2016-05 W20: Forecasts for Week 20 of 2016

May 19, 2016 at 5:46 pm | Posted in 2016, Astrology, Holidays, Predictions | 2 Comments
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2016-05 W20: Forecasts for Week 20 of 2016

Archive of Week 19 (W19)

We are in the middle of May as well as a series of retrogrades including Mercury Retrograde, and “things” are likely to be interesting until at least after May 22nd (arguably later because of the other retrogrades in play also).  (Clarissa has written a great piece on the Mercury Retrograde.  And you can find more about these periods for the rest of the year here.  This page may also be useful.)  The Taurus New Moooon perfected on May 6th, and we will have a Sagittarius Moon / Gemini Sun on May 21st (a day after Sun moves into Gemini).  Let’s be clear: for better or worse, “things” will change with that lunation and the accompanying Mercury direct station.

School is out, and has been out, for most students, and that particular weekend (May 21/22) marks the true beginning of “summer” for anyone who follows the academic year.  But astrological summer, the official beginning of “summer,” does not begin until the Summer Solstice on June 20th (which also has another full moon).  The retrograde station of Chiron on June 27th and direct station of Mars on June 29th will mark another significant shift.  We will cover these events in more detail as they near, but keep in mind these critical dates as you set plans for vacations, trips, meetings, and so forth.

Some time in the next few days we will delete the older May predictions and add newer ones, so please do check back.  We are not gone, but we are not checking in EVERY day, either.

One final note: we know that the “Live Traffic Feed” in the sidebar is not working correctly, but the problem is not on our end.  We want to give the provider at least a few more weeks before we remove it altogether.  It has been with us since the beginning (2008), and we hate to remove it.  (But, if it continues to be broken, then we will be forced to do the inevitable.)

May 2016 (Mars Out)

Week 20 (W20)

May 8th

Today is Mothers Day, and a (very loose) Grand Cross is arguably in play.  “Things” may be a bit weird with some “things” grinding to a halt (“full stop!”), and others suddenly becoming ready for launch.  Look beyond the chaos for the opportunity, and launch whatever needs to be launched today.  That could include being kind / helpful / generous to your mother / someone else’s mother / a woman who wishes she had been someone’s mother or someone similar.  Look beyond the obvious for the opportunity to be a decent human being worthy of having had someone to care for you when you could not care for yourself.

May 9th

Jupiter stations direct today.  Some of you have been feeling this for a few days or maybe longer.  You really feel it if you, or someone close to you, is clergy (or a particularly spiritual person), a lawyer or otherwise involved with the legal system, or someone who works in higher education (or someone who once worked in one of those systems, including those who are retired or disabled).

Jupiter is associated with centaurs and kindness to animals can be a good idea today.  Consider watching Earthlings if you have never developed a sense of decency or kindness towards animals.  (Warning: “Earthlings” is not for the faint of heart.  It can be very difficult to watch!)

May 10th

Venus (Taurus) trines Jupiter (Virgo) today, and the Moon is very active.  Retrograde Mercury (Taurus) also trines the North Node (Virgo), and the outer planets are quiet.  Given the consideration that five planets are retrograde, much can be accomplished today particularly short term objectives that may be part of resurrected projects from the past.  Most people tend to benefit from today although earth signs (and water) tend to benefit the most.  This is likely the best “get things done” day of the week and maybe the entire Mercury Retrograde period.

May 11th

Most of the work day in the Western Hemisphere is void, and Venus Quincunx Saturn clearly marks that yesterday’s window of opportunity has closed and this is mostly an “off day” for most people.  Jim Shawvan marks this particular lunar void as an “opportunity period,” but we still think it is a risky period.  Avoid major commitments today if at all possible and stick to routine.

Hygeia stations direct, and issues involving health and healthcare will come to the forefront for some people.  Also, Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus in early hours tomorrow makes both today and tomorrow potentially dangerous.  Do not do anything rash in traffic, and avoid saying words that you may not be able to take back later.

May 12th

Today is a mixed bag but more good than bad and certainly better than yesterday. Today is not as good as Tuesday but much better than yesterday. Retrograde Mercury (Taurus) trines Pluto (Capricorn) and something comes back to us.  This could be an old project or it could be a lost (and important) object.  Quadrinoviles involving Vesta (bright ideas but typically more for police / military) are present this evening.

Write down those fleeting ideas and know that they can be useful later, possibly as the planets move direct.  Late evening has annoyances, and new parents may have a baby that cannot be consoled.  With yesterday’s Hygeia station consider healthcare for the young one if any doubt whatsoever exists regarding their status.

Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus in early hours makes both yesterday and today potentially dangerous.  Do not do anything rash in traffic, and avoid saying words that you may not be able to take back later.

May 13th

Retrograde Mercury and Venus join and later Venus trines Pluto.  This is all mostly benevolent, but a lunar void tells us to stick to routine after noon.  Previously planned events (and dates) may not work out.  Your date this evening might be a “no show.”  Try not to be too angry as this may have involved events beyond the control of the other person.  Stick to routine if you can, and have fun with whomever is present.

May 14th

Early morning hours are tainted by a lunar square to Mars which is wonderful for athletes and can be good for police officers but is miserable for most of the rest of us.  It is short term and will pass.  Sun sextile Chiron dominates the day bringing up issues involving healthcare, teaching, and mentors.  While all of those will not apply to you, likely one of them will apply.  Today and tomorrow the mutable T-Square we have been discussing (refer to our New Moon analysis) is activated by Moon in Virgo.  Expect irritations and channel that energy into useful accomplishment.

2016 Taurus New MooooN (Hele, Kites, T-Squares)

May 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm | Posted in 2016, 2016-Lunations, Annual Repeating Aspects, Astrology, Hele, Holidays, Kite, Lunations, Predictions, Weekends | 11 Comments
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2016 Taurus New MooooN (Hele, Kites, T-Squares)

Five retrograde planets and a Taurus New Moon.  That is where we start.  Also, this NM occurs in Week 19 of 2016 in the month of May.

This NM is in Taurus near the center of the sign at 16 degrees, just one degree past the point of the “Cross Quarter Day” (which in this case is what some call “Astrological” Beltane).  If you celebrated Beltane yesterday (on Cinco de Mayo), then you should have focused on clearing on the old to make room for the new.  But, what “new” are we preparing for this time?

In this case, three patterns are present.  Arguably, this is one pattern and two sets of patterns.  We have one Hele, and that tells us to take a hard look at our long term alliances.

We have a series of Kites built from a series of overlapping Grand Trines. To be clear: Kites are ordinarily built from Grand Trines, so that is not the issue.  The issue is that Sun/Moon is on one leg of the Grand Earth Trine, North Node / Jupiter on another (the Virgo leg), and Pluto on the third leg (Capricorn).  This is all about money and, more generally, material manifestation.  The Kite(s) are completed by the South Node.

So we have the odd situation where we manifest something through hard work (North Node) probably in higher education, the legal system, or long distance travel (Jupiter) that involves a profound change, police or intelligence agencies, or someone’s death (Pluto) but, in the end, we have to look to our “old behavior” (the stuff we are trying to move beyond) to truly manifest the opportunity.

(To see more about other New Moons in 2016, click here.)

Here is the New Moon (NM) chart, filtered for the Kites:

2016 Taurus New Moooon (Kite)

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So, for some or many of you, this either is totally unclear or provides a great deal of clarity.

One way to solve the problem is to take one of the planets and identify how it operates in your life.  Pluto is slowest moving, and for some people that is easiest.  If so, identify what current issues you have involving finances, taxes, wills, inheritances, “other people’s money,” police, intelligence agencies, poisons, drugs, or anything else Plutonian in nature.  Move on to Jupiter, and look at long distance travel (particularly to a country where you are NOT a citizen), higher education (possibly over the last year or several years), law or legal system (are you in a lawsuit?  Divorce?), or anything else Jupiter “rules.”  Look for the commonalities between Jupiter and Pluto; they are very important from last fall through this summer (after that we move to other issues).

Next, look at Taurus issues: money (again, but from some different perspective, such as earning the money yourself), investments, health (particularly diet and exercise), “beauty” (if that applies to you), or any other Taurus (Venus) issues.  Keep in mind that Taurus is “fixed earth,” so it can be stubborn in the sense that granite is “stubborn” (and immovable).

Finally, take a look at where you are, where you want to go, and where you have been.  Did you leave something or someone behind?  Did you leave something undone?  If so, now is the time to wrap that up so you can move forward.

This NM is also about our long term alliances (the Hele):

2016 Taurus New Moooon (Hele)

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Pick your “friends” carefully now.  They, or their influence, will be with you for a LONG time.  And, with Ceres involved, these “friends” may take you through some powerful times of “feasts” and “famines.”

Finally, we have too many T-Squares, overlapping, to count.  Here is the chart:

2016 Taurus New Moooon (T-Squares)

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You will have energy, and if you do not have energy you will have anger.  Likely you will have both.  If you do NOT use the nodes, then four different variants of T-Squares are present (with Saturn at the apex), and if you do use the nodes then NINE different variants are present (with Saturn at the apex).  You may believe you can keep your cool, “stay centered,” etc. but you cannot.  And anyone who appears to be doing that is lying and deceiving those around them.  Please do keep that in mind.

Avoid dangerous people, places, and things (including being a dangerous person yourself) and harness these energies to “get things done.”  These are longer term planetary positions, so we will see a series of grand crosses emerge in the weeks to come as planets move into the “hole” in the T-Square (that completes a grand cross) which is currently located at about 15 to 18 degrees Gemini.  (If you were born about June 6th, give or take a few days, this will be an “exciting” summer for you.  You will tend to have memorable events.)

Here is some other commentary on this New Moon:

Alchemy Astrology on this New Moon

Astro All-Starz on this New Moon

Anya’s Astrology on this New Moon

Eyes of Heaven on this New Moon

Freya Thunderheart (Valkyries Kiss) on this New Moon

HelenEdey Brisbane on this New Moon

Julie Demboski on this New Moon

Lazy Goddess on this New Moon

Open Portal Tarot on this New Moon

Oracle Report on this New Moon

Readings by Yerevan on this New Moon

Riding Moon Cycles (Hair Care Chart)

Robin Morlock (Sacred Navigator) on this New Moon

Ruby’s Readings on this New Moon

Sacheen Mobley on this New Moon

Sarah Fuhro on this New Moon

Simply Solitary on this New Moon

Susan Levitt on this New Moon

Venus Lotus on this New Moon

Viva Combusta! (Real Time Astrology) on this New Moon

Willpower Astrology on this New Moon

Here is a list of Taurus New Moons, past and present:

Solar Fire Gold May 6 2016

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2016-04 W18: Forecasts for Week 18 of 2016

April 24, 2016 at 1:33 am | Posted in 2016, Astrology, Holidays, Predictions | 3 Comments
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2016-04 W18: Forecasts for Week 18 of 2016

We are deep in the shadow of the upcoming Mercury Retrograde station on April 28th, and “things” are likely to become interesting for that reason alone.  (Clarissa has written a great piece on the Mercury Retrograde.  And you can find more about these periods for the rest of the year here.)  The Full Moon perfected early April 22nd, and we still feel the effects from this one.

The time is at hand to review old and forgotten projects, and to meticulously check every detail of ongoing projects.  Resurrection of old projects CAN go very well at this time, but new ones seem to falter.  Expect to do maintenance to vehicles (cars, planes, boats) and electronics (television, computer, and telephones).

If you are a student, we continue to recommend that you focus yourself entirely on your projects and preparing for upcoming final exams.

April 2016 (Mars Out)

Archive of Week 17 (W17)

Week 18 (w18)

Sunday April 24th

Moon enters Sagittarius circa 8:46 AM CDT and lunar aspects are quiet except a Sun / Moon quincunx a few minutes past 7 PM CDT.  Pallas makes TWO quadrinovile aspects today, so you can learn important lessons or gain valuable insights IF you are paying attention.  Quadrinoviles always work the same: you gain a fleeting but powerful image that is easily mistaken as a passing fancy but, in reality, is an important insight or skill that will prove its worth in your future.  Pay attention today; two or more of these will present themselves to those with sufficient awareness.

Monday April 25th

Today is dominated by a mutable T-Square, and we have encountered variants of this over the course of this Spring.  Moon in Sadge squares joins Mars [update: even astrologers are not immune to those nasty errors that the shadow of Mercury Retrograde brings] early (early enough to possibly affect late Sunday evening (and it DOES affect Mountain/Pacific time areas on Sunday)); squares Jupiter (Virgo) and Neptune (Pisces) in the morning hours (U.S.; UK/EU gets this in the afternooon); and finally Moon joins Saturn in Sadge.  Mutable signs achieve an effect by letting go of something.  This is a bit like having your assistant type a letter and (after your review) mailing it.  The letter cannot have effect until it is sent.

Since Mars and Pluto are retrograde (and Mercury in “shadow”), this might have to do with the launch, re-launch, or continuation of a project.  You will need to “send the letter” today to make things work.  “Holding on” will invariably be the wrong answer.

Tuesday April 26th

Today is a mix of a lunar trines, square, and quincunx before Noon (CDT) followed by Moon v/c shortly before Noon (CDT) until Moon enters Capricorn about 7:30 PM CDT.  Jim Shawvan characterizes this as an “Opportunity Period,” and we agree with his assessment that sticking with “existing projects” is best because of the ongoing retrograde season.

A fair number of you are “feeling” the retrograde station that happens Thursday, so if you cannot accomplish what you desire then try not to mistreat yourself.  Sometimes circumstances do not permit accomplishment.

Wednesday April 27th

Moon in Capricorn forms a very loose Grand Earth Trine with Sun (Taurus) and Jupiter (Virgo).  This is a very good day for accomplishing results, particularly anything involving money or financial results.  For sculptors, this is one of the best, if not the best, day of the year.  Earth and Water are favored (heavily), but everyone can benefit.  This is another one of those rare days where we say “use it wisely, they do not happen much.”

HOWEVER, Mercury stations retrograde tomorrow, so some of you may encounter so many glitches that you cannot get anything done.  Only you, individually, know which one really applies today.  Find what projects you CAN make forward progress on (particularly old projects that need to be re-launched) and avoid wasting your time and energy on something too “stuck” to do anything about.

Thursday April 28th

Today is the day of the Mercury Retrograde station, and that eclipses most other aspects.  This would be a good day to “take off” and assess your situation and your goals.  Write notes, draw pictures, and develop an idea of what directions you wish to go.  And know that, for the next few weeks, you may intensively re-write your plans as new discoveries (or often old forgotten ones) come to light.  Moon joins Pluto / squares Uranus adding elements of intensity and surprise to what may already be a tricky day.

Friday April 29th

Surprises that did not show up Wednesday or Thursday will likely visit you today.  Early morning hours see a lunar void as Moon moves into Aquarius but, more importantly, Venus is void until about 7:36 PM CDT when it then moves into Taurus and stays in the “too early to tell” period (aka “sign change boundary”) for a few days (until Monday).  Moon enters fourth quarter, and this is a good time to clean house and keep an eye out for lost objects “popping up.”  (One of the beneficial uses of Mercury Retrograde, or the first few days past the direct station, is the discovery of previously “lost” items.)

Saturday April 30th

The month of April ends today, and we will be facing the second “cross quarter day” of the day, typically celebrated as “May Day” (English speaking cultures) or “Cinco de Mayo” (Spanish speaking cultures).  The astrological origins are typically hidden as stories of other events are used for the explanation of the holiday, but the astrological celebrations long pre-date the newer variants.

Passover ends today, and today is both Beltane and Orthodox Easter.  The Moon in Aquarius is mostly benevolent except for an early morning quincunx and a late night square leading to a void.  Today can be a “fun day” (but glitches can occur due to the retrogrades), and if you are doing more serious work today stick to routine and focus on house cleaning.  We recommend you pick a suitable holiday to celebrate and have fun as much as possible, but the choice is still yours.



New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Double Yod Key + Focused Yod

February 7, 2016 at 6:05 am | Posted in 2016, 2016-Lunations, Annual Repeating Aspects, Astrology, Holidays, Lunations, Patterns, Predictions | 4 Comments
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New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Double Yod Key + Focused Yod

2016 is an “interesting” year from the perspective of astrological patterns, and we are beginning to enter what many will look back to, and consider, a magical time.  Upcoming is a Valentine’s Day period (the days before and after February 14th as well as the day itself), and this New Moon sets the stage for that intricate set of pattern.

This New Moon marks the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the year of the Fire Monkey.  As is true with any element / animal combination of Chinese New Years, this particular combination will not repeat again for sixty years.  Since we are not specialists in Chinese Astrology, we will not discuss that further here but encourage you to read more elsewhere:

This particular New Moon (as is true with all Chinese New Year NM’s that I am aware of) is in Aquarius.  That marks the beginning of a new way of thinking and new insights that precede the dreams and intuitions of Pisces that set the stage for the beginning of an entirely new (Solar) cycle (namely the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of Aries).

Aquarius is all about creative problem solving but, in the end, it is about people and reaching out to the masses to (hopefully) improve their way of life.  Thus the association of Aquarius with electronics, internet, computers, cell phones, and tablets is really subservient to carrying “the message” (whatever that may be) on “the wind” (originally the mysterious phenomena of voices that traveled for, literally, miles when the weather conditions were correct but now radio (including satellite) and other electronic channels) to the masses (all of us regardless of station in life).

That said, from the perspective of astrological patterns, this NM is about DECISIONS.  TWO (and only two) patterns are present: (1) a Double Yod Key; and (2) a Focused Yod.  In this particular case, what we have is (1) a question (many of them, actually), and (2) an Answer (maybe “THE” answer).

If you are a regular reader of this blog, or click the DYK tag above, you can read what we have written about DYK’s before.  They represent a situation in which a minimum of two decisions, and often a number of decisions, face us.  Composed of two yods and a square, the DYK’s decompose into a total of four quincunx aspects.  The Quincunx is all about misunderstandings resulting from limited information often under unfamiliar circumstances with deadline pressure.  Invariably we are dissatisfied with the path we chose and look back on the other path nostalgically (not realizing that it might have been actually much worse).

We now present the chart for the perfection of this New Moon (NM), filtered for the DYK pattern:

New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Double Yod Key

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We note that the square that binds this DYK together is between, on one hand, the NM pair (Sun/Moon) at 19 Aquarius and Mars at 18 Scorpio.  Neither Sun nor Moon is strong in Aquarius (the sign associated with Uranus in modern astrology and one of two signs (the other is Capricorn) in traditional astrology).  Both are at a disadvantage here, but they CAN gain SOME power by the coalition they have chosen to form (the NM).

Mars is at home in Scorpio (in traditional astrology, along with Aries, the true home of Mars).  We note that the modern ruler of Scorpio is Pluto, currently in Capricorn (power structures in general but notably banks and financial institutions).  The ruler of Capricorn is in Sagittarius currently, not a strong placement for that planet.

Scorpio tends to”govern” (or be associated with) police, intelligence agencies, surveillance, encryption, assasinations, murder, poisons, drugs (both illegal and pharma), and any variant of the “underworld” (organized crime, mafia, sewers, underground pipes, coffins underground, caves, cave-ins, burials and funerals, pyramids or any other form of crypt, root plants (carrots and potatoes) and anything else similar).  Your individual situation dictates which of these apply to you individually, and the same applies to us collectively in communities, states, and nations.  We add that, at the state and nation level, this TENDS to be about police and intelligence agencies.

The hint of this situation is that Mars and Sun/Moon are currently balanced and in a bit of a “stand off” where neither can win despite the current strength of Mars and weakness of Sun/Moon.  Again, you will have to look at your individual situation to determine who might be the “winner” if anyone.

We could stop here, and many people would have much useful information to know how to procede on Monday.  (Make certain you “clean house” on Sunday during the void and avoid any major purchases or major commitments.  This is a very bad Super Bowl for some people to gamble upon; just don’t do it this time.)  But, as is popularly spoken on late night television: “But wait, there’s more!”

And, there is more.  That is because we have the Focused Yod which given that ONLY the DYK is present as an alternative pattern (and “The Question”), we can see that the FY gives us “The Answer” if we are paying close attention.

With that, we present the SAME CHART for the perfection of the NM, but filtered for the Focused Yod:

New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Focused Yod

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So, a bit weirdly (but, again, this is Aquarius), the answer is not found in Mars / Sun / Moon at all.  It is found in a Jupiter / Chiron opposition.  And, the interactions with Mars may be a distraction, noise that is not relevant at all to the long term “big picture” though it may seem compelling at the time.

An example of this could be a traffic ticket where you must go to court.  You may need a lawyer, and if you do not take care of the matter you could be in serious trouble in the future.  But, it is mostly a nuisance (in many cases it is really a tax on behavior that is not quite “perfect”), and in the long run in it contributes nothing to your well being, growth as a person, or ability to contribute in a useful way to society at large (Aquarius, again).  Despite the power involved and compelling demands, it is mostly a waste of time.  So, whatever it is, make a sufficient (but no more) effort to resolve it and move on with the more critically important issues.

What are the “more important issues”?  First, they involve Jupiter (foreign or long distance travel, religions in general and popes and gurus in particular, law and lawyers and courts, and universities and higher education), and they involve a decision between Vesta (usually tradition but sometimes kinky sex or prostitution) and Sun/Moon (mother + father; a married couple; or any other male / female pair).  Jupiter is also very much about earning and spending money, and it tends to do this in a big way.

Chiron is really a different face of Jupiter, more specific and more narrow.  In traditional astrology, Jupiter also ruled health, disease, and healthcare.  (Arguably it does in modern astrology as well, but Neptune / Pisces is more directly associated with that set of issues.)  That said, Chiron is a more narrow subset of the Jupiter issues: primarily teaching of any kind (including higher education) and health and healthcare.  Obviously combinations apply: the teaching of healthcare to nurses and physicians is a particularly Chironic kind of activity and Chiron would tend to trump either Jupiter or Neptune in this area if a disagreement (square, quincunx) occurred.  We also note that Chiron is known as the “Wounded Healer” and is associated with the teacher (or practitioner) trying to heal some problem within themselves.  And, Chiron specifically deals with “mentor” relationships.

So, how to interpret this?  We will provide two scenarios to illustrate.  Consider for example, that you live in the United States and have received an offer to study (education = Chiron) in China (or vice versa).  Regardless of which choice you make you will likely need to spend much money (Jupiter) and travel to a foreign land (also Jupiter).  If you do choose to travel, you may have to deal with certain legal issues (also Jupiter).  In particular, your desire is to become a nurse or physician (or accupuncturist) (very Chiron).  A rather progressive couple (Sun/Moon in Aquarius) has agreed to host you in the foreign country, and their offer seems particularly attractive.  But, staying home and following a traditional path (Vesta) has much appeal as well.  That path has less risk, but also represents less gain.  Which decision will you make?

Here is a totally different scenario.  You have been ill for some time (Chiron) and are exploring healing options (Chiron).  Either one will cost quite a bit of money (Jupiter) and one of the options requires that you travel to a distant (Jupiter) healthcare center, a teaching (Jupiter) facility that engages in a number of innovative healthcare procedures (NM Aquarius).  The travel and accomodations (Jupter) will be expensive, and some of the treatments you may have to pay for yourself (also expensive and Jupiter).  The other option involves going to the hospital near home that everyone else goes to (Vesta).  That is cheaper, but you know that the doctors are not very progressive and are worried that your health may deteriorate if you choose that option.

Which of these more closely fits your situation?  Keep in mind that Aquarius tells us the answer might be “neither,” and it then becomes your job to take these ideas and be responsible for crafting your own solution.

But, whatever choice you make, this New Moon represents a profound opportunity for some people.

Here is a list of New Moons in 2016.

Here are some other interpretations of this NM:

Here is our analysis of last month’s Capricorn New Moon.

Here is a list of Aquarian New Moons you may find to be useful:

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New Years 2016 (Thor’s Hammer Key)

December 25, 2015 at 1:36 am | Posted in 2016, Astrology, Calendars, Events, Holidays, Weekends | 2 Comments
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New Years 2016 (Thor’s Hammer Key)

Let us first address, if not dispense with, a common topic: when does “New Years” occur?  The answer is it occurs once per time zone, with as many occurrences as there are time zones.  That begs the question: how many time zones are there?  A quick Bing search yields this answer: “There are 40 unique time zones based on UTC offset. However there are 198 time zones abbreviations around the world, including daylight saving time zones.”

Needless to say, we are not doing forty charts (we will leave that chore to others to address time zones that we do not), and we are certainly not doing 198 (though it might be an interesting topic to revisit, especially at shifts from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time and back).  If you want to look up the offsets for your particular time zone, click here.  See, also: this list of time zone offsets.

So, the message is simple: EACH time zone has its own “personal” chart for the New Year, each with a similar (but slightly different) message.  This year, the chart for Melbourne / Tokyo and the Pacific Rim are is particularly outstanding, meaning we expect a strong calendar year for this region.  (Especially economic prosperity as long as people in the region remember to help those who are less fortunate than themselves.)

Please also keep in mind that this is only one of several “New Years.”  Another is the Chinese New Year in February (only a few days past a Cross Quarter Day this year!), and another is the Astrological New Year (Vernal Equinox).

We also recommend a few other things: (1) if you can, find last year’s “New Year’s Resolution” list and review it.  Did you actually accomplish anything?  What is different?  (2) Use a service to send this year’s list (and maybe old ones) to yourself sometime in late 2016 (We like late October because it provides enough to REALLY think about what you want for next year, 2017 in this case.  As far as these services go, we like FutureMe.org  We have no financial or other interest in that site, we just like it.

You may find it useful to make a list of what you DID accomplish.  And another useful exercise is to make a list of what you are grateful for.  Maybe you have it better than you realize.

If you review those notes in late October, you can do a “test run” on your “resolutions” in November.  This assumes you actually want to change or actually want to accomplish something.  If you are just spouting rhetoric, then no need to follow this.  After you fail in November (and you will, and the pain of Scorpio will teach you lessons), you can revise your unrealistic expectations for ANOTHER test in December.  Dump what does not work.  Then, after two “trial runs,” put it into gear in January.  If you fail again in January, then give up.  You are too unrealistic and disconnected from your true self to really understand what you really want and what you are really capable of doing.  Reality testing is important here, and Capricorn is very, very good at helping with that.

That said, if the time has passed for you to use our methods of testing and tuning resolutions for 2016, then make a resolution to send yourself a reminder (using a service like FutureMe) and accomplish that resolution immediately!

Speaking of last year’s resolutions and plans, here is the chart for New Years 2014/2015.  2015 had amazing potential if you believe what that chart had to offer.  How did you use it?  Did you make the year “count,” or did you waste your opportunities?

Some of you may think that we may sound like we are chastising you, but you need to keep this in mind: as an Astrologer we are Father Time’s (more precisely, Saturn’s or Kronos’) agent.  We are just doing our job!

Most of the charts for New Years 2015 / 2016 have a pattern present that we call a “Thor’s Hammer Key” (or a “God’s Fist Key,” if you prefer that terminology).  This pattern is composed of TWO interlinked Thor’s Hammer patterns and provide a HUGE amount of energy to “get things done” but also contains a danger of anger and violence.

Since Star Wars Episode VII is currently (December 2015) playing in theaters, we will borrow language from the Star Wars universe: “you will be tempted by the Dark Side of the force.”  Count on that this year.  Going into ANY situation unprepared for this possibility is a very, VERY bad idea this year.  2016, more than other years, is about being prepared, “getting things done,” and accomplishment.  (The numerologists, when they start talking about this, will confirm what I am saying: “2016” is a “9” year, and THAT is about COMPLETION.)

So, since it is a particularly large population center near the International Date Line and, therefore, one of the first New Year’s celebrations, we start with a chart set in Melbourne, Australia (AEST, UTC +10):

 2016-01-01 New Years Melbourne AUS (AEST) Thors Hammer Key[Click Image to Enlarge]

We see the Thor’s Hammer Key in play, Moon is approaching perfection of conjunction with Jupiter (a highly benevolent aspect), and Moon has not yet gone void of course (as it does in most other charts).  12th House is quite active, and people living in this region would benefit from addressing 12th house issues: helping those less fortunate than themselves, dealing with scams and frauds, drug and alcohol issues, poetry, lyrics, music, photography, and videography.  Maybe this is Melbourne’s year to become a film production center.  (Much of what we are saying applies to the “Pacific Rim” region, including Japan and Tokyo).  The remaining charts ALL contain a void of course moon EXCEPT Los Angeles, CA (where the moon is still “too early to tell”).

We present the chart for New Year’s in Moscow without comment except to note that we filtered for a T-Square that is also present.  (The same Thor’s Hammer Key pattern is in play, though.)

2016-01-01 Moscow (BAT) Thors Hammer Key

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Next, we present the chart for London:

2016-01-01 New Years London (UTC) Thors Hammer Key

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New York City (EST):

2016-01-01 New Years New York City (EST) Thors Hammer Key

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Dallas (and Plano, our location as we publish these forecasts):

2016-01-01 New Years Dallas (CST) Thors Hammer Key

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And, finally, Los Angeles CA (PST):

2016-01-01 New Years Los Angeles (PST) Thors Hammer Key[Click Image to Enlarge]

One more time: “get things done” and bring CLOSURE to major projects this year.  You will have special windows of opportunity that you will NEVER see again, and 2017 marks the beginning of a very, very different period.

Other thoughts on 2015 / 2016:


2015-12-25 Calendar of Aspects

December 24, 2015 at 11:12 pm | Posted in 2015, 2015-Lunations, Astrology, Holidays, Lunations | 2 Comments
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Full Moon on Christmas Day with Mercury Trine Jupiter and Uranus Direct Station. Expect the unexpected. Surprises will be surprising even to those who give them. Did you include the batteries?

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2015-12-25 Calendar of Aspects

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* CAN – CAP Christmas FULL MOON, and URANUS Turnaround (both Dec 25): Home for Christmas? What’s Coming Down the Chimney?

December 24, 2015 at 10:57 pm | Posted in 2015, 2015-Lunations, Astrology, Holidays, Lunations | Comments Off on * CAN – CAP Christmas FULL MOON, and URANUS Turnaround (both Dec 25): Home for Christmas? What’s Coming Down the Chimney?
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A FULL MOON on Christmas Day?! YES!
The CAN – CAP Full Moon will be exact on Fri Dec 25 at 3:12 am PST.

The first time since 1977 (anybody remembering that one?), and next one only in 2034!

So we’re in for another rarity in this year of heavenly / cosmic revelations. In 2015, we’ve seen two Total Lunar Eclipses March 20 and Sept 27, one Total Solar Eclipse April 4, New Horizons sent high resolution photos from PLUTO, SuperMoon Tetrad Aug 29, Sept 27 – Total Lunar Eclipse – Oct 27!

Nice intro video for the Christmas Day Full Moon, and a 2015 Lunar Retrospective, with spectacular Full Moon / Eclipse photos from around the world: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/13/full-moon-on-christmas-day-for-the-first-time-since-1977_n_8798768.html

Winter Full Moon (Odd Andersen)A Full Moon rises over the mountains during the Men’s Biathlon 20 km Individual at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 13, 2014…

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Mercury Trine Jupiter 25 December 2015 – Astrology King

December 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm | Posted in 2015, 2015-Lunations, Astrology, Holidays, Lunations | Comments Off on Mercury Trine Jupiter 25 December 2015 – Astrology King
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Facebook15Google+5TwitterPinterest222Mercury trine Jupiter in the natal chart gives a broad outlook with a wide and comprehensive knowledge. Your positive attitude and generosity makes you fun to be around. You should enjoy mixing with groups of people and should have no trouble making friends. You are eloquent with refined social skills, and form mutually beneficial friendships. This aspect helps […]

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Mothers Meditation Cancer Christmas Full Moon

December 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Posted in 2015, 2015-Lunations, Astrology, Holidays, Lunations | Comments Off on Mothers Meditation Cancer Christmas Full Moon
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The Cancer Full Moon Mother Meditation
by Agent 129 TARA GREENE Cosmic Intelligence Agency 

The Full Moon, December 25, Christmas Day @ 11:11 am GMT is a very rare occurrence. It hasn’t happened since 1977 and the next Christmas Full Moon won’t happen until 2034. The message is be in the now and don’t miss it. At 3+ degrees Cancer it is the sign of the Mother, the Great Mother, receptivity, family, nurturing, food, the stomach, instincts, intuition, the oceans, nourishment, emotional safety, security, Home, roots, foundation, the womb, protection, the matrix.

Cancer is a cardinal water sign governed by the Moon. This is a beautiful Full Moon synchronicity as Christmas is all about celebrating birth, family, giving and children. This Christmas will be a very emotionally loaded situation. The connection to the Divine Mother and her Divine Child brings unconditional Healing love for all the children of the…

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Triple Water Astrology – The Critical Degree! Weekly Horoscope – Week Starting Friday, December 25, 2015

December 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Posted in 2015, 2015-Lunations, Astrology, Holidays, Lunations | Comments Off on Triple Water Astrology – The Critical Degree! Weekly Horoscope – Week Starting Friday, December 25, 2015
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The earth element continues to dominate the transits this week. Ademtos (Transneptunian), Virgo Moon, and Mercury in Capricorn form a grand earth trine on New Year’s Eve. The trio is in the ingress chart for the 2016 chart in some parts of the world (New York and the United States East Coast has this configuration within orb at the stroke of midnight on January 1). That is one rock solid, albeit ephemeral, grand trine! Naturally, many useful themes arise as attention to taking on the New Year approaches. Both emotion and thought, already manifesting in an earthy manner via Moon and Mercury, have a solid base to operate from, provided by Admetos. Instinctively using communication to build enduring structures, using ideas persistently to fill emotional needs, and focusing on gathering practical information to meet security needs are all relevant themes to approach the challenges…

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