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Full Moon in Aries — October 01, 2020, 21:05 UT

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

The Full Moon in Aries is in conjunction with centaur Chiron and sednoid Leleākūhonua. Chiron was the first centaur to be discovered, and at the time of its discovery in 1977, it was the most distant known minor planet. Today it is classified as both a minor planet and a comet. Astrologically Chiron raises awareness and offers the means for holistic healing.

Mars and Eris are retrograding in Aries in exact conjunction with each other. In Greek mythology Eris is the goddess of strife and discord, and the sister of the god of war Ares, the equivalent for the Roman god Mars. The Mars-Eris conjunction is the midpoint of Uranus and the Moon. The midpoint combines the reactive and shaky energies of Uranus and the Full Moon and squares Saturn in Capricorn. We already saw this aspect figure in action in the presidential debate between Trump and Biden the other night.

541132 Leleākūhonua was the third sednoid to be discovered (in 2015) and belongs also to the group of extreme trans-Neptunian objects (ETNO). Members of these distant groups orbit the Sun in the outermost region of the Solar System in long and elongated orbits. There are only three known sednoids so far, but it is suspected that there are many more. All the known ones have perihelia greater than 64 AU. These objects lie outside an apparently nearly empty gap in the Solar System. ETNOs may be influenced by gravitational interactions with a hypothetical Planet Nine, ten times more massive than the Earth and with a diameter two to four times the Earth, and which may be shepherding the orbits of the most distant objects.

Ten years ago astronomer Mike Brown, co-discoverer of Sedna (in 2003), wrote in his blog that he knew that Sedna in its strange orbit was telling us something profound about our solar system, and that to learn more, they would have to find more things like Sedna. The search for those distant icy bodies and for Planet Nine continues.

Mike Brown also wrote: “Sedna could have gotten too close to this Planet X and been given a kick which would have flung it out into a far corner of our solar system. But, like always, nothing can kick you into a far corner and make you stay there. You always come back to the spot where you were kicked.” The name of Leleākūhonua compares the object’s orbit to the flight of migratory birds and evokes a yearning to be near Earth. The name comes from the Hawaiian creation chant, the Kumulipo.

The orbital period of Leleākūhonua is around 32,000 years. At the moment Leleākūhonua is approaching the Sun and will come to perihelion in 2078. The Earth is our only home. It has lost more than two-thirds of its wildlife populations in the last 50 years – only in one Chiron’s round around the Sun. This catastrophic decline caused by the human activity has to be stopped! Leleākūhonua came to show us that the damage is happening too fast and our efforts for saving our planet are too slow. We have to change our ways urgently.

Full Moon in Pisces — September 02, 2020, 05:22 UT

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

The Full Moon was at 10+ degrees of Pisces in conjunction with centaur Nessus. The Sun in Virgo was conjunct plutino Orcus.

We regard highly those who keep their word. The Etruscan god of the underworld, Orcus, was the punisher of those who lied or broke their promises in ancient Italy before the Roman expansion. Orcus was the counterpart of the Greek Pluto.

90482 Orcus was discovered in 2004. It reached its aphelion (farthest distance from the Sun) in 2019. The orbital period is 245 years, almost the same as Pluto’s orbital period. Both Pluto and Orcus are locked in 3:2 resonance with Neptune (making two revolutions around the Sun, while Neptune makes three), but their orbits point in nearly opposite directions. Because of Neptune’s influence, Pluto and Orcus will always stay in opposite phases of their orbits. Orcus forms a binary system with its moon Vanth. They have their same faces locked towards each other constantly, just like Pluto and its largest moon Charon.

7066 Nessus is named after a centaur who, for his part is associated with deception. The name was proposed by astrologers and accepted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). In Greek mythology centaur Nessus tried to rape Heracles’s wife Deianeira, but Heracles killed him with a poisoned arrow. The dying Nessus tricked Deianeira to take some of his blood and make a love potion that would keep Heracles faithful to her. Deianeira believed Nessus, but the potion in turn killed Heracles. In astrology Nessus is associated with themes that can stretch over several generations, and the healing process.

This Full Moon advises us to be honest and keep our promises, pay attention to the motives of others, and be aware of any possible attempts to abuse our trust.

Full Moon in Aquarius — August 03, 2020, 15:59 UT

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

The Full Moon at 11+ degrees of Aquarius is squaring Uranus at 10+ degrees of Taurus and three distant minor planets as well, tightly in conjunction with Uranus. Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius and famous for its unpredictability. The three minor planets mentioned above are 15760 Albion, 385695 Clete and 385571 Otrera.

15760 Albion was discovered in 1992, and many besides me know it better by its provisional designation 1992 QB1, since it took 25 years before it got named. In January 2018 out of the blue, the name was announced. This cubewano was named from the creation mythology of English poet and painter William Blake (1757–1827) after Albion, the primordial man who was originally fourfold but was self-divided into the four Zoas, each representing important aspects of human character. The name Albion derives from the ancient and mythological name of Britain.

Albion is not just any minor planet, but the door opener. It was the first body found beyond Neptune after the discovery of Pluto in 1930. The discovery proved the existence of the Kuiper belt and led to the finding of all the interesting populations of the icy bodies that we know today, and to a new understanding of our solar system.

Astrologically Albion is representing the edge, the bridge leading to the unknown, or the archetype of the thresholder. It was discovered at the Aries Point, in the first degree of the first sign of the zodiac, just starting a new phase. The Aries Point connects the individual with the larger world.

What William Blake once said has been manifesting both astronomically and astrologically: “In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”

385571 Otrera and 385695 Clete are Neptune trojans. They have approximately the same orbital period as Neptune (164.8 years) and follow roughly the same orbital path. Otrera was discovered in 2004 and Clete in 2005. The Neptune trojans are to be named after Amazons, which were female warriors that fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Trojans against the Greeks. Classicist Peter Walcot has written, “Wherever the Amazons are located by the Greeks, whether it is somewhere along the Black Sea in the distant north-east, or in Libya in the furthest south, it is always beyond the confines of the civilized world. The Amazons exist outside the range of normal human experience.”

In Greek mythology, Otrera was the first queen of the Amazons. She was originally a housewife, who was treated horribly by her husband. She decided to learn how to defend herself with a sword and a bow and arrow. She also taught the other housewives in her town to fight. Eventually they took over the entire town and marched also into neighboring towns, liberating the women. The name Otrera possibly means “nimble”.

Clete was the attendant to the Amazons queen Penthesilea (the daughter of Otrera), who led the Amazons in the Trojan War. Penthesilea was killed by Achilles. Clete, with a company of Amazons, went looking for her when she did not return from the war. Their ship was swept of course and after a shipwreck they ended up to Calabria, Italy, where Clete founded a city, nowadays known as the village of Cleto. She settled there and became the queen of the Amazons. Her name means “called for” or “invoked”.

Opening the door and entering a new territory requires a lot of determined work, but the outcome may still be unpredictable.

Full Moon in Capricorn / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse — July 05, 2020, 04:44 UT

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

The Full Moon in Capricorn is a penumbral lunar eclipse, the third eclipse of the summer. The Moon at 13+ degrees of Capricorn is opposite the Sun at 13+ degrees of Cancer. The Sun and the Moon are square to Chiron in Aries and in exact square to Elatus in Libra.

31824 Elatus is a centaur discovered in 1999. The orbital period is around 40 years. In Greek mythology Elatus was a centaur who used to pull up whole fir trees and use them as weapons. During the battle with Heracles, Elatus was killed by a poisoned arrow that passed through his arm and continued to wound Chiron in the knee, eventually leading to his death as well.

Examples of people with prominent Elatus:

Nostradamus (Dec. 14, 1503 – July 2, 1566), a French astronomer-astrologer, physician and seer, sometimes referred to as the “prophet of doom.” Nostradamus’s data is conflicting. He was born either on Dec. 14 or Dec. 21, 1503. The source for Dec. 14, 1503 is Oracles of Nostradamus by Charles A. Ward. – The Sun conjunct Elatus in the beginning of Capricorn.

Franz Mesmer (May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815) was a German doctor with an interest in astronomy. He was a pioneer in the practice of hypnotism. He theorized the existence of “animal magnetism”, sometimes later referred to as mesmerism. Hypnosis is a technique derived from animal magnetism. – The Sun conjunct Elatus in Gemini.

Jeane Dixon (Jan. 5, 1904 – Jan. 25, 1997) was one of the best-known American self-proclaimed psychics and astrologers of the twentieth century. Dixon reportedly predicted the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. She was one of several astrologers who gave advice to Nancy Reagan. — The Sun conjunct Elatus in Capricorn.

Clyde Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) was an American outlaw who travelled the central United States with his partner, Bonnie Parker, and their gang during the Great Depression, robbing and killing people. — The Sun conjunct Elatus in Aries.

Desmond Tutu (born Oct. 7, 1931) is a South African Anglican bishop and social rights activist. – The Sun conjunct Elatus in Libra.

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 Moon conjunct Elatus in Scorpio.

Billy Connolly (born Nov. 24, 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician, actor and artist. He is known for his quirky sense of humor. In recent years he has established himself as an artist. He has said: “My art is about revealing myself.” – The Sun-Borasisi-Elatus-Venus conjunction in Sagittarius opposite Uranus in Gemini.

Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, a member of Fleetwood Mac. – The Moon conjunct Elatus in Capricorn.

Lari Pittman (born Feb. 19, 1952) is a Colombian-American contemporary artist and painter whom critics have labelled one of the most influential artists of his generation. In 1985, Pittman was shot by a burglar at his studio, and this experience had an impact on his work and his determination to paint large-scale. – Triple conjunction of the Sun, Elatus and the North Node in Pisces.

Ron Jeremy (born March 12, 1953) is an American pornographic actor, filmmaker, actor, and stand-up comedian. – Triple conjunction of the Sun, Altjira and Elatus in Pisces.

Jackie Chan (born Apr. 7, 1954), is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, stuntman, film director, action choreographer, screenwriter, producer, and singer. – The Sun conjunct Elatus in Aries.

Eddie Jobson (born Apr. 28, 1955) is an English keyboardist and violinist noted for his use of synthesizers. He has been a member of several progressive rock bands, including Roxy Music, Jethro Tull and Yes. He was also part of Frank Zappa’s band in 1976–77. – The Sun conjunct Elatus in Taurus.

Woody Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor and playwright. He has received three Academy Award nominations. He received accolades for his role on the HBO series True Detective. Harrelson is an environmental activist and politically has identified himself as an anarchist. – The Sun-Elatus conjunction in Leo opposite Jupiter in Aquarius.

David Heyman (born July 26, 1961) is an English film producer and the founder of Heyday Films. He has produced the Harry Potter film adaptations. – The Sun-Elatus conjunction in Leo opposite Jupiter in Aquarius.

Whitney Houston (Aug. 9, 1963 – Feb. 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. – The Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Aries is trine to Sun-Elatus conjunction in Leo.

Valerie Plame (born Aug. 13, 1963), is an American writer, spy novelist, and former CIA officer. As the subject of the 2003 Plame affair, also known as the CIA leak scandal, Plame’s identity as a CIA officer was leaked to and subsequently published by Robert Novak of the Washington Post. — The Sun-Elatus conjunction in Leo opposite Saturn in Aquarius and trine to Jupiter in Aries.

Bong Joon-ho (born Sept. 14, 1969) is a South Korean Academy Award winning filmmaker. His films feature social themes and black humor. Parasite (2019) became the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award nominations, with Bong winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, making Parasite the first film not in English to win Best Picture. – The conjunction of the Sun, Pluto, Elatus, Pelion and the South Node in Virgo.

Adam Lambert (born Jan. 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He rose to fame in 2009 after finishing as runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol. Alongside his solo career, Lambert has collaborated with rock band Queen since 2011. – The Sun in Aquarius square Jupiter-Elatus conjunction in Scorpio.

Full Moon in Libra — April 08, 2020, 02:35 UT

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

The Moon in Libra was in conjunction with asteroid Juno. In the opposite sign Aries, the Sun was in conjunction with Eris.

3 Juno is a large main belt asteroid, discovered in 1804. The main asteroid belt is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Asteroid Juno is named after the queen of the gods, the wife of the Roman chief god Jupiter and the mother of Mars. She was the protectress of the state and goddess of marriage.

Astrologically Juno represents the need to merge with another person, and she is usually seen as the significator of committed relationships. Her Greek equivalent is Hera. In Asteroid Goddesses Demetra George notes that “Greek mythology repeatedly emphasizes the need for Hera’s periodic retreat into solitude.” Themes of solitude and rejection are associated also with Eris, which is in conjunction with the Sun.

The Sabian symbol for the Moon is Libra 19, “A gang of robbers in hiding,” and the symbol for the Sun is Aries 19, “The magic carpet.” The chart draws a picture of us all, withdrawn in our homes and only dreaming of the flying carpet.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019. The New Moon in Capricorn on Dec. 26, 2019, was a solar eclipse. I find it interesting that on Dec. 28, 2019, comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) was discovered. It has been brightening and continues to do so. It may become visible to the naked eye later in the spring. At the moment it is retrograding in early Cancer. In astrology comets signify change. Our world has certainly changed within these months.

Full Moon in Virgo — March 09, 2020, 17:48 UT

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

The Full Moon in Virgo is opposing the conjunction of the Sun and Neptune in Pisces. We are facing the fear that the rapidly spreading new disease COVID-19 is arousing.

Two first centaurs, Chiron and Pholus, are now in a square aspect. Pholus in Capricorn is conjunct the south node of the Moon and Chiron in Aries is exactly square the lunar nodes. Chiron squared Pholus on March 8, 2020. Astrologer Eric Francis noted recently that the astrology of the current mess is Chiron square Pholus. He described the energy of Pholus being “the metaphoric or literal genie coming out of the bottle.” Please click the following link to read the whole article: Pholus and the Pandemic of Panic.

Last week, Olli Vapalahti, the virology professor at the University of Helsinki, used the same metaphor, when he was interviewed about the coronavirus situation: “Getting the virus back into the bottle is quite difficult.”

Pluto and Eris are now in a square aspect. Eris is the goddess of strife and discord, and she was rejected because of this tendency of hers. A reflection of the symbolism of Eris can be seen in the situation of those people around the world that are now under a travel ban or quarantine because of the virus.

The Full Moon is in conjunction with the centaur 346889 Rhiphonos, which offers a protective image. 346889 Rhiphonos was discovered in 2009. The orbital period is around 35.8 years. In Greek mythology Rhiphonos was one of the twelve Dionysian Centaurs who drew the chariot of the infant Dionysus. Zeus had set them to guard his son Dionysus against Hera’s anger. Dionysus’s mother was a mortal woman, with whom Zeus had an affair. The Dionysian Centaurs were originally sprites, but when jealous Hera found out about their assistance, she transformed them into ox-horned centaurs. Later loyal Rhiphonos was one of the commanders of the centaurs who travelled with the adult Dionysus around the world.

Don’t let fear take over, and keep washing your hands.

Full Moon in Leo — February 09, 2020, 07:33 UT

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

The Full Moon on Feb. 9, 2020, is in conjunction with centaur planet Thereus in Leo. Thereus was named in 2003 from Greek mythology after one of the centaurs who attended the Lapith king Pirithous’ wedding and was killed by Theseus. Centaur Thereus was a hunter who captured bears and carried them home, alive and struggling.

The myth doesn’t tell us anything more, and we don’t know what happened inside the cave of Thereus, but it is clear that Thereus expresses strength, endurance and ability to confront and control anger. The contemporary slang word “badass” probably describes him well, and also many of the following people with a prominent Thereus:

John Newton (July 24, 1725 – Dec. 21, 1807) was a British sailor and Anglican clergyman. He went at sea at a young age, and worked on slave ships for several years. He became a slave of a black princess of the Sherbro people, was released, and after experiencing a conversion to Christianity, he became a supporter of abolitionism. He wrote hymns, including “Amazing Grace”. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Leo square the lunar nodes.

Helmut Schmidt (Dec. 23, 1918 – Nov. 10, 2015) was a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1974 to 1982. He retired from Parliament in 1987, after clashing with the SPD’s left wing, who opposed him on defense and economic issues. — The Moon conjunct Thereus in Virgo.

Margaret Thatcher (13 Oct. 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. Her nickname was “The Iron Lady” because of her uncompromising politics and leadership style. – Thereus conjunct ascendant in Scorpio.

Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – Nov. 7, 1980), “The King of Cool”, was an American actor, who at one time was the highest-paid movie star in the world. He loved motorcycles and race-cars, and performed many of his own stunts. — The Moon conjunct Thereus in Aquarius, the Sun in Aries sextile Thereus.

Boris Yeltsin (Feb. 1, 1931 – April 23, 2007) was a Soviet and Russian politician who served as the first president of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999 in challenging circumstances. He played a significant role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Yeltsin made a memorable speech standing on a tank outside of the Russian White House and resisting the coup attempt in Aug. 1991. – The Sun conjunct Thereus in Aquarius.

Miloš Forman (Feb. 18, 1932 – April 13, 2018) was a Czech-American film director, who was an important figure in the Czechoslovak New Wave. He immigrated to the United States in 1968. He won the Academy Award for Best Director two times. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Aquarius.

Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor whose career has spanned more than 60 years. He has received numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor for the drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). The film was directed by another Thereus person, Milos Forman, who won Oscar for the Best Director for the same movie. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Taurus.

Dionne Warwick (born Dec. 12, 1940) is one of the most-charted female vocalists of all time. She started singing gospel in a family gospel group. The most successful years for her were from the mid-1960s to early 1970s. — The Moon on the ascendant in late Taurus, Thereus rising in early Gemini.

Johnny Hallyday (June 15, 1943 – Dec. 6, 2017), “the French Elvis”, was a French rock and roll singer and actor, credited for having brought rock and roll to France. He was one of the best-selling artists in the world. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Gemini.

Ray Davies (born June 21, 1944) is an English rock-singer and songwriter, co-founder of The Kinks. After the dissolution of the Kinks in 1996, Davies embarked on a solo career. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television. He has been referred to as “the godfather of Britpop”. — The Sun in the last degree of Gemini in conjunction with the Moon-Saturn-Thereus triple conjunction in early Cancer.

The battle of Tali-Ihantala begins (June 25, 1944) between Finnish and Soviet troops. It was part of the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War (1941–1944), which occurred during World War II. It is the largest battle ever in the history of the Nordic countries. Finland was able to resist the attack and thus managed to stay as an independent nation. — A conjunction of the Sun, Venus, Pallas, Saturn and Thereus in early Cancer. The aforementioned planets made a transit conjunction with Finland’s lunar nodes and Pluto in early Cancer.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (born July 17, 1947) is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Her first husband was Andrew Parker Bowles, with whom she has two children. They divorced in 1995. Camilla was romantically involved with the Prince of Wales both before and during their first marriages. Following both of their divorces, Prince Charles declared his relationship with Camilla was, and is, “non-negotiable”. In 2005 Charles and Camilla were wed. – The Sun conjunct Thereus in Cancer.

Madonna (born Aug. 16, 1958), the “Queen of Pop”, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She is known for pushing the boundaries and using provocative imagery onstage and in her music videos. — The Leo Sun sextile Jupiter-Thereus conjunction on the North node in Libra.

Kanye West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. He is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century. His music has spanned a broad range of styles. – The Sun conjunct Jupiter and Thereus in Gemini.

Edward Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American whistleblower who released classified material on top-secret NSA programs to The Guardian and The Washington Post in June 2013. He wanted to expose excessive government surveillance of the American people. On June 23, 2013, Snowden boarded a flight to Moscow after Hong Kong authorities refused a US request to arrest him. As of October 2019, Snowden had been granted permanent residency in Russia. – Snowden’s Thereus is in early Leo. The Gemini Sun is semi-sextile to Thereus, Saturn in Libra squares Thereus, Jupiter in Sagittarius is trine to Thereus, and Chiron in late Taurus is sextile to Thereus.

Usain Bolt (born Aug. 21, 1986) is a Jamaican former sprinter, who is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. – The Sun conjunct Thereus and Nessus in Leo.

Full Moon in Cancer / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse — January 10, 2020, 19:21 UT

Friday, January 10th, 2020

The Full Moon in Cancer is a lunar eclipse, and it happens only two days before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on Jan. 12, 2020. The Moon aligns opposite the Sun and a considerable cluster of planets and smaller celestial bodies gathered in Capricorn. Closest to the Sun is 15810 Arawn, a trans-Neptunian body in the plutino class.

The Sun = 20 Cap 00
The Moon = 20 Can 00
Mercury = 20 Cap 06
Saturn = 22 Cap 33
Pluto = 22 Cap 42
Arrokoth (nicknamed Ultima Thule) = 17 Cap 48
Amycus = 18 Cap 50
Arawn = 20 Cap 42
Ceres = 21 Cap 49
Chariklo = 24 Cap 15

15810 Arawn was discovered in 1994 and named two years ago in 2017 from Welsh mythology. According to the naming rules of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), all plutinos are given mythological names associated with the underworld.

In Welsh mythology Arawn was the ruler of the Celtic otherworld, Annwfn, meaning “the in-world”, derived from an (“in, inside”) and dwfn (“world”). Annwfn was like a paradise, a world of eternal youth where disease was absent and food was ever-abundant. It was not equivalent to Hell of Christians. The influence of Christianity transformed the otherworld to the underworld.

The Mabinogion are the earliest prose stories of the literature of Britain. The stories were compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12th – 13th centuries from earlier oral traditions, during the period when the Welsh struggled to maintain their independence. The First Branch of the Mabinogi tells how Pwyll, the prince of Dyfed, and the shapeshifter Arawn met and befriended. Honor is highly revered value throughout the Mabinogi.

Sioned Davies says in her English translation of The Mabinogion (Oxford University Press 2007) about the tales: “Not only do they reflect themes and characters from myth and legend, they also show how Wales responded to conquest and colonization.” The patriotic hymn Gweddi dros Gymru (“A prayer for Wales”), written by Lewis Valentine, a Welsh politician and Welsh-language activist, is sometimes considered to be the second Welsh national anthem. It is usually sung to the tune of Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia Hymn, one of the most important national songs of Finland. Finlandia, Op. 26, is a tone poem written in 1899 and revised in 1900. The premiere was on July 2, 1900, in Helsinki, during the Sun-Arawn conjunction in Cancer. At the time Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. (Finland declared itself independent in 1917.) In order to avoid Russian censorship, Finlandia had to be performed under alternative titles at various musical concerts.

The Sun represents the main expression of the individual. In astrologer Bernadette Brady’s words, “it reveals the myth or story that the individual follows through life.” The conjunction is a strong aspect which combines the energies of the planets in question. The following examples are soulful artist with the Sun-Arawn conjunction:

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. She has a stellium in Cancer consisting of the Sun, Neptune, Jupiter, Ceres and Arawn.

Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – Oct. 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, who wrote the song “This Land Is Your Land“. Also Guthrie has a stellium in Cancer, including the Sun, Neptune, Venus and Arawn.

Van Morrison (born Aug. 31, 1945), the “Celtic Soul”, is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter. He has said: “If you’re trying to be something other, like something superficial, trying to be someone you’re not, then that would take you away from your true centre.” His Sun-Arawn conjunction is in Virgo.

Freddie Mercury (Sept. 5 1946 – Nov. 24, 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, and the charismatic lead vocalist of the Queen. He has the Sun-Arawn conjunction in Virgo.

Nick Cave (born Sept. 22, 1957), the “Prince of Darkness”, is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author and actor, whose songs often deal with love, death, and religion. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Mars and Arawn in Virgo.

Van Morrison has expressed very likely something essential about Arawn in his lyrics:

Soul is a feeling, feeling deep within
Soul is not the color of your skin
Soul is the essence, essence from within
It is where everything begins

Soul is what you’ve been through
What’s true for you
Where you going to
What you’re gonna do

Soul is your station for the folk of your nation
Something that you wear with pride
Soul can be your vision or something that is hidden
It’s not something that you gotta hide

Full Moon in Gemini – Dec. 12, 2019, 05:12 UT

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Lately we have learned about rare visitors, interstellar objects passing through our solar system. First there was Oumuamua, the “first distant messenger”, which was already heading away from the Sun when it was discovered in October 2017. Then in August 2019 came Comet Borisov. Surprisingly there is one that has been with us all along and aims to stay, namely asteroid 514107 Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

The Full Moon in Gemini happens on Dec. 12, 2019. Opposite the Moon in Sagittarius is the unusual asteroid Kaʻepaokaʻawela in conjunction with the Sun. Kaʻepaokaʻawela is outstanding in many ways.

Kaʻepaokaʻawela’s orbit is retrograde. In other words, it moves opposite direction to most other bodies in the solar system. It is in a resonant, co-orbital motion with Jupiter. It is the first known asteroid in a 1:1 resonance with any of the planets. Its orbital period around the Sun is close to that of Jupiter.

How come Kaʻepaokaʻawela avoids crashing into the gas giant Jupiter? It passes either inside or outside Jupiter’s orbit, and each time it passes near Jupiter, its orbital elements are slightly altered. Scientists have concluded that Kaʻepaokaʻawela is originally an interstellar body and it has been in its retrograde resonance with Jupiter since the origin of the solar system. How it got captured into its orbit is still a mystery.

Kaʻepaokaʻawela was discovered in November 2014 by astronomers of the Pan-STARRS survey at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii. It was first known by its provisional name 2015 BZ509 and nicknamed Bee-Zed. The official name was given in April 2019. According to the official naming citation, the name Kaʻepaokaʻawela means “the mischievous opposite moving companion of Jupiter, evoking the image of a retrograde object of unknown origin.” The name was created by a Hawaiian-language program dedicated to naming objects discovered with Pan-STARRS. This program consists of Hawaiian language experts and astronomers at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Examples:

Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dec. 22, 1887 – April 26, 1920) was an extraordinary Indian mathematician, who had almost no formal training in pure mathematics. He developed his own mathematical research in isolation. His original and highly unconventional results have opened entire new areas of work and inspired a vast amount of further research. He has the Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn.

Edwin Hubble (Nov. 20, 1889 – Sept. 28, 1953) is regarded as one of the most important astronomers of all time. The Hubble Space Telescope was named in his honor. His Sun in the last degree of Scorpio is in conjunction with Kaʻepaokaʻawela in the first degree of Sagittarius.

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American journalist, novelist, and short-story writer. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. His Capricorn Moon is conjunct the retrograding Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

Judge Bone, aka Tuomari Nurmio (born Nov. 21, 1950) is a Finnish rock singer and songwriter. He is constantly renovating himself and is regarded one of the most original Finnish singer-songwriters. His Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction in Scorpio is square to Jupiter in Aquarius.

Bob Lazar (born Jan. 26, 1959) is primarily known for his claims of having been hired in the late 1980s to reverse-engineer purported extraterrestrial technology at a secret site called “S-4”. He has the Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction in Aquarius.

Brian Molko (born Dec. 10, 1972) is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the British band Placebo. He has been quoted as calling the band “music for outsiders, by outsiders”. His Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction is in Sagittarius.

Amy Winehouse (Sept.14, 1983 – July 23, 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. Bob Dylan has called her “the last real individualist around.” Amy’s Moon is conjunct the retrograding Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn.

Full Moon in Taurus – Nov. 12, 2019, 13:34 UT

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The Full Moon in Taurus was in conjunction with asteroid 4 Vesta and plutino 341520 Mors-Somnus. The Sun in Scorpio is in conjunction with Mercury retrograde. A relatively rare event, a transit of Mercury across the Sun, took place the day before the Full Moon, on Nov. 11. Mercury’s transit occurs on a regular basis, but the next one won’t happen until in November 2032.

Mors-Somnus is a binary system beyond Neptune, discovered in 2007 and named after the Roman twin gods of the underworld. Mors was the personification of death and Somnus the personification of sleep. Their equivalents in Greek mythology were Thanatos and Hypnos. Hypnos was able to trick even the chief god Zeus. Apropos on the evening of the Full Moon, the Finnish broadcasting company Yle was screening the praised documentary by Arthur Franck of the sensational hypnotist Olliver Hawk (May 1930 – August 1988). The current Full Moon makes a transit conjunction to Olliver Hawk’s Taurus Sun.

Asteroid Vesta orbits the Sun within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is the brightest asteroid visible from Earth. It is named after the virgin goddess of hearth and home from Roman mythology. Vesta represents devotion and integrity, and can show great dedication to one’s work and goals. Astrologer Martha Lang-Wescott’s interpretation of the Moon-Vesta conjunction includes “to need a career where one can feel really committed.”

Mercury was the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology. Creatures or deities who guide newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife are called psychopomps, and Mercury was one of them. Additionally, Ovid has written that Mercury carried Morpheus’ dreams from the valley of Somnus to sleeping humans. Morpheus was a god associated with dreams and a son of Somnus. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms, appearing in dreams as a wise man or woman, or a helpful animal.

Olavi Hakasalo (May 8, 1930 – August 28, 1988), better known as Olliver Hawk, was a Finnish master hypnotist, who dedicated his life to hypnosis through performing and teaching hypnosis by publishing literature and releasing videos and recordings. He was an eccentric, a showman and a celebrity, who could change water into wine. Some would say that he was a fraud. He became interested in hypnosis already as a child. He became famous in the 1960s. Hundreds of thousands of Finns saw his show, and volunteers let him hypnotise them. He has told that he performed every night. In 1981 he was convicted for illegal practice of medicine, because he had private customers with mental disorders.

Olliver Hawk had a grand trine in the fire signs. A grand trine is a pattern of three trines, each of the planets 120 degrees away from the others, forming a triangle. A trine is an easy flowing aspect, but the energies in question can be in a way locked in the grand trine. Hawk’s grand trine was consisting of Mars-Uranus conjunction in Aries (crossing boundaries), Vesta in Leo (having pride in one’s work), and Lempo conjunct Mors-Somnus in Sagittarius (dedication to hypnosis). Olliver Hawk had powerful stationary Mercury about to turn retrograde in Gemini.

Olliver Hawk died as spectacularly as he lived, on stage during a performance. The Sun, the giver of life, was opposite Mors-Somnus.

Olliver Hawk has said: “Some things that we see are not always true, and you know it.” But we also know that there are things in life that can be seen only with invisible eyes, or sensed with extrasensory perception. Filtering these things can be challenging. Write down your dreams during the following weeks!