Archive for the ‘New Moon’ Category

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.”

New Moon in Sagittarius — December 07, 2018, 07:20 UT

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Mercury stationed direct on Dec. 6, and the next morning the New Moon at 15+ degrees of Sagittarius squared Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces.

The New Moon fell on the Sagittarius Sun of Finland, which celebrated its independence and 101st birthday on Dec. 6. Finland’s Sun is at 13+ degrees of Sagittarius, so it was tightly squared by the transiting Mars-Neptune conjunction. The conjunction of Mars and Neptune, two planets with quite a different nature, can manifest in various ways. The action of Mars can be weakened by Neptune, and it can lead to passive-aggressive behavior, among other things. The transit could also mean spiritual activity, drug problems, or infectious diseases, just to mention a few.

Transits don’t always manifest dramatically, however they can actualize in distinct and surprising ways.

I was celebrating the Independence Day in a typical Finnish way by lighting two candles in the evening, having a glass of bubbly, and watching the presidential reception and ball on television. I was not sleepy after the broadcast, so at midnight I was still at the computer, just amusing myself by reading news reports and Independence Day greetings. Mercury turning direct tends to bring hidden information out. For me it gave a nearly 70 year old photo, which the local brewery had just published on their Christmas advent calendar. It was a photo of workers of the old local steam brewery, and to my amazement I was looking at the young face of my dad among the group. I know that he had worked there while in his youth, but I had never seen this photo before, and I hadn’t known that such a photo had ever been taken. My dad had a Sagittarius Moon and his Sun was at 15+ degrees of Scorpio.

In traditional astrology the Moon rules beer, brewers and breweries. Neptune, one of the modern planets, is a co-ruler, and associated with alcohol and gases in general. Fiery Mars aided the brewing at this New Moon.

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.”