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

Monday, October 28th, 2019

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

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

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

People born with their Sun in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Moon in Aries — April 05, 2019, 08:50 UT

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The New Moon at 15+ degrees of Aries occurred on April 05, 2019. The Sun and the Moon were in trine to Ceres in Sagittarius. Chiron is in conjunction with Salacia in early Aries. Venus was in conjunction with Nessus in Pisces.

A notable astrological event earlier this year was Chiron’s sign ingress from Pisces to Aries on Feb. 18, 2019. Chiron was the first centaur planet to be discovered in 1977. The most important function of Chiron is that it raises awareness and addresses matters that are demanding attention. If we ignore the early warnings, we may end up in a crisis. However, through a crisis we can gain healing.

The orbital period of Chiron is about 50 years. Centaurs are minor planets orbiting the Sun between the main asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt. They often behave with characteristics of both asteroids and comets. Because of their elliptical orbits, the time which they spend in different astrological signs is varying. Chiron is moving slowly at the moment, because it is at its furthest distance from the Sun in Aries. It is going to spend about eight years in Aries, more than in any other sign.

Chiron is in conjunction with Salacia, one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects with the orbital period of 270 years. Salacia entered Aries on March 1, 2017. Chiron and Salacia will conjoin in the early degrees of Aries at the end of April 2019. Eric Francis’s delineation of Salacia involves sexual maturity and the matter of what is appropriate.

Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. The god Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia, but to preserve her virginity she fled and managed to hide from him. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back and share his throne. Salacia finally agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea.

The name Salacia is derived from Latin sal, meaning salt, and is sometimes translated to mean sensational. The Latin word salax can mean salacious, lustful, lecherous, provocative, or desiring sexual intercourse. Even though the official naming citation describes Salacia as the goddess of the calm and sunlit ocean, the etymology of the name suggests that she rather impersonates the gushing, overflowing waters, like some scholars have proposed.

There is another centaur planet in early Capricorn, namely Pholus, discovered in 1992. It was the second discovery of a centaur after Chiron. However, the first precovery image of Pholus was taken already in 1977, the same year when Chiron was discovered. (Precovery is the process of finding the image of an object in old archived images for the purpose of calculating a more accurate orbit.) The orbital period of Pholus is about 92 years.

The energy of Pholus can feel like a pressure release. Eric Francis has used the metaphor of shaking up a bottle of soda on a hot day, and promptly opening it. The soda keeps coming out of the bottle, and you can’t stop it. Pholus can have the action of revealing things that were hidden. It often points to multigenerational issues.

Nessus was the third centaur to be discovered (in 1993). The orbital period is around 122 years. Also themes of Nessus can point to ancestral matters. Nessus addresses issues to do with the abuse of power. Quoting Melanie Reinhart, “Nessus brings opportunities to understand and release deep patterns of helplessness, being taken advantage of, and of being oppressed.”

The astrological meaning of a planet rarely manifests in life literally according to the myth behind its name. The myth can offer hints for the delineation though. Polarity is an essential principle in astrology. There are two sides to everything, and between the two extremities there are many variations. All centaurs talk about dark stuff, but their meaning is symbolical. They offer us tools for transformation and healing.

Pholus in Capricorn is now square to Chiron and Salacia in Aries. This intense aspect pattern is currently transiting the natal chart of Finland. The lunar nodes of Finland lie on the Cancer-Capricorn axis. Mercury is conjunct the North node in early Capricorn and Pluto conjunct the South node in Cancer. In addition the transiting Nessus in Pisces opposes Finland’s natal Moon in Virgo and squares the natal Sun in Sagittarius.

Several cases of sexual abuse of children and minors have been unfolding in Finland as of December 2018. In Oulu region adult migrant men are suspected of sexual abuse and rape of young girls in several different cases. The suspects had been “grooming” on social media. By late February there were 29 suspects, of whom about 20 were men of foreign background. The press was dwelling on the subject, the social media was bursting with hate speech, politicians were insisting an emergency meeting of the government, funds has been channeled for preventing sexual crimes, and deportation for asylum seekers has been demanded.

At the end of March the shocking news unfolded revealing that the police suspects five native Finnish men of involvement in a pedophilia network. The leader of the group is a man who had held a prominent position in society. The victims are boys, none of which themselves had told the authorities about the abuse they suffered. The case is really ugly, but the public reaction has been considerably milder than what it was in the Oulu case.

The Finnish broadcast company Yle showed the British filmmaker Dan Reed’s documentary “Leaving Neverland” on April 2, in order to bring this difficult subject into discussion. Reed described his film as a “study of the psychology of child sexual abuse, told through two ordinary families who were groomed for 20 years by a paedophile masquerading as a trusted friend”. The same night there was also a Finnish talk show during which several support phone lines were open. There was a spike in calls following the screening. Many of the callers were now talking about their abuse for the first time. Some of the callers were concerned about the possibility that they could become pedophiles.

It is extremely difficult for the victims to talk about the incident. Other people don’t want to see the subject exists because it is so disturbing. The abuser often is not a refugee or someone grooming on the internet, but someone close to the family, a known and trusted person. According to Sexpo foundation, about 2% of men has sexual interest towards children. This means 40 thousand men in Finland. The percentage of women is less, but naturally this concerns also them. The healing is not possible before the problem has been recognized. That is why the subject must be brought into discussion. Hopefully Yle’s broadcast has helped in this.

The psychological term shadow represents the rejected, irrational part of our psyche, which we tend to project into other people with feelings of anger and fear. The more these projections are unrecognized, the blacker and taller grows the shadow. We all have a shadow. Deporting the refugees and asylum seekers is not going to solve the problem of the sexual abuse of children in Finland.

Suomen Delfins ry is one of the Finnish support organizations, which is giving support to those who have been sexually abused when they were children. It got its name from dolphins, because dolphins help their wounded mates and bring them on the surface to breathe. The dolphin which went to seek Salacia in the myth can be seen as the symbol of the healing process.

New Moon in Pisces — March 06, 2019, 16:04 UT

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Mercury turned retrograde in the last degree of Pisces on March 05, 2019. The next day, on March 06, 2019, Uranus changes signs from Aries to Taurus, and later on the same day the New Moon takes place in mid-Pisces in conjunction with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces. Two minor planets, a main belt asteroid Vesta and a trans-Neptunian object 88611 Teharonhiawako, are in conjunction with the New Moon, too.

88611 Teharonhiawako was discovered in 2001 and its orbital period around the Sun is 290 years. It is actually a binary object. The companion is quite large and named Sawiskera. The names come from the Iroquois creation myth.

Teharonhiawako was the creator god of the Iroquois and Sawiskera was his evil twin, eventually conquered by his brother. Teharonhiawako planted the first maize plant. He also created the first people: the first from the bark of a tree, the second from the sea foam, the third from the black soil and the fourth from the red earth. The main diet of the Iroquois came from farming. Maize was considered as a special gift from the creator god.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is Pisces 16, “The flow of inspiration”. This can be a time for special gifts.

New Moon in Aquarius — February 04, 2019, 21:03 UT

Monday, February 4th, 2019

The Sun is in mid-Aquarius. Finland lies under a thick snow cover. January was cold, and when I look at the scenery, it is hard to believe that we are already halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. This is the time of the pagan festival called Imbolc, which marks the beginning of spring.

Candlemas, one of the oldest Christian feasts, is traditionally celebrated on February 2. On Candlemas, many Christians bring their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year.

The Slavic feast of Dziewanna Gromniczna (Dziewanna of the Thunder Candle) is celebrated also on February 2. Traditionally the thunder candles were lighted in honor of the goddess. They were placed on windowsills as protection during storms – a custom still widely practiced in Poland. People believed that the thunder candles protected from wolf attacks, too.

Dziewanna is a pre-Christian goddess of spring and wild nature. Yellow mullein flowers (Polish: dziewanna) are her symbol. Mullein is an herb which has been used thousands of years in folk medicine. You can make tea from its leaves and use it to help with respiratory conditions. The flowers can be crushed and used as a paste to disinfect scrapes. The flowers can be used even as a hair dye. In ancient times dried stalks were dipped in wax and used as torches, especially in ceremonies held in honor of the goddess Dziewanna.


Mullein in my garden last summer.
Photo: Copyright © Kirsti Melto.

The New Moon today at 15+ degrees Aquarius is square to the scattered disc object 471143 Dziewanna at 15+ degrees of Scorpio. 471143 Dziewanna is the latest named trans-Neptunian object. The orbital period is around 592 years, and the diameter about 470 kilometers, which makes it very likely a dwarf planet. It was discovered in 2010 by astronomers Andrzej Udalski, Scott Sheppard, Marcin Kubiak and Chad Trujillo during the Polish OGLE project of Warsaw University.

Hopefully Dziewanna brings us the spring.

New Moon in Capricorn / Partial solar eclipse — January 06, 2019, 01:28 UT

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

The New Moon at 15+ degrees Capricorn on Jan. 6, 2019, is the first eclipse of the year, a partial solar eclipse in Capricorn. The Sun and the Moon are in conjunction with Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. Exactly at the eclipse degree is 55576 Amycus, a small centaur discovered in 2002 and given the name in 2005. At the next degree (16+ Capricorn) is Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever visited by a man-made spacecraft. Uranus is stationary direct in late degrees of Aries.

Ultima Thule is a nickname for 2014 MU69, a distant cubewano, which was targeted for the space probe New Horizons’ next destination after it would have completed a flyby of Pluto, which happened in 2015. The name means a place beyond the borders of the known world. On Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons spacecraft made a close pass of Ultima Thule. The photos it sent to Earth revealed, that Ultima Thule is a contact binary, consisting of two separate bodies joined together. The larger one is now called Ultima and the smaller one Thule. This binary is a primitive object, which is going to help scientists learn important things about the origins of our solar system.

55576 Amycus was named after a centaur, which had an important role in the Centauromachy, a famous myth telling about a battle between the Lapith people and the centaurs in Greek mythology. The centaurs were a bunch of troublemakers (except Chiron and Pholus), and Amycus was a member of his tribe.

The aforementioned 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. Amycus was killed, the centaurs were defeated, and those who kept their lives were forced to flee from Thessaly.

As human beings we have an ability to choose our actions. What we do, whether good or bad, affects other people. Also we are members of our tribe, namely humankind. It is difficult to be a truly human all by oneself. Society gives human beings their humanity. I think that the astrological meaning of Amycus has a great deal to do with this connectedness and with the choices we make, including their consequences.

This solar eclipse in Capricorn belongs to the Saros series 2 South. 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 eclipse is concerned with unusual groups and the individual’s involvement with those groups. This could be the time when the individual notices or suddenly desires to find a particular group whose concerns would be with healing, the arts, or the love of humanity. The individual will feel that, through involvement with such a group, he or she will gain a great deal.”

The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree is Capricorn 16, Boys and girls in gymnasium suits, and it speaks about society and co-operation, too. According to Marc Edmund Jones, “This is a symbol of practical experience as at root a matter of developing self-competency, and of life as a never-ending adjustment of ideals and motives to the everyday potentials of human society. The individual is called on to co-operate in a continual estimation and re-estimation of his powers and capacities by his fellows, and to bring an aliveness of interest to everything in which he would participate. A disciplined self-responsibility is demanded for a common achievement. The keyword is animation.”