Full Moon in Sagittarius — June 17, 2019, 08:31 UT

June 16th, 2019

We are approaching the summer solstice. Now we are in the midst of an important astrology pattern, Mars in Cancer opposing the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. Mars is also in contact with the Moon’s nodal axis. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction will be exact in January 2020. This aspect pattern is defining our moment of history, as astrologer Eric Francis has put it. “It’s a before and after moment,” he wrote recently. Please read Eric’s detailed article about the astrology preceding the Cancer solstice, “Mars in Focus: Individual and Society”.

Minor planets can give additional information to the chart interpretation. The Full Moon in Sagittarius makes several tension and friction producing aspects to distant minor planets.

In Sagittarius conjunct the Moon is the plutino Ixion, discovered in 2001. It is about the fifth-largest plutino. It was named from Greek mythology after the Lapith king Ixion, who had no sense of right or wrong. He murdered his father-in-law, and after that he lived as an outlaw and was shunned. The sky god Zeus took pity on him and invited him to Mount Olympus, the home of the gods. Instead of being grateful, Ixion grew lustful for Hera, Zeus’s wife. Zeus found out about his intentions and created the cloud Nephele in the shape of Hera, and tricked Ixion into coupling with it. For his crimes Ixion was bound to a burning solar wheel that turns forever in the underworld.

In Pisces, squared by the Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Gemini, are two binary trans-Neptunian objects, Borasisi and Manwë. Borasisi is a cubewano discovered in 1999 and Manwë is a Kuiper belt object in a 4:7 resonance with Neptune, discovered in 2003.

Borasisi is named after a fictional creation deity taken from the novel Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. In Vonnegut’s novel, the foundation of the fictional religion of Bokononism is based on living by the untruths that make one feel better; people tend to see what they want to.

Manwë was the fictional king of the Valar, “angelic powers” or “gods”, in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. He was foremost among the great spirits who rule the world. Manwë was lord of air, wind, and clouds. Birds, especially eagles, flew back and forth and brought to his knowledge everything that was going on in the world. The controversial British occultist and magician Aleister Crowley had his Sun in conjunction with Manwë.

Then in Virgo there is Kamo`oalewa, a quasi-satellite of Earth. It is one of the most recently named asteroids, discovered in 2016 and named last April. The name is derived from a Hawaiian word referring to an oscillating celestial object. I will write more about Kamo`oalewa at the summer solstice.

As Eric wrote in his article, “Mars in Cancer on the North Node wants something new…” In Sagittarius, in its own sign and not very far from the Moon, there is also Jupiter, the planet of growth. An urge for the search of deeper meaning can be strong. Saturn can represent authority figures. The aforementioned minor planets are currently advising: “Don’t fall for false gods.” These “false gods” could be political or religious leaders, opinion leaders, bloggers, causes, etc.

The Sun in Gemini is in conjunction with Chaos, a cubewano discovered in 1998. It is named after the primeval state of existence in Greek mythology. It was a dark, formless void preceding the creation of the universe, from which the first gods appeared. Today we are usually referring to a state of confusion when we speak of chaos. The meaning of the cubewano Chaos can sometimes appear as such, but it can also act as a great creative force. Chaos conjunct the Sun and Mars in trine to Neptune will help us to find the new path that we long for.

New Moon in Gemini — June 03, 2019, 10:02 UT

June 2nd, 2019

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation. Possibly this observance has contributed to the naming of (229762) 2007 UK126 as Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà from mythology of Jul’hoan people of Namibia. The naming took place in April 2019.

The New Moon at 12+ degrees of Gemini is in exact conjunction with 229762 Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà, a trans-Neptunian object from the extended scattered disc. It was discovered on 19 October 2007 by American astronomers Megan Schwamb, Michael Brown, and David Rabinowitz. The diameter is approximately 600 kilometers, but the body is not spherical. The orbital period is little over 620 years. Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà will come to perihelion in July 2046 (the point in the orbit where it is nearest to the Sun).

Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà has one known satellite, Gǃòʼé ǃHú, which is one of the reddest known objects beyond Neptune.

The Jul’hoan language, commonly called Ju, is one of the click languages. It is spoken in northeastern Namibia and the Northwest District of Botswana. The Jul’hoan people, or the ǃKung, are a part of the San people, also known as the Bushmen.

From what I read in Wikipedia, equality between the sexes prevails in the Jul’hoan society. Men and women live together in a non-exploitative manner. The Jul’hoan people long to keep peace between people. They believe in the creator, but they also believe that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. They practice shamanism to communicate with the spirit world, and to cure what they call “Star Sickness”. The community has trust in the healers and the teachers to guide them psychologically and spiritually through life.

In Jul’hoan mythology, Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà is a beautiful aardvark girl, who sometimes appears in the stories of other San peoples as a python girl or elephant girl. She defends her people and punishes wrongdoers using gǁámígǁàmì spines, a raincloud full of hail, and her magical oryx horn G!ò’é !Hú. The moon of 229762 Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà was named after this horn.

At this point I am not able to say much about the astrological meaning of this body. However, Francesco Schiavinotto, an Italian geologist and professor of paleontology, whose hobby is astrological research, has suggested the following keywords for 2007 UK126, long before its naming: “practical / pragmatic genius, empathy for common people, non-teleological thinking, class conflict, intense loneliness and anger engendered by hopelessness, peaceworker, peacemaker, peacekeeper”.

My own, so far somewhat narrow research brought forth these celebrities, who were born with their Sun in conjunction with Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà: Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Brian McFadden and Amber Heard.

Full Moon in Scorpio — May 18, 2019, 21:11 UT

May 18th, 2019

The Full Moon on May 18, 2019, is at 27+ degrees of Scorpio. The Sun in Taurus is in strict conjunction with Sedna, one of the most distant icy bodies in our solar system, named after the Inuit goddess of the Arctic Ocean. Sedna represents the utmost edge, both in the solar system as well as in our consciousness.

Sedna’s orbit is exceptionally long and elongated, taking approximately 11,400 years to complete. Sedna never comes inside Neptune’s orbit, not even when it is nearest to the Sun in its orbit, which happens next time in 2076. Sedna is possibly the first known member of the inner Oort cloud. In the astrological chart it moves so slowly that it works almost like a fixed star.

Sedna was discovered in 2003. It has given its name to a group of distant bodies, the sednoids, of which only three including Sedna are discovered so far, but scientists suspect that there are a lot more of them. The sednoids belong to the category of ETNOs (the extreme trans-Neptunian objects), whose orbits could have been disrupted by an as-yet-unknown planet beyond the Kuiper belt, the hypothesized Planet Nine, a body at least ten times more massive than the Earth.

In astrology we observe planetary cycles and when we try to define the nature of a certain transit, we find it helpful to study events in history. We don’t know much about the life 11,000 years ago, when Sedna last time was this close to the Sun and Earth. The climate was warming up, as the Earth was coming out of the ice age. People were hunter-gatherers. The last woolly mammoths were dying in extinction. Why this happened is not quite clear, but a climate change alone was probably not the reason, because mammoths had survived similar changes previously. Advanced hunting might have had something to do with their extinction.

Amazingly some concrete things have stood the test of the millennia up till our time. Göbekli Tepe, located in southeastern Turkey, is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever. It was built around the same time that the last ice age ended. It is presumed to be a ceremonial site, perhaps for shamanic practices. There are various temples and massive stone pillars at the site. Hundreds of people and massive efforts have been needed to erect the structures. The site proves that at least some humans created permanent settlements long before farming practices started. For unknown reasons the site was then abandoned.

One of the world’s oldest art pieces is a wooden sculpture found in Siberia near Yekaterinburg. The radiocarbon dating has showed that the Shigir Idol is approximately 11,500 years old, carved from a trunk shortly after the end of the ice age. It is about five meters tall and its decoration resembles that of some stone sculptures found at Göbekli Tepe. Scholars think it is possible that the culture which emerged after the ice age and which created big symbolical artifacts, possibly having to do with religious rituals, did not originate in one place, but in several centers in different parts of the world.

The world’s oldest living tree is a 9,550 year-old Norway spruce growing in Sweden. The discovery of this spruce in 2004 coincides with Sedna emerging into our awareness. The tree has survived by pushing out another trunk as soon as the old one has died. It is rebirthing itself.

Astrologically Sedna has been associated with the climate change. We are damaging our planet and civilization dramatically. It is estimated that a million species are at risk, and one third of world’s nature will be destroyed by 2050. The extinction of plants and animals threatens also us humans. We Finns are at the forefront of destroying the planet. This year’s overshoot day of the Finns – the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – was on April 5, a week earlier than last year. If people all over the world were consuming like us, we would need almost four Earths to sustain it. Immediate actions for better are required from each and every one of us.

In mythology Sedna was a beautiful Inuit girl, who became betrayed first by a suitor in disguise and then by her own father. Through a powerful transformation she became the mighty goddess of icy waters. She wants to be heard. If she is happy, she allows the humans to eat from the bounty of the sea. If she is not respected, she sends storms and starvation. The myth gives us hope.

In spite of the dreadful state of our planet, there is still hope. Our youngsters have taken the lead in the combat against time. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish schoolgirl, has initiated the School strike for climate, an international movement of students, who are not attending classes and instead are protesting for immediate action to prevent further global warming. Greta Thunberg was born in 2003, the same year when Sedna was discovered.

New Moon in Taurus — May 04, 2019, 22:45 UT

May 4th, 2019

The New Moon occurs in the mid degrees of Taurus. This is a time of Beltane, an old pagan holiday to celebrate life and renewal. Beltane means roughly “bright fire”. In the celebrations bonfires were lit in order to improve the fertility of the cattle and for the protection.

The New Moon at 14+ degrees of Taurus is in a tight aspect to two interesting trans-Neptunian objects. Opposite the New Moon in Scorpio is 471143 Dziewanna, named after the old Slavic goddess of spring and wild nature. In conjunction with the New Moon in Taurus is 47171 Lempo, named after the ancient god of love and fertility in Finnish mythology.

Lempo is a plutino discovered in 1999 and named in 2017. Astronomically Lempo is a fascinating multiple system. It is a triple plutino consisting of three bodies, having diameters approximately 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 biggest component is named as Lempo and the two smaller ones as Paha and Hiisi. The orbital period of Lempo is about 245.5 years. It was at its perihelion (the point in the orbit where it is nearest to the Sun) in July 2015.

In the Finnish folklore and mythology Lempo is a sort of fiend, who brought down Väinämöinen, the wise old seer and the central character in Kalevala, the national epic of the Finns. According to the naming rules of the IAU, plutinos are named after mythological creatures associated with the underworld. However, originally, before the Christianization, Lempo was the goddess of love and fertility. According to the myth, a glowing fireball shot from the sky and hit the ground. She was the sacred Fire Woman, who gave bread, iron and love to humankind, and also escorted the deceased to the Otherworld.

I have found a great deal of information about the enigmatic Lempo from Lemmon arvoitus by Juha Kuisma, published by the residents’ association of Lempäälä in 2002. The author is a resident of Lempäälä municipality in Finland, situated in the region where supposedly once lived worshippers of Lempo. Juha Kuisma has studied Lempo and the origins of the name of Lempäälä thoroughly. You can read more about Lempo here Full Moon in Scorpio — April 30, 2018, 00:58 UT.

The following persons have a prominent Lempo in their astrological natal charts. (The Rodden rating AA or A means that the time is known and the data is accurate.) No doubt these people have gained a great deal from the creative sparks of Lempo.

Alexander Wilson (Oct. 24, 1893 – Apr. 4, 1963) was an English writer, spy and MI6 officer. He was an undiscovered bigamist, and lied to many people who discovered some of his secrets only after he died. His family’s story was dramatized in the 2018 BBC miniseries Mrs Wilson. His Sun is in conjunction with Lempo in Scorpio.

Billie Holiday (Apr. 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), “Lady Day”, was an influential American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills. Her Lempo is conjunct MC in Scorpio and square to the lunar nodes (Rodden rating AA).

Indira Gandhi (Nov. 19, 1917 – Oct. 31, 1984) was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. She was named “Woman of the Millennium” in an online poll organized by the BBC in 1999. – Her Sun is conjunct Lempo in Scorpio and her Dziewanna at her Leo ascendant (Rodden rating A).

Toots Thielemans (Apr. 29, 1922 – Aug. 22, 2016) was a Belgian jazz musician. He was known for his harmonica playing. He often performed and recorded with Quincy Jones, who once called him “one of the greatest musicians of our time.” In 2009 he was designated a Jazz Master by The National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor for a jazz musician in the United States. He has Lempo conjunct the ascendant in Sagittarius, Saturn in Libra in sextile to Lempo (Rodden rating AA).

Veikko Hursti (Nov. 25, 1924 – May 10, 2005) was a well-known Finnish philanthropist. He is most famous for his work in helping the poor and the homeless. He became nationally known for hosting a yearly Christmas party for the poor. Hursti has a Sun-Lempo conjunction in Sagittarius.

Mauri Antero Numminen (born March 12, 1940) is a Finnish artist and cultural personality, who lives nowadays in Lempäälä. Sometimes the lyrics of his songs have been taken from a book, a law or some other official document, like a sex guide, or a municipal report of Lempäälä. His Pisces Sun squares Lempo in Sagittarius; Lempo is in sextile to the north lunar node.

Dionne Warwick (born Dec. 12, 1940) is an American singer and actress, who ranks among the 41 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization and a United States Ambassador of Health. Her Sun is conjunct Lempo in Sagittarius.

Jimi Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942 – Sept. 18, 1970), an American rock guitarist, is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”. His Lempo is conjunct the ascendant in Sagittarius and Dziewanna in the first degree of Virgo in conjunction with the north node and Chiron in Leo (Rodden rating AA).

Sissy Spacek (born Dec. 25, 1949) is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of various accolades in the fields of cinema and music. She has a Sun-Lempo conjunction in Capricorn opposite Uranus in Cancer.

Jeff Bezos (born Jan. 12, 1964), the richest man in modern history, is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon. His Sun is in conjunction with Lempo and Salacia in Capricorn.

Shakira (born Feb. 2, 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter and dancer. She is one of the world’s best-selling music artists. She is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her Sun is in conjunction with Lempo and Mors-Somnus in Aquarius, Uranus in Scorpio is squaring Lempo, and Saturn in Leo is opposing the triple-conjunction.

Rihanna (born Feb. 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, businesswoman and actress, and one of the best-selling music artists worldwide. She is known for embracing versatile musical styles and reinventing her image throughout her career. Her Sun is conjunct Lempo in Pisces.

Mikael Granlund (born 26 February 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Granlund made his debut with the senior Finnish national team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship. He scored a lacrosse style highlight reel goal in the semifinal game against Russia, helping Finland win gold, and thus gained cult status in Finland. His Sun is in conjunction with Lempo in Pisces, and Jupiter in Virgo opposes the conjunction.

Justin Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Bieber has won numerous awards throughout his career. In 2016, Bieber became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo. His Sun is conjunct Lempo in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio trines Lempo.

Full Moon in Libra — April 19, 2019, 11:12 UT

April 19th, 2019

The Full Moon takes place in the last degree of Libra on April 19, 2019. The Moon is in conjunction with a trans-Neptunian Rhadamanthus, and the Sun in Aries is in conjunction with Uranus. The Sun enters Taurus the next day and conjoins Uranus in early Taurus a couple of days later.

In Libra the planets are seeking balance, equilibrium and justice. The fulfilment of this desire may get disturbed because of the edginess of the Full Moon, the last degree placement, and the influence of the unpredictable Uranus.

The Full Moon falls near the Mercury of Antti Rinne in late Libra. He is the chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, which will take the lead on government formation talks next week. The SDP was the biggest party in the parliamentary elections last Sunday, but it gained only one more seat in the new parliament than the Finns Party and two more than the National Coalition Party, so the negotiations are not expected to be easy.

38083 Rhadamanthus is a trans-Neptunian minor planet discovered in 1999. It is currently retrograding in the first degree of Scorpio, where it entered in last November. On April 30, Rhadamanthus will step back to Libra, and make its final ingress to Scorpio on this round in September 2019.

The orbital period of Rhadamanthus is around 241 years. It is possibly a dwarf planet with the estimated diameter of 226 km. It was named after the wise king of Crete in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Europa. Quoting the official naming citation, “Because of his just and upright life, after death he was appointed a judge of the dead and the ruler of Elysium, a blissfully beautiful area of the Underworld where those favored by the gods spent their life after death.”

At the time of its naming Rhadamanthus was thought to be a plutino but no longer is. According to the naming rules of the International Astronomical Union, plutinos are given mythological names associated with the underworld, so the name was chosen according to the rule. If the orbit of Rhadamanthus had been better known at the time, the name had been chosen differently.

Also the astrological meaning of Rhadamanthus has been elusively defined. At least I haven’t been able to understand it so far based on the examples of the Sun-Rhadamanthus conjunctions.

Jimmy Giuffre (April 26, 1921 – April 24, 2008) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation.

Gregory Scarpa (May 8, 1928 – June 4, 1994) nicknamed The Grim Reaper and also The Mad Hatter, was an American capo and hitman for the Colombo crime family and an informant for the FBI. Scarpa is believed to have murdered 100 to 120 people.

Ted Sorensen (May 8, 1928 – October 31, 2010) was an American lawyer, writer, and presidential adviser. He was a speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy, as well as one of his closest advisers. President Kennedy once called him his “intellectual blood bank”.

Jim Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was an American religious cult leader, the founder of the Peoples Temple cult. He, along with his inner circle, initiated a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana.

Ban Ki-moon (born June 13, 1944) is a South Korean politician and diplomat who was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016.

Donald Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current president of the United States.

Salman Rushdie (born June 19, 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the subject of a major controversy. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwa calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The British government put Rushdie under police protection.

Nick Drake (June 19, 1948 – November 25, 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has since achieved wider recognition. His cause of death was determined as suicide.

Lionel Richie (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He was the lead singer of the Commodores and one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.

Elizabeth Warren (born June 22, 1949) is an American politician and academic serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She was formerly a prominent scholar specializing in bankruptcy law. She has announced her candidacy for the 2020 United States presidential election. She became the first major presidential candidate to call for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. She is often described as the “best actress of her generation”.

Cindy Sheehan (born July 10, 1957) is an American anti-war activist, whose son, Casey Sheehan, was killed during the Iraq War. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch.

Mary McAleese (born June 27, 1951) is an Irish politician who served as the eighth President of Ireland from November 1997 to November 2011. She was the second female president of Ireland. She was elected as an independent, although she was previously a member of Fianna Fáil. McAleese used her time in office to address issues concerning justice, social equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation. She described her presidency’s theme as “Building Bridges”.

New Moon in Aries — April 05, 2019, 08:50 UT

April 9th, 2019

The New Moon at 15+ degrees of Aries occurred on April 05, 2019. The Sun and the Moon were in trine to Ceres in Sagittarius. Chiron is in conjunction with Salacia in early Aries. Venus was in conjunction with Nessus in Pisces.

A notable astrological event earlier this year was Chiron’s sign ingress from Pisces to Aries on Feb. 18, 2019. Chiron was the first centaur planet to be discovered in 1977. The most important function of Chiron is that it raises awareness and addresses matters that are demanding attention. If we ignore the early warnings, we may end up in a crisis. However, through a crisis we can gain healing.

The orbital period of Chiron is about 50 years. Centaurs are minor planets orbiting the Sun between the main asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt. They often behave with characteristics of both asteroids and comets. Because of their elliptical orbits, the time which they spend in different astrological signs is varying. Chiron is moving slowly at the moment, because it is at its furthest distance from the Sun in Aries. It is going to spend about eight years in Aries, more than in any other sign.

Chiron is in conjunction with Salacia, one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects with the orbital period of 270 years. Salacia entered Aries on March 1, 2017. Chiron and Salacia will conjoin in the early degrees of Aries at the end of April 2019. Eric Francis’s delineation of Salacia involves sexual maturity and the matter of what is appropriate.

Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. The god Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia, but to preserve her virginity she fled and managed to hide from him. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back and share his throne. Salacia finally agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea.

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. Even though the official naming citation describes Salacia as the goddess of the calm and sunlit ocean, the etymology of the name suggests that she rather impersonates the gushing, overflowing waters, like some scholars have proposed.

There is another centaur planet in early Capricorn, namely Pholus, discovered in 1992. It was the second discovery of a centaur after Chiron. However, the first precovery image of Pholus was taken already in 1977, the same year when Chiron was discovered. (Precovery is the process of finding the image of an object in old archived images for the purpose of calculating a more accurate orbit.) The orbital period of Pholus is about 92 years.

The energy of Pholus can feel like a pressure release. Eric Francis has used the metaphor of shaking up a bottle of soda on a hot day, and promptly opening it. The soda keeps coming out of the bottle, and you can’t stop it. Pholus can have the action of revealing things that were hidden. It often points to multigenerational issues.

Nessus was the third centaur to be discovered (in 1993). The orbital period is around 122 years. Also themes of Nessus can point to ancestral matters. Nessus addresses issues to do with the abuse of power. Quoting Melanie Reinhart, “Nessus brings opportunities to understand and release deep patterns of helplessness, being taken advantage of, and of being oppressed.”

The astrological meaning of a planet rarely manifests in life literally according to the myth behind its name. The myth can offer hints for the delineation though. Polarity is an essential principle in astrology. There are two sides to everything, and between the two extremities there are many variations. All centaurs talk about dark stuff, but their meaning is symbolical. They offer us tools for transformation and healing.

Pholus in Capricorn is now square to Chiron and Salacia in Aries. This intense aspect pattern is currently transiting the natal chart of Finland. The lunar nodes of Finland lie on the Cancer-Capricorn axis. Mercury is conjunct the North node in early Capricorn and Pluto conjunct the South node in Cancer. In addition the transiting Nessus in Pisces opposes Finland’s natal Moon in Virgo and squares the natal Sun in Sagittarius.

Several cases of sexual abuse of children and minors have been unfolding in Finland as of December 2018. In Oulu region adult migrant men are suspected of sexual abuse and rape of young girls in several different cases. The suspects had been “grooming” on social media. By late February there were 29 suspects, of whom about 20 were men of foreign background. The press was dwelling on the subject, the social media was bursting with hate speech, politicians were insisting an emergency meeting of the government, funds has been channeled for preventing sexual crimes, and deportation for asylum seekers has been demanded.

At the end of March the shocking news unfolded revealing that the police suspects five native Finnish men of involvement in a pedophilia network. The leader of the group is a man who had held a prominent position in society. The victims are boys, none of which themselves had told the authorities about the abuse they suffered. The case is really ugly, but the public reaction has been considerably milder than what it was in the Oulu case.

The Finnish broadcast company Yle showed the British filmmaker Dan Reed’s documentary “Leaving Neverland” on April 2, in order to bring this difficult subject into discussion. Reed described his film as a “study of the psychology of child sexual abuse, told through two ordinary families who were groomed for 20 years by a paedophile masquerading as a trusted friend”. The same night there was also a Finnish talk show during which several support phone lines were open. There was a spike in calls following the screening. Many of the callers were now talking about their abuse for the first time. Some of the callers were concerned about the possibility that they could become pedophiles.

It is extremely difficult for the victims to talk about the incident. Other people don’t want to see the subject exists because it is so disturbing. The abuser often is not a refugee or someone grooming on the internet, but someone close to the family, a known and trusted person. According to Sexpo foundation, about 2% of men has sexual interest towards children. This means 40 thousand men in Finland. The percentage of women is less, but naturally this concerns also them. The healing is not possible before the problem has been recognized. That is why the subject must be brought into discussion. Hopefully Yle’s broadcast has helped in this.

The psychological term shadow represents the rejected, irrational part of our psyche, which we tend to project into other people with feelings of anger and fear. The more these projections are unrecognized, the blacker and taller grows the shadow. We all have a shadow. Deporting the refugees and asylum seekers is not going to solve the problem of the sexual abuse of children in Finland.

Suomen Delfins ry is one of the Finnish support organizations, which is giving support to those who have been sexually abused when they were children. It got its name from dolphins, because dolphins help their wounded mates and bring them on the surface to breathe. The dolphin which went to seek Salacia in the myth can be seen as the symbol of the healing process.

Full Moon in Libra — March 21, 2019, 01:43 UT

March 22nd, 2019

On March 20, 2019, the Sun entered Aries, which marks the Vernal Equinox. It is a day when the length of day and night is equal everywhere on Earth. The Full Moon in Libra occurred a few hours later, on March 21, when the Moon opposed the Sun.

A new astrological year begins when the Sun enters Aries. Astrologers may use the equinox chart in determining the themes of the next twelve months. The first degree of Aries is called the Aries Point. It is a sensitive point, where the individual’s life and world events intersect.

The Sun is now in conjunction with centaur Chiron and one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects, 120347 Salacia.

In Greek mythology Chiron was the wisest and justest of all the centaurs. He was not a troublemaker like the rest of them. His lineage was different from other centaurs. Chiron was the son of the Titan Cronus and Philyra, one of the Oceanid nymphs, which were the personification of springs. Chiron had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse. His mother was so disgusted by how he looked that she abandoned him at birth.

Chiron was fostered by the Sun god Apollo, who was a god of medicine and healing, music, poetry, and more. Apollo was especially concerned with the health of children. Additionally, he was the protector of fugitives and refugees. Chiron learned numerous skills from Apollo and became a great healer. He was a teacher and a mentor for many of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology.

In astrology Chiron is usually referred as the wounded healer. However, I prefer Eric Francis’s description of Chiron as raising awareness. Because of the looks of the mythical centaur and the way his mother treated him as baby, Chiron could also be seen as representing ignored and disdained people, among other things.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. The god Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia, but to preserve her virginity she fled as far as she could and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back. She finally agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea. Salacia was a goddess who was a bit overlooked in mythology. She was diminished to represent an aspect of Neptune, the violent and gushing waters. Her Greek equivalent was Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon. Only in one occasion she appears as a real goddess, namely at the birth of the Sun god Apollo.

March 22 is the World Water Day, an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. It is celebrated around the world with various events, which offer an opportunity to learn about water related issues and take action to make a difference. Water is a human right. No matter where on Earth we live, the one thing we all share is the ocean. Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. The ocean plays a fundamental role in the world’s water supply, and it is our mutual interest to take care of it. Marginalized groups — women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people — are often overlooked, and may face discrimination, as they try to access safe water. In 2019 the theme for the World Water Day is “Leaving no one behind”.

My interpretation today for the Sun at the Aries Point in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia is, that the aspect is raising our awareness about the condition of the ocean and encouraging us to take action in order to secure freshwater for everyone.

New Moon in Pisces — March 06, 2019, 16:04 UT

March 5th, 2019

Mercury turned retrograde in the last degree of Pisces on March 05, 2019. The next day, on March 06, 2019, Uranus changes signs from Aries to Taurus, and later on the same day the New Moon takes place in mid-Pisces in conjunction with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces. Two minor planets, a main belt asteroid Vesta and a trans-Neptunian object 88611 Teharonhiawako, are in conjunction with the New Moon, too.

88611 Teharonhiawako was discovered in 2001 and its orbital period around the Sun is 290 years. It is actually a binary object. The companion is quite large and named Sawiskera. The names come from the Iroquois creation myth.

Teharonhiawako was the creator god of the Iroquois and Sawiskera was his evil twin, eventually conquered by his brother. Teharonhiawako planted the first maize plant. He also created the first people: the first from the bark of a tree, the second from the sea foam, the third from the black soil and the fourth from the red earth. The main diet of the Iroquois came from farming. Maize was considered as a special gift from the creator god.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is Pisces 16, “The flow of inspiration”. This can be a time for special gifts.

Full Moon in Virgo — February 19, 2019, 15:53 UT

February 19th, 2019

A rare visitor from the distant parts of our solar system is passing us. Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) on a highly elliptical orbit around the Sun is an extreme trans-Neptunian object (ETNO), “a cousin” of Sedna and the like. Comet Iwamoto’s next visit won’t happen until around 3390 AD, if ever.

The existence of the new category of ETNOs was revealed due to the search for Planet 9, a planet which nobody has observed yet, but which is at least ten times more massive than the Earth and with a diameter two to four times the Earth, orbiting the Sun somewhere in the darkness far beyond Neptune.

Comet Iwamoto was discovered in December 2018 by a Japanese amateur astronomer. It passed closest to Earth on February 13, 2019. It is a near-parabolic comet with an orbit of 1371 years. Non-periodic comets on near-parabolic orbits usually never return to the vicinity of the Sun. Now, when passing through the inner solar system, Comet Iwamoto is moving fast! It is traveling in opposite direction to the planets.

Mark A. Holmes calculated Comet Iwamoto’s position at the Full Moon chart of February 19, 2019. Thank you, Mark. Comet Iwamoto is at 15+ degrees of Cancer in aspect to several planets, including the Sun and the Moon in the first degrees of Pisces and Virgo, respectively. It is opposite (180˚) Saturn and Venus in Capricorn, trine (120˚) Mercury and Neptune in Pisces, semisquare (45˚) the Moon in Virgo, sesquiquadrate (135˚) the Sun in Pisces and biseptile (103˚) Chiron in Aries.

The notable astrological event just recently was centaur Chiron’s sign change from Pisces to Aries on the day before the Full Moon, on February 18, 2019. The Moon in Virgo forms a quincunx (150˚) to Chiron at the Aries Point. The quincunx is a challenging aspect that requires adjustment. 95P/Chiron is a comet, too. Centaurs typically behave with characteristics of both asteroids and comets. Chiron was discovered in 1977 and initially designated as a minor planet, but in 1988 it brightened, developed a tail and got classified also as a comet.

Chiron was the first member of a new family of Chiron-type comets. Another member of this class is centaur Echeclus, which has showed cometary behavior more than once and now also has the cometary designation 174P/Echeclus. Any centaur getting close enough to the Sun is anticipated to become a comet. In the Full Moon chart Echeclus is in the last degree of Taurus, squaring the luminaries in Virgo and Pisces. Short period comets generally originate in the Kuiper belt whereas long period comets in the Oort cloud.

In astrology comets are seen as heralds of change. Erratic and disruptive energy can be sensed in other chart factors too, for example in the Mars-Uranus conjunction, although the luminaries form harmonious aspects to the conjunction. Pay attention (Chiron’s advice), stay focused and don’t get provoked.

New Moon in Aquarius — February 04, 2019, 21:03 UT

February 4th, 2019

The Sun is in mid-Aquarius. Finland lies under a thick snow cover. January was cold, and when I look at the scenery, it is hard to believe that we are already halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. This is the time of the pagan festival called Imbolc, which marks the beginning of spring.

Candlemas, one of the oldest Christian feasts, is traditionally celebrated on February 2. On Candlemas, many Christians bring their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year.

The Slavic feast of Dziewanna Gromniczna (Dziewanna of the Thunder Candle) is celebrated also on February 2. Traditionally the thunder candles were lighted in honor of the goddess. They were placed on windowsills as protection during storms – a custom still widely practiced in Poland. People believed that the thunder candles protected from wolf attacks, too.

Dziewanna is a pre-Christian goddess of spring and wild nature. Yellow mullein flowers (Polish: dziewanna) are her symbol. Mullein is an herb which has been used thousands of years in folk medicine. You can make tea from its leaves and use it to help with respiratory conditions. The flowers can be crushed and used as a paste to disinfect scrapes. The flowers can be used even as a hair dye. In ancient times dried stalks were dipped in wax and used as torches, especially in ceremonies held in honor of the goddess Dziewanna.


Mullein in my garden last summer.
Photo: Copyright © Kirsti Melto.

The New Moon today at 15+ degrees Aquarius is square to the scattered disc object 471143 Dziewanna at 15+ degrees of Scorpio. 471143 Dziewanna is the latest named trans-Neptunian object. The orbital period is around 592 years, and the diameter about 470 kilometers, which makes it very likely a dwarf planet. It was discovered in 2010 by astronomers Andrzej Udalski, Scott Sheppard, Marcin Kubiak and Chad Trujillo during the Polish OGLE project of Warsaw University.

Hopefully Dziewanna brings us the spring.