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New Moon in Cancer / Annular Solar Eclipse — June 21, 2020, 06:41 UT

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

Summer Solstice – June 20, 2020, 21:44 UT

The eclipse season of this summer began two weeks ago on June 5, 2020, with a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. There are three eclipses in this eclipse season. On June 21, 2020, there was the New Moon in Cancer, which was also an annular solar eclipse. Two weeks later, on July 5, 2020, there will be another lunar eclipse in Capricorn.

On June 20, 2020, at 21:44 UT, the Sun entered Cancer. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Only about nine hours after the ingress of the Sun, on June 21, 2020, at 06:41 UT, the solar eclipse occurred in the first degree of the sign, in a close conjunction with the lunar North Node. The Nodes indicate the relationship between the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. They are points where the Moon’s orbit around the Earth intersects the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The North Node is oriented in the future. In both charts it is in the last degree of Gemini. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini is retrograding, which suggests challenges on the way.

The solar eclipse in Cancer occurred in a perfect square to the Aries point, which represents one’s relationship to the larger world around one.

The Cancer solar eclipse was in conjunction with the main belt asteroid 10 Hygiea, which in spite of its small size meets the requirements of a dwarf planet because of its round shape. Asteroid Hygiea is associated with preserving good health. It was named after the Greek personification of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She is reminding us, that although the pandemic restrictions are being loosened in many countries, the virus has not disappeared, and we still need to follow good hygiene practices.

The Minor Planet Center has announced two new namings of the trans-Neptunian objects in June 2020. Provisionally designated 2015 TG387 is now 541132 Leleākūhonua. It was discovered by American astronomers David Tholen, Chad Trujillo and Scott Sheppard in October 2015. Based on the letters TG in its provisional designation and the discovery around Halloween it was first nicknamed as The Goblin.

541132 Leleākūhonua is an extreme trans-Neptunian object (ETNO) and a sednoid. Its elliptical orbit fits exactly into the models of how distant objects should behave if Planet Nine exists. According to the official naming citation, “Leleākūhonua is a life form mentioned in the Hawaiian creation chant, the Kumulipo. The name compares the orbit to the flight of migratory birds and evokes a yearning to be near Earth.” Its orbital period around the Sun is about 35,760 years.

What was the world like 35,000 – 36,000 years ago, when Leleākūhonua last time was in this same position in its orbit? It was before the Last Glacial Maximum. Most parts of North America and northern Europe were covered with ice. The Neanderthals had disappeared only recently, around 40,000 years ago. The oldest cave art discovered in the world is from around 40,000 BP. Some of the early Europeans managed to survive the Ice Age.

The ephemeris of Leleākūhonua is not available at the moment, so unfortunately I am not able to place it in the charts yet.

The other recently named trans-Neptunian is 184314 Mbabamwanawaresa, a cubewano discovered in March 2005 by an American astronomer Marc W. Buie. The orbital period around the Sun is 302 years. In the astrological chart Mbabamwanawaresa is now at 8+ degrees of Scorpio opposite Uranus in Taurus.

184314 Mbabamwanawaresa was named after a Zulu goddess of rain, agriculture, and the harvest. “She is the goddess of rainbows, a symbol of the link between heaven and Earth. She is particularly revered for teaching the people of southern Africa the art of making beer.” Beer is one of the oldest and most popular drinks in the world, and certainly one of the most social ones. Currently we have had to reduce our social contacts to minimum. Perhaps Mbabamwanawaresa’s symbolism is in connection to this situation.

A few days ago Alaska officials airlifted a wrecked bus from a remote trail outside Denali National Park into another location. Perhaps you have seen the film Into the Wild (2007), which tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who hiked into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. He spent the last months of his life in that bus and died in it in starvation. He distanced himself socially of his own will. Christopher McCandless had Jupiter in conjunction with Mbabamwanawaresa in early Virgo, opposite retrograde Mercury – the ruler of Virgo – in late Aquarius. Jupiter is one of the so called social planets. Its principle is expansion. It can represent exploration, love of freedom and independence, for instance. The negative side of Jupiter is excess, and in this case perhaps the extreme withdrawal from society.

Jon Krakauer, a writer and mountaineer, the author of the book Into the Wild, which was later filmed, has his Moon conjunct Mbabamwanawaresa in Leo. Sean Penn, the director of the film has the Sun-Mbabamwanawaresa conjunction in Leo. Emile Hirsch who portrayed McCandless has his Pisces Sun opposite Mbabamwanawaresa in Virgo. Eddie Vedder, who performed the songs on the soundtrack of the film, has his Capricorn Sun in trine to Mbabamwanawaresa in Virgo.



New Moon in Gemini — May 22, 2020, 17:39 UT

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

The New Moon occurs at 3+ degrees of Gemini on May 22, 2020. Earlier in the day Mercury, the ruler of the sign, and Venus retrograde conjoined at 20+ degrees of Gemini. Two asteroids, 10 Hygiea (symbolizing health, cleanliness and hygiene) and 4 Vesta (named after the goddess of the hearth, home, and family) are in conjunction with Mercury and Venus.

The New Moon in Gemini is trine Saturn in Aquarius, sextile to Varuna (the great equalizer) in Leo and in quincunx to Zhulong (the indicator of the change in a blink of an eye) in Scorpio. The long term square between Varuna and Zhulong has been developing since 2018. We have now experienced the two first exact squares from the total of seven, the first one in January and the second in April.

Gemini, the butterfly of the zodiac, is a social sign. It is associated with communication, curiosity and traveling. Gemini rules lungs, hands and the nervous system.

Finland has cautiously started to loosen the pandemic restrictions. The primary schools were reopened in a controlled manner on May 14, and the guidelines for senior citizens have been eased. The cafes and restaurants will be permitted to open, with certain limitations, on June 1. Our spring has been cold, but now the weather is quickly warming, too. It feels as if everything in life is lightening.

Gemini, the Twins, is a sign of dualism. We are allowed to enjoy spring and focus on the positive, as long as we remember that Covid-19 is a serious disease, and we still need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.

New Moon in Taurus — April 23, 2020, 02:26 UT

Friday, April 24th, 2020

The New Moon at 3+ degrees of Taurus occurred at the discovery degree of Chiron. The Sabian symbol for this degree is Taurus 4 “The rainbow’s pot of gold.”

The New Moon was in conjunction with Uranus (rebellion) and a part of a grand cross formed by the Sun and Moon in Taurus, Saturn (limitations, tests) in Aquarius, Varuna (the great equalizer) in Leo and Zhulong (a change in a blink of an eye) in Scorpio. Taurus is ruled by Venus (what we appreciate). Venus is in conjunction with asteroid Hygiea (health, hygiene). The symbol of Hygiea in the chart is the caduceus staff.

The aforementioned aspects describe our current situation excellently.

COVID-19 may have started to spread in Wuhan already in October 2019, although officially the earliest traceable patient started experiencing symptoms on Dec. 1, 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) was informed about the outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin on Dec. 31, 2019. In January 2020 the virus started to push into our awareness. WHO declared the pandemic on March 11, 2020.

As of autumn we were watching the sign of Capricorn, where Saturn was getting closer to Pluto (the lord of transformation). There was also a solar eclipse in Capricorn on Dec. 26, 2019. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction took place on Jan. 12, 2020, only two days after the lunar eclipse in Cancer. Astrologers were anticipating changes, but it is safe to say that nobody could foresee the thoroughness with which our whole world changed in a short time. There have been other significant aspects, like Chiron square Pholus, and the Eris’s squares; Saturn and Pluto squared Eris in January and Jupiter in March.

Still another long term aspect has been developing in the background, namely Varuna square Zhulong. This square has started to form already around 2018 and will fade away around 2024. The first exact square between those two seems to have been on Jan. 13, 2020. The second will be on April 27, 2020. There are altogether seven exact aspects, of which the last one will be in October 2022. At this point nobody knows the actual duration of the pandemic, but this sequence could fit quite well with it. The virus will hardly disappear anytime soon.

Varuna is a trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2000 and named the next year after one of the oldest of the Vedic deities, the maker and upholder of heaven and earth, who deals with matters of truth, lies and keeping agreements. Varuna was the first trans-Neptunian minor planet to receive a name (after Pluto). Eric Francis’s keywords for this vast energy behind everything are “the great equalizer.” According to Eric, Varuna is “calling us to take both personal and collective responsibility for our world.”

Our vulnerability to the coronavirus can depend on several factors, for example age, occupation, social economic status, or where one lives. That being said, in our lifetime there hasn’t been any other phenomenon, which had put us in more equal position with each other. The virus has not spared royalty, politicians, celebrities, or isolated indigenous people living in the middle of a rainforest.

Zhulong is one of the most recent namings. Zhulong is a scattered disc object discovered in 2014 and named last year after the torch dragon, the Chinese deity who controlled the day and night by opening and closing its eyes. Zhulong seems to tell about the fragility of life, and how everything can change in a blink of an eye.

The Varuna-Zhulong square has been triggered time after time during the past six months. The New Moon in Scorpio on Oct. 28, 2019, was in conjunction with Zhulong and square to Varuna. The New Moon in Sagittarius on Nov. 26, 2019, was opposite Hygiea and trine Varuna. The New Moon in Capricorn on Dec. 26, 2019, was a solar eclipse, and sextile to Zhulong and in quincunx to Varuna. The New Moon in Aquarius on Jan. 24, 2020, was opposite Varuna and square to Zhulong. The New Moon in Pisces on Feb. 23, 2020 was trine to Zhulong and in quincunx to Varuna. The New Moon in Aries on March 24, 2020, was sextile to Hygeia, trine to Varuna and in quincunx to Zhulong. The current New Moon in Taurus on April 23, 2020, was opposite Zhulong and square to Varuna.

The following two examples are to some extent comparable with our current situation.

The Spanish flu in 1918 was one of the deadliest pandemics in history, which infected about a third of the world’s population at the time. On March 4, 1918, U.S. Army cook Albert Gitchell, from Haskell County, reported sick at Fort Riley. He is considered the first recorded victim of the flu. In the chart cast for that day, the Sun, Hygiea and Varuna are in triple conjunction in the same degree in Pisces. Pluto and Zhulong were in exact conjunction in Cancer.

HIV/AIDS has had a large impact on society. AIDS was first clinically reported on June 5, 1981, with five cases in the United States. In the chart the Sun is in conjunction with Varuna in Gemini and sextile Eris in Aries. Hygiea in Gemini is opposite Neptune in Sagittarius and sextile to Zhulong in Leo.

We have a long way to go when it comes to COVID-19 pandemic. Chiron’s pot of gold is not quite within our reach. We need a lot of self-discipline, which only Saturn can offer. Eventually we will get there.

More about Hygiea, Varuna and Zhulong available here:

New Moon in Sagittarius – Nov. 26, 2019, 15:05 UT (Hygiea)

Small World Stories by Eric Francis (Varuna)

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

New Moon in Aries — March 24, 2020, 09:28 UT

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

The vernal equinox was on March 20, 2020. The Sun entered Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and passed the Aries point. It is the point in which the most personal intersects with the larger world around one. The equinox chart shows the themes of the upcoming astrological year.

The New Moon in Aries took place on March 24 in the early degrees of the sign, in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia. The New Moon squared the lunar nodes on the Cancer-Capricorn axis and the Pholus-Quaoar conjunction in Capricorn. The tight triple conjunction of Jupiter, Pluto and Mars in Capricorn is squaring Eris in Aries. The New Moon opposed Makemake in Libra.

136472 Makemake is a cubewano discovered 15 years ago, in March 2005. It is one of the five minor planets which officially have received the dwarf planet status so far. The orbital period is 306 years. The discovery team (Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz) nicknamed it “Easterbunny” because of its discovery shortly after Easter. In 2008 Makemake was named after the creator god of humanity in the myths of the Rapa Nui, the native people of Easter Island.

The god Makemake was also the chief god of the birdman cult of the Rapa Nui, an annual dangerous competition. The contestants had to swim to the nearby island to collect the first egg of the season of a certain tropical seabird, and then swim back to Rapa Nui. Many lost their lives. The winner was entitled to gifts of food, and his clan would have sole rights to collect the wild bird eggs and fledglings of that season. The winner had to go into seclusion for a year and spend his time eating and sleeping, and could not engage in any other activity. He did this for his community.

We are now in the situation where we need to restrict our living. We need to reduce our social contacts to minimum. Luckily we have phones, the internet, and the social media, so we are not totally secluded. Our pursuit is nothing compared to that of the birdman. We need to do this now for our health care workers and for our community.

New Moon in Pisces — February 23, 2020, 15:32 UT

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

The official naming of Gonggong, a trans-Neptunian known so far as 2007 OR10, couldn’t have been released at more convenient time. The New Moon in Pisces was in exact conjunction with Gonggong.

Gonggong was discovered in 2007 by American astronomers Megan Schwamb, Michael Brown, and David Rabinowitz. The size estimate has varied during the years. According to the latest measurements in 2018, it is the fifth-largest trans-Neptunian object, right after the official four dwarf planets Pluto, Eris, Haumea and Makemake.

Gonggong is a scattered disc object. The orbital period is 553 years. It completes three orbits around the Sun for every ten orbits completed by Neptune. It is currently moving farther from the Sun after reaching its perihelion in 1857. Gonggong has a satellite.

Last spring the discovery team hosted a poll for the general public to help choose the name for 2007 OR10 between three possible options: Gonggong from Chinese mythology, Vili from Norse mythology, and Holle from German mythology. I was hoping that Vili would win. The Vikings found the Americas before Columbus, so wouldn’t it be only fair to give a name for one of the distant bodies from the Norse mythology? There is already an asteroid named Odin, and the name can’t be used anymore, but Odin is a god of many names. Vili was an excellent option, meaning “will”. Although Vili is mentioned as Odin’s brother in the mythology, he actually represents one aspect of Odin himself.

Gonggong was the winning name, and it was proposed to the International Astronomical Union. Gonggong is a Chinese water god with red hair and a serpent-like tail. He is known for creating chaos, causing flooding, and tilting the Earth; he is often depicted with the head of a human and the body of a snake. Gonggong is often attended by his minister, Xiangliu, a nine-headed poisonous snake monster for whom the satellite is named.

People with a prominent Gonggong:

Dane Rudhyar (March 23, 1895 – Sept. 13, 1985) was a French-born American author, composer, philosopher and astrologer. He is a pioneer of modern transpersonal astrology and one of most respected astrologers of the 20th century. — Gonggong conjunct ascendant in Sagittarius.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist, the leader of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He was advancing civil rights through nonviolence. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Capricorn.

Jane Fonda (born Dec. 21, 1937) is an American actress, political activist, and former fashion model. — Jupiter and Gonggong conjunct ascendant in Capricorn, the Jupiter-Gonggong conjunction = Sun / Mars.

Richie Havens (Jan. 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American folk rock musician. He opened the 1969 Woodstock rock festival, which was a major turning point in his career. He also devoted his energies to educating young people about ecological issues. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Angela Davis (born Jan. 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. Ideologically she is a Marxist and was a member of the Communist Party USA until 1991. She has written several books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system. — A Grand trine in air formed by a triple conjunction of Mars, Uranus and Vesta in Gemini, Neptune in Libra, and a conjunction of the Sun, Echeclus, Okyrhoe and Gonggong in Aquarius. Eris in Aries completes the pattern into a Kite configuration.

George R. R. Martin (born Sept. 20, 1948) is an American novelist in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television producer. He has been called “the American Tolkien”. He wrote the series of epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones. — Gonggong on the Midheaven in Aquarius square the lunar nodes.

John Belushi (Jan. 24, 1949 — March 5, 1982) was an American actor, comedian and singer. He founded the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd. He struggled with heavy drug use and died from drug overdose in 1982. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius, the Sun-Gonggong conjunction = Chiron / Eris.

Jörg Haider (Jan. 26, 1950 – Oct. 11, 2008) was an Austrian right-wing populist politician. He died in a car accident shortly after the 2008 Austrian Parliamentary elections. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Phil Collins (born Jan. 30, 1951) is an English musician. He was the drummer and the lead singer of the rock band Genesis, and is also a solo artist. He is one of the world’s best-selling artists and praised by many, but also been called as “the most hated man in rock” and as “the pop star that nobody likes”. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Dennis Delaney (born Jan. 29, 1953) is an American playwright and actor, and former environmental activist who became the first National Director of Greenpeace USA in 1980. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Oprah Winfrey (born Jan. 29, 1954) is an American talk show hostess, actress, producer, and publisher. – Triple conjunction of the Sun, Venus and Gonggong in Aquarius.

Nicolas Sarkozy (born Jan. 28, 1955) is a French politician who served as President of France from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. He has been charged with corruption by French prosecutors in two cases, notably concerning the alleged Libyan interference in the 2007 French elections. — Triple conjunction of the Sun, Albion and Gonggong in Aquarius.

John Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, (born Jan. 31, 1956), is an English punk musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the punk band the Sex Pistols, which lasted from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. They are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music. — A stellium consisting of the Sun, Gonggong, Albion, Damocles, Chiron, Pholus, Mercury Rx and Pallas in Aquarius.

Ayrton Senna (March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He died in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. — Damocles and Pholus conjunct Gonggong on the ascendant in Aquarius, the Damocles-Pholus- Gonggong conjunction = Moon / Mercury Rx.

Eva Cassidy (Feb. 2, 1963 – Nov. 2, 1996) was an American singer and guitarist, consistently voted one of the greatest singers of all time. She died of melanoma in 1996. Her posthumously released recordings, including three number-one albums and one number-one single in the UK, have sold more than ten million copies. — A stellium consisting of the Sun, Gonggong, Satrurn, Damocles, Pholus, Albion and Chariklo in Aquarius.

Sherilyn Fenn (born Feb. 1, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her role as Audrey Horne on the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017). Anyone who watched the series can remember her dancing to Angelo Badalamenti’s music. Fenn has said about Audrey: “Audrey’s been great for me. She has brought out a side of me that’s more mischievous and fun that I had suppressed, trying to be an adult. She has made it OK to use the power one has as a woman to be manipulative at times, to be precocious. She goes after what she wants vehemently and she takes it. I think that’s really admirable. I love that about her.” – A conjunction of the Sun, Moon, Ceres, Gonggong and Damocles in Aquarius.

Lisa Marie Presley (born Feb. 1, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. She is the only child of singer and actor Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong, Vesta and Damocles in Aquarius.

Bobby Brown (born Feb. 5, 1969) is an American singer, rapper, and actor. He is noted as one of the pioneers of new jack swing, a fusion of hip hop and R&B. He was married to Whitney Houston, with whom he had a daughter named Bobbi Kristina Brown. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong and Damocles in Aquarius.

Lisa Hannigan (born Feb. 12, 1981) is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician. She began her career as a member of Damien Rice’s band, but was fired from the band by Rice. She began her solo career in 2007. Hannigan performs using “broken-down, wheezy old instruments”. Herbie Hancock has said of her vocals, “There’s so much jazz in the notes and phrases that she picks… I mean some of the things sound like choices that Miles would have made.” — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Gyaincain Norbu (born Feb. 13, 1990) is considered the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibetan Buddhism by the government of the People’s Republic of China. After the death of the 10th Panchen Lama, a dispute between the Chinese leadership and the exiled 14th Dalai Lama resulted in two competing candidates. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong and Salacia in Aquarius.

New Moon in Aquarius — January 24, 2020, 21:42 UT

Friday, January 24th, 2020

There is a grand cross aspect pattern in the New Moon chart, formed by the Sun-Moon conjunction in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus, Varuna in Leo, and Rhadamathus-Zhulong conjunction in Scorpio. Uranus and Zhulong promise a sudden change, Varuna and Rhadamanthus dispense justice.

20000 Varuna is a trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2000 and named after one of the oldest of the vedic deities, the maker and upholder of heaven and earth. Varuna deals with matters of truth, lies and keeping agreements. He “punishes those who sin without remorse, and forgives those who err with remorse.” Varuna has been described as a vast energy behind everything, and “the great equalizer”. He is calling us to take responsibility for our world.

38083 Rhadamanthus is another TNO. It was discovered in 1999 and named after a Greek mythological figure, the wise king of Crete, the son of Zeus and Europa. He had a great sense of justice, and because of that he became one of the judges of the dead.

472235 Zhulong is a scattered disc object discovered in 2014 and named in 2019 from Chinese mythology. Zhulong was a giant red solar dragon with a human face and scarlet serpent body. It controlled the day and night of the world by opening and closing its eyes. Zhulong has been called also the Torch Dragon, since he was described in some of the classic texts as carrying a torch.

The Sabian symbol for Scorpio 4, the current degree of Zhulong, is also talking about shine. The symbol is “A youth holding a lighted candle.” The first image that came into my mind was the face of Greta Thunberg (born Jan. 3, 2003), the Swedish teenage environmental activist, who is at the moment attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Greta has natally a centaur called Okyrhoe at 3+ degrees of Taurus. This means that the current New Moon along with Uranus and the aforementioned trans-Neptunian minor planets in the grand cross configuration are all transiting her natal Okyrhoe.

52872 Okyrhoe is a centaur orbiting between Jupiter and Saturn. It was discovered in 1998 and named after Ocyrhoe, the nymph daughter of Chiron and Chariklo. She was a prophetess who was transformed into a horse for revealing the secrets of the gods. Her ability to speak was thus taken.

I’m hoping that in Greta’s case the current transits to her natal Okyrhoe are pushing it to the opposite direction, finally letting her get her message through to the world leaders. According to astrologer Mark Andrew Holmes, “Okyrhoe seems to indicate being criticized or attacked, being able to cope with attacks or unpopularity, ability to stand up for one’s beliefs or principles.”

Greta Thunberg’s natal Sun at 12+ degrees of Capricorn is in close conjunction with her Chiron. The transiting Jupiter at 12+ Capricorn is now right over her natal Sun-Chiron conjunction. Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion. It was traditionally known as the “greater benefic”. A Jupiter transit is usually good and makes things work out well. Hopefully it will strengthen Greta’s role as a teacher and healer. She said in Davos:

“Since last summer, I’ve been repeating these numbers over and over again in almost every speech. But honestly, I don’t think I have once seen any media outlets or person in power communicate this and what it means. I know you don’t want to report about this. I know you don’t want to talk about this, but I assure you I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do.”

New Moon / Annular Solar Eclipse in Capricorn – Dec. 26, 2019, 05:13 UT

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

The New Moon at 4+ degrees of Capricorn was an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse occurred in close conjunction with Jupiter. Jupiter represents the energy of expansiveness. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is tightening towards January. The conjunction can manifest in several ways. Pluto is the lord of transformation and Saturn represents structures, so we may need to build new social structures.

This solar eclipse is a member of a Saros series number 3 South. Each Saros series starts as a tiny eclipse at either the North or South Pole, produces an eclipse every 18 years, and finishes at the opposite Pole. Each eclipse family has the characteristics of its own. The Saros series 3 South started on Aug. 13, 1208 at the South Pole. Mercury was in conjunction with the New Moon in Leo. Also in Leo, Pluto was conjunct the South node of the Moon. According to astrologer Bernadette Brady, there is a sense of traumatic transformation because of the involvement of Pluto. Saturn was in Cancer, right opposite the current solar eclipse.

The Capricorn eclipse was not visible in Finland, but in astrology, even if the eclipse is not visible where you live, it has an impact nevertheless. The effect can be felt already beforehand, and the eclipse degree can remain as a sensitive point for years to come.

The astrological climate is reflected in the recent developments of the world, for example in the impeachment of Donald Trump and the certainty of Brexit after Boris Johnson’s election victory in the 2019 general election in England.

The lunar nodes of Finland lie on the Cancer-Capricorn axis. Finland’s Mercury is conjunct the North node in early Capricorn and Pluto is conjunct the South node in early Cancer. The Capricorn solar eclipse took place tightly opposite Finland’s Pluto. In the eclipse chart there are also several prominent minor planets transiting the nodal axis of Finland. Pholus and Quaoar were in conjunction with the eclipse and square to Chiron and Salacia in early Aries.

In Finland the recent weeks have been eventful. The Centre Party lost confidence in Prime Minister Antti Rinne due to controversies on the handling of a postal strike, and the government had to resign. The change is for the better. Sanna Marin of the Social Democratic Party became the new prime minister and the youngest serving state leader in the world. The other four parties in the government coalition have women leaders. Out of the 19 government ministers in the new cabinet, 12 are women.

There has been a heated debate on the repatriation of the Finnish women and children at al-Hol camp in Syria. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto from the Green League, has been at the center of a dispute over the issue. He won the confidence vote over the repatriation of the Finns. The debate will continue in January. At least two orphaned children from the camp have now safely arrived in Finland.

New Moon in Sagittarius – Nov. 26, 2019, 15:05 UT

Monday, November 25th, 2019

The New Moon at 4+ degrees of Sagittarius is opposite asteroid 10 Hygiea in Gemini. The New Moon is always a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon.

Last month asteroid 10 Hygiea was in the headlines of the science news, and now its prominent position in the New Moon chart brings me a good opportunity to talk about it.

Hygiea is a main belt asteroid, orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. It was the 10th asteroid to be discovered, which happened in 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis, an Italian astronomer (the first being 1 Ceres, discovered in 1801). Hygiea is the fourth largest asteroid. Its diameter is just over 430 km, less than half of that of Ceres. Because of Hygiea’s dark surface some smaller asteroids were found before it. It is the main member of the Hygiean asteroid family, which was formed billions of years ago, when another object collided with it.

Hygiea made news about a month ago, when astronomers announced that Hygiea is round and thus meets the requirements of a dwarf planet, the smallest in the solar system. This observation was possible because of the improvement of optical instruments and telescopes. So far Ceres has been considered to be the only dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt.

When astronomers in 2006 approved the definition of a planet (first time ever), they also created a dwarf planet category, in which officially belongs only Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea, although the total number of objects that qualify as dwarf planets is thousands. According to the official definition, a dwarf planet is a celestial body that is in orbit around the Sun, is not a satellite, unlike a planet has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, and has sufficient mass for its own gravity to pull it into a roughly spherical shape (nearly round). The IAU has not yet officially accepted Hygiea to the dwarf planet class.

Originally at the time of its discovery Hygiea was considered to be a planet (as were also Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, among others). The rapidly expanding number of objects found between Mars and Jupiter prompted their reclassification as asteroids in the 1850s.

History has shown that the man-made classifications can be changed when the scientists get new relevant information. They are not so important for astrologers anyway. But the celestial facts and properties of the objects are worth knowing also for the astrologers. Sometimes they can have an effect to the astrological delineation of a body.

Asteroid Hygiea was named after the Greek goddess Hygieia, the personification of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated not directly with healing, but more with preserving good health. The symbol of this asteroid in astrological programs is usually the caduceus staff, the symbol of medicine. However, the older symbol of Hygieia is a serpent crowned with a star. Many astrologers have found that Hygiea is also astrologically connected to health matters. The current conjunction of the Sun and Hygiea emphasizes the need of feel well and healthy.

The New Moon in Sagittarius is square 2007 OR10 in Pisces, the fifth-largest trans-Neptunian object and likely a dwarf planet. This body is still without an official name. It was first nicknamed as “Snow White” for its presumed white color. However, 2007 OR10 turned out to be very red, and the nickname was dropped. Last spring the discovery team hosted a poll for the general public to help choose the name between three possible options: Gonggong from Chinese mythology, Vili from Norse mythology, and Holle from German mythology. Gonggong was the winning name, and it was proposed to the International Astronomical Union, but IAU has not announced the official name yet.

In Capricorn Saturn is approaching Pluto. The exact conjunction takes place on Jan. 12, 2020. At the moment Saturn is in tight conjunction with 486958 Arrokoth, the latest named trans-Neptunian object, a contact binary and the most distant world ever visited by a man-made spacecraft. Arrokoth was discovered in 2014 by astronomer Marc Buie and the New Horizons Search Team using the Hubble Space Telescope. It was targeted for the space probe New Horizons’ next destination after it would have completed a flyby of Pluto (in 2015). This body was long known by the nickname Ultima Thule, which means a place beyond the borders of the known world. On Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons spacecraft made a close pass of it.

The official name Arrokoth, a term meaning “sky” in the Powhatan / Algonquian language of native people from the Chesapeake Bay region, was announced on Nov. 12, 2019, at a ceremony at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Institutions in the region played a prominent role in facilitating the discovery and exploration of the object.

“The name ‘Arrokoth’ reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies, and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator. In acknowledgement to the Powhatan people’s significance to the Tidewater region of Virginia and Maryland, Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, asserted that Arrokoth’s name “signifies the strength and endurance of the indigenous Algonquian people of the Chesapeake region. Their heritage continues to be a guiding light for all who search for meaning and understanding of the origins of the universe and the celestial connection of humanity.”

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

Monday, October 28th, 2019

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

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

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

People born with their Sun in conjunction with 472235 Zhulong:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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