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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's go deeper into this cycle...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mercury Direct May 2016 - Long Road


I'm a wee bit behind on getting this article up, so do bear with me! But yeah, you wouldn't know it but Mercury is finally direct, and as of the time I'm writing this article, it is less than a week until it exits the post-retrograde shadow period. For the Mercury Retrograde period we just exited, refer to the April-May 2016 Mercury Retrograde article, which serves as a part 1 to this sequence. Consider this article you're reading right now as part 2.

First off we had an Earth Grand Trine between Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, Jupiter in Virgo, and Mercury station direct in Taurus. This is normally a quite fortunate alignment. We have communications, travel, document-signing (Mercury) in a benefic trine with expansion, good fortune (Jupiter), and both are making a positive aspect to enable us to tear down our own inner detritus that no longer serves us and rebuild (Pluto retrograde) for a better time of things.

However, we have a bit of a wet blanket with the T-Square between Jupiter opposing Neptune, apexing at Saturn retrograde and the Moon. During this time, despite the benefic aspects listed above, we have a bit of a conflicting give-and-take between daydreams, illusions, the esoteric (Neptune) and the aforementioned expansive benefic nature of Jupiter. Both those are getting hammered by Saturn having us take an inward look at our own failings and constrictions, and this was causing us to feel a bit uneasy (Moon) and likely either look gift horses in mouths, or potentially miss out on some good opportunities.

Mars retrograde opposite Sun was also putting us at odds with our own ambition, our own ego, and likely some self-doubts as to whether we were embarking on the right path or not... Since then, Mars has reentered Scorpio, and I should likely do an article on that itself as well, to say nothing of when Mars leaves again. (We don't hae too much longer of Mars retrograde, as that itself ends around June 20th). Sun is also in a wide off-sign conjunction to Venus, which as of the Mercury turning direct was near fixed star Algol. We likely had some rude awakenings and some struggle in what we value in relationships, and our own self worth as far as jobs and what we do from day-to-day to serve others was probably at odds with what we really want to do, what we yearn for (Venus opposite Mars retrograde).

Mercury quincunx Saturn retrograde further put the brakes on us even with Mercury going direct, as we started feeling like a bit of raring to go, but "is this really what we need to do? Is this really what we're supposed to be doing?" A bit of a give and take and it's somewhat uneasy, it's like we don't know if we really wanted to go down the rabbit hole as some were likely afraid of taking a big step and falling on our face. A bit of fear of failure, yet an uncertainty of what happens if we didn't take that chance. Since the Mercury direct, have you gone forth and started on that path anyways?

Chiron conjunt 114 Kassandra, both sextile 99942 Apophis near Algol, showed that this wasn't necessarily a bad thing, as now we can see what we're needing to discard or stop in our lives to bring about some necessary healing, to get us back on the right path, a bit of catharsis as it were. But were we listening to ourselves, about what needed to be destroyed in order for us to get onto the path we needed to be on?

433 Eros off-sign conjunct 149 Medusa, this conjunction reared its ugly head as well, and squared Mars retrograde to boot. Relationships started the moment Mercury went direct were likely hot and heavy, and a caution of betrayal might have been good ahead of time. 4386 Lust conjunct 875 Nymphe also amplified this, though those were widely trine Saturn retrograde, so we might have stopped a little and listened to that inner voice asking if this is really what we want... and then might have gone forward and done it anyways. Or pursued it.

Ixion and Pholus conjunct, with Pholus near Galactic Center, this could have been a time where hospitality may have been questioned or taken advantage of as well. Again, awareness of those who make advances on your significant others would be something to take stock of, and likely would be good to ensure that we're aboveboard in our relationships with those significant others as well. For those of us who were single, it's likely we were drawn to someone who wasn't available. For those of us employed, may have been greatly tempted to seek greener pastures elsewhere. For those of us unemployed, likely looking fever-pitch for another position where positions aren't available.

37117 Narcissus opposition 55 Pandora was a warning to be cautious of our egos, and look out for those with big egos and be wary of getting too involved, lest we open a Pandora's box of regret. (I know of at least one example where this occurred, unfortunately. Not me directly, but it wasn't pretty).

6583 Destinn square 157 Dejanira, during the Mercury direct turn, showed that some of us were fighting fate to not become victims, or were struggling with having had occurences happen to us. Dejanira sextile Nessus/Pallas, however, I would interpret as showing that we're not alone, and that whatever victimized us will not be allowed to destroy us if we don't allow it to (also see above Chiron sextile Apophis).

This is a quick and dirty article, but it's up. The New Moon article for a couple days from now should be up tomorrow (June 3rd). Lots going on right now, for sure!

New Moon Taurus - May 2016 - Full Load


Another month, another New Moon. Grab your shovels, and plant some seeds, as I'm seeing quite a bit of... fertilizer. Hey, it makes plants grow, and plants give us good stuff. Just get ready to duck!

This New Moon is in a hell of a place, and in a good way. An earthy Grand Trine to Pluto retrograde and Jupiter retrograde, and arguably North Node as well, depending on how wide an orb you apply to the North Node aspect. Grand Trines are easier, almost too easy at times (depending on what's involved in natal charts. This is transit though). Let's consider this: Some people may just be coasting thinking that things are starting to wind down, while others will be idling and pondering their next moves. This could be a mistake, given the Neptune opposition to Jupiter retrograde, so we have a bit of a wide Kite here.

A Grand Trine Kite occurs when we have three planets or points trine one another in three different signs, and when one of those planets have an opposition to another body or point. The opposing planet is essentially pulling the bowstring and bringing a focus to the kited planet. In this case, Jupiter retrograde. And Jupiter is all but Station Direct right now, slowing down for it to regain forward momentum on May 9th. So Jupiter is going to have some pretty big focus right now being at a standstill. As far as the North Node... Neptune's too wide to consider for that with a 9 degree orb. So we'll ignore it here.

Jupiter is also featured in a T-Square to Neptune, apex at Saturn retrograde and to a much lesser degree, Mars retrograde. Saturn's still going backwards and is a bit of a downer right now, and Mars retrograde is still slowing down actions and smoldering. Engage in healthy releases as much as possible I say. Especially as we have Mars retrograde quincunx Venus/Apophis right now. Some unstable passions that we don't know what to do with, kinda hot, but kinda want to stand ground. Could wreck a good thing if not careful. Might go out with a whimper though, or not as bad as it could if it goes that way, given Mars trine Kaali, an amplifier.

Let's get into the asteroids though, as these are very interesting. New Moon conjunct asteroids Lie and Dudu... Let's be honest here, this cycle we are going to see a lot that is full of crap. New Moon quincunx Saturn retrograde along with those two asteroids tells me that people are going to get called out on their crap and not sure how to take it. Likely, we ourselves will be called out, maybe calling ourselves out on our own crap, like bad habits (such as me staying up so late and putting things off. Not a good thing as I'm out of a job as of the end of ... today! Yeah, that's kinda bumming me out a little but I'm sure I'll find something soon enough. Enough of the personal note though!)...

Pholus trine Dejanira/Hekate trine Lucifer/Swindle for an asteroid Fire Grand Trine... might see some resolutions or revelations come to light of certain scandals or news involving victims. I would not be surprised to see some developments in a few cases pending trial or where justice was already meted out, such as Bill Cosby (not much news on that trial lately), or Jared the former Subway spokeman (who isn't having such a great time in prison. Can't imagine why. Hmm). Ixion also trining Hekate/Dejanira... yeah, might see some bruised egos here soon.

Lucifer opposite Buysballot/Lamb and Lucifer quincunx Pinocchio suggests to me that in this cycle, we will see some who will be riding high on lies and false promises, though the opposition implies a possible pride before a fall, or the air being let out of a lead balloon. (Lucifer from what I have seen denotes pride more than anything else.

Pinocchio semisextile Buysballot/Lamb suggests further falsehoods to me leading to some successes on the backs of those who fall in line and march to the standard beat. In short, and not to beat a dead horse, the typical portrayal of Donald Trump's base. (I really need to chart Election Day and see how this is going to go with the candidates).

Pandora Opposite Narcissus, Apex New Moon/Lie/Dudu in a T-Square: Yes, a Pandora's Box is pretty much already opened at this point. And what's flying out of it has people talking, and yes, we are seeing a lot of ego being blown about. This month is going to be quite intense.

Kassandra conjunct South Node: Warnings from the past are being sounded, but I can guarantee you that they're going to be ignored, as Kassandra represents warnings given and no one listening until it's too late.

Lucifer/Swindle opposite Eros/Medusa, apex Vesta conjunct Fixed Star Algol: Not a good star for the asteroid of fighting for one's beliefs and the sacred flame to be on. Sextile Chiron, however, slightly mitigates this unfortunate influence. But probably not all that much. We can expect to see more sex scandals and probably another prominent player laid low by past indiscretions, and likely via betrayal by way of a woman or female figure. We also have Cupido conjunct Messalina, both retrograde and off-sign between Libra and Scorpio, so that minor influence is also in the mix, as well as Nymphe trine Aphrodite, both romance asteroids. Be above-board in your romantic relationships, and expect to see someone hoisted by their own petard with their pants down is what I'm seeing for this lunar cycle.

Political world example of the transits leading up to this New Moon: Donald Trump just effectively secured the Republican Party Nomination. You could argue he doesn't have to do as much there now. But his battle may just be beginning. It's apparent to the other parties now (counting the third parties as well as Democrats) that the one who was not expected to win the nomination just effectively won it. The Donald's basically representing the Grand Trine Kite, while Cruz/Kasich could best be described by the T-Square (and they just suspended their campaigns, so this kinda goes along with the Mars/Saturn retrogrades). And of course, the Hitler/Mussolini comparisons are flying harder now, and still the momentum is still going.

I'd love to analyze more of this New Moon, but honestly, I need sleep before my last day at work. (Just because it's my last day doesn't mean I don't have stuff to finish up!) So yeah there's going to be plenty of crap this month, but that crap could grow some good things down the road. Be very much aboveboard in your relationships, and you might weather the storm and grow a stronger bond (or perhaps a new one if it comes down to it). Anyways, I'm fading. Sleep time for this astrologer.

Mercury Retrograde April-May 2016 - Retroactive Reversal


April 28th is coming up on us, and we've got that magical time again: Mercury Retrograde. This one is considerably different than most, considering that when it goes backwards from our perspective on Earth, we will have five planets in retrograde motion at the same time! The last time this happened was about ten years ago, and this is about a 4% of the time occurance.

The first thing that strikes out at me is the Minor Grand Trine between Moon and Mercury/Vesta, apexing at Chiron. Now fortunately, Chiron is in the focus of a beneficial pattern such as this, so in this case the Wounded Healer is likely to start bringing us some healing rather than wounding. Chiron itself, however, is square Ixion, so from what I see, themes of infidelity or betrayals is going to be a theme of that healing. Maybe false allegations thereof. I don't know. With Ixion itself retrograde, perhaps you thoguht yourself to have betrayed some trust before, and during this cycle perhaps there's a healing and a clearing of the air where things may not have been quite as bad as thought, or circumstances have changed. I'm not imagining a flagging marriage being one of these where one or both partners cheated, but maybe something like a bad assumption or series of bad assumptions being worked over right now.

We do still have the T-Square between Neptune opposite Jupiter Retrograde, apex Saturn Retrograde. This is also a time where we will be facing some of our illusions, and facing some hard truths within ourselves. Let's use Chiron's influence to start healing this. Perhaps the hard truths are related to the Chiron/Ixion retrograde square, and perhaps there's an underlying reason some of us have fallen into the bad assumption pattern.

To put a personal perspective on this: Recently I just had an assumption blow up in my face, though there was a buffer zone given for this. I assumed my contract job was going to last until at least June and give me some more time to save up a little more for that eventuality (or the hopeful possibility of a contract extension, or even conversion to full-time). Guess what: Instead I got a two-weeks notice, and this was with a slight extension (details I'm going to skip over for now). To be fair, my manager and contact are looking high and low for colleagues that need someone with my skills (which would be most-accurately described as Full Stack Developer, though I was brought on as a UX developer. I've done front, middle, database stuff, so yeah Full Stack it is. But I digress...). What this is also revealing on a personal level is that I have support from others who have worked with me and are pulling for me. There's a few options, but right now, I need to evaluate very carefully given my situation.

Back to the matter at hand: Mercury Retrograde's beginning. Let's moved on to Mercury and the Fixed Star: Algol is out of range. YES. Algol is a very unfortunate star, but as Mercury is farther than two degrees away, close to three degrees away, it's just out of range. So let's gloss over that one! Trust me, this could be far worse. About a degree and a half from a conjunction with Vesta, we're going to be reviewing and reflecting on what is sacred or special to us, what we hold highly in regards to our beliefs.

We do also have a Trine between Pluto Retrograde and Mercury Retrograde, and though this is about a six degree orb, we have a slight influence with Pluto's internal devestation and rebirth meshing with Mercury retrograde's review and slowdown. What do we truly value in life? What are we going to let go in this cycle? Grudges? Crushing defeats? That's up to you.

Mars Retrograde is another fun point of this, and is within orb of activating its own T-Square with Neptune and Jupiter Retrograde. So where Saturn is one apex where we face our illusions, Mars retrograde as another apex is going to slowly burn this illusion out.

We need to also consider Mars Sesquiquadrate Uranus/Hekate/Eris/Dejanira. Where do we feel like we've been victimized in our lives? Is it because of going against the grain? Have we victimized others, and is karma about to roll its wheel right over us? Is justice to be done for this rebellious victimization? As part of a news thing I just saw... Bill Cosby may be seeing his day in court very soon, and could face up to 10 years if convicted once this goes to trial. We shoould also note Venus conjunct 99942 Apophis, with Apophis representing destruction. In Cosby's case, I think we're about to see some interesting times ahead with that story. Also note Venus/Apophis trine Pholus Retrograde. Pholus is like a detonator, and also like an intoxication asteroid. In this case, I think we're about to see an implosion from previous destructive lustful actions.

I can't wait to see what this means for the Presidential Campaigns... and I do not like most of the results I saw Tuesday... Let's just say two of the candidates I really did not want to see hit the White House... are in striking range of clinching the nomination of their respective parties. But this is getting to be a quintuple-retrograde period... what fresh hell of surprises are all of the campaigns about to see? We'll find out between now and May 9th, perhaps.

Finally, Sun Quincunx Mars. The Quincunx is a strange animal, it's not a trine, not an opposition, but somewhere in between. It's like in this case, fixed Earth to mutable Fire. Sorta like a slowly simmering volcano, but when it goes off... it's going to go off. We could see some very harsh words come out, followed by some major apologizing. Expect some mood swings this Mercury Retrograde cycle. Some of those mood swings are needed, though, just don't take it out on loved ones. Mars retrograde in this mix suggests we really shouldn't take it out on ourselves either. I'd recommend physical activity like running or hitting the weights as opposed to driving a fist into the drywall, because drywall repair isn't fun and neither is scaring your friends and loved ones. That and punching a wall hurts like hell, especially when you find that stud in the wall that's considerably more sturdy than the plaster. And court-ordered anger management training isn't something that's considered fun by many, so try to keep your cool.

I'm out of time for now, but I'll leave this here as a Part 1. Part 2, I haven't decided if I'll get into other asteroids, or if I'll just go to look at the Mercury Direct phase that comes later in May.

Full Moon Scorpio - April 2016 - Emotional Overload


This Full Moon is now upon us as well, and believe me, I wanted to get this written sooner. As you can imagine, Mars and Pluto retrogrades have not been playing well with my schedule all week. Where we started to see things get hit with the previous New Moon in Aries... We're seeing more of it and the hits keep coming and coming!

Jupiter Opposite Neptune in T-Square to Saturn and Mars, now here's where it gets interesting. Jupiter in Virgo, and retrograde at that, isn't in its best spot. However, by the time of the next new moon, it'll be about to station Direct and starting its long march out of Virgo and onto more expansive territory. For now, it's opposing Neptune, so our pipe dreams regarding what we're worth and where we're going will be a bit stagnant for now. Especially with Mars and Pluto retrograde in the mix. Both of these also square Saturn, and Saturn itself is retrograde right now, so we have a conflict of restrictions and interruptions hitting us, so we're not likely to be seeing much growth and advancement right now, try as we might. Mars retrograde also in this T-square (and very wide conjunct Saturn if we can even consider it as such), well, thankfully Mars and Saturn aren't mixing in their retrograde energies together as tightly, but it's close enough and both in orb to squaring Jupiter and Neptune enough to be a real pain in the ass. Mars retrograde slows us down even further. On Antares? Yes, we're also seeing some real seething, probably (definitely) from frustrations arising from the delays and interferences we're seeing in our daily lives.

It's not all doom and gloom, however. North Node/Mercury/Pluto are in an Earth Grand Trine, so we have a little bit of a relaxation and easing of communications, especially concerning where we're headed, and the conversations about what needs to be changed or discarded, especially as far as wastefulness (Pluto in Capricorn) are likely to develop. Mercury, however, is also slowing down for its own retrograde period starting next week! So communications are going to be impacted further for the remainder of the cycle. Vesta itself is also in this Grand Trine partially (due to the conjunction to Mercury and being within orb of trining the North Node, not so much Pluto). A crisis of faith could come about, though it won't be as contentious like it would if it were with Mercury in, say, a Grand Cross. Let's be thankful we don't have that for this trip.

Pholus continues to sit on Galactic Center, thus spiritual themes and themes of higher consciousness will continue to be experienced, mostly on an internal, in the back-of-the-mind way.

The Full Moon trines Nessus, so we may have a slight easing of obsessions this cycle. However, we must note we have a much stronger Nessus square 3811 Karma this Full Moon. Have you obsessed over or even been abusive to someone in the past? Get ready, because a day of reckoning is likely upon us now. We reap what we sow, and with Nessus in Pisces, believe me, emotions will be at the heart of it. Karma being in Gemini, it may come about in the form of duality in some way, whether it be "the other man/woman", or confrontation by a pair. (Imagine a pair of police officers coming to the door regarding a complaint due to an argument over whether to have chicken or lasagna for dinner. Mild, ridiculous example but I can definitely see something like this happening). Trust me, you really want to focus on hobbies (but not to the detriment of spending time with your loved ones), or focusing on meditation or something of the sort right now for the remainder of the cycle if you're having trouble with obsessive tendencies.

99942 Apophis conjunct 100 Hekate... I have a feeling we'll be seeing more destruction of some ritualistic aspects of our lives. Given the combination to Nessus square Karma, I wouldn't be surprised if yet another religious or spiritual institution gets caught up in another scandal at this time.

Venus conjunct Uranus conjunct 157 Dejanira... More shakeups in relationships to be sure, likely in regards to not being appreciated or feeling victimized is a theme I could see happening, especially with Venus and Uranus square Pluto. Of course, some new relationships or other arrangements, or even unconventional employment (or perhaps both) will start up, but this should not be fully expected to be permanent. (It could be depending on placements to your own natal and progressed charts). What was thought to be stable in relationships and even jobs (Venus also equates to jobs, not just romance and relationships), we may just come through this and find out it wasn't so permanent. Or you could transition from one contract job to another one. Jobs, relationships, both require work and something's going to shift after this full moon. Almost guaranteed. Could even be something mundane as your spouse needing to spend a few extra hours in the office this or next week.

Let's be honest, this Full Moon culmination for this cycle is looking like a cluster... um... rhymes with "truck"... yeah. The Earth Grand Trine will help somewhat. But the T-Square, we're going to be delayed, we're going to have illusions shattered, plans go awry... If you think you're going to go full speed ahead right now, I'm telling you, you're gonna have a bad time. Check, double-check, triple-check, and then proceed with caution.

Now, hopefully, I can finish up my other article series soon or at the very least start on the Mercury Retrograde article before the Mercury Retrograde actually begins. As I said, it's been a crazy week!

Mars and Pluto Retrograde 2016 - All Stop (Part 1)


It's finally here. Mars Retrograde. Pluto Retrograde follows in less than 24 hours after this point. Don't expect a lot of forward momentum at this time. Nay, if you try to force things now, it's probably not going to go very well. Since Mars and Pluto are both going retrograde within one day of one another, I've opted to combine this series for both as there really isn't going to be much of a difference in placements overall for both retrograde stations.

To recap about retrogrades, the planets themselves are not going backwards in space. Instead, the orbits of Earth and the planets are at such a point that the planets that are retrograde appear to be moving in reverse from our perspective here on Earth.

Mars Retrograde begins it's backward motion on Antares, a fixed star in Sagittarius. This is going to be rather interesting, as Antares is a pretty incendiary star all on its own, and Mars is the planet of action, war, anger, and fire. Mars, when going forwards, things progress and advance, and initiating actions seems to go a lot smoother. Once it's retrograde, it's pause-and-reassess time. Sure, you can force things forward, and you may have situations where you can't wait. Make sure you know if it's that kind of situation, or if it's a situation that you can take some time to think about and plan things out better.

Regarding Mars conjunct Antares... From [url=http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Antares.html]Constellations of Words:

With Mars: Detrimental habits powerfully affecting the life, quarrels with friends and relatives, fairly favorable for gain. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]

Fortunately, moon is not with Aldebaran so we don't have to worry about that last part. Still, for this Mars Retrograde cycle, we can expect more arguments and incidents, some stemming from people trying to force things through, and others just because people are more argumentative.

We do have some good news though... We have an Earth Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn trine Mercury/Vesta in Taurus trine Jupiter Retrograde in Virgo. This should go a long way in smoothing over some communications with others (though get things in writing, as Mecury itself is in it's Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period right now)... And the trine to Jupiter retrograde will allow us to take some things to heart and apply what we learn to ourselves. We'll be able to somewhat go forward with this before too long as Jupiter turns direct next month, though Mars will be retrograde until June 29th.

Saturn is also retrograde right now, and will be retrograde for the entire Mars Retrograde cycle. At the station for Mars, it trines Venus and to a lesser degree Uranus. We should have a little more stability with our relationships to others and will be looking inwards regarding our role in said relationships, and what we can do differently. Saturn squares Jupiter, so we will have conflict within ourselves regarding our relations wtih others, in romance and jobs. After all, Venus is Quincunx Jupiter at this point.

Truth be told, we do have a Fire Grand Trine between Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius trine Venus in Aries trine 55 Pandora in Leo. Our looking inwards regarding these relationships is going to unlock some uncomfortable truths, most likely, and this will be like Pandora opening that wonderful box that unleashed all sorts of fun stuff into the world. But there was still hope in the box when all was said in done, so whatever you find out, don't despair too much. Take stock and take steps to rectify what you find. If all you find is good things, then awesome! Keep that stuff up.

Asteroid-wise, we have a rather nasty trio making a conjunction. 37117 Narcissus, 433 Eros, and 149 Medusa are all conjunct in Aquarius. Now Eros itself isn't bad, it's love. Romantic love, to be specific. The problem is with Narcissus, which of course portrays narcissism, and we have Medusa which in my experience has represented betrayal by or involving women. Ladies and gentlemen, if you've got any planets in hard aspect to 16-17 Aquarius or conjunct around there, do be wary of self-centered suitors looking to bleed you dry. Now, these do make a Minor Grand Trine to Saturn and Venus, however, the orb to Venus makes this weak, and Medusa really only factors due to the conjunction to Narcissus and Eros which are within 2 degrees orb of sextiling Venus. So there's some possible mitigation here as Saturn in the back of your head might be telling you "Hang on, this might be too good to be true", and perhaps Venus's influence smooths things over too... or makes it easier to fall head over heels in love with someone who isn't all that great for you.

100 Hekate and 157 Dejanira square Pluto isn't very nice. We could see more revelations of victims of ritualistic abuse or other abuses come to light. Do be careful.

Ceres conjunct 4386 Lust might be something to spice up the homestead's love life. Or maybe you see a proposal come at this time. However, do remember that with all of this retrograde action going on, you may want to hold off on this. Rather, strengthen the bonds you have now and think things through before going full matrimony-mode.

In part 2, I will further examine some asteroids, and give further focus to Pluto.

Lunar Eclipse Libra March 2016 - Rapid Evolution


As I write this, and quite late at night I might add, the Lunar Eclipse is likely underway.

This one is a penumbral lunar eclipse, meaning we're not going to be getting that blood moon-like effect this time. This will be the last eclipse in Libra for quite some time, I'm hearing. Let's get into it.

The eclipse itself isn't faring too terribly badly this time. Apart from the Moon Opposite Sun as it would be at the moment of maximum eclipse, we have Mercury conjunct Sun and Opposite Moon. Communications will be at the forefront emotionally and metaphysically for the next several months for this Lunar Eclipse cycle. Hopefully the intentions set at the time of the Solar Eclipse earlier this month were spot on, as what you set in motion is going to manifest in some way now.

Those people with planets or personal points in the last 3-4 degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius/Pisces) and in the first 7-8 degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn) are going to feel more of this eclipse than others.

The Lunar Eclipse itself sextiles Mars, which isn't too bad. Mars also trines the Sun at this time, so we should be seeing some regulation of the aggressive energy of Mars, which I must remind you is still in its Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period. We're seeing a slowdown of sorts, although not enough of a slowdown sadly, given the horrific events in Brussels the other day.

Saturn, however, is apex of a T-Square between the Jupiter Retrograde and Venus opposition, though not exact. Saturn, in a couple days, is also going to station retrograde and begin its own Retrograde period, which will run largely concurrent with the Mars Retrograde this time. So we're going to see the taskmaster's restrictive and disciplinary influence come to the forefront between what we value in ourselves internally, with Jupiter retrograde guiding us in Virgo (where it's unfortunately not at its highest power), and also what we value emotionally with Venus in Pisces here.

Asteroid 99942 Apophis at the moment of maximum eclipse is less than a degree orb conjuncting Neptune, so we're going to see some illusions shattered I would say during the next several months. Apophis is the destroyer, and it is quincunx Asteroid Sappho, itself retrograde. Relationships could be a bit dicey over this time period as well, as there may be a bit of give and take and we just at this time could be in a bit of a frenzy as to what we should do regarding certain relationships. Do we stay with it? Reestablish contact if it's been lost? Confront the BS? People are going to have to decide what to do with this and it's not going to be an easy topic. But the Mercury conjunct Sun may help that.

Asteroid Amor is also within two degrees of conjuncting Uranus at this time, so do be on the lookout for roving eyes as well. Amor and Uranus are also trining Saturn, so maybe a bit of the window shopping will be tempered with some prudence.

Asteroid Pholus has a tendency to intoxicate and blow up what it touches, and right now it's sitting on Galactic Center, an esoterically powerful point. Messages from the beyond, from spirit guides, from ancestors, Creator/Source/what-have-you, we're going to see more mention of it here.

Black Moon Lilith on fixed star Spica, hmm... I'm not entirely sure what to say here other than the mystic divine femininity, or the darker side of femininity maybe... it's going to be focused on a bit. We're already seeing this in the Presidential campaigns right now, what with Donald Trump apparently commenting on a reporter's appearance, as well as the recent Anonymous threat against Ted Cruz of exposing some saucier exploits from his past. (I'm watching this right now wondering where and how this is going to end up).

We could also see something involving Hillary Clinton right now. Bill Clinton, her husband, is already stumping, and from some accounts, has managed to put his foot in his mouth regarding the last several years of what he seemed to state was a lack of progress (of which his wife, who is running for President, was Secretary of State for four of those years. Take this as a warning, people, to dot your I's and cross your T's during this period).

Nessus quincunx Lunar Eclipse is going to be an interesting aspect to watch for this cycle. We're going to see more about some previous obsessions, indescretions, and likely abuses that have managed to evade focus up to this point. Probably will see something involving Bill Cosby's case even. We'll also likely see something regarding Gawker's now-lost case involving Hulk Hogan's scandal. Gawker might not even survive this, who knows?

Dejanira conjunct Hekate will likely see us deal with how we are seemingly the victim in the ritualistic charade that's become our lives over the last several years. This asteroid conjunction trines Mars right now so we may see either an easing of this in some aspects, or some justice served. Again, Hulk vs Gawker comes to mind. Let's also sum that trine and the Nessus quincunx Lunar Eclipse as "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Very real consequences at work here.

Finally, we have Ceres conjunct Chiron and South Node. We are going to see a lot of challenges here regarding hearth and home, and what it means to us. Where do we feel more comfortable, and where do we need to go? Some of you will probably be entertaining a move. Others of us may be trying to figure out a balance between work life and home life, or family life or even play life. Asteroid Karma sextiles all three of those, so whatever we come up with may in the end play out for the greater good. But don't stay too comfortable, as Karma also trines North Node. We have to continue to evolve and grow, or where we figure we're healing in our home lives could end up wounding us instead.

Overall, there's a lot more to this Lunar Eclipse cycle than I first realized, and this is likely only touching the tip of the iceberg. Keep your eyes peeled for more icebergs (or melting ice shelves if Antarctica is any indication), and adjust your heading so you don't wind up sleeping with the proverbial fishes.

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... ...it'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.

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