New Moon in Sagittarius – Nov. 26, 2019, 15:05 UT

November 25th, 2019

The New Moon at 4+ degrees of Sagittarius is opposite asteroid 10 Hygiea in Gemini. The New Moon is always a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon.

Last month asteroid 10 Hygiea was in the headlines of the science news, and now its prominent position in the New Moon chart brings me a good opportunity to talk about it.

Hygiea is a main belt asteroid, orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. It was the 10th asteroid to be discovered, which happened in 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis, an Italian astronomer (the first being 1 Ceres, discovered in 1801). Hygiea is the fourth largest asteroid. Its diameter is just over 430 km, less than half of that of Ceres. Because of Hygiea’s dark surface some smaller asteroids were found before it. It is the main member of the Hygiean asteroid family, which was formed billions of years ago, when another object collided with it.

Hygiea made news about a month ago, when astronomers announced that Hygiea is round and thus meets the requirements of a dwarf planet, the smallest in the solar system. This observation was possible because of the improvement of optical instruments and telescopes. So far Ceres has been considered to be the only dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt.

When astronomers in 2006 approved the definition of a planet (first time ever), they also created a dwarf planet category, in which officially belongs only Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea, although the total number of objects that qualify as dwarf planets is thousands. According to the official definition, a dwarf planet is a celestial body that is in orbit around the Sun, is not a satellite, unlike a planet has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, and has sufficient mass for its own gravity to pull it into a roughly spherical shape (nearly round). The IAU has not yet officially accepted Hygiea to the dwarf planet class.

Originally at the time of its discovery Hygiea was considered to be a planet (as were also Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, among others). The rapidly expanding number of objects found between Mars and Jupiter prompted their reclassification as asteroids in the 1850s.

History has shown that the man-made classifications can be changed when the scientists get new relevant information. They are not so important for astrologers anyway. But the celestial facts and properties of the objects are worth knowing also for the astrologers. Sometimes they can have an effect to the astrological delineation of a body.

Asteroid Hygiea was named after the Greek goddess Hygieia, the personification of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated not directly with healing, but more with preserving good health. The symbol of this asteroid in astrological programs is usually the caduceus staff, the symbol of medicine. However, the older symbol of Hygieia is a serpent crowned with a star. Many astrologers have found that Hygiea is also astrologically connected to health matters. The current conjunction of the Sun and Hygiea emphasizes the need of feel well and healthy.

The New Moon in Sagittarius is square 2007 OR10 in Pisces, the fifth-largest trans-Neptunian object and likely a dwarf planet. This body is still without an official name. It was first nicknamed as “Snow White” for its presumed white color. However, 2007 OR10 turned out to be very red, and the nickname was dropped. Last spring the discovery team hosted a poll for the general public to help choose the name between three possible options: Gonggong from Chinese mythology, Vili from Norse mythology, and Holle from German mythology. Gonggong was the winning name, and it was proposed to the International Astronomical Union, but IAU has not announced the official name yet.

In Capricorn Saturn is approaching Pluto. The exact conjunction takes place on Jan. 12, 2020. At the moment Saturn is in tight conjunction with 486958 Arrokoth, the latest named trans-Neptunian object, a contact binary and the most distant world ever visited by a man-made spacecraft. Arrokoth was discovered in 2014 by astronomer Marc Buie and the New Horizons Search Team using the Hubble Space Telescope. It was targeted for the space probe New Horizons’ next destination after it would have completed a flyby of Pluto (in 2015). This body was long known by the nickname Ultima Thule, which means a place beyond the borders of the known world. On Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons spacecraft made a close pass of it.

The official name Arrokoth, a term meaning “sky” in the Powhatan / Algonquian language of native people from the Chesapeake Bay region, was announced on Nov. 12, 2019, at a ceremony at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Institutions in the region played a prominent role in facilitating the discovery and exploration of the object.

“The name ‘Arrokoth’ reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies, and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator. In acknowledgement to the Powhatan people’s significance to the Tidewater region of Virginia and Maryland, Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, asserted that Arrokoth’s name “signifies the strength and endurance of the indigenous Algonquian people of the Chesapeake region. Their heritage continues to be a guiding light for all who search for meaning and understanding of the origins of the universe and the celestial connection of humanity.”

Full Moon in Taurus – Nov. 12, 2019, 13:34 UT

November 13th, 2019

The Full Moon in Taurus was in conjunction with asteroid 4 Vesta and plutino 341520 Mors-Somnus. The Sun in Scorpio is in conjunction with Mercury retrograde. A relatively rare event, a transit of Mercury across the Sun, took place the day before the Full Moon, on Nov. 11. Mercury’s transit occurs on a regular basis, but the next one won’t happen until in November 2032.

Mors-Somnus is a binary system beyond Neptune, discovered in 2007 and named after the Roman twin gods of the underworld. Mors was the personification of death and Somnus the personification of sleep. Their equivalents in Greek mythology were Thanatos and Hypnos. Hypnos was able to trick even the chief god Zeus. Apropos on the evening of the Full Moon, the Finnish broadcasting company Yle was screening the praised documentary by Arthur Franck of the sensational hypnotist Olliver Hawk (May 1930 – August 1988). The current Full Moon makes a transit conjunction to Olliver Hawk’s Taurus Sun.

Asteroid Vesta orbits the Sun within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is the brightest asteroid visible from Earth. It is named after the virgin goddess of hearth and home from Roman mythology. Vesta represents devotion and integrity, and can show great dedication to one’s work and goals. Astrologer Martha Lang-Wescott’s interpretation of the Moon-Vesta conjunction includes “to need a career where one can feel really committed.”

Mercury was the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology. Creatures or deities who guide newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife are called psychopomps, and Mercury was one of them. Additionally, Ovid has written that Mercury carried Morpheus’ dreams from the valley of Somnus to sleeping humans. Morpheus was a god associated with dreams and a son of Somnus. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms, appearing in dreams as a wise man or woman, or a helpful animal.

Olavi Hakasalo (May 8, 1930 – August 28, 1988), better known as Olliver Hawk, was a Finnish master hypnotist, who dedicated his life to hypnosis through performing and teaching hypnosis by publishing literature and releasing videos and recordings. He was an eccentric, a showman and a celebrity, who could change water into wine. Some would say that he was a fraud. He became interested in hypnosis already as a child. He became famous in the 1960s. Hundreds of thousands of Finns saw his show, and volunteers let him hypnotise them. He has told that he performed every night. In 1981 he was convicted for illegal practice of medicine, because he had private customers with mental disorders.

Olliver Hawk had a grand trine in the fire signs. A grand trine is a pattern of three trines, each of the planets 120 degrees away from the others, forming a triangle. A trine is an easy flowing aspect, but the energies in question can be in a way locked in the grand trine. Hawk’s grand trine was consisting of Mars-Uranus conjunction in Aries (crossing boundaries), Vesta in Leo (having pride in one’s work), and Lempo conjunct Mors-Somnus in Sagittarius (dedication to hypnosis). Olliver Hawk had powerful stationary Mercury about to turn retrograde in Gemini.

Olliver Hawk died as spectacularly as he lived, on stage during a performance. The Sun, the giver of life, was opposite Mors-Somnus.

Olliver Hawk has said: “Some things that we see are not always true, and you know it.” But we also know that there are things in life that can be seen only with invisible eyes, or sensed with extrasensory perception. Filtering these things can be challenging. Write down your dreams during the following weeks!

New Moon in Scorpio – Oct. 28, 2019, 03:38 UT

October 28th, 2019

The New Moon in Scorpio was exactly opposite Uranus in Taurus and in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong, the recently named trans-Neptunian minor planet. With Uranus involved, we can expect surprises, revelations and unexpected events. The meaning of Zhulong is still veiled.

472235 Zhulong is a scattered disc object discovered in 2014 and named in August 2019 from Chinese mythology. Its diameter is 233 km and orbital period around 420 years. Zhulong, the Torch Dragon, was a giant red solar dragon with a human face and scarlet serpent body. It controlled the day and night of the world by opening and closing its eyes. It is described in classic Chinese literature as shining a torch over “the ninefold darkness.”

I have just started to study 472235 Zhulong, and that is why my study below is limited, covering only the years 1950 – 1990. At this point nothing exact cannot be said about Zhulong’s astrological meaning. However, I found some interesting Sun-Zhulong personalities and events. Many of these examples seem to tell about the fragility of life, and how everything can change in a blink of an eye.

People born with their Sun in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong:

William Knox Schroeder (July 20, 1950 — May 4, 1970) was a Kent State University shooting victim. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Damocles and Zhulong in Cancer in his natal chart. Last summer Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center was honoring his life with an exhibition titled “Bill: An All-American Boy.” When the exhibition opened on April 22, the Sun was in conjunction with Uranus in early Taurus and opposing Zhulong in the last degree of Libra, and the exhibition was coincident with the naming of Zhulong in August.

Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 — August 11, 2014) has been lauded as one of the funniest comedians of all time. He was suffering from severe depression and committed suicide. His Sun-Zhulong conjunction is in Cancer.

Iman (born July 25, 1955) is a Somali-American fashion model and actress. She became a muse for many prominent designers, including Gianni Versace and Yves Saint-Laurent. The latter has described her as his “dream woman”. Iman has actively been involved in a number of charitable endeavors. Iman has a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Uranus, Huya and Zhulong opposite Chiron in Aquarius. Uranus and Zhulong are in late Cancer and the Sun and Huya in early Leo.

Kevin Spacey (born July 27, 1959) is an Academy Award winning American actor, producer, and singer. In recent years several sexual misconduct allegations against him have been made. He has the Sun-Zhulong conjunction in Leo.

Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker. Linklater is known for his realistic and natural humanist films, which revolve mainly around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time. Several of his films feature the same actors filmed over an extended period of years. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Zhulong and Huya in Leo.

Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, director, film producer, martial artist, and author. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12. He served a three-year prison sentence 2010 – 2013 for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns. Wesley Snipes has the Sun-Zhulong conjunction on the North node of the Moon in Leo, opposite Saturn in Aquarius.

J. K. Rowling (born 31 July 1965) is a British author, best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which is the best-selling book series in history. She also writes crime fiction under the name Robert Galbraith. Rowling has lived a “rags to riches” life in which she progressed from living on benefits to being the world’s first billionaire author. She lost her billionaire status after giving away much of her earnings to charity but remains one of the wealthiest people in the world. Her triple conjunction of the Sun, Zhulong and Makemake in Leo is opposite Juno in Aquarius.

Marine Le Pen (born August 5, 1968) is a French politician and lawyer serving as President of the National Rally political party (previously named National Front). The National Rally is a right-wing populist and nationalist political party in France. Marine Le Pen has a 10 th house stellium in Leo consisting of the Sun, Mercury, Rhadamanthus, Makemake and Zhulong.

Tarja Turunen (born August 17, 1977) is a Finnish heavy metal singer-songwriter. She is a lyric soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. She is the former lead vocalist of the Finnish metal band Nightwish. Tarja Turunen was dismissed from the band with an open letter on 21 October 2005 for personal reasons. She started her solo career in 2006. Tarja Turunen has a stellium in Leo consisting of the Sun, Saturn, Rhadamanthus, Makemake and Zhulong.

Florence Welch (born August 28, 1986) is an English singer and songwriter. She is the vocalist of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine. In 2018, Florence Welch released a book titled Useless Magic, a collection of lyrics and poems written by Florence, along with illustrations. She has said: “I find it’s nice to mix the mundane and the magical, the irrelevant with the huge themes. Sex, love, death, marriage, guilt — mix that with seeing a huge sky or going for a walk or turning the page of a book. Living is dealing with the everyday and the notion that you’re going to die.” Florence has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as with alcohol. Many of her songs reflect these issues. She has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Zhulong and Asbolus in Virgo.

Valtteri Bottas (born August 28, 1989) is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes, having previously driven for Williams. Since joining Mercedes, Bottas has won 6 races, 3 in 2017 and 3 in 2019. He will continue driving for Mercedes in the upcoming 2020 season. Bottas has a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake, Zhulong and Hylonome in Virgo.

Examples of events which occurred while the Sun was in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong:

August 8, 1969 — The Beatles have photographer Iain Macmillan take their photo on a zebra crossing on Abbey Road. The Sun was in conjunction with Zhulong and Makemake in Leo.

August 11, 1973 — DJ Kool Herc originates the hip hop music genre in New York City. There is a triple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo.

August 7, 1974 — Philippe Petit crosses between Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City high-wire walking (a triple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo).

August 8, 1974 — U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his resignation on August 8, effective at noon on August 9 (a triple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo).

August 15, 1977 — The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space, which appeared to come from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin. The event is named the Wow! signal for a notation made by a volunteer on the project. There was a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Saturn, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo.

August 17, 1980 — In Australia, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock (Uluru), reportedly taken from a tent by a dingo. There was a stellium in Leo consisting of the Sun, Asbolus, Rhiphonos, Makemake and Zhulong.

Full Moon in Aries – Oct. 13, 2019, 21:08 UT

October 14th, 2019

The Full Moon at 20+ degrees of Aries was in conjunction with Eris. Both the Moon in Aries and the Sun in Libra were in exact square to Pluto at 20+ degrees of Capricorn. Jupiter at 20+ degrees of Sagittarius received an exact trine from the Moon and a sextile from the Sun. In Capricorn Saturn is nearing Pluto.

This Full Moon is kind of foretaste of the slow moving aspects taking place in January 2020. Saturn will be conjuncting Pluto on January 12, and four days later it squares Eris. On January 26 Pluto squares Eris.

Eris is the trans-Neptunian object which downgraded Pluto from the planet category. Eris was discovered in 2005 and at the time appeared to be larger than Pluto. This led the definition of a planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union. Both Eris and Pluto were classified as dwarf planets. Astrologers didn’t take note of the IAU’s decision, and there are also astronomers who preferably would like to return Pluto among the planets. Eris is named after the Greek goddess of strife and discord. The dynamic square aspect represents conflict and demands change, and between these two “rivals” it is bound to be felt.

No matter how dark the situation seems, there is always some light ahead, and towards the light we must strive. In the Full Moon chart Pluto is in conjunction with centaur 10199 Chariklo. Chariklo is the largest centaur, with the diameter of around 250 kilometers, and the smallest known object to have rings. It is named after the nymph Chariclo in Greek mythology, the wife of centaur Chiron, and a daughter of the Sun god Apollo. Her name means “Graceful Spinner”.

10199 Chariklo was discovered in 1997, and there is a rare aspect configuration, a six pointed star, in the discovery chart of Chariklo. The star is formed by Chariklo itself in one of the points and main planets in the other five points. A six pointed star is consisting of sextiles, and thus also called a grand sextile. The pattern reflects balance and harmony.

Astrologically Chariklo is usually seen as a supportive and nurturing energy. It represents compassion and devotion, although darker manifestations can occur, as with any astrological object; astrology is dual in nature.

Jupiter in the Aries Full Moon chart is in exact conjunction with 174567 Varda, a binary trans-Neptunian object with the diameter of around 700 kilometers. The Moon’s trine to Jupiter alone can be regarded as a beneficial aspect, and with Varda even more so.

174567 Varda is named after the queen of the stars in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology. Varda was the creator of the stars and she also set the vessels of the Sun and the Moon upon their courses. She is said to be too beautiful for words, and her face radiates light. Being associated with light, she is central to the dualism of light and darkness in Tolkien’s cosmology.

Autumnal Equinox – Sept. 23, 2019, 07:50 UT

September 23rd, 2019

The Sun has entered Libra today. This is the autumnal equinox, which marks the beginning of autumn. The Sun crossed the celestial equator on its apparent annual path along the ecliptic. On the days of the equinoxes, two times a year, the length of night and day is equal everywhere on Earth. From now on the days will become shorter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Sun in the first degree of Libra was in conjunction with 469219 Kamoʻoalewa, the small companion of Earth. Kamoʻoalewa is a quasi-satellite of Earth. It is moving as an interior planet at the moment, which means that it is closer to the Sun than Earth. It is now retrograding in late Virgo. When the Sun, Kamoʻoalewa and Earth line up in this order, the situation is comparable to the New Moon.

Kamoʻoalewa is actually a small Apollo asteroid, orbiting around the Sun, and at the same time also looping around Earth. The diameter is only about 40 – 100 m. It is too far away to be considered a true satellite of Earth. In its yearly travel around the Sun, Kamoʻoalewa spends about half of the time inside the Earth’s orbit and about half of the time outside Earth’s orbit.

The orbits of quasi-satellites are unstable. Over time they tend to evolve to other types of resonant motion and no longer remain in the vicinity of the planet. Later they can move back to a quasi-satellite orbit again. Kamoʻoalewa is not the only known quasi-satellite of Earth, but it is currently the closest and most stable, predicted to stay in this orbital state for several hundred years. China is planning a robotic mission that would collect and return samples from Kamoʻoalewa. The launch is planned around 2024.

Astrologically the orbit of Kamoʻoalewa is really weird. Sometimes it rushes through several astrological signs in a month. Then there are periods of time when it moves back and forth only two or three signs for decades. We are now in a phase where Kamoʻoalewa seems to be covering only degrees in Virgo, Libra and Scorpio.

The name Kamoʻoalewa is referring to a celestial object that is oscillating, like Kamoʻoalewa in the sky as viewed from Earth. It is a name found in the Hawaiian chant Kumulipo. Kumulipo is an 18th-century chant in the Hawaiian language telling a creation story and including a genealogy of the members of Hawaiian royalty.

It takes time to study the intriguing orbit of Kamoʻoalewa, which is so different from anything else we have seen, let alone the astrological meaning of it.

New Moon in Virgo — August 30, 2019, 10:37 UT

August 31st, 2019

The New Moon at 6+ degrees of Virgo fell in the middle of a stellium, which along with the Sun and Moon consists of Venus, Mercury, Mars, asteroid Juno, centaur Aphidas and plutino Orcus. A stellium occurs when four or more bodies conjunct each other, each one within few degrees of the next. In this case the planets are all within ten degrees, so they are all conjunct each other. It is a strong concentration of energy.

The closest ones to the New Moon, on both sides of the luminaries, were Aphidas at 5+ degrees Virgo, and Mars at 7+ degrees Virgo. An old saying comes into my mind: “One can’t sit on two chairs at the same time,” which means that one must make some either-or choices.

Mars represents courage, initiative and action; it is the archetype of a warrior.

The myth behind Aphidas tells another kind of story. According to the official naming citation, “During the battle between the Centaurs and Lapiths, the centaur Aphidas remained in a drunken sleep. The Lapith Phorbas killed Aphidas with a thrown spear while he slept.”

When 121725 Aphidas two years ago was named, my first impression for the keywords was “withdrawal”. I noticed there were a lot of celebrities with a prominent Aphidas, who either had withdrawn from publicity at the peak of their fame or otherwise had a difficult relationship to publicity.

Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905 — April 15, 1990), ”The Divine Garbo” retired from the screen at the age of 35, and from then on shunned publicity and led a very private life. She has explained that she was tired of Hollywood and really wanted to “live another life.” She has also told that already when she was a child she wanted to be alone. Garbo’s 12th house Moon is in conjunction with Aphidas. Her Sun is trine to Aphidas, Venus squares Aphidas and also Pluto is aspecting it with a semisextile.

Scott Walker (January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019), “The 30 Century Man”, was the worshipped teen-idol of the 60s. Later he became reclusive and was rarely seen in public, even withdrawn from it for several years. He used to wear dark glasses and a baseball cap shadowing his face. His Pisces Moon is opposite Aphidas in Virgo.

Cat Stevens / Yusuf (born July 21, 1948) is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In 1977 he converted to Islam and abandoned the stardom at the height of his career, devoting himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. Around 2006 he returned to pop music and is now using the stage name Yusuf.

Yusuf’s Cancer Sun is semisquare to Aphidas in Virgo. Pluto is semisextile to Aphidas. On December 23, 1977, when he converted to Islam, the transiting Aphidas in Aries was right at his descendant. His last performance was a charity concert at Wembley Stadium on November 22, 1979, when the transiting Aphidas in early Taurus was squaring his natal Sun in Cancer.

Anu Hälvä (born June 30, 1964) is an award-winning Finnish actress, who shunned publicity in the 90s at the peak of her fame. She appeared in a television series “Blondi tuli taloon”, which gained about million watchers every week. She has explained that she couldn’t handle the publicity and was not able to recognize herself anymore in the tabloids. Anu Hälvä’s Cancer Sun is trine to Aphidas in Scorpio. Her time of birth is not known, so I don’t know the exact position of her Moon, but in the noon chart the Moon in Pisces forms a grand water trine with the Sun and Aphidas.

Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 — May 29, 1997) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who accidentally drowned during a spontaneous evening swim. His first album Grace, released in 1994, won appreciation from many revered musicians and artists, for instance Bob Dylan, who named Buckley “one of the great songwriters of this decade.” Buckley went on a “phantom solo tour” of cafés in 1996, appearing under a series of aliases. He said that he missed the anonymity of playing in cafes and local bars. Jeff Buckley has a stellium in Scorpio consisting of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune and Aphidas.

Robbie Williams (born February 13, 1974), the great entertainer, disappeared from view at the end of 2006 and had a couple of year’s sabbatical. He grew a beard and went to Nevada to take part in a UFO convention and meet UFO abductees. In an interview he admitted that he knew that there was a chance it’s all nonsense. “But even if it is all made up,” he said, “it’s better made-up stuff than what the tabloids are writing. It’s more interesting. To me, anyway.” He meant that the stuff wasn’t written about him. Robbie has an exact triple-conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter and Aphidas in Aquarius.

Mr Lordi / Tomi Putaansuu (born 15 February 1974) is a multi-talented Finnish musician and special effect make-up artist, whose band Lordi won the Eurovision song contest in 2006. All publicity photographs of Mr Lordi have his face concealed with his mask and stage makeup. The band wanted to keep their anonymity. Mr Lordi was born only two days later than Robbie Williams, so he has the triple-conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter and Aphidas in Aquarius, too.

Cheek / Jare Tiihonen (born December 22, 1981) is a Finnish award-winning rapper, who was having it all, and then suddenly ended his career in 2018. His success is unparalleled in Finland. He has sold gold records, published a biography, and performed at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium. His farewell concert in Lahti was sold out in less than one minute. Cheek’s Scorpio Moon is opposite the conjunction of Chiron and Aphidas in Taurus.

Zaira Wasim (born October 23, 2000) is a former Indian actress, who earned critical acclaim and several awards. In June 2019, she announced that she would be leaving the Bollywood industry, as it conflicted with her religious identity and beliefs. Her Scorpio Sun is squaring Aphidas in the last degree of Cancer.

Now it is time to make conscious choices, so that you would not end up sitting between the chairs. Virgo’s ability for analyze and prioritizing should help in decision making.

Full Moon in Aquarius — August 15, 2019, 12:29 UT

August 15th, 2019

79360 Sila-Nunam is a cubewano, a classical Kuiper belt object with an orbital period of 293 years. It was discovered in 1997. It is a binary system with components of almost equal size. Both bodies, Sila and Nunam, are elongated with their long axes pointing to each other. They are named after old Inuit deities. Sila is the god of the sky, weather, and life force. Nunam is the Earth goddess, who created the land animals and the Inuit people. Sila breathed life into the Inuit.

The Full Moon is at 22+ degrees Aquarius. The Sun in Leo is in exact conjunction with Venus and Sila-Nunam.

I saw recently a documentary The Jam: About The Young Idea on the legendary new wave / mod revival band The Jam (active 1972 – 1982). The front man of the band, Paul Weller (born 25 May 1958), has natally his Sun conjunct Sila-Nunam. His successful and varied career is still continuing.

The mod revival of the 1970s and 1980s in England was a youth subculture which was set in motion by Paul Weller and his band. Weller is often referred to as “the Modfather”. The original mod subculture began in London in the late 1950s. The term mod derives from modernist, a term used in the 1950s to describe modern jazz musicians and their style-conscious fans.

The mods wore tailor-made suits and military parkas, they had neat haircuts, they drove Vespa motor scooters and spent time in coffee bars listening jazz and rock music. Scooters were a practical and moderately cheap choice of transportation for teenagers. Besides, the body panels of Vespa shielded the expensive suits of the mods from oil and dust. Parka jackets were worn for the same reason.

Paul Weller has described how the audience of The Jam used to look like a sea of green parkas. Everyone looked the same. He says it is not the ethos of the mods. He himself is a mod because he doesn’t want to be like everyone else. To him a mod means a person who embraces continuous reinvention, someone who looks forward and picks the best features of other cultures, filters and merges them into something new and different.

Perhaps the spirit of Sila-Nunam resembles that kind of fusion. Ideas, even good and practical ones, need “Sila’s breath” in order to fly and become something magnificent. It has much in common with the enthusiastic and fearless energy of youth. So, fuse bits of things that you appreciate into something original, blow your idea boldly on its way, and see what happens!

New Moon in Leo — August 01, 2019, 03:12 UT

August 1st, 2019

Before the discovery of Albion in August 1992, the only objects that were found beyond Neptune were Pluto (1930) and its binary companion Charon (1978). The space beyond Pluto seemed empty. The existence of the Kuiper belt was not proved yet. Of those distant minor planets of which I am usually writing about, only two centaurs were discovered, Chiron (1977) and Pholus (1992). The discovery of Eris in 2005 resulted eventually in Pluto’s demotion from planet status. Today, after 27 years since the discovery of Albion, thousands of centaurs and Kuiper belt objects have been found.

Albion remained unnamed 25 years, and we learned to call it by its provisional designation 1992 QB1, sometimes shortened as QB1. Even without having a name itself, it gave its name to a whole class of minor bodies, the cubewanos (“QB1-os”), the classical Kuiper belt objects. Then in January 2018, out of the blue, it was named Albion, the name proposed by the discoverers, American astronomers David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu. After so many years, I am still not quite adjusted to use the name Albion.

The orbital period of Albion is about 289 years. It was discovered at the Aries Point, in the first degree of the astrological sign Aries, which is the first sign of the zodiac. It was a remarkable discovery and the body was in a significant position, just starting a new phase.

1992 QB1 was named after Albion from the creation mythology of English poet and painter William Blake (1757–1827). Albion is the island-dwelling primeval man who divided himself into the four Zoas (Urthona, Urizen, Luvah and Tharmas), each representing important aspects of human character. Blake has used the name also in its traditional meaning as the ancient and mythological name of Britain.

William Blake has said: “In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.” His words certainly fit with the astrological delineations that have taken shape already before the naming of Albion, suggesting it is representing the edge, the bridge leading to the unknown, or the archetype of the thresholder. In astronomy it opened the door to unknown regions and a new understanding of our solar system.

William Blake was an eccentric who saw visions and was considered mad by many of his contemporaries. He did not gain recognition for his work during his lifetime. Not many of his poems are translated in Finnish, because his texts are not easily expressed in our language. However, I read from a Finnish article that Sylvi Kekkonen (1900 – 1974), a writer and the wife of our former president Urho Kekkonen (in office 1956 – 1982), was reading her own Blake translations in the Finnish radio. In the same article the writer says that the purpose of Blake’s works is to wrench one’s perception from the customary route. This kind of approach is just what was needed from the discoverers of 1992 QB1, David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu. In an interview by astrologer Eric Francis, Jane X. Luu told about her thoughts at the time they started their research: “Why study something that lots of other people study? We were going to do things that nobody else wanted to do.” She also said: “These things were always out there, but people didn’t look for them. People are not good at finding things they don’t expect to see.” You can read the whole interview here: Cue: Be One (or The Kuiper Belt Turns 20)

The New Moon in creative Leo is forming energizing square aspects to Albion and Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is famous for its ability to produce flashes of insight. Every New Moon is a beginning of a new phase. Mercury, the planet of intelligence, is now turning direct. This seems to be a good time to step through a door and start researching uncharted areas.

Full Moon / Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn — July16, 2019, 21:38 UT

July 16th, 2019

The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 16 is also a partial lunar eclipse. It will be visible over most of Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and South America. The eclipse is on the south lunar node and it is in conjunction with Pluto. The Moon in Capricorn and the Sun in Cancer are tightly squaring two dwarf planets, Eris in Aries and Haumea in Libra. These four planets are thus forming an aspect pattern called the grand cross. This configuration has sometimes been called “the make-or-break pattern”.

Haumea was discovered in December 2004 and Eris in January 2005. Both discoveries were announced 14 years ago, in July 2005.

In Greek mythology Eris is the rejected goddess of strife and discord. Because of her troublesome nature, she was the only goddess, which had not been invited to the wedding party of Peleus and Thetis. In a rage she dropped a golden apple of discord addressed “To the fairest one” amongst the goddesses. The quarrel over who the apple should be given to, eventually led to the Trojan War.

In astronomy the discovery of Eris, which is 27% more massive than Pluto, caused Pluto’s exclusion from the main planets in 2006. Among the astrologers the Greek myth has more literally come true, because even though Pluto quite justly has maintained its position among the planets, Eris seldom is invited to the club.

Haumea is the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth and fertility. She can take many different forms and has experienced many rebirths. She lived also as a mortal woman. Her children sprang from different parts of her body. Haumea is one of the manifestations of Mother Earth.

Eris and Haumea have been forming a long ongoing opposition between the years 2014 and 2018. Because of the phenomenon called retrogradation, they have made the total of nine exact oppositions to another during these years. The last of those exact aspects took place in August 2018, but the aspect is still in force because both planets move slowly.

The orbital period of Eris is 558 years, and Haumea orbits around the Sun in about 284 years. The previous time that they were opposing each other was in the Late Middle Ages, making nine exact oppositions between the years 1446 and 1450. During those years Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1400 – 1468), a German blacksmith, inventor and publisher, who invented the printing press, established the first printing house. By 1450, the press was in operation. Printing technologies spread quickly, which led to the establishment of publishing houses throughout Europe by 1500.

The Age of Exploration had not yet begun. Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese navigator, who was the first European who sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, was born in 1450 and Christopher Columbus in 1451. Both these famous explorers thus had the Haumea-Eris opposition in their natal charts.

A few examples of Haumea and Eris from more recent times:

Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), “Lady Day”, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Her Sun in Aries was squaring Haumea in Cancer.

Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, who made her screen debut as a child. She has expanded her career into directing, screenwriting, and producing. Her Sun in Gemini is square to Haumea in Virgo. The Moon in Aries is in conjunction with Eris.

Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, who rose to fame as the lead singer of the Supremes, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Her Aries Sun is conjunct Eris. The Moon in Taurus is square to Haumea in Leo.

Alex Toth (June 25, 1928 – May 27, 2006) was an American cartoonist, who concentrated on such subjects as hot rod racing, romance, horror, and action-adventure. He died at his drawing table. He had a Sun-Venus conjunction in Caner square Eris in Aries.

Chet Baker (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. He had a Sun-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn square Eris in Aries. His Moon in Libra was opposite Eris.

Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist and journalist who became nationally recognized as a leader for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her Aries Sun is in conjunction with Eris. The Moon in Leo is in conjunction with Haumea.

Susan Boyle (born April 1, 1961) is a Scottish singer, who rose to fame through Britain’s Got Talent competition. Her natal chart is a Full Moon chart. The Moon in Libra is opposing the Sun-Eris conjunction in Aries.

New Moon in Cancer — July 02, 2019, 19:16 UT

July 3rd, 2019

The New Moon on July 02, 2019, was a total solar eclipse, visible in South America. The Sun and the Moon in Cancer were opposing two centaurs in Capricorn, 330836 Orius and 10370 Hylonome, both of which are Neptune-crossers.

In astrology, even if the eclipse is not visible where you live, it has an impact nevertheless. A solar eclipse is more powerful than an ordinary New Moon, and the effect can last several months. The eclipse degree can remain as a sensitive point for years to come.

330836 Orius was discovered ten years ago, in April 2009, and named in 2013 from Greek mythology after centaur Orius, who lived in the mountains. Its orbital period is around 100 years. Orius was opposite the Sun when the following people were born:

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist, director and producer. His Orius was in Aquarius opposite the Sun in Leo.

Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American writer and filmmaker. He has Orius in Pisces opposite the Sun in Virgo.

Sylvia Kristel (September 28, 1952 – October 17, 2012), a Dutch actress, best remembered as Emmanuelle. In her chart Orius is in Aries opposite the Sun in Libra.

10370 Hylonome was discovered in 1995 and later named after a female centaur in Greek mythology. The orbital period is little over 126 years. These people have the Sun-Hylonome opposition in their birth chart:

John Lennon (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980) has Hylonome in Aries opposite the Sun in Libra.

Hillary Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician, whose Hylonome is in Taurus opposite the Sun in Scorpio.

Teitur Lassen (born January 4, 1977) is a Faroese musician, composer, singer-songwriter and producer. His Hylonome is in Cancer opposite the Sun in Capricorn.

This solar eclipse in Cancer belongs to the Saros series 3 North. In “Predictive astrology: the eagle and the lark”, astrologer Bernadette Brady has delineated this eclipse family, based on the aspects of the initial eclipse in the series, as follows:

”This is an over-excessive eclipse family. Its main theme being either news involving young people or news that transforms a situation. This information can cause worry or can cause the person to become obsessive. The individual may want to undertake large plans or activities which can be very positive as long as the individual doesn’t get carried away.”

Recently we have been reading astounding news concerning the migrant children separated from their parents and kept in inhumane conditions at the U.S.’s border detention centers. In Finland the government has to deal with the Isis families in horrifying conditions at the Al Hol camp in Syria. There are 11 women and 33 children, who are Finnish citizens. According to Prime Minister Antti Rinne, the government has no plans of using consular services to bring them to Finland. Even though the issue is problematic, the children are only victims of the situation. They have not chosen their parents. They have to be treated primarily as children, not as terrorists. Is it really too difficult to find a way to help 33 children?