Archive for the ‘New Moon’ Category

New Moon in Cancer — June 24, 2017, 02:31 UT

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The New Moon in Cancer on June 24, 2017, was opposite 330836 Orius, a centaur discovered in 2009 at Baldone observatory in Latvia. The orbital period of Orius is almost 100 years, and the orbit crosses those of Uranus and Neptune. The naming took place in 2013. In Greek mythology Orius was one of the centaurs killed by Heracles in the battle at Pholus’s cave. Heracles had asked Pholus to open a jar of wine, which was a shared property of all the centaurs.

What do the examples below have in common? The words disobedience and resistance came first into my mind.

Orius examples:

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was started on March 17, 1948, in Fontana, CA. In the chart there is a Sun-Orius conjunction in Pisces. The club is considered an organized crime syndicate, though it fights to present a more benign image to the public. They even organize charity events. In 1966 the organization was registered as a corporation, which aimed to improve motorcycling and traffic safety. Hells Angels played a part in the counterculture movement of the 60’s in San Francisco.

Wikileaks website was launched on Oct. 4, 2006. The Sun-Orius conjunction is in Libra. Wikileaks is a media organization, the goal of which is to bring important news and information, provided by anonymous sources, to the public. The chart data is from Planet Waves site. The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been demonized as a criminal or terrorist by various governments.

Julian Assange (born July 3, 1971, in Townsville, Australia) has Orius in Taurus opposite his Moon and in conjunction with Pallas, the asteroid named after the Warrior Queen, and symbolizing political activism.

Greenpeace, the environmental organization, originates from The Don’t Make a Wave Committee, which was formed in Canada in 1969. On May 4, 1972, the group officially changed its name to the “Greenpeace Foundation”. At the time the Sun-Orius conjunction was in Taurus, Jupiter in trine to Orius.

Mikhail Bakunin (born May 30, 1814, in Pryamukhino, Russian Empire), is considered among the most influential figures of anarchism. His Gemini Sun opposes the Uranus-Orius conjunction in Sagittarius.

Dmitri Shostakovich (born Sept. 25, 1906, in St.Petersburg, Russian Federation) is regarded as one of the great composers of the 20th century. He achieved fame during the Soviet period, but had a complex relationship with the government. It is not quite certain to what extent Shostakovich expressed his opposition to the state in his music, but it has been claimed, that many of the composer’s works contained coded anti-government messages. His Sun-Orius conjunction is in Libra.

James Dean, the iconic young rebel (born Feb. 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana) has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Damocles and Orius in Aquarius.

Jim Morrison (born Dec. 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida), the anarchistic front man of the Doors, has a tight Sun-Orius square in his chart.

Garry Kasparov (born April 13, 1963, in Baku, Azerbaijan) is a Russian chess grandmaster. After his retirement from chess in 2005, Kasparov turned to politics and created the United Civil Front, a social movement whose main goal is to “work to preserve electoral democracy in Russia”. He is an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. Kasparov has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Orius and Typhon in Aries.

Karen Ann Quinlan (born March 29, 1954, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) was an American coma victim who became an important figure in the history of the right to die controversy in the United States. She was kept alive for years on a respirator, until her parents won a landmark case to have equipment removed. She had a triple conjunction of the Sun, Eris and Orius in Aries.

Shahla Sherkat (born March 30, 1956, in Isfahan, Iran) has also a triple conjunction of the Sun, Eris and Orius in Aries. She is a feminist journalist, one of the pioneers of Women’s rights movement in Iran.

”Tank Man”, an unknown Chinese protestor, stands in front of military tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force. There was a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter, Orius and Pholus in Gemini.

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This photo was taken on June 5, 1989, by Jeff Widener (The Associated Press).

New Moon in Gemini — May 25, 2017, 19:46 UT

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The New Moon at 4+ degrees of Gemini is squaring one of the most interesting dwarf planets, the one still without a name, 2007 OR10.

2007 OR10 was discovered almost 10 years ago. Recent studies show that it is big. It is bigger than Haumea, and probably also bigger than Makemake. In size comparison it comes right after Pluto and Eris. Currently it is also the third-farthest known large body in the Solar System, after V774104 (103 AU) and Eris (96.3 AU), located around 87.5 AU from the Sun.

Why has 2007 OR10 not been named yet?

It was discovered in 2007 by Megan Schwamb, Mike Brown and David Rabinowitz. Mike Brown has explained in his blog: “It was just a normal Kuiper belt object found slightly far away. Bigger than most, but otherwise, as far as we knew, unremarkable.” They didn’t even write a press release, because at the time, Mike Brown could not think of anything interesting to write about it.

2007 OR10 turned out to be much more interesting than what originally was thought. The object had originally been nicknamed as “Snow White” for its presumed white color. However, 2007 OR10 was revealed to be one of the reddest objects in the Kuiper belt. It got brighter! It had actually been bright all along, but the discoverers had not realized it, because the observation conditions had been relatively poor. It has a satellite, which was detected in 2016.

According to the International Astronomical Union’s rules, the discoverer of a minor planet has the privilege to suggest a name for the planet in question for a period of ten years following the numbering of the object. This permanent number is given when the orbit of the minor planet is well enough determined so that the position can be reliably predicted into the future. 2007 OR10 received the permanent number in 2009, so Mike Brown has still two years left for his name suggestion.

There has been a petition in the internet for naming 2007 OR10 as R’hllor, also known as the Red God or the Lord of Light, from the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on novels written by George R. R. Martin.

George R. R. Martin has been called “the American Tolkien”. In his birth chart (Rodden Rating AA) 2007 OR10 is right at his 10th house cusp in Aquarius. The 10th house represents one’s career, greatest aspirations, and reputation. Astrologer Howard Sasportas writes in The Twelve Houses: “It is through the signs and planets here that we hope to attain achievement, honour and recognition. Placements in the 10th denote what we would most like to be remembered as having contributed to the world.”

In honor of the 10th birthday of 2007 OR10, I am expecting it to have a proper name by the end of this year. R’hllor could be a notable suggestion.

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

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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

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

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

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. According to the myth, Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia. She wanted to preserve her virginity – perhaps also her independence – so she fled as far as she could and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back and marry him. Salacia agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea. She was depicted with dolphins and seals, and other sea creatures.

Salacia was a bit overlooked goddess in mythology, too. She was diminished to represent an aspect of Neptune, the violent and gushing waters. Her Greek equivalent was Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon. Only in one occasion – but in a significant one – she appears as a real goddess, namely at the birth of the Sun god Apollo, one of the most important deities in Greek and Roman mythology.

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 30th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 25, 1934 — Gloria Steinem, American feminist

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

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

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

June 21, 1982 — Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Moon in Sagittarius — November 29, 2016, 12:18 UT

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The New Moon at 7+ degrees Sagittarius takes place on Nov. 29 in exact square to the lunar nodes, the invisible points in the sky, which form an axis in the astrological chart. “The nodes tell us about what we get to do here on the Earth, and they help us do it,” has Eric Francis expressed their meaning. The south node is associated with the past and the north node with the future. The point square to the nodes in halfway between them is a balancing point, and the Sun and the Moon are there now.

Jupiter is the ruling planet of Sagittarius. Jupiter at the mid-degrees of Libra squared Pluto in Capricorn less than a week ago, on Nov. 24. This was the first square in the series of three. The other two will occur next year. The Uranus-Eris conjunction is retrograding in Aries, opposite Jupiter. The opposition is tightening.

The day after the Jupiter-Pluto square, on Nov. 25, the iconic revolutionary leader and former long-term prime minister and president of Cuba, Fidel Castro died. Castro represents the generation which was born during the previous Uranus-Eris conjunction in the 1920s.

The time for Fidel Castro’s birth is controversial, but the data I am using is August 13, 1926, 2:00 AM, Biran, Cuba (classified by the Astro-Databank as Dirty Data). Castro’s Uranus is in the late degrees of Pisces, but Eris is right at the Aries Point. There could not be more fitting place than this for the goddess of strife and discord in the chart of a revolutionary, who became the leader of his country. According to astrologer Robert Hand, the Aries Point “indicates one’s relationships with the larger world around one and is associated with fame and greater social significance.”

Eris is a polarizing force, and Fidel Castro was a controversial person. Many Cubans think about him as a beloved father figure, while others consider him as a dictator. Exclusion is one of the themes that can be associated with Eris, so the long-lasted economic and diplomatic isolation of Cuba can be linked with her symbolism.

Castro’s ascendant is in conjunction with asteroid Bacchus in the late degrees of Gemini. The ascendant signifies the impression we make on others. In Greco-Roman mythology the Roman Bacchus is equivalent to the Greek Dionysus, the god of winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and fertility. Bacchus traveled around and was followed by singing and dancing women. Castro was a womanizer who had many mistresses and several illegitimate children.

Bacchus was also known as Liber Pater, “the liberator”. A quote from Wikipedia: “In Roman culture, Liber, Bacchus and Dionysus became virtually interchangeable equivalents. Bacchus was euhemerised as a wandering hero, conqueror and founder of cities.” In my opinion, the image below, taken in 1957 when Castro was celebrating his victory in Havana, expresses perfectly Castro’s Bacchus at his ascendant.

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Fidel Castro survived more than 600 assassination attempts. Perhaps centaur planet 346889 Rhiphonos has something to do with his extraordinary survival ability. In his natal chart, Castro’s Saturn is in conjunction to his Rhiphonos, to the degree. His Sun is in exact square to the conjunction. In mythology, Dionysus’s mother was a mortal woman, and his father was Zeus. When Dionysus was an infant, Zeus set twelve centaurs to guard him against Hera’s anger. These centaurs drew the chariot of baby Dionysus. One of the Dionysian Centaurs was Rhiphonos.

Fidel Castro’s last public appearance was on April 19, 2016. He delivered a farewell speech. “Soon I will be 90 years old,” he said. “Soon I will be like all the rest. Everybody’s turn comes.” We don’t know if anything specific concerning his health had occurred then, because his health was a national security matter and kept secret. From the astrological point of view something notable had happened recently.

On March 9, 2016 there was a Total Solar Eclipse at 18+ degrees of Pisces in conjunction with Chiron. The eclipse fell on Fidel Castro’s Midheaven in Pisces. Midheaven, or the cusp of the tenth house represents not only our career, but in larger sense also our life purpose.

The eclipse was of Saros series 18 South. Each eclipse is a member of a particular eclipse series, and each series has a distinct characteristics. Astrologer Bernadette Brady has delineated the Saros series 18 South like this: “This family of eclipses is concerned with endings or separations. Thus when it affects a chart, individuals will find themselves dealing with a parting. This parting can be anything from a friend traveling overseas and the saying of goodbyes to the ending of a relationship with a loved one, which could bring much anguish or grief. However, the pain of the separation is lessened by encountering new situations which lead to very positive outcomes.”

At the time Fidel Castro died (Nov. 25, 2016), he was experiencing a transit of Pluto. The transiting Pluto at 15+ degrees of Capricorn was tightly opposing his natal first house Pluto in Cancer. Castro’s Pluto is conjunct his north lunar node. In fact the current transiting Jupiter-Pluto square was affecting not just his natal Pluto (power), but also his nodal axis (the past and the future). A powerful transformation was inevitable.

New Moon in Libra — October 1, 2016, 00:11 UT

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Libra is the sign of relationships. The Moon in Libra is peace-loving and wants to get along with others. It does not like discord. The Libra Moon seeks social approval, and also has a sense of fairness.

In the opposing sign, Aries, Uranus and Eris are in a tight conjunction. The exact conjunction took place a week ago, and it was the second of the three conjunctions between Uranus and Eris in 2016 and 2017. Planets in Aries can act impulsively, and both Uranus and Eris are disruptive forces.

Rejection and feelings of isolation can be associated with Uranus. A transit of Uranus symbolizes a time, when we need to break out of routines, and let something new in our life.

Eris is the dwarf planet which was discovered in 2005, and which astronomically excluded Pluto from the main planets. Eris was named after the Greek goddess of discord.

In mythology, Eris was the goddess of strife and discord, who indirectly caused the Trojan War. Because of her tendency to cause trouble, she was the only goddess, which had not been invited to the wedding party of Peleus and Thetis. In a rage she threw a golden apple of discord addressed “To the fairest one” amongst the goddesses, provoking thus a quarrel over who the apple should be given to, which eventually led to the Trojan War.

How can these different types of energies in the opposite signs of the New Moon chart be combined constructively? According to the hermetic principle of polarity, “in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that ‘opposites’ are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.”

Actually, Eris was seeking social approval. She wanted to get along with others, and I’m sure she felt that she was treated unjustly. It is easy to understand, why many people consider Eris as the ruler of Libra sign. According to Sue Kientz, “Eris at its best shows concern for equality, desire to improve the community, and an abiding interest in Others.”

It is time to invite Eris to the party!

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The new discoveries are not always located far in the icy region of the Kuiper belt. I have included in the New Moon chart a newcomer, which is circulating our own Earth!

The announcement of 2016 HO3, a quasi-satellite of Earth, was made last summer, in mid-June. 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth’s companion for centuries to come. 2016 HO3 is an Apollo asteroid, which orbits the Sun, but at the same time loops around our planet. Look at its intriguing dance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMJc7gmychk

In the summer solstice chart, 2016 HO3 was in the first degree of Libra, in an exact square to the Sun. At the moment it is at 8+ degrees of Virgo, in a perfect semi-sextile aspect (30 degrees) to the New Moon.

Does this new object have any astrological meaning? Generally speaking, a new planet is said to expand our consciousness and open up new possibilities. 2016 HO3 is small and distant, and it is not a moon, but it is our companion, and will be for along time to come. It may be worthwhile to observe its dance.

New Moon in Virgo / Annular Solar Eclipse — September 1, 2016, 09:03 UT

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The New Moon in the sign of Virgo on Sept.1, 2016, was an Annular Solar Eclipse. Annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is at its furthest point from the Earth and appears smaller than the Sun. The Moon does not cover the whole disc of the Sun, so a bright ring around it can be seen.

There are several factors emphasizing the Virgo nature of this eclipse. Also Mercury and Jupiter are in Virgo. Mercury is the ruler of the sign, and it is in exact conjunction with the magnifying Jupiter, to the degree. Mercury has turned retrograde just two days before the eclipse.

However, as I tend to focus on the new planets in the Kuiper belt, I would like to draw your attention to 90482 Orcus, which is in conjunction with the Sun and the Moon. So far Orcus has been noted in astrology much less than it deserves.

Orcus was discovered in 2004. It is probably a dwarf planet. It is a binary plutino, locked in a 2:3 resonance with Neptune, as all plutinos are. Orcus’s orbit 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. For a brief time during their revolution around the Sun, each of them comes closer to the Sun than does Neptune. 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.

Orcus’s personality was quite apparent from the beginning to Mike Brown, the discoverer. He has called it the anti-Pluto. That is why the name Orcus was chosen. Orcus was the Etruscan god of the underworld and equivalent of the Roman Pluto, and later became an alternate name for Pluto. The name was also a private reference to the homonymous Orcas Island, where Brown’s wife Diane had lived in her youth and that they visit frequently.

Orcus has a large satellite named Vanth. Mike Brown suspects that like the Pluto–Charon system, Orcus and Vanth are tidally locked. In other words, Orcus and its satellite have their same faces locked towards each other constantly.

In 2009 Brown asked readers of his weekly column to suggest possible names for the satellite. The name Vanth, after the Etruscan goddess who guided the souls of the dead to the underworld, was chosen. Brown had seen a picture of a fresco at the tomb in Anina depicting Vanth with a tear in her eye. She was waiting for the dead, carrying a torch, and silently crying. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who weeps for the dead? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to light the way?” wrote Brown.

Vanth in a fresco in an Etruscan tomb, image: Wikipedia

Vanth in a fresco in an Etruscan tomb, image: Wikipedia

From the astrologer’s point of view, there is one more thing about the orbit that raises interest. Astrologer Raimo A. Nikula has noted that in the astrological chart, Orcus and Pluto never are in conjunction with each other, nor oppose each other. They never get closer to each other than 51 degrees, and they never get further away from each other than 150 degrees. In other words, the smallest possible aspect between them is a septile and the widest is a quincunx.

Raimo also reminded me about the long-term opposition between Neptune and Orcus, which still is valid. The opposition has been going on several years. It has slowly started to come apart, but is now intensified by the eclipse in the near vicinity.

Establishing the astrological meaning of Orcus is in progress. Environmental issues and themes of survival, among others, have been connected to Orcus. Because of the homonymous name, also orcas, the killer whales, are associated with Orcus.

Orcas have been the main attraction of SeaWorld theme parks. The parks’ marine mammals have been a subject of criticism for years, and finally the campaigns against the captivity of dolphins and orcas have borne fruit. In 2016, SeaWorld has announced that they would end their in-park breeding programs, and eventually phase out their killer whale shows altogether.

Särkänniemi Dolphinarium in Finland has been receiving similar criticism as SeaWorld. The dolphinarium was closed in 2015. The last performance of the bottlenose dolphins was on Sept. 6, 2015, when Neptune was opposing a triple conjunction of Jupiter, Orcus and the Sun. Dolphins are symbols of the sea god Neptune.

Last week the effects of the eclipse started to show in Finland, when the management of Särkänniemi tried to transport the four dolphins of Särkänniemi from Tampere to Attica Zoological Park in Greece. The operation was started in secrecy, in the dark of the night. The animal activists and the media got wind of the transfer though, and a huge media tumult burst out. It became the main news. The management refused to communicate. They lied that because of security concerns, the authorities had advised to keep the operation secret. The hullabaloo just kept swelling and it has not calmed down.

An estimated 200 people gathered in the parking lot near the dolphinarium to follow the proceedings Saturday night. Image: Kaisu Jansson / Yle

An estimated 200 people gathered in the parking lot near the dolphinarium to follow the proceedings Saturday night. Image: Kaisu Jansson / Yle

Many rumors have been floating about the welfare of the animals in Attica Park. Activists from the animal rights group say that it is not the best location for the dolphins. Many people wish that the four dolphins, which never should have captured in the first place, could have stayed at Särkänniemi until a better place for their retirement had been found.

The closing ceremony of the Särkänniemi summer season will be held on next Saturday. Several noted artists that were supposed to perform at the celebration, have cancelled their gigs due to the park’s operations. Rock singer Jonne Aaron is the only scheduled artist who will step on stage. He is a dependable and committed Virgo. The Solar Eclipse and Orcus fall conjunct his Sun.


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