New Moon March 2013 (Pisces)

February 23, 2013 at 2:51 am | Posted in 2013-Lunations, Astrology, Lunations | Comments Off on New Moon March 2013 (Pisces)
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The New Moon of March 2013 is a Piscean new moon that occurs shortly after the shift from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time (in the U.S.) and very shortly before the transit of Mars from Pisces into Aries.  We see a massive conjunction at this time punctuated by squares and expect to see a period of explosions, earthquakes and potentially violence similar to the period of early February.  Here is the chart:

New Moon March 2013 (Pisces) 2-23-2013 2-44-00 AM

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Playing with an old Freeware astrology program called Astrolog, we have noticed that the northern coast of Australia will be “affected” by Saturn at this time.  We would not be surprised to see an issue emerge in this part of the world at this time.  The issue is likely to have a combination of a Piscean / Scorpionic nature, and we would not be surprised to see a problem of some kind involving water.  (Could this be a large storm?)

New Moon March 2013 (Astrolog Australia) 3-10-2013 9-36-04 PM

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As a footnote, I wish Solar Fire could produce a graphic like this.  The “planetarium” is “interesting,” but without maps of (at least) the continents, it is very nearly useless.  (Hint, hint: anybody listening?)

Update (3/13): Looks like the New Moon did bring storms to this region.

The area nearest the Saturn point (Darwin) appears hard hit.

Mercury Retrograde 2013 (February through March)

February 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Posted in 2013, Astrology, BadDays, Retrogrades | 6 Comments
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Apparently the Solar Fire Electional search feature (in versions 7 & 8) does not have the ability to identify the beginning and end of retrograde periods.  So, we are using the following sources to identify Mercury retrograde periods for 2013:

(1) http://www.light-weaver.com/calendar/mercury_retro.html

(2) http://www.findyourfate.com/astrology/year2013/2013-mercury-retrograde.html

(3) http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http://juliemcallister.com/astrology/mercury-in-retrograde-2013/

We note that source #1 shows Mercury Retrograde as starting at 4:41 am EST on February 23rd and source #3 as the exact moment as 3:41 am EST.  (Of course, we adjust to Central Time since we cast the charts for Plano.)  Since the Daily Planetary Guide says 4:41 EST, we will use that as the tie-breaker.

Update: Tech support has given me a workaround for finding Mercury Retrograde periods using Electional Search:

Electional Search
Choose Coordinates

Transiting point =Mercury
Coordinate type = Long.Speed
Comparison type= <

Comparison value = 0

But, for this post, we will stick with the original analysis.

Here is the chart for the beginning of the retrograde cycle:

Mercury Retrograde Station Feb 23rd 2-15-2013 5-13-40 PM[Click Image to Enlarge]

And the Retrograde period ends on March 17th (St. Patricks Day)

Here is the U.S. Map for this chart.  We note a powerful activation that crosses Houston and central Mexico.  It is a combination of Pluto and an asteroid known for bringing about Justice.  We suspect that this will be a particularly bad time for organized crime entities that are connected to this geography.  Surprises are coming for them.

US Map Mercury Retrograde 2-16-2013 3-15-21 AM

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We see that both the Netherlands and the UK are particularly active, also:

Mercury Retrograde Europe and UK 2-16-2013 3-24-57 AM[Click Image to Enlarge]

Australia and New Zealand are highly activated:

Mercury Retrograde Aus-NZ 2-16-2013 3-28-34 AM[Click Image to Enlarge]

India is comparatively quiet, except Raipur (and to some degree Delhi):

Merc Retro India 2-16-2013 3-31-51 AM[Click Image to Enlarge]

Here is a larger map of Asia at this time:

Mercury Retrograde Asia 2-16-2013 3-42-27 AM[Click Image to Enlarge]

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Black Water Snake Editorial

February 10, 2013 at 2:53 am | Posted in 2013, Astrology, BadDays, Editorial, Predictions | 10 Comments
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Lately, I have been posting charts with little commentary.  This is true for several reasons:

  • My words may be misconstrued, but charts and maps speak for themselves
  • Lately, I have not had the time to provide the type of in-depth analysis that I prefer to perform

Tonight, as I write this, I am doing something different.  I am posting commentary with little support from any charts.  I offer only the chart for this commentary, started in the Cazimi period of a very old and almost new moon at the end of The Year of the Water Dragon (the Dragon’s Last Breath):

Black Water Snake Editorial 2-10-2013 1-05-22 AM

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At the end of a long nap today, quite a few thoughts came to me about this combination of the Chinese New Year for the Year of the Black Water Snake and the upcoming Grand Water Trine.

Typically, I focus on pattern analysis and making at least some attempt at empirical validation of astrology.  In a few private emails, some criticism has been directed at what has been called “fortune telling.”  The criticism is legitimate, given the primary intent of the blog.  Generally, I mix in the interpretation of personal charts because my audience requests them, and they seem to like them.  The same is true for methods such as Arabic Parts which may not have the same grounding that an analysis of patterns (only) would have.

Tonight, I break all the rules.  No empirical grounding or validation of that nature is available for what I have to say.  Indeed, much of it came from intuitions that came to me as I emerged from a nap.  Here are my intuitions (as they came to me this evening):

Regarding Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Scorpio:

  • This combination FAVORS power structures.  Some aspects of them may change, but overall this combination will make them STRONGER rather than bring the change that so many desire.  What this configuration brings is precisely what is happening: “marginal” businesses run by once adventurous entrepreneurs are being crushed with the result of those willing to take risk being left unemployed or headed for a job in a “cube” somewhere.  The result in the marketplace is that consumer choice is reduced and wealth is concentrated.If you want your small shops to survive, now is the time to support them.  More than any other astrological combination conceivable, this is the ultimate “rich get richer and poor get poorer” configuration.  This “Robin Hood” steals from the poor (particularly people who cannot pay their mortgages) and gives to the rich (or at least the investment bankers who have received HUGE bonuses the past few years).
  • With an estimated 240 year orbit to cover 12 signs, when Pluto entered Capricorn for 2008, it did not do so for a year or two.  Many astrologers look to exotic variations of tertiary progressions or some such to explain events.  But, this is simple: Pluto (death) entered Capricorn (financial institutions) and a COLLAPSE happened.  No exotic analysis is needed; this is obvious for anyone with eyes to see.All we hear from the media (mainstream, conglomerates) and government (Big Government) is some variation of “now, the recession is over.”NO IT IS NOT!  And, Pluto is going to be in Capricorn until March of 2023.  That’s right, folks, this “recession” will be with us in some form until 2023!
  • Pluto and Saturn in mutual reception makes the recession (and power of a limited few in the government and a limited few in large corporations) with us until December of 2014.  (They will continue long after that, but they are unusually powerful during that period.)  We will continue to experience a few more “tolls of the bell” (paraphrasing Jonathon Cainer regarding Uranus Square Pluto) in 2015 then “things” will seem easier.What this really means is that we will come to have fully accepted our difficulties (to the degree that such difficulties can be accepted).  A new generation that has, either mostly or entirely, only known austerity will emerge.  In personality, they will be similar to the “Depression Babies” of the 20th century.
  • When Pluto finally enters Aquarius in 2023, we will have a new set of problems.  My best guess is a war, a really HOT war, like a World War II style war.  World War II, like it or not, was the “cure” to the Great Depression.  Chances are good, sadly, that history will repeat itself.
  • By 2050, I will likely no longer be here.  (I might not be here in 2023.  Indeed, sometimes I wonder if I even have tomorrow.)  But, to be sure, the world will be very different.  China and India will have risen to power in ways that we only have inklings of at this time.The Big Three will become China, India, and the former Soviet Union.  Much of Western Europe will have functionally become like third world countries, much as they were after World War II.  And, the future of the U.S. is uncertain (at best).  But, a strong risk exists that the United States will become indistinguishable itself from a third world country.  (Given that I consider myself a patriot, I consider this notion offensive.  But, from my vantage point, “things” do not look so good.)

I know that none of this is very cheery, and I know that many of my visitors like to be cheered up.  So, in the future, I will attempt to avoid this type of commentary.  However, I am not yet done for this entry.

The Chinese Year of the Black Water Snake

Arguably, snakes may or may not be “bad” in Chinese legends.  They certainly have a fair amount of wisdom, and they are directly descended (literally) from the Dragon Who Fell to Earth.  (Not to be confused with The Man Who Fell to Earth.)  Also: I refer here to a Chinese legend, rather than this Christian reference.

But, make no mistake about it, black is an unfavorable color in the Chinese mythos, and water is equated with “danger.”  In the swamps of the Southern United States, the “black water snake” is the water moccasin, a poisonous viper known for vicious and unprovoked attacks.  (The referenced article disputes the reputation of aggressiveness; being familiar with the native in question, we disagree.)

To me, engaging in a moment of “fortune telling,” this is a bad omen.  (But not one that is entirely devoid of benefits.)  Together with the knowledge of the upcoming Grand Water Trine, I will hazard the following speculations as POSSIBLE events as “predictions” for The Year of the Black Water Snake (mostly 2013):

  • Favorable: The petrochemical industry will have breakthroughs, some unforeseen.  This could include the location of a previously unknown oil field (possibly larger than any previously located), a better way to get oil out of the ground than the current “fracking” approach, other breakthroughs, or all of these.
  • Unfavorable: An oil disaster, likely offshore and in the Ocean, that eclipses the disaster of the Deepwater Horizon in 2010.
  • Favorable: A breakthrough involving the de-salinization of ocean water into fresh water.
  • Unfavorable: Continued problems in the Mississippi River Valley.
  • Unfavorable: a crime wave and possibly the emergence of a new kind of criminal (just as phishing and identify theft emerged a few years ago).  We will seem to be losing the war against cyber-criminals and cyber-terrorists.  However, this new type of criminal may not use technology at all.  Whatever they may be, they will be unusually nasty (like a pit viper).
  • Unfavorable: data mining, also known as knowledge discovery, will continue to eradicate our privacy, concentrating the power available into the hands of a few.  Sadly, apparently most of us are foolish enough to release this data: we choose to give away our personal habits to save a few pennies with a discount card or some similar data capture device.  Some tragedies may emerge from this (stalkers getting access to sensitive information, etc.).
  • Unfavorable: possibly as a necessary reaction to cyber-criminals and cyber-terrorists, the government will continue to expand its monitoring of our online activites.  Unwittingly, well-meaning individuals may be creating a monster that will devour all of us.  I am specifically referring to this:  Bluffdale.
  • Unfavorable: Will a data center like Bluffdale lead to the emergence of some form of artificial intelligence like that on “Person of Interest“?  Who knows?  But, something new is emerging.  And, our text, email, social media, and other digital artifacts (such as this blog) are feeding it.  Maybe we are nearing the Singularity.  Find a longer version here.
  • Unfavorable: An unforseen and unpredictable event involving toxic waste (Pluto = poison) that affects a large number (millions?) of people, causing massive amounts of death / injury.
  • Finally: the emergence of a leader like the kind Jeanne Dixon believed was born in 1962.

I hesitate to publish the following.  To some people, it will sound very, very crazy.  I will probably lose a few readers over this.  But, I am going to go far out on a high limb, possibly sawing it off behind myself.

(But, you can find a fair amount of this on “The History Channel” and from some of the sources they use for the various Nostradamus shows they produce.  To some degree, I am adding to what is already there.)

Jeanne Dixon believed that the Antichrist was born in 1962.  So far, this prediction has not born fruit.  The prediction is based on several assumptions:

  • The “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” are really code for the four fixed signs of the zodiac: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.  In particular, the Quarter Days may be of some significance.  An interesting discussion of the topic can be found here.
  • At least some (if not most) of those who claim to follow Nostradamus claim (1) we will see three Anti-Christs; (2) they will come from the Four Horsemen (representing in each element in the four fixed signs); (3) that Scorpio (fixed water) cannot produce an Anti-Christ because it is “too sensitive”; and (4) that two have already come and gone (Napoleon (Leo, fixed fire) and Hitler (Taurus, fixed earth)).
  • What is left is the third Anti-Christ: an Aquarius (the fixed air sign).  Dixon’s 1962 chart is a perfect fit.

If Dixon’s Aquarian Anti-Christ is going to emerge, he’d better do it soon.  His second Saturn return is coming due, and Hitler’s second Saturn return effectively killed him (from an astrological point of view).  Saturn returns have a way of sweeping away leaders, good and bad.  In fact, most of those predictions (Jeanne Dixon’s) appear to simply be wrong.

(The good, it seems, die young.  Usually at the time of the first Saturn return.)

Let me predict that either one of two things will happen this year: (1) such a leader will emerge (not necessarily born in 1962) or (2) will be born this year.  Frankly,  I lean toward the latter prediction given how the current world events are unfolding.  (We appear to be replicating certain aspects of the early 20th Century, and The Great Depression laid the foundation for the emergence of Hitler, much as the Pluto in Capricorn financial crisis is currently doing for someone similar.)

Is any of this true?  I do not know.  But, for the sake of argument, let us pretend it is.  At this point, I question the assumption that this unknown leader cannot be a Scorpio.  Indeed, the idea that he (or she) will be born as a Solar (or Lunar or both) Scorpio in a year known by the Chinese as the Year of the Black Water Snake when a Grand Water Trine of outer planets is dominant, well, let’s just say that seems as plausible as anything else.

But, then again, this is merely the speculation of Fortune Telling.  And, we have been told not to concern ourselves because he will come like “a thief in the night.”

Maybe this is just as much a miss as Jeanne Dixon’s analysis.

We now resume your regularly semi-scheduled blog.

One last note: I find the Earthquakes in the South Pacific to be a bit worrisome.

Full Moon, February 2013

February 3, 2013 at 9:46 am | Posted in 2013, 2013-Lunations, Astrology | 12 Comments
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Here is the Full Moon Chart for February, 2013:

Full Moon Feb 2013 2-3-2013 9-40-38 AM[Click Image to Enlarge]

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Deeva at Mystic Chix

February 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Editorial | 8 Comments
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