This is my first attempt at maintaining a weekly report of sorts, and I think based on what I'm seeing, we're going to have some interesting energies going on this week, especially considering we have Mercury stationing on Monday, ready to go direct Tuesday, as well as a Full Moon this week. Let's dive in...
I'll be clear on one thing: For my weekly report formats, I'll largely be looking at my standard set asteroids (if I see that they're relevant), and also will be making my charts for 12:00 noon Seattle time (UTC-7 during Daylight Savings Time). So now that that's out of the way, let's proceed. And given how this goes as I write this, I may opt to also do daily reports or switch over to dailies exclusively? I haven't decided. Currently Mercury's still stationing and still technically retrograde as I write this, so maybe I shouldn't be initiating this quite yet. But I'm doing it anyways. Alright, enough of the ADHD moment (Yes, I do have it), and let's get on with it!
Monday, we have a big aspect with Mercury stationing conjunct Mars, and on the Solar Eclipse degree or very close to it, with Mars itself crossing onto fixed star Regulus, itself largely positive as Mars and Regulus represents:
"Honor, fame, strong character public prominence, high military command."
Very high intensity energy day just with this combination alone. Later on in the week, Mercury also slides up to Regulus, representing:
"Honorable, just, popular, generosity abused by opponents, fame, gain through high position."
Anyways, the Moon will cross opposite both bodies over that 24 hour period into Tuesday, so we're going to be feeling some high emotional energy, like we want to get going, get up and go, and yet it's not going to go. Also, from initial appearances for this week, we can expect some high-position people to initiate some high-profile efforts to advance their agendas. This is also a plus for anyone seeking a promotion this week, or some other honor. Monday's a holiday in the US anyways, so try to relax! Fortunately, Mercury and Mars will be trining Uranus Retrograde. The Mercury/Mars combo will trine this revolutionary planet for the entire week, with Mars tapering off by Sunday as the trine's orb increases. The sudden impact of advancing agendas should be somewhat subdued this week and bring some much-needed internal growth.
We must be careful not to chase too many windmills unlike Don Quixote, however, as we also begin this week with Sun opposite Neptune retrograde. We need to make sure at the same time that we advance our agendas and chase our goals that we don't wind up going for the Holy Grail when a nice coffee mug is much more attainable. Aim high, but don't fall to your demise. Or, keep a hand on the ladder to steady yourself. But by all means, reach! Sun moves off this opposition by the week's end, thankfully.
Tuesday, we experience Moon conjunct Nessus, so be aware of emotional obsessions in general this day. This will be relatively short-lived as fast as the Moon goes, but it could be enough to upset the apple cart. Mars will also cross over into Virgo and hit its tightest conjunction to Regulus, so expect high energy shifts in how we go about with our day, how we express our drive this day. Venus will also be forming its quincunx to Neptune, so we may not even know exactly what we want, or may be chasing illusions thinking they're gold and jewels when really they're just fool's gold that day. Try to keep a level head.
Wednesday, Asteroid-wise, we have 99942 Apophis catch up to and conjunct 157 Dejanira by week's end, and this will begin to be emphasized on this day as the Moon opposes both after it hits the Full Moon point, so this will be somewhat amplified. Don't go off on a tirade and destroy your chances, and try to not say or do something you'll regret as it will be much easier to do so... especially as they're going to square Black Moon Lilith and Ixion, and one after the other through the week, they will also square Saturn. Cool the loins and watch for infidelity and other dubious encounters. Expect a high-profile encounter to be reported somewhere. At worst, we could even see something akin to a human sacrifice scandal (as a worst-case WTF scandal) as Dejanira and Apophis are also catching up to Vesta, the sacred flame. Fortunately, we should be somewhat insulated from seeing that as the conjunction orb won't be exact as far ahead as Sunday.
Later on in the day going into Thursday, we could see more hurts come to light and maybe some cathartic healing as Moon will conjunct Chiron retrograde, and it could be in ways we don't quite expect as that conjunction will also semisextile Uranus retrograde. Expect a surprise to trigger this catharsis, and it could even come about as a message out of the blue as Moon/Chiron will quincunx Mercury overnight then too. Expect miscommunication, despite Mercury now being forward in motion, but it's still in its post-retrograde shadow period so we still have some bumps ahead for travel and communications. Also, on Thursday we have Moon cross over into Aries and quincunx Mars as well, at the same time Mars exactly sesquiquadrates Pluto. (Think of a somewhat weaker square). Keep a cool head. Try and keep a cool head. Sun will begin its trine to Pluto retrograde and also will be seperating a trine to Pallas, forming a grand trine as well. Do note that Pluto is beginning to slow down, preparing for it's station to direct motion later on this month. At the same time, Pluto retro will quincunx Venus on Thursday, with Sun and Venus semisextile, and Venus square Pallas. Pallas could introduce a spark of wisdom or war, as it is more formally known as Pallas Athene, meaning the Greek goddess Athena (goddess of War and Wisdom). We could see some off-kilter energies smooth and yet ruffle the war drums that are going on lately. Could see some high-profile incident, but enough behind the scenes action to keep it from blowing up into a major blunder. At least, not quite yet.
Truth be told, Friday, the Sun semisextile Venus and both the Sun Trine Pluto and Venus Quincunx Pluto aspects become exact. And, we also have Ceres conjunct 100 Hekate and the aforementioned Apophis-Dejanira square Black Moon Lilith-Ixion squares also become pretty tight this day. And!!! Jupiter opposition Eris, and later on in the day Friday, the Moon joins Eris. We have the potential for an elevated level of chaos and a major news story this day. I think it'll be another shake-up somewhere, a scandal that will bring down yet another US government official (now whether this actually happens, well, we'll see. If I'm wrong, I'll keep it up anyways as an analysis on predictions and accuracy). For everyone else, there could be some upsetting news with a ray of hope regarding business, such as an early earnings rating not going so well, but something else filling in the gaps. Moon will trine Venus early in the day, so earlier on Friday is when we'll probably see the better news. But as Moon squares Pluto at the same time, there will be that "but...". The TL;DR; version of Friday is: Something potentially positive in the early part of the day, and later on, chaos!
Saturday, some calm returns as the Moon will enter Taurus and give some fixed, stable, earthy emotion to us and temper some of our more aggressive impulses from the previous day as it trines Mercury (offsign, of course as it's still in Leo here) and Mars. Venus begins to move off the quincunx to Pluto a bit, so things start to clear up as well when it comes to relationships and may even be an ok day for bargain hunting (assuming there are yard sales to go to). However, let's be careful as Dejanira and Apophis conjunct more tightly, and this is where they are quincunx Eris. Not a good day to have an affair, trust me. (Actually, no day really is if you want to be traditional about it). But, some people may be liable to cheat and feel they can get away with it when we have 1930 Lucifer (pride) square Nessus (obsessions and at worst, abuse). And Jupiter opposes Eris exactly this day too for a T-square to Hekate-Ceres, so basically we could potentially see some homewrecking recklessness come to the fore this day. Now, if you and your partner are into swinging, then maybe a little chaos is a good thing? I guess it's all up to you, and if that's your thing, well... awesome? One final warning for Saturday, and it's that Chiron starts approaching its tighter square to Pholus (an intoxication asteroid), so do try to slow down on the drinking a little bit that day, lest you wind up in an uncomfortable position or a ditch somewhere.
By Sunday, we get a bit of a grand trine between Sun, Moon-Pallas, and Pluto retrograde. A good day to wake up, wonder what the hell this week brought, and try to sort it all out before going back into the office Monday or whatever you may be doing professionally. Maybe even a good day to let bygones be bygones somewhat. By this point, Mercury has also crossed over into Virgo (one of its signs that it rules, and exalted here too), so... yeah. this is definitely a good day to clear the air about some grievances I think. With Apophis-Dejanira sextile Hekate-Ceres and both quincunx the South Node (where we feel comfortable), try not to dwell on the past too much when burying hatchets.
So as you can see, we have some major energy going on this week. Frankly, this entire month is going to be intense, but this first full week of September is quite a doozy. The life-changing events this month brings will be reverberating for awhile, I think.
The Great North American Solar Eclipse is upon us, and the alignments in the stars are in quite a show of force. Fortunately, there is some ease of energies for this one, but also some distinct challenges ahead as well. Let's dive deep into the rabbit hole...
Let's start off with the explanation of a solar eclipse in Astrology... it's a supercharged New Moon which begins a new cycle that, instead of the usual month-long cycle, it lasts for several months, perhaps longer. In fact, I think I was feeling the effects of this eclipse even before it was happening. That's how powerful a solar eclipse is astrologically. It's like a transitional gateway of sorts, very high powered, very high energy, and not something to be dismissed out of hand. Even if you don't buy into astrology, take a look at your life events around the time of previous eclipses, and see if there were any events that stand out to you.
As this Solar Eclipse is in the last part of 28, almost 29 Leo, anyone with significant points (like Ascendant/Descendant, or Midheaven/IC) or any planets in the Fixed signs from 23.5 degrees to the very end of Leo/Scorpio/Aquarius/Taurus, or the very beginning of the Mutable signs to 4 degrees Virgo/Sagittarius/Pisces/Gemini will feel it very strorngly. A degree or two outside this range may experience some muted effects, but still enough for a kick. Trines and sextiles to an Eclipse aren't as dynamic as the harder aspects, and I think aspects like the Quincunx have some impact as well, but again, not as strongly as the cross formations (Conjunction/Opposition/Squares).
Without further ado, however, let's get into the analysis of this particular eclipse chart.
To begin... the Solar Eclipse itself trines Uranus retrograde. For the next several months, we will see an influence of internal rebellion, revolution, and shakeups. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes we need to see what isn't working, and we need to rebel against it and cast it aside. The Trine aspect for this alignment makes this an easier time. Almost too easy, as it can lead to not making the internal changes we need to do. But on a distant note, the Solar Eclipse also trines Saturn Retrograde, which is stationing and getting ready to make its forward motion around August 25th. It's a 7 degree orb, however, so it's barely felt. Almost not even worth noting the trine line between Saturn and Uranus. However, the Solar Eclipse does barely trine Pholus as well, and that's close enough to consider with a trine to Uranus as well (less than 3 degree orb, so not strong, but a subtle influence). Some of our internal changes may come when we're under the influence of something, be it a drink at happy hour, a runner's high after running a few miles, maybe some kind of epiphany.
Update 08/21/2017 @ 13:21 PDT: We must also consider that this Solar Eclipse is in proximity to the fixed star Regulus, which greatly affects this eclipse as well. From Constellations of Words, regarding the Sun:
"With Sun: Power, authority, great influence over friends, honor and riches, but violence, trouble and ultimate disgrace and ruin, sickness, fevers, benefits seldom last. [Robson*, p.196.]"
...and the Moon?
"With Moon: Occult interests, powerful friends, danger from enemies and false friends, gain by speculation, public prominence, great power, honor, wealth, benefits seldom last, violence, trouble and sickness. Make women high spirited and independent. If at the same time the Sun is with the Dragon's Head in Gemini, or Jupiter is in the 10th house in trine to Mars and the Sun is with the Dragon's Head, great preferment even from the lowest sphere to high rank. [Robson*, p.196.]"
So we will be seeing some strong leadership and leader-oriented events over the next several months, and I can tell you that the saber-rattling we've been seeing is only just getting started. It's likely a prominent leader or three will also be ousted or step down over the next several months. Whether that happens to Trump specifically... I can only speculate. At the time I update this, we still await word on his announcement regarding Afghanistan.
Another thing to consider is the Solar Eclipse conjunct the North Node, which is no real surprise when we consider the Nodes and their placements during eclipses. This Eclipse North Node squares 407 Arachne in Scorpio, which to me indicates that, for the next several months (until the next eclipse cycle), we will need to be abundantly aware of what ensnares us, what binds us. We will need to use our inner strength to cut the binds that tie, and especially so at this time.
Jupiter sextile Saturn Retrograde during this time gives us a small boost in increasing our own luck through inner discipline. As both Jupiter and Saturn both Quincunx 666 Desdemona, creating a Yod pattern, the focus will be on slaying the inner demons... particularly inner demons that aim to keep us lazy and in a state of false satisfaction, as Desdemona sits in Taurus right now. 3412 Kafka opposite Desdemona pulls the bowstring, kiting this Yod, so we will need to be on the lookout for awkward or off-the-wall occurrences that drive us to killing the demon without. We have the strength, we just need to watch out for anything that trips us up.
Chiron retrograde quincunx the Solar Eclipse brings an awkward or off-kilter sense of inner wounding (or inner healing, as Chiron is the wounded healer), so while we may be striving to heal what has hurt us in the past, the lingering aches and burns are still going to fester and boil a bit. Maybe sting. Chrion retrograde semisextile Uranus retrograde seems to indicate to me that much of this inner burn and heal is going to be of our own making, as retrograde I'm feeling that it's internalized to many of us. Many inner hurts, inner pains, those are going to be what comes to the surface over the next several months, and that is what we must focus on healing.
Mercury is also retrograde during this Eclipse, so we are currently going through some of the technological and travel delays usually associated with that transit. Mercury retrograde conjuncts 99942 Apophis and 896 Sphinx, and opposes Nessus by about 2 degrees.... During the next several months, we must be very clear and aware that we aren't being decieved by destructive riddles, or led astray by those who would wish to obsess and abuse us. In fact, with Mercury being retrograde at this time, we may even be deceiving and lying to ourselves, paving the way for our downfall if we are not careful. But by seeing this in the chart at this juncture in time, we can avoid the worst of it. Just be mindful.
Pluto retrograde square 763 Cupido could bring some trouble when looking for love, as Cupido is more a lustful asteroid from where I'm looking. Pluto also opposes Venus at a wide orb, so any love relationships should be carefully considered during the next several months, especially if they were initiated during this time, as after the initial lustful stage, only those meant to be will endure beyond that honeymoon period. Now, if you're looking for somehing like tantric sex, then this can be a time of great transformation. Just remember that the phoenix must immolate itself to be reborn /grin.
Speaking of sexual transformations, Cupido does sextile 545 Messalina, both quincunx Vesta for a Yod pattern, and kited by 37117 Narcissus. Whatever sexual or romantic transformations occur during this time, one must be very aware of the other partner's intentions, as deep down in the core it may not be altruistic, and at the same time, there will be an air of destiny or something that seems sacred or blessed to begin with. But a lot of encounters initiated around the time of this eclipse will be primarily lustful, I feel. Had the involved asteroids been something like Aphrodite or Eros, then perhaps something more enduring, but not in this instance.
Mars trine Saturn retrograde brings a general ease and easier flow when it comes to achieveing some of our more self-improving goals during this several months period. It's a great time to initiate some growth, especially as we have Jupiter sextiling both Saturn and Mars, creating a Minor Grand Trine, so we should have a greater deal of good fortune in self-improvement projects for the next several months. Note that Jupiter does square Venus at this time as well, so there could be some losses stemming from a romantic encounter we may have desired, or perhaps a piece of artwork or that awesome poster doesn't quite match the rest of the decor in your room, as remote possibilities.
Venus currently is also conjunct 875 Nymphe and 149 Medusa. Romantic encounters initiated during this period could be a bit dicey as this seems to point to me some impetus on lustful action, with a risk of betrayal by women or female-minded individuals (or even those men more attuned to their feminine side, for another example.) Perhaps "possible betrayal by the feminine" makes more sense? I'm not sure how else to describe this with the English language adequately. This gets quite interesting though, as currently Venus, Nymphe and Medusa all sextile Sedna on Algol, and with Pholus quincunx both sides of this Yod, and 8813 Leviathan opposing Pholus, I would have to urge caution in any drunken encounters during this time period. While Medusa could be described as betrayal by the feminine, Sedna is betrayal by the Masculine, and Sedna moves slow! And it's parked its fat, transneptunian ass on Algol, a very harsh fixed star, so there's a great risk of men or more masculine figures in our lives possibly losing their heads at this time. Remember also that Arachne weakly opposes Sedna at this time too, so there's again a risk of ties that bind. If you're not wanting any more children at this time, I'd strongly urge using protection, as the alignments seem to indicate that there's an elevated chance of this happening globally during this time period.
I will leave off here, as the Eclipse is coming in my locality in the morning and I'd rather not miss it. Hopefully I'll be able to borrow some eclipse goggles to see this thing as I didn't get a chance to acquire any with all the goings on that have been happening with me. Be calm, be alert, and overall I think there's a great chance to grow during this particular Eclipse period. Be careful not to go overboard with that hot hunk or that cute playmate too! After all, the last chances for summer romance do seem to be coming now with Labor Day coming up and the Autumnal Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) a month away! Adios.
We have entered Eclipse Season, and that means the fun is about to begin! What we are about to experience here is the precursor Lunar Eclipse to the great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017, and we need to be ready mentally and energetically, mentally and spiritually for what is to come. Let's dive in, and see what is to come.
We start off with aspects to the Lunar Eclipse itself, which we'll start with Lunar Eclipse opposite Mars. As Mars conjuncts the Sun during this time, we find ourselves with some increased energy and increased drive. The emotions we will be facing during this eclipse cycle, however, are a bit high energy, frazzled, and can push us to great heights, or smolder within and consume us. Lunar Eclipse trine Jupiter is also a blessing for this part, as we will be feeling a bit lucky, or that we may see a way out of the darkness or out of some trouble.
But let's not go overboard as we have a strong Pluto retrograde square Jupiter aspect to deal with as well. While we may have some anticipation of luck, the reality may not be so eacy for us to deal with. In fact, for some of that luck to possibly manifest, some major walls are going to have to tumble first. Quite simply, Jupiter square Pluto can put a halt to some of our loftier plans and force us to go back to the drawing board.
Speaking of back to the drawing board, Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow period at this time, and this is a point of contention we should take into account at this time. In this Lunar Eclipse chart, Mercury opposes Neptune retrograde, although not exactly. It may be a time we should consider writing down our dreams, however mundane or outlandish they may be. They may even be a bit erotic or aesthetically pleasing as Mercury sextiles Venus at this time as well. Venus also trines Neptune retrograde at this point, so this is something to bear in mind as well, further adding to some of the more pleasing aspects to our thoughts. With this, however, comes a risk of losing ourselves in our passions, or possibly waiting for our passions to manifest themselves. Don't let that happen.
We also have Saturn retrograde trine the North Node, though at a 3 and a half degree orb. We may find ourselves finding what has been holding us back for some time, and looking to go foward and apply what we've learned during this Saturn retrograde cycle to breaking through, or at the very least dreaming up some plans that may be of use of breaking us out of ill cycles. Saturn will soon be going forward sometime after the Solar Eclipse, so that will be an excellent time to drive ahead with some plans.
Uranus, which has just entered its own retrograde cycle also is trining the North Node, though this is barely trining Saturn at all due to the degree of the orb between them in their respective signs at this time. With the weak Uranus retrograde trine to the North Node during this eclipse, we can begin to see what's been holding ourselves back and begin seeing what we can do to get through it. Nowhere near as harsh as a square between the two, it's actually easy to ignore or dismiss the internal changes that we need at this time to further ourselves along.
Adding the asteroids to the mix, Uranus retrograde trine 896 Sphinx, also on Regulus, this could give us some unconventional methods to solve some tricky riddles. Care must be taken that we don't think that these solutions are the end-all-be-all to our problems. Pride comes before a fall, afterall. Something to also consider is Sphinx weakly conjunct (offsign to boot) 26955 Lie, also with Regulus. As the Lie energies are also melding with Sphinx at this time and feeding into the trine into Uranus retrograde, we really need to make sure we aren't fooling ourselves with these grand plans.
Another asteroid combination I'm seeing right now is 564 Dudu opposite 128 Nemesis, with Eris squaring both to apex a T-square. There is a great propensity for chaos and disorder stemming from people getting tired of the crap. As Dudu is conjunct fixed star Pollux right now... Pollux is akin to Mars, it is said, with elements of Moon and Uranus also a factor (citation here.) Some people will be adamant that their crap is true, and it's going to make people very annoyed with them. Maybe even losing allies over it. As these asteroids don't really impact the traditionally-inspired planets (unless you weight Eris as much as one would Pluto, both being dwarf planets), this effect won't be as dynamic.
Sedna conjunct fixed star Algol, yes, this bears mentioning. This is going to be a pain in the ass for a few years, given Sedna moving so slowly with its orbit. Sedna is also barely squaring North Node right now, and as it's a separating square, well, we've already seen some betrayal by men happen recently in the news, sometimes to almost comedic effect if not for the fact it was happening in the effective command center of our government. At least, I'm sure there's some feelings with that, whether it be Scaramucci's commentary about Steve Bannon in his short-lived career at the White House, or John McCain casting the deciding vote to defeat the Repeal of Obamacare, ...there's some ruffled feathers right now. And those feelings I'm sure are going to play out over the next several months with this Lunar Eclipse influence. Expect more of it, just not as strongly as if it were an exact square between Sedna and the Nodes.
Regrettably, I have to cut this short. I will... address... my extended absence that occurred sometime in the coming days. But tread with care during this eclipse period. Not overly harsh, but some things you depend on may not be there for long. Or at least, that's what the fearful dissonance may say.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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.