Archive for the ‘New Moon’ Category

New Moon in Scorpio — November 07, 2018, 16:02 UT

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The New moon in Scorpio highlights 471143 Dziewanna, the latest named trans-Neptunian object. 471143 Dziewanna is very likely a dwarf planet. It is a scattered disc object discovered in 2010 during the Polish OGLE project of Warsaw University.

Venus stationed retrograde in close conjunction with 471143 Dziewanna on Oct. 5, 2018, at 10+ degrees of Scorpio. At the Libra New Moon on Oct. 9, 2018, the conjunction of Venus and Dziewanna was valid. At the moment Venus is still retrograding, and it has re-entered Libra. Today the Sun and the Moon conjoined in mid-Scorpio with Dziewanna for the New Moon.

471143 Dziewanna was named on Sept. 25, 2018, after the old Slavic goddess of the wild nature, forests and the hunt. Gold-haired, young and beautiful, she brings the spring and revitalizes the Earth. Wild yellow mullein flowers (Polish: dziewanna) are her symbol. Dried, they served as torches during her celebrations.

Dziewanna is also the goddess of the Moon. Like her Roman equivalent Diana, Dziewanna is a maiden goddess. However, according to the site of the Lake Area Goddesses, Dziewanna is married; married and free of the control of a man at the same time. Quoting the site, “She is a true virgin, whole unto herself.”

Examples of Dziewanna people:

Indira Gandhi (Nov. 19, 1917) was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India. Her Dziewanna is at her Leo ascendant opposite Uranus.

Jane Fonda (Dec. 21, 1937), an American actress, writer, political activist, and fitness guru, has Dziewanna at 28+ Leo in aspect with several of her natal planets: the Sun in Sagittarius, Mars and Ceres in Aquarius, Saturn in Pisces, Chiron in Gemini and Pluto in Cancer.

Christine Chubbuck (Aug. 24, 1944) was an American television news reporter who committed suicide on a live television broadcast. She has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Ceres and Dziewanna in early Virgo.

Sauli Niinistö, the President of Finland (Aug. 24, 1948), has the Sun-Dziewanna conjunction in early Virgo square to Pallas in Gemini.

Madonna, the “Queen of Pop” (Aug. 16, 1958), who frequently has reinvented both her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry, has Dziewanna at her Virgo ascendant in conjunction with Mercury.

Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” (Aug. 29, 1958), has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Juno and Dziewanna in Virgo.

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1, 1961), the namesake of Goddess Dziewanna, has her Cancer Sun in sextile to Dziewanna in Virgo. Dziewanna is at the midpoint of the Sun and Neptune.

New Moon in Libra — October 09, 2018, 03:47 UT

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Venus stationed retrograde on Oct. 5, 2018, in Scorpio. A few days later, on Oct. 9, 2018, the New Moon occurs in Libra, the sign which is ruled by Venus. Every New Moon – the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon – starts a new lunation cycle. We begin this lunation in awareness of a new planetary energy, 471143 Dziewanna.

471143 Dziewanna is currently at 11+ degrees of Scorpio, and Venus turned retrograde at 10+ degrees of Scorpio, only one degree apart from it. The New Moon was in conjunction with asteroid 1 Ceres, the first asteroid to be discovered, today classified as a dwarf planet.

1 Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture. She is Earth Mother. Ceres had a daughter, Proserpina, whom she loved dearly. One day Pluto abducted young Proserpina and made her the queen of the Underworld. Ceres desperately searched her daughter everywhere, but she couldn’t find her. In her grief and anger Ceres stopped the growth of fruits and vegetables. Every year Proserpina has to spend six months with Pluto, the other six months she is allowed to live with her mother. When Proserpina returns, Ceres allows plants grow and flowers bloom again. The myth describes the change of the seasons, and eternal cycle of renewal.

471143 Dziewanna is a newly named scattered disc object. It is very likely a dwarf planet and it is coming to its perihelion in 2038 (the point in its orbit where it is nearest to the Sun). It was discovered in 2010 by astronomers Andrzej Udalski, Scott Sheppard, Marcin Kubiak and Chad Trujillo during the Polish OGLE project of Warsaw University. According to the official naming citation, “Dziewanna is a Slavic Goddess of the wild nature, forests and the hunt. Gold-haired, young and beautiful, she brings the spring and revitalizes the Earth. Wild yellow mullein flowers (Polish: dziewanna) are her symbol. Dried, they served as torches during her celebrations.”


Dziewanna plants in my garden.
Photo: Copyright © Kirsti Melto.

Like Ceres, also Dziewanna is the goddess of agriculture. She is also the goddess of the Moon and often depicted with wolves. Goddess Dziewanna has much in common with the Roman goddess Diana, the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the Moon. Like her Roman equivalent, Dziewanna is a maiden goddess. However, according to the site of the Lake Area Goddesses, “Dziewanna is married; married and free of the control of a man at the same time.” Quoting the site, “She is a true virgin, whole unto herself.” An appearance of a new planet expands our consciousness and opens up new possibilities for us. At this moment of time the energy of Dziewanna is welcomed.

Andrzej Udalski, the discoverer of 471143 Dziewanna, said in an interview: “I hope that putting Dziewanna in the sky will encourage researchers of Polish and Slavic traditions and cultures to learn more about this mysterious goddess.” He adds: “Fantasizing even more – it might also encourage scientists, engineers or technical university students to design an extremely ambitious space project. (…) It would be very interesting to see the true face of our Dziewanna and learn its secrets.” As an astrologer I am happy to join this endeavor.

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.