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New Moon in Cancer – July 10, 2021, 01:16 UT

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

The New Moon occurs at 18+ degrees of Cancer on July 10 at 01:16 UT. About nine hours later the Moon has reached the midpoint of Alicanto and ǂKá̦gára at 22+ degrees of Cancer. Alicanto and ǂKá̦gára are the two most recently named trans-Neptunian minor planets. A midpoint halfway between two planets combines the qualities of the planets in question. If there is a third planet at the midpoint, then all three qualities are combined. Alicanto and ǂKá̦gára are trine to each other at the moment.

New Moon in Cancer
474640 Alicanto is an extreme trans-Neptunian object (ETNO), orbiting the Sun well beyond Neptune in the outermost region of our Solar System. Alicanto’s orbital period is about 6070 years. ETNOs may be influenced by gravitational interactions with the hypothetical Planet Nine, predicted to have mass of five to ten times that of the Earth.

474640 Alicanto was discovered by American astronomer Andrew C. Becker in 2004 at Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile. It reached perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) in 2009. In the astrological chart it is now in conjunction with Ceres at 23+ degrees of Taurus. The object was named from Chilean mythology in May 2021.

The Alicanto is a mythological bird of the Atacama Desert whose wings shine at night with beautiful, metallic colors. Its presence usually represents good luck. It only appears in the nights and guide lost travelers to a safe place with the shine of its feathers. A miner who follows it can find treasures, but if the Alicanto discovers that it’s being followed, it will turn off the shining of its wings and scuttle away in the darkness of the night. Also, if the miner is not of “good heart” the Alicanto will guide the miner off a cliff.

469705 ǂKá̦gára is a trans-Neptunian object and a binary cubewano. The primary body was discovered in 2005 by American astronomer Marc Buie at the Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona. Its companion ǃHãunu was discovered with the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. The orbital period is around 290 years. The system is currently undergoing mutual occultation and eclipsing events, which have begun in 2015 and should continue until 2035. Astrologically the binary is now at 22+ degrees of Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces.

The names ǂKá̦gára and ǃHãunu were officially approved in June 2021 by The International Astronomical Union (IAU). In the mythology of the ǀXam people of the Karoo region of southern Africa, ǂKá̦gára and ǃHãunu fought an epic battle in the east using thunder and lightning, producing mountainous clouds and rain. The conflict was over ǂKá̦gára returning his younger sister, ǃHãunu’s wife, to their parents. ǀXam is considered an extinct language of South Africa. Its last speakers died in the 1910s.

The conjunction aspect also combines energies that are represented by the planets in conjunction. In the chart of the English novelist Mary Shelley (Aug. 30, 1797 – Feb. 1, 1851), the Moon is in conjunction with both Alicanto and ǂKá̦gára in Sagittarius. The conjunction is square to her Mercury in Virgo. Mary Shelley is famous for her novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), which tells about a young scientist who creates a hideous creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. The novel is considered an early example of science fiction. Mary Shelley also edited and promoted the works of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the major English romantic poets.

New Moon in Gemini / Annular Solar Eclipse — June 10, 2021, 10:52 UT

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

The New Moon in Gemini is a solar eclipse, which makes this New Moon more powerful than usual. The Moon is near its furthest point from the Earth and doesn’t completely cover the Sun, and that is why a ring of fire appears around the dark Moon. In some places the eclipse can be seen as partial. The Latin word annulus means “ring”.

Annular Solar Eclipse in Gemini
This Gemini eclipse is conjunct Mercury and centaur Bienor, and square to Neptune in Pisces. Both Mercury and Neptune are in their home signs. Planets in their own sign have strength and they are able to express themselves fully. However, Mercury is retrograding. Mercury is the planet of communication and mental processes. Mercury is concerned with traveling, transportation and commerce. All kinds of confusion, misunderstanding and delay can happen when Mercury retrogrades. The square to Neptune adds possibilities for misconceptions, because Neptune tends to dissolve what it touches. Denial, dreams, deception, and delusion dwell in the Neptunian haze. Neptune is also the planet of art, visions and sensitivity.

This eclipse belongs to the Saros cycle, which started in conjunction with Neptune, on Oct. 12, 1624. Bernadette Brady describes the cycle like this: “A very unusual Saros Series involving sudden flashes of ideas that seem to have a psychic or unconscious flavor to them. Hunches, visions, prophetic dreams are the essence of this family of eclipses. A truly creative series which should leave the individual enriched. The ideas or hunches which come from this eclipse can be acted upon.”

Rose Lineman writes: “This initial eclipse in the second decan (sub-ruled by Uranus) and eighth duad (sub-ruled by Venus as expressed in Taurus) adds refreshing accents of fair play and social concern to sign expression of eclipses belonging to this series. It also reinforces any materialistic qualities naturally present in signs of member eclipses.”

Bienor is one of the biggest centaurs. It orbits the Sun between Saturn and Uranus, grazing the orbit of Uranus. The orbital period is around 67 years. There has been speculation about a ring around Bienor, but this hasn’t been proven yet.

The name Bienor means “Strong One”. Astrologically Bienor can challenge us, and push us to do things that can seem scary because we can’t be sure of the outcome. At the same time we are excited about the novelty of the circumstances. We can break fresh ground only if we are ready to take challenges.

If you are tempted to take Bienor’s challenge now, don’t rush though. Find out about things that you are about to engage to. Read documents carefully, and review contracts several times before signing them, unless you can’t postpone the signing. Make sure that you understand everything, and be clear in your own communication, too.

New Moon in Taurus — May 11, 2021, 19:00 UT

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

The New Moon in Taurus is in conjunction with Mors-Somnus, a binary plutino named after the twin gods from Roman mythology, the personifications of death and sleep.

New Moon in Taurus
Mors-Somnus was discovered in 2007 by Scott Sheppard and Chad Trujillo. The orbital period of this binary is 243.67 years (a few years less than that of Pluto), the diameter is approximately 100 km, the two components have almost equal size, and their colors are indistinguishable from each other.

Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung were two famous pioneers of psychoanalysis. They both worked with dreams and the unconscious. Freud had his Mars tightly in conjunction with Mors-Somnus in Libra. C.G. Jung’s Mors-Somnus in Libra was in conjunction with Jupiter and sextile to Mars in Sagittarius.



The concepts of the collective unconscious, the archetypes, and synchronicity (an acausal connecting principle) were developed by Jung. These ideas can also be found in contemporary psychological astrology. Jung discovered that beneath the personal unconscious lies the collective unconscious, which consists of images and behavioral patterns accessible to all individuals and in all times. These archetypes are often found in art, mythology and fairy tales of different cultures, for example archetypes like the hero, the trickster, and the shadow. Jung believed that there are as many archetypes as there are typical situations in life.

Our dreams are the message carriers from the unconscious to our conscious mind. A dream is valid in the first place for the dreamer, but at the same time it can have a collective meaning. Jung studied both the dreams of his patients and his own, which altered and strengthened also his perceptions of life after death. He believed that through our dreams the unconscious can provide messages and hints about matters that we rationally cannot know anything about. Dream interpretation can also help us to understand our long ago forgotten instincts.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon degree is Taurus 22 White dove over troubled waters. The dove is bringing a message. Dr. Marc Edmund Jones interprets: “This is a symbol of the clear direction or absolute orientation which comes to man from birth as a consequence of his indwelling spirit or divine heritage, whether or not there is any conscious co-operation with it on his part.”

Pay attention to your dreams and meaningful coincidences!

New Moon in Aries — April 12, 2021, 02:31 UT

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Aries energy is heavily emphasized at this New Moon. Besides the Sun and Moon, there are planets Mercury and Venus, dwarf planets Eris and Ceres, and centaur Chiron in Aries. The New Moon was in conjunction with Eris.

New Moon in Aries
Eris is now at the Mars/Jupiter midpoint. Eris is squared by Pluto in Capricorn. Last year Eris was also receiving squares from Jupiter and Saturn. Eris is named after the Greek goddess of strife and discord, who indirectly started the Trojan War. Recently there has been alarming news about the growing tension at the Ukrainian border and in Crimea between Russia and Ukraine. Also in Northern Ireland the worst wave of violence for years is now causing concern.

Nicholas Campion writes in The Book of World Horoscopes: “The history of the Cold War in Europe may be traced to The Yalta Conference, at which Roosevelt secretly agreed with Stalin that the Soviet Union should have a sphere of influence in eastern Europe after the Second World War.” He sets the chart for the beginning of the conference at 5:10 pm on Feb. 4, 1945. Saturn in Cancer was squaring Eris in Aries in 1944 – 1945. The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 marked the end of the Cold War.

Some say that the second cold war has already begun. For example Edward Lucas’s The New Cold War was published in 2008, relatively soon after the discovery of Eris. Eris was discovered in January 2005 from images taken in October 2003. Also the launch of many popular platforms of social media is dated in the same period. LinkedIn was launched in May 2003, Facebook in February 2004, YouTube in February 2005, and Twitter in July 2006. Populist movements have gained popularity in the 21st century, too. Polarization is the feature of today.

Everything stated above may be relevant with Eris. However, the molding of the astrological meaning of a planet may sometimes take time, and the myth behind the name is not always in-line with the astrological meaning. It seems that in Eris’s case the delineation is still developing.

Astrologer Raimo Nikula proposes in Eris vai Proserpina? (Eris or Proserpina?), that the symbolism of planet Eris is better in accordance with the Greek myth of Persephone, the equivalent of Roman Proserpina, the daughter of Ceres. Unfortunately both names were already taken for asteroids, but the planet could have been named as Kore, as the daughter of Demeter (Ceres) was also called in Greek mythology. The name Kore is Raimo’s own favorite.

In myth Ceres’s daughter Proserpina was abducted by Pluto, and she became the queen of the Underworld. In her desperation Ceres stopped the growth of fruits and vegetables. Proserpina was freed, but she had to spend a part of each year in the Underworld with Pluto; for the other part, she was able to return to living with her mother on Earth. Before the abduction she was Kore, “the maiden”.

In his book Raimo Nikula reminds that for example the name of Uranus doesn’t correspond with its astrological symbolism either. Among other things he notes that astrologer Dane Rudhyar (1895 – 1985) proposed the name Proserpina as the name for a yet undiscovered planet beyond Pluto: “Beyond the planet Pluto, symbol of the Guardian at the Gates of Immortality, we may already distinguish the presence of a new orb. I have suggested long ago the name Proserpine for the yet unknown planet; for in that name lies hidden the symbol of all resurrections. And the stage beyond Pluto can only be that of the Resurrection.”

Before the official naming, astronomer Mike Brown, the discoverer of Eris, had also speculated that Persephone, the wife of the god Pluto, would be a good name for the object. According to science writer Govert Schilling, Brown initially wanted to call the object “Lila”, after a concept in Hindu mythology that described the cosmos as the outcome of a game played by Brahman. The name resembles “Lilah”, the name of Brown’s then newborn daughter. However, one of the names by which the Hawaiian goddess Haumea was known is Lailai, which sounds a lot like Lila. Haumea is another dwarf planet discovered by Mike Brown’s team. Goddess Haumea was called by many names, because she could take many different guises and morph from old woman to young girl, and become her own daughter or granddaughter. In 1900 Edward Tregear wrote in The creation song of Hawaii: “‘Lailai of the distant night, Lailai the woman,’ appears as a very shadowy figure, and it seems impossible to understand what power she is intended to represent. She is indeed, to be described best in the line, ‘This woman was from a race of illusions (myth)’—and is evidently some Cosmic goddess, probably the impersonation of the Eternal Feminine in Nature.”

In Jungian psychology Kore is the personification of feminine innocence. Quoting Carl Jung, “Demeter and Kore, mother and daughter, extend the feminine consciousness both upwards and downwards. They add an ‘older and younger,’ ‘stronger and weaker’ dimension to it and widen out the narrowly limited conscious mind bound in space and time, giving it intimations of a greater and more comprehensive personality which has a share in the eternal course of things.”

Interestingly, the New Moon in Aries was also in conjunction with asteroid 4946 Askalaphus, which is a Jupiter trojan and therefore named after one of the Argonauts from Greek mythology. But there is another Ascalaphus in mythology, the custodian of the orchard of Hades. He told the other gods that Persephone had eaten pomegranate seeds in the Underworld, and because of this revelation she was obliged to return to the Underworld every year. Demeter was so angry because of this that she buried Ascalaphus beneath a heavy rock in the Underworld. Heracles for his part rolled the stone away and released Ascalaphus.

In Eris vai Proserpina? Raimo Nikula suggests as one of the meanings of the transit of Eris to the natal Sun as getting lighting to unfinished and current matters. He writes: “A conjunction can be particularly illuminating and truth-revealing.” Are there going to be crucial revelations now that the transiting Sun is in conjunction with Eris and Askalaphus?

New Moon in Pisces — March 13, 2021, 10:21 UT

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

The New Moon is in Pisces in conjunction with Venus and Neptune. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac which combines the experience of other signs. It represents maturation. It is the last phase preceding the new cycle which is about to begin.

Neptune is strong in its own sign. Neptune dissolves the old so that something new can take shape and grow. The Sun and the Moon in Pisces form a subtle grand cross with Asbolus in Gemini, Rhiphonos in Virgo and Varda in Sagittarius. These minor planets offer building blocks for growth.

New Moon in Pisces

A grand cross consists of two oppositions and four squares. The square is a challenging aspect that creates tension. The squares can be energizing, and they are useful when we want to develop our skills. They are like obstacles that we must face. We need them in order to grow and mature.

8405 Asbolus is a centaur orbiting the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune. Saturn is currently considered to control Asbolus’s perihelion and Neptune controls the aphelion. In Greek mythology centaur Asbolus was a seer, whose name means carbon dust. Carbon is an essential element of life.

346889 Rhiphonos is another centaur. The orbit of Rhiphonos lies between Jupiter and Uranus. In Greek mythology Rhiphonos was one of the commanders of the Lamian centaurs. Originally they were twelve water spirits of the Lamos River, in mortal body, set by Zeus to guard the infant Dionysus and to protect him from Hera’s anger. In her rage Hera transformed the spirits into ox-horned centaurs with a horse’s tail. Later Rhiphonos accompanied the adult Dionysus on his travels. Rhiphonos offers associations to growth processes.

174567 Varda is a trans-Neptunian object. It is named after the beautiful queen of light and creator of the stars in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology. Varda radiates light.

Yet another supportive energy in this chart is worth mentioning. In Aquarius asteroid 31 Euphrosyne, named after one of the three graces, brings joy in our lives. The New Moon is in septile aspect to asteroid Euphrosyne. The septile (51º 26’) is usually described as an aspect of creativity and inspiration.

New Moon in Aquarius — February 11, 2021, 19:06 UT

Friday, February 12th, 2021

There is a powerful concentration of energy in Aquarius, a stellium of six planets including the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, and asteroid Pallas. A stellium is a cluster of planets in one zodiac sign or astrological house. The two benefics, Venus and Jupiter, are in exact conjunction. Mars and Uranus in Taurus are causing friction by squaring the stellium. The New Moon is in exact sextile to Eris in Aries.

Aquarius is an unconventional and community-oriented sign. It is the sign of freedom and rebellion. Lately we have seen a lot of rebellion, as there have been huge political protests in Russia, Belarus, Myanmar, and protests against corona restrictions all over the world. The coronavirus is still spreading, and we have to do our best to cope with it. At the same time there are also other serious concerns which demand attention and must be dealt with, such as global warming. We need Aquarian collaboration and innovativeness if we want to survive.

A study which was published last year indicates that the oil and gas industry has had a worse impact on the climate than previously was believed. The global warming is accelerating the loss of species, increasing the risk of pandemics, and producing extreme weather events. Last Sunday a Himalayan glacier broke and caused massive flooding in India, smashing a dam and killing people. The impact of global warming is greatest in high latitude regions.

The New Moon in Aquarius is forming a t-square with two distant minor planets which are named after deities from the Arctic region. The Sun and the Moon oppose Sila-Nunam in Leo and square Sedna in Taurus. When Sila-Nunam was discovered 24 years ago, there was also a stellium in Aquarius then.

Sedna was discovered in 2003. The orbit is extremely long and elongated, taking approximately 11,400 years to complete. Sedna was named after the Inuit goddess of the sea, and she created the sea animals.

Sila-Nunam is a binary system discovered in 1997. The components are of almost equal size and both are elongated with their long axes pointing to each other. The bodies are named after Inuit deities. Sila was the Inuit god of the sky, weather, and life force. Nunam was the Earth goddess, Sila’s wife. She created the land animals and, in some traditions, the Inuit people. Sila breathed life into the Inuit.

June 16, 1962 – The serialization of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring began in The New Yorker. This environmental science book was released as a book on Sept. 27, 1962, giving rise to the modern environmentalist movement. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry’s marketing claims unquestioningly. Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – Apr. 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist.

Carson had attended the White House Conference on Conservation in May 1962, where the upcoming serialization of her book was promoted. The Sun conjoined Sila-Nunam in Gemini on June 1, 1962. When the serialization began on June 16, Mercury was conjunct Sila-Nunam in Gemini. Rachel Carson has natally the Sun in Gemini sextile Sila-Nunam in early Aries. On June 16, 1962, the conjunction of Mercury and Sila-Nunam was transiting her natal Mercury.

June 15, 1971 – Norway began oil production in the North Sea. The Sun was in conjunction with Sila-Nunam in Gemini.

June 23, 1980 – The 1980 United States heat wave was a period of intense heat and drought throughout the summer of 1980. It is among the most devastating natural disasters in terms of deaths and destruction in U.S. history, claiming at least 1,700 lives and massive agricultural damage. In Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, high temperatures exceeded 100 F (38 C) a total of 69 times, including a record 42 consecutive days from June 23 to August 3. The Sun was conjunct Vesta and Sila-Nunam in Cancer, sextile Jupiter in Virgo.

Feb. 3, 1997 – 79360 Sila-Nunam was discovered. Later the same year an international treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol was adopted. For the first time the industrialized countries agreed on targets to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

July 26, 2005 — Mumbai, India receives 99.5 cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days. The Maharashtra floods of 2005 refer to the flooding of many parts of the state, including large areas of the metropolis Mumbai, in which at least 5,000 people died. The Sun was conjunct Sila-Nunam in Leo and square Deucalion (association with flooding) in Scorpio.

Jan. 9, 2012 — 79360 Sila-Nunam was named after Inuit deities. The next day the news announced that Alaska saw record snowfall. Sila-Nunam was in Leo. The Sun in Capricorn was trine Sedna in Taurus and sextile Huya (named after a rain god) in Scorpio. During the previous few weeks, almost 15 feet of snow had fallen on Cordova. The town issued a disaster declaration on Jan. 6.

May 1-4, 2012 – The Greenpeace activists protested the Finnish icebreaker Nordica’s involvement in Arctic oil drilling. Nordica was chartered for Shell Oil Company to support exploration drilling operations. The activists tried to prevent Nordica from leaving Helsinki, they boarded the icebreaker at sea, and they stopped boats in front of the icebreaker. The Sun in Taurus was square Sila-Nunam in Leo, Jupiter conjunct Sedna in Taurus.

Aug. 18, 2019 — 100 activists, officials, and other concerned citizens along with Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson hold a funeral for Okjökull glacier, which has completely melted as the direct result of climate change. The memorial plaque reads: “Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it”. The Sun was conjunct Sila-Nunam in Leo and opposite Damocles in Aquarius.

New Moon in Capricorn — January 13, 2021, 05:00 UT

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

The Sun and the Moon in Capricorn are in conjunction with Pluto and square to Eris in Aries. Several intense aspects in the chart are asking you to be cautious in the coming days.

Pluto and Eris had the leading roles in the play which led astronomers in 2006 vote on the definition of a planet, and in other words, to decide if Eris would be included or Pluto excluded from the category. Eris’s energy is provocative. Eris does not like to be excluded. Both Eris and Pluto can indicate power struggles.

Quoting Amy Shapiro from Inviting Eris To The Party (Amy Shapiro, New Age Sages, 2014): “In our party analogy, Eris-Pluto will teach you to tango, an intensely passionate and powerful dance, just as Eris and Pluto’s orbits overlap in space.” She also writes that “Eris-Pluto square brings hard choices. Situations grow toxic if the focus is only self-interest.”

Eris has ended its latest six months long retrograde period and turned in direct motion just recently, on Jan. 10th. The rebellious Uranus stations direct on Jan. 14th. Both are then able to express themselves in their most natural way. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury in early Aquarius are squaring Uranus in Taurus. The Mars-Uranus conjunction is tightening. The exact conjunction happens on Jan. 20th. The Mars-Uranus combination is prone to show extreme behavior.

In fact Uranus in Taurus is forming a grand cross with Varuna in Leo, Zhulong in Scorpio and the aforementioned planets in Aquarius. The trans-Neptunian Zhulong is named after a Chinese dragon deity who controlled the day and night by opening and closing its eyes. Sometimes the course of our life can change dramatically in a blink of an eye.

Besides Pluto, the New Moon is in conjunction with centaur Amycus and plutino Arawn. Arawn is named from Welsh mythology. The myth tells how the god of underworld switches places with a mortal man. Among other things, the story tells about loyalty.

Amycus is named from Greek mythology after one of the centaurs that fought with Lapiths at the wedding of the king Pirithous. The centaurs were invited to the wedding, but they became drunk and lost their control. In the battle centaur Amycus was responsible for the first death of one of the Lapiths. Amycus was killed too, and the Lapiths defeated the centaurs.

Centaurs are symbolizing the dual nature of the man. Besides the civilized, human nature there is also the wild, animal nature in us. We need to remember that our behavior affects not just ourselves but other people too, and our actions always have consequences. We are connected to each other, and together we form humanity.

Saturn rules Capricorn. Saturn’s discipline and authority will help us through the next weeks.

New Moon in Sagittarius / Total Solar Eclipse — December 14, 2020, 16:16 UT

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Winter Solstice – December 21, 2020, 10:02 UT

This has been an unforgettable year. At the end of the year notable astrological events are taking place and giving us hope. The New Moon in Sagittarius on Dec.14 was a total solar eclipse near our Galactic Center, the center of the Milky Way. The eclipse occurred in exact conjunction with the trans-Neptunian 174567 Varda. The eclipse took place opposite Asbolus, which has survivor quality to it. In addition there is a visible Christmas star in the sky, the shining conjunction of the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.

A total solar eclipse happens when the Sun is completely covered by the Moon. The Moon is passing between the Earth and the Sun. The eclipse is visible only from specific areas on Earth, and this time only from Chile and Argentina. This doesn’t reduce its astrological significance.

In Silmarillion, the posthumous collection of J. R. R. Tolkien’s works which provides the background to The Lord of the Rings, it is Varda, the queen of the Valar, who set the vessels of the Sun and Moon upon their courses. Tolkien describes the solar eclipse like this:

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

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

174567 Varda is a binary cubewano. The primary is named after Varda, the creator of the stars in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional mythology. She was so beautiful that it was impossible to describe it in words. Her face was radiating light. Although the Sun’s light was blocked today, Varda was still sharing her love and beauty.

174567 Varda’s satellite is named Ilmarë after Varda’s handmaiden. Tolkien was inspired by many mythologies, and the name Ilmarë possibly comes from the magical Finnish blacksmith Ilmarinen in our national epic, the Kalevala.

The star queen Varda reigned beside Manwë, a Jupiter-like deity. When they were together, Manwë saw further than all other eyes, and Varda heard more clearly than all other ears. 385446 Manwë is another trans-Neptunian minor planet, and it is now in Pisces in sextile aspect to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn and square to the Galactic Center in Sagittarius. Also Venus in Scorpio is sextile to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn has already begun. The previous time that these planets were so close each other in the sky was 400 years ago. This rare Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn is not yet exact. Saturn’s ingress to Aquarius happens on Dec. 17, and Jupiter changes signs on Dec. 19. The Sun enters Capricorn on Dec. 21, which is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Later on that same day the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius happens.

The Finnish meteorologist Pekka Pouta said today that Finland is now the core of the darkness in the whole world, because we don’t have snow at all halfway across the country. It helps to know that Varda’s light is available for us all.

The examples of Varda:

Galilei Galileo (Feb. 16, 1564) – Jupiter and Saturn conjunct Varda in Cancer.

George Washington (Feb. 22, 1732) – The Moon conjunct Varda in Capricorn.

Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820), — The Sun and the Moon conjunct Varda in Taurus (chart rating DD).

John Cage (Sept. 5, 1912) was an American composer, music theorist, artist, and philosopher. Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. He has described music as “an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living”. – The Sun conjunct Asbolus and Varda in Virgo.

Nicanor Parra (Sept 5, 1914) was a Chilean poet and physicist, brother of Violeta Parra. He is considered one of the most influential poets in the Spanish language of the 20th century, often compared with Pablo Neruda. – The Sun conjunct Cyllarus and Varda in Virgo.

Leonard Cohen (Sept. 21, 1934) – The triple conjunction of the Sun, Ixion and Varda at the ascendant. The Sun is in late Virgo, Ixion and Varda in early Libra (chart rating AA).

Günter Wallraff (Oct. 1, 1942) is a German writer and undercover journalist. — The Sun conjunct Mars, Varda and Ixion in Libra, opposite Eris in Aries.

Cat Stevens (July 21, 1948) – Neptune and Varda at the ascendant in Libra (chart rating A).

Kamala Harris (Oct. 20, 1964) – The Sun conjunct Varda in Libra, opposite the Moon in Aries.

Edward Snowden (June 21, 1983) – The Moon conjunct Varda in Scorpio.

New Moon in Scorpio – November 15, 2020, 05:07 UT

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

The New Moon at 23+ degrees of Scorpio is sextile to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn and in quincunx to Eris is Aries. The New Moon in Scorpio is in conjunction with a trans-Neptunian minor planet named Deucalion.

The New Moon, which is the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon, is the first phase of the lunation cycle. It is always a good time for new beginnings, new ideas, or new projects. This New Moon has some special features that are highlighting the fruitfulness of this time.

Mars in Aries has just stationed and turned in direct motion, pushing things forward. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and thus a starting point for a new cycle. Mars in its own sign Aries is daring and full of motivation.

The conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto can produce a huge drive to accomplish great things. Jupiter magnifies everything it touches and Pluto is the planet of transformation. The last of the three exact Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions in Capricorn happened on Nov. 12. The New Moon in Scorpio forms a sextile to the conjunction, an aspect which allows the planets involved to work efficiently together.

53311 Deucalion is a trans-Neptunian small body with the orbital period of over 295 years. It is a classical Kuiper belt object, also called a cubewano. There is no official definition of cubewano. However, the term is used to refer to objects which are not in orbital resonance with Neptune and do not cross the orbit of Neptune. Deucalion has a low-eccentricity orbit and a very small inclination, like a classical planet. According to the naming rules of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) the cubewanos are given mythological or mythic names associated with creation.

53311 Deucalion was discovered in 1999 and named in 2003 from Greek mythology after Deucalion, son of Prometheus. Prometheus had created humans from clay and given them fire, which he had stolen from the gods. Many astrologers think that the appropriate name for planet Uranus would actually be Prometheus.

Deucalion is the main character of the Greek flood myth, which resembles the story of Noah from the Bible. Flood myths occur in many cultures. The flooding waters are sent by a deity in order for cleansing of humanity and in preparation for rebirth. The flood in the Greek myth was caused by the anger of Zeus. All humans were drowned except for Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha, who had been forewarned by Prometheus and built an ark. When the deluge was over, the ark landed on a mountain. Deucalion and Pyrrha consulted an oracle about how to repopulate the Earth and were told to “throw the bones of their mother” behind them. They understood that their mother is Earth and her bones are stones. The stones they then threw over their shoulders became men and women.

Humanity today is facing many problems, for example the covid-19 pandemic, the climate change, polarization of people, terrorism, political violence, the normalization of far right groups and the rise of fascism, and the challenges of the digital world, just to name a few.

In 2003, soon after the naming of 53311 Deucalion, astrologer Raimo A. Nikula shortly delineated the body as if he had been describing our world today. He noted that the myth of Deucalion reveals a need to create a new culture. Before the chance for a new start for humanity, there is a period of peril which is testing humanity’s endurance. According to him the symbolism of Deucalion is associated mostly with the sign of Aquarius. The new social norms creating the new culture should occur both the individual and collective levels. Just recently astrologer Eric Francis pointed out that the astrology of the forthcoming years will focus on Aquarius. “We are all here together. No person is an island. We rely upon one another,” he wrote.

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My special thanks to Chad Townsend for the discussion on the subject and for his valuable help!

New Moon in Libra — October 16, 2020, 19:31 UT

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The New Moon in Libra is opposite the retrograding Mars-Eris conjunction in Aries and square to Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn. Two distant minor planets, centaur 10199 Chariklo and plutino 15810 Arawn are also in conjunction with the Capricorn planets. There is an impressive cardinal t-square pattern formed by all these planets.

A t-square is an aspect pattern formed by two planets opposing each other and both of them squared by a third planet. It is a very stressful configuration. The tension is searching release, which can result in impatience and indiscretion. There are more than just three planets involved in the current t-square and the participants add extra weight to the aspects.

The Sun and the Moon in Libra are opposing Mars (action, passion, anger, aggression) and Eris (chaos, discord, provocation) in Aries. Mars is strong in its home sign, but now it is retrograding, which can hinder its normal behavior and cause huge frustration. Also Eris is retrograding. The empty leg of the t-square, which in this case is in Cancer, could act as the discharge point for the tension, but now the heavy Capricorn stellium concentrates the energy strongly on the apex in Capricorn.

The building energy that the t-square produces is not just a stress factor, but a possibility for successful work if it is handled constructively. Fortunately the New Moon in Libra is concerned of balance and justice. Moreover, the “graceful spinner” Chariklo is in the mix. Chariklo provides support.

The presence of Arawn offers an excellent moment for some serious soul searching. Van Morrison has the Sun-Arawn conjunction in his natal chart, and his works often tell about the spiritual search and healing. In an old interview, when it was a question about the identity crisis he had went through, he said: “…what they call in psychology an identity crisis… What it is as a matter of fact, it’s called growth… The whole point is, dig yourself.” Arawn may have a lot to do with being real, or showing our original essence.

15810 Arawn was discovered in 1994 and named in 2017 from 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.

Jupiter is a planet of faith and self-confidence. It likes to explore and is interested in the search for meaning. Jupiter is now tightly conjunct Arawn. Mercury has just turned retrograde in Scorpio, which for its part is encouraging us to seek within.