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.

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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.

Full Moon in Leo / Total Lunar Eclipse — January 21, 2019, 05:16 UT

January 21st, 2019

The Full Moon in Leo on Jan. 21, 2019, is a spectacle. It is a Total Super Lunar Eclipse.

If the Moon is above the horizon in your location at the time of the eclipse, you are able to see a big red “blood” Moon. During a total lunar eclipse, the face of the Moon turns red. A supermoon appears big. The Earth, Moon and Sun are all in line, and the Moon is at its closest approach to Earth. The name supermoon was originally launched by astrologer Richard Nolle in the 70’s, and nowadays astronomers are also using it.

The astrological meaning of this eclipse is comparable in significance with its visible awesomeness. The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. The day before the eclipse the Sun entered Aquarius, where group consciousness is highlighted. The Moon is in Leo, in the sign of individuality. The Moon is in conjunction with Varuna.

20000 Varuna is a large trans-Neptunian object – highly likely a dwarf planet – discovered in 2000. The orbital period is around 282 years. It has an elongated shape due to its rapid rotation. This cubewano was named after one of the oldest of the Vedic deities, who had unlimited knowledge. Varuna was first associated with sky, later with waters as well as with justice and truth. Due to his association with the waters and the ocean he can be identified with Greek Poseidon and Roman Neptune. In astrology Varuna has been described as a vast energy behind everything, almost too large to comprehend.

Uranus in late Aries is squaring the Sun and the Moon. Uranus is associated with rebellion, invention and sudden flashes of insight. Venus and Jupiter, traditionally defined as the benefics, are in conjunction in Sagittarius. They are square to Neptune in Pisces. Venus-Neptune connections are often related to romantic idealism and illusions in love. Add Jupiter into the mix, and we may be talking about religious experiences. In spite of Jupiter’s often beneficial influence, its tendency to exaggerate can lead to an unfavorable outcome. The Moon forms a sesquiquadrate aspect (135 degrees) to the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius and another sesquiquadrate to Neptune in Pisces. The sesquiquadrate is not a weak aspect. It resembles the square and is a challenging aspect.

Now it is a great time to reach for your dreams and visions, as long as you are aware of the pitfalls, too.

New Moon in Capricorn / Partial solar eclipse — January 06, 2019, 01:28 UT

January 6th, 2019

The New Moon at 15+ degrees Capricorn on Jan. 6, 2019, is the first eclipse of the year, a partial solar eclipse in Capricorn. The Sun and the Moon are in conjunction with Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. Exactly at the eclipse degree is 55576 Amycus, a small centaur discovered in 2002 and given the name in 2005. At the next degree (16+ Capricorn) is Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever visited by a man-made spacecraft. Uranus is stationary direct in late degrees of Aries.

Ultima Thule is a nickname for 2014 MU69, a distant cubewano, which was targeted for the space probe New Horizons’ next destination after it would have completed a flyby of Pluto, which happened in 2015. The name means a place beyond the borders of the known world. On Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons spacecraft made a close pass of Ultima Thule. The photos it sent to Earth revealed, that Ultima Thule is a contact binary, consisting of two separate bodies joined together. The larger one is now called Ultima and the smaller one Thule. This binary is a primitive object, which is going to help scientists learn important things about the origins of our solar system.

55576 Amycus was named after a centaur, which had an important role in the Centauromachy, a famous myth telling about a battle between the Lapith people and the centaurs in Greek mythology. The centaurs were a bunch of troublemakers (except Chiron and Pholus), and Amycus was a member of his tribe.

The aforementioned battle took place during the wedding of the king of the Lapiths, Pirithous, and his bride Hippodameia. Amycus was responsible for the first death of one of the Lapiths. Amycus was killed, the centaurs were defeated, and those who kept their lives were forced to flee from Thessaly.

As human beings we have an ability to choose our actions. What we do, whether good or bad, affects other people. Also we are members of our tribe, namely humankind. It is difficult to be a truly human all by oneself. Society gives human beings their humanity. I think that the astrological meaning of Amycus has a great deal to do with this connectedness and with the choices we make, including their consequences.

This solar eclipse in Capricorn belongs to the Saros series 2 South. 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 eclipse is concerned with unusual groups and the individual’s involvement with those groups. This could be the time when the individual notices or suddenly desires to find a particular group whose concerns would be with healing, the arts, or the love of humanity. The individual will feel that, through involvement with such a group, he or she will gain a great deal.”

The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree is Capricorn 16, Boys and girls in gymnasium suits, and it speaks about society and co-operation, too. According to Marc Edmund Jones, “This is a symbol of practical experience as at root a matter of developing self-competency, and of life as a never-ending adjustment of ideals and motives to the everyday potentials of human society. The individual is called on to co-operate in a continual estimation and re-estimation of his powers and capacities by his fellows, and to bring an aliveness of interest to everything in which he would participate. A disciplined self-responsibility is demanded for a common achievement. The keyword is animation.”

New Moon in Sagittarius — December 07, 2018, 07:20 UT

December 9th, 2018

Mercury stationed direct on Dec. 6, and the next morning the New Moon at 15+ degrees of Sagittarius squared Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces.

The New Moon fell on the Sagittarius Sun of Finland, which celebrated its independence and 101st birthday on Dec. 6. Finland’s Sun is at 13+ degrees of Sagittarius, so it was tightly squared by the transiting Mars-Neptune conjunction. The conjunction of Mars and Neptune, two planets with quite a different nature, can manifest in various ways. The action of Mars can be weakened by Neptune, and it can lead to passive-aggressive behavior, among other things. The transit could also mean spiritual activity, drug problems, or infectious diseases, just to mention a few.

Transits don’t always manifest dramatically, however they can actualize in distinct and surprising ways.

I was celebrating the Independence Day in a typical Finnish way by lighting two candles in the evening, having a glass of bubbly, and watching the presidential reception and ball on television. I was not sleepy after the broadcast, so at midnight I was still at the computer, just amusing myself by reading news reports and Independence Day greetings. Mercury turning direct tends to bring hidden information out. For me it gave a nearly 70 year old photo, which the local brewery had just published on their Christmas advent calendar. It was a photo of workers of the old local steam brewery, and to my amazement I was looking at the young face of my dad among the group. I know that he had worked there while in his youth, but I had never seen this photo before, and I hadn’t known that such a photo had ever been taken. My dad had a Sagittarius Moon and his Sun was at 15+ degrees of Scorpio.

In traditional astrology the Moon rules beer, brewers and breweries. Neptune, one of the modern planets, is a co-ruler, and associated with alcohol and gases in general. Fiery Mars aided the brewing at this New Moon.

Full Moon in Gemini — November 23, 2018, 05:39 UT

November 24th, 2018

Jupiter has recently changed signs from Scorpio to Sagittarius, which is Jupiter’s own sign. On Nov. 14, 2018, Jupiter opposed 54598 Bienor, one of the notable centaurs, currently retrograding in the first degree of Gemini. On Nov. 17, Mars in Pisces made a square to Bienor, and the Gemini Full Moon of Nov. 23, 2018, conjoined Bienor. The Sun in Sagittarius is in conjunction with Jupiter. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is retrograding.

Centaurs are minor planets that orbit the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune and cross the orbits of one or more of the giant planets. However, different organizations are using different criteria for them, and that is why the exact number of centaurs is difficult to say. The JPL Small-Body Database lists currently around 450 centaurs. Anyway, their number is much lesser than that of the thousands of trans-Neptunian objects.

The sizes of centaurs range from a few tens of kilometers to a few hundreds of kilometers across. 54598 Bienor is one of the bigger ones (dimensions 207 +/- 30 km). Bienor grazes the orbit of Uranus, and has an orbital period of about 67 years. It will reach perihelion (the point in its orbit where it is nearest to the Sun) in January 2028.

Some centaurs behave like comets, displaying comas. Some seem to have a ring formation around them. 10199 Chariklo, the largest centaur, is known to have a pair of narrow rings. Also 2060 Chiron, the first-identified member of the centaur class (discovered in 1977) possibly has a ring system. There has been speculation about 54598 Bienor having an icy ring around it, too.

54598 Bienor was discovered in 2000 and named after one of the mythical centaurs who tried to kidnap the bride Hippodame and other women at the wedding of the Lapith king Pirithous. Many centaurs died in the battle which followed, but Bienor’s death was unique. Pirithous’ friend Theseus leaped upon the back of Bienor, who was never trained to carry riders, and smashed his head. According to Robert von Heeren’s site “The Centaur Research Project”, Bienor’s name means “the man of the power / force”.

Eric Francis has proposed that Bienor may be associated with the strength of mankind expressed through technology. It is up to us whether to put our strength to work for us, or against us.

In the Gemini Full Moon chart asteroid 1198 Atlantis is in Sagittarius in conjunction with the Sun and Jupiter, and opposite the Moon and 54598 Bienor. The asteroid was named after the mythological island of Atlantis, which the gods sent to sink into the sea, because human society had become greedy and morally corrupt. In astrology 1198 Atlantis addresses the use and misuse of technology, and the sense of imminent doom.

About ten years ago 54598 Bienor was at the Aries Point, and Eric Francis wrote:

“The Canadian professor and media philosopher Marshall McLuhan (1911 – 1980) explained that any environment tends to be invisible. A media environment is so pervasive that we don’t see it. He devised many methods of sensing and making sense out of our media environment, one of which was a series of four questions that he called the ’tetrad.’ We can apply them to the digital world, which is a kind of conducting medium for thought, images and ideas:

* What does the medium enhance?
* What does the medium make obsolete?
* What does the medium retrieve that had been obsolesced earlier?
* What does the medium flip into when pushed to extremes?

We could add, what is the mediums effect on our perception of time and our sense of identity?”

By the way, Marshall McLuhan is known for predicting the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it was invented.

The current opposition of 54598 Bienor and 1198 Atlantis in the Full Moon chart suggests that we may have to deal with some of these issues now.

Bienor examples:

May 6, 1949 (Sun conjunct Bienor) – EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator), an early British computer ran its first programs. It was the first practical stored-program electronic computer. OXO, a version of “noughts and crosses” for the EDSAC was developed in 1952. It may well have been the world’s first video game.

Nov. 22, 1977 (Sun conjunct Bienor) — TCP/IP test succeeds connecting 3 ARPANET nodes (of 111), in what eventually becomes the Internet protocol.

The following computer programmers and game designers were born with the Sun-Bienor conjunction in their natal chart:

– Tim Bray (born June 21, 1955) is a Canadian software developer and entrepreneur and one of the co-authors of the original XML specification.

– Nigel Findley (July 22, 1959 – Feb. 19, 1995) was an American game designer, editor, and an author of science fiction and fantasy novels and role-playing games (RPGs).

– Jukka Tapanimäki (Aug. 11, 1961 – May 1, 2000) was a Finnish game programmer. Tapanimäki wrote his games for the Commodore 64 computer. Tapanimäki was a reviewer for MikroBitti and “C” computer magazines; and a freelance writer of advanced-level computer programming articles.

– Hideo Kojima (born Aug. 24, 1963) is a Japanese video game designer, screenwriter, director and game producer. In 2005, Kojima founded Kojima Productions, a software house controlled by Konami, and by 2011 he rose as vice president of Konami Digital Entertainment. In 2015, Kojima Productions split from Konami, becoming an independent software company.

– Jack Dorsey (born Nov. 19, 1976) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who is co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.

On many occasions, when something that has common interest has been shown live on television to large audiences, the Sun has been in conjunction with Bienor:

– May 11, 1950 — The Kefauver Committee hearings began in the USA. The committee investigated organized crime across the state borders. Hearings were held in 14 major cities and more than 600 witnesses testified. Many of the committee’s hearings were shown live on national television to large audiences. Many Americans had their first glimpse of organized crime’s influence in the U.S. The Kefauver Committee’s work led to expanding civil law to combat organized crime.

– June 2, 1953 – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey was the first British coronation to be televised and was also the world’s first major international event to be broadcast on television.

– May 19, 2018 – The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George’s Chapel, England, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion. The wedding was also streamed live online on YouTube via the British Monarchy’s official The Royal Channel.

July 6, 1957 (Sun conjunct Bienor) — John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the very first time, as teenagers at Woolton Fete, 3 years before forming the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music.

– John Lennon (Oct. 9, 1940 – Dec. 8, 1980) has a natal Bienor-Typhon conjunction at the Aries Point, opposite his Mars.

– July 12, 1958 (Sun conjunct Bienor) — The Beatles, at this time known as The Quarrymen, pay 17 shillings and 6 pence to have their first recording session.

– The first live, international, satellite television production, broadcast on June 25, 1967, is mostly remembered because of the Beatles. The event was Our World with an estimated 350 million viewers and had the largest television audience ever up to that date Ten thousand technicians, producers and interpreters took part in the broadcast. The Beatles topped the event with their debut performance of “All You Need Is Love”. Released a week later, during the Summer of Love, the song was adopted as a flower power anthem. Transiting Bienor in Virgo was in conjunction with Lennon’s natal Neptune and trining his natal Uranus. As an interesting reference, Canada’s CBC Television had Marshall McLuhan being interviewed in a Toronto television control room in the beginning of the show.

– Dec. 8, 1980 (Sun conjunct Bienor) — John Lennon is murdered in New York City.

May 13, 1950 (Sun conjunct Bienor) — the first race in the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship was held at Silverstone, England.

– Mika Häkkinen (born Sept. 28, 1968), nicknamed “the Flying Finn“, is a Finnish former professional racing driver. He was the 1998 and 1999 Formula One World Champion, driving for McLaren and has been ranked among the greatest Formula One drivers in various motorsport polls. Mika Häkkinen has the Sun-Bienor conjunction in his natal chart.

Bienor is involved in the space exploration:

– May 14, 1950 (Sun conjunct Bienor) — The Huntsville Times runs the headline “Dr. von Braun Says Rocket Flights Possible to Moon”. That might have marked the beginning of those efforts. Wernher von Braun was a German, later American, aerospace engineer, who developed the rockets that launched the U.S.’ first space satellite Explorer I, and the Saturn V rocket, that enabled manned lunar landings.

– July 20, 1969 (Moon conjunct Bienor) – The first lunar landing was seen by more than 700 million people on television (a new record at the time). Apollo 11 was the flight that took the first humans there. The Moon was in early degrees of Libra in a tight conjunction with Bienor (opposing the Aries Point), mirroring two things: the strong men who bravely set out for the Moon; and the strong feelings involved in this event, not just in the USA but worldwide. Jupiter and Uranus were in conjunction in Libra, exactly opposite the Aries Point. The experience was not just historical for the mankind, but also highly personal for the men who walked on the Moon.

– Nov. 3, 1973 (Sun conjunct Bienor) – NASA launches Mariner 10 toward Mercury (on March 29, 1974 it becomes the first space probe to reach that planet).

Other notable examples of the Sun-Bienor conjunction:

Aug. 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his I Have A Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of at least 250,000, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech was a defining moment of the civil rights movement. Afterwards a recording of King’s Cobo Hall speech (from June 1963), in which King had delivered “I have a dream” refrains, was released by Detroit’s Gordy Records as an LP entitled “The Great March To Freedom”.

Nov. 28, 1977 – Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp records “On Green Dolphin Street”, the first digitally recorded album to be released commercially in the USA.

Dec. 28, 1984 – A Soviet cruise missile plunges into Inarinjärvi Lake in Finnish Lapland. Finnish authorities announce the fact to the public in January 1985. The Soviet authorities describe it as an old, unarmed Soviet cruise missile being used for target practice.

Jan. 15, 1990 — Martin Luther King Day Crash – Telephone service in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Detroit, including 9-1-1 service, goes down for nine hours, due to an AT&T software bug.

Jan. 26, 1992 — Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting cities of the United States and her allies with nuclear weapons. In return President George H. W. Bush announces that the United States and her allies will stop targeting Russia and the remaining communist states with nuclear weapons.

Feb. 9, 1996 — The element copernicium is created in Germany. Copernicium is a synthetic chemical element with symbol Cn and atomic number 112. It is an extremely radioactive element, and can only be created in a laboratory. It is named after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

May 12, 2017 — Computers around the world are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack, which goes on to affect at least 150 countries.