Tags: Astrology, Inauguration, Jupiter, Mercury, Sun, thor's hammer
Some of you may have read that President Obama will have two inaugurations: a public one and a private one. We assume that the private one is the “real” one (per the U.S. Constitution, as amended), and news reports indicate that it will occur “shortly before noon.” We have cast a chart, “near” noon and rectified it to put Saturn in the 7th house (it was near the cusp anyway). Here is the chart:
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Here is the inauguration chart shown as a biwheel, with transiting planets surrounding Obama’s natal chart (source):
Four aspects stand out: (1) Mercury (T) Opposite Mercury (N); (2) Sun (T) Conjunct Jupiter (N); (3) Mars (T) Square Ceres (N); and (4) Neptune (T) Trine Venus (N). We also note that Pluto (Capricorn, T) is Sesquiquadrate Uranus (Leo, N) and Vesta (Taurus, N), forming a Thor’s Hammer.
Tags: art, Astrology, Chiron, Grand Trines, grandtrine, grandtrines, Natal Chart, NatalCharts, sculpture, Sun, Taurus, Yod, Yods
Reader Rista has requested a chart analysis:
hi, I know that I am currently going through a saturn return and I’m just wondering what I can expect from saturn’s transit into scorpio? I have been involved in the arts more recently as well as education what do you see in those fields?
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[We note that we are doing this analysis during Moon v/c with Mars Square Saturn, so we expect some changes and updates as a possibility.]
Rista has Sun in late Taurus at 29 degrees. (Similar to, and square, the late Moon in Aquarius of Kalina.) In Rista’s case, a pursuit of education, career, or both in art is not only advised but is “fated.” (She will be VERY dissatisfied, long term, if she does not pursue this.) That is the message of the last three degrees, the last one the most “fated” of all. However, Rista does need to know that this work in art is preparing her for something else: “things Gemini.” While she might find great satisfaction in working in sculpture, she needs to recognize that the day will come when she will wish to communicate her ideas in other ways, spoken or written communication.
Both the Sun and Chiron are late in Taurus, and each of them form a yod with Pluto / South Node. This strengthens the importance of her interest in art and introduces a decision: should she take “the easy way out” (South Node) or “take the plunge into the abyss” (Pluto). Yods emphasize decisions where, later, we look back and ask “what if”? (We are never quite satisfied with our decision, later, when we face a yod choice.) I suspect that she will be better off “taking the plunge,” but in no case will it be “easy.”
If we use asteroids, we can also argue that Rista has a grand trine in earth by sign (Moon & Astraea in Virgo, Pallas in Capricorn, and Sun, Chiron, & Mercury in Taurus). These also confirm art (and particularly sculpture or other three dimensional art in preference to painting or drawing). If she has not yet explored sculpture, then she needs to do so. (And, if she has and discarded the idea, then she needs to revisit.) We do include jewelry making and all forms of metal and woodworking in the category of “sculpture.”
She can certainly teach, and Mars in Gemini will keep that interesting. When she has a little more experience, she might use her experiences in teaching and art to write a book. Indeed, she should keep extensive notes specifically for this purpose.
Tags: 12thHouse, Astrology, Chiron, Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn, scorpio, Sun, Uranus
Reader “Lost in Life” (hereafter “LiL”) writes the following:
I am in a real mess rightnow. I have lost the relationship of my life, he just broke up a week ago
(and more, but it has been omitted because some is a bit personal).
First of all, let me say that our posts and discussions on this blog (or any other blog) are no substitute for appropriate professional advice of any kind. They are not substitutes for legal, medical, psychological, financial or anything other remotely similar kind of advice. In fact, if you want detailed personal astrological advice, then you should consult a local astrologer personally. Furthermore, the focus on this blog is the analysis of patterns and mostly fairly abstract speculation about world events.
But, lately, I have made an exception and have been performing a few analyses for fun. Soon, the other part(s) of my life will become busy, and I simply will not be able to answer many, likely most, of your posts. And, when I do, the answers may come anywhere from two weeks to two months later. If you can handle that, then feel free to ask.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s proceed with this analysis.
LiL has some profound life challenges. In the language of some, she has “lost everything.” That is rarely true, and we suspect that she does have some resources available. But, this is a difficult period for her. In addition to a breakup with her sweetheart, she has had to return to India from London. As she writes, we come to believe that London is truly home for her despite her heritage. We have a saying that describes a similar situation here in Texas: “I wasn’t born a Texan, but I got here as soon as I could.” Personally, I feel that way about Dallas (obviously including Plano).
Without any further details, here is LiL’s chart:
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As in some other cases, we used Allen Edwall’s program Astro123 to produce that chart.
LiL correctly observes that she has quite a bit of 12th house activity. To be sure, this is never easy. At UAC98, someone once asked an astrologer named Lee Lehman “What should we do about the 12th house?” Without missing a beat, she quipped, “get rid of it.”
LiL has her Sun, Mercury, and Uranus in the 12th. The North Node (Fate) is there also. If you read this blog, then you know that Uranus (aka Prometheus) is about “surprises.” It is also about enlightenment. LiL struggles with the question of whether or not she has a stroke of genius or a stroke of insanity on a regular basis. What is difficult to tell is whether it causes her more pain or those close to her. We suspect that she feels the most pain.
She has a hidden gift here: Mercury is essentially conjunct Uranus. LiL can tap ideas that are genius, or near genius at times. The planets are in the 12th, and (in addition to representing delusions, deception, and alcohol & drug abuse) that can represent psychic ability. This combination is a bit like a wild horse. In an untamed form, it can (and often does) destroy the possessor. With proper cultivation and training, it can be one of the greatest gifts imaginable. And, Mercury/Uranus is associated with writers.
Sun near ascendant is squared by Saturn at Midheaven. This is a similar situation. Sun/Saturn in angular positions brings lifelong tribulations but can produce individuals made of iron. Saturn at midheaven is associated with academics in general and brilliant writers in particular. This is a second confirmation of the ability to write brilliantly.
Furthermore LiL has three (3) “fated” planets (last three degrees of a sign): Moon in Pisces, Chiron in Aries, and Jupiter in Taurus. Note that the three are in sequence. Once one is aspected, then so are the other two. LiL’s recent life events correspond to (1) a series of oppositions against the planets in her Scorpio stellium (which also includes Mars) followed by (2) aspects to Moon, Jupiter, and Chiron (in that sequence, and almost simultaneously). This last sequence is the part that went “boom” in her life. Jupiter is usually benevolent, but not in LiL’s case.
Something like this happens every twelve years because Jupiter has a twelve year orbit, and a milder version happens at six year intervals. Further subdividing the twelve year orbit, sometimes three year points can be significant depending on what else is happening. Here is a transit list for points both in the past and future:
As with our other readers, we recommend that LiL make a list of events that happened on, or near, these dates. Since these are Jupiter transits, the events may have happened “near” the dates (due to an activating event such as a New Moon, Full Moon, Mercury station, or something similar). Contact us regarding the results, and we can proceed from there.
Tags: annual, Astrology, Jupiter, opportunity, Predictions, semi-square, Sun, Taurus, Uranus
Except in certain cases of Jupiter retrograde, the Sun conjuncts Jupiter once a year. Jupiter has a 12 year orbit, and so it moves to a new sign each year. This year Jupiter is in Taurus, and the Sun will conjunct Jupiter in a few days. Although this is a fairly routine annual event, it is worth noting because it brings wonderful opportunities to many people. And, I heard Lee Lehman at UAC ’98 say, in reference to Jupiter, “spectacular losses.”
That is true. With the recent (and ongoing) sharp semi-square of Uranus to Jupiter (more properly Jupiter to Uranus since Jupiter is faster), some people will be spurred to make bad decisions. You will have to evaluate your own circumstances to determine whether or not you should take that “big risk” that presents itself.
That said, I will provide a few estimates as to how I think the Sun-Jupiter conjunction, in process for the next few days (though about May 12th or 13th) will play, in general, for most signs. (Remember, this is general and does not take into account your Moon sign or the rest of your chart.)
Aries: Life has been full of surprises and will be for the next few years with Uranus in your sign. (Uranus stays in a sign for about 7 years.) The Sun-Jupiter conjunction will amplify the surprises. This could be in “size” or frequency or both. Your life could take on a bit of a whimsical and unpredictable quality; this could be a turning point. Most of you will handle this well. As is true with the other signs, most of you will have to make a stand on some issue during this window. See if you can get a Taurus to do the work.
Taurus: We are in a recession, but you have an opportunity for a big win. However, Taurus can be slow to act, and many will let it pass by. Hindsight is 20/20. So, the fact is that most of you better jump on the opportunity while the window is open. It will shut, and this one probably will not visit you again. Be careful about others trying to take your advantage from you, especially Scorpio. An Aries may want credit for the idea.
Gemini: You are smart and fast, but you have a possibility for a mis-step here. Pisces can irritate you, but stick with the positive side of Piscean energy here: poetry, music, photography, and selflessly (anonymously even better) helping others. Watch out for the quick fix. For you, “too good to be true” is probably good advice. But, do take pictures. P.S. An allegiance with a Pisces might help you wrest the advantage from another team. But, if a Scorpio catches you doing that….
Cancer: Taurus exalts you, and this may be one of the best windows of your entire lifetime. Friends can do amazing things for you in this window. Some of you may invent brilliant things. Consider hiring a patent attorney if you do. Frankly, if you are smart you can let others scurry about while you reap the advantage. Allegiance with a Scorpio could be smart.
Leo: Taurus squares you. The Uranus in Aries might save you, and it will certainly change you. Frankly, this is a dangerous aspect for you. Know everything about the price, total cost of ownership, before you buy it. Whatever you choose, you must be decisive. And, chances are good that there will be no turning back. As usual, consider allegiance with Aries and/or Sadge.
Virgo: Taurus trines you. But, the unpredictable Uranus in Aries tends to irritate you. Some of you will see major changes or shifts in your family. This might bring big money to you. In general, you will probably benefit. You have some of the same problems as Libra. You will tend to be dissatisfied despite the benefit you (might) accrue. Maybe you need to drop some of the perfectionism for once.
Libra: Uranus in Aries opposes you and that forces you to be more of who you are. That’s interesting since you are about balancing forces and delaying decisions until you have more information. This one will MAKE you decide. Failure to decide is a decision, and it might not be the one you want. Be proactive. Taurus inconjuncts you, and (similar to Virgo) you may be dissatisfied with the results no matter which option you pick. But, do pick.
Scorpio: Taurus opposes you. You win big or lose big. Most of you are smart planners and not so impulsive. You are natural investigators, and you can use that much to your advantage in this situation. Having a Cancerian ally could be very good for you. If possible, do not have Virgo or Libra in your decision making; they cannot see the opportunity that you can. Do realize that you do have a chance to be happy here if you are willing to work for it. (That doesn’t tend to come easily to you.) Follow the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”
Sadge: Your problems are similar to Libra, except Uranus favors you. Even if you stumble, even if you are a bit dissatisfied with the result, the “surprise” here is ultimately going to benefit you. Try to take a long term perspective on this. Avoid the temptation to buy a motorhome at this time.
Capricorn: Read Cancer. The surprise really irritates you, maybe more than anyone else. But you’ll love the results. You are not getting them the way you want, but you are getting them. You’ll need to focus on the outcome rather than the method. Avoid looking a gift horse in the mouth like a hypercritical Virgo might or waffling about an important decision like a Libra might. It is possible to mess things up despite the fact that you are heavily favored here.
Aquarius: All good for you. Actually, it is outstanding for you, maybe the best. Some of you will consider going back to school. Leap on that. Others will have their day in court. You can win. Still others should just buy a lotto ticket. Although Taurus squares you, you can win big here. You’ll experience some annoyance and discomfort, but the overall win is so big you should ignore the molehills. Similar to Cancer, if a great idea or two hits, consider that patent attorney.
Pisces: Just because the bank vault door is open does not mean you should rob it. And, it will open for you. Just be careful not to spend it before you get it. Really, avoid the temptation to create a debt or spend unnecessarily. The universe is very good at giving you expenses, so KEEP what you get if you get a win here. You just might need it for a rainy day. Open a savings account if you do not have one, and start filling it. Note that this could be a situation where a Taurus will put you to work. Is it a job that you want? You’ll have to decide. Avoid criminality or anything remotely similar. Stick to being a saint, you can be very good at that.
All Signs: If your moon is in a different sign, and you know where it is, read that too. You will get a mix of both. Only you live in your own skin, so you will have to adapt the interpretations to fit your own life. Sometimes reading the others signs can tell you something about yourself.
Reading the sign opposite can be especially useful for some of you. Also, try picking the same element. (Fire: Aries, Leo, Sadge; Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Cap; Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius; Water: Cancer, Scorp, Pisces)
Also, depending on how old you are, you can look at major decisions, particularly career, travel, and finance, made during these periods:
June 28, 1999 to June 30, 2000 Mar 8, 1988 to Mar 11, 1989 Reference: http://www.guidingstar.com/JupiterInTaurus.html
Tags: grandtrine, grandtrines, Mars, Pluto, Sun
Not sure how to interpret this: the Sun, Mars, and Pluto are in a Grand Earth Trine. Grand Trines are stable, and earth signs are stable. But, this is the Sun (“the Greater Light”) in alignment with the two warlords of the Zodiac. To be sure, this will spur some of us to action while others sit still and watch. Today, Sun and Mars aspected, about 5 days from now Sun and Pluto will. Then the GT breaks up.
Here is a chart, courtesy of Astrolabe‘s free chart service on their website. So, what are your thoughts on this? How is this working in your life?
Tags: aries, Astrology, Boston, equinox, New Orleans, spring equinox, Sun, Uranus, vernal equinox
The 2011 Vernal Equinox presages a year of accidents and innovations. The Tokyo earthquake of 03-11-11 was a ghastly and disturbing herald of some of the excitement, but expect a year of innovation as well. Governmental strife such as that of Libya and Egypt will be typical as well. Sun Conjunct Uranus at the time of the Vernal Equinox tells us that revolutions are at hand.
Still, this chart looks better than last spring.
Here is a U.S. Map. Two cities are truly noteworthy on this map: (1) New Orleans (Mars Line) and (2) Boston (Pluto Line). What does this mean? Unclear, but best guess is that it is weather related, perhaps later this year.
Note: You can enlarge either image, above, by clicking on them.
Tags: Arabic Parts, explosion, explosions, financial-astrology, full moon, FullMoon, Jupiter, midpoints, Modulus Sort Strips, Moon, retrograde, Retrogrades, Saturn, Sun, Uranus
This Full Moon comes as a powerful punctuation mark in a rare series of powerful patterns. Interpretations of these patterns vary widely. Probably because the are so rare they are difficult for the astrological community to form a consensus. Some claim they are disruptive (they have been), and others claim opportunity. Whichever set of advice that you follow, these patterns will tend to produce clear winners and losers. And, in some cases, they will produce lose-lose situations where nobody benefits.
Here is the basic chart along with a few variations:
For those who like more details
In addition to the required Sun-Moon opposition, a number of other oppositions are occurring. Jupiter and Uranus are “near” each other (most would say conjunct) and both oppose Saturn. Uranus enters Aries about an hour and a half later. Since Uranus has an 84 year orbit, it is clearly on the cusp, and even a slight error in calculation could mean it has entered Aries. Regardless, this entry heralds (more) explosions, accidents, and revolutions (of all kinds, including but not limited to political).
Both Saturn and Uranus are also making stations. This means they are almost “standing still” currently. Saturn turns direct on Sunday, and Uranus turns direct on Monday. Frankly, for the financial markets, this probably means “you ain’t seen nuttin’ yet.” That is, an even more profound downturn could happen Monday or sometime early that week.
A large number of Arabic Parts are activated, you may explore these in the next version of the chart:
For those interested in Cosmobiology, here are the Midpoint Trees, followed by Modulus Sort Strips:
Tags: algol, Mars, Saturn, spring, Sun, triangle of potential, vernal equinox
Make One Wish, and then Work for It
As pointed out in a comment by a reader, besides Moon Conjunct Algol, the next most important thing about this particular Spring Equinox is the relationship between Sun, Saturn, and Mars. The three of them form a pattern, probably one of the Huber patterns. At least one site describes it as a “Triangle of Potential“:
A Triangle of Potential is another fairly common pattern that comprises a trine, sextile and opposition, in other words two soft aspects and one hard aspect. In this case, the planet at the apex of the trine and sextile is the key to solving the opposition. The person will experience struggles, but by utilizing the energy of the trine and sextile will be able to make them work, so to speak. In many respects the hard aspects are what motivate us. If life was always easy we’d have a lot less incentive to grow. A Triangle of Potential will give a person just enough friction to utilize latent talents and abilities that otherwise might lie dormant.
So, the “gift” of this equinox is given by the results of hard work. (That is good for a number of countries in Western Europe.)
The planets and signs here give the potential to accomplish, and accomplish much. Both the Sun and Saturn are at the first degrees of their respective signs, and the Sun is at what many consider to be the most important point in the zodiac. The “solution” is found in Mars at 0 Leo (also an important point); Mars has just begun forward motion. That means old projects are being resurrected and given a second chance.
Two paths exist here: the fierce anger of Mars in early Leo and the stubborn unyielding destructive power of Algol, or using the focus given by the Taurus Moon and the energy of forward Mars in early Leo to get something done. And, by “get something done,” I do not mean death or destruction. The potential here is to bring about lasting change (Saturn is very permanent, the “bones” of anything). So, as you celebrate this Equinox, think about the one major change you want to accomplish this year, and put all of your energy into accomplishing that.
If you are a returning visitor, then you have probably read the “2010 Vernal Equinox: Bad Moon aRisin’” entry. 50% of you, or more, come here specifically to read that (which means that it sort of went “viral” on a very small scale, maybe 1,000 people or so). Traffic peaked yesterday, Thursday March 18th. Most celebrations are tonight. Except for some post hoc analysis later, this is the last entry regarding the 2010 Spring Equinox.
Tags: direct, DoubleVoid, grandtrine, Mars, Moon, Neptune, Station, Sun, Uranus, Venus, void, VoidOfCourse
Wednesday April 15th Moon enters Capricorn (tests, trials, and tribulations) after a few days sojurn in Sadge. The Sun sextile Chiron on Tuesday brought the necessity to at least consider issues of teaching and/or healing. Wednesday’s Mars conjunct Uranus will bring disruptions, especially to computers. My guess is that we will hear more about the “Conflicker Worm.”
The Sun also aspects Neptune (dreams, delusions, and confusion) on this day. Neptune can favor psychic activities, but the rest of us may just be confused or misled. A few may have truly profound insights on this day.
Moon conjunct Pluto at this time adds more stress, particularly with regard to control dramas. Mars, Uranus, Neptune, and the Sun tell the Moon and Pluto that control will not be had this day. Neptune may offer the illusion of “control,” but Neptune is famous for impermanance.
With that cheerful prediction, I might add that we receive some rest with the Grand Trine of Thursday April 16th. If your birthday is on that date this year, this may be a particularly fortuitous year for you. Earth and water signs will particularly benefit this day. Fire and air may still feel more of the aftershocks of Wednesday, but they will get SOME relief as well.
Friday brings back the pressure and intensity, particularly with the Capricorn void that begins the Fourth Lunar Quarter. Buyers are favored, but probably not during the void. My experience with voids is that you often get what you ASK for, but not what you WANT. I have in mind an audio device bought many years ago to play voice. It did that; but any attempt to play music uncovered the fact that the device was useless for that purpose. Avoid purchases before about 1:30pm CDT (Dallas time).
Much of the rest of Friday is pressure back on. Venus makes a Direct Station, and this signals a shift either in money, physical health, or romance. Finances will shift, though the direction is difficult to determine. The same is true for health, except more will have a favorable shift than not. Romance generally will be ending of a short-lived relationship, or possibly the beginning of a longer-term one.
Mercury trines Saturn Friday evening (in Dallas), indicating that this is a very good day for detail work. If you did NOT get your taxes in on the 15th, then you definitely want to get them out on Friday.
The Moon’s square to the Sun on Friday marks the beginning of a double void. For the Moon, that period ends Friday afternoon. But, the Sun continues to be void until Sunday evening when the Sun enters Taurus. The first three degrees of any sign has been called “too early to tell” by some Horary Astrologers. Generally, this tends to be a “wait and see” period. Routinely “launches” should be fine, depending on the project. But, avoid anything “too experimental” until a bit later.
No promises on when I will be able to write more predictions.
Tags: athletes, career, Combust, Financial, markets, Mars, Mercury, midheaven, Moon, news, Pluto, secrets, Sun
Don’t hope to hold secrets today, no hope of that exists with so much chatter in the air. Following on the tail of Sunday’s squares, the Moon moves into Gemini and squares Ceres (which continues to be active). By itself, the Gemini Moon is chatty, but Mercury conjoins the Sun later tonight as well.
Secrets are out.
The following chart, set in Dallas, shows the basic details.
Mars at Midheaven
Note that Mars is at Midheaven in this chart. The main hope for today is to avoid the almost inevitable fights and conflicts that may emerge from revealing so much so fast.
For athletes this is a good day. You may switch to a new team or manager and find that it benefits you well. Police officers and intelligence operatives may fare well also (as long as they are not wrongdoers themselves). A bad place to be, though, would be as an “agent provacateur.” If you are running a “sting” operation today you may get stung yourself by a television camera crew who sends it directly to a satellite feed.
The financial markets are in trouble today not in the sense that anything economic is distressing them but that more of the truth will emerge about the misconduct of the past few years. Secretive Pluto in Capricorn (corporations and often finances (along with Taurus)) will lose to the chatty Moon today because of the help she receives from the Sun and Mercury.
Of course, not all secrets will be revealed, but today could represent a major “unraveling” for some. Do not be surprised if we discover that Madoff and Stanford are the tip of a larger iceberg.
Secrets Might Come Out During a Lawsuit
The 9th House is strongly colored by the current cluster of Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune. Just in case Pluto thought he could keep secrets, he had better think again with these three in this place. Not only will it come out, but it will probably come out in “open court” in some circumstances.
For You and I Personally
For you, personally, be social, but avoid controversy (unless you are the kind of person that benefits from fights; if so, this is your day).
For the rest of us, today tends to be uncomfortable. (Sorry, I wish I could give a more cheerful forecast.)
You are very strong now. Generally, this day favors you. You can defeat most enemies, if that is your goal.
You are not as strong as you were Saturday. A friend of yours may have a very bad day. You would like to help, but you may just have to distance yourself from them for now. They may become angry if you do this. Use your judgment.
You are the center of controversy. This works well for some of you, but you could be very tired at the end of this day. You will realize (correctly) that tomorrow is a new day and something new is starting in your life.
Today is tough for you, too. Use today for downtown. You do not have to be the center of attention.
A very weird and “sideways” day for you. Your secrets could be “outed” as well, but you might just be an “innocent bystander.” Proceed carefully.
Today is just unpleasant for you. Normally you never worry much about diet, but you are for some reason now. Like Gemini, you will get a new start tomorrow.
The best position for you is to be the judge or mediator. Your job is to make peace today; just realize that peace will not be had today. Still, you are actually in a very good position.
It looks good for you. You seem centered and in control. But, more than any other sign, you could be easily blindsided today. As with Leo, proceed carefully.
Gemini Moon will not leave you alone. If your boss is a Capricorn, then they might be in a bad mood. They will be in a very bad mood if you inadvertently disclose their secret. Even so, avoid the temptation to lie. Talk about the weather or something else generally considered “neutral.” Stay away from controversey today.
What an awful day! But, if you avoid deceit and just work hard, doing routine tasks that must be done anyway, you might actually make some money today. Avoid risks.
Many people are looking to you for leadership. If this is your day in court then you can win. You might be the strongest sign today. As with others, avoid lying.
Aquarius may be the strongest sign today, but you are the star. You do not mean for it to be this way, but you may ultimately be in control. Capricorn and Scorpio, whether they realize it or not, will have to come by you to get things done. Just don’t flaunt it. With a gentle, VERY gentle nudge, they can deduce the reality of the situation.