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Full Moon in Virgo — March 2, 2018, 00:51 UT

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Last night’s Full Moon in Virgo was in conjunction with plutino 90482 Orcus.

90482 Orcus is a probable dwarf planet discovered in February 2004 by Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz. It has a large moon, Vanth. Orcus and Vanth form a binary system, and like the Pluto-Charon system, Orcus and Vanth are tidally locked.

The orbit of Orcus is similar to Pluto’s, but it is oriented differently. They have the same orbital period (247 and 248 years), and both have perihelia above the ecliptic plane, but their elongated orbits point in nearly opposite directions. Orcus is at aphelion when Pluto is at perihelion and vice versa. Because of the same orbital period and their mutual resonance with Neptune, they will always stay in opposite phases of their orbits. Orcus will come to aphelion (farthest distance from the Sun) in 2019.

Because of the similarities with Pluto, Orcus got named after one of the Roman equivalents of Pluto, the Etruscan god of the underworld. Orcus was also known as the punisher of broken oaths. It is likely that the name was transliterated from the Greek daemon Horkos, the personification of oaths. Oath-taking and the penalties for perjuring oneself played an important part in the Ancient Greek concept of justice. A curse was inflicted on a person who swore a false oath in the name of the gods.

The Sun in Pisces is now in conjunction with Neptune, which is associated with deception, lies and confusion, among other things. Keep your word, be clear in your expression, and don’t swear a false oath either.

Full Moon in Leo / Total Lunar Eclipse — January 31, 2018, 13:27 UT

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

“Earth’s increase, foison plenty,
Barns and garners never empty;
Vines with clustering bunches growing;
Plants with goodly burden bowing,
Spring come to you at the farthest
In the very end of harvest!
Scarcity and want shall shun you;
Ceres’ blessing so is on you.”
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest

The Full Moon in Leo was a total lunar eclipse and a SuperMoon. If the Moon had risen above the horizon in your location at the time of the eclipse, you were able to see a big red Moon. The media was advertising a Blue Moon. The term has no astrological significance and refers only to the fact that this was the second Full Moon in January.

This was a super powerful Moon. A lunar eclipse is considered more powerful than an ordinary Full Moon and so is a SuperMoon. The Moon’s orbit is elliptical, and when the Moon at the time of a Full Moon or a New Moon happens to be at perigee (the point of least distance) it is called a SuperMoon. Even the astronomers are using this term nowadays, but originally the term was launched by astrologer Richard Nolle in the 70’s.

The Full Moon in Leo was in exact conjunction with asteroid 1 Ceres, the very first asteroid to be discovered. Ceres was originally classified as a planet, and later downgraded to an asteroid. Now it is one of the dwarf planets and the only one in that category orbiting the Sun in the main asteroid belt. Ceres was discovered in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi. Recent studies suggest that Ceres possibly has a layer of liquid water in its interior, and also water in the form of ice everywhere on its surface. There is a strong possibility that life on Earth originated from Ceres. Piazzi didn’t know about these hypotheses when, in the early years of the 19th century, he proposed the name after the Roman goddess Ceres, Mother Earth.

In Roman mythology Ceres had a daughter, Proserpina, whom she loved dearly. One day Pluto abducted young Proserpina and made her the queen of the Underworld. Ceres desperately searched her daughter everywhere, but she couldn’t find her. In her grief and anger Ceres stopped the growth of fruits and vegetables. Jupiter sent Mercury to free Proserpina. Pluto made Proserpina eat six pomegranate seeds, because those who ate food of the dead could not return to the world of the living. Therefore every year Proserpina has to spend six months with Pluto. This is wintertime on Earth. The other six months she is allowed to live with her mother Ceres. When Proserpina returns, Ceres allows plants grow and flowers bloom again. The myth describes the change of the seasons, and nature’s eternal cycle of renewal.

February 2 is Candlemas, one of the Christian holidays. The name refers to candles that are blessed on this day for use throughout the year. Originally in the ancient Rome this festival was feasted in honor of Pluto and Ceres. The Romans walked through the city with lighted candles, because Ceres sought her daughter Proserpina in the night with the light of a candle. Also the Celtic pagan festival Imbolc is feasted around this time, halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.

In the Leo Full Moon chart we have a tight conjunction of two astrological symbols representing mother, the Moon and Ceres. Unconditional love, grief, nurturing and taking care of others, food-related issues and sharing are among the themes of Ceres.

In “Asteroid Goddesses” Demetra George ponders Ceres’ rulership in signs, and introduces Ceres as the ruler of Cancer, Virgo and the Taurus-Scorpio polarity. She mentions that Ceres, in her Virgoan expression, symbolizes workers, labor unions and strikes, among other things. On February 2 a massive political demonstration takes place in Helsinki. Finland’s largest labor organization, the SAK, is protesting the so-called “active model”, the government’s program to reduce the benefits of the unemployed. Thousands of workers will gather to show their solidarity with the unemployed. For instance, the bus and metro workers, and many branches of the public sector will be striking. The delivery of meals to daycare centers may be disturbed, and parents have been advised to pack some food along with their children on Friday. Several themes of Ceres can be recognized concerning Friday’s events.

Full Moon in Cancer — January 2, 2018, 2:24 UT

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

The year begins with a Full Moon in Cancer, the home sign of the Moon. The Sun in the opposite sign Capricorn is in conjunction with Venus and a little centaur planet Amycus. Also Saturn is in Capricorn. Saturn arrived in its own sign about two weeks ago. Neptune in Pisces is in tight trine to the Moon and sextile to the Sun-Amycus conjunction.

In Cancer the focus is on the home, the family and the motherland. We may want to withdraw from contact with others and turn within. This tendency can be increased by Saturn’s inclination to set boundaries and build defenses. Centaur Amycus wants to remind us, that we are connected to other people and what we do – whether good or bad — affects everybody. We can’t be truly human in isolation.

55576 Amycus is a rather small centaur with a relatively long orbital period of over 125 years. It was discovered in April 2002 by the NEAT (the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking program). It was named after a male centaur, which had an important role in the Centauromachy, a famous battle between the Lapith people and the centaurs in Greek mythology.

The battle took place during the wedding of the king of the Lapiths, Pirithous, and his bride Hippodameia. Amycus was responsible for the first death of one of the Lapiths. The wild centaurs were invited to the wedding, but they became drunk and lost control. One of the centaurs, Eurytus, tried to rape the bride. The other centaurs followed his example and tried to attack and violate the Lapith women. King Pirithous’s friend Theseus killed Eurytus. In anger Amycus then smashed the head of innocent Lapith Celadon. Amycus was killed with a leg from a maple table and sent to the underworld Tartarus. The Lapiths defeated the centaurs, which were forced to flee from Thessaly.

In Greek mythology there is also another Amycus, the son of Poseidon (the Greek equivalent of Neptune) and nymph Melia. He was a boxer and the king of the Bebryces. During the expedition of the Argonauts, Polydeuces (Pollux) killed him in a boxing match.

During the Full Moon the presence of loving Venus and idealistic Neptune support 55576 Amycus, and help us to be truly human in a good way and to spread the good. My little example is from Suomussalmi, Finland, from the past week. Because of heavy snowing, thousands of people were without electricity in the Kainuu region since Christmas. On New Year’s Eve the municipality of Suomussalmi opened the doors of the local spa for all those who suffered from the power failure. They could use the spa and recharge their cell phones for free.

Full Moon in Gemini — December 03, 2017, 15:47 UT

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Today you may have an exceptionally easy access to your subconscious mind. Pay attention to your dreams. The Full Moon at 11+ degrees of Gemini is a SuperMoon. The Moon is in conjunction with the trans-Neptunian object Altjira. Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, and Mercury is stationary at the Galactic Centre in Sagittarius.

The Moon symbolizes our instincts and reactions, and it is a container for our experiences. The Gemini sign is one of the three air signs. Quoting Stephen Arroyo, “The Air realm is the world of archetypal ideas beyond the veil of the physical world; in the air element, the cosmic energy is actualized into specific patterns of thought.” Gemini is the sign of gathering and sharing information. Connections and communicating belong to Gemini.

Every Full Moon is an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. The Sun is at 11+ degrees of Sagittarius. Mercury, the ruler of the Gemini, is about to turn retrograde in the last degree of Sagittarius. Mercury is stationary at the moment. Stationary planets are powerful. Mercury is in conjunction with Saturn and the Galactic Centre. Melanie Reinhart describes planets at the center of our home galaxy in her article published by The Astrological Journal:

“When the last five degrees of Sagittarius are stimulated by transiting planets, a process of awakening is initiated. The arrow of the centaur points ‘beyond what we know’, and at the same time refer us symbolically to ‘what we have always known’ in our inner depths.”

The Roman god Mercury is equivalent to Greek Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Hermes was a god of transitions and boundaries. He was a guide to the underworld. He was able to move freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine. He was the bringer of sleep and the conductor of dreams, and thus we can also consider him as a messenger between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind.

The Full Moon in Gemini is in exact conjunction with 148780 Altjira, a binary trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2001. The secondary was discovered in 2007. It is large compared to the primary and for some reason it has not been named yet. The orbital period is 294 years.

148780 Altjira was named after the sky god of the aboriginal people of Australia. Altjira was the central god of the Dreamtime, a sacred era which existed before the life of the individual began, and continues to exist when the life of the individual ends. In the beginning Altjira created the Earth and gave the humans everything they needed for survival. Then he retired to the sky. The Aboriginals believe that the Dreamtime is a return to the real existence, and that life in this time is a passing phase. They also believe that during sleep a person leaves their body and temporarily enters the Dreamtime.

In recent years sleeping disorders have become a growing health problem around the world. Perhaps Altjira’s current journey in the mutable air sign Gemini has something to do with this. Altjira entered Gemini in 2007-2008. The energy in this sign can be nervous and make the planets in the sign more scattered.

The ruler of Sagittarius is Jupiter, which magnifies everything it touches. Jupiter at 11+ degrees of Scorpio is forming exact aspects to the luminaries. Neptune rules the oceans, and the ocean is a symbol for unconscious. Dreams belong to Neptune’s dominion. Neptune at 11+ degrees of Pisces squares the Sun and the Moon.

A SuperMoon is a term launched by astrologer Richard Nolle. It happens when the Full Moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit. If you have a clear sky, you can see the Moon shining brighter and larger than usual.

Full Moon in Taurus — November 4, 2017, 5:23 UT

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

In Finland All Saints’ Day was celebrated on Nov. 4 this year. I made the traditional visit to the local cemetery with my sister and my brother-in-law, where we lit candles at the graves of our loved ones.

The Moon was full on Nov. 4, 2017, in Taurus, in conjunction with 341520 Mors-Somnus, named from Roman mythology after twin gods of the underworld.

341520 Mors–Somnus is a small double plutino discovered in 2007 and named in 2015. The two components have almost equal size. The orbital period is approximately 244 years.

All plutinos are given mythological names associated with the underworld. Mors was the Roman personification of death, and Somnus was the personification of sleep. The Greek equivalents are Thanatos and Hypnos. According to the Theoi Project, a site exploring Greek mythology and gods, Thanatos was the god of non-violent death, and his touch was gentle, likened to that of his twin brother Hypnos. Hypnos was said to be a calm and gentle god, who helped humans in need. A poppy was his symbol.

47171 Lempo, a triple plutino which was named a month ago from Finnish mythology, was also in conjunction with the Full Moon. The timing of the naming of this celestial body was excellent, because Finland is celebrating its hundred years of independence this year. In mythology Lempo was a sacred Fire Woman, who gave bread, iron and love to humankind, and also escorted the deceased to the Otherworld.

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

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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