Archive for October, 2021

Full Moon in Aries – Oct. 20, 2021, 14:57 UT

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

The Full Moon chart looks intense and heavy. The Moon in Aries opposes the Sun, Mars and Haumea in Libra. The Moon is in conjunction with Eris. Pluto in Capricorn squares the planets both in Aries and in Libra. When two planets are opposite each other and a third planet squares both, the aspect pattern is called the t-square. There is confrontation, stress and high energy involved.

Full Moon in Aries
The Moon in Aries is spontaneous, and combined with Mars’s initiative it can lead to hasty action, arguments, and even aggression. Eris is the warrior sister of Mars. Pluto can represent the collective shadow. Don’t let your emotions take control over you.

Mercury stationed direct on Oct. 18 in Libra opposite Chiron. When Mercury turns direct, secrets are revealed and the truth comes out. Spain’s literary world is said to be in chaos now that the praised female crime writer Carmen Mola, whose work has been considered as “feminist reading”, turned out to be the pseudonym of three male television scriptwriters. They are now accused of fraud by many fellow writers.

Dwarf planet Haumea was discovered by Mike Brown’s team in December 2004, a little earlier than dwarf planet Eris. It was nicknamed “Santa” because it was discovered just after Christmas. Haumea is officially named after the Hawaiian goddess of fertility and childbirth, with many children who sprang from different parts of her body. She can take many different forms and use disguise. Mike Brown has described Haumea as the strangest and the most interesting object in the Kuiper belt.

The mythology of Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, and Eris’s discovery leading to the debate over Pluto’s status and astronomers’ vote for the definition of the term planet have contributed to the astrological meaning of Eris. This fact and the revelation in the Spanish literary awards ceremony last weekend made me think about the discovery circumstances of Haumea.

There was controversy over who should receive credit for Haumea’s discovery. Mike Brown’s team had first found the body in 2004, but a Spanish team announced the discovery first, claiming that they had found it in July 2005 on images taken in March 2003. In science the first to announce takes the credit. However, the Caltech observation logs showed that the Spanish team members had accessed the logs just before their announcement of the discovery. Brown accused the Spanish team of fraud. The body was officially named in 2008 as Haumea on the proposal of Brown’s team. However, the discovery date was listed on the announcement of the Spanish team as March 7, 2003, and the name of the discoverer was left blank.

It is not automatically illegal to use a pseudonym. The same goes with ghostwriters, which can be hired for instance by political leaders or celebrities and for numerous reasons. A ghostwriter is someone whose works are officially credited to another person as the author. What is the most intriguing ghostwriter case in the world? Some respectable figures like Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain, among others, have expressed their doubts if William Shakespeare actually wrote the works that are credited to him.

During the decades several candidates have been proposed as the real author of Shakespeare’s works. One of them is Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary poet and playwright of Shakespeare. The two likely knew each other. Marlowe died at the age of 29, only a week or two before Shakespeare’s name appeared the very first time in any publication. The “Marlovians” believe that Marlowe’s death was faked and he continued writing using Shakespeare as a front.

In 2016 Christopher Marlowe was the first time officially credited by Oxford University Press as Shakespeare’s co-writer on the title pages for three plays. The research, by 23 international scholars, has identified 17 of 44 Shakespeare plays as being co-written with other authors. The new research involved both traditional textual analysis and the use of computerized tools to examine the scripts. Marlowe’s presence in those three plays had been verified strongly and clearly enough.

In Shakespeare’s time a child was customarily baptized three days after its birth. Only the baptism day is documented for both Marlowe (Feb. 26, 1564) and Shakespeare (Apr. 26, 1564). However, Astro-Databank at also gives a speculative birth chart for Shakespeare (Apr. 23, 1564 at 08:30 a.m. LMT), which I have used. Since Mercury is the planet of writing, my focus is on Mercury and Haumea. Marlowe and Shakespeare were born so close each other that the slow planets in their natal charts, such as Pluto, Eris and Haumea, are in conjunction with those of the other person.

William Shakespeare’s natal Sun at 12+ Taurus is in tight conjunction with his Eris. His Mercury at 16+ Aries is semisextile (30º) his Pluto, Haumea and Midheaven (10th house cusp, the house of career, ambition and reputation) in Pisces. Haumea is exactly conjunct his 10th house cusp at 17+ Pisces. Christopher Marlowe’s natal Sun at 16+ Pisces is conjunct his Pluto and Haumea. At the time of his baptism the Sun and Haumea were in the same degree. In the chart comparison Marlowe’s Sun is in conjunction with Shakespeare’s Midheaven.

Christopher Marlowe died on May 30, 1593. The transiting Pluto (transformation, renewal) at 16+ Aries was exactly conjunct Shakespeare’s natal Mercury. The transiting Mercury at 29+ Gemini was in conjunction with Shakespeare’s South node of the Moon (past, where we are coming from).

Solar arc direction is one of the astrological techniques, by which the positions of the planets are progressed to some specific moment. At the time of Marlowe’s death, Shakespeare’s solar arc directed Mercury at 14+ Taurus was conjunct Shakespeare’s natal Sun-Eris conjunction. The solar arc directed Haumea was at 15+ Aries conjunct Shakespeare’s natal Mercury. Marlowe’s solar arc directed Sun at 15+ Aries was also conjunct Shakespeare’s natal Mercury. At the time when the news about Marlowe as the co-writer was published in October 2016, Marlowe’s solar arc directed Mercury at 28+ Gemini was conjunct Shakespeare’s natal South node of the Moon.

The meaning of Eris is much more profound than just the indicator of discord. Pluto symbolizes many things from the Hells Angels to rebirth. No doubt also the meaning of Haumea is broader than what I am presenting here. This is just one facet.

New Moon in Libra – Oct. 06, 2021, 11:05 UT

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

The New Moon occurs at 13+ degrees of Libra, the sign of personal relationships and balance. The New Moon is a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon, and this time there is also Mars in the conjunction, in the same degree with the New Moon. Mercury retrograde is in Libra too, moving towards the triplet. The triple conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Mars is forming a yod pattern with Uranus in Taurus and asteroid Pallas in Pisces.

New Moon in Libra
Mercury stationed retrograde on Sept. 27 at 25+ Libra opposite Eris. The retrograding Mercury meets the Sun and Mars on Oct. 09 at 16+ Libra. Mercury represents communication and travelling.

Mars is the archetype of the warrior. It represents action, intention and courage. Planets are strong in their own sign. Mars rules Aries, but now in Libra it is opposite its home sign and uncomfortable there. Robert Hand has described, that “Mars in Libra does not know whether to go it alone and live its way, or try to get along in a Libran manner.”

The Moon has lot to do with bonding, security, and our instinctual feelings. The Moon-Mars combination can heighten emotional reactions and impulsiveness. This can pick even more power from the exact quincunx aspect to Uranus at 13+ degrees of Taurus.

Uranus is the planet of change and revolt, and sudden occurrences. Uranus wants to break the routines. The name Uranus does not correspond well with the astrological symbolism of Uranus, and it is commonly accepted among astrologers that a better name would have been Prometheus. In mythology Prometheus was a Titan god of fire and his name signifies “forethought”.

Also Pallas can be associated with forethought. But where the energy of Uranus is surprising and sudden, Pallas takes time for careful planning. Asteroid 2 Pallas is in quincunx to the New Moon. It is named after Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. She was a warrior goddess who was born fully armed from the forehead of her father Zeus. Thus she has affinities with Mars, but she was also regarded as the protectress of the city of Athens. She is an excellent strategist and she plans her actions. She wants to please people. Pallas has an association with the sign Libra.

Asteroid 2 Pallas is the second asteroid to have been discovered, after 1 Ceres. It is the third-largest asteroid in the Solar System by both volume and mass, and is a likely remnant protoplanet. When Pallas was discovered in 1802, it was counted as a planet, as were other asteroids in the early 19th century. Pallas’s orbit is unusually highly inclined to the plane of the asteroid belt, and its orbital eccentricity is nearly as large as that of Pluto.

The yod aspect pattern occurs when there are two planets in sextile aspect to each other, and each of them is forming a quincunx (150º) to a third planet. The quincunx is an uncomfortable aspect causing friction and irritation. The apex of the yod is always worth of attention, and at this New Moon there are three planets in conjunction as the apex; the Sun, the Moon and Mars. The other participants of the yod are Uranus and Pallas.

The pandemic has affected our routines and relationships enormously. We urge to get rid of the restrictions. I am struggling trying to figure out how to get back to the normal, and if the timing is right, countless people all over the world are pondering the same now. The New Moon chart is not giving us literal answers, except perhaps that we need to find the right balance in our actions, but the chart is reflecting the image of the difficulty of that struggle.