New Moon in Libra — October 1, 2016, 00:11 UT

October 1st, 2016

Libra is the sign of relationships. The Moon in Libra is peace-loving and wants to get along with others. It does not like discord. The Libra Moon seeks social approval, and also has a sense of fairness.

In the opposing sign, Aries, Uranus and Eris are in a tight conjunction. The exact conjunction took place a week ago, and it was the second of the three conjunctions between Uranus and Eris in 2016 and 2017. Planets in Aries can act impulsively, and both Uranus and Eris are disruptive forces.

Rejection and feelings of isolation can be associated with Uranus. A transit of Uranus symbolizes a time, when we need to break out of routines, and let something new in our life.

Eris is the dwarf planet which was discovered in 2005, and which astronomically excluded Pluto from the main planets. Eris was named after the Greek goddess of discord.

In mythology, Eris was the goddess of strife and discord, who indirectly caused the Trojan War. Because of her tendency to cause trouble, she was the only goddess, which had not been invited to the wedding party of Peleus and Thetis. In a rage she threw a golden apple of discord addressed “To the fairest one” amongst the goddesses, provoking thus a quarrel over who the apple should be given to, which eventually led to the Trojan War.

How can these different types of energies in the opposite signs of the New Moon chart be combined constructively? According to the hermetic principle of polarity, “in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that ‘opposites’ are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.”

Actually, Eris was seeking social approval. She wanted to get along with others, and I’m sure she felt that she was treated unjustly. It is easy to understand, why many people consider Eris as the ruler of Libra sign. According to Sue Kientz, “Eris at its best shows concern for equality, desire to improve the community, and an abiding interest in Others.”

It is time to invite Eris to the party!


The new discoveries are not always located far in the icy region of the Kuiper belt. I have included in the New Moon chart a newcomer, which is circulating our own Earth!

The announcement of 2016 HO3, a quasi-satellite of Earth, was made last summer, in mid-June. 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth’s companion for centuries to come. 2016 HO3 is an Apollo asteroid, which orbits the Sun, but at the same time loops around our planet. Look at its intriguing dance:

In the summer solstice chart, 2016 HO3 was in the first degree of Libra, in an exact square to the Sun. At the moment it is at 8+ degrees of Virgo, in a perfect semi-sextile aspect (30 degrees) to the New Moon.

Does this new object have any astrological meaning? Generally speaking, a new planet is said to expand our consciousness and open up new possibilities. 2016 HO3 is small and distant, and it is not a moon, but it is our companion, and will be for along time to come. It may be worthwhile to observe its dance.

Full Moon in Pisces / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse — September 16, 2016, 19:05 UT

September 17th, 2016

”The maiden whom the Valar chose from among the Maiar to guide the vessel of the Sun was named Arien, and he that steered the island of the Moon was Tilion. –

”…But Tilion was wayward and uncertain in speed, and held not to his appointed path; and he sought to come near to Arien, being drawn by her splendour, though the flame of Anar scorched him, and the island of the Moon was darkened.

“…Tilion went with uncertain pace, as yet he goes, and was still drawn towards Arien, as he shall ever be; so that often both may be seen above the Earth together, or at times it will chance that he comes so nigh that his shadow cuts off her brightness and there is a darkness amid the day.”

This is how J.R.R. Tolkien describes eclipses in The Silmarillion. The Silmarillion is a posthumous collection of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, providing the background to The Lord of the Rings.

Each year there are two eclipse seasons, and in every eclipse season there are commonly two eclipses, one Solar and one Lunar, and sometimes more. The New Moon two weeks ago was an Annular Solar Eclipse in Virgo. The second eclipse of this eclipse season is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Pisces.

The Full Moon in Pisces is conjunct Chiron. In the same degree with Chiron and conjunct the Moon is 385446 Manwë. In Sagittarius 174567 Varda is square to the Mercury retrograde in Virgo. Varda is also widely squaring Manwë. Manwë and Varda are two trans-Neptunian objects discovered in 2003 and named in 2014. The names come from J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology.

Manwë was the King of the Valar in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legend. Manwë was a kind, compassionate ruler. He sought peace. He was lord of air, wind, and clouds. Birds were his servants, especially eagles, which flew back and forth and brought to his knowledge everything that was going on in the world. Poetry was Manwë’s delight and the song of words was his music. He lived with Varda, the Star-Queen, on Mount Taniquetil by the sea.

Varda is the Queen of the Stars, and being associated with light she is central to the dualism of light and darkness in Tolkien’s cosmology. She made the stars and constellations, and she established the courses of the Moon and the Sun. Her face radiated light.

It is almost impossible to talk about Manwë without mentioning Varda. 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…”

385446 Manwë is a binary trans-Neptunian object. The secondary is named Thorondor after the Lord of Eagles, the “mightiest of all birds that have ever been”, in Tolkien’s writing. Manwë and Thorondor are predicted to be going through a period of mutual occultations and transits between 2014 and 2018, when one object crosses in front of the other as seen from Earth.

174567 Varda is highly likely to be a dwarf planet. Its moon is named Ilmarë after Varda’s handmaiden. Tolkien was inspired by many mythologies, and the name Ilmarë possibly comes from the magical Finnish blacksmith Ilmarinen in our national epic, the Kalevala.

The Full Moon in Pisces is conjunct Chiron. This composition suggests intense emotions, confusion, and perhaps feeling like being a bit out of control. The eclipse takes place on the South node of the Moon. The South node has to do with the past. The Moon is a warehouse for memories. Pisces is one of the Water signs, and water remembers.

This can also be a moment of intuitive understanding, which with the aid of Chiron, the Maverick, offers an opportunity to something extraordinary and radiant.

New Moon in Virgo / Annular Solar Eclipse — September 1, 2016, 09:03 UT

September 2nd, 2016

The New Moon in the sign of Virgo on Sept.1, 2016, was an Annular Solar Eclipse. Annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is at its furthest point from the Earth and appears smaller than the Sun. The Moon does not cover the whole disc of the Sun, so a bright ring around it can be seen.

There are several factors emphasizing the Virgo nature of this eclipse. Also Mercury and Jupiter are in Virgo. Mercury is the ruler of the sign, and it is in exact conjunction with the magnifying Jupiter, to the degree. Mercury has turned retrograde just two days before the eclipse.

However, as I tend to focus on the new planets in the Kuiper belt, I would like to draw your attention to 90482 Orcus, which is in conjunction with the Sun and the Moon. So far Orcus has been noted in astrology much less than it deserves.

Orcus was discovered in 2004. It is probably a dwarf planet. It is a binary plutino, locked in a 2:3 resonance with Neptune, as all plutinos are. Orcus’s orbit 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. For a brief time during their revolution around the Sun, each of them comes closer to the Sun than does Neptune. 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.

Orcus’s personality was quite apparent from the beginning to Mike Brown, the discoverer. He has called it the anti-Pluto. That is why the name Orcus was chosen. Orcus was the Etruscan god of the underworld and equivalent of the Roman Pluto, and later became an alternate name for Pluto. The name was also a private reference to the homonymous Orcas Island, where Brown’s wife Diane had lived in her youth and that they visit frequently.

Orcus has a large satellite named Vanth. Mike Brown suspects that like the Pluto–Charon system, Orcus and Vanth are tidally locked. In other words, Orcus and its satellite have their same faces locked towards each other constantly.

In 2009 Brown asked readers of his weekly column to suggest possible names for the satellite. The name Vanth, after the Etruscan goddess who guided the souls of the dead to the underworld, was chosen. Brown had seen a picture of a fresco at the tomb in Anina depicting Vanth with a tear in her eye. She was waiting for the dead, carrying a torch, and silently crying. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who weeps for the dead? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to light the way?” wrote Brown.

Vanth in a fresco in an Etruscan tomb, image: Wikipedia

Vanth in a fresco in an Etruscan tomb, image: Wikipedia

From the astrologer’s point of view, there is one more thing about the orbit that raises interest. Astrologer Raimo A. Nikula has noted that in the astrological chart, Orcus and Pluto never are in conjunction with each other, nor oppose each other. They never get closer to each other than 51 degrees, and they never get further away from each other than 150 degrees. In other words, the smallest possible aspect between them is a septile and the widest is a quincunx.

Raimo also reminded me about the long-term opposition between Neptune and Orcus, which still is valid. The opposition has been going on several years. It has slowly started to come apart, but is now intensified by the eclipse in the near vicinity.

Establishing the astrological meaning of Orcus is in progress. Environmental issues and themes of survival, among others, have been connected to Orcus. Because of the homonymous name, also orcas, the killer whales, are associated with Orcus.

Orcas have been the main attraction of SeaWorld theme parks. The parks’ marine mammals have been a subject of criticism for years, and finally the campaigns against the captivity of dolphins and orcas have borne fruit. In 2016, SeaWorld has announced that they would end their in-park breeding programs, and eventually phase out their killer whale shows altogether.

Särkänniemi Dolphinarium in Finland has been receiving similar criticism as SeaWorld. The dolphinarium was closed in 2015. The last performance of the bottlenose dolphins was on Sept. 6, 2015, when Neptune was opposing a triple conjunction of Jupiter, Orcus and the Sun. Dolphins are symbols of the sea god Neptune.

Last week the effects of the eclipse started to show in Finland, when the management of Särkänniemi tried to transport the four dolphins of Särkänniemi from Tampere to Attica Zoological Park in Greece. The operation was started in secrecy, in the dark of the night. The animal activists and the media got wind of the transfer though, and a huge media tumult burst out. It became the main news. The management refused to communicate. They lied that because of security concerns, the authorities had advised to keep the operation secret. The hullabaloo just kept swelling and it has not calmed down.

An estimated 200 people gathered in the parking lot near the dolphinarium to follow the proceedings Saturday night. Image: Kaisu Jansson / Yle

An estimated 200 people gathered in the parking lot near the dolphinarium to follow the proceedings Saturday night. Image: Kaisu Jansson / Yle

Many rumors have been floating about the welfare of the animals in Attica Park. Activists from the animal rights group say that it is not the best location for the dolphins. Many people wish that the four dolphins, which never should have captured in the first place, could have stayed at Särkänniemi until a better place for their retirement had been found.

The closing ceremony of the Särkänniemi summer season will be held on next Saturday. Several noted artists that were supposed to perform at the celebration, have cancelled their gigs due to the park’s operations. Rock singer Jonne Aaron is the only scheduled artist who will step on stage. He is a dependable and committed Virgo. The Solar Eclipse and Orcus fall conjunct his Sun.

Full Moon in MacArthur’s Park — August 18, 2016, 09:27 UT

August 18th, 2016

On Tuesday it was pouring rain the whole day. In the background of my mind Richard Harris was singing “MacArthur Park”, all day. I thought that this was due to the weather, until I cast the chart for the song. I noticed that at the time of the recording, on Dec. 21, 1967, the Sun was in conjunction with 346889 Rhiphonos, just as it is now. The Aquarius Full Moon today was opposing the Sun-Rhiphonos conjunction.

346889 Rhiphonos is a centaur planet discovered in 2009. The orbital period is around 35,8 years. It is one of the recently named Kuiper belt objects. The naming was announced on July 23, 2013, a day after the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. Because of the mythology behind the name Rhiphonos, this simultaneity caused some pondering among astrologers at the time.

Rhiphonos was one of the twelve Dionysian Centaurs, which were set by Zeus to guard the infant Dionysus against Hera’s anger. Dionysus’s mother was a mortal woman, and his father was Zeus. The Dionysian Centaurs were originally sprites, but Hera transformed them into ox-horned centaurs, and they drew the chariot of Dionysus.

Dionysus is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology. He is equivalent to the Roman Bacchus. He was also known as Liber Pater, “the liberator”. Dionysus travelled around the world, and among his adventures was the conquest of India. Rhiphonos was one of the commanders of the centaurs who joined Dionysus in his campaign against India.

I cannot recall when I have heard “MacArthur Park” for the first time, but it must have been already in 1968, when the original version of the Irish actor Richard Harris peaked the charts. I was twelve years old. I have loved the song ever since. Many artists have made cover versions of the song, but I have never listened any of the later versions, as Harris’s is the one and only for me. His performance is touching, and you can hear the pain in his voice.

Some people have claimed, that Richard Harris cannot sing. In my opinion his voice is beautiful, and it is his performance, which makes the song so special. Opinions divide, as the song has also been voted as the worst song of all time.

“MacArthur Park” is written by Jimmy Webb, who was only 21 years old at the time. The lyrics are symbolic and tell a true story of the end of a love affair, which Webb had with Susie Horton. They used to meet in MacArthur Park.

The young man of the song, whose relationship has ended, understands, that no matter how hurt he may be at the moment, life goes on, and though this one was the love of his life, there will be other loves. It is a growth story. So he will take responsibility for his life, although his life will never be the same again:

“I will take my life into my hands and I will use it”

I believe that the line is telling something essential about Rhiphonos, too.

Growth means change. Taking responsibility for your life can be frightening, but it is also freeing.

“MacArthur Park” was Richard Harris’s debut as a singer. It was his growth story, too. In an interview for The Guardian in 2013, Jimmy Webb recalls, how at one point during the recordings Harris had said, that “the vocals are a little loud, we need more orchestra.” A few months later he was saying: “The damn orchestra’s too loud!” Harris had gone from wanting to hide his voice to wanting people to hear it.

In the same interview Webb says: “We were a bit afraid of what we’d done. I didn’t know I could write something like that.”

On July 21, 2014, an entire “Late Show With David Letterman” was devoted to the song and titled as “MacArthur Park Night”. At the time there was a quadruple conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter, Rhiphonos and Varuna.


Thank you Chad Townsend for helping me to understand the lyrics of the song.

The lyrics can be found here:

New Moon in Leo — August 2, 2016, 20:44 UT

August 3rd, 2016

The Leo New Moon lined up with two newly named trans-Neptunian objects, which I have not mentioned before in my blog. The Sun and the Moon at 10+ degrees of Leo squared 341520 Mors–Somnus in Taurus. In conjunction with the Sun and the Moon in Leo was 420356 Praamzius.

341520 Mors–Somnus is a small double plutino discovered in 2007. The orbital period is approximately 245 years, slightly shorter than that of Pluto. The two components have almost equal size and their colors are indistinguishable from each other, but either one of them presumably has an elongated shape.

All plutinos are given mythological names associated with the underworld, so Mors–Somnus was named in 2015 after the mythological Roman twin gods of the underworld. Mors is the personification of death and Somnus is the personification of sleep. The Greek equivalents are Thanatos and Hypnos. Other named plutinos are for example Huya, Ixion and Orcus.

In Leo conjunct the New Moon is 420356 Praamzius, a cubewano discovered in 2012 with possible precovery observations dating back to 2004. It was officially named in February 2016 after the Lithuanian god of the sky, peace, and friendship. The Lithuanian chief god was also ruler of time. Cubewanos are given mythological names associated with creation. The orbital period of Praamzius is about 281 years, and it is possibly a dwarf planet.

It is too early to give any astrological delineation for these new minor planets, but I believe that Praamzius conjunct this New Moon emphasizes the importance of peace work in the world today. Here are a few example charts:

Jim Morrison, the singer, songwriter, and poet, and Oliver Stone, a film director and producer, have their Moon in conjunction with Praamzius.

Edward Snowden, who leaked NSA documents in 2013, and Mathias Rust, a German aviator who during the Cold War years in 1987 flew from Helsinki to Moscow and illegally landed near Red Square and the Kremlin, have their Sun conjunct Praamzius. Mathias Rust has said that his flight was intended to reduce tension and suspicion between the two Cold War sides.

The actor, film director, and activist Marlon Bando has a New Moon – a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon — in his birth chart. Praamzius is in conjunction with his luminaries. He also has Mors-Somnus rising near his ascendant.

The Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud has Mors-Somnus conjunct his Mars. He wrote about dream theories and interpretations, and used hypnosis in his work. Praamzius is aspecting both his Sun (120 degrees) and his Moon (150 degrees).

Full Moon in Capricorn — July 19, 2016, 22:57 UT

July 22nd, 2016

At Full Moon, the Moon is exactly opposite the Sun. Tuesday’s Full Moon appeared in Capricorn, and in the opposing sign, Cancer, the Sun was in conjunction with 20000 Varuna, a large classical Kuiper belt object, which was discovered in 2000.

Varuna is highly likely a dwarf planet. At the time of its discovery, it was the largest cubewano found so far. The orbital period is around 283 years.

Varuna is named after one of the oldest of the Vedic deities, the maker and upholder of heaven and earth. As such he was king of gods and men and the universe, and he had unlimited knowledge. Originally Varuna was the chief god of the Vedic pantheon, but he was replaced by Indra, and became the god of the seas and the celestial ocean. In art Varuna has been depicted as a lunar deity, as a yellow man wearing golden armor and riding the sea creature Makara. In Hindu astrology, Makara is equivalent to the sign of Capricorn. Varuna’s presence in the Full Moon chart deepens the general themes of the Capricorn Moon.

Varuna was also the god of law, portrayed as omniscient, catching liars with his lasso. He deals with matters of truth, lies and keeping agreements. Varuna has been described as a vast energy behind everything, too large to comprehend.

Among the events which have taken place while the Sun has been conjunct Varuna, are the following:

April 25, 1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson published their description of the double helix structure of DNA in the scientific journal Nature.

May 6, 1960 – President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960 into law.

May 12, 1964 — Twelve young men in New York City publicly burn their draft cards to protest the Vietnam War; the first such act of war resistance.

May 26, 1972 — Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT I treaty in Moscow, as well as the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and other agreements.
— The Watergate first break-in, the “Ameritas dinner”, fails.

June 5, 1981 — The first recognized cases of AIDS.

June 17, 1991 — The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.

July 1, 2002 — The International Criminal Court is established.

July 7, 2005 — A series of coordinated terrorist bombings strike London’s public transport system during the morning rush hour.

July 20, 2015 — Cuba and the United States reestablish full diplomatic relations.

Two main belt asteroids are standing out in the Capricorn Full Moon chart, and echoing some of the themes of Varuna.

Asteroid 12524 Conscience is in conjunction with the Moon. This asteroid is named after Hendrik Conscience, a Belgian writer, and the astrological meaning of asteroid Conscience has not been studied, but sometimes the names work astrologically very well, although chosen quite arbitrarily. We can assume that asteroid Conscience deals with one’s sense of right and wrong.

In exact square to the luminaries is 128 Nemesis, a large and dark asteroid, named after the goddess of retribution. According to Demetra George, who has studied a lot about the female shadow, Nemesis in the birth chart symbolizes our conscience and guides us toward taking right action. When we ignore her promptings, we suffer the consequences. The earlier nature of Nemesis was more as an abstract force of justice rather than that of retaliation. Nemesis ensured that humanity respected the natural laws that maintained the order of the universe.

The Full Moon chart subtly advices us to listen the voice of our conscience and follow its guidance, and not to be judgmental toward one another.

New Moon in Virgo / Partial Solar Eclipse — Sept 13, 2015, 06:41 UT

September 17th, 2015

The New Moon in Virgo on Sept. 13 was a partial solar eclipse. Eclipses are more powerful than ordinary New Moons. In astrology, even if the eclipse is not visible where you live, it has an impact nevertheless. Eclipses are the emissaries of change.

In the eclipse chart in Pisces opposite the luminaries was Chiron. Chiron has affinities with Virgo, some astrologers even consider it to be the ruler of the sign.

The symbol of the earth sign Virgo is a maiden. The natives born in this sign are often practical, dependable and strongly inclined to serve their human fellows. The sign is associated with the sixth house, where matters of health, service and daily work belong. Virgo represents nurses, cleaners, servants and laborers.

There are going to be a massive demonstration and strikes in Finland on Friday. We haven’t seen anything like it since the general strike in 1956. The demonstration will close harbors and cause cancellations of flights. Policemen, bus drivers, teachers, shop personnel, health care workers etc., everybody is protesting. The whole labor union movement is prepared to show its power.

The demonstration is aimed against the centre-right government’s cuts, which will affect mostly women in low paid branches and those working in the public sector. The cuts treat people unjustly. According to the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle calculations, midwives are losing most. Yes, that’s right, the midwives have to bear the heaviest burden and save Finland!

The government is also restricting the right to agree on terms of employment and wrecking the policy of consensus, a process of decision-making that seeks widespread agreement among group members. So far employers, trade unions and the government have been able to negotiate the terms themselves, rather than the terms being imposed by law.

In Pisces, opposite the solar eclipse and in conjunction with Chiron is Borasisi, a minor planet in the Kuiper belt region. The name comes from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle. In the novel, the fictional religion of Bokononism is based on lies. One who believes harmless untruths will have peace of mind and a happy life. Borasisi’s presence could refer to some people’s difficulty to accept the urgent need to make economical adjustments in Finland. People want to believe that everything is fine. On the other hand, it may refer to some people’s willingness to believe that the government’s acts will get us safe. There are many who don’t believe so, as Friday’s demonstration shows.

We are now past the Uranus-Pluto square, the long-term transit of our era, but we will be experiencing its effects still a long time. Saturn, which represents boundaries, limitations and fears, is changing signs. This solar eclipse belongs to a Saros series 18 North. According to Bernadette Brady’s delineation, “a high stress level accompanies the energy of this series and individuals will experience a taxing of their strength.”

Mercury in the mid-degrees of Libra has turned retrograde on Thursday. It aspects several planets in Finland’s birth chart: Saturn in Leo, the Moon-Mars conjunction in Virgo, Pallas in Scorpio, the Sun in Sagittarius, and Juno in Aquarius. It is commonly known, that Mercury retrograde can cause confusion and complicate communication. Signing contracts is not recommendable under this influence. This is not promising any easy negotiations or quick solutions here in Finland.

Full Moon in Sagittarius — June 02, 2015, 16:19 UT

June 3rd, 2015

The Full Moon was in Sagittarius. The Sun in the opposing sign, Gemini, was in conjunction with retrograding Mercury and 148780 Altjira, a classical Kuiper belt object which was discovered in 2001.

Classical trans-Neptunian objects are given mythological names associated with creation. 148780 Altjira was named after the sky god of the aboriginal people of Australia. Altjira was the central god of the Dreamtime, a sacred era which existed before the life of the individual began, and continues to exist when the life of the individual ends. In the beginning Altjira created the Earth and gave the humans everything they might need. Then without leaving instructions he retired to the sky.

When we are trying to establish the astrological meaning of a new planet, leaning solely on its mythological name may not be the best policy. However, my research a couple of years ago indicated, that Altjira has something to do with sleep and dreaming.

The Roman god Mercury is equivalent to Greek Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Among other things, Hermes was a god of transitions and boundaries. He was a guide to the underworld, and he was able to move between the worlds of the living and the dead. He is said to have the power to enter the dreams of mortals. We can also consider him as a messenger between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind.

The Moon in Sagittarius and the conjunction of planets in Gemini are square to Neptune in Pisces. Neptune is associated with dreams and denial, among other things. The square aspect creates tension; it challenges you to face issues.

Retrograding Mercury in conjunction with Altjira and square to Neptune suggests that your dreams may reveal to you something about yourself, which so far has remained unnoticed or hidden. Keeping a dream diary now could be a good idea.

New Moon in Taurus — May 18, 2015, 04:13 UT

May 20th, 2015

The Taurus New Moon yesterday was in conjunction with Sedna, an inner Oort cloud object, and one of the most distant objects of our solar system. It was also opposite Huya, a trans-Neptunian object in the Kuiper belt region. Both bodies seem to tell us something about the consequences of our actions on the environment. Both of them are currently near their perihelion, the point in their orbit where they are nearest to the Sun.

38628 Huya is a plutino with an orbital period of nearly 248 years. Like Pluto, Huya sometimes travels inside the orbit of Neptune. Huya was in perihelion in December 2014.

Huya was discovered in March 2000 in Venezuela and named after Juyá, the rain god of the indigenous Wayuu people of Venezuela and Colombia. Juyá is a master of rain, and he lives in a distant place beyond the Sun. The Wayuu inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula, where the lack of water is a huge problem. By naming the body after Juyá, the Wayuu hoped that the rain god would give them the miracle of water.

The traditional Wayuu style of living seems to be on a collision course with the changes caused by modern technologies. The Wayuu have had to deal with problems caused by the coal mining industry. Their environment has been polluted and they suffer from health problems. They are 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?”

90377 Sedna’s orbit around the Sun is exceptionally long and elongated, and the orbital period is approximately 11,400 years. In an astrological chart Sedna works almost like a fixed star. Sedna is nearing its perihelion in 2076.

Sedna was discovered in November 2003. The discoverer Mike Brown said: “Our newly discovered object is the coldest most distant place known in the Solar System, so we feel it is appropriate to name it in honor of Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea, who is thought to live at the bottom of the frigid Arctic Ocean.”

In the art Sedna is often depicted as a mermaid with long black hair. Sedna was a young Inuit girl who sank to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean and became the mighty queen of the underworld. When Sedna is happy, she releases her mammals and allows the humans to eat from the bounty of the sea. If she is not respected, she sends storms and starvation. Then a shaman must visit her, comb her black tangled hair and calm her down again.

The Arctic region is a unique area, which so far has remained comparatively clean. The Arctic holds 1/5 of the Earth’s water supply. We should do our utmost for protecting the Arctic. An oil spill would have a catastrophic impact. There is no way to clean up oil underneath the thick ice. Recently president Obama granted Shell approval to start drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Finland plays a grim role in Shell’s plans. Two icebreakers owned by a Finnish state-owned firm Arctia Shipping are going to assist Shell. As Tapio Laakso from Greenpeace said, it is a national shame.

New Moon in Aries — April 18, 2015, 18:57 UT

April 21st, 2015

The New Moon in the late degrees of Aries was in conjunction with two distant minor planets, cubewano 1992 QB1 and centaur planet Pelion.

1992 QB1 was the first body found beyond Neptune since the discovery of Pluto in 1930. It has changed signs from Aries to Taurus recently. The New Moon’s conjunction to Pelion at 26+ degrees Aries was tighter than its conjunction to QB1.

49036 Pelion is a centaur planet discovered on August 21, 1998. Its orbital period around the Sun is about 89 years, a little longer than that of Uranus. The orbits of the centaurs are elliptical. They usually cross one or more of the rounder orbits of the main planets, and therefore they are called orbit-crossers. Uranus is the only main planet whose orbit Pelion crosses.

In 1998, when Pelion was found, Uranus was moving in its own sign, Aquarius. In its discovery chart, Pelion was in strict conjunction with Uranus. Uranus is the planet of inventors, innovations, and crossing of boundaries. Aquarius is concerned with humanity and social equality. The sign is associated with electrical waves and technological advancements. Planets in Aquarius tend to operate in unconventional manner.

Is Pelion’s conspicuous involvement with Uranus just a coincidence, or does it offer clues on Pelion’s astrological meaning? Pelion has remained with very little notice so far, perhaps because its name does not refer to any mythological character, but a place. In many case, when astrologers try to establish the meaning of a new planet, they take into consideration the myth behind the name.

Pelion is a mountain in Thessalia, Greece. In Greek mythology, Mount Pelion took its name from the mythical king Peleus, father of Achilles. Mount Pelion was the homeland of Chiron and other centaurs. It was the place where Jason and the Argonauts started their quest for the Golden Fleece. The ship for this voyage, Argo, was built from wood from the trees of Mount Pelion. It was also where the wedding to which Eris was not invited took place.

Another means, when trying to establish the meaning of a planet, is to look at the news around the discovery time. What was happening in the world at the time?

The first RFID passports were issued by Malaysia in 1998. The abbreviation RFID means radio-frequency identification. The passport’s critical information is both printed on the data page of the passport and stored in a microprocessor chip. The biometrics used for this type of identification system is fingerprint recognition, for example.

RFID tags can be used to track people, cars, and mobile phones. They can be used to pay on bus, trains, or subways, or to collect highway tolls. RFID tags for animals represent one of the oldest uses of RFID. You may get your lost dog back, if there is a microchip implant under its skin.

On August 24, 1998, the first RFID human implantation was tested in the United Kingdom by Kevin Warwick, a British engineer, who has his Sun in Aquarius, which suits well for a scientist who is undertaking groundbreaking experiments. Warwick has a Chiron-Pelion opposition aligned with his lunar node axis. Project Cyborg is the most famous of his studies. A simple RFID transmitter was implanted beneath Warwick’s skin, in order to control doors, lights, heaters, and other devices controlled by a computer. Warwick was given the nickname “Captain Cyborg.”

A cyborg, the shortening for “cybernetic organism”, is a being with both organic and biomechatronic parts. The term covers a wide variety of beings. In principle, someone having an artificial cardiac pacemaker can be called a cyborg. Neil Harbisson is probably one of the most famous cyborgs in the world. He is a contemporary artist and cyborg activist with an antenna implanted in his skull. He was born with extreme color blindness and has always seen only in grayscale. The antenna allows him to hear colors. In 2010, he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that helps humans become cyborgs and promotes cyborgism as an art movement.

The term cyborg was coined in 1960 by Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline. “Space travel challenges mankind not only technologically but also spiritually, in that it invites man to take an active part in his own biological evolution. Scientific advances of the future may thus be utilized to permit man’s existence in environments which differ radically from those provided by nature as we know it,” they wrote in their article Cyborgs and space, published in Astronautics in September 1960. Manfred Clines has a Chiron-Pelion conjunction in Aries.

In popular culture and fiction we have become acquainted with creatures like Darth Vader and the Terminator. The television series The Six Million Dollar Man in 1970s was based on a novel by Martin Caidin titled Cyborg. Caidin has a Chiron-Pelion conjunction in Taurus. Also his Moon is somewhere near the centaur conjunction.

“We are all cyborgs now,” says Amber Case, a cyborg anthropologist. She studies the symbiotic interactions between humans and machines. “Technology is evolving us, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens.” However, she thinks that the machines are helping us to be more human, because they are helping us to connect with each other. In social network we have to start to maintain our second self though. She is also worried about people not taking time for mental reflection anymore, because they are too busy checking their phones and emails all the time.

The Sabian symbol for the discovery degree of Pelion, Aquarius 10, interpreted by Dane Rudhyar: “A man who had for a time become the embodiment of a popular ideal is made to realize that as a person he is not this ideal. Keynote: The need to deal with human beings as persons rather than as screens upon which one projects one’s dream and ideal.”

Our cell phones, computers and social networks allow us to contact our friends all over the globe at any time. The whole world has become our “Mount Pelion”. The mythical centaurs were half-man, half-horse creatures. They remind us that there is also an animal side in us humans. Even if the contemporary man is changing to a cyborg, we are still humans, and we need to cultivate our human side.

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