Full Moon in Aquarius / Total Lunar Eclipse — July 27, 2018, 20:20 UT

July 26th, 2018

Eclipses usually come in pairs. In this eclipse sequence there are three of them, two solar and one lunar. This Full Moon in Aquarius is a total lunar eclipse and the second one in this sequence. Two weeks ago there was a partial solar eclipse in Cancer. Another partial solar eclipse will occur on Aug. 11, 2018, in Leo.

This spectacular lunar eclipse will be visible in many parts of the world, at least partially. This is the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, because the Moon is passing through the center of the Earth’s shadow, and also because the Moon is near its apogee (the point of greatest distance) and thus moves slowly. Totality lasts 1 hour and 43 minutes, and the total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours, 14 minutes. Central lunar eclipses are the darkest ones and they are relatively rare. The previous one occurred seven years ago. During the total phase, the Moon will look reddish. If the sky is clear, the total phase should be visible in its entirety in southern Finland, where I live.

What makes this eclipse astrologically really interesting is that the Moon will be in conjunction with retrograding Mars. At the moment we are in the middle of the retrograde period of Mars (from June 26 to Aug. 27), and Mars reaches its opposition to the Sun on the day of the lunar eclipse. Now Mars is closer to Earth and shines brighter than usually in the sky. Also Mercury turned retrograde the day before the eclipse.

Retrograding planets work a bit differently than planets in direct motion. It is possible that the usual expression of the planet gets inhibited. Normally Mars gives us courage, initiative, desire and other beneficial features, but also anger and aggression. In Aquarius this could come out as collective rage. Turning anger inwards is as undesirable as is uncontrollable rage.

The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. All eclipses take place near the lunar nodes. In Leo, opposite the Moon and in conjunction with the Sun and the North node of the Moon is 32532 Thereus, a centaur planet with orbital period of over 34 years. This centaur can help us in dealing with Mars retrograde. In Greek mythology centaur Thereus was a hunter who captured bears and carried them home, alive and struggling. Why would anyone take a raging bear to their home? The myth doesn’t give us the answer, as there is nothing more told about Thereus.

Behind anger there is usually pain, and it takes courage and patience to face old wounds. In “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés there is a chapter in which she talks about rage and how to deal with it. Rage can become a teacher. She tells us a Japanese tale called “The Crescent Moon Bear”. These words of Dr. Pinkola Estés can offer us the missing piece of the Greek myth:

“So rather than trying to ‘behave’ and not feel our rage or rather than using it to burn down every living thing in a hundred-mile radius, it is better to first ask rage to take a seat with us, have some tea, talk a while so we can find out what summoned this visitor.”

Ever since I read the tale of the crescent moon bear, I have in my imagination seen centaur Thereus in his home cave, having tea and a chat with an angry bear. 32532 Thereus, like all other centaur planets, has potential for healing.

New Moon in Cancer / Partial Solar Eclipse — July 13, 2018, 02:48 UT

July 12th, 2018

The New Moon at 20+ degrees of Cancer is a partial solar eclipse. The Moon covers only part of the Sun, but anyhow, this is an intense eclipse, because it takes place exactly opposite Pluto.

Right after the eclipse, on July 16, 2018, President Trump and President Putin will meet at the Helsinki summit. This is the first official meeting between these two world leaders. The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree is Cancer 21 “A prima donna singing”. Perhaps we are going to see two of them.

This solar eclipse belongs to the Saros series 2 Old North. In “Predictive astrology: the eagle and the lark”, Bernadette Brady has delineated this eclipse family, based on the initial eclipse in the series, as follows: “This is a difficult eclipse family, as its members bring unfortunate news concerning friendships or relationships. You will be dealing with ideas of separation or the ending of a union. However, although the picture may look glum as the eclipse takes effect, the actual results are quite positive. You will quickly grasp what has to be done and fast action can bring good results. The theme of this eclipse is action concerning personal relationships.”

The planetary ruler of Cancer is the Moon. Sometimes, for a more accurate interpretation, each zodiac sign can be subdivided into three segments called decans. This eclipse falls in the last decan of Cancer, which is ruled by Neptune. In “Eclipse interpretation manual”, Rose Lineman describes this position like this: “Neptune’s [influence] in the third as sub-ruler lends an ethereal quality to Cancerian expression. Domestic priorities become prominent on a universal scale.”

Astrology is dualistic in its nature. Pluto’s polarity was clearly perceived soon after its discovery, long before its double companion Charon was found. Pluto is a planet of power. Along with its purging quality and tremendous ability to propel spiritual growth and renewal, also tendencies for control and manipulation belong in its dominion. The eclipse takes effect opposite Pluto. An opposition aspect can raise awareness or increase the possibility of a conflict.

Pluto is associated with places underground. Among other things, sewers belong to his symbolism. Pluto operates invisibly, and when the time is ripe, he brings the secrets into daylight. I was amused reading that sewer covers are being welded shut in Helsinki for the next week’s summit meeting as a security procedure. I don’t think that it is going to prevent Pluto!

This solar eclipse occurs in conjunction with 52975 Cyllarus, a centaur planet discovered almost 20 years ago by American amateur astronomer Nichole Danzl. The orbital period is over 133 years and the diameter is about 70 kilometers.

52975 Cyllarus was named after a young and beautiful centaur in Greek mythology. Cyllarus and Hylonome were like Romeo and Juliet. Cyllarus was severely wounded in a battle and died in the arms of his beloved. In her despair Hylonome killed herself by throwing herself onto the same javelin that had pierced her partner.

Symbolically the centaurs represent shadow material in our consciousness. A death of a centaur can stand for a crisis in one’s life, which through awareness leads to change and growth. In the case of Cyllarus, what happens afterwards may gain more significance than the initial occurrence. Cyllarus is reminding us to be conscious of the choices we are making in our lives. The decisions we make directly affect not just us but also other people around us.

Full Moon in Capricorn — June 28, 2018, 04:53 UT

June 28th, 2018

Last night, if the sky was clear, you were able to see a bright spot beside the Full Moon. The Full Moon occurred in Capricorn, and the bright spot was the ruler of the sign, Saturn. The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon, and now there is also Saturn opposite the Sun, reflecting its light.

There was also a third body with the Moon and Saturn, but so small and distant that you were not able to see it, not even if you had binoculars. It was 330836 Orius.

It is difficult to find any information on 330836 Orius. Still today, after nine years since its discovery and five years since its naming, I am not able to find even a Wikipedia page in English. I think this is due the fact that planetary studies are quite America centered, and 330836 Orius was discovered by Latvian astronomers Kazimieras Cernis and Ilgmars Eglitis at Baldone observatory in Latvia.

330836 Orius is a minor planet which belongs to the centaur class. Its orbital period around the Sun is almost 100 years and its diameter is approximately somewhere between 30 and 80 km. It was discovered in April 2009 and named in January 2013 after a centaur from Greek mythology. Centaur Orius lived in the mountains, and was killed by Heracles in the riot at centaur Pholus’s cave, when Heracles tried to steal the wine, which was common property of the centaur tribe.

Finland’s best-known film director Aki Kaurismäki (born April 4, 1957) has a conjunction of the Sun (identity), Venus (values) and 330836 Orius in Aries. The conjunction is trining his Saturn in Sagittarius and in sextile to his Mars in Gemini. Aki Kaurismäki’s film characters are usually people living outside the mainstream. Despite the melancholy and the setbacks that characters are facing, they are persistent, and there is hope for a better world.

Aki Kaurismäki has twice boycotted the Oscar awards. In 2003 “The Man Without a Past” was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of the best foreign language film, but Kaurismäki refused to attend the Oscar ceremony as a protest against the U.S. war in Iraq. In 2006 “Lights in the Dusk” was chosen to be Finland’s nominee for the best foreign language film, but Kaurismäki refused the nomination as a protest against President George W. Bush’s foreign policy. In an interview Kaurismäki once said: “The meaning of life is to acquire personal moral principles that respect the nature and other human beings and then follow them.”

Other examples of 330836 Orius can be found here:

New Moon in Cancer — June 24, 2017, 02:31 UT

New Moon in Gemini – June 13, 2018, 19:43 UT

June 13th, 2018

The New Moon at 22+ degrees of Gemini was in conjunction with a trans-Neptunian body 19521 Chaos, which was discovered almost 20 years ago. 19521 Chaos has an orbital period of 309 years and its orbit never crosses the orbit of Neptune.

In contemporary language when we speak of chaos, we are usually referring to a state of confusion. However, 19521 Chaos is named after the primeval state of existence in Greek mythology, the dark, formless void preceding the creation of the universe. The first gods appeared from that void, including Gaia (Earth). Chaos was a creator like no other. It is almost as if the ancient Greek had been aware of the Big Bang.

The Big Bang did not come out of nothing. There was a chaotic state, where time and space as we now understand them were yet to form. Our current understanding of time and space cannot be applied to the time which preceded the Big Bang. It was a moment of great transformation. Stephen Hawking, who meritoriously studied the origin of the universe, has an exact sextile aspect between his Sun and Chaos in his natal chart.

Dualism and polarity are important principles of astrology; there are two poles in everything. The phrase “edge of chaos” has come to refer to a metaphor that some physical, biological, economic and social systems operate in a region between order and either complete randomness or chaos, where the complexity is maximal. It is this area slightly off the familiar ground, where new energy takes form and fresh solutions emerge.

Among the events which have taken place, and the people who have been born, while the Sun has been conjunct Chaos, are the following:

Feb. 9, 1916 — Tristan Tzara “founds” the art movement Dadaism, an art movement of the European avant-garde. The Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-capitalist protest in their works.

Feb. 14, 1922 — Finnish Minister of the Interior Heikki Ritavuori is assassinated. The murder of a government minister is a rare occurrence in Finland.

Feb. 20, 1925 — Robert Altman, American film director was born.

Feb. 21, 1925 — Sam Peckinpah, American film director was born.

Feb. 26, 1932 — Johnny Cash, American country singer was born.

Feb. 27, 1932 — The Mäntsälä rebellion, a failed coup attempt by the Lapua Movement to overthrow the Finnish government, occurs in Finland.

March 7, 1940 — Rudi Dutschke, German radical student leader was born.

March 9, 1942 — John Davies Cale, a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground, was born.

Apr. 11, 1970 — Apollo 13 is launched toward the Moon but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later. Despite great hardship the crew returned safely to Earth.

May 10. 1994 — Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.

June 6, 2013 –Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged in by a U.S. government mass surveillance program to news publications and flees the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia.

Full Moon in Sagittarius — May 29, 2018, 14:19 UT

May 30th, 2018

The Full Moon in Sagittarius was in conjunction with 38628 Huya, a trans-Neptunian object named after the rain god of the Wayuu people of Venezuela and Colombia. Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces are forming a grand trine aspect pattern in the water signs. Uranus in the early degrees of Taurus is opposite Typhon retrograde in Scorpio.

38628 Huya is a plutino discovered in March 2000 by Venezuelan astronomer Ignacio Ferrin. Like Pluto, Huya spends part of its orbit closer to the Sun than Neptune. It came to perihelion (the point in its orbit where it is nearest to the Sun) in December 2014. It will be closer to the Sun than Neptune until July 2029.

I tend to forget that 38628 Huya is a binary system. The satellite was discovered in 2012 and it has not been named yet. Pulowi would be an apt name for the satellite, because in Wayuu mythology Pulowi and Juya were a married deity couple associated with procreation and life. Pulowi is related to dry seasons and Juya controls the rain. Lack of water is a huge problem for the Wayuu people, who inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula, and that is why the object was named after the rain god.

In Florida a subtropical storm Alberto made a landfall on Monday. In North Carolina and Maryland rain and flooding have caused damage and loss of lives. At the same time the weather here in Finland is dry and hot. The month of May has been the warmest we have ever experienced, since the official recording of the weather began in our country. Open fires are strictly forbidden, because the risk for forest fires is historically high now.

The environment of the Wayuu people has been polluted by the coal mining industry. They have been forced to relocate and leave their ancestral land. A Wayuu leader Jorge Montiel has said: “We will not be removed from the lands where our ancestors are buried. We are defending the animals, the forests and the water. This planet can’t withstand any more contamination. What good is all this wealth from oil and coal if we are dying of diseases and misery?” At the time of the total solar eclipse in Scorpio on November 13, 2012, Finland was in the midst of the worst environmental crisis in its history, when a waste water pool at the Talvivaara mine in Kainuu started to leak. The eclipse was in conjunction with 38628 Huya.

Our seas and oceans can’t withstand any more plastic. Last month a young sperm whale washed up on a beach in southern Spain. It had 64 pounds of plastic and waste in its stomach. Sperm whales are in danger of extinction. Around 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our oceans.

On Monday the European Commission proposed a total ban on single-use plastic products such as plastic straws and cotton buds. Although we all as individuals are responsible, this is a step to the right direction. The pressure has to be put on the production.

New Moon in Taurus — May 15, 2018, 11:48 UT

May 15th, 2018

The Sun and the Moon conjoined in Taurus for the New Moon. Mars and Uranus were in an exact square and about to change signs, Mars into Aquarius and Uranus into Taurus. Taurus is the sign of values, and Aquarius is concerned with cooperation.

The arising change is emphasized by an enigmatic minor body (60558) 174P/Echeclus in conjunction with the New Moon. Echeclus belongs to a rare class of dual comet-asteroids. In astrology comets seem to be heralding a change, and our society needs one.

Echeclus was discovered in March 2000 and initially classified as a Centaur. It is sporadically active and has undergone several outbursts since its discovery. In 2006 it was given a short-period comet designation. Also (2060) 95P/Chiron is cross-listed as both a comet and a Centaur.

In the pre-discovery images of Echeclus from January 2000, a dust coma is evident. In December 2005 a large chunk of Echeclus broke off causing a massive outburst. A moderate outburst was seen in 2011.

In the outer solar system, comets remain frozen and invisible. When the comet approaches the Sun, it warms. The coma and tail are formed and become illuminated by the sunlight. Echeclus came to its perihelion, the point in its orbit that is closest to the Sun, in 2015. A moderate outburst was seen again 2016. In December 2017 Echeclus underwent one of its brightest ever outbursts.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon degree, Taurus 25, is A large well-kept public park. According to Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, “This is a symbol of the everyday integrity of society at large, and of the community divisions of labor through which each person gains the resources for well-being and self-enjoyment which obviously he could never create for himself through his own isolated efforts.”

Full Moon in Scorpio — April 30, 2018, 00:58 UT

April 29th, 2018

In last October a fascinating triple trans-Neptunian object was named Lempo from Finnish mythology. A Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon, and now in the Scorpio Full Moon chart, the Sun in Taurus is in exact conjunction with Lempo. The luminaries – and Lempo – are squaring the lunar nodes, the points where the yearly path of the Sun and the monthly path of the Moon intersect as seen from Earth.

The nodes of the Moon are always opposite each other, forming the nodal axis, the meaning of which in astrology is often seen as karmic. The north node relates to the future and the south node to the past. The chart degrees squaring the nodes are seen as balancing points. Lempo is on that important threshold right now.

Astronomically Lempo is a unique multiple system. It is a plutino consisting of three bodies, which are all similarly sized, having diameters within 100 – 300 km. The two inner components form a binary. The third component is circulating the central pair. In this respect Lempo resembles the Pluto system, where four small moons are orbiting the central binary of Pluto and Charon. The Lempo system has been proposed as a possible target for future missions to the Kuiper belt.

Lempo was originally worshipped in Finland as the goddess of love and fertility. According to the myth, a glowing fireball shot from the sky and hit the ground. It was the sacred Fire Woman who came from beyond the visible world. The myth describes a meteor hitting the ground a long time ago. At first people were scared, but after they realized all the advantages which she gave to them, they became the people of fire. She gave them fertile soil, tools and weapons, she lit the flame of love, and she escorted the dead to the Otherworld.

There is a municipality of Lempäälä in Finland. The name supposedly originates from the fact that worshippers of Lempo lived there in the region. The name originates at least 2000 years back from the Iron Age. In Finnish folk poetry all “lempo” related words can be associated with fire and iron. One of the Finnish words – also in the contemporary language – meaning love is “lempi”. The word “lempi” originally meant a literal fire or a flame. The same kind of fire or burning sensation can be used to describe an internal state of a person.

Christianity gained a foothold in Finland during the 11th century. The reputation of Lempo worsened and she was equated with the devil. There are sources, according to which Lempo disappeared after the Christianization. But when people heard about Bridget of Sweden, they thought that she was the reborn Fire Woman, and the worshippers of Lempo turned to Saint Bridget. Bridget of Sweden (1303 – 1373) was a mystic and saint, and the most prominent religious and political figure in Scandinavia of her time. She was proclaimed a saint on Oct. 7, 1391.

Bridget of Sweden is celebrated on 7 October. According to Kustaa Vilkuna (1902 – 1980), a well-known Finnish ethnologist, linguist and historian, there was a big feast held in her honor every year in Lempäälä. We could even talk about a cult of Bridget. People dressed in their best clothes, drank beer and celebrated. Feasting was obviously thorough, because there is an old saying in Lempäälä, according to which the next day was also needed as a holiday. According to Juha Kuisma, a native born resident of Lempäälä, who has studied Lempo and the history of Lempäälä, at least part of the cult clearly originates from the time before Christianity.

Note, that both the discovery date of Lempo (Oct. 1, 1999) and the publication date of the naming (Oct. 5, 2017), are very close to the feast day of Bridget of Sweden, Oct. 7.

The medieval church of Lempäälä is dedicated to Bridget of Sweden. The church was built near a deep pit (now filled with grit), which according to the lore was once called “Lempo’s pit”, and was possibly caused by a meteorite. It was still marked on the 19th century maps. Archeological studies have shown that there was also a pagan cemetery at the site.

Lempo is mythological fire, which came from beyond the visible world. Likewise, we can say that Lempo is creative fire burning inside every one of us. Lempo is passion and attraction.

Soon after the naming of Lempo I saw a television documentary of Jimi Hendrix performing at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970. It has been said that his concert was almost like a spiritual experience. His playing was free from restrictions, he was dressed in red clothing and he looked like a flame. In Jimi’s chart Lempo is rising right at his ascendant in Sagittarius.

New Moon in Aries — April 16, 2018, 1:57 UT

April 17th, 2018

The focus is in Aries. The New Moon on the early hours of Monday at 26+ degrees of Aries fell right in the middle of the Uranus-Eris conjunction. Mercury in Aries had turned direct on Sunday before the New Moon, giving a mental boost on this new lunation. On Tuesday Chiron, the first centaur discovered in 1977, changes signs and enters Aries from Pisces.

Uranus and Eris formed three exact conjunctions in 2016 and 2017. The previous time that they were in a conjunction with each other, was in 1927 and 1928. The current conjunction has started slowly unravel, and it is about five degrees wide now. The Sun and the Moon conjoined exactly between Uranus and Eris. The combination of these energies is interesting.

The New Moon marks always a beginning of a new phase. The energy of Aries is energetic, enthusiastic, courageous and assertive leadership energy. The keyword for Aries is “I am”. The Sun is the life giver. The astrological Sun is the symbol of our ego. The energy of Eris is quite different.

In Greek mythology Eris was the rejected Greek goddess of strife and discord. Themes of exclusion and alienation can sometimes be found in the charts with prominent Eris. However, many extraordinarily gifted artists are having the Sun-Eris conjunction in their birth chart. Perhaps their success results from their ability to express their true self honestly.

Irwing Wallace (March 19, 1916 – June 29, 1990) was an American best-selling author and screenwriter. He enjoyed writing the stories of outsiders. He began writing at age of 15. Many of his novels have been filmed and translated into several languages. He has said: “To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.” Wallace has a quadruple conjunction of Chiron, Ceto, Eris and the Sun in Pisces.

Marcel Marceau (born Marcel Mangel, March 22, 1923 – September 22, 2007) was a French actor and mime. He referred to mime as the “art of silence”. He performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years. As a youth, he lived in hiding and worked with the French Resistance during World War II, and helped many children to escape to Switzerland. Marcel Marceau has a triple conjunction of Eris, Ceto and the Sun at the Aries point.

Dario Fo (March 24, 1926 – October 13, 2016) was an Italian actor–playwright, theatre director and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. He used methods of improvisation and the ancient Italian commedia dell’arte. He criticized corruption, organized crime, racism and war. His plays have been translated into 30 languages and performed across the world, often modified to reflect local political issues. The U.S. authorities refused Dario Fo permission to enter the nation, accusing him of “belonging to organizations supporting terrorist groups.” Dario Fo’s triple conjunction of Eris, Ceto and the Sun is on his Midheaven and at the Aries point.

Yayoi Kusama (born March 22, 1929) is one of the most important contemporary artists. Her work is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. In 1977 Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill, and she has been living at the hospital since, by choice. Kusama has continued to work as an artist. Museums throughout the world have her work in their collections. She has a quadruple conjunction of Eris, Ceto, Uranus and the Sun in Aries.

Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. I Am Other (stylized as i am OTHER) is a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all of his endeavors, including a YouTube channel launched in 2012. Williams describes the channel as a “cultural movement dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators and Outcasts.” Pharrell Williams has a quadruple conjunction of Eris, Venus, Chiron and the Sun in Aries.

Mikko Franck (born April 1, 1979) is an internationally succeeded Finnish conductor and violinist. Franck entered Jorma Panula’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy in the fall of 1996. He ended his studies there in 1998 without receiving a diploma because his international career had already begun. Today he works as the music director of the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He has the Sun-Eris conjunction in Aries.

Leona Lewis (born April 3, 1985) is a British singer-songwriter. She won The X Factor in 2006. In 2014 Lewis took leave from Syco Music and stated: “I was asked to make a record that would not have been true to myself.” The name of her latest studio album released by the new record label is I Am. Lewis has a stellium in Aries, formed by the Sun, Mercury, Pallas, Venus and Eris.

Full Moon in Libra — March 31, 2018, 12:37 UT

March 31st, 2018

The Full Moon occurred at 10+ degrees of Libra. The Sun in the opposing sign Aries is conjunct Mercury and 37117 Narcissus, a centaur-like minor planet. Mercury turned retrograde a week ago, and is now approaching the Sun.

37117 Narcissus was discovered in 2000 by Canadian amateur astronomer William Kwong Yu Yeung at the Desert Beaver Observatory, a private observatory near Eloy, Arizona. 37117 Narcissus crosses the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn. Using a broader definition of a centaur planet, it can be classified as a centaur, but its perihelion, the closest point in its orbit about the Sun, is inside Jupiter’s orbit. The Minor Planet Center defines centaurs as having a perihelion beyond the orbit of Jupiter and a semi-major axis less than that of Neptune. 37117 Narcissus will reach its perihelion in January 2019.

The myth of Echo and Narcissus was told by Ovid in the Metamorphoses. Echo was a talkative nymph cursed by goddess Juno. Echo was unable to say anything on her own, only repeat the last words of someone else. She fell in love with Narcissus, a beautiful youth who rejected her love. Narcissus bent down to drink from a spring and as a punishment fell deeply in love with his own reflection in the water. He was gazing into the pool hour after hour, until he changed into the narcissus plant.

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder with a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for other people. The condition was named after Narcissus from the Greek myth.

We need to be cautious in the usage of the term NPD, because in spite of the common use of the word narcissism, only a small fraction of people actually have the disorder. We all have 37117 Narcissus somewhere in our charts, and we all can sometimes be vain or self-centered. Many social phenomena of our time encourage narcissistic behavior. We publish selfies and pour our lives to Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and blogs.

Aries represents self-directed energies, and the Sun is the symbol of ego. Libra is the sign of relationships and projection, and in Libra we seek balance. The Full Moon in Libra should help us to reflect healthy self-esteem.

New Moon in Pisces — March 17, 2018, 13:11 UT

March 18th, 2018

The New Moon at 26+ degrees of Pisces was in conjunction with the first centaur planet 2060 Chiron, discovered in 1977 orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus, and a trans-Neptunian binary object 385446 Manwë, discovered in 2003.

In Pisces there is creativity and mysticism. Chiron is the great healing power, and Manwë adds its special quality to the blend.

2060 Chiron — also known as 95P/Chiron – has many interesting astronomical features. It is one of the few objects classified as both a minor planet and a comet. In 1988 Chiron suddenly brightened, which is behavior typical of comets, and a tail was detected in 1993. With its diameter of 206 km, Chiron possibly reaches the dwarf planet status. It is also likely that Chiron has two rings.

In Greek mythology Chiron was the wisest and justest of all the centaurs. He was not a troublemaker like the rest of them. He was a teacher and tutor of many heroes.

385446 Manwë was named in 2014 after a fictional deity, the wise king of the Valar in J. R. R. Tolkien’s writings. The satellite was named Thorondor after the “mightiest of all birds that have ever been”.

Manwë is a Jupiter-like deity, who loved poetry and music with words. He was the lord of air, wind and clouds. Eagles flew back and forth and brought to his knowledge everything that was going on in the world. He lived with Varda, the queen of the stars, on Mount Taniquetil. Manwë and Varda complemented each other. If Varda is beside Manwë, he “sees further than all other eyes, through mist, and through darkness, and over the leagues of the sea. And if Manwë is with her, Varda hears more clearly than all other ears the sound of voices that cry from east to west, from the hills and the valleys,” wrote Tolkien.

This New Moon conjunct 385446 Manwë may be an extraordinary creative moment to work for your goals and take a leap forward. You may have an access to knowledge which has been hidden or out of your reach before. The resources are available. The square aspects from Mars, Vesta and 174567 Varda in Sagittarius are providing some extra energy and light to you.

The following controversial Manwë personalities have left their mark on the world:

Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) was an influential English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He had a Sun-Manwë conjunction in Libra.

Frank Zappa (1940 – 1993) was an American musical wizard, who is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era. Zappa’s exact Sun-Manwë conjunction is in Sagittarius.

Jeff Bezos (born 1964) is the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon. He is the wealthiest person in the world. His Sun-Manwë conjunction is in Capricorn. There are three other trans-Neptunians together with the Sun and Manwë: 120347 Salacia, 47171 Lempo and 341520 Mors-Somnus.

Olof Palme (1927 – 1986) was an Aquarian. Manwë is right at his Sagittarius ascendant. He was one of the greatest statesmen of the world. He has been described as an insightful politician, who had a skill to see things before others did.