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New Moon Aquarius - January 2017 - Trials and Tribulations (Retrospective)


I'm way late getting this one up. So late, in fact, we've already hit the first quarter. So let's take a look at the very least and see what we have so far this lunar cycle.

This New Moon conjuncts 666 Desdemona, and squares 55 Pandora and 5325 Silver. This is already shaping up to be a very rough one, and basically we have the beginning of the lunar cycle on a demon-associated asteroid. Lots of diabolical-ness in the air, and it's at odds with a money asteroid and Pandora's Box, really. This New Moon was essentially on Day 7 of the Trump Administration, and holy hell did he open a Pandora's Box... Only this box released the gods of mammon and chaos. It's not just the President's activities, as this is a global chart. Protests are gaining steam, friends are having strange occurences, and on a personal note, this has just frankly been an utter shitstorm on my end, with my dad having had a hell of a dizzy spell and speaking slowly. It wasn't unil Monday that he was formally diagnosed as having a stroke (He is recovering and already undergoind some physical therapy, as this was not a catastrophic stroke). Yes, this is the kind of Lunar Cycle this is. AND... this is the precursor to a Lunar and Solar Eclipse later on in February. Let's dive deeper, as much as we may be afraid to.

It is also worth noting that this Lunar Cycle began with all planets direct, which doesn't happen very often. It will be ending soon, and I do not have an exact date, but I believe it's after the weekend I write this. More on this in a later article (hopefully soon). Safe to say, by the Lunar Eclipse, at least one planet will go backwards, and thankfully it is not Mercury as it just got done with a retrograde and post-retro shadow cycle.

Mercury conjuncts Pluto and the fixed star Vega, and squares Uranus loosely (5 degree orb) and 4386 Lust and 9951 Tyrannosaurus more closely.. Upsetting messages can be expected this cycle, and with Mercury on Vega? Per Constellations of Words:

"Suspicious, reserved, bitter, thwarted ambitions, double dealing, secret enemies in influential positions, trouble with the mother, loss in business."

Well, that's not very nice. The square to the planet of sudden changes, rebellion, revolution, upstart action, as well as a lustful asteroid and the asteroid of a tyrant? Harsh words related to authoritarian measures will be in vogue, like say, accusations of fascism, real or imagined. Not to mention not-so-diplomatic ways of communicating. (Hanging up on the Prime Minister of Australia comes to mind, interestingly enough. Again, this is a partial retrospective at the time I write this, so I claim no credit in prediction this time around).

(Personally? I'm seeing this configuaration with a metric shit-ton of delays in business matters and job interviews right now. I have been for the last several months, really, but it's really being a pain. (And transit Pluto is within a degree of conjuncting my Antivertex/opposing my Vertex. A Vertex article will be in the works as soon as is feasable, hopefully sooner than 6 months from now). Anyways, I'm getting sidetracked.)

Mars and Venus both conjunct with a 5 degree orb, with Venus 2 degrees conjuncting Chiron, a closer conjunction to 19 Fortuna, and a square to Saturn and Ixion. There's no two ways around it, Mars square Saturn sucks. Big time. It is volatile energy, and with Saturn also squaring Venus and Chiron at the same time, it's just an awful mess alone. Relationships and how we relate with others will also be a major theme for the remainder of the lunar cycle. With Mars and Venus having been in Pisces still at the beginning of this cycle, and their now-at-the-time-of-this-writing entry into Aries, we have a lot of steam ruffling our feathers. Venus and Chiron can bring some healing or catharsis when it comes to relationships and romance, and to a limited degree some small job (not career) matters, but then again with tha square to Saturn, expect delays, restrictions, and some bait-and-switching with Ixion being in there. 19 Fortuna being with Venus/Chiron also may help bring some good fortune to offset some losses. You may be able to negotiate with creditors at this time, though it will not be the greatest walk in the park, it is possible. (Ahem, yes, another personal anecdote, but then again I do have an extreme circumstance to consider). As another aside to not being all doom and gloom, Venus makes a Grand Trine with Vesta in Cancer and 1930 Lucifer in Scorpio, and sextiles 1981 Midas/829 Academia/90377 Sedna in Taurus.. So knowing your value and sticking to your guns can possibly pay off in the long term, but in the short term, you must play hardball. Venus/Chiron quincunx Jupiter/1388 Aphrodite in Libra is also going to be a bit of a pain when it comes to money matters and jobs/careers, as well as relations to our loved ones (and even those we can't stand as much). Don't expect any business matters to be easy for the next month.

It is worth noting that Sedna is now also within the extended range of conjuncting Algol, one of the most reviled stars in the heavens. Sedna is slow as hell too, with an excess of 500 year orbital period, so we have this unfortunate conjunction for years to come. I will touch on this in a future article, which I will aim to do before the end of this Eclipse period.

I'm actually going to cut this one short, as I need sleep and I have a lot of other tasks to do later today. The charts are provided if anyone would like to take a stab at checking asteroids/stars yourselves. I hope to be much more regular than this.

I'll try to get the Eclipse articles up before they actually happen this time, as the previous several months (this previous Eclipse cycle from September 2016) has been a colossal shitshow for me. More on that in an upcoming retrospective article. Why bother? Because I need to write more, get back into this, and at this point, I have little left to lose.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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