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The Vernal Equinox — March 20, 2021, 09:37 UT

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

The Sun has entered Aries and a new astrological year begins. The Sun at the Aries point is in conjunction with Venus and 385446 Manwë, both at 28+ degrees of Pisces.
The Vernal Equinox
Soon 385446 Manwë is starting to change signs, and it will be hovering around the Aries point the whole year. It will be prominent in all four equinox and solstice charts of the year. It enters Aries tor the first time in May, stays there the whole summer, and then retrogrades back to Pisces. The second ingress to Aries is in March 2022 and the third in January 2023. The orbital period of Manwë is almost 290 years. It moves slowly, and that is why the ingress takes time.

385446 Manwë is a binary trans-Neptunian object, possibly a contact binary and likely surrounded by rapidly orbiting moonlets. The primary was named after Manwë, the fictional deity in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. The secondary was named Thorondor after the king of Manwë’s eagles.

Manwë was the lord of air, wind and clouds. Poetry was Manwë’s delight and the song of words was his music, tells Tolkien. All birds were dear to Manwë. Spirits in the shape of hawks and mighty eagles flew back and forth and brought to his knowledge everything that was going on in the world. Eagles were sacred animals of the Greek sky god Zeus and his Roman equivalent Jupiter, too. Sharp-eyed eagles are the symbol of power, their wings symbolize protection, and because they fly higher than other birds, they represent connection to the divine.

Astrologically Manwë seems to be meaningful in charts of many occultists, mystics, astrologers, and visionaries.


John Dee (July 13, 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an Anglo-Welsh mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist, and alchemist. He was the court astronomer for, and advisor to, Elizabeth I. – Manwë conjunct the Sun in Cancer, trine Mars in Scorpio, square Saturn in Taurus, and opposite the Moon in Aquarius (Rodden rating DD)

August Nordenskiöld (Feb. 6, 1754 – Dec. 10, 1792) was a Finnish-Swedish alchemist and Swedenborgian critic of slavery. He was supported by the king of Sweden, Gustav III, in his efforts to find the Philosopher’s Stone, in order to create gold. He was involved in an attempt to found an anti-slavery colony in Sierra Leone, but he died there in a violent clash. – The Sun = Pluto / Manwë, Uranus in Pisces semisquare (45º) Manwë at the South node in Aries (the Sun conjunct Varda in Aquarius)

Jules Verne (Feb. 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. He has sometimes been called the “Father of Science Fiction”. – Manwë in Leo opposite the Sun and Eris in Aquarius, square the Moon in Scorpio, quincunx Venus in Pisces, and quincunx Neptune in Capricorn; Manwë is the apex of a yod configuration formed by Venus, Neptune and Manwë.

Helena Blavatsky (Aug. 12, 1831 – May 8, 1891) was a Russian philosopher and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875. She gained an international following as the leading theoretician of theosophy. — Manwë conjunct the Sun and the North node in Leo, opposite Eris in Aquarius, quincunx Neptune in Capricorn, and quincunx the Midheaven in Pisces; Manwë is the apex of a yod configuration formed by Neptune, MC and Manwë (Rodden rating C).

Annie Besant (Oct. 1, 1847 – Sept. 20, 1933) was a British socialist, theosophist, writer, orator, and clairvoyant. After Blavatsky’s death, Besant became one of the leading figures in theosophy. – Manwe in Virgo semisextile (30º) Mercury in Libra, trine Mars in Taurus, and quincunx Uranus in Aries

Alan Leo (Aug. 7, 1860 – Aug. 30, 1917) was a British astrologer, astrological data collector, author, and theosophist. He is considered the father of modern astrology. He shifted the focus of astrological work from prediction to personal analysis. – Manwë in Libra semisquare (45º) the Sun in Leo, sesquisquare (135º) the Midheaven in Taurus, opposite Neptune in Pisces, and in aspect to the Moon’s nodes (Rodden rating B)

Evangeline Adams (Feb. 8, 1868 – November 1932) was an American astrologer and author. While Aleister Crowley ghostwrote her books on astrology, Adams is an acknowledged contributor to Crowley’s own astrological text The General Practice of Astrology. She has been described as “America’s first astrological superstar”. – Manwë in Libra trine Mars in Aquarius, quincunx Jupiter in Pisces, opposite Neptune in Aries, and quincunx Pluto in Taurus; Manwë is the apex of a yod configuration formed by Jupiter, Pluto and Manwë.

Rasputin (Jan. 21, 1869 – Dec. 30, 1916) was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Nicholas II, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia. — Manwë in Libra trine Mercury in Aquarius, sextile Saturn in Sagittarius, square Uranus in Cancer, opposite Neptune in Aries, and quincunx Pluto in Taurus

Aleister Crowley (Oct. 12, 1875 – Dec. 1, 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet. He designed the Thoth Tarot, a tarot deck painted by Lady Frieda Harris, and wrote The Book of Thoth, intended for use with the deck. – Manwë conjunct the Sun and Venus in Libra, square Mars in Capricorn, trine Saturn in Aquarius, sextile Uranus in Leo, quincunx Pluto in Taurus, and quincunx the Moon in Pisces. Manwë is involved in two yod configurations: The first one is formed by the triple conjunction of the Sun, Venus and Manwë, the Moon, and Pluto. The other is formed by the Moon Uranus, and the triple conjunction of the Sun, Venus and Manwë.

Lady Frieda Harris (Aug. 13, 1877 – May 11, 1962) was a British artist, best known for her design of Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot deck. – Manwë in Libra sextile the Sun-Uranus conjunction in Leo, sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius, and quincunx Mars and Saturn in Pisces; Manwë forms a yod configuration with the Sun and the Mars-Saturn conjunction.

Alice A. Bailey (June 16, 1880 – Dec. 15, 1949) was a British writer of more than twenty-four books on theosophical subjects, and was one of the first writers to use the term New Age. Her esoteric astrology deals with the evolution of soul consciousness and the obstacles to that evolution. She described the majority of her work as having been telepathically transmitted to her by a Master of Wisdom, initially referred to only as “the Tibetan” or by the initials “D.K.”, later identified as Djwal Khul. – Manwë in Libra trine the Sun in Gemini, opposite Saturn in Aries, and sextile the Galactic Center in Sagittarius

Fritz Brunhübner (July 3, 1894, – March 9, 1965) was a German astrologer, lecturer, teacher, and the author of the first book published on Pluto in 1934. – Manwë conjunct Uranus in Scorpio, trine the Sun-Moon conjunction in Cancer, and quincunx Pluto in Gemini

Aino Kassinen (Dec. 13, 1900 – July 28, 1977) was a famous Finnish clairvoyant. In her youth Aino Kassinen became acquainted with theosophy, which influenced her worldview strongly. She was consulted by ordinary people, celebrities, politicians, and economic leaders. — Manwë conjunct Venus in Scorpio, semisextile (30º) the Sun and Jupiter in Sagittarius

Isabel Hickey (Aug. 19, 1903 – June 17, 1980) was an American astrologer, the author of Astrology, A Cosmic Science. – Manwë in Scorpio at the ascendant trine Jupiter in Pisces, quincunx Pluto in Gemini, and semisextile (30º) Uranus in Sagittarius (Rodden rating AA).

Jack Parsons Oct. 2, 1914 – June 17, 1952) was an American rocket engineer, chemist, and Thelmite occultist (Thelema was founded by Aleister Crowley). Associated with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Parsons was one of the principal founders of both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation. Parsons’s occult writings were published posthumously. — Manwë in Sagittarius semisextile (30º) Mercury and Mars in Scorpio, trine Neptune in Leo, quincunx Saturn and Pluto in Cancer, trine the Moon in Pisces, and square the Moon’s nodes

Carlos Castaneda (Dec. 25, 1925 – Apr. 27, 1998) was an American author. He wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs. – Manwë conjunct Mercury in Sagittarius, sextile Venus and the ascendant in Aquarius, and quincunx Pluto in Cancer; Manwë is involved in a yod configuration (Rodden rating AA).

Jim Morrison (Dec. 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter and poet, who was the lead vocalist of the Doors. He was well known for improvising spoken word poetry passages while the band played live. – Manwë conjunct Mercury in Capricorn, sextile Venus in Scorpio, and square Neptune in Libra

Jimmy Page (born Jan. 9, 1944) is an English musician, songwriter, and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He wrote most of Led Zeppelin’s music. He has owned an occult bookshop and publishing house. His interest in the occult started at the age of fifteen, when he read Aleister Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice. – Manwë in Capricorn opposite the Moon in Cancer, square Neptune in Libra, square Eris in Aries, trine the Midheaven in Virgo, quincunx Mars in Gemini (Rodden rating A).

Paulo Coelho (born Aug. 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. — Manwë in Capricorn opposite Mars in Cancer, semisextile (30º) the Moon in Sagittarius, and square Eris in Aries

Robert Plant (born Aug. 20, 1948) is an English singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of Led Zeppelin. Plant’s lyrics are influenced by Norse and Welsh mythologies and by J. R. R. Tolkien. — Manwë in Capricorn trine Mercury in Virgo, sextile the Moon in Pisces, and square the Moon’s nodes

J. K. Rowling (born July 31, 1965) is a British author, best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series. – Manwë in Capricorn trine the Moon in Virgo, quincunx Jupiter in Gemini, and semisquare (45º) the Midheaven and the South node in Sagittarius (Rodden rating C)

New Moon in Aries — March 24, 2020, 09:28 UT

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

The vernal equinox was on March 20, 2020. The Sun entered Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and passed the Aries point. It is the point in which the most personal intersects with the larger world around one. The equinox chart shows the themes of the upcoming astrological year.

The New Moon in Aries took place on March 24 in the early degrees of the sign, in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia. The New Moon squared the lunar nodes on the Cancer-Capricorn axis and the Pholus-Quaoar conjunction in Capricorn. The tight triple conjunction of Jupiter, Pluto and Mars in Capricorn is squaring Eris in Aries. The New Moon opposed Makemake in Libra.

136472 Makemake is a cubewano discovered 15 years ago, in March 2005. It is one of the five minor planets which officially have received the dwarf planet status so far. The orbital period is 306 years. The discovery team (Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz) nicknamed it “Easterbunny” because of its discovery shortly after Easter. In 2008 Makemake was named after the creator god of humanity in the myths of the Rapa Nui, the native people of Easter Island.

The god Makemake was also the chief god of the birdman cult of the Rapa Nui, an annual dangerous competition. The contestants had to swim to the nearby island to collect the first egg of the season of a certain tropical seabird, and then swim back to Rapa Nui. Many lost their lives. The winner was entitled to gifts of food, and his clan would have sole rights to collect the wild bird eggs and fledglings of that season. The winner had to go into seclusion for a year and spend his time eating and sleeping, and could not engage in any other activity. He did this for his community.

We are now in the situation where we need to restrict our living. We need to reduce our social contacts to minimum. Luckily we have phones, the internet, and the social media, so we are not totally secluded. Our pursuit is nothing compared to that of the birdman. We need to do this now for our health care workers and for our community.

Autumnal Equinox – Sept. 23, 2019, 07:50 UT

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

The Sun has entered Libra today. This is the autumnal equinox, which marks the beginning of autumn. The Sun crossed the celestial equator on its apparent annual path along the ecliptic. On the days of the equinoxes, two times a year, the length of night and day is equal everywhere on Earth. From now on the days will become shorter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Sun in the first degree of Libra was in conjunction with 469219 Kamoʻoalewa, the small companion of Earth. Kamoʻoalewa is a quasi-satellite of Earth. It is moving as an interior planet at the moment, which means that it is closer to the Sun than Earth. It is now retrograding in late Virgo. When the Sun, Kamoʻoalewa and Earth line up in this order, the situation is comparable to the New Moon.

Kamoʻoalewa is actually a small Apollo asteroid, orbiting around the Sun, and at the same time also looping around Earth. The diameter is only about 40 – 100 m. It is too far away to be considered a true satellite of Earth. In its yearly travel around the Sun, Kamoʻoalewa spends about half of the time inside the Earth’s orbit and about half of the time outside Earth’s orbit.

The orbits of quasi-satellites are unstable. Over time they tend to evolve to other types of resonant motion and no longer remain in the vicinity of the planet. Later they can move back to a quasi-satellite orbit again. Kamoʻoalewa is not the only known quasi-satellite of Earth, but it is currently the closest and most stable, predicted to stay in this orbital state for several hundred years. China is planning a robotic mission that would collect and return samples from Kamoʻoalewa. The launch is planned around 2024.

Astrologically the orbit of Kamoʻoalewa is really weird. Sometimes it rushes through several astrological signs in a month. Then there are periods of time when it moves back and forth only two or three signs for decades. We are now in a phase where Kamoʻoalewa seems to be covering only degrees in Virgo, Libra and Scorpio.

The name Kamoʻoalewa is referring to a celestial object that is oscillating, like Kamoʻoalewa in the sky as viewed from Earth. It is a name found in the Hawaiian chant Kumulipo. Kumulipo is an 18th-century chant in the Hawaiian language telling a creation story and including a genealogy of the members of Hawaiian royalty.

It takes time to study the intriguing orbit of Kamoʻoalewa, which is so different from anything else we have seen, let alone the astrological meaning of it.

Full Moon in Libra — March 21, 2019, 01:43 UT

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

On March 20, 2019, the Sun entered Aries, which marks the Vernal Equinox. It is a day when the length of day and night is equal everywhere on Earth. The Full Moon in Libra occurred a few hours later, on March 21, when the Moon opposed the Sun.

A new astrological year begins when the Sun enters Aries. Astrologers may use the equinox chart in determining the themes of the next twelve months. The first degree of Aries is called the Aries Point. It is a sensitive point, where the individual’s life and world events intersect.

The Sun is now in conjunction with centaur Chiron and one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects, 120347 Salacia.

In Greek mythology Chiron was the wisest and justest of all the centaurs. He was not a troublemaker like the rest of them. His lineage was different from other centaurs. Chiron was the son of the Titan Cronus and Philyra, one of the Oceanid nymphs, which were the personification of springs. Chiron had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse. His mother was so disgusted by how he looked that she abandoned him at birth.

Chiron was fostered by the Sun god Apollo, who was a god of medicine and healing, music, poetry, and more. Apollo was especially concerned with the health of children. Additionally, he was the protector of fugitives and refugees. Chiron learned numerous skills from Apollo and became a great healer. He was a teacher and a mentor for many of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology.

In astrology Chiron is usually referred as the wounded healer. However, I prefer Eric Francis’s description of Chiron as raising awareness. Because of the looks of the mythical centaur and the way his mother treated him as baby, Chiron could also be seen as representing ignored and disdained people, among other things.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. The god Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia, but to preserve her virginity she fled as far as she could and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back. She finally agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea. Salacia was a goddess who was a bit overlooked in mythology. She was diminished to represent an aspect of Neptune, the violent and gushing waters. Her Greek equivalent was Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon. Only in one occasion she appears as a real goddess, namely at the birth of the Sun god Apollo.

March 22 is the World Water Day, an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. It is celebrated around the world with various events, which offer an opportunity to learn about water related issues and take action to make a difference. Water is a human right. No matter where on Earth we live, the one thing we all share is the ocean. Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. The ocean plays a fundamental role in the world’s water supply, and it is our mutual interest to take care of it. Marginalized groups — women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people — are often overlooked, and may face discrimination, as they try to access safe water. In 2019 the theme for the World Water Day is “Leaving no one behind”.

My interpretation today for the Sun at the Aries Point in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia is, that the aspect is raising our awareness about the condition of the ocean and encouraging us to take action in order to secure freshwater for everyone.

Full Moon in Aries — September 25, 2018, 02:52 UT

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The Sun entered Libra on Sept. 23, 2018, and for a moment night and day were of equal length for everyone on Earth. Two days later, on Sept. 25, the Moon in Aries opposed the Sun for the Full Moon. The Moon was in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia at the Aries point.

120347 Salacia is one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects, almost certainly a dwarf planet, and it is orbiting the Sun at an average distance that is slightly greater than that of Pluto. It is actually a binary system Salacia-Actaea, where 96% of the total mass should be in Salacia itself.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. Even though the official naming citation describes Salacia as the goddess of the calm and sunlit ocean, the etymology of the name suggests that we are not talking about still waters.

The name Salacia is derived from Latin sal, meaning salt, and is sometimes translated to mean sensational. The Latin word salax can mean salacious, lustful, lecherous, provocative, or desiring sexual intercourse. Scholars have regarded Salacia as a violent aspect of gushing and overflowing water, personification of lust, goddess of prostitutes, and considered her as one of the aspects of Neptune representing the god’s desire for intercourse with Earth.

120347 Salacia entered Aries on March 1, 2017. Chiron is now retrograding at the Aries point. Chiron and Salacia will conjoin in the early degrees of Aries in April 2019. The orbital period of Salacia is around 270 years. 124 years ago, in October 1894, Chiron and Salacia made a conjunction in late Virgo, when Salacia was approaching the opposite position to its current location. The next year, in May 1895, Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella was born in Castellaneta, Italy. He became later known as Rudolph Valentino, “The Great Latin Lover”, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of silent films.

Valentino became the sex symbol of the 1920s, the very first. Women loved and adored him and found him “triumphantly seductive”. There were rumors that he was gay. He was involved in one scandal after another, for example he was arrested for bigamy. Later he was in a relationship with actress Pola Negri, the famous femme fatale of the 1920s. Valentino died young, at the age of 31, which caused mass hysteria among his fans. Even suicides of fans were reported. Pola Negri made a scene at Valentino’s funeral, claiming they had been engaged.

Valentino’s time of birth is known, so we are able to cast an accurate chart for him. His ascendant is in the first degree of Libra, which the current Sun has just passed. The ascendant is an angle which shows how the world sees us, it describes the impression we make on others. So Valentino’s ascendant is in Libra, the sign ruled by the planet of love, Venus, and his Moon is there too. His Sun is in the other sign ruled by Venus, in Taurus. Both Chiron and Salacia are at his ascendant, Salacia in late Virgo and Chiron in early Libra.

Full Moon in Aries — October 5, 2017, 18:40 UT

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts roughly from June to November. Uranus was exactly opposite 42355 Typhon already in the Summer Solstice chart. The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 was tightly aspecting the Uranus-Typhon opposition. Typhon changed signs to Scorpio on Sept. 20, the same day that the New Moon in Virgo occurred. In the Autumnal Equinox chart on Sept. 22, the Moon was in conjunction with Typhon. Now, at the Aries Full Moon on Oct. 5, Jupiter was conjoining Typhon.

In Greek mythology Typhon was huge. Since the summer all over the world there have been natural disasters on a large scale, which fit in the symbolism of Typhon: wildfires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The joined remains of hurricane Lee and Maria reached even us in Finland, giving us a whole month’s worth of rain in a couple of days.

The spiral shape is characteristic for hurricanes and typhoons. It can also be found in the double helix structure of the DNA molecule that carries the genetic code of all living organisms. Viruses also contain DNA, although they cannot naturally reproduce outside a host cell. In August 2017 the worst flu outbreak on record hit Australia. It is expected to turn into a pandemic. In the Full Moon chart on Sept. 6, besides the Uranus-Typhon opposition, asteroid 55555 DNA was in conjunction with the Moon (mutations) and Neptune (diseases).

42355 Typhon and the main belt asteroid 55555 DNA interestingly appear in the charts of many pandemics.

More than 4000 people died in the yellow fever during the epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia. Two of the early cases were treated on Aug 7, 1793. In the chart Jupiter (expansion), Uranus (sudden events) and Pluto (viruses) were forming a t-square. Jupiter was in exact conjunction with Typhon in Scorpio. Mars (fever, infections) was in trine to the Jupiter-Typhon conjunction.

The first recognized cases of AIDS were reported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 5, 1981. Five homosexual men in Los Angeles were reported to have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems. In the chart Typhon is in conjunction with Chiron in Taurus and in a wide opposition to Uranus at 27+ degrees of Scorpio. Also Mars (infections) and asteroid DNA, both in the first degree of Gemini, were opposing Uranus. Jupiter (expansion) in the first degree of Libra (one of the four Aries points, a point of interaction between the individual and collective) was in trine to Mars-DNA conjunction.

Asteroid DNA, Jupiter and Typhon made a triple conjunction at 11+ degrees of Leo in late September 2002. In the middle of November 2002, DNA opposed Uranus on the axis of 24+ degrees of Leo/Aquarius. The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Scorpio was at the midpoint completing the opposition aspect to a t-square pattern. The epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) appears to have started in China on Nov. 16, 2002. The first case of infection was speculated to be a farmer in Foshan County. The Jupiter-Typhon conjunction was opposing Neptune in Aquarius in February 2003. On March 12, 2003, WHO issued a global alert. The Sun was squaring Pluto at the time.

The 2009 swine flu influenza reached the media spotlight around the time of the Taurus New Moon on April 25, 2009. Asteroid DNA was at 16+ degrees of Pisces opposite Typhon. Mercury (lungs) was in tight sextile to Uranus and trining the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius. Mars (infections) was at the Aries Point. On June 11, 2009, WHO raised the alert level to phase 6 and announced the pandemic. Because Mercury had been retrograding in May, it was in sextile to Uranus and in trine to the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron in June for the second time.

There was also a swine flu outbreak on Feb. 5, 1976, in Fort Dix, in the U.S. Army installation. The epidemic mysteriously disappeared within a couple of months. Uranus in Scorpio was opposite Typhon in Taurus. Mercury was in conjunction with asteroid DNA in Capricorn. They squared Jupiter-Chiron conjunction in Aries. The Sun in Aquarius was in exact trine to Mars in Gemini (lung infections).

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the Greek term typhos, which means smoke, mist or fog, is related to the Greek word typhon, meaning the whirlwind. The disease called typhus got its name from the Greek typhos, describing the state of mind of those infected. The extreme weather phenomena today reflect the collective psychic state of the humankind. The healing can begin only by us, the individuals.

New Moon in Aries — March 28, 2017, 2:57 UT

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The first New Moon of the year occurred on March 28 at 7+ degrees of Aries. The sign of Aries has been the scene of many interesting astrological developments lately, including the Uranus-Eris conjunction on March 17 at 22+ degrees of Aries. Among the most interesting events is the sign ingress of 120347 Salacia.

On March 1, Salacia left Neptune’s world and entered Aries. Salacia at the Aries Point is a rare event, because Salacia’s orbital period around the Sun lasts about 270 years, a bit longer than that of Pluto. Salacia spent over 23 years in Pisces, and it will spend the next 25 years or so in Aries.

120347 Salacia is one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects. Its dark surface is unusual among the objects in its size range, and that is why it was at first considered much smaller than what it actually is. Salacia is almost certainly a dwarf planet, and on Mike Brown’s dwarf planet list it is ranked as the tenth largest object. The misunderstanding of the size presumably has had an effect on the diminutive attention payed on Salacia in astrology.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. According to the myth, Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia. She wanted to preserve her virginity – perhaps also her independence – so she fled as far as she could and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back and marry him. Salacia agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea. She was depicted with dolphins and seals, and other sea creatures.

Salacia was a bit overlooked goddess in mythology, too. She was diminished to represent an aspect of Neptune, the violent and gushing waters. Her Greek equivalent was Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon. Only in one occasion – but in a significant one – she appears as a real goddess, namely at the birth of the Sun god Apollo, one of the most important deities in Greek and Roman mythology.

The Vernal Equinox was on March 20, when the new astrological year began. The Sun entered Aries and conjoined 120347 Salacia, already there occupying the first degree of the sign. Salacia’s sign ingress had taken place on March 1. More than suitably the Sabian Symbol of the Aries 1 by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones is “A woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her.” Do you recognize Salacia?

Since Salacia was seen as one aspect of Neptune, I think she was quite comfortable in the water sign of Pisces, which is ruled by Neptune. Perhaps Salacia in Aries will reflect the part of the myth, in which she showed her independence and bravely fled to an unfamiliar territory.

In the New Moon chart the retrograding Venus and asteroid Pallas are in conjunction with Salacia, and the Sun and the Moon are also with a wider orb. Venus has already once passed over Salacia, still in Pisces at the time. Venus will be retrograding over the Aries Point and Salacia again on April 1. Venus retrograde ends on April 15, and the third conjunction of Venus and Salacia happens on May 1.

The current astrology highlights Salacia. Let’s pay attention and take notes!

New Moon in Pisces / Total Solar Eclipse — March 20, 2015, 09:36 UT

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

New Moon in Pisces was a Total Solar Eclipse, one of the highlights of the year.

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and the Sun was eclipsed by the Moon in the last degree of Pisces. Only about thirteen hours later, the Sun ingressed Aries and entered a new phase on its cyclical journey around the zodiac. The Sun’s ingress into Aries marks the spring equinox, when the length of night and day is equal everywhere on Earth. It is also the beginning of a new astrological year.

The eclipse occurred near another notable event, namely the last of the seven Uranus-Pluto squares, which have taken place between 2012 and 2015. The last square happened on March 17, 2015. Uranus-Pluto square is the long term aspect defining our era.

At the time of the Solar Eclipse, the luminaries were in conjunction with 120347 Salacia. Salacia is a binary Kuiper belt object, named after the goddess of salt water, the wife of Neptune. Salacia is orbiting the Sun at an average distance slightly greater than that of Pluto. The primary body was discovered in 2004 and assigned a name in 2011. The companion was named Actaea. Both bodies in this binary system are named after sea nymphs, nereids, which are said to be sailors’ friends.

I was witnessing the eclipse in the City Port of Kotka, where about 82% of the Sun’s disc was obscured by the Moon. Thin clouds were moving across the sky, but they did not prevent seeing the phenomenon. At the peak moment the color of the light was extraordinary.


The ocean plays a fundamental role in the world’s water supply, as do the major ice fields. The water cycle is powered from solar energy. 86% of the global evaporation occurs from the oceans. When water evaporates, it takes up energy from its surroundings and cools the environment. Today is the World Water Day. It is celebrated around the world every year on March 22. It’s a day to celebrate fresh water.

Full Moon in Pisces — September 19, 2013, 11:13 UT

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Autumnal Equinox – September 22, 2013, 20:44 UT

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, one of the two days of the year, when the length of night and day is equal everywhere on Earth. No matter where on Earth we live, the one thing we all share every day of our lives is the ocean. There is only one global ocean, which covers about 70 percent of the Earth.

The Full Moon in Pisces last week occurred in exact conjunction with Salacia, a trans-Neptunian object named after the goddess of salt water, the wife of the sea god Neptune. According to some sources, Salacia was the personification of the calm and sunlit ocean. There are others, who say that Salacia represented the violent and gushing waters. In the news stream around the Full Moon, Salacia’s violent side has been noticeable.

120347 Salacia is a binary trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2004. The companion is named Actaea after a sea nymph. The recent study has shown, that Salacia is over 900 km in diameter (about same size as Ceres), setting it among the largest objects in the Kuiper belt.

In June 2011 Aquarius/SAC-D satellite was launched to map the salinity of sea water from space. On the midheaven of the launch chart was minor planet Salacia. Oceans are tied to the water cycle. Scientists have noticed that the salinity of sea water has changed over the last 40 years. They don’t know why this has happened, but it suggests that something fundamental is going on in the water cycle. Information about wind speed, sea surface heights, temperatures, rainfall and sea salt needs to be gathered.

Among the current news I noticed some science news related to the ocean. Use of underwater research instrument was tested successfully in Baltic Sea from the Finnish RV Aranda. The Finnish Meteorological Institute is in the project GROOM, Gliders for Research, Ocean Observation and Management, where the feasibility of building a European glider infrastructure is the main goal. Gliders collect data from the bottom and are used in ocean research routinely today, but in the Baltic Sea the shallowness and topography are challenging for gliders.

Another news was telling about wave energy. The ocean waves possess tremendous amounts of raw energy. The Finnish WaveRoller device has been tested on the coast of Portugal. The device converts ocean waves to energy and electricity. The French are now interested in testing the device in the Bretagne region.

Among the talented people born with their Sun conjunct Salacia are the Dutch swimmer Marcel Wouda, musicians Benny Andersson, Maurice and Robin Gibb, Michael Stipe, and Gary Barlow.

One of the bright moments in history, when the Sun was conjunct Salacia, was on January 24, 1975, when jazz pianist Keith Jarrett performed in Köln and played the solo improvisation, which became known as the Köln Concert. Like the waves in the ocean grow bigger and bigger, Jarrett’s performance originally for a relatively small audience, reached ultimately a huge amount of listeners worldwide. The recording of the concert became the best-selling solo album in jazz history, and the all-time best-selling piano album. Jarrett has told in an interview, that he totally trusted in his imagination while he was playing. The Sun-Salacia conjunction in Aquarius was sextile Jarrett’s Mars in Aries and trine his Neptune in Libra at the time.

New Moon in Virgo — Sep 16, 2012, 02:11 UT

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Autumnal Equinox — Sep 22, 2012, 14:49 UT

The sign of Virgo represents both the archetypal mother, the harvest goddess, as well as her daughter, the virgin maiden. Appropriately in conjunction with the Virgo New Moon was a representative of the daughter, asteroid Persephone. Ceres in Gemini is opposing the Galactic Center. Gemini and Virgo are both signs ruled by Mercury. Mercury was in conjunction with the luminaries. The days are shortening and we are reminded of the approach of winter, the unavoidable return of the daughter to the domain of Hades.

However, I would like to draw your attention to another young bride, Salacia, the goddess of salt water, the wife of Neptune. In Pisces (ruled by Neptune), directly opposite the New Moon we find a minor planet named after her.

120347 Salacia is a binary Kuiper belt object orbiting the Sun at an average distance slightly greater than that of Pluto. This dwarf planet candidate was discovered in 2004. The name was assigned on February 18, 2011. The companion was named Actaea. Both bodies in the binary system are named after sea nymphs, more precisely nereids, which are nurturing female spirits, sailors’ friends.

According to the myth, Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia, but she was reluctant, and to preserve her virginity, she hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back and marry him. Salacia agreed, and so she became the female divinity of the sea, the queen of Neptune.

Water is the necessary element of life. Also the two major components of salt, chloride and sodium ions are needed by all known living creatures in small quantities. The salt levels within our bodies influence our internal balance. Water symbolizes the unconscious. The astrological symbol for instincts, unconscious responses and emotions, is the Moon. The physical Moon governs the tides on the Earth, and similarly the astrological Moon affects the ebb and flow of our feelings.

Salacia was the personification of the calm and sunlit ocean. However, according to some sources there were two entities associated with Neptune, actually two different aspects of a same deity. Salacia represented the violent and gushing waters, whereas Venilia the still or quietly flowing waters. Salacia was also known as the goddess of springs, ruling over the springs of highly mineralized waters.

In its discovery chart, Salacia is in conjunction with Centaur Asbolus. The name Asbolus means carbon dust. What happens if we mix carbon with salt water? Carbon dioxide plays a major role in global warming and climate change. In the Earth’s atmosphere it acts as a greenhouse gas. Carbon dioxide is composed of oxygen and carbon. The oceans absorb carbon dioxide, which dissolves in water forming carbonic acid, causing ocean acidification.

The oceans are tied to the water cycle. Scientists have noticed that the salinity has changed over the last 40 years. They don’t know why this has happened, but it suggests that something fundamental is going on in the water cycle. They have gathered information about wind speed, sea surface heights, temperatures and rainfall, but have missed an important element, sea salt. In June 2011 Aquarius/SAC-D satellite was launched to map the salinity from space. On the midheaven of the launch chart was minor planet Salacia.

The astrological meaning of a planet is always more complex than just the most obvious meaning derived from mythology. Perhaps Salacia’s violent and gushing side reflects in mundane astrology and the recent events in Libya. In February 2011, precisely at the same time when Salacia was named, protests in Libya against Gaddafi’s rule began. The vilolence in Benghazi last week coincides with the Sun’s opposition to Salacia and the current New Moon.

In the equinox chart the Sun is still opposing Salacia. The Moon at the Galactic Center is aligned with Ceres. We can try to evoke the nurturing side of Salacia.