New Moon in Libra — October 09, 2018, 03:47 UT

October 9th, 2018

Venus stationed retrograde on Oct. 5, 2018, in Scorpio. A few days later, on Oct. 9, 2018, the New Moon occurs in Libra, the sign which is ruled by Venus. Every New Moon – the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon – starts a new lunation cycle. We begin this lunation in awareness of a new planetary energy, 471143 Dziewanna.

471143 Dziewanna is currently at 11+ degrees of Scorpio, and Venus turned retrograde at 10+ degrees of Scorpio, only one degree apart from it. The New Moon was in conjunction with asteroid 1 Ceres, the first asteroid to be discovered, today classified as a dwarf planet.

1 Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture. She is Earth Mother. Ceres had a daughter, Proserpina, whom she loved dearly. One day Pluto abducted young Proserpina and made her the queen of the Underworld. Ceres desperately searched her daughter everywhere, but she couldn’t find her. In her grief and anger Ceres stopped the growth of fruits and vegetables. Every year Proserpina has to spend six months with Pluto, the other six months she is allowed to live with her mother. When Proserpina returns, Ceres allows plants grow and flowers bloom again. The myth describes the change of the seasons, and eternal cycle of renewal.

471143 Dziewanna is a newly named scattered disc object. It is very likely a dwarf planet and it is coming to its perihelion in 2038 (the point in its orbit where it is nearest to the Sun). It was discovered in 2010 by astronomers Andrzej Udalski, Scott Sheppard, Marcin Kubiak and Chad Trujillo during the Polish OGLE project of Warsaw University. According to the official naming citation, “Dziewanna is a Slavic Goddess of the wild nature, forests and the hunt. Gold-haired, young and beautiful, she brings the spring and revitalizes the Earth. Wild yellow mullein flowers (Polish: dziewanna) are her symbol. Dried, they served as torches during her celebrations.”


Dziewanna plants in my garden.
Photo: Copyright © Kirsti Melto.

Like Ceres, also Dziewanna is the goddess of agriculture. She is also the goddess of the Moon and often depicted with wolves. Goddess Dziewanna has much in common with the Roman goddess Diana, the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the Moon. Like her Roman equivalent, Dziewanna is a maiden goddess. However, according to the site of the Lake Area Goddesses, “Dziewanna is married; married and free of the control of a man at the same time.” Quoting the site, “She is a true virgin, whole unto herself.” An appearance of a new planet expands our consciousness and opens up new possibilities for us. At this moment of time the energy of Dziewanna is welcomed.

Andrzej Udalski, the discoverer of 471143 Dziewanna, said in an interview: “I hope that putting Dziewanna in the sky will encourage researchers of Polish and Slavic traditions and cultures to learn more about this mysterious goddess.” He adds: “Fantasizing even more – it might also encourage scientists, engineers or technical university students to design an extremely ambitious space project. (…) It would be very interesting to see the true face of our Dziewanna and learn its secrets.” As an astrologer I am happy to join this endeavor.

Full Moon in Aries — September 25, 2018, 02:52 UT

September 26th, 2018

The Sun entered Libra on Sept. 23, 2018, and for a moment night and day were of equal length for everyone on Earth. Two days later, on Sept. 25, the Moon in Aries opposed the Sun for the Full Moon. The Moon was in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia at the Aries point.

120347 Salacia is one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects, almost certainly a dwarf planet, and it is orbiting the Sun at an average distance that is slightly greater than that of Pluto. It is actually a binary system Salacia-Actaea, where 96% of the total mass should be in Salacia itself.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. Even though the official naming citation describes Salacia as the goddess of the calm and sunlit ocean, the etymology of the name suggests that we are not talking about still waters.

The name Salacia is derived from Latin sal, meaning salt, and is sometimes translated to mean sensational. The Latin word salax can mean salacious, lustful, lecherous, provocative, or desiring sexual intercourse. Scholars have regarded Salacia as a violent aspect of gushing and overflowing water, personification of lust, goddess of prostitutes, and considered her as one of the aspects of Neptune representing the god’s desire for intercourse with Earth.

120347 Salacia entered Aries on March 1, 2017. Chiron is now retrograding at the Aries point. Chiron and Salacia will conjoin in the early degrees of Aries in April 2019. The orbital period of Salacia is around 270 years. 124 years ago, in October 1894, Chiron and Salacia made a conjunction in late Virgo, when Salacia was approaching the opposite position to its current location. The next year, in May 1895, Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella was born in Castellaneta, Italy. He became later known as Rudolph Valentino, “The Great Latin Lover”, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of silent films.

Valentino became the sex symbol of the 1920s, the very first. Women loved and adored him and found him “triumphantly seductive”. There were rumors that he was gay. He was involved in one scandal after another, for example he was arrested for bigamy. Later he was in a relationship with actress Pola Negri, the famous femme fatale of the 1920s. Valentino died young, at the age of 31, which caused mass hysteria among his fans. Even suicides of fans were reported. Pola Negri made a scene at Valentino’s funeral, claiming they had been engaged.

Valentino’s time of birth is known, so we are able to cast an accurate chart for him. His ascendant is in the first degree of Libra, which the current Sun has just passed. The ascendant is an angle which shows how the world sees us, it describes the impression we make on others. So Valentino’s ascendant is in Libra, the sign ruled by the planet of love, Venus, and his Moon is there too. His Sun is in the other sign ruled by Venus, in Taurus. Both Chiron and Salacia are at his ascendant, Salacia in late Virgo and Chiron in early Libra.

Full Moon in Pisces — August 26, 2018, 11:56 UT

August 26th, 2018

The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. Today’s Full Moon in Pisces was tightly aligned with another opposition, formed by two interesting minor planets. The Moon was in conjunction with a trans-Neptunian object (225088) 2007 OR10, which is orbiting the Sun in the scattered disc, among the coldest and most distant objects in the Solar System. The Sun in Virgo was in conjunction with 121725 Aphidas, the latest officially named centaur.

(225088) 2007 OR10 is big. It is the fourth-largest, possibly even the third-largest known body in the Solar System beyond the orbit of Neptune, and the largest known body in the Solar System still without a name. It was discovered 11 years ago, on July 17, 2007, by American astronomers Megan Schwamb, Michael Brown and David Rabinowitz. 2007 OR10 has a moon. In 2016, analysis of Hubble images taken in 2010 revealed a satellite, which was confirmed by a further analysis in 2017.

The discoverers nicknamed 2007 OR10 first as “Snow White” for its presumed white color. However, it was later revealed to be one of the reddest objects in the Kuiper belt, so the nickname was dropped. It has also revealed to be bigger than what first was thought.

In 2009 I wrote to Mike Brown and proposed naming 2007 OR10 from the Norse mythology, but he replied that he has been saving the Norse mythology for a distant and cold thing like Sedna. In Norse mythology the chief god Odin was at times using a disguise, which would match with the behavior of the object, but the name Odin is already used for an asteroid, so it cannot be used again.

There was a petition in the internet for naming 2007 OR10 as R’hllor, also known as the Red God or the Lord of Light, from the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on novels written by George R. R. Martin. There are other objects named from fictional mythologies (for example Borasisi, Manwë, Varda and Albion), so this is not an entirely impossible idea.

According to the International Astronomical Union’s rules, the discoverer of a minor planet has the privilege to suggest a name for the planet in question for a period of ten years following the numbering of the object. 2007 OR10 received the permanent number in 2009, so Mike Brown and his team will have some time left for their name suggestion, and then anyone will be able to make a proposal. Hopefully both bodies get named.

121725 Aphidas, the centaur in conjunction with the Sun now, was discovered on Dec. 13, 1999, by an American astronomer Carl W. Hergenrother. The orbital period is 76.23 years. The naming took place in October 2017. 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.”

People born with their Sun in conjunction with 121725 Aphidas are for example Anna Nicole Smith, Anneliese Michel, Rick Allen, Robbie Williams, Theresa May, Mr Lordi (Tomi Putaansuu).

Examples of events which occurred while the Sun was in conjunction with 121725 Aphidas:

Oct. 15, 1951 – Norethisterone, the progestin used in the combined oral contraceptive pill, is synthesized by Luis E. Miramontes in Mexico.

Sept. 30, 1955 – Actor James Dean is killed when his automobile collides with another car at a highway junction near Cholame, California.

Nov. 24, 1966 — The Beatles begin recording sessions for their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band L.P.

Dec. 3, 1967 — Christiaan Barnard carries out the world’s first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jan. 27, 1973 — U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords

May 20, 1983 — Two separate research groups led by Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier independently declared that a novel retrovirus may have been infecting people with HIV/AIDS, and published their findings in the same issue of the journal Science.

May 29, 1985 — Heysel Stadium disaster: Thirty-eight spectators are killed in rioting on the terraces during the European Cup final between Liverpool F.C. and Juventus at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

New Moon in Leo / Partial Solar Eclipse — August 11, 2018, 09:58 UT

August 21st, 2018

By now it should be clear for all policymakers as well as ordinary people, that the climate change is real. The intense heat wave has caused devastation across the Northern Hemisphere. There has been excessive wildfires in Greece, California and Scandinavia; dried rivers in Germany, and ruined crops about everywhere.

The Paris climate agreement set actions to keep global warming limited below 2 degrees Celsius, but this may not be enough. Scientists are now warning about a domino effect of other factors, like melting ice, warming seas and dying forests, which could tilt the Earth into a state beyond which all human efforts will be futile.

The New Moon in Leo was a partial solar eclipse, the third eclipse in the current sequence. There is an ominous feeling surrounding this eclipse. The eclipse occurred at 18+ degrees of Leo in conjunction with asteroid 2 Pallas and trans-Neptunian 420356 Praamzius. Several planets are now in retrograde motion. Mercury retrograde is square to Jupiter, Mars retrograde is square to Uranus, and Venus is square to Saturn.

420356 Praamzius is a cubewano discovered in 2012 by a Lithuanian astronomer K. Černis and R. P. Boyle. It was named in February 2016 after an old Lithuanian chief god Praamzius. According to the official naming citation, Praamzius is the oldest and highest Lithuanian god related to the creation of the world. He is the god of the sky, peace and friendship in Lithuanian mythology. He is said to be also the ruler of time, the inescapable fate. He is also said to be the first beekeeper in the world.

About ten years ago the world was waking to the disturbing fact that bees were vanishing. We are not able to survive long without pollinators. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappears and leaves behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care of the remaining immature bees and the queen. Why this happens has not been entirely solved yet. Although there probably is more than just one cause for CCD, a link between bee colony collapse and climate change has been detected by researchers. Anyhow, climate change is the cause of species loss in general, and decrease of biodiversity is a threat to us.

Asteroid Pallas is the significator of wisdom and creative intelligence. Hopefully asteroid Pallas in conjunction with the eclipse is able to give us solutions in our worsening plight. The ban of plastic bags and straws is not enough for saving us. The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree Leo 19 is “A houseboat party”. Without immediate and mutual action of all nations and people the party is over.

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.”