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:
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.
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.
"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.
The second full moon of Sagittarius has arrived, and this is a very powerful one. It takes place on the Summer Solstice (Winter in the southern hemisphere), and this hasn't happened in almost 70 years. Also won't happen again until maybe the 2090's, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. Take full advantage of the energy of this period if you can, and where advantageous to do so!
The Full Moon makes an off-sign Opposition to Venus, so with the Sun offsign-conjunct (Sun in Gemini at that moment while Venus is in Pisces), we have an emphasis on relationships, romance, sex, and what attracts us as well as minor jobs. Some people will undoubtedly change jobs or begin new ones this period. The Full Moon also T-Squares Chiron, so we're going to see a bit of catharsis. Venus is a bit wide to square Chiron but it's subtly there and thus part of the T-Square as well.
Venus in Cancer trine 2601 Bologna retrograde and Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio should allow us to see through some nonsense, I'd think. However, 2601 Bologna also quincunxes 564 Dudu and 26955 Lie in Gemini at the same time. White lies I think will backfire, but deliberate and malicious lies are still going to be damaging. They're not conjunct tightly like they were during the previous new moon, and thankfully both off of Algol. Since that new moon we've seen more BS fly, to be sure, and we're still in that New Moon cycle. 3811 Karma's involvement with Venus here, and forming a Water Grand Trine altogether with Nessus retrograde are going to bring some strong emotions to the surface. This would be the culmination of a cycle where people in dysfunctional relationships or those who are in toxic emotional entanglements... I believe we're going to see some resolutions here, a calling out on bullshit, capitulations of sorts. Also communities standing up and speaking out against obsessive, abusive and/or intimidating behavior, like what we're seeing post-Orlando.
Let's focus on the big elephant on the room for a bit now... The Grand Cross between Jupiter/North Node in Virgo, Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, Neptune retrograde in Pisces, and Mercury in Gemini. We seem to keep getting Grand Crosses being formed with the Neptune/Jupiter/Saturn T-Square at critical points with major planets lately, during the last New Moon and Full Moon, and that carries over through the rest of the cycle. Jupiter and North Node together very tightly during the Full Moon is emphasizing our pursuits in expansion, in gaining, and with Jupiter not really at home in Virgo, it's a lot of hard work to get that gain. Yet at the same time, the Neptune retrograde in South Node in Pisces, that just strikes out as wanting to retreat inward in escapism, or us resorting to self-medication with drugs, with alcohol, too many video games, too many Netflix movies... too much sex? (Is there such a thing?)... Saturn square both, and retrograde, we're self-sabotaging ourselves in ways that are insidious. Ways that we probably aren't even catching ourselves doing. Now, Mercury completing the Grand Cross as it speeds through Gemini... There's going to be conversations about what we do with all of this. Keep in mind, this is also the time period where new fiscal years are coming about for some companies as well, at least those that start theirs in July, so that takes effect before the end of this Lunar Cycle. We're going to see a reckoning, I think, in terms of markets, and in terms of balance sheets, checkbooks, it's... not going to be pretty. We also have asteroid 10961 Buysballot involved on the Neptune arm of the Grand Cross as well, so we're going to see more stories about electoral shenanigans. And how timely, as this comes right before the time of the upcoming Brexit vote too. As disillusionment of the EU grows in the United Kingdom, I am expecting to see a vote for "Exit" win out. But to whose benefit? The Primaries are largely done for the Presidential race in the United States, with the conventions next month as well. That will be during the next lunar cycle entirely, so we'll look more at that then.
Personal-life wise, this Grand Cross will affect different people differently of course, depending on the layout of their natal charts and personal inclinations. My own natal Neptune around 15 Sagittarius (station direct in my chart, I might add) is getting hammered by this, and Neptune's generational, so a bunch of us are probably facing our inner disillusionments right now. I'll admit some of my more lofty ambitions haven't been working out so well lately, and I'm still adjusting. Other planets being directly impacted by the spokes of the Grand Cross will face different challenges, of course.
Pluto retrograde trine Jupiter and North Node should help with the grand cross just a bit, as Pluto retrograde also sextiles Neptune retrograde. If we're wise, we can use this longer-lasting period of the remainder of the cycle to look within and see exactly where we're sabotaging ourselves, and maybe even put an end to much of it.
3412 Kafka opposite 4179 Toutatis retrograde... we're already seeing some screwed up crap happening. Such as the freak accident that claimed the life of Anton Yelchin at age 27. Very bizarre, and very tragic. Frankly, this seems to be a time period of tragedies that defy logic and defy our sense of stability.
Mars retrograde trine Chiron, well, Mars is beginning to slow down in preparation for its Station Direct on June 29th. We should start seeing some healing happening, though we should expect more wounding before that healing comes. The fact that Mars Quincunxes a stellium of Uranus, Eris, Ceres and 875 Nymphe also shows us that we're going to face more rash actions, homewrecking actions, and people aren't going to know what to make of it. There is a lot of chaos in this setup, and Nymphe being there, I can almost guarantee sex is going to play a part in whatever homesteads break apart at this time.
Mars retrograde also T-Squares 389 Industria, 258 Tyche, and 4227 Kaali in Leo on one side, and 151 Abundantia (station retrograde) and 19 Fortuna in Aquarius on the other side. Again, fiscal years are coming up for many companies... and governments! State governments, at least in Pennsylvania (where I once lived), well, that state (commonwealth, really) in particular are to have a budget enacted by July 1st. I can almost guarantee you that that's not getting done on time this year. (I'm not even sure Pennsylvania actually passed a budget for last year, maybe they did, but for a long while when I last checked they didn't). I'm calling it right now: budgetting shortfalls and arguments are going to be a hallmark of the next month or two, and it's going to be contentious, but we may see some relief in this once Mars goes direct and the next New Moon hits. Full relief won't happen until Mars gets out of the post-retrograde shadow period a couple months later. Saturn will station direct on August 13th, so we still have a few months of hard lessons yet even after this Full Moon period ends and the next lunar cycle begins. Expect talk of new taxes, fees, and other unpleasant expenses related to regulations when people take a second look at finances.
For the final focal point, we should be fortunate Venus trines Nessus, as Nessus retrograde is making a contentious stellium conjuncting 149 Medusa, 16089 Lamb, Pallas, and 433 Eros. This opposes 1930 Lucifer and 8690 Swindle. Yeah, so the chaos and homewrecking of Uranus and it's lovely little stellium will be amplified a bit by this other opposition. Pride and keeping up appearances are going to play a large part in this, and probably some bitterness regarding betrayal, likely by women or women-minded individuals, will play a large part of this. Infidelity, or perceived infidelity, is a strong possibilty, and with Nessus retrograde, participants in this are likely to question why they do this to themselves (and probably the other). Or they'll wonder why things got to this point. But for some, of course, it'll be business as usual.
This is shaping up to be a rough period for a lot of people, and some hard decisions must be made. Keep believing in yourself, or believe in yourself again if you've lost the faith... and keep moving forward. It's what we have to do. Until the next trial by fire, stay cool.
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.
This New Moon is upon us, and it's a doozy. Hold on to your hats because it's looking like a bumpy ride this cycle.
The New Moon itself is square Pluto, and it's a pretty tight square too at less than one degree orb. This lunar cycle is going to be about overcoming obstacles, and of things being torn down and rebuilt. Let's get the ground work going and prepare for impact, because honestly we're going to see quite a few things get hit. And what gets hit will impact our egos and our emotions for sure. A lot of things that get impacted this lunar cycle will even seem out of the blue, given the Uranus square Pluto aspect that's also here. With Uranus conjunct New Moon, we can expect some sudden surprises that are, frankly, going to be quite disruptive, such as travel delays, relationships going amok, staplers jamming just as you're scrambling to get to that meeting in time... but not much that should be totally insurmountable. Uranus, though at greater than two degree orb, is conjunct Eris, representing chaos and discord. It's a loose conjunction, very loose, so we should be able to weather some of these storms at least.
New Moon trine Saturn Retrograde also adds a dash of us taking into account restrictions we have placed upon ourselves, and this is a prime opportunity to see exactly where we're sabotaging ourselves, and what we can do to take steps to get around it.
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.
Well, I think that's pretty descriptive. Moon is nowhere near Aldeberan, so I think we can avoid the worst of aggression and war for now. Keep in mind however, that Mars Retrograde begins during this cycle, and that's when things are going to get mucked up. Expect shifting alliances and upheavals in our relationships with others, which fits quite well with Pluto squaring the New Moon and Uranus/Eris. It's not all doom and gloom though, as we can use the Mars/Antares energy to initiate something that will be lucrative in the future (though we should not expect instant results as Saturn is retrograde at this time...
Chiron conjunct South Node during this lunar cycle is something else that needs addressed too. We are likely to face healing and pain from a part of our past, as we have for the past few months.
Chiron squares Ixion as well, so we should be rather careful of things that are too good to be true, and let's not leave a good thing for something that feels more comfortable, such as leaving a loving partner to go back to an old relationship.
A weak Apophis conjunct Venus also exemplifies this. Some relationships are likely to end at this time, and probably already have. Venus has entered Aries, opposite one of it's ruled signs (Libra), so we need to be careful that we're chasing after what's good for us in terms of relationships and money, and be careful if we're chasing after fun without the relationship (I think you know where this is heading).
Lucifer square Karma (itself conjunct Algol) is another cause for concern. Lucifer is retrograde, so we're going to be looking at our inner pride during this time. Karma is just that, karma. On Algol, the most malefic star in the heavens, this karma will be brutal. (I should know, I have Karma conjunct Algol in my natal chart, and am going through a Karma Return right now. And yes, some crows are coming home to roost... though the embodiment of such as my air mattress springing a leak and leaving me to sleep on a hard floor... (This could very well be a manifestation of Saturn retrograde as well)... well anyways... maybe it'll help my back. I don't know. But i digress...). I can also say personally a couple purchases I was considering making are now backburnered as more important expenses are coming up... Like taxes.... Oh yeah, Income Tax day in the U.S. is coming up during this cycle... a day after Mars turns retrograde! DO NOT wait until the last minute this year!!! I cannot stress that enough! I can almost guarantee there will be a snafu if you wait until the last day to do taxes.
Karma/Algol Sextile Kaali, forming a Yod to Pholus/Galactic Center is also present, asteroid-wise. Though not as powerful as planets, there is the potential for something to blow up, as Pholus is said to explode or expand what it touches. Frankly, be careful with the imbibing of alcohol and other intoxicating substances or activities this cycle. Could lead to more than you bargain for.
Finally, Saturn retrograde squaring Jupiter retrograde is leading us to consider recent restrictions and roadblocks and what that's doing to our inner sense of self-worth. If things are going along and you're able to shrug off the delays and frustrations, great! If not, then take a step back and see exactly where you're falling behind, and determine if its factors beyond your control, or if you're sabotaging yourself. If you are sabotaging yourself, stop. As much as you can. Sometimes things just have a way of piling up on you. Fortunately, Jupiter won't be retrograde much longer, but we'll have to wait until the next lunar cycle for that forward motion to come.
In fact, let's make it a point during this lunar cycle to eliminate any Last-Minute-Charliedom and end procrastination where possible. It's very much looking like that this is going to be a major theme for the next month or so untl the next New Moon. The manifestations around the Full Moon later this month should be quite telling.
That's all I have time for for now. Need shower and ... floor. Don't exactly have a bed now. Let this be a lesson of what this lunar cycle has to bring us. It's not entirely fatalistic, but we've got our hands full this month.
Here we go, Solar Eclipse time! Just what is a Solar Eclipse, really? Astronomically, it's when the moon occults, or obscures, the sun. Astrologically? In short, a supercharged New Moon. Considering that this one is a Supermoon as well (A full or new moon at its closest point to Earth in its orbit), this eclipse proves to be highly potent!
Something you have to keep in mind with a Solar Eclipse as opposed to a New Moon is the duration of the effect and the cycle it represents. A normal new moon is the beginning of a new phase for about a lunar cycle, or roughly one month if we want to stretch it. Solar Eclipses, much more potently, affect about 6 months to a year, perhaps more in a cycle. Also, the effects can be felt even before the eclipse actually happens! Sometimes events happen even during or directly after the eclipse, as I've personally experienced. I'll spare details but it was quite a game changer for me.
Now, eclipses are part of Saros Cycles, or a particular family of eclipses (This one in particular is Saros 130). This particular Saros Cycle this eclipse is part of won't end in our lifetimes (sometime in the 23rd century actually), so note that as a bit of info for trivia night.
The chart for this eclipse looks brutal:
Solar Eclipse in Pisces is opposing Jupiter retrograde in Virgo, and is also conjunct the South Node and Chiron, both in Pisces. Let's also consider that we have a T-Square to Saturn in Sagittarius. We have a decision to make: With Jupiter retrograde conjunct but separating from the North Node, we're already in a phase where we're engaged in internal expansion and contemplation. The eclipse, however, is with Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and on the South Node a.k.a. Dragon's Tail, where we feel more comfortable, the comfort zone, away from where our path to growth, the North Node (or Dragon's Head) is. Saturn squares both, so it's sitting there, in Jupiter's home sign, its arms crossed and basically teling us that we need to make a decision in our lives: Will we continue on our individual and internal growth, or will we allow events to overwhelm us and have us rush back to the familiar to take comfort? That second one may not be in our best interests. Bear that in mind. The unknown road forward could be a trap, but then again, what we left behind could very much be the bigger trap.
With the Solar Eclipse at roughly 18 Pis 56', anyone with personal points or planets between 13 ° 56' - 23 ° 56' in Pisces/Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius will feel this eclipse most strongly. Personally, my I.C. is within a degree and a half conjunct this one, and the previous eclipse hit my Midheaven directly. Many changes in store still for me. But this is about all of us, so let's just take that as a brief example.
Continuing on, Mars just crossed into Sagittarius, and it's squaring Nessus right now, albeight at a 2 and a half degree orb. It's muted now, but there's a subtle drive of active obsession to this eclipse cycle. Mars also trines Dejanira and Hekate, so there could be a little bit of victim play here, but as a trine, it's an easier energy. We could see a mitigation of this somehow, as if perhaps those who would be victims will act to rise up or escape their circumstances.
Mars is also a weak square to Venus for this eclipse cycle, so we could see a bit of intensity in relationships and romances, perhaps some affairs as well. As an offsign-weak square between Sagittarius Mars and Aquarius Venus, best be on your guard.
Pluto is nearing its Retrograde, and Uranus is squaring it rather tightly at less than 2 degree orb. There's also a weak T-square to asteroid Kaali, which acts as an amplifier, so we can expect to see some dramatic upheavals this cycle. I have a feeling the U.S. Presidential Election cycle is about to get much more contentious, as an example. And if you've seen the recent Republican debates... ...it's not pretty. For the sake of civility on this blog I'll just leave it at that.
Uranus quincunx Jupiter this cycle, well we have the planet of Rebellion and radical change in Aries, a cardinal fire sign, definitely high energy here. Jupiter is retrograde in Virgo, and it's in its detriment right now. I will go out on a limb and say we could see some market and economical volatility within the next several months, and I believe this is going to play a large part in the outcome in November as well, even after the following solar eclipse. On personal levels, be careful with the spending as it could be easy come, easy go. There could be a tendency to belt-tightening.
Another asteroid I haven't touched on yet is 1930 Lucifer. This one, from what I feel, denotes Pride. President Barack Obama has this conjunct his Sun. I have a personal friend who also has that aspect. They both exemplify it well. There is that air of confidence, of pride, and right now, transiting Lucifer conjuncts fixed star Regulus, the Heart of the Lion which now resides in Virgo due to the Precession of the Equinoxes. Anyways, as Lucifer squares Mars, and despite Lucifer being retrograde and Mars in its pre-retrograde shadow period (or perhaps, as an indicator thereof), we are seeing some major flurry of pride and caustic activity going on lately. The exchanges on the stages of the Republican (and to a lesser degree, Democrat) Presidential Debates lately are good examples. Kim Jong Un ordering his military on pre-emptive status and his nuclear rhetoric also would be a solid example of this aspect playing out.
Uranus trine Saturn, well, we could see a slight tempering of caustic action, like a pause to think whether we should really hit that little red button, or a "whoa, wait a minute" moment before we engage in revolution for the hell of it. I think this aspect may be one of the few things indicating that all hell doesn't quite break loose yet. I hope.
In closing, Let's consider this: whatever we set in motion as of the previous solar eclipse in September, we should well consider that the cycle is likely still moving forward as eclipses last long in their influence, so this should be considered the Full Circle. This will be the completion of that previous eclipse and it is also the start of its own cycle. And this current cycle promises to be brutal. Set your intentions well for the next six months, and make sure you make the best of what you can. It's not all doom and gloom. After all, the strongest diamonds are made under the highest of pressures.