Tags: Astrology, Diamond, Diamond Pattern, Diamonds, Patterns
The first quarter of 2013 contains two diamonds. One starts on January 29th, a few days after the Stretched Pentagram near the Full Moon (and after the State of the Union speech). The other occurs a few days after the Vernal Equinox (starting on March 24th). (Both last overnight.)
Here is the chart for the first one, on January 29th:
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And here is the March 24th Diamond (a few days after the Vernal Equinox):
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Diamonds are comparatively rare. We think the March 24th Diamond is particularly interesting since the Moon opposes Mercury, and Mercury is at the midpoint of Chiron / Neptune.
Tags: Astrology, ceres, full moon, FullMoon, Patterns, Solar Map, Stretched Pentagram, Yod, Yods
We have a “Stretched Pentagram” that will form beginning January 26th and end on the 27th. Here is the chart:
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To say the least, this is an “interesting” pattern: A Full Moon Pentagram! The Full Moon culminates during the formation of this pattern,
and this pattern is also just before the State of the Union address this year. (The State of the Union Address has been set for February 12th of 2013.)
Here is the U.S. Map:
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We see that Venus has a line through DC (favoring DC) at this time, Ceres a line through Phoenix AZ, Hygeia through Los Angeles (healthcare), and Vesta through Oakland. (Will be interesting to see how Californians react to the State of the Union.)
Here is the map for Europe and the UK:
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We see the UK activated by the curious combination of Vesta and Jupiter.
Here is the map for Asia, including India:
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Here is the map for Australia:
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And here is the World Map:
We also have a Diamond pattern forming a few days later on January 29th.
Tags: aspects, Astrology, biquintiles, DailyPlanetaryGuide, newmoon, NoExactAspects, PAT, Patterns, Quintile, sesquiquadrate, solarfire, transits
The Daily Planetary Guide shows “No Exact Aspects” for today, August 14th. Over the years, I have noticed that some of these days with “No Exact Aspects” were of profound significance, but I could not determine why. Eventually, I discovered what I believe to the solution.
Higher order aspects, such as quintiles, bi-quintiles, septiles, bi-septiles, tri-septiles, and so forth are ignored by many if not most astrologers and often considered “minor aspects.” They occur frequently, and their effect does not seem to last long. But, particularly regarding quintiles and bi-quintiles, they often bring with them a very powerful kind of “problem solving” window or energy. (Most astrologers speak of “energy” but I tend to think of “windows” of opportunity.)
On a day when the Ptolemaic aspects are absent, these aspects seem to gain more power as they “shine through.” That is, without any strong Ptolemaic aspects to eclipse them, and hide their influence, they are more clearly seen. In a sense, they “announce themselves.” These days are often remarkably powerful windows of opportunity for creative problem solving. (Maybe Llewelyn should consider identifying these days and the higher order harmonics present, starting with any exact outer planet higher order harmonics and working inward.)
Using one of my favorite tools, PAT, we obtain this chart:
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Some of these aspects have already perfected, and several important ones will perfect on August 15th. In many ways, August 14th is a day to prepare for the events that will culminate in the period between August 15th and the New Moon on the 17th.
I have also used Solar Fire to produce a similar aspect grid, set in Plano and a little after 3am. Except for the lunar aspects, these will change little in the next 24 hours, and only the Solar aspects will change significantly by the end of the week. Some of the aspects will fall out of orb and disappear. Others are “applying” and will perfect, starting on August 15th. But, mostly, they are in effect until the New Moon on the 17th.
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A few of you may be asking what is the different between PAT and Solar Fire. Well, obviously SF is far more powerful. But, what other difference? The answer is that PAT costs about $10 and is an easy way to get started. If you do that and find that you are truly interested in Astrology, then you might consider spending the $300 or so that Solar Fire costs. (If you do that, consider the companion tools Solar Maps and Jigsaw. They are worth it.)
A few will criticize this post claiming that higher order aspects are always in play. But, we admitted that at the beginning. What we are saying is this: (1) no day really exists where you have “No Exact Aspects,” (2) on days of supposedly “No Exact Aspects” these higher order aspects become more significant, and (3) often these days of “No Exact Aspects” are actually powerful windows of opportunity for creative problem solving. (But, implementing the solution should probably come on a later date, in this case August 15th, during the “Cazimi” period of the New Moon on the 17th, or a day or two after the New Moon. Could be even a day or two after the New Moon. The 18th looks very “interesting” this year.)
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The next few days will be of pivotal importance to certain people. August 14th will be a day of preparation for most. The 15th and 16th will be days of action. Since all of these days fall BEFORE a New Moon, the best use is clearing out the old. This is a good time to get the junk out of the garage and donated to someone who can use it. Some of us, of course, will receive the old junk. Be careful not to throw a Rembrandt or Da Vinci in the trash. And, this is a very good time for smart shoppers to get great bargains.
I strongly suspect that we will see an announcement of great importance nationally or even globally in the next few days.
Tags: aries, Astrology, cancer, huber, Pallas, Patterns, Saturn, Saturn-Return, scorpio, Triangles, Venus
Reader Evie asks:
HI, I will be going through my 1st Saturn Return in October, but I feel like I’m already starting to feel it now. . Is that normal?
[this is followed by more dialog elsewhere]
Here is the natal chart for Evie:
We see immediately that she is a Solar Aries with a Cancerian Moon. We suspect that she is a strong person; the leadership of her Aries Sun both augmented and trumphed by her Cancerian Moon. She is a leader (or has great capacity to be one), but sometimes she seems whimsical to those who surround her and follow her.
Saturn’s entry into Scorpio will produce a conjunction of transiting Saturn to natal Pluto. No doubt about it, this will bring a shakeup that sets the stage for the conjunction of transiting Saturn with natal Saturn, the Saturn Return. Saturn will also oppose Venus and inconjunct Pallas at this time, activating a triangle present in the natal chart.
Homework for Evie is to research Huber, “Learning Triangles,” and the nature of these three planets (Saturn, Venus, & Pallas) and the types of lessons wait for her.
Tags: algol, Algol Day, Astrology, baddays, BadLuck, full moon, FullMoon, Mars, Mercury, mercury direct, Moon, Neptune, newmoon, Patterns, Predictions, Retrogrades, week, Weekend
Wondering what is coming up in the rest of August, 2012?
August 7/8 (depending on time zone): Mercury Retrograde: We like the Cafe Astrology treatment of this upcoming Direct Station. Regardless of your natal sun sign, the few days after the direct station are a good time to launch something. The two weeks after the direct station (and before the retrograde station) can have some rough spots, but consider launching anyway. Sometimes (overdue) things come to instead. Whether this is “good” or “bad” depends on your values and what you have done in the past.
August 17: New Moon: This late Leo new moon perfects in all U.S. time zones, England, and Western European (and some Eastern European) time zones on this date. As with all New Moons, the week before is a good time to clean out and throw away, especially if you plan to return to school this fall. You can probably find some great sale items in this period but BE CERTAIN TO CLEAN OUT FIRST. The ten day period from the Direct Station to the New Moon is probably a good time to do this. If you can, think about giving something to someone who can use it or someone less fortunate. Avoid the landfill if you can.
Although I will not delineate the details in this particular blog post, this is an unusually important new moon because of its location (25 Leo). Both 15 Leo and 25 Leo have long been a source of controversy. This New Moon squares Algol, among other things. (Although Algol is now at 26 Taurus, for most people born prior to the year 2000 it was at 25 Taurus. And, the orb for a New Moon is typically 5 degrees.) We have discussed a Moon / Algol activation elsewhere, and it began a period of time characterized by a coal mine disaster, large loss of life in an airliner crash in Eastern Europe, and that culminated the Deepwater Horizon disaster. (We are guessing that the chain of events here could also extend a similar period of time.)
This New Moon also precisely opposes the Aquarius Moon (25 Aquarius) of the United States’ “Scorpio Rising” chart. (This article about that chart and U.S. Presidents is interesting.) A brief check of the history of August 17, in general, shows a remarkable number of military operations on this date.
The period ranging from August 14th through the end of August looks like a period of instability with potential for a significant disaster of some kind. The New Moon looks especially risky. And, again, this period may extend as far as the Autumnal Equinox.
The period before a new moon is often used for fasting for both physical and spiritual reasons. It can be a very good time for weight loss, so you might successfully start a diet the day after the Mercury Direct station. Some yoga practitioners conduct a brown rice fast at this time. And, pray for peace.
August 21/22: Sun Enters Virgo: about 3 to 4 hours prior to the entry of the Sun into Virgo BOTH the Sun and the Moon are void. Most of us are asleep at this time. BUT, this is a very good time to “let go” of things. You will want the precise times for your time zone. Locally, in Plano, the period begins shortly after 2am and ends just past noon. (That is not three to four hours, but the Moon leaves its void and enters Scorpio about 4am. But the Sun does not enter Virgo until just past Noon. And, THAT is when the period is completely finished.)
Try not to to schedule anything important during this period. Again, the best use of this period is to “let go” of something, “break a habit,” start weaning a child, or something similar.
PRIOR to this period, for most or all of August 21st, is a period that is probably extremely useful for creative problem solving and/or brainstorming. This is a good time to develop a plan, or solve any nagging problems, as a prelude to the period of “letting go” described above.
Mars is also void starting about an hour earlier (1am locally) until a bit past 10am on Thursday, August 23rd. If you could extend your “letting go” period until this time, then that would be even better. Many of us cannot do that. So, keep things routine until past the 23rd. (But, the Mercury sextile Jupiter the evening (Plano) of August 22nd would be a good time to write letters, poetry, novels, etc. Just do not mail them or act on them until Thursday afternoon or later.
August 24: Sun (Virgo) opposes Neptune (Pisces). Great for poetry and insights. A possibility of illness, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sadge, and Pisces. If you are an alcoholic, drug addict, or “just party too much,” then a risky day for you. Moon in Sadge makes this aspect a T-Square and picks up Chiron in the process. It is a tough day, though Jim Shawvan finds an Opportunity Period here.
August 25: Mars Trines Neptune either late Saturday (Plano & East Coast) or Sunday (California). This is a very good time for “smooth talkers” and a bad time for those who tend to be even a little bit gullible. Essentially the aspect governs the day, and probably the prior Thursday and Friday, and makes this a risky time for many. Just do not believe ANYthing a politician says at this time. They, and the talking heads on TV (including financial sector), just cannot be believed. Sign nothing. Commit to nothing. Pay close attention to whomever you meet at this time.
For some, Sunday will be a day of reckoning when the Moon enters Capricorn and then conjoins Pluto.
August 29th: Sun (Virgo) trines Pluto (Capricorn). Financial services industry becomes “interesting” again. People coming back to school find this day difficult. Power struggles emerge, and bullies pick this day to assert themselves. (Proper planning, but not action, on the 24/25th can shift this.)
Mercury (late Leo) sextile Saturn (late Libra) creates an atmosphere of semi-panic about overdue work consequent to procrastination that must be finished now. Students experience the first truly difficult homework of the semester. Other find things left from earlier this summer (Mercury retrograde) that were not done but now must be completed (possibly by the nearby end of August).
August 30th: Sun (Virgo) opposes Chiron (Pisces) causing old dramas to re-surface. For some returning to school at this time, this will be a difficult day. Some of the pain may be consequent to events that occur the day before. The Sun is also inconjunct Uranus (Aries), and by itself that would make this a difficult day. If that happened by itself, that would make today difficult, but more happens. Then, Mercury goes void (that can be a hair raising time) about 1pm (Plano, CDT) and stays that way until about 9:30p Friday. Watch what you say; words may be difficult to impossible to “take back.”
The waxing full Moon is felt most strongly this evening, and being in Virgo/Pisces secrets will slip out and you WILL tend to say things you regret. This is a great night (and day) to stay home unless you are one of the slick teflon people mentioned earlier. This would also be a good evening for the police to “go after” slick teflon people.
August 31st: Full Moon. In addition to the above issue with Mercury, the Moon goes full on Friday morning. This is a Piscean Full Moon opposite a Virgo Sun. Moon (Pisces) sextiles Pluto (Capricorn) first (a bit more power struggle), immediately joins Chiron (the wounded healer) which leaves certain people contrite and others feeling an (overdue) sense of justice, opposes the Sun (spilling more secrets), and then squares Jupiter (Gemini). This last one might lead to unnecessary expenses or overeating. (Or might lead to a need for bail money for some of the teflon guys.) This is a VERY good time for police to conduct criminal investigations and make arrests.
September 1st: Another Teflon Saturday. Mercury (Virgo) opposes Neptune (Pisces) and more people spill secrets they should keep to themselves. This is a very good day for writing poetry and song lyrics. And, all of this Neptune / Pisces activity (since the previous weekend) is very good for filmmakers and photographers. Artists will like this time. But, don’t spill the beans if you can avoid it.
Tags: 2012, Astrology, Patterns, splay, splay 2010, StarOfDavid
Using the Electional Search feature of Solar fire, the following “Star of David” pattern appears. Technically, it appears (local to Plano) early on the morning of September 5, 2012. It is the only pattern of its kind during the period from August 1st to the end of 2012.
First, here is what the “prima facie” version of the pattern looks like:
(That image is from Solar Fire.)
The chart of the actual pattern looks like this:
So, what does this mean? These patterns are rare. One set of similar patterns occurred in late May of 2010, as described in the “The Splay Pattern of May 23rd.” You may recall that the splay pattern of those days was part of a sequence of events that included the Deepwater Horizon disaster associated with BP.
But, before we predict disaster (other things were happening with BP), let us look at some similar patterns in the past.
August 26, 2009 had this pattern:
So, what happened on that date? I will leave that question open for people to address in the comments section. Here are a few more similar patterns.
Tags: PAT, Patterns, Trines, Yods
Using a new tool, PAT, the following pattern showed in a search (with that tool):
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This looks like another “exciting” period. Below, I include a table generated by that same software for the planets / aspects associated with that chart.
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This way of seeing the data is a bit different from before, as it delineates short term from long term aspects. This is another day with quite a bit of potential. If it is not potential for things that go boom, it is at least potential for DECISIONS that go boom (and have long term repercussions).
The following chart is only local to Plano, but it illustrates just how “interesting” this period is. In the chart, a grand quintile briefly appears (the ascendant and midheaven are part of the pattern here, so it is ephemeral and probably not applicable to other parts of the planet). 7th order harmonics are also present. Similar charts probably emerge in other geographies, +/- 24 hours. (This is a GREAT time for creative problem solving, but the 7th order harmonics hint that some karma may need to be processed. This is particularly true for the Jupiter/Node BiSeptile.)
For those of you who like plain English, you may be wondering what all / any of this means. In simple terms, this Spring has flavorings (so to speak) similar to the mining accidents, BP Oil Spill, and Nuclear Tsunami of the recent past springs.
Regardless of where you live, during the period of these few days, 4p and 10:36p will have a large amount of energy (Thor’s Hammer aspects). Actually, a number of Thor’s Hammers appear during this period, but those two (22 Leo & 15 Virgo) stand out.
Maybe we will get lucky, and this will simply be a rather intellectually stimulating period. But, in any case, put your seat belts on and hold tight!
Tags: Astrology, mystic rectangle, Patterns
This is a pattern rich period, as shown by other recent entries. Here are two mystic rectangles for the period:
Tags: God's fist, God's Fist key, hele, hele key, Jupiter, jupiter sesquiquadrate, Mars, Moon, moon square mars, Patterns, quadriform, quadriform key, scorpio, sesquiquadrate, thor's hammer, Thor's Hammer key
Two patterns dominate today’s sky as the Moon enters Scorpio. Both of them demand action. The potential for more damage or violence exists here.
The first is known as Thor’s Hammer or the Quadriform. It is also known as “God’s Fist.” From the article just linked to:
Other astrologers see the energy flow originating in the apex planet, which then must find a way to wield the power and dynamic stress of the square planets. It’s a little like holding a live grenade – what do you do with it?? You need to find a way to use it constructively and creatively, or the energy can become destructive. This image is like a Hammerhead or God’s Fist.
Here, the planets are the Moon (in Scorpio), Mars (in Early Leo, square to the Moon), and Jupiter in Pisces sesquiquadrate to both. How will you use this energy? The following chart is entry into perfection of the Thor’s hammer at 9pm local (Dallas) time:
But, earlier, a Double Thor’s Hammer occurred. The second square involved is Mercury square Mars, so both patterns are connected by the common planet Mars. This larger pattern made of two embedded patterns is not an acknowledged pattern, but the pattern is obvious, and so is what the name should be:
Of course, this is a bit like having a hand-grenade in EACH hand, and the explosive power is provided here by Mars (maximum explosive power). Actually, this should be called a “Left Double Thor’s Hammer” since an alternative form, the “Right Double Thor’s Hammer” can exist. (Or, if you prefer the less dramatic: Left Double Quadriform and Right Double Quadriform).
The other pattern is a Hele. The pattern was recognized recently, in 2004, by Sally Fisher (according to the link just provided). Here, Uranus and Neptune are in a semi-sextile. Uranus trines Mars (a potentially bad aspect regarding bombs and terrorism) and Moon trines Neptune (which either leads to great creativity or things being cloudy and obscured). Moon and Mars complete the pattern with their square.
Only recently recognized, not much is known about the Hele. But, the two trines involving two planets with large orbits (Uranus 84 years / Neptune 160 years) implies that the events of today (and maybe the past few days) will have significant consequences for many years to come. Although maps would be “nice,” choosing a specific point in time is difficult. For example, would it be the Moon ingress to Scorpio or the perfection of Moon square Mars? When the Hele perfected? When the Quadriform(s) perfected?
The two patterns are intricately connected and make two different but inter-related pronouncements on the same matters (Moon in Scorpio square Mars in Leo). In fact, this might be considered some greater pattern, a superset of both embedded patterns. In a sense, this pattern looks a bit like a square key or double yod key (prevalent yesterday).
The author of this blog (who prefers to be anonymous until after his death, and only known as “Grand Trines”) will therefore dub this, as alternative synonyms, the Quadriform Key or the Hele Key. (And, arguably, it could be called a “Thor’s Hammer Key” (more dramatic than the other names) or the “God’s Fist Key” (the most dramatic of all).)
Then again, maybe someone else (Grant Lewi?) found the same thing in the 1930′s. (But, as of this writing, no clear evidence exists of any prior recognition or naming. But the author of this website is a fan of Lewi’s, so he gets a plug.)
Here are the two versions of the chart: