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!

New Moon in Leo — August 01, 2019, 03:12 UT

August 1st, 2019

Before the discovery of Albion in August 1992, the only objects that were found beyond Neptune were Pluto (1930) and its binary companion Charon (1978). The space beyond Pluto seemed empty. The existence of the Kuiper belt was not proved yet. Of those distant minor planets of which I am usually writing about, only two centaurs were discovered, Chiron (1977) and Pholus (1992). The discovery of Eris in 2005 resulted eventually in Pluto’s demotion from planet status. Today, after 27 years since the discovery of Albion, thousands of centaurs and Kuiper belt objects have been found.

Albion remained unnamed 25 years, and we learned to call it by its provisional designation 1992 QB1, sometimes shortened as QB1. Even without having a name itself, it gave its name to a whole class of minor bodies, the cubewanos (“QB1-os”), the classical Kuiper belt objects. Then in January 2018, out of the blue, it was named Albion, the name proposed by the discoverers, American astronomers David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu. After so many years, I am still not quite adjusted to use the name Albion.

The orbital period of Albion is about 289 years. It was discovered at the Aries Point, in the first degree of the astrological sign Aries, which is the first sign of the zodiac. It was a remarkable discovery and the body was in a significant position, just starting a new phase.

1992 QB1 was named after Albion from the creation mythology of English poet and painter William Blake (1757–1827). Albion is the island-dwelling primeval man who divided himself into the four Zoas (Urthona, Urizen, Luvah and Tharmas), each representing important aspects of human character. Blake has used the name also in its traditional meaning as the ancient and mythological name of Britain.

William Blake has said: “In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.” His words certainly fit with the astrological delineations that have taken shape already before the naming of Albion, suggesting it is representing the edge, the bridge leading to the unknown, or the archetype of the thresholder. In astronomy it opened the door to unknown regions and a new understanding of our solar system.

William Blake was an eccentric who saw visions and was considered mad by many of his contemporaries. He did not gain recognition for his work during his lifetime. Not many of his poems are translated in Finnish, because his texts are not easily expressed in our language. However, I read from a Finnish article that Sylvi Kekkonen (1900 – 1974), a writer and the wife of our former president Urho Kekkonen (in office 1956 – 1982), was reading her own Blake translations in the Finnish radio. In the same article the writer says that the purpose of Blake’s works is to wrench one’s perception from the customary route. This kind of approach is just what was needed from the discoverers of 1992 QB1, David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu. In an interview by astrologer Eric Francis, Jane X. Luu told about her thoughts at the time they started their research: “Why study something that lots of other people study? We were going to do things that nobody else wanted to do.” She also said: “These things were always out there, but people didn’t look for them. People are not good at finding things they don’t expect to see.” You can read the whole interview here: Cue: Be One (or The Kuiper Belt Turns 20)

The New Moon in creative Leo is forming energizing square aspects to Albion and Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is famous for its ability to produce flashes of insight. Every New Moon is a beginning of a new phase. Mercury, the planet of intelligence, is now turning direct. This seems to be a good time to step through a door and start researching uncharted areas.

Full Moon / Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn — July16, 2019, 21:38 UT

July 16th, 2019

The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 16 is also a partial lunar eclipse. It will be visible over most of Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and South America. The eclipse is on the south lunar node and it is in conjunction with Pluto. The Moon in Capricorn and the Sun in Cancer are tightly squaring two dwarf planets, Eris in Aries and Haumea in Libra. These four planets are thus forming an aspect pattern called the grand cross. This configuration has sometimes been called “the make-or-break pattern”.

Haumea was discovered in December 2004 and Eris in January 2005. Both discoveries were announced 14 years ago, in July 2005.

In Greek mythology Eris is the rejected goddess of strife and discord. Because of her troublesome nature, she was the only goddess, which had not been invited to the wedding party of Peleus and Thetis. In a rage she dropped a golden apple of discord addressed “To the fairest one” amongst the goddesses. The quarrel over who the apple should be given to, eventually led to the Trojan War.

In astronomy the discovery of Eris, which is 27% more massive than Pluto, caused Pluto’s exclusion from the main planets in 2006. Among the astrologers the Greek myth has more literally come true, because even though Pluto quite justly has maintained its position among the planets, Eris seldom is invited to the club.

Haumea is the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth and fertility. She can take many different forms and has experienced many rebirths. She lived also as a mortal woman. Her children sprang from different parts of her body. Haumea is one of the manifestations of Mother Earth.

Eris and Haumea have been forming a long ongoing opposition between the years 2014 and 2018. Because of the phenomenon called retrogradation, they have made the total of nine exact oppositions to another during these years. The last of those exact aspects took place in August 2018, but the aspect is still in force because both planets move slowly.

The orbital period of Eris is 558 years, and Haumea orbits around the Sun in about 284 years. The previous time that they were opposing each other was in the Late Middle Ages, making nine exact oppositions between the years 1446 and 1450. During those years Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1400 – 1468), a German blacksmith, inventor and publisher, who invented the printing press, established the first printing house. By 1450, the press was in operation. Printing technologies spread quickly, which led to the establishment of publishing houses throughout Europe by 1500.

The Age of Exploration had not yet begun. Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese navigator, who was the first European who sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, was born in 1450 and Christopher Columbus in 1451. Both these famous explorers thus had the Haumea-Eris opposition in their natal charts.

A few examples of Haumea and Eris from more recent times:

Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), “Lady Day”, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Her Sun in Aries was squaring Haumea in Cancer.

Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, who made her screen debut as a child. She has expanded her career into directing, screenwriting, and producing. Her Sun in Gemini is square to Haumea in Virgo. The Moon in Aries is in conjunction with Eris.

Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, who rose to fame as the lead singer of the Supremes, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Her Aries Sun is conjunct Eris. The Moon in Taurus is square to Haumea in Leo.

Alex Toth (June 25, 1928 – May 27, 2006) was an American cartoonist, who concentrated on such subjects as hot rod racing, romance, horror, and action-adventure. He died at his drawing table. He had a Sun-Venus conjunction in Caner square Eris in Aries.

Chet Baker (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. He had a Sun-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn square Eris in Aries. His Moon in Libra was opposite Eris.

Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist and journalist who became nationally recognized as a leader for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her Aries Sun is in conjunction with Eris. The Moon in Leo is in conjunction with Haumea.

Susan Boyle (born April 1, 1961) is a Scottish singer, who rose to fame through Britain’s Got Talent competition. Her natal chart is a Full Moon chart. The Moon in Libra is opposing the Sun-Eris conjunction in Aries.

New Moon in Cancer — July 02, 2019, 19:16 UT

July 3rd, 2019

The New Moon on July 02, 2019, was a total solar eclipse, visible in South America. The Sun and the Moon in Cancer were opposing two centaurs in Capricorn, 330836 Orius and 10370 Hylonome, both of which are Neptune-crossers.

In astrology, even if the eclipse is not visible where you live, it has an impact nevertheless. A solar eclipse is more powerful than an ordinary New Moon, and the effect can last several months. The eclipse degree can remain as a sensitive point for years to come.

330836 Orius was discovered ten years ago, in April 2009, and named in 2013 from Greek mythology after centaur Orius, who lived in the mountains. Its orbital period is around 100 years. Orius was opposite the Sun when the following people were born:

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist, director and producer. His Orius was in Aquarius opposite the Sun in Leo.

Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American writer and filmmaker. He has Orius in Pisces opposite the Sun in Virgo.

Sylvia Kristel (September 28, 1952 – October 17, 2012), a Dutch actress, best remembered as Emmanuelle. In her chart Orius is in Aries opposite the Sun in Libra.

10370 Hylonome was discovered in 1995 and later named after a female centaur in Greek mythology. The orbital period is little over 126 years. These people have the Sun-Hylonome opposition in their birth chart:

John Lennon (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980) has Hylonome in Aries opposite the Sun in Libra.

Hillary Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician, whose Hylonome is in Taurus opposite the Sun in Scorpio.

Teitur Lassen (born January 4, 1977) is a Faroese musician, composer, singer-songwriter and producer. His Hylonome is in Cancer opposite the Sun in Capricorn.

This solar eclipse in Cancer belongs to the Saros series 3 North. In “Predictive astrology: the eagle and the lark”, astrologer Bernadette Brady has delineated this eclipse family, based on the aspects of the initial eclipse in the series, as follows:

”This is an over-excessive eclipse family. Its main theme being either news involving young people or news that transforms a situation. This information can cause worry or can cause the person to become obsessive. The individual may want to undertake large plans or activities which can be very positive as long as the individual doesn’t get carried away.”

Recently we have been reading astounding news concerning the migrant children separated from their parents and kept in inhumane conditions at the U.S.’s border detention centers. In Finland the government has to deal with the Isis families in horrifying conditions at the Al Hol camp in Syria. There are 11 women and 33 children, who are Finnish citizens. According to Prime Minister Antti Rinne, the government has no plans of using consular services to bring them to Finland. Even though the issue is problematic, the children are only victims of the situation. They have not chosen their parents. They have to be treated primarily as children, not as terrorists. Is it really too difficult to find a way to help 33 children?

Summer Solstice — June 21, 2019, 15:54 UT

June 21st, 2019

Today is the summer solstice, when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and the day is longest. The Sun enters Cancer at 15:54 UT. Earth’s small companion in the last degree of Virgo is in square to the Sun, like it has been at several solstices before. I am not talking about the Moon, but Kamo`oalewa, the quasi-satellite of Earth.

469219 Kamo`oalewa was discovered in April 2016. It was brought into our consciousness as 2016 HO3 just about three years ago, in mid-June 2016. The naming took place last April. Kamo`oalewa is too small and too distant for us to be seen like the Moon, but nevertheless, it is our constant companion, looping around our planet.

Kamo`oalewa is actually a tiny Apollo asteroid, orbiting around the Sun, but viewed from the Earth it looks like it would be circling us. 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. Kamo`oalewa 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.

The orbit of Kamo`oalewa is intriguing. On its yearly round around the Sun, it spends half of the time inside the Earth’s orbit and half of the time outside. The orbit is also tilted a little, so it bobs up and down once a year through Earth’s orbital plane. See Kamo`oalewa’s fascinating dance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMJc7gmychk .

Astrologically the orbit of Kamo`oalewa 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. This means that there can be a few generations who have Kamo`oalewa appearing only in a handful of signs. We are now in a phase where Kamo`oalewa seems to be covering only degrees in Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. Thanks for astrologer Zane Stein for helping me to understand the strange orbit.

The name Kamoʻoalewa is derived from a Hawaiian word referring to an oscillating celestial object, which refers to the oscillating motion of Kamoʻoalewa in the sky as view 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 is a cosmogonic genealogy, which means that it relates to the stars and the moon. In the Kumulipo the world was created over a cosmic night, which was not just one night, but many nights over time.

You may think, why bother to pay any attention to Kamo`oalewa, because it is not a true moon, and at some point it is going to leave us anyway. It is worthwhile because it is with us now! A new planet emerges when we are ready to welcome its energy, or when we need it. If Kamo`oalewa has a special message, we are the ones to whom it is addressed to.

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

June 16th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 2nd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 18th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 4th, 2019

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

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

Lempo is a plutino discovered in 1999 and named in 2017. Astronomically Lempo is a fascinating multiple system. It is a triple plutino consisting of three bodies, having diameters approximately within 100 – 300 km. The two inner components form a binary. The third component is circulating the central pair. In this respect Lempo resembles the Pluto system, where four small moons are orbiting the central binary of Pluto and Charon. The biggest component is named as Lempo and the two smaller ones as Paha and Hiisi. The orbital period of Lempo is about 245.5 years. It was at its perihelion (the point in the orbit where it is nearest to the Sun) in July 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 19th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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