Autumnal Equinox, September 2014: the First Day of Fall

September 10, 2014 at 12:11 am | Posted in 2014, Astrology, Events, Lunations | 1 Comment
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The Autumnal Equinox of 2014 occurs on September 22nd at 9:29 CDT this year (Plano, TX).  (In other areas, such as the United Kingdom, it will occur on September 23rd in the early morning hours (0229 GMT)).  It is followed two days later by a new moon (Libra / Aries).  We will cover both in this entry.

First, the chart (set in Plano TX):

Autumnal Equinox 2014 September

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We note that the Moon is very old and (predictably) near the Sun.  Venus is between them and would be “besieged” if the Sun and Moon were malefics (which they are not).  This places Venus on or near the mid-point of Sun and Moon and is arguably a favorable placement.  Moon is slightly past an opposition to Chiron and and an earlier opposition to Neptune (both in Pisces) earlier than that.

Before we go further with our analysis, let us make clear that you should wrap up certain kinds of business (only you know the precise details) before this change in the sign of the Sun.  This period is definitely about clearing out and letting go.  Given the nature of the Full Moon (FM) earlier this month, this may mean fully releasing any remaining hopes of clinging to whatever path you chose to NOT follow when the time of the FM offered you a choice (or series of choices).  Whatever it is that you chose NOT to do, it is GONE now.  Trying to preserve it or “hang on” to it will only cause you problems and pain.  CLEAR THINGS OUT.

Some of you had a “fling” earlier in September when Venus opposed Neptune (probably the weekend of September 12th).  If you had a painful awakening later (Venus opposite Chiron), and that romance was ill-chosen, then CUT IT OFF.  Cut your losses.  Do not string that person along.  And if you lost money on the romance (or venture), then do NOT think for a minute you are likely to get your money back.  File the pictures you took in your scrapbook.  Move forward.

If you are leaving a job at this time, start your start day for the new job AFTER the New Moon (next chart).  Take a little time off to regenerate.

Looking for an alternative version of this chart? has one located here.  Another alternative is located here.

Here is the United States map.  We note that Northern Nevada has an unusually high number of lines passing through it.  (Looking for a place to spend the Equinox that should be transformative?  Try Las Vegas or Reno (Reno is slightly stronger in this particular case) for Fall Equinox 2014!  Note, though, that we said “transformative” and did not further qualify that statement as either “good” or “bad.”)


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We note that Los Angeles and Southern California are affected, also, but the effect is not as strong as in Northern Nevada.  With Uranus (Prometheus) on the Ascendant, we would not be surprised to see huge gains/losses at the gambling tables.  (But, anything goes!)

Here is the New Moon chart (a few days later):

New Moon September 2014

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A few of you will ignore the the earlier recommendation that “this period is definitely about clearing out and letting go.”  In that case, some of those who ignore that advice will have a “reminder,” possibly an unpleasant reminder, to clear out the old.  Given the position of the Sun/Moon conjoined in the first degree of Libra, this will likely have one of two outcomes.  The first will be a potential for violence.  The damn will burst.  (This depends on the charts of the individuals involved.)  The other outcome is the extreme opposite: prolonged negotiations that seem to go nowhere resulting in “a death by a thousand blows.”  You will WANT progress but be unable to attain it, stuck by the lingering garbage of the previous period.  (This could be in the form of a bankruptcy, possibly for some of those gambling in Las Vegas or Reno.)

A few of you, wisely, will decide to relocate at this time.

While any given chart, or pair of charts, contains many potential “lessons,” the “lessons” of these two are clear: CLEAN HOUSE (literally and figuratively) before this time arrives.

Chances are good we will add updates between “now” (the time of the initial posting) and the time of the events.  (This has become our practice in the last year or two.)

Edit: A few key aspects (and when they perfect) in this period:

Wednesday September 10th: Venus Opposite Neptune

Friday September 12th: Mercury Quincunx Chiron

Sunday September 14th: Venus Trine Pluto

Wednesday September 17th: Venus Opposite Chiron

Sunday September 21st: Venus Sextile Saturn; Mars Square Neptune

Monday September 22nd Pluto Direct Station (within two hours of Equinox)

Tuesday September 23rd: Jupiter Quincunx Chiron!  (About eight hours prior to the New Moon)

Thursday September 25th: Jupiter Trine Uranus

This is an active and complex time.  The Mercury / Jupiter / Chiron quincunxes indicate yet another “fork in the road.”  Venus is in a number of aspects, and this emphasizes in a general way an examination of values.

More specific situations may emerge: careers in the arts may be launched or reach turning points during this period.  Great works of art may be produced.  (See, also, our entry about The Quintile Kite of October 9th 2014.)  If you have any interest in art, if you have thought about the possibility of being a professional artist, this will be your chance to “jump ship” and take on that challenge.)

Children born during this period will tend to see alternative viewpoints; they may have a tendency to break with tradition because they tend to embrace multiple perspectives.  They will face a bit of a curse in that they are never quite satisfied.  (But, this may drive them to produce great accomplishments!)

Jude Cowell, over at Stars Over Washington, has an interesting analysis of the equinox.

Here are a few more links on this Autumnal Equniox:

September 2014: The Grand Yod

September 7, 2014 at 1:19 am | Posted in 2014, Astrology, Editorial | 1 Comment
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As much as possible, I try to stick to the technical aspects of astrology on this blog. That means I avoid editorials. But, tonight, I am compelled to write an editorial.

I believe that we (collectively and individually) stand at a critically important fork in the road. It began in August and will continue at least through the end of September.  (Actually, it is a much larger period.)  I call this period the “Grand Yod of 2014.”  What makes it “grand” is the involvement of outer planets, namely Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto.  For some, the Full Moon of Monday September the 8th will be a particularly intense point.

Important to note is the fact that many of us often face turning points in our lives. But this one will be more noteworthy than most. The outcome is difficult to see. I can only tell you that we will be disappointed with the results regardless of which fork in the road we choose. So, keep detailed notes for the time being. For now, nothing is trivial. Everything is important. Take pictures. Make video. Cherish your friends and loved ones. And remember, someday, to tell yourself that you made the best decision that you could given the information that was available to you.

For myself personally, I have been ill lately. I seem to be recovering, but the astrology tells me to take NOTHING for “granted” at this time. Here in North Texas we are experiencing the beginning of “ragweed season” which is really a period in which an amalgam of pollen causes a fair amount of difficulty to certain members of the population. Runny noses are the problem for those that are younger, but the problems can become more pronounced with age. Frankly, allergic reactions affect the immune system, and that can lead to more serious problems in some cases.

Outside of North Texas, in places such as the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, problems that are likely worse than disease inciting pollen seem to be infecting the air. Many of us pray for peace and for justice.

If you are wondering whether or not you have chosen the right path for your life, then realize that this is a time in which you can shift from one path to a different one. The choice is yours.

Full Moon of September of 2014

August 31, 2014 at 1:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 24 Comments
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Here is the Full Moon chart for September of 2014, set in Plano, TX:

Full Moon for 2014 September

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We note that this particular Full Moon is preceded by a Double Yod Key that occupies most of the day.  (Compare this to the Double Yod Keys of Spring 2013.  What decisions did you make at that time?  You may revisit them now and again on November 8th.)  To be sure, this is another punctuation mark indicating that this is a period of decision-making, of “forks in the road.”

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The ongoing Jupiter / Neptune / Pluto yod is one part of the DYK, the other involves Moon / Mercury / Jupiter.  Mercury square Pluto (harsh words, arguments, fights, and at least wounded feelings) is part of the picture.  We are living in “interesting times.”

But [in response to XCD's request, below], what does this mean?  Well, the key is to remember that any given Yod is a “fork in the road,” a place where we are faced with a decision and dissatisfied with the alternatives.  Here we have an two interconnected, or interlaced, “forks in the road” (yods) that are connected by Mercury Square Pluto (harsh words and possibly violence).

A MINIMUM of two major decisions will face us as individuals and small groups, and we will see a similar set of decisions on a global scale.  (Why?  Astrology is recursive and arguably “fractal” in nature: “As above, so below” means that the pattern in the sky is reflected in multiple levels of human affairs.)  Since “triple yod keys” and so forth are rare (or maybe impossible), the two interlaced yods are a symbol for “multiple” (i.e. two or MORE) decisions.  Expect at least two on this full moon.

* recursive:

* fractal:

Want to know more about Double Yod Keys?  This discussion provides interesting commentary.

[XCD: does that help?]

Per Caroline’s request, here is the map for Europe and the UK:


And here is the chart, relocated to London:



We see Pluto at Midheaven and South Node in the 12th house (having risen about half an hour before culmination).  The Jupiter / Pluto quincunx is in full force, just past perfection on the Friday before (the time these notes are being written).  This is a time of excess and could be a time of serious danger and risk in London / UK.  Personally, I would stay home.  To quote a line from the movie “The Crow,” “…bad people out on the street tonight.”

Compare, also, the interlocking Double Yod Keys on November 8th described earlier.

Quintile Kite of October 9th (Preparing for Nanowrimo 2014)

August 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Astrology, Patterns | 1 Comment
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If you like to write, or think you might like to write, then you have either participated in Nanowrimo or have thought about it.  The National Novel Writing Contest is an honor system based international contest that encourages budding (and seasoned) writers to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November of each year.  (This might also be a good time to determine whether or not you would like to use Scrivener to manage your writing process.)

If you have done it before, then you know that having a little preparation, such as an outline, character sketches, and so forth can be helpful.  The Quintile Kite of October 9th is an excellent period to brainstorm and organize in preparation for your writing.  The period starts shortly after 2 AM CDT on October 9th (the early morning hours after the evening of October 8th) and continues until about 7 AM.  The Moon is void of course for the first part of this period, so your plans may need revisions at some later date.  But, if you can take the next day (Friday) off, then this is a GREAT date for developing your creative side and planning that first (or next) novel.  Here is the chart of the beginning of the period:

Quintile Kite of October 9th 2014

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New Moon for August 2014 (Virgo New Moon)

August 19, 2014 at 12:13 am | Posted in 2014, Astrology, Lunations | 2 Comments
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Here is the chart for the August 2014 New Moon (Virgo New Moon):


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Jupiter Quincunx Neptune then Pluto

August 1, 2014 at 12:52 am | Posted in 2014, Astrology | 2 Comments
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An interesting configuration is emerging for mid August through September: Jupiter enters into a Quincunx with Neptune on August 14th and then another Quincunx with Pluto on September 5th.  The Quincunx tends to be a frustrating aspect indicating miscommunications and false hopes.  Arguable, given that the fastest moving planet here is Jupiter, and that it takes a year to move through a sign, this pair of Quincunxes is actually a Yod.  Yods signal forks in the road where we must make a choice and will inevitably look back at the path we did not choose to take.

See, also:

If this is indeed a yod, and I believe it qualifies, it indicates one of the biggest decision making periods to face us (collectively) in years.  For many people, this period in August through September of 2014 will signal a major shift.  Even if it is not entirely visible now, in years to come many of us will see how critically important our decisions were in this period.  What follows are the two charts for the “exact” points of each of these aspects.  But, again, these are such large aspects that for individuals the triggers for the critical moments will almost certainly involve aspects of the Sun or Moon or both.

Jupiter Quincunx Neptune 2014-08-14

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In all fairness, I should note that these aspects are followed by different versions of these same aspects later this year and in 2015.  The Jupiter / Neptune Quincunx repeats October 23, 2016, May 17, 2017, and July 4, 2017.   Jupiter / Pluto Quincunx first occurred (in this cycle) July 18, 2012, then Dec 20, 2012 (the rather famous Solstice), March 29, 2013, September 5, 2014, February 27, 2015, and May 21, 2015.  BUT, the FIRST PAIRING of these occurs August / September 2014.  (Hence, this is the critical period, followed by a few more chances to “change the road you’re on.” (to paraphrase Led Zeppelin))

For many of us as individuals, the critical decisions will involve career or family or both.  Collectively, one critical question is whether certain current skirmishes will be contained or grow into some “world war.”  Many of these questions are really but the tip of a much larger iceberg.

What really interests me is the question of when do the Jupiter BiQuintiles to these planets occur?  (BiQuintiles are excellent for creative work and innovation.)  As far as I can tell, however, the current version of Solar Fire (SF 8) cannot do an electional search for Quintiles / BiQuintiles.  (If I am wrong, somebody let me know how to do this.)  (Update 8/18: I have a solution now and plan to explore this in a later post.)

If you are reading this post some years in the future, say about 2020 or beyond, please try to avoid romancing the choice (or “road”) that you did not take at this time.  It was fraught with perils that are now invisible to you from your vantage point in the future.  Chances are good that you made the right decision, even if it proved to be a bit problematic.

Full Moon for August 2014

August 1, 2014 at 12:30 am | Posted in 2014, Astrology, Lunations | Leave a comment
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Here is the chart for the FM for August of 2014:


Full Moon and New Moon July 2014

July 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Posted in 2014, Astrology, Lunations, Weekends | Leave a comment
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Since I am not spending as much time here as I once was, I am putting up the Full Moon for July 2014 (July 12) and New Moon (July 26) in this single blog post.  The FM is a Capricorn Moon / Cancer Sun FM.  Looking at the positions of Jupiter and Pluto, I would estimate this to be more of a FM to “excess” than others are.  People often take unnecessary and foolish risks during the summer, and this FM confirms that this weekend will be a dangerous one for some.  New relationships will seem particularly intense, and tensions will run high in existing ones.  Here is the FM chart:

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Jupiter is very late in Cancer and may, in fact, be void of course.  v/c is generally viewed as an unfavorable time; most of the time it is discussed in relation to the Moon because the Moon v/c window occurs every 2 to 3 days.  Jupiter v/c occurs about once a year, and this one coincides with a FM.  Interesting to an astrologer and almost certainly dangerous in some way.

(We also note Neptune (deception, delusions, mis-steps) in the eighth house (of death and taxes).)

The New Moon is an early Leo NM.  This will be a particularly good time for romance, and any new romances from the FM on July 12 that survive this long will have a chance of prospering.  Even though it happens in July, this is very much an “August Moon” in many ways.  Here is the New Moon chart:

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[The chart appears to be mislabeled as an FM instead of a NM.  Since it has been up for some time now, I am leaving it in the original form.]

We also note that if this is not a night of intense sex then it might be a night of intense power struggles.  Or, it could be both.  Jupiter has entered Leo by this point, and the “Grand Cross” of the year is over.  But, again, the power struggles are not necessarily done.  In many ways, this NM with Jupiter in Leo nearby marks the beginning of a new “Post Grand Cross” phase.


New Moon June 2014

June 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Posted in 2014, Lunations | 2 Comments
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Here is the chart for the New Moon of June 2014:

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This New Moon comes only a few days before the Mercury Direct Station.  That leads me to believe that taking a few risks to “push things forward” during the “storm period” after the direct station might be worthwhile.  (The details depend on your personal chart.  This is just a general statement.)  However, Saturn is on the 7th house cusp (if you live in DFW), and Jupiter appears to be in an intercepted house.  So taking risks in personal relationships, with higher education, publishing, or law would likely be ill-advised.  What probably would work would be “risks” involving efforts to improve health, poetry, photography, and possibly mentoring those in closely knit relationships.

Summer Solstice 2014 (June 21, 2014)

June 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Posted in 2014, Astrology, Events | 1 Comment
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To my regular readers: sorry for being mostly absent for the last year or so.  “Life” has been very busy.  Changes are happening that should permit me to be present here a bit more.  To Evie Rose and a few other regular readers: I will address your requests some time this summer. Also: I am moving to using an open source tool for my screenshots (Greenshot: so the possibility exists that the charts might look a bit different.

Here is the chart for Summer Solstice, 2014:

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The Summer Solstice is generally a pleasant time for most people.  Of course, if you were born in the days near the Winter Solstice, around December 21st, you always feel a bit of tension at this time of year.  (Your birthday signifies the potential of things to come, and the Summer Solstice usually represents the best that you can hope for this year.  If you missed it, then you have to wait for next year.  Thus you feel some bit of tension.)  Similarly, those who have birthdays near March 21st and September 21st feel a bit of tension at this time of year.

The Sun and Mercury have recently spoken, but Mercury is retrograde so we will have new messages come to us after Mercury turns direct circa June 30th.  Early July will bring something for everyone, and either the Independence Day celebration (United States) will bring something or the few days afterward will.  The time around July 7th, give or take a day or two, is particularly interesting as we see the Sun forming a T-Square with the ongoing Uranus / Pluto square that has been in play for several years now.  This will stir some to action, and for those who are not naturally impulsive then maybe it should.  Roughly two weeks after that, the Sun will conjoin Jupiter as part of the Grand Water Trine that will break up shortly after that later this year.  For some, this window will be the last opportunity to accomplish something of major importance.  Only you yourself can know what it is, but when you see it this month you should know that you may never see this opportunity again in your lifetime.

Here are the Solar Maps.  The “Gulf South” (aka “Gulf Coast”) of the United States looks particularly interesting, particularly the triangle formed by New Orleans, Jacksonville FL, and Miami.



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We note that Washington DC, and that general corridor, has Pluto on the Descendant (7th house cusp).  In this sense, we expect little if any relief from geopoltical struggles.  Indeed, they may worsen.  We especially expect a high degree of activity involving the intelligence community at this time.

Europe is comparatively quiet, with most of the “action” found off of the coast of Portugal.  Eastern Europe seems to be getting a break from what has been a tense situation though it may be an unusually hot summer for them:


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 Australia and New Zealand are mostly quiet with the exception of Darwin (which continues to be highly activated).  Brisbane also has a Saturn line dead center through it; while this is good for academics, most of the rest of the population will feel some period of difficulty.  This could be a period of economic difficulty.  Given that this is winter for this part of the world, the Saturn line for Brisbane could signal a winter storm for the coast of Australia where Brisbane is located.  (I would not be surprised to see a winter storm on the coast closest to Antartica, although one need not be an astrologer to have a hunch that this could be so at this time of the year.)


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Finally, we have the Pacific Rim.  We note many complex interactions here, and we will leave interpretation of this to other astrologers.  [Subject to a possible update later.]  But, much is happening here:



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We note that, as is often true, the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia are particularly active with many lines exerting influence.   The same is true for the parts of China closest to Japan. Although here in Texas not much news arrives from this part of the world, I can be certain that a great deal is happening.

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