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Summer Solstice – June 21, 2017, 04:24 UT

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The Solstices and the Equinoxes govern the seasons. The Sun reaches its most northern position around June 21 each year. This is the day of the Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year. The Sun enters Cancer.

The first degree of Cancer is one of the Cardinal Points. The other three of those points are the first degrees of Libra, Capricorn and Aries. They are sensitive points in the chart, which tend to connect us to the larger world around us.

Last summer in mid-June, a new little object came in to our consciousness, 2016 HO3. In the 2016 Summer Solstice chart it was occupying the first degree of Libra, in a perfect square to the Sun. It is exactly in the same position again.

2016 HO3 is our constant companion, circulating around us. It is not a real moon, but a quasi-satellite of Earth. It actually orbits the Sun, and at the same time is also looping around our planet. It has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to be for about three hundred years more. 2016 HO3 spends about half of its time inside the Earth’s orbit, and about half of the time outside of it.

I started to study the orbit of 2016 HO3 in the astrological chart and was astonished. 2016 HO3 resides mostly only in the signs of Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. Sometimes it may visit also Leo and Sagittarius, but it seems it has not been in Sagittarius since the 60’s. In Leo we are not going to see it until in 2026.

First, let’s track the path of 2016 HO3 through the current year. The Capricorn Sun squared 2016 HO3 in the mid degrees of Libra around Jan. 5, 2017. 2016 HO3 was sliding outside the Earth’s orbit. In the beginning of March it started to retrograde in Scorpio. On April 5 it was in opposition to the Sun, still retrograding, again in the mid degrees of Libra, in the same position where it had been at the time of the square. 2016 HO3 visited Virgo, turned direct in May, and now at the Summer Solstice it has just ingressed Libra again. It is proceeding inside the orbit of the Earth. In August it will turn retrograde in the mid degrees of Libra. The conjunction of the Sun and 2016 HO3 happens in September at 24 degrees of Virgo while 2016 HO3 is still in retrograde motion.

This same repeats every year, only the degree numbers gradually change. In 2019 at the Autumn Equinox the conjunction of the Sun and 2016 HO3 happens in the first degree of Libra. In 2021 and 2022 the opposition takes place around the Vernal Equinox while 2016 HO3 is in the beginning of Libra.

Our tiny companion 2016 HO3 seems to have a relationship to the equinoxes and the solstices, and to the Cardinal Points. Its manifestation and abridged appearance in the signs may refer to a distinct message, which is essential to humanity during the next couple of centuries.

Full Moon in Sagittarius — June 9, 2017, 13:10 UT

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The Full Moon at 18+ degrees of Sagittarius has brought us a phase of faith and optimism. The Moon is in tight conjunction to Varda, Lady of the Stars, whose face radiates light.

174567 Varda is a trans-Neptunian object named after principal goddess of the elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology. Varda created the stars and constellations, and also set the vessels of the Sun and Moon upon their courses. In light is her power and her joy.

“Of all the Great Ones who dwell in this world the Elves hold Varda most in reverence and love. Elbereth they name her, and they call upon her name out of the shadows of Middle-earth, and uplift it in song at the rising of the stars,” writes Tolkien.

174567 Varda is highly likely to be a dwarf planet. Dr. Mike Brown has ranked it as the 15th largest object on his dwarf planet list. The orbital period of Varda is around 310 years. It is usually classified as a cubewano, a classical Kuiper belt object. Minor planets in this group do not cross Neptune’s orbit, and they are not controlled by an orbital resonance with Neptune. However, the boundary between the classical objects and the so called scattered disk objects is blurred, and there is no official definition of a cubewano. According to the Deep Ecliptic Survey’s (a project to find Kuiper belt objects) classification Varda has been referred as a detached object.

The sign of Sagittarius is symbolized by the centaur, half man and half horse. In the Sagittarius Full Moon chart the planet of love, Venus, is at 3+ degrees of Taurus, which was the discovery degree of Chiron, the first centaur planet. The Sabian Symbol for the degree is “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”. The keynote by Dane Rudhyar is: “Riches that come from linking the celestial and the earthly nature.”

When I was doing my research for this Full Moon in order to find good examples on Varda, one event rose above the others, namely the discovery of Chiron. Chiron was discovered on Nov.1, 1977, by Charles T. Kowal from images taken on Oct. 18, 1977. It was named after the wise centaur Chiron in Greek mythology. In the discovery chart for Nov. 1, 1977, the Sun in Scorpio is in conjunction with Uranus and couple of minor planets, one of which is Varda. Varda’s prominent position in this chart fits so well with Chiron’s tendency to raise awareness. It is difficult to see in the dark. We need light in order to become aware of something.

Yusuf Islam (born July 21, 1948), previously known by his stage name Cat Stevens, has Varda at his ascendant in his birth chart. It is a Full Moon chart (Rodden Rating A). He sings:

“I think I see the light coming to me,
Coming through me giving me a second sight.”

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