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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.

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.