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Full Moon in Libra — March 28, 2021, 18:48 UT

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

The Moon is in Libra. The Sun in Aries is in exact conjunction with Venus and Chiron. The Sun is also in conjunction with an extreme trans-Neptunian object 541132 Leleākūhonua.

Full Moon in Libra
Libra is the sign of balance and equality. In Aries we can meet impatience and enthusiasm. Venus shows what we appreciate and what gives us pleasure. In The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook (Flare Publications and The London School of Astrology, 2006) Sue Tompkins and Melanie Reinhart have written about Chiron: “Commitment to the healing of ourselves, others and our environment is the price this minor planet seems to be asking us to pay.”

We appreciate balanced relationships. Chiron in this combination is highlighting our current challenge of maintaining such, or finding equality in the midst of disease, social distancing and other restrictions. The return back to normal still requires patience and commitment from us.

541132 Leleākūhonua is an extreme trans-Neptunian object (ETNO) and a sednoid with an orbit of roughly 32,000 years. The name compares its orbit to the flight of migratory birds. I find its symbolism reassuring. Spring is just around the corner and the migratory birds will return as always.

Full Moon in Virgo – February 27, 2021, 08:17 UT

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

The Full Moon is in exact conjunction with centaur Aphidas retrograde at 8+ degrees of Virgo. 121725 Aphidas was discovered in 1999 and named after the Greek centaur who remained in a drunken sleep during the battle between the Centaurs and Lapiths.

The myth and my earlier studies on Aphidas proposed to me that astrologically Aphidas may represent one’s complicated relationship with publicity and some kind of withdrawal. Many celebrities with a prominent Aphidas have a difficult relationship with the media and have even withdrawn from their career at the peak of their fame.

A week ago the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, confirmed that they will not be returning as working members of the British monarchy. Harry and Meghan announced their intention already, about a year ago, and are now living in Southern California. Meghan Markle retired from acting in 2017 when she became engaged to Prince Harry. Yesterday Prince Harry revealed in an interview that he stepped back from his royal duties because the British press was toxic and was destroying his mental health.

The aforementioned news propelled me to check Aphidas in the charts of Harry, Meghan and some other members of the British royal family. Divorces in the royal family are interesting in this respect too. The royal duties of the other party are simultaneously taken away with the divorce. Uranus is the classical indicator of divorce, but I was curious to see if also Aphidas had some part in these cases.

Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a Chiron-Aphidas conjunction in their natal charts. Harry’s conjunction is in Gemini opposite his Uranus in Sagittarius, and Meghan’s is in Taurus. Meghan’s Chiron-Aphidas conjunction at 21-22 degrees of Taurus, forms a yod configuration with her Pluto in Libra and Neptune in Sagittarius.


In a direct chart comparison Harry’s Moon at 21+ Taurus is exactly conjunct Meghan’s Aphidas, and thus also affected by all the planets in Meghan’s yod. Also Harry’s Sun at 22+ Virgo is aspected by those planets. The transiting Aphidas in Virgo is now tightly squaring Harry’s natal Chiron-Aphidas conjunction in Gemini and also his natal Uranus in Sagittarius.

Princess Diana’s death in 1997 and the role of the press in it traumatized Prince Harry in his childhood and contributed to his recent reactions and his willingness to protect his own family. In the natal chart of Princess Diana, she has the conjunction of Aphidas and Varda at 23+ Libra right at her Midheaven, the cusp of the 10th house. She really was the Star-queen, the queen of the light, symbolized by Varda. The 10th house represents one’s most cherished goals and the “calling” in the life. While the aggressive press certainly was not anything what she aspired, it was what she encountered, and it is one of those things that we instantly remember when we think about her. Thus we can understand Aphidas at her Midheaven.


When Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson was born, the Sun was in conjunction with Aphidas and Varda in Libra. She has been constantly in the tabloids. Prince Andrew and Sarah announced their separation on March 19, 1992. Sarah did not carry out royal engagements after the separation. The transiting Aphidas at 2+ degrees of Cancer was opposite Sarah’s natal Saturn in Capricorn and strictly squaring Sarah’s nodes of the Moon on the Libra and Aries axis. The lunar nodes symbolize our karmic pathway from the past to the future. When a planet is in a square aspect to the nodes, it must be addressed before growth can be attained. The transiting Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn was squaring Sarah’s natal Aphidas in Libra.


When the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was dissolved, and Diana also resigned from most of her charities on Aug. 28, 1996, Aphidas was transiting in Cancer in conjunction with Venus and Mars. These three planets made a transit square to Diana’s natal Aphidas at her Midheaven.

Full Moon in Leo — January 28, 2021, 19:16 UT

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

The Full Moon at 9+ degrees of Leo opposed the Sun in Aquarius. The Sun is in exact conjunction with Jupiter. The Moon was in exact conjunction with asteroid 10 Hygiea, which is the fourth largest asteroid in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter (after 1 Ceres, 4 Vesta and 2 Pallas). Both the Sun and the Moon triggered Mars at 10+ Taurus with tight square aspects. In Taurus Mars and Uranus are still in conjunction, although the conjunction has gradually started to loosen.

No matter how tired you are of reading about the corona virus or about the precautions of the covid-19 disease, asteroid Hygiea in this chart is reminding us precisely of them. The Leo-Aquarius axis is connected to the interests of an individual versus those of a community.

The name of asteroid 10 Hygiea comes from Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was one of the sons and daughters of Asclepius, the god of medicine. Asclepius was more directly associated with healing; Hygieia was associated with the prevention of sickness. Her name is the source of the word hygiene. 10 Hygiea is also astrologically connected to health matters. Astrologer Martha Lang-Wescott, who has specialized in working with asteroids, has summarized the meaning of Hygeia in the perception that “cleanliness is next to godliness!”

Mutated virus variants are spreading and the rollout of widespread coronavirus vaccinations have to be postponed because of the low levels of deliveries of the vaccine. The Moon in the sky is always changing. Its shape, color and place in the sky changes constantly, and thus we can associate the Moon with mutations. Mars represents all sharp equipment, including needles. Mars is also associated with infectious diseases.

The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. The Moon does not have a light of its own, but reflects the light of the Sun, and at the Full Moon the face of the Moon is totally lit. Asteroid Hygiea is now in the spotlight too. Jupiter acts like a magnifier.

10 Hygiea was discovered in 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis, an Italian astronomer. The Sabian symbol for the discovery degree of Hygiea is Libra 7: A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks. At the time of its discovery, Hygiea was considered to be a planet, like several other asteroids that were found before. The rapidly expanding number of small bodies discovered between Mars and Jupiter lead to their reclassification as asteroids in the 1850s.

There was no definition of a planet until in 2006, when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) established the categories of planets, dwarf planets and small Solar-System bodies. The first members of the dwarf planet category were Pluto, Eris and Ceres. According to the definition, a dwarf planet has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium shape (they are nearly round).

In 2008 the IAU announced the subcategory of plutoids for the trans-Neptunian dwarf planets. The IAU stated: “The dwarf planet Ceres is not a plutoid as it is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Current scientific knowledge lends credence to the belief that Ceres is the only object of its kind. Therefore, a separate category of Ceres-like dwarf planets will not be proposed at this time.” Little did they know.

In 2019 it was announced that Hygiea had been observed to be nearly as spherical as Ceres and is close to a hydrostatic equilibrium shape, and therefore could be reclassified as a dwarf planet. A recent study showed that Hygiea is also the only known asteroid whose surface composition appears similar to that of the dwarf planet Ceres. This fact has an interesting point of contact with the astrological meaning of these two asteroids as taking care of the wellbeing of humans.

In 2008 two more trans-Neptunian bodies, Haumea and Makemake, were added to the category of dwarf planets / plutoids. There have been no new additions since, and nobody uses the term plutoid, whereas everybody talks about minor planets or asteroids instead of using the new term “small Solar System body”. The establishment of a new subclass for the main belt dwarf planets and the possible reclassification of 10 Hygiea hardly happen in any time soon.

Full Moon in Cancer — December 30, 2020, 03:28 UT

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

The incredible year 2020 started in January with the Full Moon in Cancer. Now when the year is coming to its end, the Full Moon occurs in Cancer again. The Sun in Capricorn is in conjunction with Mercury and trine to Uranus. The Sun and Mercury are in conjunction with asteroid 31 Euphrosyne.

You don’t often bump into asteroid Euphrosyne in astrological writing. This is actually surprising, as astronomically it is quite a special asteroid, and astrologically its message is pleasing.

A quick google search brought me only a link to The Astrology Book: The Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences by James R. Lewis (2003, by Visible Ink Press): “Euphrosyne, whose appellation means cheerfulness or joy, was named after one of the three Graces (the other two are Thalia and Aglaja). Euphrosyne was a daughter of Zeus and Eurynome. Like its mythological namesake, the asteroid confers the ‘grace’ of joy to natives in whose chart it is prominent.”

Euphrosyne was a goddess of good cheer, joy, mirth and merriment. The three Graces were often represented as the companions of other gods, such as Hera, Hermes, Eros, Dionysus, Aphrodite and Apollo. They gave their grace and beauty to everything that delighted and elevated gods and men.

31 Euphrosyne is a Main belt asteroid discovered in 1854 by James Ferguson at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. It is one of the earliest asteroid discoveries, the 31st, and the first one found from North America. 1 Ceres in 1801 was the first, and currently the number is more than a million. Asteroids range in size from 940 km down to small rocks, less than 1 km in diameter. Euphrosyne is one of the biggest objects in the Main belt; it is the 9th- or 10th-largest with its approximately 270 km diameter. It is even larger than Chariklo, the largest known centaur planet.

Euphrosyne is the third-roundest known asteroid (after 1 Ceres and 10 Hygiea). It is not in hydrostatic equilibrium though (like the dwarf planet Ceres). The round shape is thought to have formed because of a collision and the re-accumulation process that followed. Euphrosyne has a high orbital inclination and eccentricity. It orbits the Sun near the asteroid belt’s outer edge. The orbital period is little over 5.5 years.

Euphrosyne is the namesake of an asteroid family of two thousand asteroids that formed in the collision mentioned before. They share similar spectral properties and orbital elements as Euphrosyne. Euphrosyne has a moon, likely resulting from the same collisional event that created the family. The small satellite was discovered in 2019.

The turn of the year is the time to reflect the past. This has been a year of hardships for most of us. The year may have brought achievements to some people though, and some may have discovered joy in helping others. Some have lost their friend or a relative, while others may have a new baby in the family, making their life more meaningful and sweeter than before. Now it is also the time to look forward. In the beginning of a new year the hopes are high. Whatever the year 2021 may bring, Euphrosyne is reminding us that eventually there will be merrier times ahead, for all of us.

Full Moon in Gemini / Penumbral lunar eclipse – November 30, 2020, 11:30 UT

Monday, November 30th, 2020

The Full Moon in Gemini is a penumbral lunar eclipse, which means that the Moon is not totally darkened by the shadow of the Earth. The eclipse takes place on the North node of the Moon, meaning it is future oriented. Gemini is the sign of communication and its ruler Mercury, the messenger of the gods, is in the intense Scorpio in sextile aspect to the tightening Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the late degrees of Capricorn.

Jupiter in its part rules the sign of Sagittarius, where the Sun is now. Sagittarians like to explore and reach far. The Sun is in conjunction with an oddball among the asteroids, 514107 Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

514107 Kaʻepaokaʻawela is a small asteroid that shares Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun, but it is moving in the opposite direction, and yet survives. Its orbit is quite stable. Kaʻepaokaʻawela has been in its co-orbital relation with Jupiter for at least a million years and will continue to be at least another million years. What is more, Kaʻepaokaʻawela may be of interstellar origin.

In the discovery chart of Kaʻepaokaʻawela (discovered in 2014), Kaʻepaokaʻawela is in conjunction with Jupiter in Leo. The Moon of the discovery chart is at 26+ Capricorn, exactly where Jupiter is transiting now. Mercury was in conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio, right where Mercury is currently.

Recently we have been offered imagination stimulating news. The huge Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico will be shut down. Scientists and astronomers have used the telescope to find potentially hazardous asteroids and in search for extraterrestrial life. In the Utah desert a mysterious shining metal monolith emerged and then suddenly disappeared again. Last but not least, an amateur astronomer believes he has found evidence for a source of the famous Wow! signal. The Wow! signal was a strong and unique radio signal received by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope in the United States 43 years ago. The signal appeared to come from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin.

Eclipses portend change. They allow us to pause and reflect. If you detect a strange signal in the coming weeks, don’t rush to pack your bags; it is unlikely the aliens are contacting you, rather it is a message coming within, from your unconscious, able to be heard now that the “radio noise” was abated because of the eclipse. Pay attention to your inner voice.

My research results for prominent charts for Kaʻepaokaʻawela are below. Kaʻepaokaʻawela seems to indicate people and events that are bizarre, not necessarily accepted by the majority, rebellious if not anarchistic, reaching beyond the borders, people doing their own thing or walking their own path, or transmitting on a special wavelength.

Examples:

Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dec. 22, 1887– Apr. 26, 1920) was an Indian mathematician. His work was completely novel; his original and highly unconventional results have opened entire new areas of work and inspired a vast amount of further research. “The Man Who Knew Infinity” is a 2015 British biographical drama film about him. – The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn

Edwin Hubble (Nov. 20, 1889 – Sept. 28, 1953) was an American astronomer, whose name is most widely recognized for the Hubble Space Telescope, which was named in his honor. — The Sun in Scorpio conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Sagittarius

May 7, 1895 — Alexander Popov, a Russian physicist, presented a paper on a wireless lightning detector he had built that worked via using a coherer to detect radio noise from lightning strikes. – The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Taurus square Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Leo

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman. Hemingway believed the deeper meaning of a story should not be evident on the surface, but should shine through implicitly. – The Moon conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn (chart rating AA)

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter. Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist. — Kaʻepaokaʻawela at the ascendant in Leo (chart rating AA)

The International Anarchist Congress of Amsterdam (from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31, 1907), — There is a triple conjunction formed by the Sun, Venus and Kaʻepaokaʻawela. The Sun is in Virgo, Venus and Kaʻepaokaʻawela are in Leo.

Nelson Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – Jan. 26, 1979) was an American businessman and politician. – The Sun conjunct Arawn and Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Cancer, Kaʻepaokaʻawela square the Libra ascendant (chart rating B)

Kim Philby (Jan. 1, 1912 – May 11, 1988) was a British intelligence officer and a double agent for the Soviet Union. He was known for passing more than 900 British documents over to the KGB. In 1963, having finally been unmasked as a Soviet agent, Philby defected to Moscow, where he lived out his life until his death. – The Sun conjunct Gonggong and Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn

Britt Wadner (Jan. 16, 1915 – March 13, 1987) was a Swedish model and pirate radio manager. — Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Scorpio sextile the Sun in Capricorn, square Jupiter in Aquarius, trine Eris in Pisces and quincunx Saturn in Geimini

On March 6, 1962, the Swedish offshore station Radio Syd started broadcasting. At the time Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Sagittarius was transiting in conjunction with Britt Wadner’s Venus. The Pirate Radio Act banned ownership of radio transmitters and also prohibited broadcasts from international waters if they disrupted Swedish Radio. Wadner was sentenced three times for violation of the law.

Zecharia Sitchin (July 11, 1920 – Oct. 9, 2010) was an author of books proposing that an explanation for human origins is involving ancient astronauts, extraterrestrials from Nibiru, a planet beyond Neptune. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide. His ideas have been rejected by scientists and academics. – A triple conjunction of the Sun, Venus and Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Cancer

Anne Francis (Sept. 16, 1930 – Jan. 2, 2011) was an American actress, known for her role in the science fiction film Forbidden Planet (1956), which was the first science fiction film to depict humans traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation. It was also the first film to be set entirely on another planet in interstellar space. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Virgo

Edgar Mitchell (Sept. 17, 1930 – Feb. 4, 2016) was an American astronaut and ufologist, whose interests included consciousness and paranormal phenomena. He believed aliens have crash-landed on earth. Mitchell walked on the Moon, and on his way back to Earth during the Apollo 14 flight he had a powerful meditation experience. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Virgo

Yuri Gagarin (March 9, 1934 – March 27, 1968) was a cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space – The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela and Hidalgo in Pisces

Gene Cernan (March 14, 1934 – Jan. 16, 2017) was an American astronaut and as commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing, he was the last person to walk on the Moon. — Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunct the Sun and Pallas in Pisces, trine Pluto in Cancer and quincunx Jupiter in Libra

Carl Sagan (Nov. 9, 1934 – Dec. 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, poet, and science communicator. His best known scientific contribution is research on extraterrestrial life. Sagan assembled the first physical messages sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Records, containing sounds and images that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them. — Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunct the Midheaven and the North node in Aquarius and square to Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio (chart rating AA)

Ridley Scott (born Nov. 30, 1937) is an English film director and producer. The science fiction film Alien (1979) was his commercial breakthrough. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Sagittarius

Gordon Lightfoot (born Nov. 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist, who is often referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter. His music career has spanned more than six decades. — The Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction in Scorpio square Jupiter in Aquarius

Pelé (born Oct. 23, 1940) was a Brazilian professional footballer, who was regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Among his contemporaries, the Dutch star Johan Cruyff has said; “Pelé was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic.” — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Libra

The first Kinsey Report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, is published in the United States (Jan. 5, 1948). The Kinsey Reports are two scholarly books on human sexual behavior. The pioneering work was immediately controversial, because it challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and discussed subjects that had been taboo. — The Sun and Mercury conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn

Mantell UFO incident (Jan. 7, 1948), Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of an unidentified flying object. The event was among the most publicized early UFO incidents. — The Sun and Mercury conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn

Pablo Escobar (Dec. 1, 1949 – Dec. 2 1993) was a Colombian drug lord and the founder and leader of the Medellín Cartel. Escobar is the wealthiest criminal in history, a “Robin Hood-like” figure for many in Colombia. – The triple conjunction of the Sun, Chariklo and Kaʻepaokaʻawela at the Midheaven in Sagittarius (chart rating B)

T. S. Eliot speaks against television in the UK (Nov. 20, 1950) — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Scorpio

Sid Vicious (May 10, 1957 – Feb. 2, 1979), the bassist and vocalist of the British punk band the Sex Pistols. — Kaʻepaokaʻawela = Sun / Mercury in Taurus, square Chiron in Aquarius

Sharon Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an American actress. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Pisces, Kaʻepaokaʻawela at the descendent (chart rating C)

Bob Lazar (born Jan. 26, 1959) is an American conspiracy theorist, who claims that he examined an alien craft in the late 1980s at a secret site located several kilometers south of the Area 51 in Nevada. His story has been analyzed and rejected by skeptics and some ufologists. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Aquarius

Ghislaine Maxwell (born Dec. 25, 1961) is a British former socialite, known for her association with the sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was arrested by the FBI in July 2020 and charged with enticement of minors, sex trafficking of children, and perjury. — Kaʻepaokaʻawela at the descendent in Sagittarius square Pluto in Virgo (chart rating AA)

The Morse Message (Nov. 19, 1962) The Morse Message was a series of brief radio messages in Morse code that were transmitted from the Crimean town of Yevpatoria. The message was the first radio broadcast intended for extraterrestrial civilizations in the history of mankind. — Mercury and the Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Scorpio

Jodie Foster (born Nov. 19, 1962) is an American actress and director. She starred the film Contact (1997) as a scientist searching for extraterrestrial life in the SETI project, a science fiction film based on a novel by Carl Sagan and directed by Robert Zemeckis. — Mercury and the Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Scorpio

Arecibo Observatory, a radio telescope, officially begins operation in Puerto Rico (Nov. 1, 1963). — The Sun and Mercury are conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela and Arrokoth in Scorpio. (The name ‘Arrokoth’ reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies, and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own.)

Greenpeace Foundation (May 4, 1972) The Don’t Make a Wave Committee was the name of the anti-nuclear organization which later evolved into Greenpeace, a global environmental organization. This is the date for the name change. — Jupiter conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn

Brian Molko (born Dec. 10, 1972) is a Belgian-born British-American musician and songwriter, the lead vocalist of Placebo. He has been quoted as calling the band “music for outsiders, by outsiders”. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Sagittarius

Brandon Teena (Dec. 12, 1972 – Dec. 31, 1993) was an American trans man who was raped and murdered. Teena’s murder for its part led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Sagittarius, opposite Nessus in Gemini

The Arecibo message (Nov. 16, 1974) is an interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and Earth, designed with help from Carl Sagan, among others. — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela and Arrokoth in Scorpio

The Wow! signal (Aug. 15, 1977) The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal received by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope in the United States. The signal appeared to come from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin. — Jupiter in Gemini square Kaʻepaokaʻawela in the first degree of Libra (an Aries point event)

The Voyager Golden Records are two phonograph records that were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 2 was launched on Aug. 20, 1977 and Voyager 1 on Sept. 5, 1977. The content of the record was chosen by Carl Sagan. Both space crafts have entered in interstellar space. Both launch charts have a prominent Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

Space Shuttle Columbia launched for the first time (Apr. 12, 1981) — the first time a manned reusable spacecraft has returned from orbit. — The Sun-Venus-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction opposite Pluto

New Horizons closest approach to Arrokoth (Jan. 1, 2019) — The Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn

Full Moon in Taurus — October 31, 2020, 14:49 UT

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

All Saints’ Day, Halloween and the Finnish Kekri, now all are celebrated on the same weekend. And above all, a spectacular Full Moon rose in the sky on Oct. 31.

At this time of the year the veils between the worlds are thin. Kekri is the old Finnish pagan harvest festival. Whether the character called Kekri was a god or a ghost, we don’t know for sure. However, the dead relatives and ancestors were invited for dinner, and sauna was prepared for them as well.

The Moon is in Taurus in conjunction with Uranus and 15760 Albion, the first cubewano. The Moon is opposite the Sun in Scorpio, the sign associated with sex, death and transformation. Venus, the ruler of Taurus, is in Libra, which is another sign ruled by Venus, and it is opposing Chiron in Aries. The exact Venus-Chiron opposition takes place the next day, on Nov. 1.

The opposition is an aspect of confrontation, of meeting something or someone face to face. There is potential for conflict, but it also brings awareness. The signs in opposition are complementary to each other. The aspect often works through relationships. Libra is the sign associated with relationships, Taurus with values. Venus as the ruler of these two signs has to do with both associations, as it shows what we appreciate and how we bond with other people.

Howard Sasportas has described the transits of Uranus like this: “Uranus transits can activate our ability to connect with and understand the workings of the universal mind, allowing us to glimpse its intention and direction. When this happens, we may become the channel or agency through which some new idea or trend circulating in the collective psyche can manifest.”

Uranus is the rebellious rule-breaker. Robert Hand writes about Uranus in Taurus: “Uranus in Taurus is difficult because the revolutionary, rebellious and instantaneous quality of Uranus is not suited to the slow and gradual nature of Taurus. Signs such as Gemini allow Uranus to release its energies in a series of small discharges, preventing it from blowing up. But the nature of earth resists the electricity of Uranus such that when the energy is released, it is released in a tremendous explosion.”

15760 Albion, previously known as 1992 QB1, was the first minor planet found beyond Neptune (in 1992) after the discovery of Pluto in 1930. It was the turning point, which opened the door for discoveries of thousands of icy bodies in the outer regions of our solar system. Albion was named from the creation mythology of William Blake, an English poet and visionary. Albion is also the ancient and mythological name of Britain. Blake’s works don’t open up easily. Astrologically Albion can represent the edge, the bridge leading to the unknown, and the archetype of the thresholder.

“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors,” has William Blake said. The symbol for Chiron is a key, and keys open doors allowing us to enter into a new space. Chiron brings awareness and builds bridges. Chiron has been described as a maverick, so there is some Uranian flavor in it.

Taurus resists change and Libra seeks balance, but by this Full Moon in Taurus the stability will be shaken, one way or another.

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.