Lempo – The Fire Woman

October 14th, 2017

On Oct. 5, 2017, a triple trans-Neptunian object (47171) 1999 TC36 was named for deities from Finnish mythology. The primary was named Lempo and the two smaller components as Hiisi and Paha.

47171 Lempo is classified as a plutino. It is probably a dwarf planet. The primary was discovered in 1999 at Kitt Peak in Arizona by Eric Rubenstein and Louis-Gregory Strolger. The orbital period is about 245.5 years. Lempo was at its perihelion in July 2015. Perihelion is the point in the orbit of a body where it is nearest to the Sun.

The central primary of 47171 Lempo is a binary. The moon, now called Paha, is circulating the central pair. It was discovered on Dec. 8, 2001, by Chad Trujillo and Mike Brown using the Hubble Space Telescope observations, and announced on Jan. 10, 2002. In 2009, analysis of Hubble images revealed that the primary is composed of two nearly similar-sized components, now named Lempo and Hiisi. In this respect Lempo resembles the Pluto system, where four moons are orbiting the central binary of Pluto and Charon.

Lempo was originally the god of love and fertility in Finnish mythology. She was the sacred Fire Woman. 47171 Lempo is thus the first plutino named after a female deity.

The Taivaannaula website, which is dedicated to preserving and fostering the native Finnish religion and culture, tells the story about Lempo, who gave bread, iron and love to humankind. Once upon a time the fire came from beyond the visible world. A glowing fireball shot from the sky and hit the ground. It was the Fire Woman with flaming hair. People were terrified at first, but after they discovered all the advantages which she gave to them, they became the people of fire. Lempo burned the soil fertile, she gave them weapons and tools, and she lit the flame of love. Even the deceased she escorted to the Otherworld.

Then Christianity came to Finland, and Lempo became identified with the devil. The word “lempi” is one of the Finnish words which mean “love”. Lempi could sometimes turn to Lempo, which lead to destruction. Lempo’s name became a swear word. Even her gender became blurred. This mixture of the gender comes wonderfully out of the astrological aspects of the time of the naming of 1999 TC36. On Oct. 5, 2017, there was a Full Moon in Aries. At the moment of any Full Moon, the Sun and the Moon, a pair of masculine and feminine, are opposite each other. On this Full moon they were in signs which are ruled by another pair of masculine and feminine symbols, Venus and Mars; the Sun was in Libra, ruled by Venus, and the Moon was in Aries, ruled by Mars. Venus and Mars made a conjunction in Virgo on that same day. The Sun in Libra was in conjunction with Mercury, the androgynous messenger of the gods.

In mythology Hiisi and Paha were Lempo’s demon cohorts. “Paha” means “bad” in Finnish.

Full Moon in Aries — October 5, 2017, 18:40 UT

October 8th, 2017

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts roughly from June to November. Uranus was exactly opposite 42355 Typhon already in the Summer Solstice chart. The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 was tightly aspecting the Uranus-Typhon opposition. Typhon changed signs to Scorpio on Sept. 20, the same day that the New Moon in Virgo occurred. In the Autumnal Equinox chart on Sept. 22, the Moon was in conjunction with Typhon. Now, at the Aries Full Moon on Oct. 5, Jupiter was conjoining Typhon.

In Greek mythology Typhon was huge. Since the summer all over the world there have been natural disasters on a large scale, which fit in the symbolism of Typhon: wildfires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The joined remains of hurricane Lee and Maria reached even us in Finland, giving us a whole month’s worth of rain in a couple of days.

The spiral shape is characteristic for hurricanes and typhoons. It can also be found in the double helix structure of the DNA molecule that carries the genetic code of all living organisms. Viruses also contain DNA, although they cannot naturally reproduce outside a host cell. In August 2017 the worst flu outbreak on record hit Australia. It is expected to turn into a pandemic. In the Full Moon chart on Sept. 6, besides the Uranus-Typhon opposition, asteroid 55555 DNA was in conjunction with the Moon (mutations) and Neptune (diseases).

42355 Typhon and the main belt asteroid 55555 DNA interestingly appear in the charts of many pandemics.

More than 4000 people died in the yellow fever during the epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia. Two of the early cases were treated on Aug 7, 1793. In the chart Jupiter (expansion), Uranus (sudden events) and Pluto (viruses) were forming a t-square. Jupiter was in exact conjunction with Typhon in Scorpio. Mars (fever, infections) was in trine to the Jupiter-Typhon conjunction.

The first recognized cases of AIDS were reported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 5, 1981. Five homosexual men in Los Angeles were reported to have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems. In the chart Typhon is in conjunction with Chiron in Taurus and in a wide opposition to Uranus at 27+ degrees of Scorpio. Also Mars (infections) and asteroid DNA, both in the first degree of Gemini, were opposing Uranus. Jupiter (expansion) in the first degree of Libra (one of the four Aries points, a point of interaction between the individual and collective) was in trine to Mars-DNA conjunction.

Asteroid DNA, Jupiter and Typhon made a triple conjunction at 11+ degrees of Leo in late September 2002. In the middle of November 2002, DNA opposed Uranus on the axis of 24+ degrees of Leo/Aquarius. The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Scorpio was at the midpoint completing the opposition aspect to a t-square pattern. The epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) appears to have started in China on Nov. 16, 2002. The first case of infection was speculated to be a farmer in Foshan County. The Jupiter-Typhon conjunction was opposing Neptune in Aquarius in February 2003. On March 12, 2003, WHO issued a global alert. The Sun was squaring Pluto at the time.

The 2009 swine flu influenza reached the media spotlight around the time of the Taurus New Moon on April 25, 2009. Asteroid DNA was at 16+ degrees of Pisces opposite Typhon. Mercury (lungs) was in tight sextile to Uranus and trining the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius. Mars (infections) was at the Aries Point. On June 11, 2009, WHO raised the alert level to phase 6 and announced the pandemic. Because Mercury had been retrograding in May, it was in sextile to Uranus and in trine to the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron in June for the second time.

There was also a swine flu outbreak on Feb. 5, 1976, in Fort Dix, in the U.S. Army installation. The epidemic mysteriously disappeared within a couple of months. Uranus in Scorpio was opposite Typhon in Taurus. Mercury was in conjunction with asteroid DNA in Capricorn. They squared Jupiter-Chiron conjunction in Aries. The Sun in Aquarius was in exact trine to Mars in Gemini (lung infections).

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the Greek term typhos, which means smoke, mist or fog, is related to the Greek word typhon, meaning the whirlwind. The disease called typhus got its name from the Greek typhos, describing the state of mind of those infected. The extreme weather phenomena today reflect the collective psychic state of the humankind. The healing can begin only by us, the individuals.

Full Moon in Pisces — September 6, 2017, 7:03 UT

September 10th, 2017

Typhon, a mythical monster in Greek mythology, is the father of the winds. His name is considered to be a possible etymology for the word typhoon, a term which means a tropical cyclone. A typhoon differs from a hurricane only on the basis of location. A typhoon is a storm that occurs in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, a hurricane occurs in the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Pacific Ocean.

“From the thighs downward he was nothing but coiled serpents, and his arms which, when he spread them out, reached a hundred leagues in either direction, had countless serpents’ heads instead of hands. His brutish ass-head touched the stars, his vast wings darkened the sun, fire flashed from his eyes, and flaming rocks hurtled from his mouth.” — Robert Graves, The Greek Myths.

Indeed, there is a monster rumbling first through the Caribbean island chain, and now about to make its landfall in the mainland of Florida. Hurricane Irma is an extremely powerful hurricane, which already has caused devastation and death on its path. It is one of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes in recorded history. When Irma on Sept. 5 strengthened into a Category 5, it even showed up on seismometers designed to measure earthquakes.

Uranus is currently in a tight opposition to 42355 Typhon, the namesake of the Greek mythological monster. 42355 Typhon was discovered in 2002. It is considered the first known binary centaur, when using an extended definition of a centaur.

The Uranus-Typhon opposition was exact on the Great American Eclipse chart of Aug 21, 2017, and it was still very tight on the Full Moon chart of Sept 6, 2017. The Full Moon at 13+ degrees of Pisces was in conjunction with Neptune, named after Roman god of the sea. In the Full Moon chart the retrograding Mercury was occupying the Total Solar eclipse degree at 28+ Leo. The Full Moon in Pisces was transiting exactly over the Sun of Florida at 13+ Pisces, and it is where the transiting Neptune has been hovering already several months (the state of Florida joined the United States of America on March 3, 1845).

The Total Solar eclipse on Aug 21, 2017, at 28+ Leo was aspecting tightly Uranus at 28+ Aries and Typhon at 28+ Libra. Hurricane Harvey made its landfall on Aug 25, 2017, at Port Aransas Texas. Heavy rain and flood caused great damage in Houston. The Moon of the landfall chart at 26+ Libra was in conjunction with Typhon and in exact transit square to Typhon of the city of Houston (Houston was incorporated on June 5, 1837). The current Uranus-Typhon opposition was aligning with Houston’s nodal axis of the Moon at 29+ degrees of Aries and Libra.

On Sept 6, 2017, just before the Pisces Full Moon, Hurricane Irma made its first landfall on Barbuda. On both charts Mercury is stationary about to turn direct at 28+ Leo, thus activating the Total Solar eclipse degree again.

In the Greek myth Zeus captured Typhon underneath Mount Etna in Sicily, and there he causes volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. On Sept 8, 2017, a strong 8 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of southern Mexico. Tsunami alerts were issued for the entire Pacific coast of Central America.

There is a connection between global warming and extreme weather phenomena. We have to accept our shared responsibility in stopping the climate change.

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New Moon in Leo / Total Solar Eclipse — August 21, 2017, 18:30 UT

August 23rd, 2017

The New Moon at 28+ degrees of Leo was the second New Moon in the sign this year. The New Moon was also a total solar eclipse, which was visible in the United States, from coast to coast. The eclipse was in conjunction with a trans-Neptunian object 346889 Rhiphonos. Rhiphonos is in the early degrees of Virgo, so this was an out of sign conjunction.

In astrology, even if the eclipse is not visible where you live, it has an impact nevertheless, and the effect can sometimes be felt already beforehand. In Finland it manifested in the worst possible way on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, when the first terror attack in our country took place.

A Moroccan asylum seeker stabbed several people at a busy market place in the city of Turku. The attack was aimed at women. Two of the stabbed women died, eight people were injured. Two of the wounded are men who tried to help the victims. There would have been more casualties without the interference of some brave citizens, both native and immigrants. They risked their own lives when they heroically intervened in the assault. There was Rhiphonos working.

In Greek mythology Rhiphonos was one of the twelve Dionysian Centaurs who drew the chariot of the infant Dionysus. Zeus had set them to guard his son Dionysus against Hera’s anger. Dionysus’s mother was a mortal woman, with whom Zeus had fallen in love and had an affair. The Dionysian Centaurs were originally sprites, but when jealous Hera found out about their assistance, she transformed them into ox-horned centaurs.

The leaders of our country have stated that hate must not be answered with hate. Nonetheless, a pizza place in Turku and a barber shop in Helsinki were attacked during the weekend. A journalist, who wrote an article about one of the immigrants who helped the victims, received an avalanche of hate mail. Hate speech is gushing in the social media. The sense of safety has been disrupted among natives as well as the immigrants and asylum seekers.

On Monday morning on my way to work, I noticed that there were no immigrants at all on the bus, or on the streets downtown. Obviously they are afraid of leaving their homes. In addition to the feelings of horror and sorrow, which the Friday’s attack aroused in me, it was a great cause of distress for me to realize and admit to myself that in Finland, those who have come here seeking asylum, need to fear us Finns. There is a lot of racism in Finland, and we should not shut our eyes to it.

The Islamic Council of Finland (Sine) has condemned Friday’s attack and said in a statement: “Violence against innocent civilians – whether it happens in Turku, Barcelona or Charlottesville – violates the basic principles of Islam and all other religions, as well as general human values.”

We need to do everything we can to prevent terrorism. President Niinistö said on Tuesday, that Finland has the right to deport those who seek asylum without a valid cause, and that opposing judiciary’s decisions shake the entire social order. The state leaders should also clearly condemn racism and note that racism is a crime, so that we all could get our sense of safety back.

Every New Moon is a time of new beginnings. An eclipse is more powerful than an ordinary New Moon. An eclipse offers us a moment to pause, to notice the matter which calls our attention, and to choose a new path if necessary. The presence of Rhiphonos supports us in this.

Full Moon in Aquarius / Partial Lunar Eclipse – August 7, 2017, 18:11 UT

August 8th, 2017

The Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug. 7, 2017, is a partial lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse is more powerful than an ordinary Full Moon. The effects of an eclipse can be felt for about six months. The Sun in the opposite sign Leo, is in exact conjunction with 420356 Praamzius, a trans-Neptunian object in near 3:5 resonance with Neptune.

420356 Praamzius in conjunction with the Sun in this Aquarius lunar eclipse chart is emphasizing concerns over freedom, equality and friendship, which are attributes commonly associated with the sign of Aquarius.

420356 Praamzius was discovered in January 2012 by K. Černis and R. P. Boyle. Kazimieras Černis is a Lithuanian astronomer and astrophysicist, who has discovered a great amount of minor planets. Praamzius is possibly a dwarf planet. Its orbital period is over 280 years, and the orbit is very round. Praamzius has the second-lowest eccentricity of any TNO, after 2003 YN179.

420356 Praamzius was named in February 2016 after the oldest and highest Lithuanian god related to the creation of the world. Praamzius was the god of the sky, peace and friendship in Lithuanian mythology.

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

March 15 – March 16, 1907 — The Finnish parliamentary election in 1907 was the first in the world with woman candidates, as well as the first elections in Europe where universal suffrage was applied. Nineteen women were elected. Eris was also in conjunction with the Sun and Praamzius in Pisces.

March 22, 1916 — J. R. R. Tolkien marries Edith Bratt in Warwick, England. The story of Beren and Lúthien is regarded as one of the central tales in Tolkien’s mythology. The story and the characters reflect the love between Tolkien and his wife Edith. The Sun-Praamzius conjunction is in the early degrees of Aries.

April 15, 1930 — Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1 August 1980 to 1996, was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. She was the world’s first democratically directly elected female president. Her Sun-Praamzius conjunction is in Aries.

May 2 – May 5, 1945 — World War II: The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin; Lübeck is liberated by the British Army; the German Army in Trieste surrenders to the New Zealand Army; the Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is evacuated; The Netherlands is liberated by British and Canadian troops; Denmark is liberated; Prague rises up against occupying Nazi forces; the prisoners of Mauthausen concentration camp are liberated; and the city of Amsterdam is liberated by Canadian soldiers. The Sun passed Praamzius in Taurus. On the Victory Day on May 8, 1945, the conjunction of the Sun and Praamzius is still in effect.

May 9, 1950 — Robert Schuman, one of the founders of the European Union, presents his proposal for the creation of a pan-European organization, which he believes to be indispensable to the maintenance of permanently peaceful relations between the different nations of the continent. This proposal, known as the “Schuman Declaration“, is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union. The Sun-Praamzius conjunction in Taurus is exact.

May 14, 1954 — The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict was adopted in The Hague, Netherlands. The Sun-Praamzius conjunction in Taurus is exact.

May 16, 1955 – Captain Richard Phillips was born in Winchester, Massachusetts. He is an American merchant mariner who served as captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009. He offered himself as a hostage to save his crew from the pirates. His Sun-Praamzius conjunction in Taurus is exact and sextiles his Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Cancer.

May 18, 1957 — Michael Cretu, a Romanian–German musician, singer, songwriter, and producer was born in Bucharest, Romania. He is the founder behind the German musical project Enigma. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Praamzius and Ceres in Taurus.

May 28, 1963 — President Urho Kekkonen suggested in his speech at the Paasikivi Society, that the Nordic countries should establish themselves as a nuclear-weapons-free zone. The different attitudes of the Nordic governments prohibited, however, concrete negotiations on the issue at the time. The Sun-Praamzius conjunction is in Gemini. In Aries Jupiter was in conjunction with Eris.

June 1, 1968 — Mathias Rust, a German aviator who during the Cold War years in 1987 flew from Helsinki to Moscow and illegally landed near Red Square and the Kremlin, was born in Wedel, West Germany. Mathias Rust has said that his flight was intended to reduce tension and suspicion between the two Cold War sides. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Nessus and Praamzius in Gemini.

June 21, 1983 – Edward Snowden, who leaked NSA documents in 2013, was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He has said, that by revealing his identity he hoped to protect his colleagues from being subjected to a hunt to determine who had been responsible for the leaks. Snowden’s Sun in the last degree of Gemini is in conjunction with Praamzius in the beginning of Cancer.

New Moon in Leo — July 23, 2017, 09:46 UT

July 23rd, 2017

There are two New Moons in Leo this year. The New Moon at the first degree of Leo on July 23 was the first one, and the second one will be the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21

The New Moon of today was in conjunction with Mars and centaur planet 32532 Thereus. Thereus was sharing the first degree of Leo with the Sun and the Moon. Thereus has ingressed Leo only two days ago. Mars is forming a square to Uranus in the late degrees of Aries.

The Mars-Uranus square has a reputation of an aspect causing impatience and accident proneness, if it is not handled right. Thereus is now helping us to handle our impulses and teaching us patience.

32532 Thereus was discovered in 2001. Thereus is a Saturn-crosser. Its orbit lies between Saturn and Uranus, and crosses only the orbit of Saturn. The orbital period is 34.6 years. Astrologically Thereus contains some saturnian discipline and authority. It was named after a centaur that hunted bears, captured them, and carried them home, alive and struggling.

In the Greek mythology the centaurs were primitive creatures, which lived in caves and hunted wild animals. They were usually causing trouble and rioting. Thereus must have been quite brave and strong, as he was able to carry a struggling bear home alive. He did not do this only on one occasion; rather he used to do it repeatedly. So we can assume that he was shrewd, and was able to control raging animals somehow.

My examples are two politicians, who have their Sun in conjunction with Thereus. Both are or have been leaders of their country, and in office at a challenging period.

Boris Yeltsin (born Feb. 1, 1931) was a Soviet politician and the first directly elected president in Russian history, serving from 1991 to 1999. He played a significant role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Many people remember him standing on a tank outside of the Russian White House resisting the coup attempt in Aug. 1991. He was the president of Russia at a time of great change, and defended democracy in challenging circumstances. Yeltsin has an exact Sun-Thereus conjunction in Aquarius.

Theresa May (born Oct. 1, 1956) is a British politician. She has the Sun-Thereus conjunction in Libra. On July 13, 2016, two days after becoming the leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She is the second woman to hold both positions. The first one was Margaret Thatcher from 1979 to 1990. Theresa May began the process of withdrawing the UK from the European Union in March 2017. Her struggles have only begun. May has been compared to The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher (Oct. 13, 1925 – Apr. 8, 2013), who in her birth chart has Thereus at her ascendant.

Full Moon in Capricorn — July 9, 2017, 04:07 UT

July 9th, 2017

The Full Moon in Capricorn early this morning had just passed over the most recently named trans-Neptunian object, Arawn, and was just one degree away from Pluto, approaching it. The Sun in Cancer is in conjunction with Mars.

15810 Arawn is a plutino, discovered already in 1994 by Michael Irwin and Anna Żytkow, and given name about six months ago, in January 2017. Michael Irwin is a British astronomer, so naturally the name came from the Celtic mythology.

15810 Arawn is now very close to Pluto. It has been observed at a much closer distance than most Kuiper belt objects, by the New Horizons spacecraft on its Pluto flyby. Arawn is moving in a very stable orbit, and it may have formed around the same time as Pluto itself. Arawn has been hypothesized to be in a quasi-satellite loop around Pluto. However, this is not agreed upon among astronomers.

In Welsh mythology, Arawn was the king of the otherworld realm of Annwfn. Annwfn was a pleasant place, where mortals stayed eternally young and beautiful. Arawn and Annwfn appear in the Mabinogion, a collection of 11 medieval Welsh folk tales. Honor is a highly valued characteristic throughout the Mabinogi.

Arawn was a psychopomp. He was able to travel between the worlds. In the Mabinogi, a man called Pwyll went hunting and mistakenly got into the realm of Annwfn. He found strange hounds feeding on a stag, chased them off, and fed his own pack on it. Then he met a rider, who turned out to be Arawn, the ruler of Annwfn. Arawn resented the discourtesy of Pwyll and asked Pwyll to trade places with him, and defeat Hafgan, Arawn’s rival. After that they would be friends. From Sioned Davies’s translation of the Mabinogion (Oxford University Press, 2007):

“I will make a firm alliance with you. What I shall do is to put you in my place in Annwfn, and give you the most beautiful woman you have ever seen to sleep with you every night, and give you my face and form so that no chamberlain nor officer nor any other person who has ever served me shall know that you are not me. All this, he said, from tomorrow until the end of the year, and then we shall meet again in this place.”

There were beautiful buildings in Arawn’s court, and the queen was the most beautiful and noble woman that anyone had seen. Nobody realized that Pwyll was not Arawn. Pwyll defeated Hafgan, but did not kill him. The kingdom united and came under Arawn’s authority. Meanwhile, Arawn ruled Pwyll’s land kindly and generously.

Arawn and Pwyll met again, and they switched their forms back to their own. Pwyll had slept chastely with Arawn’s wife during his stay in Annwfn. “I had a friend whose loyalty was steadfast and secure,” said Arawn to his wife. From that time on Pwyll and Arawn began to build up their friendship.

Van Morrison, the Celtic Soul (born August 31, 1945), has his Virgo Sun in close conjunction with Arawn. He has said that he is just a vehicle for the music to come through. Throughout his career he has been seeking spiritual transformation and enlightenment, though according to his own words, it has been about finding out about himself, about trying to find some peace of mind and some light. “What it is as a matter of fact, it’s called growth… The whole point is, dig yourself.”

Van Morrison has never compromised his artistic integrity. An artist either does what he thinks is right, and sticks with it, or goes along with current trends. In interviews he has talked about how most artists at some point “go through an identity crisis about who they really are, and when they finally realise that they’re not what they thought they were but have built up that part of their identity to the point where it’s overtaken everything else and gained momentum…”

Van Morrison says that any kind of art or music is a healing thing. “It comes back to this question: what’s your original face? Know what I mean? Who are you really? There’s so many different kinds of healing but, if you are in alignment with yourself, then that in itself is going to be healing. If you’re trying to be something other, like something superficial, trying to be someone you’re not, then that would take you away from your true centre.”

Two other uncompromising talents, who have their Sun in conjunction with Arawn, are Nick Cave (born Sept. 22, 1957) and PJ Harvey (born Oct. 9, 1969). They have recorded together in 1996, and they also dated each other around that time.

Nick Cave is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author and actor, whose songs often deal with love, death, and religion. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Mars and Arawn in late Virgo. He has been referred to as rock music’s “Prince of Darkness”. The biggest commercial success of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds has been Murder Ballads, the album consisting of new and traditional ballads about crimes of passion. One of the songs, “Henry Lee”, is a variant of “Young Hunting”, a traditional folk song, which has its origin in Scotland. The song features a duet between Nick Cave and the English musician PJ Harvey.

Polly Jean Harvey has a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter, Bienor and Arawn in the mid-degrees of Libra. The Rolling Stone magazine has said in its review already before the release of the Murder Ballads, that “Harvey sings the blues like Nick Cave sings gospel: with more distortion, sex and murder than you remember.” PJ Harvey’s praised album Let England Shake was released in 2011. It is a dark album about war. On tour Harvey performed dressed like a Valkyrie, in a black dress and wearing a crown of black crow’s feathers.

This Full Moon in Capricorn in conjunction with Arawn, and opposing the Sun-Mars conjunction in Cancer, is encouraging us for a spiritual quest, to search our inner light, or our true face.

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

June 26th, 2017

The New Moon in Cancer on June 24, 2017, was opposite 330836 Orius, a centaur discovered in 2009 at Baldone observatory in Latvia. The orbital period of Orius is almost 100 years, and the orbit crosses those of Uranus and Neptune. The naming took place in 2013. In Greek mythology Orius was one of the centaurs killed by Heracles in the battle at Pholus’s cave. Heracles had asked Pholus to open a jar of wine, which was a shared property of all the centaurs.

What do the examples below have in common? The words disobedience and resistance came first into my mind.

Orius examples:

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was started on March 17, 1948, in Fontana, CA. In the chart there is a Sun-Orius conjunction in Pisces. The club is considered an organized crime syndicate, though it fights to present a more benign image to the public. They even organize charity events. In 1966 the organization was registered as a corporation, which aimed to improve motorcycling and traffic safety. Hells Angels played a part in the counterculture movement of the 60’s in San Francisco.

Wikileaks website was launched on Oct. 4, 2006. The Sun-Orius conjunction is in Libra. Wikileaks is a media organization, the goal of which is to bring important news and information, provided by anonymous sources, to the public. The chart data is from Planet Waves site. The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been demonized as a criminal or terrorist by various governments.

Julian Assange (born July 3, 1971, in Townsville, Australia) has Orius in Taurus opposite his Moon and in conjunction with Pallas, the asteroid named after the Warrior Queen, and symbolizing political activism.

Greenpeace, the environmental organization, originates from The Don’t Make a Wave Committee, which was formed in Canada in 1969. On May 4, 1972, the group officially changed its name to the “Greenpeace Foundation”. At the time the Sun-Orius conjunction was in Taurus, Jupiter in trine to Orius.

Mikhail Bakunin (born May 30, 1814, in Pryamukhino, Russian Empire), is considered among the most influential figures of anarchism. His Gemini Sun opposes the Uranus-Orius conjunction in Sagittarius.

Dmitri Shostakovich (born Sept. 25, 1906, in St.Petersburg, Russian Federation) is regarded as one of the great composers of the 20th century. He achieved fame during the Soviet period, but had a complex relationship with the government. It is not quite certain to what extent Shostakovich expressed his opposition to the state in his music, but it has been claimed, that many of the composer’s works contained coded anti-government messages. His Sun-Orius conjunction is in Libra.

James Dean, the iconic young rebel (born Feb. 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana) has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Damocles and Orius in Aquarius.

Jim Morrison (born Dec. 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida), the anarchistic front man of the Doors, has a tight Sun-Orius square in his chart.

Garry Kasparov (born April 13, 1963, in Baku, Azerbaijan) is a Russian chess grandmaster. After his retirement from chess in 2005, Kasparov turned to politics and created the United Civil Front, a social movement whose main goal is to “work to preserve electoral democracy in Russia”. He is an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. Kasparov has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Orius and Typhon in Aries.

Karen Ann Quinlan (born March 29, 1954, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) was an American coma victim who became an important figure in the history of the right to die controversy in the United States. She was kept alive for years on a respirator, until her parents won a landmark case to have equipment removed. She had a triple conjunction of the Sun, Eris and Orius in Aries.

Shahla Sherkat (born March 30, 1956, in Isfahan, Iran) has also a triple conjunction of the Sun, Eris and Orius in Aries. She is a feminist journalist, one of the pioneers of Women’s rights movement in Iran.

”Tank Man”, an unknown Chinese protestor, stands in front of military tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force. There was a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter, Orius and Pholus in Gemini.

Tianasquare

This photo was taken on June 5, 1989, by Jeff Widener (The Associated Press).

Summer Solstice – June 21, 2017, 04:24 UT

June 21st, 2017

The Solstices and the Equinoxes govern the seasons. The Sun reaches its most northern position around June 21 each year. This is the day of the Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year. The Sun enters Cancer.

The first degree of Cancer is one of the Cardinal Points. The other three of those points are the first degrees of Libra, Capricorn and Aries. They are sensitive points in the chart, which tend to connect us to the larger world around us.

Last summer in mid-June, a new little object came in to our consciousness, 2016 HO3. In the 2016 Summer Solstice chart it was occupying the first degree of Libra, in a perfect square to the Sun. It is exactly in the same position again.

2016 HO3 is our constant companion, circulating around us. It is not a real moon, but a quasi-satellite of Earth. It actually orbits the Sun, and at the same time is also looping around our planet. It has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to be for about three hundred years more. 2016 HO3 spends about half of its time inside the Earth’s orbit, and about half of the time outside of it.

I started to study the orbit of 2016 HO3 in the astrological chart and was astonished. 2016 HO3 resides mostly only in the signs of Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. Sometimes it may visit also Leo and Sagittarius, but it seems it has not been in Sagittarius since the 60’s. In Leo we are not going to see it until in 2026.

First, let’s track the path of 2016 HO3 through the current year. The Capricorn Sun squared 2016 HO3 in the mid degrees of Libra around Jan. 5, 2017. 2016 HO3 was sliding outside the Earth’s orbit. In the beginning of March it started to retrograde in Scorpio. On April 5 it was in opposition to the Sun, still retrograding, again in the mid degrees of Libra, in the same position where it had been at the time of the square. 2016 HO3 visited Virgo, turned direct in May, and now at the Summer Solstice it has just ingressed Libra again. It is proceeding inside the orbit of the Earth. In August it will turn retrograde in the mid degrees of Libra. The conjunction of the Sun and 2016 HO3 happens in September at 24 degrees of Virgo while 2016 HO3 is still in retrograde motion.

This same repeats every year, only the degree numbers gradually change. In 2019 at the Autumn Equinox the conjunction of the Sun and 2016 HO3 happens in the first degree of Libra. In 2021 and 2022 the opposition takes place around the Vernal Equinox while 2016 HO3 is in the beginning of Libra.

Our tiny companion 2016 HO3 seems to have a relationship to the equinoxes and the solstices, and to the Cardinal Points. Its manifestation and abridged appearance in the signs may refer to a distinct message, which is essential to humanity during the next couple of centuries.

Full Moon in Sagittarius — June 9, 2017, 13:10 UT

June 10th, 2017

The Full Moon at 18+ degrees of Sagittarius has brought us a phase of faith and optimism. The Moon is in tight conjunction to Varda, Lady of the Stars, whose face radiates light.

174567 Varda is a trans-Neptunian object named after principal goddess of the elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology. Varda created the stars and constellations, and also set the vessels of the Sun and Moon upon their courses. In light is her power and her joy.

“Of all the Great Ones who dwell in this world the Elves hold Varda most in reverence and love. Elbereth they name her, and they call upon her name out of the shadows of Middle-earth, and uplift it in song at the rising of the stars,” writes Tolkien.

174567 Varda is highly likely to be a dwarf planet. Dr. Mike Brown has ranked it as the 15th largest object on his dwarf planet list. The orbital period of Varda is around 310 years. It is usually classified as a cubewano, a classical Kuiper belt object. Minor planets in this group do not cross Neptune’s orbit, and they are not controlled by an orbital resonance with Neptune. However, the boundary between the classical objects and the so called scattered disk objects is blurred, and there is no official definition of a cubewano. According to the Deep Ecliptic Survey’s (a project to find Kuiper belt objects) classification Varda has been referred as a detached object.

The sign of Sagittarius is symbolized by the centaur, half man and half horse. In the Sagittarius Full Moon chart the planet of love, Venus, is at 3+ degrees of Taurus, which was the discovery degree of Chiron, the first centaur planet. The Sabian Symbol for the degree is “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”. The keynote by Dane Rudhyar is: “Riches that come from linking the celestial and the earthly nature.”

When I was doing my research for this Full Moon in order to find good examples on Varda, one event rose above the others, namely the discovery of Chiron. Chiron was discovered on Nov.1, 1977, by Charles T. Kowal from images taken on Oct. 18, 1977. It was named after the wise centaur Chiron in Greek mythology. In the discovery chart for Nov. 1, 1977, the Sun in Scorpio is in conjunction with Uranus and couple of minor planets, one of which is Varda. Varda’s prominent position in this chart fits so well with Chiron’s tendency to raise awareness. It is difficult to see in the dark. We need light in order to become aware of something.

Yusuf Islam (born July 21, 1948), previously known by his stage name Cat Stevens, has Varda at his ascendant in his birth chart. It is a Full Moon chart (Rodden Rating A). He sings:

“I think I see the light coming to me,
Coming through me giving me a second sight.”


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