New Moon in Taurus — April 26, 2017, 12:16 UT

April 26th, 2017

Today was the Taurus New Moon. The Sun and the Moon were in conjunction with two minor planets, a trans-Neptunian object 1992 QB1, and a centaur planet named Pelion.

1992 QB1 was the first body discovered beyond Neptune after the discoveries of Pluto and Charon. Today, 25 years later, the number of TNO discoveries is almost 1800. The orbital period of 1992 QB1 is almost 290 years.

Pelion was discovered in 1998. It is a centaur planet with an orbital period of almost 90 years – more than three times shorter than that of 1992 QB1.

1992 QB1 was a remarkable discovery; it proved the existence of the Kuiper belt, which had only been hypothesized till then. Because of this, 1992 QB1 has gained its meaning as a thresholder. It is the bridge beyond the edge, leading to the unknown. Something similar we can associate to Pelion. Mount Pelion was the homeland of Chiron and other centaurs. It was the place where Jason and the Argonauts started their quest for the Golden Fleece. The current New Moon conjunct these two objects can also lead to a brave new beginning.

In spite of the considerable difference in their orbital period, 1992 QB1 and Pelion have managed to travel together for two years. The Aries New Moon in 2015 was also in conjunction with 1992 QB1 and Pelion. Please read my blog post then: New Moon in Aries — April 18, 2015.

Full Moon in Libra — April 11, 2017, 06:08 UT

April 11th, 2017

Just recently, when asked about the weirdest object in the solar system, Dr. Mike Brown tweeted: “Yay Haumea. Seriously weird. With an entire weird family, to boot.”

The current Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries is opposed by Haumea, one of the biggest members of the Kuiper belt. In Libra near Haumea is Jupiter, the magnifier. At the time of the Libra Full Moon, the Sun and the Moon aligned with this powerful opposition. Pluto in Capricorn, halfway, completed the aspect pattern as a t-cross.

What are the properties that make Haumea so strange? Haumea is the fastest rotating body and also the most bizarrely shaped body of its size class. The rotation period is only about four hours. The shape of Haumea is therefore elongated and resembles an American football. Haumea is almost entirely composed of rock. It has only a thin icy outer shell. It is unusual, as most things out in the Kuiper belt are about equal portions of rock and of ice. In the distant past another object probably slammed into Haumea, and this giant impact caused all of its odd properties.

Haumea has two moons, Hi’iaka and Namaka. It also has a family of its own that includes besides its moons, also several quite large trans-Neptunian objects with similar physical and orbital characteristics than Haumea. None of these have been given a name so far. They are thought to have formed as a consequence of the impact from the mantle of Haumea.

Haumea is the cosmic midwife, as Eric Francis aptly has stated. It is named after the Hawaiian goddess of fertility and childbirth, who has power to change her form, and who has experienced several rebirths. The name may come from the word “hanaumea”, meaning sacred birth. The two moons are named after her daughters. Haumea can be identified with Papa, the goddess of the earth. She also lived as a mortal woman, and she became a growing breadfruit tree. Haumea’s many children sprang from different parts of her body. Her children have also been said to be born from her brain.

It is easy to understand, that the Hawaiian myth describes how the hot red lava burst out from surprising spots of the ground and starts to squirm towards the sea, forming new land and reshaping the landscape, and finally turning into new fertile soil.

It is not easy to separate the influence of the mysterious Haumea, when it is together with powerful planets in an aspect formation, like it is at present. In addition, we associate Pluto with renewal and rebirth. Most of the 1950’s Pluto and Haumea were in conjunction in Leo. Both planets move very slowly, so almost everyone born in the 50’s has the conjunction in their chart, although tightest it was in the middle of the decade. We can talk about a whole Pluto-Haumea generation. Some truly gifted artists were born with a triple conjunction of the Sun, Pluto and Haumea in their natal chart.

Patrick Swayze (born Aug. 18, 1952) was an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. His breakthrough role was in the film Dirty Dancing as the sexy dance instructor. He did many of his own stunts. His triple conjunction of the Sun, Pluto and Haumea in Leo is at his South node of the Moon. Jupiter in Taurus is squaring the triple conjunction.

James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, and deep-sea explorer. In the time between making Titanic and Avatar, he spent several years creating documentary films. In 2012 Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans, in the Deep sea Challenger submersible. He is the first person to do this solo. Cameron’s Uranus in Cancer is in a loose conjunction with Jupiter. Uranus is semisextile to his triple conjunction of the Sun, Pluto and Haumea.

Stephen Fry (born Aug. 24, 1957) is an English comedian, writer, and activist. Many of us remember him in the role of Jeeves. Besides the acting career, he has been reading Harry Potter novels for the audiobook recordings, and performed on Kate Bush’s 50 Words for Snow album. Stephen Fry’s birth data has the Rodden Rating of B (the data is from biography), but if the time is correct, then his triple conjunction of the Sun, Pluto and Haumea falls right at his ascendant. Uranus is trine to Eris, and Jupiter is opposite Eris.

Tim Burton (born Aug. 25, 1958) is an American film director, producer, writer and animator. He is known for his dark and eccentric fantasy films. His Capricorn Moon is in quincunx aspect to the triple conjunction of the Sun, Pluto and Haumea. His Gemini ascendant squares the triple conjunction.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s (born Oct. 3, 1954) Libra Sun is not in conjunction with Pluto and Haumea, but he was born only a couple of days after the exact Pluto-Haumea conjunction in 1954. The Sun is opposite Eris. The Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Cancer is semisextile to Pluto and Haumea. Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is one of the greatest guitarists of all times.

Another talented guitarist, with a triple conjunction of the Sun, Pluto and Haumea, the British Mark Knopfler (born Aug. 12, 1949), has said: “…if there is a definition of freedom, it would be when you have control over your reality to transform it, to change it, rather than having it imposed upon you. You can’t really ask for more than that.” His words can well be used in delineating the meaning of the conjunction of Pluto and Haumea in Leo.

New Moon in Aries — March 28, 2017, 2:57 UT

March 29th, 2017

The first New Moon of the year occurred on March 28 at 7+ degrees of Aries. The sign of Aries has been the scene of many interesting astrological developments lately, including the Uranus-Eris conjunction on March 17 at 22+ degrees of Aries. Among the most interesting events is the sign ingress of 120347 Salacia.

On March 1, Salacia left Neptune’s world and entered Aries. Salacia at the Aries Point is a rare event, because Salacia’s orbital period around the Sun lasts about 270 years, a bit longer than that of Pluto. Salacia spent over 23 years in Pisces, and it will spend the next 25 years or so in Aries.

120347 Salacia is one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects. Its dark surface is unusual among the objects in its size range, and that is why it was at first considered much smaller than what it actually is. Salacia is almost certainly a dwarf planet, and on Mike Brown’s dwarf planet list it is ranked as the tenth largest object. The misunderstanding of the size presumably has had an effect on the diminutive attention payed on Salacia in astrology.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. According to the myth, Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia. She wanted to preserve her virginity – perhaps also her independence – so 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 and marry him. Salacia agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea. She was depicted with dolphins and seals, and other sea creatures.

Salacia was a bit overlooked goddess in mythology, too. 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 – but in a significant one – she appears as a real goddess, namely at the birth of the Sun god Apollo, one of the most important deities in Greek and Roman mythology.

The Vernal Equinox was on March 20, when the new astrological year began. The Sun entered Aries and conjoined 120347 Salacia, already there occupying the first degree of the sign. Salacia’s sign ingress had taken place on March 1. More than suitably the Sabian Symbol of the Aries 1 by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones is “A woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her.” Do you recognize Salacia?

Since Salacia was seen as one aspect of Neptune, I think she was quite comfortable in the water sign of Pisces, which is ruled by Neptune. Perhaps Salacia in Aries will reflect the part of the myth, in which she showed her independence and bravely fled to an unfamiliar territory.

In the New Moon chart the retrograding Venus and asteroid Pallas are in conjunction with Salacia, and the Sun and the Moon are also with a wider orb. Venus has already once passed over Salacia, still in Pisces at the time. Venus will be retrograding over the Aries Point and Salacia again on April 1. Venus retrograde ends on April 15, and the third conjunction of Venus and Salacia happens on May 1.

The current astrology highlights Salacia. Let’s pay attention and take notes!

Full Moon in Virgo — March 12, 2017, 14:54 UT

March 15th, 2017

The Full Moon last Sunday was at 22+ degrees of Virgo. The Sun in the opposing sign was in conjunction with the trans-Neptunian object Manwë at 23+ degrees of Pisces.

Every birth chart is unique, as are also we individuals. The planets in the chart in specific combinations and placements can manifest themselves in many different ways in the lives of different people. The genes we inherit from our parents; our upbringing; the circumstances of our lives; and the choices we make; they all shape us the persons who we are.

Sometimes when I look at someone’s chart, a new object reveals its meaning in that particular chart very clearly. This was the case when I saw the Sun-Manwë conjunction in Aleister Crowley’s birth chart. Manwë seems to have been the underlying and unconscious influence motivating him in almost everything he did.

Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) was an English occultist, magician, poet, painter, writer, and mountaineer. He is a controversial figure, whose name is familiar to those who have interest in Tarot. He has had influence in esoteric traditions and in popular culture. He founded the religion of Thelema, and considered himself as a prophet. He was accused of being a satanist. He saw himself as a solar myth.

In 1903 Aleister Crowley married Rose Edith Kelly, and next year on their honeymoon they arrived in Cairo, Egypt. The events in Cairo turned out to be pivotal for Crowley. Rose told Crowley that the Egyptian god Horus wanted to communicate with him. Horus was a sky god and a solar deity, usually depicted as a man with a falcon head. Rose channeled the messages, which Crowley wrote down, and the writings became “The Book of the Law”, which became the cornerstone of Crowley’s religion.

Some documents suggest that during the Second World War Crowley was working as a secret agent of British Intelligence, and perhaps remained a spy throughout his life.

385446 Manwë is a binary trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2003 and named in 2014. The satellite is named Thorondor. The names come from J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology.

In Tolkien’s mythology Manwë was a kind and wise King of the Valar and a Jupiter-like deity. He was the lord of air, wind and clouds. Birds, especially eagles, were his servants. They flew back and forth and brought to his knowledge everything that was going on in the world. Manwë loved poetry and music with words. He dressed in blue robe and carried a sapphire scepter. He lived on the highest mountain of the world, Mount Taniquetil.

Thorondor was the lord of eagles, the “mightiest of all birds that have ever been”, in Tolkien’s writing.

It is almost impossible to talk about Manwë without mentioning Varda, the queen of the stars. Manwë and Varda complemented each other. If Varda is beside Manwë, he “sees further than all other eyes, through mist, and through darkness, and over the leagues of the sea. And if Manwë is with her, Varda hears more clearly than all other ears the sound of voices that cry from east to west, from the hills and the valleys,” wrote Tolkien. There is also a trans-Neptunian object 174567 Varda, which was discovered in 2003 and named in 2014, just as 385446 Manwë was.

Aleister Crowley’s birth data has the Rodden Rating of C (meaning “caution”). In this chart 174567 Varda is at Crowley’s ascendant. His Sun-Manwë conjunction forms a quintile aspect to Varda. The quintile aspect is said to be an aspect of creativity. Astrologer Sue Tompkins has noted: “It describes the kind of art form we are drawn to (using the word ‘art’ in the widest sense) and with which we may become skilled. It is often an area we become obsessed and fixated about and we impose that fixation upon the world at large.”

How did Aleister Crowley implement his Manwë archetype? He was the chief of his religious movement Thelema, he established the foundation of his work together with his wife, as a mountaineer he reached high mountains, he wrote poetry, and he wore – at least occasionally — a ceremonial robe. If you think of him as a prophet, or as a secret agent as well, you can almost hear the wings of the mighty eagles, when they fly gathering information on higher plane or in the distant corners of the empire.

The Sun conjoined 385446 Manwë on Monday, and today it makes contact with Chiron. The astrological year is ending with a window of opportunity for special wisdom and healing.

New Moon in Pisces / Annular Solar Eclipse — February 26, 2017, 14:58 UT

February 26th, 2017

There are three kinds of solar eclipses: total, annular and partial. The New Moon at 8+ degrees of Pisces is an annular solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse can only happen at the time of a New Moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction with either of the lunar nodes. The Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, obscuring the disc of the Sun. An annular eclipse occurs, when the Moon is at its furthest point from the Earth and appears smaller than the Sun, letting a bright ring burn around the dark Moon.

The New Moon always marks the beginning of a new cycle. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and this is the last New Moon of the current astrological year. Eclipses can be described as transition points that give us a chance to pause and adjust the direction where we are going.

This solar eclipse is a member of a Saros series number 19 South. Each Saros series starts as a tiny eclipse at either the North or south Pole and will finish at the opposite Pole. A complete cycle will last for well over 1000 years and produce an eclipse every 18 years. The word “saros” means repetition.

One way to try to delineate the meaning of any particular solar eclipse is to look at the first chart of the Saros series in question. The Saros series 19 South started on April 16, 1512 at the South Pole. The Sun and the Moon were at 5+ degrees of Taurus, and there was a Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Pisces. Venus is the ruler of Taurus and it is exalted in Pisces. Uranus was on the midpoint of the New Moon and Jupiter. Astrologer Bernadette Brady has described this 19 South series like this:

“This is a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of the pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The events which will be occurring can be believed and can positively change the person’s life.”

The Sabian symbol for the initial eclipse degree Taurus 6 is “A bridge being built across a gorge.” The degree is close to the discovery degree of Chiron, which is Taurus 4, “The rainbow’s pot of gold”. The image of a bridge, opening up and leading to something new and good, is strong.

In the eclipse chart of today there is also the surprise element present, and it is more fierce than in the initial eclipse chart. In Aries the tight triple conjunction of Mars, Uranus and Eris is opposed by Jupiter. An eclipse in Pisces can be gentle though. Furthermore, Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun and the Moon, and Neptune tends to dissolve things.

Neptune is also famous for blurring things. If you feel lost in the fog, focus on the image of the burning ring of fire around the Moon, and let it help you back on the right tracks.

Full Moon in Leo / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse — February 11, 2017, 00:33 UT

February 11th, 2017

The Full Moon in Leo was also a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Moon was in conjunction with the double body 79360 Sila-Nunam, which was discovered twenty years ago, on Feb. 3, 1997.

For more information about Sila-Nunam please see http://sphinx.planetwaves.net/blog/?p=1718

A new wave band Talking Heads released their album Remain in Light in 1980. The band was formed by David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison. The album was produced by Brian Eno, who also was one of the additional musicians on the record. All tracks were written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth.

Both David Byrne (born May 14, 1952) and Brian Eno (born May 15, 1948) have a conjunction of the Sun and Sila-Nunam in their birth charts. Tina Weymouth (born Nov. 22, 1950) has her Sun opposite Sila-Nunam.

Can we sense a breath of Sila-Nunam in this music?

New Moon in Aquarius — January 28, 2017, 00:07 UT

January 28th, 2017

The New Moon in Aquarius is in conjunction with 52872 Okyrhoe, a centaur planet discovered in 1998. It is named after the daughter of Chiron and Chariklo in Greek mythology. The name means “swift running” or “fast flowing”.

Okyrhoe was a nymph and a prophetess, who was changed into a mare by the gods as punishment for revealing their secrets to humankind. Her ability to speak was thus taken.

Perhaps slight resemblance with the myth can be sensed in the current challenging situation of the press in the USA, when Trump’s government tries to silence journalists.

Mercury has just left the shadow phase after its retrogradation. Mercury rules all types of communication and mental activities. In the New Moon chart it is in Capricorn in conjunction with Pluto and 15810 Arawn. 15810 Arawn is a recently named trans-Neptunian object which was discovered in 1994. According to the naming rules of the International Astronomical Union, all plutinos are given mythological names associated with the underworld. The name Arawn comes from the Welsh mythology.

In Welsh mythology, Arawn was the king of the otherworld realm of Annwfn. Arawn and Annwfn appear in the Mabinogion, a collection of 11 medieval Welsh folk tales. Annwfn was like a paradise. It was a world of eternal youth where disease was absent and food was ever-abundant.

Research on the astrological meaning for Arawn has begun. In the meanwhile I can offer two examples of singer-songwriters who heavily draw on the Celtic tradition.

Van Morrison (born August 31, 1945), who even has written a song called “Tir Na Nog”, has his Sun in close conjunction with Arawn. Tir Na Nog is the Otherworld in Irish mythology. It is a heavenly place, just like Annwfn. The Sun represents the main expression of the individual. Astrologer Bernadette Brady has written, that “it reveals the myth or story that the individual follows through life.” The conjunction is an aspect which combines the energies of the two planets in question.

A Canadian musician Loreena McKennitt (born Feb. 17, 1957) performs Celtic music. Her Jupiter is in conjunction with Arawn. Jupiter emphasizes and strengthens everything it touches.

In mythology, both Mercury and Arawn were psychopomps. They were able to travel between the worlds. The psychopomp is a guide who escorts newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms. Pay attention to your present dreams, as they may reveal something important to you.

Full Moon in Cancer — January 12, 2017, 11:34 UT

January 12th, 2017

The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. Today the Sun-Moon opposition on the Cancer-Capricorn axis was crossing another opposition, which was formed by Jupiter in Libra and Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries. The square pattern, which was thus formed, is called a grand cross.

A grand cross has sometimes been called the “make-or-break pattern”. The interpretation of a grand cross depends on the quality of the signs in question, and also on the planets involved. A good amount of pressure can be felt, but since today’s cross was in the cardinal signs, and the Sun and the Moon — the givers of life – were participating, the meaning of this Full Moon is manifesting more on the making. The luminaries are rapidly moving planets, so this grand cross is soon unraveling. If the participants were slow-moving outer planets, there would be more dramatic feeling present.

Uranus and Eris are forming a conjunction in 2016 and 2017. The previous time that they were in a conjunction with each other, was in 1927 and 1928. In mythology Eris was the rejected Greek goddess of strife and discord. Themes of exclusion and alienation can also be associated with the astrological Eris. Also in the following example a gut feeling of being excluded can be sensed.

Bossa nova is a music genre which came popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Bossa nova means literally “new trend”. In 1964 one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, Getz/Gilberto, was released. Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto’s then wife, Astrud Gilberto sang a track called ”The Girl from Ipanema” on the album, which made her an international star. American saxophonist Stan Getz (born Feb. 2, 1927) and the composer of the song, Antônio Carlos Jobim (born Jan. 25, 1927), are both having the Uranus/Eris conjunction in their charts, Eris at the Aries Point. Unfortunately the clock times are unknown, but there was a New Moon in Aquarius (the sign ruled by Uranus) on the same day when Stan Getz was born. Also Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Sun is in Aquarius. Astrud Gilberto (born March 29, 1940) has a Sun-Eris conjunction in Aries. Her Jupiter is also in the same sign.

The original title of the song was “Menina que Passa” (“The Girl Who Passes By”). The lyrics tell a story about a man who is attracted to a beautiful girl, who walks daily to the beach and passes the man, but the girl does not see the man:

“But each day when she walks to the sea,
She looks straight ahead – not at he…
Tall and tanned and young and lovely,
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, he smiles, but she doesn’t see…
She just doesn’t see…”
(English lyrics by Norman Gimbel)

New Moon in Capricorn — December 29, 2016, 06:53 UT

December 30th, 2016

The last New Moon of the year was in Capricorn in conjunction with Mercury retrograde, and two centaur planets, Amycus and Chariklo. 55576 Amycus shared the same degree with the Sun and the Moon.

55576 Amycus was discovered in April 2002 and named for Amycus, a male centaur in Greek mythology. Its orbital period is relatively long compared to the other centaurs, over 125 years. It came to perihelion (the point of least distance to the Sun) in February 2003.

In mythology the centaurs are best known for the battle which took place during the wedding of the king of the Lapith people, Pirithous, and Hippodameia. This battle is known as the Centauromachy, and Amycus has quite an important role in it. The wild centaurs were invited to the wedding, but they became drunk and lost their control. One of the centaurs, Eurytus, tried to rape the bride. Pirithous’s friend then killed Eurytys. Amycus was responsible for the first death of one of the Lapiths, as he in anger smashed the head of innocent Lapith Celadon. Amycus was then killed and sent to the underworld Tartarus. The Lapiths defeated the centaurs, which were forced to flee from Thessaly.

Centaurs are half-human, half-horse creatures, symbolizing the dual nature of man. Besides the civilized, human side of man, there is the wild, animal nature. We all have a shadow, the rejected and irrational part of the psyche, which we tend to project into other people with feelings of anger and fear. Centaurs represent this shadow, but they also offer their healing power to us.

The following persons were born with their Sun conjunct 55576 Amycus:

February 15, 1909 — Miep Gies, one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during World War II.

February 23, 1915 — Paul Tibbets, the pilot who flew the Enola Gay when it dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

March 25, 1934 — Gloria Steinem, American feminist

April 1, 1939 – James “Spider” Martin, an American photographer known for his work documenting the American Civil Rights Movement in 1965, specifically Bloody Sunday and other incidents from the Selma to Montgomery marches. Martin Luther King Jr. has said, “Spider, we could have marched, we could have protested forever, but if it weren’t for guys like you, it would have been for nothing. The whole world saw your pictures. That’s why the Voting Rights Act was passed.”

April 23, 1954 — Michael Moore, American filmmaker and political activist

June 14, 1979 — Alton Sterling, American man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officer (d. 2016)

June 21, 1982 — Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

The following events have occurred while the Sun was in conjunction with Amycus:

March 23, 1933 – The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.

May 16, 1966 – The Communist Party of China issues the ‘May 16 Notice’, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. In New York City, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his first public speech on the Vietnam War.

June 4, 1976 — English punk rock group The Sex Pistols perform the first of two concerts to an audience of 35-40 people at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. It is considered one of the most influential gigs of all time. Audience members go on to form the groups Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Simply Red, The Fall, Buzzcocks, and Magazine, and the record label Factory Records.

August 21, 1996 — Former president of South Africa, F. W. de Klerk, makes an official apology for crimes committed under Apartheid to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Cape Town.

August 23, 1996 — Osama bin Laden writes “The Declaration of Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred Places,” a call for the removal of American military forces from Saudi Arabia.

October 20, 2004 – The Ubuntu operating system is first released. It is based on free software and named after the Southern African philosophy of ubuntu (literally, ‘human-ness’), which can be loosely translated as “humanity to others” or “I am what I am because of who we all are”.

December 17, 2014 — U.S. President Barack Obama announces the resumption of normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

In the light of the examples above, I think that the Bantu concept of ubuntu can be used in delineating the meaning of Amycus. Ubuntu asserts that society gives human beings their humanity, and that a person is a person through other people. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has explained it like this:

“Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.

”We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

Tutu has also said: “You know when ’ubuntu’ is there, and it is obvious when it is absent. It has to do with what it means to be truly human, to know that you are bound up with others in the bundle of life.”

Full Moon in Gemini — December 14, 2016, 00:05 UT

December 15th, 2016

The Full Moon in Gemini was in conjunction with 19521 Chaos, a trans-Neptunian object with orbital period of approximately 310 years. It is a so-called cubewano and possibly a dwarf planet. It is not in resonance with Neptune and its orbit never crosses the orbit of Neptune.

Chaos was discovered in 1998 and named after the original state of existence in Greek mythology. Nowadays we usually understand chaos as a state of confusion or disorder, but in Greco-Roman tradition Chaos was a divine primordial condition, a dark and formless void. It was the origin of the gods, and all things.

chaos
Image: Sirja Melto

The Apollo 13 lunar landing mission is a good example of Chaos at work, showing its dual nature. The space craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 19:13 UT from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The Sun was in conjunction with Chaos.

Two days after the launch of Apollo 13, an oxygen tank exploded causing a chaotic situation in the space craft. The lunar landing was aborted, and the crew had to start fighting for their lives. The power in the vehicle was limited, the internal temperature dropped, and the carbon dioxide removal system needed to be repaired using duct tape and other stuff available in the craft.

The creative solutions of the astronauts and the ground crew in Houston made the safe return to Earth possible for Apollo 13 crew.


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