New Moon in Aries – April 17, 2007, 11:36 UT

THE NEW MOON at 27+ degrees Aries conjuncts centaur planet Asbolus, dwarf planet Eris and 1992 QB1. The Sun and the Moon are trining Pluto and the Galactic Core. The New Moon occurs at the midpoint of Uranus and Venus-Chaos conjunction, and the Sun and the Moon are forming novile aspects to the aforementioned planets.

Mercury and dwarf planet Ceres are in conjunction at 11+ degrees Aries.

Saturn and Neptune are squaring Sedna in Taurus, and the three planets are forming a T-square. Another interesting T-square is formed by Venus-Chaos conjunction in Gemini, Pholus in Sagittarius, and a triple conjunction of Mars, Pallas and Amor in Pisces as the apex of the T-square.

Uranus and asteroid Icarus are on the North Node. Vesta squares the nodes and sextiles Chiron.

Bienor, the “Strong One,” is at the Aries Point. Asteroid Hopi is on the Great Attractor.

The Sun and the Moon in Aries, Pluto in Sagittarius, and plutino Orcus in Leo form a Grand Fire Trine. Asteroid Pandora is in conjunction with Orcus. Asteroid Iris at 28+ degrees Gemini, exactly opposite Pluto, completes the Grand Trine as a Kite pattern. Centaur planet Chariklo in Libra opposite the New Moon makes another focal point for a Kite.

A Kite is a more workable aspect pattern than the easy-flowing Grand Trine. A planet at the midpoint of two planets, making sextiles to them and opposing a third, offers a focus and can help us work our way out of stuck patterns of a Grand Trine.

Asteroid number 7 Iris, discovered in 1847, is one of the largest and brightest main belt asteroids. The name is especially appropriate to the circumstances of her discovery, as she was spotted following asteroid Juno closely (Juno is the Roman equivalent of Hera).

In Greco-Roman mythology, Iris is a female counterpart to Hermes/Mercury. She is the messenger of the gods, particularly the personal messenger of the goddess Hera. She is the personification of the rainbow, the connection between heaven and earth, gods and mortals. She is said to be as elusive and unpredictable as the rainbow itself.

Iris is often represented as a young maiden with golden wings on her shoulders and a caduceus and a vase in her hands. She lifts water from lakes and streams to the clouds so that it can fall again to the ground to water farmers’ crops. She travels with the speed of the wind. One of her duties is that of leading the souls of dead women to the Elysian Fields, the final resting place of the souls.

Iris’ name can be connected with both “iris,” the rainbow, and “eiris,” a messenger. She is a guide and adviser, and her presence can be seen as a sign of hope.

Eris = 20 Aries 57
Galactic Core = 26 Sag 57
Great Attractor = 14 Sag 08

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