Archive for the ‘New Moon’ Category

New Moon in Leo / Partial Solar Eclipse — August 11, 2018, 09:58 UT

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

By now it should be clear for all policymakers as well as ordinary people, that the climate change is real. The intense heat wave has caused devastation across the Northern Hemisphere. There has been excessive wildfires in Greece, California and Scandinavia; dried rivers in Germany, and ruined crops about everywhere.

The Paris climate agreement set actions to keep global warming limited below 2 degrees Celsius, but this may not be enough. Scientists are now warning about a domino effect of other factors, like melting ice, warming seas and dying forests, which could tilt the Earth into a state beyond which all human efforts will be futile.

The New Moon in Leo was a partial solar eclipse, the third eclipse in the current sequence. There is an ominous feeling surrounding this eclipse. The eclipse occurred at 18+ degrees of Leo in conjunction with asteroid 2 Pallas and trans-Neptunian 420356 Praamzius. Several planets are now in retrograde motion. Mercury retrograde is square to Jupiter, Mars retrograde is square to Uranus, and Venus is square to Saturn.

420356 Praamzius is a cubewano discovered in 2012 by a Lithuanian astronomer K. Černis and R. P. Boyle. It was named in February 2016 after an old Lithuanian chief god Praamzius. According to the official naming citation, Praamzius is the oldest and highest Lithuanian god related to the creation of the world. He is the god of the sky, peace and friendship in Lithuanian mythology. He is said to be also the ruler of time, the inescapable fate. He is also said to be the first beekeeper in the world.

About ten years ago the world was waking to the disturbing fact that bees were vanishing. We are not able to survive long without pollinators. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappears and leaves behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care of the remaining immature bees and the queen. Why this happens has not been entirely solved yet. Although there probably is more than just one cause for CCD, a link between bee colony collapse and climate change has been detected by researchers. Anyhow, climate change is the cause of species loss in general, and decrease of biodiversity is a threat to us.

Asteroid Pallas is the significator of wisdom and creative intelligence. Hopefully asteroid Pallas in conjunction with the eclipse is able to give us solutions in our worsening plight. The ban of plastic bags and straws is not enough for saving us. The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree Leo 19 is “A houseboat party”. Without immediate and mutual action of all nations and people the party is over.

New Moon in Cancer / Partial Solar Eclipse — July 13, 2018, 02:48 UT

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

The New Moon at 20+ degrees of Cancer is a partial solar eclipse. The Moon covers only part of the Sun, but anyhow, this is an intense eclipse, because it takes place exactly opposite Pluto.

Right after the eclipse, on July 16, 2018, President Trump and President Putin will meet at the Helsinki summit. This is the first official meeting between these two world leaders. The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree is Cancer 21 “A prima donna singing”. Perhaps we are going to see two of them.

This solar eclipse belongs to the Saros series 2 Old North. In “Predictive astrology: the eagle and the lark”, Bernadette Brady has delineated this eclipse family, based on the initial eclipse in the series, as follows: “This is a difficult eclipse family, as its members bring unfortunate news concerning friendships or relationships. You will be dealing with ideas of separation or the ending of a union. However, although the picture may look glum as the eclipse takes effect, the actual results are quite positive. You will quickly grasp what has to be done and fast action can bring good results. The theme of this eclipse is action concerning personal relationships.”

The planetary ruler of Cancer is the Moon. Sometimes, for a more accurate interpretation, each zodiac sign can be subdivided into three segments called decans. This eclipse falls in the last decan of Cancer, which is ruled by Neptune. In “Eclipse interpretation manual”, Rose Lineman describes this position like this: “Neptune’s [influence] in the third as sub-ruler lends an ethereal quality to Cancerian expression. Domestic priorities become prominent on a universal scale.”

Astrology is dualistic in its nature. Pluto’s polarity was clearly perceived soon after its discovery, long before its double companion Charon was found. Pluto is a planet of power. Along with its purging quality and tremendous ability to propel spiritual growth and renewal, also tendencies for control and manipulation belong in its dominion. The eclipse takes effect opposite Pluto. An opposition aspect can raise awareness or increase the possibility of a conflict.

Pluto is associated with places underground. Among other things, sewers belong to his symbolism. Pluto operates invisibly, and when the time is ripe, he brings the secrets into daylight. I was amused reading that sewer covers are being welded shut in Helsinki for the next week’s summit meeting as a security procedure. I don’t think that it is going to prevent Pluto!

This solar eclipse occurs in conjunction with 52975 Cyllarus, a centaur planet discovered almost 20 years ago by American amateur astronomer Nichole Danzl. The orbital period is over 133 years and the diameter is about 70 kilometers.

52975 Cyllarus was named after a young and beautiful centaur in Greek mythology. Cyllarus and Hylonome were like Romeo and Juliet. Cyllarus was severely wounded in a battle and died in the arms of his beloved. In her despair Hylonome killed herself by throwing herself onto the same javelin that had pierced her partner.

Symbolically the centaurs represent shadow material in our consciousness. A death of a centaur can stand for a crisis in one’s life, which through awareness leads to change and growth. In the case of Cyllarus, what happens afterwards may gain more significance than the initial occurrence. Cyllarus is reminding us to be conscious of the choices we are making in our lives. The decisions we make directly affect not just us but also other people around us.

New Moon in Gemini – June 13, 2018, 19:43 UT

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The New Moon at 22+ degrees of Gemini was in conjunction with a trans-Neptunian body 19521 Chaos, which was discovered almost 20 years ago. 19521 Chaos has an orbital period of 309 years and its orbit never crosses the orbit of Neptune.

In contemporary language when we speak of chaos, we are usually referring to a state of confusion. However, 19521 Chaos is named after the primeval state of existence in Greek mythology, the dark, formless void preceding the creation of the universe. The first gods appeared from that void, including Gaia (Earth). Chaos was a creator like no other. It is almost as if the ancient Greek had been aware of the Big Bang.

The Big Bang did not come out of nothing. There was a chaotic state, where time and space as we now understand them were yet to form. Our current understanding of time and space cannot be applied to the time which preceded the Big Bang. It was a moment of great transformation. Stephen Hawking, who meritoriously studied the origin of the universe, has an exact sextile aspect between his Sun and Chaos in his natal chart.

Dualism and polarity are important principles of astrology; there are two poles in everything. The phrase “edge of chaos” has come to refer to a metaphor that some physical, biological, economic and social systems operate in a region between order and either complete randomness or chaos, where the complexity is maximal. It is this area slightly off the familiar ground, where new energy takes form and fresh solutions emerge.

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

Feb. 9, 1916 — Tristan Tzara “founds” the art movement Dadaism, an art movement of the European avant-garde. The Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-capitalist protest in their works.

Feb. 14, 1922 — Finnish Minister of the Interior Heikki Ritavuori is assassinated. The murder of a government minister is a rare occurrence in Finland.

Feb. 20, 1925 — Robert Altman, American film director was born.

Feb. 21, 1925 — Sam Peckinpah, American film director was born.

Feb. 26, 1932 — Johnny Cash, American country singer was born.

Feb. 27, 1932 — The Mäntsälä rebellion, a failed coup attempt by the Lapua Movement to overthrow the Finnish government, occurs in Finland.

March 7, 1940 — Rudi Dutschke, German radical student leader was born.

March 9, 1942 — John Davies Cale, a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground, was born.

Apr. 11, 1970 — Apollo 13 is launched toward the Moon but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later. Despite great hardship the crew returned safely to Earth.

May 10. 1994 — Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.

June 6, 2013 –Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged in by a U.S. government mass surveillance program to news publications and flees the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia.

New Moon in Taurus — May 15, 2018, 11:48 UT

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

The Sun and the Moon conjoined in Taurus for the New Moon. Mars and Uranus were in an exact square and about to change signs, Mars into Aquarius and Uranus into Taurus. Taurus is the sign of values, and Aquarius is concerned with cooperation.

The arising change is emphasized by an enigmatic minor body (60558) 174P/Echeclus in conjunction with the New Moon. Echeclus belongs to a rare class of dual comet-asteroids. In astrology comets seem to be heralding a change, and our society needs one.

Echeclus was discovered in March 2000 and initially classified as a Centaur. It is sporadically active and has undergone several outbursts since its discovery. In 2006 it was given a short-period comet designation. Also (2060) 95P/Chiron is cross-listed as both a comet and a Centaur.

In the pre-discovery images of Echeclus from January 2000, a dust coma is evident. In December 2005 a large chunk of Echeclus broke off causing a massive outburst. A moderate outburst was seen in 2011.

In the outer solar system, comets remain frozen and invisible. When the comet approaches the Sun, it warms. The coma and tail are formed and become illuminated by the sunlight. Echeclus came to its perihelion, the point in its orbit that is closest to the Sun, in 2015. A moderate outburst was seen again 2016. In December 2017 Echeclus underwent one of its brightest ever outbursts.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon degree, Taurus 25, is A large well-kept public park. According to Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, “This is a symbol of the everyday integrity of society at large, and of the community divisions of labor through which each person gains the resources for well-being and self-enjoyment which obviously he could never create for himself through his own isolated efforts.”

New Moon in Aries — April 16, 2018, 1:57 UT

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The focus is in Aries. The New Moon on the early hours of Monday at 26+ degrees of Aries fell right in the middle of the Uranus-Eris conjunction. Mercury in Aries had turned direct on Sunday before the New Moon, giving a mental boost on this new lunation. On Tuesday Chiron, the first centaur discovered in 1977, changes signs and enters Aries from Pisces.

Uranus and Eris formed three exact conjunctions in 2016 and 2017. The previous time that they were in a conjunction with each other, was in 1927 and 1928. The current conjunction has started slowly unravel, and it is about five degrees wide now. The Sun and the Moon conjoined exactly between Uranus and Eris. The combination of these energies is interesting.

The New Moon marks always a beginning of a new phase. The energy of Aries is energetic, enthusiastic, courageous and assertive leadership energy. The keyword for Aries is “I am”. The Sun is the life giver. The astrological Sun is the symbol of our ego. The energy of Eris is quite different.

In Greek mythology Eris was the rejected Greek goddess of strife and discord. Themes of exclusion and alienation can sometimes be found in the charts with prominent Eris. However, many extraordinarily gifted artists are having the Sun-Eris conjunction in their birth chart. Perhaps their success results from their ability to express their true self honestly.

Irwing Wallace (March 19, 1916 – June 29, 1990) was an American best-selling author and screenwriter. He enjoyed writing the stories of outsiders. He began writing at age of 15. Many of his novels have been filmed and translated into several languages. He has said: “To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.” Wallace has a quadruple conjunction of Chiron, Ceto, Eris and the Sun in Pisces.

Marcel Marceau (born Marcel Mangel, March 22, 1923 – September 22, 2007) was a French actor and mime. He referred to mime as the “art of silence”. He performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years. As a youth, he lived in hiding and worked with the French Resistance during World War II, and helped many children to escape to Switzerland. Marcel Marceau has a triple conjunction of Eris, Ceto and the Sun at the Aries point.

Dario Fo (March 24, 1926 – October 13, 2016) was an Italian actor–playwright, theatre director and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. He used methods of improvisation and the ancient Italian commedia dell’arte. He criticized corruption, organized crime, racism and war. His plays have been translated into 30 languages and performed across the world, often modified to reflect local political issues. The U.S. authorities refused Dario Fo permission to enter the nation, accusing him of “belonging to organizations supporting terrorist groups.” Dario Fo’s triple conjunction of Eris, Ceto and the Sun is on his Midheaven and at the Aries point.

Yayoi Kusama (born March 22, 1929) is one of the most important contemporary artists. Her work is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. In 1977 Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill, and she has been living at the hospital since, by choice. Kusama has continued to work as an artist. Museums throughout the world have her work in their collections. She has a quadruple conjunction of Eris, Ceto, Uranus and the Sun in Aries.

Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. I Am Other (stylized as i am OTHER) is a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all of his endeavors, including a YouTube channel launched in 2012. Williams describes the channel as a “cultural movement dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators and Outcasts.” Pharrell Williams has a quadruple conjunction of Eris, Venus, Chiron and the Sun in Aries.

Mikko Franck (born April 1, 1979) is an internationally succeeded Finnish conductor and violinist. Franck entered Jorma Panula’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy in the fall of 1996. He ended his studies there in 1998 without receiving a diploma because his international career had already begun. Today he works as the music director of the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He has the Sun-Eris conjunction in Aries.

Leona Lewis (born April 3, 1985) is a British singer-songwriter. She won The X Factor in 2006. In 2014 Lewis took leave from Syco Music and stated: “I was asked to make a record that would not have been true to myself.” The name of her latest studio album released by the new record label is I Am. Lewis has a stellium in Aries, formed by the Sun, Mercury, Pallas, Venus and Eris.

New Moon in Pisces — March 17, 2018, 13:11 UT

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

The New Moon at 26+ degrees of Pisces was in conjunction with the first centaur planet 2060 Chiron, discovered in 1977 orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus, and a trans-Neptunian binary object 385446 Manwë, discovered in 2003.

In Pisces there is creativity and mysticism. Chiron is the great healing power, and Manwë adds its special quality to the blend.

2060 Chiron — also known as 95P/Chiron – has many interesting astronomical features. It is one of the few objects classified as both a minor planet and a comet. In 1988 Chiron suddenly brightened, which is behavior typical of comets, and a tail was detected in 1993. With its diameter of 206 km, Chiron possibly reaches the dwarf planet status. It is also likely that Chiron has two rings.

In Greek mythology Chiron was the wisest and justest of all the centaurs. He was not a troublemaker like the rest of them. He was a teacher and tutor of many heroes.

385446 Manwë was named in 2014 after a fictional deity, the wise king of the Valar in J. R. R. Tolkien’s writings. The satellite was named Thorondor after the “mightiest of all birds that have ever been”.

Manwë is a Jupiter-like deity, who loved poetry and music with words. He was the lord of air, wind and clouds. Eagles flew back and forth and brought to his knowledge everything that was going on in the world. He lived with Varda, the queen of the stars, on Mount Taniquetil. 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.

This New Moon conjunct 385446 Manwë may be an extraordinary creative moment to work for your goals and take a leap forward. You may have an access to knowledge which has been hidden or out of your reach before. The resources are available. The square aspects from Mars, Vesta and 174567 Varda in Sagittarius are providing some extra energy and light to you.

The following controversial Manwë personalities have left their mark on the world:

Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) was an influential English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He had a Sun-Manwë conjunction in Libra.

Frank Zappa (1940 – 1993) was an American musical wizard, who is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era. Zappa’s exact Sun-Manwë conjunction is in Sagittarius.

Jeff Bezos (born 1964) is the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon. He is the wealthiest person in the world. His Sun-Manwë conjunction is in Capricorn. There are three other trans-Neptunians together with the Sun and Manwë: 120347 Salacia, 47171 Lempo and 341520 Mors-Somnus.

Olof Palme (1927 – 1986) was an Aquarian. Manwë is right at his Sagittarius ascendant. He was one of the greatest statesmen of the world. He has been described as an insightful politician, who had a skill to see things before others did.

New Moon in Capricorn — January 17, 2018, 2:17 UT

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Capricorn was packed with planets at the New Moon in the early hours of the morning. Besides the Sun and the Moon, there were Saturn (the ruler of the sign), Mercury, Pluto and Venus. The New Moon occurred in conjunction with Venus.

The New Moon was square to the dwarf planet Haumea in Libra and also square to the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries. The Uranus-Eris conjunction is still affecting us, although it has started to unravel now. The peak of the conjunction was in 2016 – 2017. The whole time Haumea in Libra has been opposing the conjunction. Haumea and Eris have been forming a long ongoing opposition — a total of nine exact oppositions — between the years 2014 and 2018. The last of those exact aspects takes place in August 2018.

Uranus with its orbital period of 84 years, moves relatively fast compared to Eris. It conjoins Eris once every century. By contrast the recent opposition of Haumea and Eris is the first one in the modern era. It takes about 285 years from Haumea to orbit the Sun, and almost 560 years from Eris. Our experience of the current planetary energies is quite unique.

Haumea is one of the weirdest objects of our solar system. In addition to its many interesting astronomical features known to us already, it revealed yet another oddity last year. Haumea has a ring! Objects with rings are not rare in our solar system in general. All four giant planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – have them. Centaur Chariklo has two rings, and Chiron – also a centaur – may have a similar pair of rings. Haumea is the first trans-Neptunian object found to have a ring though.

Haumea is one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects discovered. A recent study reveals that it is even bigger than what was thought before. The shape of Haumea resembles an American football, and the largest dimension is about 2300 km, approximately the same as the diameter of Pluto.

Haumea is the most bizarrely shaped and the fastest rotating body of its size class. The rotation period is only about four hours. It is almost entirely composed of rock, whereas most objects in the Kuiper Belt are about equal portions of rock and ice. Haumea has two moons, and it is followed in its orbit around the Sun by a swarm of small icy bodies that were ejected from the surface of Haumea, when another object slammed into it in the distant past. Scientists call them the Haumea family.

In Hawaiian mythology Haumea is the goddess of childbirth and fertility, and Hi’iaka and Namaka – after which the two moons were named – are her children. Haumea can take many different forms and has experienced many different rebirths. Her children sprang from different parts of her body. The myth obviously describes how the hot lava burst out from many surprising spots of the ground and starts to squirm towards the sea, forming new land, reshaping the landscape, and finally turning into fertile soil.

Every New Moon is a good time for new beginnings. Capricorn is an efficient and goal-oriented sign. With the presence of the loving Venus, the inventive Uranus, and the shape-shifting Haumea, projects and tasks that are started now have good prospects.

Winter Solstice – December 21, 2017, 16:28 UT

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

New Moon in Sagittarius — December 18, 2017, 6:30 UT

The New Moon at 26+ degrees of Sagittarius on Dec. 18, 2017, was at the Galactic Centre and in conjunction with Saturn, centaur planet Pholus and trans-Neptunian object Quaoar. At Winter Solstice the Sun, Saturn and Quaoar are in exact conjunction in the first degree of Capricorn, one of the Cardinal Points, which tend to connect us to the larger world around us.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and Saturn entered its own sign yesterday. The Sun followed there today. Quaoar is a trans-Neptunian object with an orbital period of 284.5 years. Quaoar ingressed Capricorn two weeks ago.

Quaoar is a quite large cubewano, possibly a dwarf planet, discovered in 2002 by Mike Brown and Chad Trujillo. At the time of its discovery it was the largest object found in our Solar System since the discovery of Pluto. Its orbit is nearly circular and moderately inclined. Quaoar has a moon, Weywot, discovered in 2007 by Mike Brown. Both names come from the mythology of the Native American Tongva tribe in Southern California, where the discovery of Quaoar was made.

Quaoar was the creation god of the Tongva. Quaoar has no form or gender. He danced and sang the sky god Weywot into existence. Together they created everything else into existence: other gods, people, animals and plants.

According to Eric Francis, “Quaoar’s placement in a natal chart gives an intimate portrait of the dance of the family’s emotional process and its impact on us. Quaoar speaks to the rhythms and choreography into which we were born, as these manifest within the family pattern going back generations.”

Saturn once represented the edge of our Solar System. Then the development of astronomical equipment allowed us to see Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. After the discovery of 1992 QB1, thousands of distant minor planets have been found. The Solar System as well as our understanding of it has broadened.

Quaoar has a special meaning for me. In 2002 when the discovery of Quaoar was announced, Quaoar was transiting my natal Moon and my lunar North node. It was the first trans-Neptunian object besides Pluto that I noticed, and which lead me to become aware of the centaurs and all the other intriguing worlds beyond Neptune. Quaoar danced the other small worlds and gods into my awareness.

New Moon in Scorpio — November 18, 2017, 11:42 UT

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

The New Moon at 26+ degrees of Scorpio on Nov. 18, 2017, was opposite Sedna at 26+ degrees of Taurus. Currently Sedna is also receiving the following aspects: a quincunx (150 degrees) from Saturn at 26+ Sagittarius, a sextile (60 degrees) from Chiron at 24+ Pisces and a semi-sextile (30 degrees) from Uranus at 25+ Aries.

Sedna has an exceptionally long and elongated orbit. The orbital period is around 11,400 years. At the moment Sedna is about three times as far as Neptune, approaching the Sun, and coming to its perihelion in 2076.

Sedna is named in honor of the Inuit goddess of sea and marine animals. She is thought to live at the bottom of the frigid Arctic Ocean. There are several variants of the myth, but all of them agree that Sedna was a beautiful young girl, who became the goddess of the icy waters. According to Grey Eagle, a Native American ceremonial storyteller, “all the broken taboos and sins against the nature of the people fall through the water, to collect on Sedna’s body. When the accumulation is too great, Sedna sobs in pain.” The sea creatures gather by her door to comfort her, and in the above world there is hunger and sickness. Then a shaman must visit her in the deep waters and clean her body and comb her hair. When Sedna is happy again, she releases her mammals and allows the humans to eat from the bounty of the sea.

Astrologically Sedna has a strong association with climate change and other environmental issues. She reminds us that we should not be exploiting the resources of Earth. Sedna must be treated with respect.

Last week more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries published a letter as a warning to humankind: “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.”

The Arctic region is a unique area among Earth’s ecosystems. So far it has remained comparatively clean. The Arctic holds 1/5 of Earth’s water supply. Endangering this pristine area is inexcusable. Arctic oil drilling is dangerous, because in freezing conditions oil is known to behave very differently than in lower latitudes. An oil spill would have a catastrophic impact. There is no way to clean up oil underneath the thick ice.

Environmental organizations have filed a historical lawsuit against Norway. On April 22, 2016, Norway signed the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 Cº. The subject of the lawsuit is the government’s decision to grant new oil drilling licenses in highly sensitive areas of the Norwegian Arctic. The first hearing will take place on Nov. 21, 2017, at Oslo District Court.

In one of the variants of the Sedna myth she is described as a hungry and greedy girl. She was so huge and hungry that she ate everything in her parents’ home, and even gnawed off one of her father’s arms as he slept. Humankind cannot afford to be greedy anymore. We have to face the facts and work together in order to save our planet.

New Moon in Libra — October 19, 2017, 19:12 UT

Friday, October 20th, 2017

The New Moon at 26+ degrees of Libra was in exact opposition to Uranus in Aries. This could be a time for something new and brilliant to emerge. A change is about to happen.

The symbol of the Libra sign is the scales of justice. The New Moon in Libra in less than two degrees’ conjunction with 38083 Rhadamanthus, a trans-Neptunian minor planet discovered in 1999, is emphasizing the theme of fairness and justness. Another important theme of Libra is seeking balance.

38083 Rhadamanthus is a quite small body with the orbital period of circa 245 years. It is named after a wise king of Crete, and the son of Zeus and Europa, Rhadamanthus, who later became one of the judges of the dead. He was also said to be a tutor to Heracles.

Rhadamanthus was driven away from Crete by his brother Minos, who was jealous of his popularity. According to legends, on account of his inflexible integrity, Rhadamanthus was made one of the judges of the dead in the lower world. Homer (the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey) represents him as dwelling in the Elysian Fields, the paradise for the immortal sons of Zeus.

The Sabian Symbol for Libra 27 is “An airplane hovering overhead”. Dr. Marc Edmund Jones’s description for the degree speaks about how to cope at the moment of crisis in life, and also describes some good attributes for a just person: “This is a symbol of the psychological maturity of man on the ideal side of life, and of the imaginative resourcefulness of character which makes him an immortal being. Here is emphasis on experience as a means for achieving an over-all view of the world at large, and on the self-satisfaction which follows from seeing things in terms of their consequences and relationships. The individual finds himself the momentary epitome of every human potential. The keyword is reflection. When positive, the degree is high effectiveness in self-adjustment or real skill in meeting the crises of life, and when negative, complete inability to get down into immediate realities.”