Full Moon in Gemini – Dec. 19, 2021, 04:35 UT

December 19th, 2021

Winter Solstice – Dec. 21, 2021, 15:59 UT

Full Moon occurs in Gemini on Dec. 19 and lightens this dark season a bit. The Moon in Gemini and the Sun in Sagittarius align exactly with the Galactic Center. Venus is in close conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn.

Full Moon in Gemini
Venus stationed retrograde on Dec. 18, and at the Full Moon it is still stationary, which means that it is powerful and deserves our attention. Anne Massey writes in Venus: Her Cycles, Symbols and Myths: “A stationary Venus, like the final note of a piece of music, echoes long after the musician has struck the last chord, holding a powerful influence. Stations stay active for a long time, leaving a permanent marker, which Venus will revisit time after time.”

On Dec. 21 the Sun enters Capricorn and marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. After the solstice the days start gradually get longer again. By the solstice the Moon travels 30 degrees from Gemini to Cancer, and is tightly opposite the Venus-Pluto conjunction.

Winter Solstice
Usually my focus tends to be in the distant icy Kuiper belt bodies, but now I am introducing to you a new discovery from the opposite direction, inside the orbit of Venus, namely asteroid 594913 ʼAylóʼchaxnim, “Venus Girl”. Asteroid ʼAylóʼchaxnim is in conjunction with Venus and Pluto in both charts.

The Main asteroid belt is located between Mars and Jupiter. During the past twenty years or so, 25 asteroids have been found orbiting entirely within Earth’s orbit. 594913 ʼAylóʼchaxnim is the first asteroid discovered to have an orbit completely within Venus’s orbit! Its orbit is moderately eccentric and grazes that of Mercury. The orbital period around the Sun is about 150 days. At about 4.1 million years from the present, ʼAylóʼchaxnim will most likely collide with Venus. The diameter of ʼAylóʼchaxnim is approximately from 1 km to 1.5 km.

In the geocentric astrological chart the only major aspect Mercury and Venus can form with the Sun is the conjunction. This applies also to ʼAylóʼchaxnim, since it is inside Venus’s orbit.

ʼAylóʼchaxnim was discovered on Jan. 4, 2020, at Palomar Mountain in California. The name was approved on Nov. 8, 2021. The name means “Venus girl” in the indigenous Luiseño language of southern California. The name celebrates the location of the discovery, which is on ancestral land of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, and the fact that ʼAylóʼchaxnim is the first discovered asteroid to orbit entirely within the orbit of Venus.

According to Wikipedia, the name is derived from ʼaylóchax, “morning star” (also “food left overnight”), which in turn derives (ʼa-ylócha-x) from yulóchax “to stay the night, be kept overnight”. Of course, the morning star refers to Venus, which can rise ahead the Sun as morning star or behind the Sun as evening star. Venus stations retrograde when it is evening star, and it stations direct after the interior conjunction with the Sun, while it is morning star again.

Constance Goddard DuBois notes in her study The Religion of the Luiseno Indians of Southern California (1908), that it is possible that in the old times the Luiseño recognized the motions of the planets, but only Venus was distinguished by a special name, Aylucha, “that which is left over from evening till morning, food or anything of the kind.” Only the most important stars had names.

In Roman mythology, goddess Venus was born from the sea foam as an adult woman. Now we have a celestial body named as “Venus Girl”. Is she perhaps representing some so far missing aspect of Venus, which mankind needs in its present time?

New Moon in Sagittarius / Total Solar Eclipse – Dec. 04, 2021, 07:43 UT

December 5th, 2021

The New Moon in Sagittarius was a total solar eclipse at the south node of the Moon. The south node is oriented in the past. Ancestral themes can arise. The Sun and the Moon were in conjunction with Mercury and Vesta. Mercury symbolizes our intellectual activities. Vesta is a Main belt asteroid. It is brightest of the asteroids and even visible to the naked eye. It is the symbol of the eternal flame, or the sacred flame. Vesta indicates the focusing principle, and now in Sagittarius in conjunction with the Sun, the motivation for finding one’s purpose can be strong.

A solar eclipse is a powerful New Moon, and the New Moon always starts a new cycle. Sagittarius is a freedom-loving and future-oriented sign. Growth, optimism and joy can be attached to it by its sign ruler Jupiter. However, there are also some dark shadows in the chart, represented by some Kuiper belt minor planets. The eclipse was square to Aphidas and Orcus in Virgo, and Okyrhoe and Nessus in Pisces.

New Moon / Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius
The Sabian symbol for the solar eclipse degree is Sagittarius 13 A widow’s past brought to light. The keynote by Dane Rudhyar is: “The karma of past actions as it affects opportunities presented by a new cycle.”

Each solar eclipse is a member of a particular Saros Series. The characteristics of the series can be delineated on the grounds of the chart of the initial eclipse in the series. According to Bernadette Brady, “This is a very joyful, happy family of eclipses. There is a sense of good news, falling in love, a peak experience that is joyful in some way.” There is a Neptunian influence in this 5 New South series. Rose Lineman says that it “heightens sensitivity and reinforces psychic tendencies.”

Neptune retrogrades every year for about five to six months. Neptune has just turned direct on Dec. 1, which emphasizes the Neptunian influence of the eclipse. So does possibly the fact that the eclipse was squaring centaur Okyrhoe in Pisces. Okyrhoe is named after a prophetic nymph daughter of Chiron and Chariklo.

Centaur Nessus offers healing on issues to do with the abuse of power, and it has ancestral implications. Quoting Melanie Reinhart and Sue Tompkins: “Nessus activations correspond with times when things really do end, finish and transcend to another level, when release occurs and when the turning point is reached.”

In Greek mythology, during the battle between the Centaurs and Lapiths, the centaur Aphidas remained in a drunken sleep. One of the Lapiths killed Aphidas with a thrown spear while he slept. Withdrawal is not always the best policy, at least not if you want your inner light shine.

Orcus is a plutino and named after the Etruscan god of the underworld and punisher of broken oaths. Orcus is a transformative energy, like Pluto. According to Jeremy Neal, “rather than a metamorphosis of control needs, Orcus requires a metamorphosis of integrity.”

Asteroid Euphrosyne is conjunct Saturn in Aquarius. Euphrosyne is a large Main belt asteroid which has a small moon. It is the third-roundest known asteroid. It was named after one of the three Graces, a goddess of joy, mirth and merriment. The solar eclipse sextile Euphrosyne is suggesting that grace of joy is coming into your life, although it may first require some work and serious commitment.

Full Moon in Taurus / Partial Lunar Eclipse – Nov. 19, 2021, 08:57 UT

November 19th, 2021

The Full Moon at 27+ degrees Taurus is a partial lunar eclipse. The Moon and the Scorpio Sun are square to Jupiter and Damocles in Aquarius. The Moon is in conjunction with Sedna at 28+ degrees of Taurus. Sedna is named in honor of the Inuit goddess of the sea, who lives at the bottom of the frigid Arctic Ocean.

Partial Lunar Eclipse in Taurus
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow has ended. The conference has been criticized a lot. The future actions will determine if it was a success or a failure. I think it is important that the leaders of the world gather on a regular basis to consider the situation.

The global warming rate is most rapid in the Northern Hemisphere. For example, since the mid-1800s, Finland’s annual average temperature has already increased by more than two degrees Celsius. In the Arctic region glaciers and sea ice are melting. The lunar eclipse in Taurus in conjunction with Sedna is emphasizing the importance of the work that all nations must do.

When Sedna was discovered in 2003, nothing of its kind had been seen before. Its orbit is extremely elongated and it takes about 11,400 years from Sedna to orbit around the Sun. The solar system turned out to be different from what we believed before. Discoverer Mike Brown has described Sedna as the most scientifically important trans-Neptunian object found, because understanding its unusual orbit is likely to yield valuable information about our Solar System.

Sedna has given its name to a population of similar kinds of distant minor bodies like itself, but so far only two besides Sedna have been discovered, namely “Biden” (2012 VP113) in 2012 and Leleākūhonua in 2015. Possibly there are many more sednoids. The sednoids belong to the category of ETNOs (the extreme trans-Neptunian objects). Astronomers suspect that a yet undiscovered planet in the outer solar system, Planet Nine, is shepherding these distant bodies into similar type orbits.

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess of the Arctic Ocean, and she rules the sea animals. If she is not respected, she sends storms and starvation. Then a shaman must visit her and comb her black tangled hair and calm her down. When she is happy again, she releases her sea creatures and allows people use them for food. The myth of Sedna is told with many variations, and according to one of them, before becoming a goddess, Sedna was a young girl with an enormous appetite, who even tried to eat her father’s arm. I can easily associate this with the greedy humankind, which is exploiting Mother Earth.

Astrologically Sedna can be linked to climate change. The World Ocean Conference 2009 raised awareness of the importance of oceans in climate change. It was an international conference held in Indonesia from May 11 to May 14, 2009, in order to develop a common understanding and firm commitment to address the impact of climate change on the state of the world’s oceans. When the conference started on May 11, the Sun was conjunct Sedna in Taurus. The big astrological event of 2009 was the triple conjunction of Chiron, Jupiter and Neptune in Aquarius. The conjunction is tight in the conference chart.


Sedna will come to perihelion in 2076. Perihelion is the point nearest to the Sun in the path of an orbiting celestial body. Hopefully the mankind has succeeded in the combat against the global warming long before, and Sedna will be happy. Cooperation was essential in Inuit culture for survival, and it is essential now for the survival of our planet.

New Moon in Scorpio – Nov. 04, 2021, 21:14 UT

November 4th, 2021

The New Moon is in conjunction with Mbabamwanawaresa in Scorpio and opposite Uranus in Taurus. Mbabamwanawaresa is a minor body named after the Zulu goddess Mbaba Mwana Waresa, who has power over water and earth, and who is called on when guidance is needed to make an important decision.

New Moon in Scorpio
Twenty-five thousand people from 200 countries and around 120 heads of state are attending the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, the COP26 summit, held between Oct. 31 and Nov. 12, 2021, in Glasgow, UK. Efficient decisions need to be made in order to bring climate change under control.

184314 Mbabamwanawaresa is a trans-Neptunian object, a cubewano discovered in 2005 by an American astronomer Marc W. Buie. It revolves around the Sun in 302 years and its mean diameter is approximately 242 km. Mbaba Mwana Waresa is a fertility goddess of the Zulu religion of Southern Africa. She rules over rainbows, agriculture, harvests, rain, and beer and has power over water and earth. She taught her people how to sow and reap and also the art of making beer. The Zulu call on her when they need guidance to make an important decision.

In its discovery chart (March 11, 2005, 09:02:47 UT, Kitt Peak, AZ), Mbabamwanawaresa is in conjunction with Jupiter in Libra at the 10th house cusp, the Midheaven. The Midheaven is the highest point of the chart, “the public point”, and Mbabamwanawaresa there is making itself known. Jupiter magnifies it. The Sagittarius ascendant, ruled by Jupiter, is in tight conjunction with the Galactic Centre. Pluto, the great transformer and the symbol of rebirth, is rising near the ascendant. All the billions of planetary systems in the Milky Way galaxy, including our own solar system, are circulating around the Galactic Centre. On the geocentric astrological chart the Galactic Centre is currently in late Sagittarius. There is a supermassive black hole and an astronomical radio source in the center. Symbolically it is an enormous creative source for the whole planet.


The United Nations climate change conferences are held yearly to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from human activities and tackle climate change. The conferences have been criticized a lot for the lack of significant political action. For instance, activist Greta Thunberg (Mbabamwanawaresa = Jupiter / Pluto) said: “The leaders will say ‘we’ll do this and we’ll do this, and we will put our forces together and achieve this’, and then they will do nothing.”

The chart for the opening ceremony of the 2021 conference, which took place on Nov. 1 at midday (12:00 UT) in Glasgow, is another chart with Mbabamwanawaresa at the Midheaven and the Galactic Centre at the ascendant. The Scorpio Sun is in conjunction with Mbabamwanawaresa and right at the Midheaven. The leaders of the world are in the spotlight and they want to be remembered as saviors of the Earth. Perhaps they will be, if they make wise decisions and also carry them out in practice. In this chart Venus, the symbol of values, is rising conjunct the Galactic Centre. A yod pattern was formed by Chiron (the wound, healing, and awareness) in Aries, Ceres (Mother Earth) in Gemini, and the Sun conjunct the Midheaven in Scorpio. The yod consist of two quincunxes and a sextile. The key principle of the quincunx aspect is “moving into a new situation,” according to astrologer Bernadette Brady. Perhaps in honor of the conference venue, Albion (the ancient and mythological name of Britain) was conjunct Uranus in Taurus and opposite Mbabamwanawaresa in Scorpio.


There are three important cornerstones in the history of dealing with climate change: the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992; the Kyoto Protocol, which was adopted in 1997 and entered into force in 2005; and the Paris Agreement in 2015. Mbabamwanawaresa is prominent in all three.

The Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit was held from June 3 to June 14, 1992. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is “the mother” of all later agreements on climate change. It was drafted on May 9, 1992, signed by 154 states at the conference, and entered into force on March 21, 1994. In the charts cast for May 9 and June 3, 1992, Mbabamwanawaresa is in the first degree of Libra square the nodes of the Moon. Libra is one of the cardinal signs, and the first degrees of the cardinal signs are related to the Aries Point, which joins individuals with the collective. When the agreement came into force in 1994, the Sun was at the Aries Point conjunct Pallas, the strategist, and opposite Mbabamwanawaresa in early Libra.

The Kyoto Protocol was the world’s first legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse emissions. It was adopted in Japan on Dec. 11, 1997, and entered into force on Feb. 16, 2005. Mbabamwanawaresa was discovered in the next month. In the chart for Feb. 16, 2005, Mbabamwanawaresa is in tight conjunction with Jupiter in Libra and forming a t-square with Eris in Aries and Saturn in Cancer.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Paris, France, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, 2015. The Paris Agreement’s goal is to limit global warming to well below 2º C compared to pre-industrial levels, and preferably limit the increase to 1.5º C. Emissions should be reduced as soon as possible and reach “net-zero” by the middle of the 21st century. The Paris agreement was signed on Apr. 22, 2016, when the Sun in early Taurus was opposite Mbabamwanawaresa in Scorpio.

Sir David Attenborough (Mbabamwanawaresa at the North node of the Moon), one of the most respected naturalists in the world, delivered an awesome speech during the opening ceremony in Glasgow. “We are already in trouble,” he warned. “The civility we all depend on is breaking. Is this how our story is due to end?” He continued: “A tale of the smartest species doomed by that all too human characteristic of failing to see the bigger picture in pursuit of short-term goals. If working apart we are a force powerful enough to destabilize our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it.”

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

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 www.astro.com 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

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.

Full Moon in Pisces – Sept. 20, 2021, 23:55 UT

September 21st, 2021

Autumnal Equinox – Sept. 22, 2021, 19:21 UT

The Full Moon in Pisces was in conjunction with Neptune and trans-Neptunian Borasisi. The Sun in Virgo is in conjunction with Mars, brother of Eris. Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, is opposite Eris. The Autumnal Equinox falls on Sept. 22, when the Sun enters Libra.

Full Moon in Pisces
Mercury is already in its shadow phase, and it will station retrograde a week later, on Sept. 27. Mercury retrograde is famous for disruptions in technology and communication, and sometimes the effects can be experienced already in advance. Now it is important to stay calm and think before you act or speak.

We can associate Neptune with confusion and delusion, among other things. Borasisi may tell about the tendency of accepting untruths, because they make one feel better than the unpleasant truths. The Moon opposite Mars means strong emotional reactions; it is prone to act on feelings. Uranus in Taurus opposite Typhon in Scorpio is capable of adding volatility in situations.

Eris is astrologically more complex energy than just the source of strife and discord, but opposite Mercury it can cause provocative communication and arguments. Its positive manifestation could be intelligent thinking outside the box, for instance. Eris and Mars/Ares are children of Zeus and Hera. According to some myths Eris was the daughter of Nyx, the personification of the night. Asteroid 3908 Nyx happens to be in Virgo in conjunction with the Sun now.

One of the daughters of Nyx and sister of Eris was Apate, the Greek personification of deceit. I noticed that there is a main belt asteroid discovered in 1989 and named Apatheia after a philosophical word that means “an immovable soul” in Greek philosophy. According to Online Etymology Dictionary the noun apathy means “freedom from suffering, passionless existence.” The Greek apatheia originally meant a positive quality, without the negative connotation that the word nowadays has. Asteroid 8273 Apatheia is now at 1+ degrees Capricorn, squaring the Full Moon in Pisces and the Sun-Mars conjunction on the Virgo-Libra cusp.

Draw on Virgo’s analytical nature and capacity for sorting information, as well as asteroid Apatheia’s calm energy in the coming weeks.

New Moon in Virgo – Sept. 7, 2021, 00:52 UT

September 7th, 2021

The New Moon at 14+ degrees of Virgo is in conjunction with Orcus, a big Pluto-like minor planet, and opposite centaur Nessus in Pisces. The New Moon is in exact trine to Uranus in Taurus.

New Moon in Virgo
Orcus was discovered in 2004 by Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz. This large object shares some remarkable similarities with Pluto. They have the same orbital period (245 – 248 years), and their elongated orbits are nearly identical, except they are pointing in opposite directions. Both form a binary system with their relatively large companion; Pluto with Charon and Orcus with Vanth.

Orcus was named in 2004 after the Etruscan god of the underworld, one of the roman equivalents of Pluto. Orcus is particularly a punisher of false and broken oaths. Vanth is named after the Etruscan demon who guides the souls of the dead to the underworld.

The astrological Orcus is able to manifest in several possible ways, in good as well in bad, as all planets usually do. One of the themes of Orcus seems to be imprisonment. Jeremy Neal writes in Orcus (Pholus Press, 2012): “What I subsequently found in my research is that instances of imprisonment are almost always presaged by manor transits or directions from or to Orcus, and the matrix of Orcan contacts describes with uncanny accuracy the conditions and nature of the incarceration.”

The trial of Elizabeth Holmes (born Feb. 3, 1984), founder of the blood testing startup Theranos, began in California a week ago and is expected to last several months. Elizabeth Holmes started Theranos when she was 19 years old and became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Now she is facing twenty years in prison because of a fraud. Theranos claimed that its technology would revolutionize the medical industry by making blood-testing procedures cheaper and more convenient, and by detecting health problems with just a few drops of blood. The claims were later revealed to be false. Holmes is accused of deceiving investors, doctors and patients.


Elizabeth Holmes’s Sun is in Aquarius, as is suitable for a person who is interested in new technologies. Her Uranus, the ruler of the Aquarius sign, is in conjunction with her nodal axis, which is aligned at 12+ degrees of Gemini and Sagittarius. The nodes of the Moon are often interpreted as some kind of points of karma, showing what we must work with in order to evolve. Holmes’s Sun at 14+ degrees of Aquarius opposes centaur Nessus in Leo. One of the themes associated with Nessus is “bad blood”. A book describing the life of Holmes and her company, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, was released on 2018.

The New Moon at 14+ degrees of Virgo is forming a tight irritating quincunx to Elizabeth Holmes’s natal Sun in Aquarius. The transiting Orcus at 12+ degrees of Virgo is exactly square to her Moon’s nodes and her Uranus in Sagittarius, as is the transiting Nessus at 13+ degrees of Pisces. Neptune currently at 21+ Pisces is conjunct Elizabeth Holmes’s solar arc directed Sun. Solar arc direction is one of the astrological techniques, by which the positions of the planets are progressed to some specific moment. Her solar arc directed Orcus is at 12+ Virgo, occupying the same degree where Orcus is at this New Moon, and squaring her natal nodal axis with a double effect.


Elizabeth Holmes founded the company Real-Time Cures in 2003 and soon renamed it Theranos. The certificate showing the name change was filed on Dec. 15, 2004. The solar arc directed Orcus is now at 13+ Virgo, tripling the Orcean energy, and the solar arc directed Nessus is at 14+ Aquarius, exactly conjunct Elizabeth Holmes’s natal Sun.


An oath-taking in the name of the gods and keeping of word played an important role in the ancient Roman concept of justice. Likewise we value people who keep their promises today. The criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes lasts for weeks, and we don’t know the outcome, but Orcus will be strongly present steering her future.

Full Moon in Aquarius — August 22, 2021, 12:02 UT

August 22nd, 2021

The first Full Moon in Aquarius happened a month ago, when the Sun and the Moon lined up opposite each other in the early degrees of Leo and Aquarius. This is the second Full Moon in Aquarius. Just before opposing the Sun in the last degree of Leo, the Moon made contact to the Jupiter-Damocles conjunction in late Aquarius.

Full Moon in Aquarius
There is a kite configuration in the chart. The Leo Sun and the triple conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter and Damocles in Aquarius form the spine. Chaos in the last degree of Gemini and Hidalgo, which has just changed signs from Libra to Scorpio, are the wing tips of the kite. These minor planets are apt symbols for the present situation in Afghanistan. The situation of women and children is most alarming.

According to the official naming citation of 5335 Damocles, “Legend has it that Damocles, a courtier of the tyrant Dionysius the Elder of Syracuse, was invited to a feast, where he was seated below a sword suspended by a thread. Intended to demonstrate the impermanence of power, the ‘sword of Damocles’ has become a symbol of impending disaster. This minor planet, in an unusual orbit of very high eccentricity and inclination and crossing the orbits of Mars to Uranus, could itself be seen as such a sword during periods of its orbital evolution when it becomes an earth crosser.”

Both 5335 Damocles and 944 Hidalgo can be classified as centaurs according to the definition of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JLP). However, different institutions have different criteria for classifying the centaurs. Therefore the Minor Planet Center does not consider them such. Damocles was discovered in 1991. It is the namesake of the damocloids group. Its orbital period is nearly 41 years. In the astrological chart it spends most of it, around 30 years, in Aquarius, and then hurries through the eleven other signs in about ten.

Hidalgo was discovered already in 1920 and named after Mexican revolutionary Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753 – 1811). He was a Catholic priest and leader of the Mexican War of Independence. The orbital period of Hidalgo is 13 years and 9 months. It has traditionally been considered an asteroid, but its elliptic orbit takes it from the inner edge of the asteroid belt as far as to the orbit of Saturn. Hidalgo was possibly once a comet.

According to astrologer Martha Lang-Wescott (Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids, revised edition,1996), in its most specific and mundane manifestation, Hidalgo shows as an affinity for or contact with Spanish, Mexican, South or Latin American cultures, languages or influences. But she continues: “Hidalgo also deals with Church vs. State conflicts (ie., the abortion issue) and ‘revolutionary’ governments, or governments based on strong religious or political ideologies.”

August 19 is celebrated as Independence Day in Afghanistan. When Afghanistan gained independence from Britain in 1919, the Sun at 25+ degrees of Leo was opposite Chaos and Hidalgo at 24+ Aquarius and Uranus at 29+ Aquarius. The Taliban declared the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” a few days ago, on Aug. 19, 2021, when the transiting Sun was strictly opposite the current Jupiter-Damocles opposition. The aforementioned oppositions align tightly together, as does today’s Full Moon.


President Biden decided to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan, but Trump had already started the process. This Full Moon puts pressure on both of them. The Sun-Moon opposition falls right on Joe Biden’s lunar nodes in the last degrees of Leo and Aquarius and square to his natal Sun in late Scorpio. In addition, his Chiron is conjunct his North node in late Leo. Trump’s descendant is in the last degree of Aquarius, and his Mars is rising in Leo, a few degrees away from the ascendant.

New Moon in Leo — August 08, 2021, 13:50 UT

August 8th, 2021

The New Moon in Leo is in conjunction with Mercury and Praamzius, a trans-Neptunian minor planet discovered by a Lithuanian astronomer Kazimieras Černis in January 2012. Praamzius is now opposite the midpoint of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius. When Praamzius was discovered, there was a New Moon in Aquarius, and the luminaries formed a t-square with Jupiter in early Taurus and Saturn in late Libra.

New Moon in Leo
Cubewano Praamzius was named in 2016 from Lithuanian mythology after the chief god Praamžius, an epithet of Dievas, the primordial supreme god in the Baltic mythology. According to the official naming citation, “Praamzius is the oldest and highest Lithuanian god related to the creation of the world. He is the god of the sky, peace and friendship in Lithuanian mythology.”

Quoting Jonas Trinkūnas, the founder of Lithuania’s neo-pagan movement Romuva: ”The world is eternal. It is continuously created by the eternal godly powers. According to Lithuanian mythology, the world is created and re-created by at least two gods – light and darkness, creation and destruction (Dievas and Velnias). Their relationship created harmony and vitality. – – – In the ancient Baltic faith, the mysterious origins of the world and its constant rebirth are mentioned with other names as well: Praamzis, Andojas, Pradziapatis, Sutvaras, Kurejas.”

Praamzius

In the picture above, Praamzius has the symbol of the crescent Moon on his head. The Crescent Moon phase begins approximately three and a half days after the conjunction of the New Moon. The word crescent literally means “increasing” or “growing”. In the seed metaphor, this lunation phase corresponds to the seed breaking out of its casing and pushing the first sprout above the ground.

Praamzius is said to be the ruler of time. The name Praamzius means “before time”. He has thus some resemblance with the Greek Cronus (Kronos) and the Roman Saturn.

In Greek mythology, Cronus was the god of time and the leader of Titans, the pre-Olympian gods. Cronus was said to be the father of the wise centaur Chiron. Cronus ruled during the mythological Golden Age of plenty and peace. The Golden Age was a period of peace, harmony, stability, and prosperity. Cronus was identified with the Roman god Saturn.

Saturn was described as a god of generation, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal and liberation. He also became known as the god of time. In late antiquity, Saturn was syncretized with a number of deities, and began to be depicted as winged, as was Caerus (Kairos), the personification of opportunity, luck and favorable moments. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action.

Saturn was especially celebrated during the festival of Saturnalia each December. Also Praamzius is celebrated in December at the Winter solstice, followed by the gradual return of the Sun.

Praamzius as the god of peace corresponds well with the astronomical eccentricity of this minor planet. The orbital eccentricity of an object determines the amount by which its orbit around another body deviates from a perfect circle. With an eccentricity of 0.003 in 2016, cubewano Praamzius had one of the lowest eccentricities of any trans-Neptunian object, and a more circular orbit than any major planet, including Venus, the least eccentric planet. Praamzius’s eccentricity varies a bit over time due to the position of the planets.

Some resemblance can be found also between Praamzius and the Green Man, the symbol of rebirth and seasonal renewal, although the Green Man is celebrated in spring or summer.

Sally Nicholls (born June 22, 1983), the prize-winning British children’s book author, has her Sun conjunct Praamzius in the beginning of the Cancer sign. Her first novel Ways to Live Forever: Every Minute Counts (2008), is a story of Sam, a child who is dying of leukemia. The book raises the question, what matters most when one hasn’t got time forever and every minute counts. Nicholls’s second novel Season of Secrets (2009) is based on the Green Man.

Chart of Sally Nicholls