde suggests to me that there would be some internal inhibition to a degree. He did at one point come out as bisexual, but later on said about being a "closet heterosexual". Though you would think that would be more an 8th house issue (which Neptune does occupy in his chart), he did marry twice. That Pluto Retrograde is also in his 7th house, just within orb of conjuncting Saturn (but a wide orb at almost 6 degrees at that), so this may not be as much of a surprise.

Another feature I see in David Bowie's chart is Sun conjunct Mars. This definitely gives an air of power and action to a person, though a little down to earth in earthy Capricorn. Though in 12th house, the forcefulness didn't really stay hidden as it came out in his performances. The weak square to Neptune in the 8th house Libra shows a bit of a conflict with his actions in regards to his fantasies, as can be seen in the reaction to his bisexual announcement in 1976. In Europe it wasn't as big a deal, but in America, it did have a slight impedence on his career over here for a bit.

America he described as a bit "puritanical." Still is, though that's changed somewhat in some spots.

There does seem to be a weak sextile to Jupiter from Sun/Mars, which forms a Yod apexing at Uranus in his 4th house (but close to his 5th house cusp). He was definitely one not to bow to convention, and was one of the early practitioners of Glam Rock. (Think Ziggy Stardust).

Asteroid-wise, we have asteroid Starrfield conjunct his Sun/Mars conjunction. This is rather interesting given the Ziggy Stardust thing he had going on. 4150 Starr also conjuncts his Jupiter. Jupiter expands what it touches, and he definitely became a big star, so it's only fitting.

What really gets me is asteroid 600 Musa conjunct 8958 Stargazer. Again, the Ziggy Stardust theme strikes out at me. Was he a Starseed? I don't know... but he was definitely out of this world with his talents. And both of those trine 22003 Startek. Definitely a lot of spacey, starry stuff going on in his chart.

The manner of his passing, cancer, well, looking at his chart I see Neptune in the 8th house, as well as Chiron in 8th house Scorpio (I am using Placidus for houses, so your interpretations may differ). Hmm. The cause of death was liver cancer. In the 18 months since his diagnosis (which was kept under wraps), he created a final album, Blackstar.

If we check the Progressed chart and transits for the day he passed (January 10, 2016), we find a Yod in the progressed chart from Pluto retrograde sextile Neptune retrograde, apex Mars conjunct Mercury retrograde. He doesn't seem to have anything at that position in Pisces in the natal. However, what I do find interesting is that Transit Venus and Saturn conjuncted his progressed Descendant that day. Also, progressed Moon was with the progressed Midheaven, which was being crossed by transit 11144 Photographica. In the public eye until the very end. Also interesting was the progressed Ascendant being within a degree of his natal North Node.

While it is very difficult to see death in a chart, I can say that at the time of his passing he was still riding high in fame and still very much on top of his game. He definitely made an impact on the world and inspired multiple generations. Also, he apparently had a role in the collapse of the Berlin Wall according to Wikipedia.

He will certainly be missed by millions. He leaves behind a legacy of paving his own way and inspiring others to do the same. Until the next life, Ziggy.

New Moon Capricorn - January 2016 - Commencing Cleanup

New Moon in Capricorn January, 2016, well... where do we begin?

This new moon is a doozy. While a slightly larger orb at just a hair under 4 degrees, this New Moon conjuncts Pluto, the planet of tearing things asunder and rebuilding. Or Death and Rebirth, if you're into that sort of thing. And it's still squaring Uranus (radical change, rebellion, revolution), which this new moon also does. So right now things are looking pretty tense!

Here is the chart of the new moon as it's close to exact, as seen from Seattle, WA (where I live near now).

Combine this with the Mercury Retrograde that just started a couple days ago, and Jupiter now having gone retrograde as well (and right on the North Node as well!), we have all sorts of opportunities for mayhem and upheaval. Mercury Retrograde, of course, is where travel, signings, communications, etc. go awry. Traditionally, anyways. It's usually a time to redo, rethink, review, repair (though whether the repairs hold, well, my old car could have something to say about that)... but enough about that.

Jupiter retrograde... that's a planet of expansion and in some circles is the "greater benefic." When retrograde, the expansion tends to go inward. This new moon is trining Jupiter, so we have an opportunity to begin a cycle where we look inward and begin some changes that will benefit us in the future, especially with the Jupiter conjunct North Node placement. Now, with the new moon square Uranus and conjunct Pluto, these beneficial inner changes to ourselves would be best spent in tearing down what no longer serves us, and setting the stage for rebuilding later on. This would also be a good time to review your budget plans, IMHO, and if you have debt, review your plans for tackling that. Being able to enact new plans... might want to wait until Mercury goes direct if able. (Sometimes circumstances force us to act).

Personally, there is a lot I need to discard that no longer serves me. Such as procrastination. Which partially explains the lack of updates in the last several months, as well as crazy events. (Pluto is personally in my 2nd house as well and that is not playing nice with my resources right now. The aforementioned debt thing is also in mind as the Fed just started raising rates for the first time in several years and they're expected to total 1% by the end of this year, and a grand total of 1.75% by the end of 2017 from what I read (I forget the source, sorry!) Not thrilled).

This new moon also sextiles Chiron, so we may be able to see some healing as opposed to wounding this cycle. Venus is squaring Chiron right now with a 4 degree orb or so, so it's possible there could be some wounding when it comes to romance, relationships, associations and to a degree jobs (And I'm not entirely certain on that one). With Saturn also in square to Chiron and conjunct Venus, issues of restrictions like controlling relationships could come up, and some of us will have to make a choice as to what to do about it this cycle.

Mercury is still in orb to an off-sign square with Mars. Considering Mercury Retrograde this time started with Mercury in Aquarius and squaring Mars more directly... It has been a rough week for a lot of us. This lunar cycle is likely to expect frustrations with communications and biting our tongues is highly recommended.

Uranus in this new moon is trining Venus, so we may see some slightly benefic shakeups in romance and relationships depending on your own natal placements. With the Saturn conjunct Venus, again, that wet blanket is likely to spoil the party a bit. Trining Chiron may bring some catharsis.

Venus/Saturn is also a weak square to Neptune still. I noticed a lot of relationship changes in the past month or two with the Saturn square Neptune cycle. Now, the question is, do those relationships that started under the Neptune/Saturn square stand the test of time, or were a lot of endings and beginnings under the auspices of illusion? Maybe illusion of escaping a controlling situation? How many of those ended up in another restrictive circumstance? Or back into one? Grass isn't always greener my friends. With Saturn leaving orb (along with Venus) to the Neptune square briefly (for Venus it'll be for good for about a half year or so), the illusions should start coming down anytime now. If it's meant to endure, it will likely endure. I can only wonder what will happen with the current front-runners for the US Presidential election? (Especially Trump... oi.)...

Do keep in mind though, Neptune and Saturn will have a couple more exact square contacts, especially when Saturn turns retrograde later this year. The November exact square helped pave the way, personally, to some devestating realizations when an illusion came to an end and what was hidden from me came into view. (Hint: I did not react well. Keep in mind, the Uranus/Pluto square is making a T-Square to my natal Mars/Pluto/Venus in Libra. If we include my natal asteroid Nessus in Cancer, it's a Grand Cross by transit. I'll write about this later...) But regardless... with the square weakening for the moment, we should see these disparities relax a bit the rest of the lunar cycle. (The square returns in full force in June 2016, and again in September 2016).

This new moon, for my recommendation, is to set in motion the intent of a cycle of introspection and cleaning away what no longer serves you. Do remember not to throw out the baby with the bath water, however... Not all that looks like it needs to be eliminated may need to be eliminated. Let's be careful out there. As the full moon gets closer, we'll see what comes in the completion phase of this cycle.

A Long Overdue Update

It's been a long time since I've been able to make an entry. A little thing called "life" which has gotten extremely crazy over the last few months. Getting a vendor role at a major Fortune 500 company and having had a lengthy commute until recently, as well as recently moving closer to my job (for travel and... personal... reasons, which I may touch upon at a later time), I haven't had a lot of time to write here. I know, I'm still working on that Steven Reed series.

There's a lot I need to touch upon. Recent events have been quite noteworthy, such as the arraignment of Bill Cosby, the fall of Subway Jared (I forget his name offand), and a few other noteworthy events.

I'm also going to try my hand at checking new and full moons. The previous Gemini full moon fell on my Descendant directly and you'd think something noteworthy would have occurred in regards to partnerships or potential partnerships. Well, it did. In partial response... I moved out of that town. December was not a good month with the exception of me finally moving.

I do sell some astrology-related designs on my Dracotal storefront, so if you see anything you like there, I could use the boost too.

Anyways, let me get started on that New Moon in Capricorn post. It's a doozy...

Stephen R. Reed, Ex-Mayor-For-Life of Harrisburg, PA - Part 1

Today's post is a political figure, Stephen R. Reed. Once touted as Mayor-for-Life of Harrisburg, PA (he was mayor for seven consecutive terms), earlier today his fall from grace has become all but certain with an indictment on 499 counts(!!!) over the Harrisburg Incinerator scandal. If convicted and sentenced to the maximum for all of the charges, well, let's put it this way: We'll be well-past the Age of Aquarius, and straight into the Age of Capricorn, that's how long a consecutive sentence on everything would be (He's looking at 2349 years, according to PennLive).

Let's begin with the Natal charts. We'll start with the basic chart without the asteroids.

* Ignore the Houses and angles for Mr. Reed. I chart for noon when I don't know the birth time.

The first thing that stands out is Sun Conjunct Pluto, and that's a big one, also about a half-degree of orb so pretty tight. Sun conjunct Pluto, in his case, is power and presence. This kind of individual enters a room, and you just know it. They are there. They don't need to send of a signal flare for attention because they are that attention, plain and simple. Even when one with this placement tries to avoid the spotlight, it's not likely they'll go unnoticed for long. And this particular placement is even better because his Sun and Pluto are both in Leo. Sun in Leo can have pretty big presence all by itself. Pluto in Leo with the Sun? Even more everpresent. It's something to think about though, for as Count Dooku said in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: "Twice the pride, double the fall." (How fitting that his own fall came very quickly after!)

Now, while some interpretations I've seen seem to say about sexual potency or intense affairs, I don't know if that was the case with Mr. Reed. At least, I'm not aware of any sexual component of scandals at this time. The only thing I know of related to that section of his body is the fact that he's been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, which is bad news all in itself. His scandals that are coming home to roost now are largely financial. Somehow fitting, as the sun is also associated with gold.

his Sun/Pluto conjunction is also Semisquare Uranus in Cancer. A Semisquare is like a Square, but is more internalized, not as rough as a square, but is still considered a hard aspect. Not insurmountable, but does require effort to overcome. It's half of a square at approximately 45 degrees, so naturally with this minor aspect we'll want to use a smaller orb for this as well.

Uranus represents revolutionary change. Cancer is a bit emotional, being a water sign, and a cardinal water sign at that. It was around the 2000's that Mr. Reed began accumulating more of the Wild West artifacts for the ill-fated National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. Apparently with the Grand Jury report that's been released, it wasn't just the museum receiving some of these artifacts, as some were found in a warehouse under his control, and also in his own three-story house. It's almost like it became an obsession at some point, and one of the PennLive articles mentioned one of the witnesses mentioning the word "depression". I don't discount it, and if there was that going on, he certainly could have used some help. But he didn't seek that out, and I can't say I'm surprised with the Sun/Pluto in Leo alignment. Regardless, there is also evidence that he took a "my way or the highway" approach to governing, as there was testimony about an engineer who informed him that the incinerator project was destined to not succeed, and the response from Reed amounted to, and I paraphrase: "Thank you. You're fired, by the way."

Let's look at another aspect in his chart: Mars square Neptune. Mars in Cancer already is in Fall, or not as strong as it would be in other signs, particularly if it were in Aries or Scorpio (both of which it Rules), or Capricorn (where it's Exalted). Squaring Neptune, we're seeing a mental component to this, a conflict between his drive, his action, and that of his thinking, his mentality, I dare say his grasp on the reality of situations. While Sun/Pluto form a week sextile to his Neptune, that very same Neptune is also on the fixed star Algorab. Algorab, per Constellation of Words:

"Of the nature of Mars and Saturn. It gives destructiveness, malevolence, fiendishness, repulsiveness and lying, and is connected with scavenging."

(Note that this quote is itself cited in Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology by Vivian E. Robson, I believe first printed in 1923).

Not everyone with Neptune conjunct Algorab has that attribute, to be sure, otherwise anyone born around that time in 1949 would be in trouble! Neptune, due to its slow movement, is generational after all. However, in Mr. Reed's case, it would appear there was some component to the activities attributed to him and that he is accused of. Particularly, the acquisition of the Civil War-Era and Wild West artifacts that are featured prominently in the financial scandals surrounding Harrisburg, PA.

Also, consider that "nature of Mars and Saturn." Neptune in this case would have a similar feel to Neptune conjunct Mars and also Neptune conjunct Saturn. With actual Mars squaring his Neptune, this becomes a bit difficult. Note that generally when it comes to fixed stars, we usually count just the Conjunction. (Some count Oppositions as well, but I'm on the fence about that. Mars square Algorab by itself I'd generally ignore, save for his Neptune being there).

Let's also consider Mercury conjunct fixed star Regulus. This union, per Constellation of Words:

" Honorable, just, popular, generosity abused by opponents, fame, gain through high position"

Mr. Reed certainly had high position and fame as a seven-term mayor. He also gained through his position, though whether all of that was above-board seems to be in doubt with the Grand Jury indictment. What gets me is how he didn't get indicted during his first successor's first (and only) term as mayor of that city. So what's triggering this now, and not earlier? Terrestrially, I have no idea as I haven't been paying as much attention since relocating from Pennsylvania. However, transits are at work that may be affecting this.

In my next post, I'll be touching on the asteroids in his chart. Part three of this series will begin to look at the transits as of the time of the Grand Jury indictment, and how it all fits in to his current woes.

Launching of Phoenixia Astrology

After thinking about it and delaying for so long, I have finally launched my latest adventure... Phoenixia Astrology!

Considering I've uploaded this site at almost half past midnight Pacific Time, It's only appropriate that I chart the moment I brought it online.

Ok, ... I suppose I could have timed this a little better. Mars within about a degree of fixed star Algol. Ouch. But let's put this to practical ends, as there will be a great deal of energy here!

What does Mars on Algol signify? According to Constellation of Words' page on Algol:

"With Mars: or if Mars be elevated above the luminaries when Algol is angular, the native will be a murderer who will come to an untimely end. The same is caused by Algol angular or with the hyleg."

To be honest, I never quite got the grasp of calculating a hyleg. So I'm not sure about that part. It's not on an angle though, so that part may not have much bearing on this at all.

I also seem to have launched this site right after the shadow period of the next Mercury Retrograde hitting. While not entirely catastrophic, I have a feeling I may wind up doing a re-launch at some point. We'll see.

Jupiter is just over a degree orb from the Vertex, which is also considered by some astrologers to be the "electric axis". Simply put, transits to the Vertex (and the opposite, the Antivertex) are usually involved in fated events with natal charts, especially so with synastry charts (like say a significant other's Sun or other personal planet landing on your Vertex axis and vice-versa). I suspect the same is true for events and inanimate objects or abstract constructs such as this webpage. In this case, this site launch's Vertex conjuncts my Part of Fortune. I'll have to see how this goes, so let's consider this a case-study in progress!

I should also note that Sun is square Jupiter at this launch. That's not to say this is fated to not go anywhere, on the contrary. It will, however, take a lot of work and dedication to push through the obstacles. There will also need to be a caution against me overdoing it with this site, so doing 20 posts in one day may not be the best solution!

We also see asteroid Midas about a degree off of the Descendant. I'm not entirely certain being this is the website launch chart... however, Midas is said to be a career asteroid and perhaps will bring prosperity to visitors. Although that may be more of a third house topic, so... Hmm. I'm going to have to think about this a bit.

At any rate, the site is up, and I plan on having more posts up soon regarding historical and current events and what the sky looked like then.

Just as the sun rises and sets at particular times on particular days out of the year, so do the planets and stars notate the time that particular events occur. It's what we do during these times that matters, as I'm a firm believer in free will. Recognizing the markers could allow mankind to be cognizant of the repeated influences of the past, and thus allow us to make wiser decisions.