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Donald Trump's Inauguration - January 20, 2017 - Golden Isotope


A quite overdue article, and one that is rather... well, timely. An unanticipated outcome by some, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States, and as of the time I actually sit down and begin to write this, we are an hour and a half away from Obama leaving office. I will attempt to be as objective and as quick as I can. I have also taken the liberty of making more charts than normal, and uncertain on some meanings of asteroids in this mix, so whatever I forecast, we shall see what happens. I am confident, however, that the themes will play out in some way. Also note that I have not done a full comparison against the USA Sibley Chart, nor have I compared this to The Donald's own birth chart. We are focusing on the Inauguration itself and the beginning of the Trump Presidency in this article.

First thing we need to make abundantly clear: There is a LOT of Pisces energy here in this chart among the major bodies, with Neptune, Venus, Chiron, Mars, all in Pisces. North Node in Virgo puts the South Node in Pisces as well. Another major thing: All major planets are direct. Events will unfold quickly in this energy, and we must also note that Mercury is still in its post-retrograde shadow phase, so there is still the chance of some revisions going on as well. So yeah, we've got some dreamy water energy here, and no, I don't think this alone accounts for the timing of the Russia dossier involving the, um... water sports, for lack of a better term. Personally, I have questions about the accuracy of that report, and I think there's some BS in it. The Pisces illusionary energies going on here with Neptune/Venus/Chiron/Mars all being in this sign at once, and the Sun also just now crossing into Aquarius at the same time (which seems to be the norm for any Presidential inauguration under normal circumstances), well, there's a lot of fluff in the air right now.

Anyways, let's address the elephant in the room, and I don't mean the T-Square (more on that in a minute). Mars Square Saturn. This is not a pleasant aspect in any way, shape, or form, and it is what we have going into the new Presidential administration. Isn't this fun? Saturn, the taskmaster, the disciplinarian, is squaring off against the volatile, high energy and anger/rage of Mars. Amplifying this is Mars conjunct Chiron, which thankfully is no longer exact. That's a small comfort, but not much of one. given that Saturn is in the 8th house of this event chart, representing sex/death/occult/other people's property, and Mars being in the 11th house of friends and of hopes and fears... Party's over. Obama's leaving, and given the makeup of the administration that's been confirmed thus far (so far, Pence as Vice President), well, there is a lot of anxiety in some camps. People are fearing that years of progress are going to be undone. I can't say 100% for certain that will happen, but I can say without a doubt that this is not going to be the smoothest administration to live under, just from that Saturn square Mars/Chiron in this chart! Do I see a premature end to the presidency just based on that aspect? Not offhand, and Saturn in the 8th could even restrict death. But let's be honest, just because he's going to take the oath of office does not mean his previous scandals will go away. I'm going to say they'll be an albatross around his neck for a while longer.

Let's move on to the other elephant in the room. T-Square apexing Pluto from squaring both Jupiter and Uranus. Now, it's a 5 degree orb to Jupiter, and a 3 degree orb to Uranus, so it's not a precise T-Square, but it is there. We've got the expansive optimism of Jupiter, right now in Libra (a cardinal air sign), being flanked by Pluto in 9th house Capricorn (so some elements of belief are going to come into this, whether his own or others), and that Jupiter is being opposed by Uranuse in Aries in the 12th house. We've got some fiery, revolutionary energy there in Aries. And Uranus is not only conjunct Eris, but also the Inauguration's own Antivertex. Remember, the Vertex is what others bring to you or to the event, and the Antivertex is what he would be bringing to the presidency. In this case, a lot of changes, and some are going to be chaotic and bring a bit of discord. Pluto as the apex of this T-Square? Upheaval. Lots of upheaval. the fact that asteroid 1125 China conjuncts Pluto tightly, along with 2598 Merlin, 5731 Zeus and 763 Cupido makes for some interesting times ahead. Expect the United States' relationship with China to be upended in some way.

Pluto does sextile Venus however, and Venus is with 16089 Lamb and 15845 Bambi in the 11th house Pisces of this chart, so there's going to be some dreamy, some illusory qualities of beauty and of desire come into this as well. He already had some big stars play for him, and many more who refused to participate for him. Regardless, Pluto does not seem to be a focal point or foundation point for any Yod patterns, so Pluto and the upheaval, destruction and renewal it represents is largely focused on by the challenges of the T-Square.

We also have the Moon in Scorpio 6th house trining Neptune in 11th house Pisces and sextiling Mercury in 9th house Capricorn. I would suggest that this may be beneficial for The Donald's health slightly, although not completely as being President is a stressful job. (Even one-term presidents look noticeably older upon leaving the White House, as I recall George H.W. Bush did after his four years after Reagan and before Bill Clinton. I can't comment on Carter as I was very young when Carter left office). Anyways, Mercury rules the 6th house in this chart, having the 6th cusp in Virgo (ruled by Mercury), and being beneficially aspected to the Moon and to Neptune, I'm somehow thinking him losing access to Twitter may actually be better for his mental health (where he won't be tweeting late at night and arguing with people because he'll have presidential things to do, and also in theory won't have access to a device that access Twitter to begin with). Mercury is also sextile Pallas, so we have the potential of seeing him solidifying and communicating some kind of belief. Perhaps a meeting with the Pope or the Dalai Lama grants him an insight. Whether the rest of the cabinet reacts the same way, ehhh.... I'm not sure.

One thing of note is the inauguration's Nessus conjunct South Node. Again, the scandals of the past and his brashness concerning women in the past will continue to come back and haunt him. I don't think he'll see a sex scandal while in office. That said, his past indiscretions (real or perceived) are going to come back and haunt him repeatedly for the duration of his administration. Nessus square 232 Russia/2658 Gingerich (think Newt, as this is a name asteroid for him), and the other squares to 389 Industria, 5790 Nagasaki, and 2046 Leningrad suggests to me that the Russian dossier is going to continue to hound him. Especially with the GRussia/Leningrad asteroids forming a Grand Cross to the presidency North Node and Nessus. he will not be able to fully shake the allegations, all he can do is continue to try to move forward and learn from the past, and keep a check on his anger lest it become explosive at a bad time, such as a diplomatic communique in Eastern Europe for example.

Nessus does form a Grand Trine with 26955 Lie, 2250 Stalingrad, and 258 Tyche, however. So he might be able to disprove some of the allegations in the dossier at the very least. But he'll also have to keep on top of things to ensure he doesn't fall prey to deception or to deceiving others needlessly. It's certainly easier, especially with the Grand Trine, but then again these are minor asteroids, so the influence of this won't be as profound as, say, grand trines involving Pluto or the Sun.

I am also noticing Venus/16089 Lamb/15845 Bambi is opposing 1912 Anubis (Egyptian god associated with the underworld) and 3811 Karma in 5th house Virgo, and both T-Squaring 4227 Kaali in 8th house Sagittarius. Hmmm... I thought there was talk at one point about him having his own private security detail. He may want to step up the security around himself. It's not as strong as, say, a major planet in the apex position, but these particular asteroids and Venus being there, especially with two asteroids associated with a deer and a lamb (both prey animals), and opposite an Egyptian death god and karma itself... hmmm. I think someone's going to make the attempt (Yes, people plot against presidents all the time, true)... Definitely should be careful during his administration.

I'm also seeing 157 Dejanira retrograde conjunct 2031 BAM, which conveys to me an image of potential victimhood or danger regarding anything explosive, and this could be a device, or someone's explosive temper, it could even be his own temper gets the best of himself, though I think in this scenario, he's more likely to hurt himself. This could also affect the national economy, as this is in the chart's 2nd house. Dejanira/BAM also square Lamb/Bambi/19 Fortuna and Chiron (but is out of orb from both Mars and Saturn directly), so there's another potential for mayhem there.

Finally, I'm going to end with my observation of 1709 Ukraina conjunct 99942 Apophis, both square the chart's Vertex, as well as square 1724 Vladimir/4464 Vulcano/Jupiter, and T-Squaring witth Uranus/Eris. Somehow I think we are going to see more trouble concerning Russia and China overall, and I think Ukraine or a similar event will be what upsets the scales. Could be Syria too. Regardless, citizens of both the United States and of Russia and China need to push for peaceful solutions wherever possible.

As I have more tasks today, I'm going to leave off here. As of the time I end this, we have about 25 minutes until the Inauguration and oath of office. In short, I think we're going to see some major challenges during Trump's presidency, and I think we're going to have a possible to-do with Russia or China before it's all over. Also, I'm uncertain about national natural disasters or the like, but I think we're looking more at civil unrest and disobedience more than anything right now. Let's pray whatever conflict comes, it doesn't go nuclear. I'm not expecting that it will in the next four years, but these years could help set the stage for such as such down the road. Let us pray that he'll exercise some wisdom and will not come to harm during his time in the White House.

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!

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.

Mercury Direct May 2016 - Long Road


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Moon Taurus - May 2016 - Full Load


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mercury Retrograde April-May 2016 - Retroactive Reversal


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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