Full Moon in Sagittarius — May 29, 2018, 14:19 UT

May 30th, 2018

The Full Moon in Sagittarius was in conjunction with 38628 Huya, a trans-Neptunian object named after the rain god of the Wayuu people of Venezuela and Colombia. Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces are forming a grand trine aspect pattern in the water signs. Uranus in the early degrees of Taurus is opposite Typhon retrograde in Scorpio.

38628 Huya is a plutino discovered in March 2000 by Venezuelan astronomer Ignacio Ferrin. Like Pluto, Huya spends part of its orbit closer to the Sun than Neptune. It came to perihelion (the point in its orbit where it is nearest to the Sun) in December 2014. It will be closer to the Sun than Neptune until July 2029.

I tend to forget that 38628 Huya is a binary system. The satellite was discovered in 2012 and it has not been named yet. Pulowi would be an apt name for the satellite, because in Wayuu mythology Pulowi and Juya were a married deity couple associated with procreation and life. Pulowi is related to dry seasons and Juya controls the rain. Lack of water is a huge problem for the Wayuu people, who inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula, and that is why the object was named after the rain god.

In Florida a subtropical storm Alberto made a landfall on Monday. In North Carolina and Maryland rain and flooding have caused damage and loss of lives. At the same time the weather here in Finland is dry and hot. The month of May has been the warmest we have ever experienced, since the official recording of the weather began in our country. Open fires are strictly forbidden, because the risk for forest fires is historically high now.

The environment of the Wayuu people has been polluted by the coal mining industry. They have been forced to relocate and leave their ancestral land. A Wayuu leader Jorge Montiel has said: “We will not be removed from the lands where our ancestors are buried. We are defending the animals, the forests and the water. This planet can’t withstand any more contamination. What good is all this wealth from oil and coal if we are dying of diseases and misery?” At the time of the total solar eclipse in Scorpio on November 13, 2012, Finland was in the midst of the worst environmental crisis in its history, when a waste water pool at the Talvivaara mine in Kainuu started to leak. The eclipse was in conjunction with 38628 Huya.

Our seas and oceans can’t withstand any more plastic. Last month a young sperm whale washed up on a beach in southern Spain. It had 64 pounds of plastic and waste in its stomach. Sperm whales are in danger of extinction. Around 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our oceans.

On Monday the European Commission proposed a total ban on single-use plastic products such as plastic straws and cotton buds. Although we all as individuals are responsible, this is a step to the right direction. The pressure has to be put on the production.

New Moon in Taurus — May 15, 2018, 11:48 UT

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.”

Full Moon in Scorpio — April 30, 2018, 00:58 UT

April 29th, 2018

In last October a fascinating triple trans-Neptunian object was named Lempo from Finnish mythology. A Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon, and now in the Scorpio Full Moon chart, the Sun in Taurus is in exact conjunction with Lempo. The luminaries – and Lempo – are squaring the lunar nodes, the points where the yearly path of the Sun and the monthly path of the Moon intersect as seen from Earth.

The nodes of the Moon are always opposite each other, forming the nodal axis, the meaning of which in astrology is often seen as karmic. The north node relates to the future and the south node to the past. The chart degrees squaring the nodes are seen as balancing points. Lempo is on that important threshold right now.

Astronomically Lempo is a unique multiple system. It is a plutino consisting of three bodies, which are all similarly sized, having diameters within 100 – 300 km. The two inner components form a binary. The third component is circulating the central pair. In this respect Lempo resembles the Pluto system, where four small moons are orbiting the central binary of Pluto and Charon. The Lempo system has been proposed as a possible target for future missions to the Kuiper belt.

Lempo was originally worshipped in Finland as the goddess of love and fertility. According to the myth, a glowing fireball shot from the sky and hit the ground. It was the sacred Fire Woman who came from beyond the visible world. The myth describes a meteor hitting the ground a long time ago. At first people were scared, but after they realized all the advantages which she gave to them, they became the people of fire. She gave them fertile soil, tools and weapons, she lit the flame of love, and she escorted the dead to the Otherworld.

There is a municipality of Lempäälä in Finland. The name supposedly originates from the fact that worshippers of Lempo lived there in the region. The name originates at least 2000 years back from the Iron Age. In Finnish folk poetry all “lempo” related words can be associated with fire and iron. One of the Finnish words – also in the contemporary language – meaning love is “lempi”. The word “lempi” originally meant a literal fire or a flame. The same kind of fire or burning sensation can be used to describe an internal state of a person.

Christianity gained a foothold in Finland during the 11th century. The reputation of Lempo worsened and she was equated with the devil. There are sources, according to which Lempo disappeared after the Christianization. But when people heard about Bridget of Sweden, they thought that she was the reborn Fire Woman, and the worshippers of Lempo turned to Saint Bridget. Bridget of Sweden (1303 – 1373) was a mystic and saint, and the most prominent religious and political figure in Scandinavia of her time. She was proclaimed a saint on Oct. 7, 1391.

Bridget of Sweden is celebrated on 7 October. According to Kustaa Vilkuna (1902 – 1980), a well-known Finnish ethnologist, linguist and historian, there was a big feast held in her honor every year in Lempäälä. We could even talk about a cult of Bridget. People dressed in their best clothes, drank beer and celebrated. Feasting was obviously thorough, because there is an old saying in Lempäälä, according to which the next day was also needed as a holiday. According to Juha Kuisma, a native born resident of Lempäälä, who has studied Lempo and the history of Lempäälä, at least part of the cult clearly originates from the time before Christianity.

Note, that both the discovery date of Lempo (Oct. 1, 1999) and the publication date of the naming (Oct. 5, 2017), are very close to the feast day of Bridget of Sweden, Oct. 7.

The medieval church of Lempäälä is dedicated to Bridget of Sweden. The church was built near a deep pit (now filled with grit), which according to the lore was once called “Lempo’s pit”, and was possibly caused by a meteorite. It was still marked on the 19th century maps. Archeological studies have shown that there was also a pagan cemetery at the site.

Lempo is mythological fire, which came from beyond the visible world. Likewise, we can say that Lempo is creative fire burning inside every one of us. Lempo is passion and attraction.

Soon after the naming of Lempo I saw a television documentary of Jimi Hendrix performing at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970. It has been said that his concert was almost like a spiritual experience. His playing was free from restrictions, he was dressed in red clothing and he looked like a flame. In Jimi’s chart Lempo is rising right at his ascendant in Sagittarius.

New Moon in Aries — April 16, 2018, 1:57 UT

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.

Full Moon in Libra — March 31, 2018, 12:37 UT

March 31st, 2018

The Full Moon occurred at 10+ degrees of Libra. The Sun in the opposing sign Aries is conjunct Mercury and 37117 Narcissus, a centaur-like minor planet. Mercury turned retrograde a week ago, and is now approaching the Sun.

37117 Narcissus was discovered in 2000 by Canadian amateur astronomer William Kwong Yu Yeung at the Desert Beaver Observatory, a private observatory near Eloy, Arizona. 37117 Narcissus crosses the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn. Using a broader definition of a centaur planet, it can be classified as a centaur, but its perihelion, the closest point in its orbit about the Sun, is inside Jupiter’s orbit. The Minor Planet Center defines centaurs as having a perihelion beyond the orbit of Jupiter and a semi-major axis less than that of Neptune. 37117 Narcissus will reach its perihelion in January 2019.

The myth of Echo and Narcissus was told by Ovid in the Metamorphoses. Echo was a talkative nymph cursed by goddess Juno. Echo was unable to say anything on her own, only repeat the last words of someone else. She fell in love with Narcissus, a beautiful youth who rejected her love. Narcissus bent down to drink from a spring and as a punishment fell deeply in love with his own reflection in the water. He was gazing into the pool hour after hour, until he changed into the narcissus plant.

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder with a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for other people. The condition was named after Narcissus from the Greek myth.

We need to be cautious in the usage of the term NPD, because in spite of the common use of the word narcissism, only a small fraction of people actually have the disorder. We all have 37117 Narcissus somewhere in our charts, and we all can sometimes be vain or self-centered. Many social phenomena of our time encourage narcissistic behavior. We publish selfies and pour our lives to Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and blogs.

Aries represents self-directed energies, and the Sun is the symbol of ego. Libra is the sign of relationships and projection, and in Libra we seek balance. The Full Moon in Libra should help us to reflect healthy self-esteem.

New Moon in Pisces — March 17, 2018, 13:11 UT

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.

Full Moon in Virgo — March 2, 2018, 00:51 UT

March 2nd, 2018

Last night’s Full Moon in Virgo was in conjunction with plutino 90482 Orcus.

90482 Orcus is a probable dwarf planet discovered in February 2004 by Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz. It has a large moon, Vanth. Orcus and Vanth form a binary system, and like the Pluto-Charon system, Orcus and Vanth are tidally locked.

The orbit of Orcus is similar to Pluto’s, but it is oriented differently. They have the same orbital period (247 and 248 years), and both have perihelia above the ecliptic plane, but their elongated orbits point in nearly opposite directions. Orcus is at aphelion when Pluto is at perihelion and vice versa. Because of the same orbital period and their mutual resonance with Neptune, they will always stay in opposite phases of their orbits. Orcus will come to aphelion (farthest distance from the Sun) in 2019.

Because of the similarities with Pluto, Orcus got named after one of the Roman equivalents of Pluto, the Etruscan god of the underworld. Orcus was also known as the punisher of broken oaths. It is likely that the name was transliterated from the Greek daemon Horkos, the personification of oaths. Oath-taking and the penalties for perjuring oneself played an important part in the Ancient Greek concept of justice. A curse was inflicted on a person who swore a false oath in the name of the gods.

The Sun in Pisces is now in conjunction with Neptune, which is associated with deception, lies and confusion, among other things. Keep your word, be clear in your expression, and don’t swear a false oath either.

Full Moon in Leo / Total Lunar Eclipse — January 31, 2018, 13:27 UT

February 1st, 2018

“Earth’s increase, foison plenty,
Barns and garners never empty;
Vines with clustering bunches growing;
Plants with goodly burden bowing,
Spring come to you at the farthest
In the very end of harvest!
Scarcity and want shall shun you;
Ceres’ blessing so is on you.”
– William Shakespeare, The Tempest

The Full Moon in Leo was a total lunar eclipse and a SuperMoon. If the Moon had risen above the horizon in your location at the time of the eclipse, you were able to see a big red Moon. The media was advertising a Blue Moon. The term has no astrological significance and refers only to the fact that this was the second Full Moon in January.

This was a super powerful Moon. A lunar eclipse is considered more powerful than an ordinary Full Moon and so is a SuperMoon. The Moon’s orbit is elliptical, and when the Moon at the time of a Full Moon or a New Moon happens to be at perigee (the point of least distance) it is called a SuperMoon. Even the astronomers are using this term nowadays, but originally the term was launched by astrologer Richard Nolle in the 70’s.

The Full Moon in Leo was in exact conjunction with asteroid 1 Ceres, the very first asteroid to be discovered. Ceres was originally classified as a planet, and later downgraded to an asteroid. Now it is one of the dwarf planets and the only one in that category orbiting the Sun in the main asteroid belt. Ceres was discovered in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi. Recent studies suggest that Ceres possibly has a layer of liquid water in its interior, and also water in the form of ice everywhere on its surface. There is a strong possibility that life on Earth originated from Ceres. Piazzi didn’t know about these hypotheses when, in the early years of the 19th century, he proposed the name after the Roman goddess Ceres, Mother Earth.

In Roman mythology 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. Jupiter sent Mercury to free Proserpina. Pluto made Proserpina eat six pomegranate seeds, because those who ate food of the dead could not return to the world of the living. Therefore every year Proserpina has to spend six months with Pluto. This is wintertime on Earth. The other six months she is allowed to live with her mother Ceres. When Proserpina returns, Ceres allows plants grow and flowers bloom again. The myth describes the change of the seasons, and nature’s eternal cycle of renewal.

February 2 is Candlemas, one of the Christian holidays. The name refers to candles that are blessed on this day for use throughout the year. Originally in the ancient Rome this festival was feasted in honor of Pluto and Ceres. The Romans walked through the city with lighted candles, because Ceres sought her daughter Proserpina in the night with the light of a candle. Also the Celtic pagan festival Imbolc is feasted around this time, halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.

In the Leo Full Moon chart we have a tight conjunction of two astrological symbols representing mother, the Moon and Ceres. Unconditional love, grief, nurturing and taking care of others, food-related issues and sharing are among the themes of Ceres.

In “Asteroid Goddesses” Demetra George ponders Ceres’ rulership in signs, and introduces Ceres as the ruler of Cancer, Virgo and the Taurus-Scorpio polarity. She mentions that Ceres, in her Virgoan expression, symbolizes workers, labor unions and strikes, among other things. On February 2 a massive political demonstration takes place in Helsinki. Finland’s largest labor organization, the SAK, is protesting the so-called “active model”, the government’s program to reduce the benefits of the unemployed. Thousands of workers will gather to show their solidarity with the unemployed. For instance, the bus and metro workers, and many branches of the public sector will be striking. The delivery of meals to daycare centers may be disturbed, and parents have been advised to pack some food along with their children on Friday. Several themes of Ceres can be recognized concerning Friday’s events.

New Moon in Capricorn — January 17, 2018, 2:17 UT

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.

Full Moon in Cancer — January 2, 2018, 2:24 UT

January 2nd, 2018

The year begins with a Full Moon in Cancer, the home sign of the Moon. The Sun in the opposite sign Capricorn is in conjunction with Venus and a little centaur planet Amycus. Also Saturn is in Capricorn. Saturn arrived in its own sign about two weeks ago. Neptune in Pisces is in tight trine to the Moon and sextile to the Sun-Amycus conjunction.

In Cancer the focus is on the home, the family and the motherland. We may want to withdraw from contact with others and turn within. This tendency can be increased by Saturn’s inclination to set boundaries and build defenses. Centaur Amycus wants to remind us, that we are connected to other people and what we do – whether good or bad — affects everybody. We can’t be truly human in isolation.

55576 Amycus is a rather small centaur with a relatively long orbital period of over 125 years. It was discovered in April 2002 by the NEAT (the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking program). It was named after a male centaur, which had an important role in the Centauromachy, a famous battle between the Lapith people and the centaurs in Greek mythology.

The 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. The wild centaurs were invited to the wedding, but they became drunk and lost control. One of the centaurs, Eurytus, tried to rape the bride. The other centaurs followed his example and tried to attack and violate the Lapith women. King Pirithous’s friend Theseus killed Eurytus. In anger Amycus then smashed the head of innocent Lapith Celadon. Amycus was killed with a leg from a maple table and sent to the underworld Tartarus. The Lapiths defeated the centaurs, which were forced to flee from Thessaly.

In Greek mythology there is also another Amycus, the son of Poseidon (the Greek equivalent of Neptune) and nymph Melia. He was a boxer and the king of the Bebryces. During the expedition of the Argonauts, Polydeuces (Pollux) killed him in a boxing match.

During the Full Moon the presence of loving Venus and idealistic Neptune support 55576 Amycus, and help us to be truly human in a good way and to spread the good. My little example is from Suomussalmi, Finland, from the past week. Because of heavy snowing, thousands of people were without electricity in the Kainuu region since Christmas. On New Year’s Eve the municipality of Suomussalmi opened the doors of the local spa for all those who suffered from the power failure. They could use the spa and recharge their cell phones for free.