New Moon in Taurus — April 23, 2020, 02:26 UT

April 24th, 2020

The New Moon at 3+ degrees of Taurus occurred at the discovery degree of Chiron. The Sabian symbol for this degree is Taurus 4 “The rainbow’s pot of gold.”

The New Moon was in conjunction with Uranus (rebellion) and a part of a grand cross formed by the Sun and Moon in Taurus, Saturn (limitations, tests) in Aquarius, Varuna (the great equalizer) in Leo and Zhulong (a change in a blink of an eye) in Scorpio. Taurus is ruled by Venus (what we appreciate). Venus is in conjunction with asteroid Hygiea (health, hygiene). The symbol of Hygiea in the chart is the caduceus staff.

The aforementioned aspects describe our current situation excellently.

COVID-19 may have started to spread in Wuhan already in October 2019, although officially the earliest traceable patient started experiencing symptoms on Dec. 1, 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) was informed about the outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin on Dec. 31, 2019. In January 2020 the virus started to push into our awareness. WHO declared the pandemic on March 11, 2020.

As of autumn we were watching the sign of Capricorn, where Saturn was getting closer to Pluto (the lord of transformation). There was also a solar eclipse in Capricorn on Dec. 26, 2019. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction took place on Jan. 12, 2020, only two days after the lunar eclipse in Cancer. Astrologers were anticipating changes, but it is safe to say that nobody could foresee the thoroughness with which our whole world changed in a short time. There have been other significant aspects, like Chiron square Pholus, and the Eris’s squares; Saturn and Pluto squared Eris in January and Jupiter in March.

Still another long term aspect has been developing in the background, namely Varuna square Zhulong. This square has started to form already around 2018 and will fade away around 2024. The first exact square between those two seems to have been on Jan. 13, 2020. The second will be on April 27, 2020. There are altogether seven exact aspects, of which the last one will be in October 2022. At this point nobody knows the actual duration of the pandemic, but this sequence could fit quite well with it. The virus will hardly disappear anytime soon.

Varuna is a trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2000 and named the next year after one of the oldest of the Vedic deities, the maker and upholder of heaven and earth, who deals with matters of truth, lies and keeping agreements. Varuna was the first trans-Neptunian minor planet to receive a name (after Pluto). Eric Francis’s keywords for this vast energy behind everything are “the great equalizer.” According to Eric, Varuna is “calling us to take both personal and collective responsibility for our world.”

Our vulnerability to the coronavirus can depend on several factors, for example age, occupation, social economic status, or where one lives. That being said, in our lifetime there hasn’t been any other phenomenon, which had put us in more equal position with each other. The virus has not spared royalty, politicians, celebrities, or isolated indigenous people living in the middle of a rainforest.

Zhulong is one of the most recent namings. Zhulong is a scattered disc object discovered in 2014 and named last year after the torch dragon, the Chinese deity who controlled the day and night by opening and closing its eyes. Zhulong seems to tell about the fragility of life, and how everything can change in a blink of an eye.

The Varuna-Zhulong square has been triggered time after time during the past six months. The New Moon in Scorpio on Oct. 28, 2019, was in conjunction with Zhulong and square to Varuna. The New Moon in Sagittarius on Nov. 26, 2019, was opposite Hygiea and trine Varuna. The New Moon in Capricorn on Dec. 26, 2019, was a solar eclipse, and sextile to Zhulong and in quincunx to Varuna. The New Moon in Aquarius on Jan. 24, 2020, was opposite Varuna and square to Zhulong. The New Moon in Pisces on Feb. 23, 2020 was trine to Zhulong and in quincunx to Varuna. The New Moon in Aries on March 24, 2020, was sextile to Hygeia, trine to Varuna and in quincunx to Zhulong. The current New Moon in Taurus on April 23, 2020, was opposite Zhulong and square to Varuna.

The following two examples are to some extent comparable with our current situation.

The Spanish flu in 1918 was one of the deadliest pandemics in history, which infected about a third of the world’s population at the time. On March 4, 1918, U.S. Army cook Albert Gitchell, from Haskell County, reported sick at Fort Riley. He is considered the first recorded victim of the flu. In the chart cast for that day, the Sun, Hygiea and Varuna are in triple conjunction in the same degree in Pisces. Pluto and Zhulong were in exact conjunction in Cancer.

HIV/AIDS has had a large impact on society. AIDS was first clinically reported on June 5, 1981, with five cases in the United States. In the chart the Sun is in conjunction with Varuna in Gemini and sextile Eris in Aries. Hygiea in Gemini is opposite Neptune in Sagittarius and sextile to Zhulong in Leo.

We have a long way to go when it comes to COVID-19 pandemic. Chiron’s pot of gold is not quite within our reach. We need a lot of self-discipline, which only Saturn can offer. Eventually we will get there.

More about Hygiea, Varuna and Zhulong available here:

New Moon in Sagittarius – Nov. 26, 2019, 15:05 UT (Hygiea)

Small World Stories by Eric Francis (Varuna)

New Moon in Scorpio – Oct. 28, 2019, 03:38 UT (Zhulong)

Full Moon in Libra — April 08, 2020, 02:35 UT

April 8th, 2020

The Moon in Libra was in conjunction with asteroid Juno. In the opposite sign Aries, the Sun was in conjunction with Eris.

3 Juno is a large main belt asteroid, discovered in 1804. The main asteroid belt is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Asteroid Juno is named after the queen of the gods, the wife of the Roman chief god Jupiter and the mother of Mars. She was the protectress of the state and goddess of marriage.

Astrologically Juno represents the need to merge with another person, and she is usually seen as the significator of committed relationships. Her Greek equivalent is Hera. In Asteroid Goddesses Demetra George notes that “Greek mythology repeatedly emphasizes the need for Hera’s periodic retreat into solitude.” Themes of solitude and rejection are associated also with Eris, which is in conjunction with the Sun.

The Sabian symbol for the Moon is Libra 19, “A gang of robbers in hiding,” and the symbol for the Sun is Aries 19, “The magic carpet.” The chart draws a picture of us all, withdrawn in our homes and only dreaming of the flying carpet.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019. The New Moon in Capricorn on Dec. 26, 2019, was a solar eclipse. I find it interesting that on Dec. 28, 2019, comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) was discovered. It has been brightening and continues to do so. It may become visible to the naked eye later in the spring. At the moment it is retrograding in early Cancer. In astrology comets signify change. Our world has certainly changed within these months.

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

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.

Full Moon in Virgo — March 09, 2020, 17:48 UT

March 8th, 2020

The Full Moon in Virgo is opposing the conjunction of the Sun and Neptune in Pisces. We are facing the fear that the rapidly spreading new disease COVID-19 is arousing.

Two first centaurs, Chiron and Pholus, are now in a square aspect. Pholus in Capricorn is conjunct the south node of the Moon and Chiron in Aries is exactly square the lunar nodes. Chiron squared Pholus on March 8, 2020. Astrologer Eric Francis noted recently that the astrology of the current mess is Chiron square Pholus. He described the energy of Pholus being “the metaphoric or literal genie coming out of the bottle.” Please click the following link to read the whole article: Pholus and the Pandemic of Panic.

Last week, Olli Vapalahti, the virology professor at the University of Helsinki, used the same metaphor, when he was interviewed about the coronavirus situation: “Getting the virus back into the bottle is quite difficult.”

Pluto and Eris are now in a square aspect. Eris is the goddess of strife and discord, and she was rejected because of this tendency of hers. A reflection of the symbolism of Eris can be seen in the situation of those people around the world that are now under a travel ban or quarantine because of the virus.

The Full Moon is in conjunction with the centaur 346889 Rhiphonos, which offers a protective image. 346889 Rhiphonos was discovered in 2009. The orbital period is around 35.8 years. In Greek mythology Rhiphonos was one of the twelve Dionysian Centaurs who drew the chariot of the infant Dionysus. Zeus had set them to guard his son Dionysus against Hera’s anger. Dionysus’s mother was a mortal woman, with whom Zeus had an affair. The Dionysian Centaurs were originally sprites, but when jealous Hera found out about their assistance, she transformed them into ox-horned centaurs. Later loyal Rhiphonos was one of the commanders of the centaurs who travelled with the adult Dionysus around the world.

Don’t let fear take over, and keep washing your hands.

New Moon in Pisces — February 23, 2020, 15:32 UT

February 23rd, 2020

The official naming of Gonggong, a trans-Neptunian known so far as 2007 OR10, couldn’t have been released at more convenient time. The New Moon in Pisces was in exact conjunction with Gonggong.

Gonggong was discovered in 2007 by American astronomers Megan Schwamb, Michael Brown, and David Rabinowitz. The size estimate has varied during the years. According to the latest measurements in 2018, it is the fifth-largest trans-Neptunian object, right after the official four dwarf planets Pluto, Eris, Haumea and Makemake.

Gonggong is a scattered disc object. The orbital period is 553 years. It completes three orbits around the Sun for every ten orbits completed by Neptune. It is currently moving farther from the Sun after reaching its perihelion in 1857. Gonggong has a satellite.

Last spring the discovery team hosted a poll for the general public to help choose the name for 2007 OR10 between three possible options: Gonggong from Chinese mythology, Vili from Norse mythology, and Holle from German mythology. I was hoping that Vili would win. The Vikings found the Americas before Columbus, so wouldn’t it be only fair to give a name for one of the distant bodies from the Norse mythology? There is already an asteroid named Odin, and the name can’t be used anymore, but Odin is a god of many names. Vili was an excellent option, meaning “will”. Although Vili is mentioned as Odin’s brother in the mythology, he actually represents one aspect of Odin himself.

Gonggong was the winning name, and it was proposed to the International Astronomical Union. Gonggong is a Chinese water god with red hair and a serpent-like tail. He is known for creating chaos, causing flooding, and tilting the Earth; he is often depicted with the head of a human and the body of a snake. Gonggong is often attended by his minister, Xiangliu, a nine-headed poisonous snake monster for whom the satellite is named.

People with a prominent Gonggong:

Dane Rudhyar (March 23, 1895 – Sept. 13, 1985) was a French-born American author, composer, philosopher and astrologer. He is a pioneer of modern transpersonal astrology and one of most respected astrologers of the 20th century. — Gonggong conjunct ascendant in Sagittarius.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist, the leader of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He was advancing civil rights through nonviolence. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Capricorn.

Jane Fonda (born Dec. 21, 1937) is an American actress, political activist, and former fashion model. — Jupiter and Gonggong conjunct ascendant in Capricorn, the Jupiter-Gonggong conjunction = Sun / Mars.

Richie Havens (Jan. 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American folk rock musician. He opened the 1969 Woodstock rock festival, which was a major turning point in his career. He also devoted his energies to educating young people about ecological issues. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Angela Davis (born Jan. 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. Ideologically she is a Marxist and was a member of the Communist Party USA until 1991. She has written several books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system. — A Grand trine in air formed by a triple conjunction of Mars, Uranus and Vesta in Gemini, Neptune in Libra, and a conjunction of the Sun, Echeclus, Okyrhoe and Gonggong in Aquarius. Eris in Aries completes the pattern into a Kite configuration.

George R. R. Martin (born Sept. 20, 1948) is an American novelist in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television producer. He has been called “the American Tolkien”. He wrote the series of epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones. — Gonggong on the Midheaven in Aquarius square the lunar nodes.

John Belushi (Jan. 24, 1949 — March 5, 1982) was an American actor, comedian and singer. He founded the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd. He struggled with heavy drug use and died from drug overdose in 1982. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius, the Sun-Gonggong conjunction = Chiron / Eris.

Jörg Haider (Jan. 26, 1950 – Oct. 11, 2008) was an Austrian right-wing populist politician. He died in a car accident shortly after the 2008 Austrian Parliamentary elections. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Phil Collins (born Jan. 30, 1951) is an English musician. He was the drummer and the lead singer of the rock band Genesis, and is also a solo artist. He is one of the world’s best-selling artists and praised by many, but also been called as “the most hated man in rock” and as “the pop star that nobody likes”. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Dennis Delaney (born Jan. 29, 1953) is an American playwright and actor, and former environmental activist who became the first National Director of Greenpeace USA in 1980. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Oprah Winfrey (born Jan. 29, 1954) is an American talk show hostess, actress, producer, and publisher. – Triple conjunction of the Sun, Venus and Gonggong in Aquarius.

Nicolas Sarkozy (born Jan. 28, 1955) is a French politician who served as President of France from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. He has been charged with corruption by French prosecutors in two cases, notably concerning the alleged Libyan interference in the 2007 French elections. — Triple conjunction of the Sun, Albion and Gonggong in Aquarius.

John Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, (born Jan. 31, 1956), is an English punk musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the punk band the Sex Pistols, which lasted from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. They are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music. — A stellium consisting of the Sun, Gonggong, Albion, Damocles, Chiron, Pholus, Mercury Rx and Pallas in Aquarius.

Ayrton Senna (March 21, 1960 – May 1, 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He died in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. — Damocles and Pholus conjunct Gonggong on the ascendant in Aquarius, the Damocles-Pholus- Gonggong conjunction = Moon / Mercury Rx.

Eva Cassidy (Feb. 2, 1963 – Nov. 2, 1996) was an American singer and guitarist, consistently voted one of the greatest singers of all time. She died of melanoma in 1996. Her posthumously released recordings, including three number-one albums and one number-one single in the UK, have sold more than ten million copies. — A stellium consisting of the Sun, Gonggong, Satrurn, Damocles, Pholus, Albion and Chariklo in Aquarius.

Sherilyn Fenn (born Feb. 1, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her role as Audrey Horne on the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017). Anyone who watched the series can remember her dancing to Angelo Badalamenti’s music. Fenn has said about Audrey: “Audrey’s been great for me. She has brought out a side of me that’s more mischievous and fun that I had suppressed, trying to be an adult. She has made it OK to use the power one has as a woman to be manipulative at times, to be precocious. She goes after what she wants vehemently and she takes it. I think that’s really admirable. I love that about her.” – A conjunction of the Sun, Moon, Ceres, Gonggong and Damocles in Aquarius.

Lisa Marie Presley (born Feb. 1, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. She is the only child of singer and actor Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong, Vesta and Damocles in Aquarius.

Bobby Brown (born Feb. 5, 1969) is an American singer, rapper, and actor. He is noted as one of the pioneers of new jack swing, a fusion of hip hop and R&B. He was married to Whitney Houston, with whom he had a daughter named Bobbi Kristina Brown. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong and Damocles in Aquarius.

Lisa Hannigan (born Feb. 12, 1981) is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician. She began her career as a member of Damien Rice’s band, but was fired from the band by Rice. She began her solo career in 2007. Hannigan performs using “broken-down, wheezy old instruments”. Herbie Hancock has said of her vocals, “There’s so much jazz in the notes and phrases that she picks… I mean some of the things sound like choices that Miles would have made.” — The Sun conjunct Gonggong in Aquarius.

Gyaincain Norbu (born Feb. 13, 1990) is considered the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibetan Buddhism by the government of the People’s Republic of China. After the death of the 10th Panchen Lama, a dispute between the Chinese leadership and the exiled 14th Dalai Lama resulted in two competing candidates. — The Sun conjunct Gonggong and Salacia in Aquarius.

Full Moon in Leo — February 09, 2020, 07:33 UT

February 9th, 2020

The Full Moon on Feb. 9, 2020, is in conjunction with centaur planet Thereus in Leo. Thereus was named in 2003 from Greek mythology after one of the centaurs who attended the Lapith king Pirithous’ wedding and was killed by Theseus. Centaur Thereus was a hunter who captured bears and carried them home, alive and struggling.

The myth doesn’t tell us anything more, and we don’t know what happened inside the cave of Thereus, but it is clear that Thereus expresses strength, endurance and ability to confront and control anger. The contemporary slang word “badass” probably describes him well, and also many of the following people with a prominent Thereus:

John Newton (July 24, 1725 – Dec. 21, 1807) was a British sailor and Anglican clergyman. He went at sea at a young age, and worked on slave ships for several years. He became a slave of a black princess of the Sherbro people, was released, and after experiencing a conversion to Christianity, he became a supporter of abolitionism. He wrote hymns, including “Amazing Grace”. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Leo square the lunar nodes.

Helmut Schmidt (Dec. 23, 1918 – Nov. 10, 2015) was a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1974 to 1982. He retired from Parliament in 1987, after clashing with the SPD’s left wing, who opposed him on defense and economic issues. — The Moon conjunct Thereus in Virgo.

Margaret Thatcher (13 Oct. 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. Her nickname was “The Iron Lady” because of her uncompromising politics and leadership style. – Thereus conjunct ascendant in Scorpio.

Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – Nov. 7, 1980), “The King of Cool”, was an American actor, who at one time was the highest-paid movie star in the world. He loved motorcycles and race-cars, and performed many of his own stunts. — The Moon conjunct Thereus in Aquarius, the Sun in Aries sextile Thereus.

Boris Yeltsin (Feb. 1, 1931 – April 23, 2007) was a Soviet and Russian politician who served as the first president of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999 in challenging circumstances. He played a significant role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Yeltsin made a memorable speech standing on a tank outside of the Russian White House and resisting the coup attempt in Aug. 1991. – The Sun conjunct Thereus in Aquarius.

Miloš Forman (Feb. 18, 1932 – April 13, 2018) was a Czech-American film director, who was an important figure in the Czechoslovak New Wave. He immigrated to the United States in 1968. He won the Academy Award for Best Director two times. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Aquarius.

Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor whose career has spanned more than 60 years. He has received numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor for the drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). The film was directed by another Thereus person, Milos Forman, who won Oscar for the Best Director for the same movie. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Taurus.

Dionne Warwick (born Dec. 12, 1940) is one of the most-charted female vocalists of all time. She started singing gospel in a family gospel group. The most successful years for her were from the mid-1960s to early 1970s. — The Moon on the ascendant in late Taurus, Thereus rising in early Gemini.

Johnny Hallyday (June 15, 1943 – Dec. 6, 2017), “the French Elvis”, was a French rock and roll singer and actor, credited for having brought rock and roll to France. He was one of the best-selling artists in the world. — The Sun conjunct Thereus in Gemini.

Ray Davies (born June 21, 1944) is an English rock-singer and songwriter, co-founder of The Kinks. After the dissolution of the Kinks in 1996, Davies embarked on a solo career. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television. He has been referred to as “the godfather of Britpop”. — The Sun in the last degree of Gemini in conjunction with the Moon-Saturn-Thereus triple conjunction in early Cancer.

The battle of Tali-Ihantala begins (June 25, 1944) between Finnish and Soviet troops. It was part of the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War (1941–1944), which occurred during World War II. It is the largest battle ever in the history of the Nordic countries. Finland was able to resist the attack and thus managed to stay as an independent nation. — A conjunction of the Sun, Venus, Pallas, Saturn and Thereus in early Cancer. The aforementioned planets made a transit conjunction with Finland’s lunar nodes and Pluto in early Cancer.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (born July 17, 1947) is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Her first husband was Andrew Parker Bowles, with whom she has two children. They divorced in 1995. Camilla was romantically involved with the Prince of Wales both before and during their first marriages. Following both of their divorces, Prince Charles declared his relationship with Camilla was, and is, “non-negotiable”. In 2005 Charles and Camilla were wed. – The Sun conjunct Thereus in Cancer.

Madonna (born Aug. 16, 1958), the “Queen of Pop”, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She is known for pushing the boundaries and using provocative imagery onstage and in her music videos. — The Leo Sun sextile Jupiter-Thereus conjunction on the North node in Libra.

Kanye West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. He is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century. His music has spanned a broad range of styles. – The Sun conjunct Jupiter and Thereus in Gemini.

Edward Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American whistleblower who released classified material on top-secret NSA programs to The Guardian and The Washington Post in June 2013. He wanted to expose excessive government surveillance of the American people. On June 23, 2013, Snowden boarded a flight to Moscow after Hong Kong authorities refused a US request to arrest him. As of October 2019, Snowden had been granted permanent residency in Russia. – Snowden’s Thereus is in early Leo. The Gemini Sun is semi-sextile to Thereus, Saturn in Libra squares Thereus, Jupiter in Sagittarius is trine to Thereus, and Chiron in late Taurus is sextile to Thereus.

Usain Bolt (born Aug. 21, 1986) is a Jamaican former sprinter, who is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. – The Sun conjunct Thereus and Nessus in Leo.

New Moon in Aquarius — January 24, 2020, 21:42 UT

January 24th, 2020

There is a grand cross aspect pattern in the New Moon chart, formed by the Sun-Moon conjunction in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus, Varuna in Leo, and Rhadamathus-Zhulong conjunction in Scorpio. Uranus and Zhulong promise a sudden change, Varuna and Rhadamanthus dispense justice.

20000 Varuna is a trans-Neptunian object discovered in 2000 and named after one of the oldest of the vedic deities, the maker and upholder of heaven and earth. Varuna deals with matters of truth, lies and keeping agreements. He “punishes those who sin without remorse, and forgives those who err with remorse.” Varuna has been described as a vast energy behind everything, and “the great equalizer”. He is calling us to take responsibility for our world.

38083 Rhadamanthus is another TNO. It was discovered in 1999 and named after a Greek mythological figure, the wise king of Crete, the son of Zeus and Europa. He had a great sense of justice, and because of that he became one of the judges of the dead.

472235 Zhulong is a scattered disc object discovered in 2014 and named in 2019 from Chinese mythology. Zhulong was a giant red solar dragon with a human face and scarlet serpent body. It controlled the day and night of the world by opening and closing its eyes. Zhulong has been called also the Torch Dragon, since he was described in some of the classic texts as carrying a torch.

The Sabian symbol for Scorpio 4, the current degree of Zhulong, is also talking about shine. The symbol is “A youth holding a lighted candle.” The first image that came into my mind was the face of Greta Thunberg (born Jan. 3, 2003), the Swedish teenage environmental activist, who is at the moment attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Greta has natally a centaur called Okyrhoe at 3+ degrees of Taurus. This means that the current New Moon along with Uranus and the aforementioned trans-Neptunian minor planets in the grand cross configuration are all transiting her natal Okyrhoe.

52872 Okyrhoe is a centaur orbiting between Jupiter and Saturn. It was discovered in 1998 and named after Ocyrhoe, the nymph daughter of Chiron and Chariklo. She was a prophetess who was transformed into a horse for revealing the secrets of the gods. Her ability to speak was thus taken.

I’m hoping that in Greta’s case the current transits to her natal Okyrhoe are pushing it to the opposite direction, finally letting her get her message through to the world leaders. According to astrologer Mark Andrew Holmes, “Okyrhoe seems to indicate being criticized or attacked, being able to cope with attacks or unpopularity, ability to stand up for one’s beliefs or principles.”

Greta Thunberg’s natal Sun at 12+ degrees of Capricorn is in close conjunction with her Chiron. The transiting Jupiter at 12+ Capricorn is now right over her natal Sun-Chiron conjunction. Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion. It was traditionally known as the “greater benefic”. A Jupiter transit is usually good and makes things work out well. Hopefully it will strengthen Greta’s role as a teacher and healer. She said in Davos:

“Since last summer, I’ve been repeating these numbers over and over again in almost every speech. But honestly, I don’t think I have once seen any media outlets or person in power communicate this and what it means. I know you don’t want to report about this. I know you don’t want to talk about this, but I assure you I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do.”

Full Moon in Cancer / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse — January 10, 2020, 19:21 UT

January 10th, 2020

The Full Moon in Cancer is a lunar eclipse, and it happens only two days before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on Jan. 12, 2020. The Moon aligns opposite the Sun and a considerable cluster of planets and smaller celestial bodies gathered in Capricorn. Closest to the Sun is 15810 Arawn, a trans-Neptunian body in the plutino class.

The Sun = 20 Cap 00
The Moon = 20 Can 00
Mercury = 20 Cap 06
Saturn = 22 Cap 33
Pluto = 22 Cap 42
Arrokoth (nicknamed Ultima Thule) = 17 Cap 48
Amycus = 18 Cap 50
Arawn = 20 Cap 42
Ceres = 21 Cap 49
Chariklo = 24 Cap 15

15810 Arawn was discovered in 1994 and named two years ago in 2017 from Welsh mythology. According to the naming rules of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), all plutinos are given mythological names associated with the underworld.

In Welsh mythology Arawn was the ruler of the Celtic otherworld, Annwfn, meaning “the in-world”, derived from an (“in, inside”) and dwfn (“world”). Annwfn was like a paradise, a world of eternal youth where disease was absent and food was ever-abundant. It was not equivalent to Hell of Christians. The influence of Christianity transformed the otherworld to the underworld.

The Mabinogion are the earliest prose stories of the literature of Britain. The stories were compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12th – 13th centuries from earlier oral traditions, during the period when the Welsh struggled to maintain their independence. The First Branch of the Mabinogi tells how Pwyll, the prince of Dyfed, and the shapeshifter Arawn met and befriended. Honor is highly revered value throughout the Mabinogi.

Sioned Davies says in her English translation of The Mabinogion (Oxford University Press 2007) about the tales: “Not only do they reflect themes and characters from myth and legend, they also show how Wales responded to conquest and colonization.” The patriotic hymn Gweddi dros Gymru (“A prayer for Wales”), written by Lewis Valentine, a Welsh politician and Welsh-language activist, is sometimes considered to be the second Welsh national anthem. It is usually sung to the tune of Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia Hymn, one of the most important national songs of Finland. Finlandia, Op. 26, is a tone poem written in 1899 and revised in 1900. The premiere was on July 2, 1900, in Helsinki, during the Sun-Arawn conjunction in Cancer. At the time Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. (Finland declared itself independent in 1917.) In order to avoid Russian censorship, Finlandia had to be performed under alternative titles at various musical concerts.

The Sun represents the main expression of the individual. In astrologer Bernadette Brady’s words, “it reveals the myth or story that the individual follows through life.” The conjunction is a strong aspect which combines the energies of the planets in question. The following examples are soulful artist with the Sun-Arawn conjunction:

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. She has a stellium in Cancer consisting of the Sun, Neptune, Jupiter, Ceres and Arawn.

Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – Oct. 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, who wrote the song “This Land Is Your Land“. Also Guthrie has a stellium in Cancer, including the Sun, Neptune, Venus and Arawn.

Van Morrison (born Aug. 31, 1945), the “Celtic Soul”, is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter. He has said: “If you’re trying to be something other, like something superficial, trying to be someone you’re not, then that would take you away from your true centre.” His Sun-Arawn conjunction is in Virgo.

Freddie Mercury (Sept. 5 1946 – Nov. 24, 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, and the charismatic lead vocalist of the Queen. He has the Sun-Arawn conjunction in Virgo.

Nick Cave (born Sept. 22, 1957), the “Prince of Darkness”, is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author and actor, whose songs often deal with love, death, and religion. He has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Mars and Arawn in Virgo.

Van Morrison has expressed very likely something essential about Arawn in his lyrics:

Soul is a feeling, feeling deep within
Soul is not the color of your skin
Soul is the essence, essence from within
It is where everything begins

Soul is what you’ve been through
What’s true for you
Where you going to
What you’re gonna do

Soul is your station for the folk of your nation
Something that you wear with pride
Soul can be your vision or something that is hidden
It’s not something that you gotta hide

New Moon / Annular Solar Eclipse in Capricorn – Dec. 26, 2019, 05:13 UT

December 28th, 2019

The New Moon at 4+ degrees of Capricorn was an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse occurred in close conjunction with Jupiter. Jupiter represents the energy of expansiveness. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is tightening towards January. The conjunction can manifest in several ways. Pluto is the lord of transformation and Saturn represents structures, so we may need to build new social structures.

This solar eclipse is a member of a Saros series number 3 South. Each Saros series starts as a tiny eclipse at either the North or South Pole, produces an eclipse every 18 years, and finishes at the opposite Pole. Each eclipse family has the characteristics of its own. The Saros series 3 South started on Aug. 13, 1208 at the South Pole. Mercury was in conjunction with the New Moon in Leo. Also in Leo, Pluto was conjunct the South node of the Moon. According to astrologer Bernadette Brady, there is a sense of traumatic transformation because of the involvement of Pluto. Saturn was in Cancer, right opposite the current solar eclipse.

The Capricorn eclipse was not visible in Finland, but in astrology, even if the eclipse is not visible where you live, it has an impact nevertheless. The effect can be felt already beforehand, and the eclipse degree can remain as a sensitive point for years to come.

The astrological climate is reflected in the recent developments of the world, for example in the impeachment of Donald Trump and the certainty of Brexit after Boris Johnson’s election victory in the 2019 general election in England.

The lunar nodes of Finland lie on the Cancer-Capricorn axis. Finland’s Mercury is conjunct the North node in early Capricorn and Pluto is conjunct the South node in early Cancer. The Capricorn solar eclipse took place tightly opposite Finland’s Pluto. In the eclipse chart there are also several prominent minor planets transiting the nodal axis of Finland. Pholus and Quaoar were in conjunction with the eclipse and square to Chiron and Salacia in early Aries.

In Finland the recent weeks have been eventful. The Centre Party lost confidence in Prime Minister Antti Rinne due to controversies on the handling of a postal strike, and the government had to resign. The change is for the better. Sanna Marin of the Social Democratic Party became the new prime minister and the youngest serving state leader in the world. The other four parties in the government coalition have women leaders. Out of the 19 government ministers in the new cabinet, 12 are women.

There has been a heated debate on the repatriation of the Finnish women and children at al-Hol camp in Syria. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto from the Green League, has been at the center of a dispute over the issue. He won the confidence vote over the repatriation of the Finns. The debate will continue in January. At least two orphaned children from the camp have now safely arrived in Finland.

Full Moon in Gemini – Dec. 12, 2019, 05:12 UT

December 11th, 2019

Lately we have learned about rare visitors, interstellar objects passing through our solar system. First there was Oumuamua, the “first distant messenger”, which was already heading away from the Sun when it was discovered in October 2017. Then in August 2019 came Comet Borisov. Surprisingly there is one that has been with us all along and aims to stay, namely asteroid 514107 Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

The Full Moon in Gemini happens on Dec. 12, 2019. Opposite the Moon in Sagittarius is the unusual asteroid Kaʻepaokaʻawela in conjunction with the Sun. Kaʻepaokaʻawela is outstanding in many ways.

Kaʻepaokaʻawela’s orbit is retrograde. In other words, it moves opposite direction to most other bodies in the solar system. It is in a resonant, co-orbital motion with Jupiter. It is the first known asteroid in a 1:1 resonance with any of the planets. Its orbital period around the Sun is close to that of Jupiter.

How come Kaʻepaokaʻawela avoids crashing into the gas giant Jupiter? It passes either inside or outside Jupiter’s orbit, and each time it passes near Jupiter, its orbital elements are slightly altered. Scientists have concluded that Kaʻepaokaʻawela is originally an interstellar body and it has been in its retrograde resonance with Jupiter since the origin of the solar system. How it got captured into its orbit is still a mystery.

Kaʻepaokaʻawela was discovered in November 2014 by astronomers of the Pan-STARRS survey at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii. It was first known by its provisional name 2015 BZ509 and nicknamed Bee-Zed. The official name was given in April 2019. According to the official naming citation, the name Kaʻepaokaʻawela means “the mischievous opposite moving companion of Jupiter, evoking the image of a retrograde object of unknown origin.” The name was created by a Hawaiian-language program dedicated to naming objects discovered with Pan-STARRS. This program consists of Hawaiian language experts and astronomers at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Examples:

Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dec. 22, 1887 – April 26, 1920) was an extraordinary Indian mathematician, who had almost no formal training in pure mathematics. He developed his own mathematical research in isolation. His original and highly unconventional results have opened entire new areas of work and inspired a vast amount of further research. He has the Sun conjunct Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn.

Edwin Hubble (Nov. 20, 1889 – Sept. 28, 1953) is regarded as one of the most important astronomers of all time. The Hubble Space Telescope was named in his honor. His Sun in the last degree of Scorpio is in conjunction with Kaʻepaokaʻawela in the first degree of Sagittarius.

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American journalist, novelist, and short-story writer. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. His Capricorn Moon is conjunct the retrograding Kaʻepaokaʻawela.

Judge Bone, aka Tuomari Nurmio (born Nov. 21, 1950) is a Finnish rock singer and songwriter. He is constantly renovating himself and is regarded one of the most original Finnish singer-songwriters. His Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction in Scorpio is square to Jupiter in Aquarius.

Bob Lazar (born Jan. 26, 1959) is primarily known for his claims of having been hired in the late 1980s to reverse-engineer purported extraterrestrial technology at a secret site called “S-4”. He has the Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction in Aquarius.

Brian Molko (born Dec. 10, 1972) is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the British band Placebo. He has been quoted as calling the band “music for outsiders, by outsiders”. His Sun-Kaʻepaokaʻawela conjunction is in Sagittarius.

Amy Winehouse (Sept.14, 1983 – July 23, 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. Bob Dylan has called her “the last real individualist around.” Amy’s Moon is conjunct the retrograding Kaʻepaokaʻawela in Capricorn.