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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 Leo - August 2016 - Harsh Realities


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Moon Capricorn - July 2016 - Chaos Rising


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Moon Cancer - July 2016 - Emergency Self-Reconstruct


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mars Direct 2016 - Red Reckoning


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Full Moon Sagittarius I - May 2016 - Turbulant Affections


Sagittarius has something intense in store for us. This is the first of two full moons that will be in this sign, which of course doesn't happen often. Generally we see this when the full moon falls in the first two degrees of a sign, which ... I don't have a figure as to how often that happens to be honest with you. Let's check it out.


The Full Moon conjuncts Mars Retrograde. Mars Retrograde also opposes Venus on Algol by a wide orb. Now, the Venus connection is about a 5-6 degree orb, so it's effect is going to be muted in the scheme of things, but with it being on Algol, it's going to have its own share of challenges! Moon conjunct Mars brings aggression, drive, and tension to our emotions. Opposing the Sun, Mars brings challenges and our ego will be at odds with others. As Mars is retrograde, we could see more passive-aggressive actions, more saber-rattling, more seething anger. All this also forms a T-Square with 433 Eros and 149 Medusa, so romantic relationships are likely to be very rocky until the new moon. Venus with Algol, a very malefic star, isn't in the best position even though it's in Taurus, a sign it rules. With the wide opposition to Mars we're going to likely see more trouble in paradise, more agruments in relationships... Frankly, everyone is going to need to take a step back and chill out a bit if you can.

Venus quincunx Ixion/Pholus (themselves a bit wide for a conjunction at nearly 3 degrees) further sees a possibility of explosive romantic and sexual incidences occuring. I wouldn't be surprised if an awkward scandal comes about during this time in the news cycle, potentially a scandal without merit.

(On a personal level, this all also is squaring my natal Sun. And I'm single and looking at the time I write this. Something tells me I'll be looking for a bit yet).

Venus quincunx Cupido/Messalina further amplifies the Full Moon aspects going on right now. Being retrograde, Cupido and Messalina being quincunx to the planet of love and relationships could bring forth awkward, maybe undue allegations of infidelity. With Medusa and Eros together in an off-sign conujunction making that Full Moon T-Square, I suppose it all depends on who's accusing who of the unfaithfulness. Or maybe there's just more singles being promiscuous. There may be some of that action going on and an underlying feeling of "what am I doing?" Or "Is this what I really want?" Perhaps some people just have to experience it themselves to know, among singles. There's also those in open relationships/marraiges, I suppose. Maybe another is brought in that's not to the other's liking in those situations.

Lust conjunct Nymph spices things up a bit sexually right now. Being semisextile Neptune, there could be that vibe that "well, they seem like they could be good..." Just be mindful of how you might feel the morning after.

Kassandra conjunct Chiron tells us we need to keep an ear to the ground and don't dismiss warnings of potential disaster out of hand, lest we be e

Mercury is almost done with its retrograde cycle, and will go direct very soon after this Full Moon takes effect. So right now communications are slowing down a bit. With a quincunx to Saturn Retrograde, we can expect some questionable communications, but nothing that can't be overturned. Think and speak clearly, and make sure you get all legal matters (contracts, etc.) in writing. And check that writing as there might need to be some amendments needed.

Speaking of things going direct, Jupiter is now direct itself, so the planet of expansion and greater beneficial matters is finally picking up steam in its normal direction again. Still, it's in Virgo, so it's not all fun and games. And it's more directly squaring Saturn Retrograde for the rest of this lunar cycle, and still in that T-Square with Neptune as well. So be aware that there's still going to be some delays and roadblocks, but they are not insurmountable. With Jupiter trine Mercury (retrograde until the next day actually), we will see a slight hiccup in communications and travel, but things will pick up rather rapidly once Mercury gets moving forward again. Mercury sextile Neptune may bring about some wishful thinking and talking as well. Again, with Mercury quincunx Saturn retrograde, and Neptune square the same, get that in writing. All of it.

The remainder of the lunar cycle will be within the Mercury Post-Shadow Retrograde period as well, so things aren't out of the woods yet. Be mindful of other drivers, travellers, and other talkers as well. There will likely be some hiccups, as mentioned before so be cautious. A little optimism can go a long way though, so don't be too down if things don't go according to plan right away.

Overall, this is an intense culmination of the lunar cycle we have here. I'm going to suggest being watchful, and do have fun but be prepared and be careful! Can't wait to see what happens when the second full moon comes in Sagittarius later in June.

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!

Saturn Retrograde 2016 - Paradise Lost (Part 1)


Saturn Retrograde is generally not a fun time. It can be downright destructive, and if you're not ready for it, it can leave you in ashes. This can be a time where your self-discipline is brought into question, and also where you need to focus on improving how you handle your responsibilities.

This Saturn Retrograde has already begun by the time I write this. We're going to focus on the major placements first. Fixed Stars and asteroids will be covered in part two, though I include them here. (Don't worry, I'll actually get to writing this very soon unlike the Stephen Reed article!)

Saturn begins its retrograde in a T-Square to both Jupiter Retrograde and Venus. Jupiter opposite Venus brings a bit of a conflict between abundance, or in the retrograde Jupiter's case, inner abundance/sense of self, and what we find attractive, beautiful, fun. A bit of a wondering of "is this what I really want?" Well, Saturn squares both of those now, and is parked and sitting there during the retrograde station. Saturn's there telling you to make up your mind and make sure you figure it out. And it's not going to make it easy.

And you really better figure it out because with Saturn appearing to go backwards now (from Earth's perspective at least), Saturn Square Neptune is going to be rearing its ugly head once again. Saturn square Neptune is an illusion shatterer. Where we've been having daydreams, our heads in the clouds, whatever, Saturn is there cracking the whip and telling us to get on with it. This can also bring extremes in dogma, be it business, religious, or what have you. As Saturn slowed down, we saw the Brussels attacks, and let's not forget an attack happened in Turkey weeks prior that was underreported. We can expect more from Daesh, regrettably (and no I won't call them the other name because I refuse to bastardize the name of a perfectly decent Egyptian goddess. I suppose ISIL will also do).

Mars Trine Sun/Mercury at the beginning of this retrograde cycle might temper some of the initial pain of this retrograde a bit, but don't forget that Mars is in its pre-retrograde shadow period right now. Things are starting to slow down a bit, but Sun and Mercury are working together a bit to bolster some boistrous communication. We can see this right now with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz going at it right now regarding each others' wives. How classy, bringing family into this electoral squabble. Imagine if Sun/Mercury were squaring Mars right now. I think in that case it'd be downright libelous.

Pluto sextile Venus and Pluto Trine Jupiter Retrograde are also giving us a collective breather in a way right now. The jackhammer of the cosmos is using kids gloves where it comes to our relationships and our self-worth in general, so we're having a slightly easier time of things. Pluto is pretty much a destroyer and renewer, like the Phoenix, blasting apart what it touches and then allowing the ashes to fall and rebuild. The sextile to Venus? I'd say there's a chance of whatever's happening this retrograde cycle to help rebuild some relationships stronger than ever (to a lesser degree than the trine), and to allow new relationships to also build. Jupiter retrograde in this shows that there's going to have to be some self-growth, but the lessons should take hold. But first, with Jupiter opposite Venus, we're going to be taking some hits first.

Uranus square Pluto, however, doesn't make any of this easy. Pluto is slowing down for its own retrograde as well, and Uranus just recently got done with one of its own, so they're going to start separating pretty quickly here. Just in time too. Uranus square Pluto is highly volatile, highly destructive, and highly slow-moving. We need to be cautious. If you've been looking at the rhetoric, it's really starting to look like the 1930's again, isn't it? And not so coincidentally, that's when Uranus squared Pluto last time. The aftermath wasn't so pretty (World War II being one result). There's been a lot of upheaval personally in my life, and I'm sure there has been in all of yours too. But the Uranus square Pluto cycle is finally coming to an end within the next year or so, I think... I hope. There aren't any more exact squares until... I don't know when. I'd have to look. A lot of us will probably have moved on to the next life by then, and the rest of us will be much older.

I will leave off now by saying that this Saturn Retrograde is going to be a rough ride. Part Two will examine the asteroids and fixed stars involved in this, and then Part Three will get into the Station Direct later on that only occurs on August 13th. We've got a few months of "fun" in store. Stay tuned.

Full Moon Virgo February 2016 - Illusion Shatterer


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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