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Lunar Eclipse Aquarius - August 2016 - Arrow of Fate


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of messes out there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Moon Cancer - July 2016 - Emergency Self-Reconstruct


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Moon Sagittarius II - June 2016 - Solstice Crossroads


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's go deeper into this cycle...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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