Full Moon in Cancer / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse — January 10, 2020, 19:21 UT

January 10th, 2020

The Full Moon in Cancer is a lunar eclipse, and it happens only two days before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on Jan. 12, 2020. The Moon aligns opposite the Sun and a considerable cluster of planets and smaller celestial bodies gathered in Capricorn. Closest to the Sun is 15810 Arawn, a trans-Neptunian body in the plutino class.

The Sun = 20 Cap 00
The Moon = 20 Can 00
Mercury = 20 Cap 06
Saturn = 22 Cap 33
Pluto = 22 Cap 42
Arrokoth (nicknamed Ultima Thule) = 17 Cap 48
Amycus = 18 Cap 50
Arawn = 20 Cap 42
Ceres = 21 Cap 49
Chariklo = 24 Cap 15

15810 Arawn was discovered in 1994 and named two years ago in 2017 from Welsh mythology. According to the naming rules of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), all plutinos are given mythological names associated with the underworld.

In Welsh mythology Arawn was the ruler of the Celtic otherworld, Annwfn, meaning “the in-world”, derived from an (“in, inside”) and dwfn (“world”). Annwfn was like a paradise, a world of eternal youth where disease was absent and food was ever-abundant. It was not equivalent to Hell of Christians. The influence of Christianity transformed the otherworld to the underworld.

The Mabinogion are the earliest prose stories of the literature of Britain. The stories were compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12th – 13th centuries from earlier oral traditions, during the period when the Welsh struggled to maintain their independence. The First Branch of the Mabinogi tells how Pwyll, the prince of Dyfed, and the shapeshifter Arawn met and befriended. Honor is highly revered value throughout the Mabinogi.

Sioned Davies says in her English translation of The Mabinogion (Oxford University Press 2007) about the tales: “Not only do they reflect themes and characters from myth and legend, they also show how Wales responded to conquest and colonization.” The patriotic hymn Gweddi dros Gymru (“A prayer for Wales”), written by Lewis Valentine, a Welsh politician and Welsh-language activist, is sometimes considered to be the second Welsh national anthem. It is usually sung to the tune of Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia Hymn, one of the most important national songs of Finland. Finlandia, Op. 26, is a tone poem written in 1899 and revised in 1900. The premiere was on July 2, 1900, in Helsinki, during the Sun-Arawn conjunction in Cancer. At the time Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. (Finland declared itself independent in 1917.) In order to avoid Russian censorship, Finlandia had to be performed under alternative titles at various musical concerts.

The Sun represents the main expression of the individual. In astrologer Bernadette Brady’s words, “it reveals the myth or story that the individual follows through life.” The conjunction is a strong aspect which combines the energies of the planets in question. The following examples are soulful artist with the Sun-Arawn conjunction:

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. She has a stellium in Cancer consisting of the Sun, Neptune, Jupiter, Ceres and Arawn.

Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – Oct. 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, who wrote the song “This Land Is Your Land“. Also Guthrie has a stellium in Cancer, including the Sun, Neptune, Venus and Arawn.

Van Morrison (born Aug. 31, 1945), the “Celtic Soul”, is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter. He has said: “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.” His Sun-Arawn conjunction is in Virgo.

Freddie Mercury (Sept. 5 1946 – Nov. 24, 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, and the charismatic lead vocalist of the Queen. He has the Sun-Arawn conjunction in Virgo.

Nick Cave (born Sept. 22, 1957), the “Prince of Darkness”, 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 Virgo.

Van Morrison has expressed very likely something essential about Arawn in his lyrics:

Soul is a feeling, feeling deep within
Soul is not the color of your skin
Soul is the essence, essence from within
It is where everything begins

Soul is what you’ve been through
What’s true for you
Where you going to
What you’re gonna do

Soul is your station for the folk of your nation
Something that you wear with pride
Soul can be your vision or something that is hidden
It’s not something that you gotta hide

New Moon / Annular Solar Eclipse in Capricorn – Dec. 26, 2019, 05:13 UT

December 28th, 2019

The New Moon at 4+ degrees of Capricorn was an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse occurred in close conjunction with Jupiter. Jupiter represents the energy of expansiveness. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is tightening towards January. The conjunction can manifest in several ways. Pluto is the lord of transformation and Saturn represents structures, so we may need to build new social structures.

This solar eclipse is a member of a Saros series number 3 South. Each Saros series starts as a tiny eclipse at either the North or South Pole, produces an eclipse every 18 years, and finishes at the opposite Pole. Each eclipse family has the characteristics of its own. The Saros series 3 South started on Aug. 13, 1208 at the South Pole. Mercury was in conjunction with the New Moon in Leo. Also in Leo, Pluto was conjunct the South node of the Moon. According to astrologer Bernadette Brady, there is a sense of traumatic transformation because of the involvement of Pluto. Saturn was in Cancer, right opposite the current solar eclipse.

The Capricorn eclipse was not visible in Finland, but in astrology, even if the eclipse is not visible where you live, it has an impact nevertheless. The effect can be felt already beforehand, and the eclipse degree can remain as a sensitive point for years to come.

The astrological climate is reflected in the recent developments of the world, for example in the impeachment of Donald Trump and the certainty of Brexit after Boris Johnson’s election victory in the 2019 general election in England.

The lunar nodes of Finland lie on the Cancer-Capricorn axis. Finland’s Mercury is conjunct the North node in early Capricorn and Pluto is conjunct the South node in early Cancer. The Capricorn solar eclipse took place tightly opposite Finland’s Pluto. In the eclipse chart there are also several prominent minor planets transiting the nodal axis of Finland. Pholus and Quaoar were in conjunction with the eclipse and square to Chiron and Salacia in early Aries.

In Finland the recent weeks have been eventful. The Centre Party lost confidence in Prime Minister Antti Rinne due to controversies on the handling of a postal strike, and the government had to resign. The change is for the better. Sanna Marin of the Social Democratic Party became the new prime minister and the youngest serving state leader in the world. The other four parties in the government coalition have women leaders. Out of the 19 government ministers in the new cabinet, 12 are women.

There has been a heated debate on the repatriation of the Finnish women and children at al-Hol camp in Syria. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto from the Green League, has been at the center of a dispute over the issue. He won the confidence vote over the repatriation of the Finns. The debate will continue in January. At least two orphaned children from the camp have now safely arrived in Finland.

Full Moon in Gemini – Dec. 12, 2019, 05:12 UT

December 11th, 2019

Lately we have learned about rare visitors, interstellar objects passing through our solar system. First there was Oumuamua, the “first distant messenger”, which was already heading away from the Sun when it was discovered in October 2017. Then in August 2019 came Comet Borisov. Surprisingly there is one that has been with us all along and aims to stay, namely asteroid 514107 Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

The Full Moon in Gemini happens on Dec. 12, 2019. Opposite the Moon in Sagittarius is the unusual asteroid Kaʻepaokaʻawela in conjunction with the Sun. Kaʻepaokaʻawela is outstanding in many ways.

Kaʻepaokaʻawela’s orbit is retrograde. In other words, it moves opposite direction to most other bodies in the solar system. It is in a resonant, co-orbital motion with Jupiter. It is the first known asteroid in a 1:1 resonance with any of the planets. Its orbital period around the Sun is close to that of Jupiter.

How come Kaʻepaokaʻawela avoids crashing into the gas giant Jupiter? It passes either inside or outside Jupiter’s orbit, and each time it passes near Jupiter, its orbital elements are slightly altered. Scientists have concluded that Kaʻepaokaʻawela is originally an interstellar body and it has been in its retrograde resonance with Jupiter since the origin of the solar system. How it got captured into its orbit is still a mystery.

Kaʻepaokaʻawela was discovered in November 2014 by astronomers of the Pan-STARRS survey at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii. It was first known by its provisional name 2015 BZ509 and nicknamed Bee-Zed. The official name was given in April 2019. According to the official naming citation, the name Kaʻepaokaʻawela means “the mischievous opposite moving companion of Jupiter, evoking the image of a retrograde object of unknown origin.” The name was created by a Hawaiian-language program dedicated to naming objects discovered with Pan-STARRS. This program consists of Hawaiian language experts and astronomers at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Examples:

Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dec. 22, 1887 – April 26, 1920) was an extraordinary Indian mathematician, who had almost no formal training in pure mathematics. He developed his own mathematical research in isolation. His original and highly unconventional results have opened entire new areas of work and inspired a vast amount of further research. He has the Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn.

Edwin Hubble (Nov. 20, 1889 – Sept. 28, 1953) is regarded as one of the most important astronomers of all time. The Hubble Space Telescope was named in his honor. His Sun in the last degree of Scorpio is in conjunction with Kaʻepaokaʻawela in the first degree of Sagittarius.

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American journalist, novelist, and short-story writer. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. His Capricorn Moon is conjunct the retrograding Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

Judge Bone, aka Tuomari Nurmio (born Nov. 21, 1950) is a Finnish rock singer and songwriter. He is constantly renovating himself and is regarded one of the most original Finnish singer-songwriters. His Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction in Scorpio is square to Jupiter in Aquarius.

Bob Lazar (born Jan. 26, 1959) is primarily known for his claims of having been hired in the late 1980s to reverse-engineer purported extraterrestrial technology at a secret site called “S-4”. He has the Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction in Aquarius.

Brian Molko (born Dec. 10, 1972) is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the British band Placebo. He has been quoted as calling the band “music for outsiders, by outsiders”. His Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction is in Sagittarius.

Amy Winehouse (Sept.14, 1983 – July 23, 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. Bob Dylan has called her “the last real individualist around.” Amy’s Moon is conjunct the retrograding Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn.

New Moon in Sagittarius – Nov. 26, 2019, 15:05 UT

November 25th, 2019

The New Moon at 4+ degrees of Sagittarius is opposite asteroid 10 Hygiea in Gemini. The New Moon is always a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon.

Last month asteroid 10 Hygiea was in the headlines of the science news, and now its prominent position in the New Moon chart brings me a good opportunity to talk about it.

Hygiea is a main belt asteroid, orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. It was the 10th asteroid to be discovered, which happened in 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis, an Italian astronomer (the first being 1 Ceres, discovered in 1801). Hygiea is the fourth largest asteroid. Its diameter is just over 430 km, less than half of that of Ceres. Because of Hygiea’s dark surface some smaller asteroids were found before it. It is the main member of the Hygiean asteroid family, which was formed billions of years ago, when another object collided with it.

Hygiea made news about a month ago, when astronomers announced that Hygiea is round and thus meets the requirements of a dwarf planet, the smallest in the solar system. This observation was possible because of the improvement of optical instruments and telescopes. So far Ceres has been considered to be the only dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt.

When astronomers in 2006 approved the definition of a planet (first time ever), they also created a dwarf planet category, in which officially belongs only Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea, although the total number of objects that qualify as dwarf planets is thousands. According to the official definition, a dwarf planet is a celestial body that is in orbit around the Sun, is not a satellite, unlike a planet has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, and has sufficient mass for its own gravity to pull it into a roughly spherical shape (nearly round). The IAU has not yet officially accepted Hygiea to the dwarf planet class.

Originally at the time of its discovery Hygiea was considered to be a planet (as were also Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, among others). The rapidly expanding number of objects found between Mars and Jupiter prompted their reclassification as asteroids in the 1850s.

History has shown that the man-made classifications can be changed when the scientists get new relevant information. They are not so important for astrologers anyway. But the celestial facts and properties of the objects are worth knowing also for the astrologers. Sometimes they can have an effect to the astrological delineation of a body.

Asteroid Hygiea was named after the Greek goddess Hygieia, the personification of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated not directly with healing, but more with preserving good health. The symbol of this asteroid in astrological programs is usually the caduceus staff, the symbol of medicine. However, the older symbol of Hygieia is a serpent crowned with a star. Many astrologers have found that Hygiea is also astrologically connected to health matters. The current conjunction of the Sun and Hygiea emphasizes the need of feel well and healthy.

The New Moon in Sagittarius is square 2007 OR10 in Pisces, the fifth-largest trans-Neptunian object and likely a dwarf planet. This body is still without an official name. It was first nicknamed as “Snow White” for its presumed white color. However, 2007 OR10 turned out to be very red, and the nickname was dropped. Last spring the discovery team hosted a poll for the general public to help choose the name between three possible options: Gonggong from Chinese mythology, Vili from Norse mythology, and Holle from German mythology. Gonggong was the winning name, and it was proposed to the International Astronomical Union, but IAU has not announced the official name yet.

In Capricorn Saturn is approaching Pluto. The exact conjunction takes place on Jan. 12, 2020. At the moment Saturn is in tight conjunction with 486958 Arrokoth, the latest named trans-Neptunian object, a contact binary and the most distant world ever visited by a man-made spacecraft. Arrokoth was discovered in 2014 by astronomer Marc Buie and the New Horizons Search Team using the Hubble Space Telescope. It was targeted for the space probe New Horizons’ next destination after it would have completed a flyby of Pluto (in 2015). This body was long known by the nickname Ultima Thule, which means a place beyond the borders of the known world. On Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons spacecraft made a close pass of it.

The official name Arrokoth, a term meaning “sky” in the Powhatan / Algonquian language of native people from the Chesapeake Bay region, was announced on Nov. 12, 2019, at a ceremony at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Institutions in the region played a prominent role in facilitating the discovery and exploration of the object.

“The name ‘Arrokoth’ reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies, and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator. In acknowledgement to the Powhatan people’s significance to the Tidewater region of Virginia and Maryland, Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, asserted that Arrokoth’s name “signifies the strength and endurance of the indigenous Algonquian people of the Chesapeake region. Their heritage continues to be a guiding light for all who search for meaning and understanding of the origins of the universe and the celestial connection of humanity.”

Full Moon in Taurus – Nov. 12, 2019, 13:34 UT

November 13th, 2019

The Full Moon in Taurus was in conjunction with asteroid 4 Vesta and plutino 341520 Mors-Somnus. The Sun in Scorpio is in conjunction with Mercury retrograde. A relatively rare event, a transit of Mercury across the Sun, took place the day before the Full Moon, on Nov. 11. Mercury’s transit occurs on a regular basis, but the next one won’t happen until in November 2032.

Mors-Somnus is a binary system beyond Neptune, discovered in 2007 and named after the Roman twin gods of the underworld. Mors was the personification of death and Somnus the personification of sleep. Their equivalents in Greek mythology were Thanatos and Hypnos. Hypnos was able to trick even the chief god Zeus. Apropos on the evening of the Full Moon, the Finnish broadcasting company Yle was screening the praised documentary by Arthur Franck of the sensational hypnotist Olliver Hawk (May 1930 – August 1988). The current Full Moon makes a transit conjunction to Olliver Hawk’s Taurus Sun.

Asteroid Vesta orbits the Sun within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is the brightest asteroid visible from Earth. It is named after the virgin goddess of hearth and home from Roman mythology. Vesta represents devotion and integrity, and can show great dedication to one’s work and goals. Astrologer Martha Lang-Wescott’s interpretation of the Moon-Vesta conjunction includes “to need a career where one can feel really committed.”

Mercury was the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology. Creatures or deities who guide newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife are called psychopomps, and Mercury was one of them. Additionally, Ovid has written that Mercury carried Morpheus’ dreams from the valley of Somnus to sleeping humans. Morpheus was a god associated with dreams and a son of Somnus. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms, appearing in dreams as a wise man or woman, or a helpful animal.

Olavi Hakasalo (May 8, 1930 – August 28, 1988), better known as Olliver Hawk, was a Finnish master hypnotist, who dedicated his life to hypnosis through performing and teaching hypnosis by publishing literature and releasing videos and recordings. He was an eccentric, a showman and a celebrity, who could change water into wine. Some would say that he was a fraud. He became interested in hypnosis already as a child. He became famous in the 1960s. Hundreds of thousands of Finns saw his show, and volunteers let him hypnotise them. He has told that he performed every night. In 1981 he was convicted for illegal practice of medicine, because he had private customers with mental disorders.

Olliver Hawk had a grand trine in the fire signs. A grand trine is a pattern of three trines, each of the planets 120 degrees away from the others, forming a triangle. A trine is an easy flowing aspect, but the energies in question can be in a way locked in the grand trine. Hawk’s grand trine was consisting of Mars-Uranus conjunction in Aries (crossing boundaries), Vesta in Leo (having pride in one’s work), and Lempo conjunct Mors-Somnus in Sagittarius (dedication to hypnosis). Olliver Hawk had powerful stationary Mercury about to turn retrograde in Gemini.

Olliver Hawk died as spectacularly as he lived, on stage during a performance. The Sun, the giver of life, was opposite Mors-Somnus.

Olliver Hawk has said: “Some things that we see are not always true, and you know it.” But we also know that there are things in life that can be seen only with invisible eyes, or sensed with extrasensory perception. Filtering these things can be challenging. Write down your dreams during the following weeks!

New Moon in Scorpio – Oct. 28, 2019, 03:38 UT

October 28th, 2019

The New Moon in Scorpio was exactly opposite Uranus in Taurus and in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong, the recently named trans-Neptunian minor planet. With Uranus involved, we can expect surprises, revelations and unexpected events. The meaning of Zhulong is still veiled.

472235 Zhulong is a scattered disc object discovered in 2014 and named in August 2019 from Chinese mythology. Its diameter is 233 km and orbital period around 420 years. Zhulong, the Torch Dragon, was a giant red solar dragon with a human face and scarlet serpent body. It controlled the day and night of the world by opening and closing its eyes. It is described in classic Chinese literature as shining a torch over “the ninefold darkness.”

I have just started to study 472235 Zhulong, and that is why my study below is limited, covering only the years 1950 – 1990. At this point nothing exact cannot be said about Zhulong’s astrological meaning. However, I found some interesting Sun-Zhulong personalities and events. Many of these examples seem to tell about the fragility of life, and how everything can change in a blink of an eye.

People born with their Sun in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong:

William Knox Schroeder (July 20, 1950 — May 4, 1970) was a Kent State University shooting victim. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Damocles and Zhulong in Cancer in his natal chart. Last summer Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center was honoring his life with an exhibition titled “Bill: An All-American Boy.” When the exhibition opened on April 22, the Sun was in conjunction with Uranus in early Taurus and opposing Zhulong in the last degree of Libra, and the exhibition was coincident with the naming of Zhulong in August.

Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 — August 11, 2014) has been lauded as one of the funniest comedians of all time. He was suffering from severe depression and committed suicide. His Sun-Zhulong conjunction is in Cancer.

Iman (born July 25, 1955) is a Somali-American fashion model and actress. She became a muse for many prominent designers, including Gianni Versace and Yves Saint-Laurent. The latter has described her as his “dream woman”. Iman has actively been involved in a number of charitable endeavors. Iman has a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Uranus, Huya and Zhulong opposite Chiron in Aquarius. Uranus and Zhulong are in late Cancer and the Sun and Huya in early Leo.

Kevin Spacey (born July 27, 1959) is an Academy Award winning American actor, producer, and singer. In recent years several sexual misconduct allegations against him have been made. He has the Sun-Zhulong conjunction in Leo.

Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker. Linklater is known for his realistic and natural humanist films, which revolve mainly around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time. Several of his films feature the same actors filmed over an extended period of years. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Zhulong and Huya in Leo.

Wesley Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, director, film producer, martial artist, and author. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12. He served a three-year prison sentence 2010 – 2013 for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns. Wesley Snipes has the Sun-Zhulong conjunction on the North node of the Moon in Leo, opposite Saturn in Aquarius.

J. K. Rowling (born 31 July 1965) is a British author, best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which is the best-selling book series in history. She also writes crime fiction under the name Robert Galbraith. Rowling has lived a “rags to riches” life in which she progressed from living on benefits to being the world’s first billionaire author. She lost her billionaire status after giving away much of her earnings to charity but remains one of the wealthiest people in the world. Her triple conjunction of the Sun, Zhulong and Makemake in Leo is opposite Juno in Aquarius.

Marine Le Pen (born August 5, 1968) is a French politician and lawyer serving as President of the National Rally political party (previously named National Front). The National Rally is a right-wing populist and nationalist political party in France. Marine Le Pen has a 10 th house stellium in Leo consisting of the Sun, Mercury, Rhadamanthus, Makemake and Zhulong.

Tarja Turunen (born August 17, 1977) is a Finnish heavy metal singer-songwriter. She is a lyric soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. She is the former lead vocalist of the Finnish metal band Nightwish. Tarja Turunen was dismissed from the band with an open letter on 21 October 2005 for personal reasons. She started her solo career in 2006. Tarja Turunen has a stellium in Leo consisting of the Sun, Saturn, Rhadamanthus, Makemake and Zhulong.

Florence Welch (born August 28, 1986) is an English singer and songwriter. She is the vocalist of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine. In 2018, Florence Welch released a book titled Useless Magic, a collection of lyrics and poems written by Florence, along with illustrations. She has said: “I find it’s nice to mix the mundane and the magical, the irrelevant with the huge themes. Sex, love, death, marriage, guilt — mix that with seeing a huge sky or going for a walk or turning the page of a book. Living is dealing with the everyday and the notion that you’re going to die.” Florence has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as with alcohol. Many of her songs reflect these issues. She has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Zhulong and Asbolus in Virgo.

Valtteri Bottas (born August 28, 1989) is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes, having previously driven for Williams. Since joining Mercedes, Bottas has won 6 races, 3 in 2017 and 3 in 2019. He will continue driving for Mercedes in the upcoming 2020 season. Bottas has a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake, Zhulong and Hylonome in Virgo.

Examples of events which occurred while the Sun was in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong:

August 8, 1969 — The Beatles have photographer Iain Macmillan take their photo on a zebra crossing on Abbey Road. The Sun was in conjunction with Zhulong and Makemake in Leo.

August 11, 1973 — DJ Kool Herc originates the hip hop music genre in New York City. There is a triple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo.

August 7, 1974 — Philippe Petit crosses between Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City high-wire walking (a triple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo).

August 8, 1974 — U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his resignation on August 8, effective at noon on August 9 (a triple conjunction of the Sun, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo).

August 15, 1977 — The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space, which appeared to come from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin. The event is named the Wow! signal for a notation made by a volunteer on the project. There was a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Saturn, Makemake and Zhulong in Leo.

August 17, 1980 — In Australia, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock (Uluru), reportedly taken from a tent by a dingo. There was a stellium in Leo consisting of the Sun, Asbolus, Rhiphonos, Makemake and Zhulong.

Full Moon in Aries – Oct. 13, 2019, 21:08 UT

October 14th, 2019

The Full Moon at 20+ degrees of Aries was in conjunction with Eris. Both the Moon in Aries and the Sun in Libra were in exact square to Pluto at 20+ degrees of Capricorn. Jupiter at 20+ degrees of Sagittarius received an exact trine from the Moon and a sextile from the Sun. In Capricorn Saturn is nearing Pluto.

This Full Moon is kind of foretaste of the slow moving aspects taking place in January 2020. Saturn will be conjuncting Pluto on January 12, and four days later it squares Eris. On January 26 Pluto squares Eris.

Eris is the trans-Neptunian object which downgraded Pluto from the planet category. Eris was discovered in 2005 and at the time appeared to be larger than Pluto. This led the definition of a planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union. Both Eris and Pluto were classified as dwarf planets. Astrologers didn’t take note of the IAU’s decision, and there are also astronomers who preferably would like to return Pluto among the planets. Eris is named after the Greek goddess of strife and discord. The dynamic square aspect represents conflict and demands change, and between these two “rivals” it is bound to be felt.

No matter how dark the situation seems, there is always some light ahead, and towards the light we must strive. In the Full Moon chart Pluto is in conjunction with centaur 10199 Chariklo. Chariklo is the largest centaur, with the diameter of around 250 kilometers, and the smallest known object to have rings. It is named after the nymph Chariclo in Greek mythology, the wife of centaur Chiron, and a daughter of the Sun god Apollo. Her name means “Graceful Spinner”.

10199 Chariklo was discovered in 1997, and there is a rare aspect configuration, a six pointed star, in the discovery chart of Chariklo. The star is formed by Chariklo itself in one of the points and main planets in the other five points. A six pointed star is consisting of sextiles, and thus also called a grand sextile. The pattern reflects balance and harmony.

Astrologically Chariklo is usually seen as a supportive and nurturing energy. It represents compassion and devotion, although darker manifestations can occur, as with any astrological object; astrology is dual in nature.

Jupiter in the Aries Full Moon chart is in exact conjunction with 174567 Varda, a binary trans-Neptunian object with the diameter of around 700 kilometers. The Moon’s trine to Jupiter alone can be regarded as a beneficial aspect, and with Varda even more so.

174567 Varda is named after the queen of the stars in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology. Varda was the creator of the stars and she also set the vessels of the Sun and the Moon upon their courses. She is said to be too beautiful for words, and her face radiates light. Being associated with light, she is central to the dualism of light and darkness in Tolkien’s cosmology.

Autumnal Equinox – Sept. 23, 2019, 07:50 UT

September 23rd, 2019

The Sun has entered Libra today. This is the autumnal equinox, which marks the beginning of autumn. The Sun crossed the celestial equator on its apparent annual path along the ecliptic. On the days of the equinoxes, two times a year, the length of night and day is equal everywhere on Earth. From now on the days will become shorter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Sun in the first degree of Libra was in conjunction with 469219 Kamoʻoalewa, the small companion of Earth. Kamoʻoalewa is a quasi-satellite of Earth. It is moving as an interior planet at the moment, which means that it is closer to the Sun than Earth. It is now retrograding in late Virgo. When the Sun, Kamoʻoalewa and Earth line up in this order, the situation is comparable to the New Moon.

Kamoʻoalewa is actually a small Apollo asteroid, orbiting around the Sun, and at the same time also looping around Earth. The diameter is only about 40 – 100 m. It is too far away to be considered a true satellite of Earth. In its yearly travel around the Sun, Kamoʻoalewa spends about half of the time inside the Earth’s orbit and about half of the time outside Earth’s orbit.

The orbits of quasi-satellites are unstable. Over time they tend to evolve to other types of resonant motion and no longer remain in the vicinity of the planet. Later they can move back to a quasi-satellite orbit again. Kamoʻoalewa is not the only known quasi-satellite of Earth, but it is currently the closest and most stable, predicted to stay in this orbital state for several hundred years. China is planning a robotic mission that would collect and return samples from Kamoʻoalewa. The launch is planned around 2024.

Astrologically the orbit of Kamoʻoalewa is really weird. Sometimes it rushes through several astrological signs in a month. Then there are periods of time when it moves back and forth only two or three signs for decades. We are now in a phase where Kamoʻoalewa seems to be covering only degrees in Virgo, Libra and Scorpio.

The name Kamoʻoalewa is referring to a celestial object that is oscillating, like Kamoʻoalewa in the sky as viewed from Earth. It is a name found in the Hawaiian chant Kumulipo. Kumulipo is an 18th-century chant in the Hawaiian language telling a creation story and including a genealogy of the members of Hawaiian royalty.

It takes time to study the intriguing orbit of Kamoʻoalewa, which is so different from anything else we have seen, let alone the astrological meaning of it.

New Moon in Virgo — August 30, 2019, 10:37 UT

August 31st, 2019

The New Moon at 6+ degrees of Virgo fell in the middle of a stellium, which along with the Sun and Moon consists of Venus, Mercury, Mars, asteroid Juno, centaur Aphidas and plutino Orcus. A stellium occurs when four or more bodies conjunct each other, each one within few degrees of the next. In this case the planets are all within ten degrees, so they are all conjunct each other. It is a strong concentration of energy.

The closest ones to the New Moon, on both sides of the luminaries, were Aphidas at 5+ degrees Virgo, and Mars at 7+ degrees Virgo. An old saying comes into my mind: “One can’t sit on two chairs at the same time,” which means that one must make some either-or choices.

Mars represents courage, initiative and action; it is the archetype of a warrior.

The myth behind Aphidas tells another kind of story. According to the official naming citation, “During the battle between the Centaurs and Lapiths, the centaur Aphidas remained in a drunken sleep. The Lapith Phorbas killed Aphidas with a thrown spear while he slept.”

When 121725 Aphidas two years ago was named, my first impression for the keywords was “withdrawal”. I noticed there were a lot of celebrities with a prominent Aphidas, who either had withdrawn from publicity at the peak of their fame or otherwise had a difficult relationship to publicity.

Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905 — April 15, 1990), ”The Divine Garbo” retired from the screen at the age of 35, and from then on shunned publicity and led a very private life. She has explained that she was tired of Hollywood and really wanted to “live another life.” She has also told that already when she was a child she wanted to be alone. Garbo’s 12th house Moon is in conjunction with Aphidas. Her Sun is trine to Aphidas, Venus squares Aphidas and also Pluto is aspecting it with a semisextile.

Scott Walker (January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019), “The 30 Century Man”, was the worshipped teen-idol of the 60s. Later he became reclusive and was rarely seen in public, even withdrawn from it for several years. He used to wear dark glasses and a baseball cap shadowing his face. His Pisces Moon is opposite Aphidas in Virgo.

Cat Stevens / Yusuf (born July 21, 1948) is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In 1977 he converted to Islam and abandoned the stardom at the height of his career, devoting himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. Around 2006 he returned to pop music and is now using the stage name Yusuf.

Yusuf’s Cancer Sun is semisquare to Aphidas in Virgo. Pluto is semisextile to Aphidas. On December 23, 1977, when he converted to Islam, the transiting Aphidas in Aries was right at his descendant. His last performance was a charity concert at Wembley Stadium on November 22, 1979, when the transiting Aphidas in early Taurus was squaring his natal Sun in Cancer.

Anu Hälvä (born June 30, 1964) is an award-winning Finnish actress, who shunned publicity in the 90s at the peak of her fame. She appeared in a television series “Blondi tuli taloon”, which gained about million watchers every week. She has explained that she couldn’t handle the publicity and was not able to recognize herself anymore in the tabloids. Anu Hälvä’s Cancer Sun is trine to Aphidas in Scorpio. Her time of birth is not known, so I don’t know the exact position of her Moon, but in the noon chart the Moon in Pisces forms a grand water trine with the Sun and Aphidas.

Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 — May 29, 1997) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who accidentally drowned during a spontaneous evening swim. His first album Grace, released in 1994, won appreciation from many revered musicians and artists, for instance Bob Dylan, who named Buckley “one of the great songwriters of this decade.” Buckley went on a “phantom solo tour” of cafés in 1996, appearing under a series of aliases. He said that he missed the anonymity of playing in cafes and local bars. Jeff Buckley has a stellium in Scorpio consisting of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune and Aphidas.

Robbie Williams (born February 13, 1974), the great entertainer, disappeared from view at the end of 2006 and had a couple of year’s sabbatical. He grew a beard and went to Nevada to take part in a UFO convention and meet UFO abductees. In an interview he admitted that he knew that there was a chance it’s all nonsense. “But even if it is all made up,” he said, “it’s better made-up stuff than what the tabloids are writing. It’s more interesting. To me, anyway.” He meant that the stuff wasn’t written about him. Robbie has an exact triple-conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter and Aphidas in Aquarius.

Mr Lordi / Tomi Putaansuu (born 15 February 1974) is a multi-talented Finnish musician and special effect make-up artist, whose band Lordi won the Eurovision song contest in 2006. All publicity photographs of Mr Lordi have his face concealed with his mask and stage makeup. The band wanted to keep their anonymity. Mr Lordi was born only two days later than Robbie Williams, so he has the triple-conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter and Aphidas in Aquarius, too.

Cheek / Jare Tiihonen (born December 22, 1981) is a Finnish award-winning rapper, who was having it all, and then suddenly ended his career in 2018. His success is unparalleled in Finland. He has sold gold records, published a biography, and performed at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium. His farewell concert in Lahti was sold out in less than one minute. Cheek’s Scorpio Moon is opposite the conjunction of Chiron and Aphidas in Taurus.

Zaira Wasim (born October 23, 2000) is a former Indian actress, who earned critical acclaim and several awards. In June 2019, she announced that she would be leaving the Bollywood industry, as it conflicted with her religious identity and beliefs. Her Scorpio Sun is squaring Aphidas in the last degree of Cancer.

Now it is time to make conscious choices, so that you would not end up sitting between the chairs. Virgo’s ability for analyze and prioritizing should help in decision making.

Full Moon in Aquarius — August 15, 2019, 12:29 UT

August 15th, 2019

79360 Sila-Nunam is a cubewano, a classical Kuiper belt object with an orbital period of 293 years. It was discovered in 1997. It is a binary system with components of almost equal size. Both bodies, Sila and Nunam, are elongated with their long axes pointing to each other. They are named after old Inuit deities. Sila is the god of the sky, weather, and life force. Nunam is the Earth goddess, who created the land animals and the Inuit people. Sila breathed life into the Inuit.

The Full Moon is at 22+ degrees Aquarius. The Sun in Leo is in exact conjunction with Venus and Sila-Nunam.

I saw recently a documentary The Jam: About The Young Idea on the legendary new wave / mod revival band The Jam (active 1972 – 1982). The front man of the band, Paul Weller (born 25 May 1958), has natally his Sun conjunct Sila-Nunam. His successful and varied career is still continuing.

The mod revival of the 1970s and 1980s in England was a youth subculture which was set in motion by Paul Weller and his band. Weller is often referred to as “the Modfather”. The original mod subculture began in London in the late 1950s. The term mod derives from modernist, a term used in the 1950s to describe modern jazz musicians and their style-conscious fans.

The mods wore tailor-made suits and military parkas, they had neat haircuts, they drove Vespa motor scooters and spent time in coffee bars listening jazz and rock music. Scooters were a practical and moderately cheap choice of transportation for teenagers. Besides, the body panels of Vespa shielded the expensive suits of the mods from oil and dust. Parka jackets were worn for the same reason.

Paul Weller has described how the audience of The Jam used to look like a sea of green parkas. Everyone looked the same. He says it is not the ethos of the mods. He himself is a mod because he doesn’t want to be like everyone else. To him a mod means a person who embraces continuous reinvention, someone who looks forward and picks the best features of other cultures, filters and merges them into something new and different.

Perhaps the spirit of Sila-Nunam resembles that kind of fusion. Ideas, even good and practical ones, need “Sila’s breath” in order to fly and become something magnificent. It has much in common with the enthusiastic and fearless energy of youth. So, fuse bits of things that you appreciate into something original, blow your idea boldly on its way, and see what happens!