Sun Trine Saturn 2015-07-21: Kite, Mystic Rectangle, Hele, and Rosetta

July 21, 2015 at 1:40 am | Posted in 2015, Astrology, Patterns | 3 Comments
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Sun Trine Saturn 2015-07-21

We see a rather curious situation on Tuesday: a Moon v/c overlaps with a void Sun (nobody seems to talk about those, but they do happen about once a month: i.e. the time from when the Sun makes the last major aspect in a sign until when it enters another sign) to create a double void.  These seem like a good time only for cleaning house and getting the trash ready to go out.  (But not actually taking it out until after the sign change because you might accidentally have a lost object in the trash.)

HOWEVER, we see in the chart of this aspect (Sun Trine Saturn) on this day FOUR patterns (not counting HLT’s): (1) A Kite (an opportunity); (2) A Mystic Rectangle (an unusual window which likely contains a special opportunity); (3) a Hele (a strong polarizing influence); and (4) a Rosetta (also a polarizing influence, but the alliances are very fleeting and temporary).

How to interpret?  We are not certain.  Without considering the patterns, we would say this: “The Sun Trine Saturn aspect on Tuesday indicates that this is a time when we work hard and might could accomplish a few things.  Traps exist in (1) a moon v/c from about 6a CDT Tuesday until a little before 9:30a CDT Tuesday and (2) the Sun’s aspect to Saturn that marks a double void that ends when the Moon moves into Libra (but with the Sun still void until 2330 CDT Wednesday).  Stick to routine during these periods.”

But, the patterns are there.  So we modify our recommendation to this: be careful what allegiances your form at this time.  Some will be lasting but others may be treacherous and at best temporary.  Working alone might be the smartest move, but chances are good you might need the help of others.  And at least one opportunity, perhaps a superb opportunity, is hidden within the events of Tuesday.  If your discernment is good, you can gather the resources together today to launch something very special by the time of the next Full Moon.  And, in particular, avoid launching anything important during the double void.

Here are the charts, filtered in sequence for (1) the Kite (an opportunity); (2) the Mystic Rectangle (an unusual window which likely contains a special opportunity); (3) the Hele (a strong polarizing influence); and (4) the Rosetta (fleeting alliances which might be treacherous):

2015-07-21 Sun Trine Saturn (Kite)

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2015-07-21 Sun Trine Saturn (Mystic Rectangle)


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2015-07-21 Sun Trine Saturn (Hele)


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2015-07-21 Sun Trine Saturn (Rosetta)

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Jade Helm 15 Question

July 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm | Posted in 2015, Astrology, Horary | 9 Comments
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Over on our current (mid-July 2015) New Moon post, reader and frequent visitor Gia posits this: “Hi Grandtrines, hope you are well! What do the stars say about the Jade Helm 15 situation? I am quite worried about all the hype and paranoia of it all. Can you please look into it?”

First of all, WHAT is this “Jade Helm 15” thing?  Here is the Wikipedia page on Jade Helm 15.

Second, I do not ordinarily do “Horary” charts, and part of this is because they are a “fortune telling” in the purest sense of the phrase.  (I am looking for a study of patterns in astrology that, at least potentially, COULD be scientific in nature.  Horary / fortune telling does not seem to fit that to me.  Maybe I am wrong, but that is my impression.)  But, I am also very much a fan of Anthony Louis, I adore his book, and on rare occasions I make an exception.

Third, I also usually avoid conspiracy theories.  So, this is an exception to that as well.

So, throwing caution to the wind for a moment, here is the Horary chart for when I had completed reading the initial question and formulated my initial response:

2015-07-13 Jade Helm 15 Question (Horary Chart)

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Part 1 of an Horary analysis (as I understand it based on my understanding of Anthony Louis’ book) is to ask: is this chart fit to be interpreted?  We have to check several “considerations,” and if we fail any of them, then we STOP the analysis.

1.  Is the ascendant in the first three or last three degrees of a sign? No.  Proceed.

2.  Is Saturn in the Seventh House?  No.  Proceed.

3.  Is the Moon v/c?  YES. STOP!  DO NOT PROCEED.

Well, that’s it.  Sorry to disappoint.  We cannot go any further without the peril of messy answers and flat out wrong results.

But, of course, we cannot resist the temptation to peek.  (Curiosity killed the cat; you would think we would learn that lesson.)


4.  We are not only in a Moon v/c, but in a really LATE waning Moon.  Probably MORE evidence to STOP NOW.

Did that ever stop us before?  Well we will peek a bit further but not go deep.

5.  Neptune in Pisces is in the first house and rules the ascendant.  That tells us that DECEIT is almost certainly at play here, but we do not know the precise source.  Is it from the military?  Is it from the rumor mongers?  Is it self-deceit?  Somewhere else? We do not know.  But it is another sign that this is a messy question.  Juno (trust issues) is on the seventh house cusp, and Pallas (warrior goddess) is near MC.  SOMEthing is going on, but we cannot say what.

So, now, we will stop.  Either “nothing will come of this” (traditional moon v/c interpretation), or we simply cannot answer the question at this time.  Feel free to comment.

Astrology Chart for Wichita KS Plane Crash (2014-10-30)

October 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Posted in 2014, Astrology, BadDays | Comments Off on Astrology Chart for Wichita KS Plane Crash (2014-10-30)
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We note another catastrophe, a plane crash, occurred today (2014 October 30).  The chart has a remarkable resemblance to our rectified version of the recent Marysville school shootings.  According this report, the crash “happened around 9:50 a.m.”  (Our rectified chart for the recent Marysville school shootings is set at 9:47 EDT a few days earlier.)  The same planets are in the twelfth house in both charts, except that the Moon has moved to 0 degrees Aquarius in today’s plane crash.  (We note that virtually all of the preparations to depart likely occurred during a Capricorn Moon void of course.)

Here is the chart for the plane crash:

Wichita Plane Crash 2014-10-30

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As with the other chart, we find the horary version a little more interesting.  (The Sun opposes the “Part of Catastrophe” in this different rendition of the same moment in time.)

Wichita Plane Crash 2014-10-30 (Horary)


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We note that this time, 9:50 EDT, places the ascendant at 29 Scorpio, a “fated” degree.  (Perhaps we should relocate our School Shooting chart to use that same degree as well?)

XCD Natal Chart Analysis 2012-07-26

July 26, 2012 at 11:25 am | Posted in Astrology, Predictions | 15 Comments
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Reader XCD posted the following comment in Saturn in Scorpio (The Power of Mutual Reception):

Submitted on 2012/07/26 at 6:13 am

I am born on July 18th 1984 with Libra rising and Pluto at 29 degrees, But also Saturn 9degrees and Mars(16 degree) in First house.

My Venus is squared by Saturn and Pluto 

For no fault of my own (At least I am assuming) I am unconsciously carrying lot of past relationship, Will it be supportive when Saturn moves into Scorpio? to be able to fully throw my past? Can you please tell me what it it that i need to work on?
I never had a relationship until Saturn Entered Libra and broke up in 2010.

We will refer to XCD as the “querent” (seeker) at later times in this analysis.

We begin with charts produced by Allen Edwall’s AstroWin and “Astrolog 5.4.”

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This first chart is produced by Astrolog and is offered for the convenience of any who wish to examine Transneptunians and other detail.

Here is the same data charted by AstroWin:


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We are setting the chart in Plano with a time chosen close to noon.  This particular chart has Moon at 29 Pisces and the individual in question may have an Aries moon.  [Edit: We have since learned that querent XCD has an earlier Pisces moon.]  However, absent that information we use this Moon which is in aspect with the natal Pluto.  Additionally, we will avoid discussing the natal moon.

[XCD has since offered this improved, more accurate, and more legible version.]

XCD (the querent) complains of not having had a relationship (we presume this means a long term romance) until recently, and that one has now dissolved.  Further, XCD wants to know what to do differently.

Although we will not cast a horary chart, we note that the question arrived as moon void of course was beginning and this analysis is being conducted during a void.  Therefore, chances are good that the answers will be “wrong” and clarification from XCD (particularly with regard to birth time to more clearly locate the Moon) may be necessary.

The first house is highly activated and populated by Pluto, Saturn, and Mars.  Pluto is at 29 degrees Libra; the last three degrees of any sign are often called “fated” degrees (or similar names).  In a sense, this individual has powerful “karma” to work through to move the planet in question to the next sign.  And, in this case, the planet is Pluto.

Combined with the other planets in the first house, we see indicators that this individual is often involved in powerful power struggles.  If the Moon is indeed Piscean in the last degree of that sign, then it The Piscean Moon is in trine with Pluto and another planet in a “fated” degree.  We see a grand water trine in this chart.  The individual in question is capable of generating wealth, and may be able to generate great wealth, depending on their willingness to work and “do what it takes.”  (But, grand trines can also be lazy.)

This individual may have involvement in death and dying.  If not criminal, then we might expect involvement in a funeral home, hospice care, or some type of institution such as a nursing home.  Alternatively, the involvement may be with liquids, ranging from the oil industry to liquor sales.  Addiction could be a problem.

We also note that Neptune is also located in the final degree of Sagittarius.  Neptune can be related to deception, and the final degree of Sagittarius is also related to deception.  We expect powerful  challenges for this individual.  But, what about when Saturn moves into Scorpio?

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Mercury and Saturn conjoin the Natal Pluto.  Mercury combined with Saturn creates a high degree of focus.  If XCD makes the mistake of engaging in criminal or other deceitful activities, then they may be discovered at this time, particularly with Neptune in trine and Mars semi-sextile.  On the other hand, if XCD is being victimized, then a chance for justice exists at this time.  This would be the time to co-operate with the police.

The querent asked about romance, but we are seeing an entirely different set of questions and answers for this querent.  Venus is trine Jupiter, and that bodes well for relationships.  But, bigger issues are playing out.  How they play out depends on XCD’s past choices.  As stated elsewhere on this blog, the coming series of aspects are challenging, and the justice that results will depend upon the choices we make.

We would like feedback from XCD.  Given that this analysis is being done in a v/c Scorpio Moon, it is subject to revision.  [And we have done some of the subsequent revision in the originally thread of comments located at Saturn in Scorpio (The Power of Mutual Reception).]

A New Shift in Values Thursday and Friday April 16 & 17, 2009

April 14, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Posted in Astrology, BadDays, Lunations, Predictions, SignChange | 2 Comments
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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.

January 14 & 15, 2009: A good time to start an exercise program

January 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Astrology, Predictions | 1 Comment
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Depending on where you live, Mars Trines Ceres (the Grain Goddess) either late Tuesday or early Wednesday.  The Moon is waning, and that tends to make things shrink.

If you did not do so already, then this is a good time to start an exercise program.  If you did, but have “fallen off the wagon” already, this is your chance to re-start and make it work this time.  Starting new programs of change can be like learning to walk: sometimes the question is not whether or not will you fall down but, instead, how quickly will you get back up.

Wednesday still has a few rough edges, but it is MUCH better than Monday or Tuesday.  Thursday has Moon Trine Sun which immediately goes into a void.  Voids are notorious for their description: “nothing will come of this.”

However, a VERY similar void, a Sun Trine Moon, led me to two things: (1) a version of a watch that was broken when I bought it (but a replacement that lasted for years; I still buy one of those periodically) and (2) a brief relationship that did not last but who led to my sweetheart.  So, yes, this is a void, but I think it is possible for things in this period to LEAD to good things.

For those in the continental U.S., this void consumes the workday.  In the UK and Europe, it is over by Noon.  In either case, the Moon moves into Libra, and the intensity of the past few days softens.

Monday, January 12 & 13, 2009: Tuesday is a Monday, too

January 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Astrology, Predictions | 1 Comment
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This is a difficult day where almost nobody “wins.”  All of the aspects are either inconjuncts (false hopes) or oppositions (if not disputes then “grinding to a halt”).

The Moon is in Leo, which is usually excellent for “getting things done.”  But, the inconjuncts mean that we will not be satisfied with the results we get.  You will do things today, but you will find yourself wanting to do some of them over, later.

Tuesday is a “Monday,” also.  The signs are not much better.  A lunar void lasts until half past Noon, making the morning useless.  In the UK the void kills the work day.  Tuesday has a lone trine (Moon to Pluto) sandwiched between three inconjuncts (false hopes) and an opposition (grinding to a halt).  The best use for this day (and Monday) is for discussions and planning.  Armed with the knowledge of this forecast, YOU know that the plans will have to be re-done later.

Californians can jump-start (or re-start) an exercise program this evening.  They should look at a new angle on an old program.

Wednesday November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008 at 1:38 am | Posted in Lunations, Predictions | Comments Off on Wednesday November 19, 2008
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At approximately 10AM in the UK, the Moon in Leo will Oppose Neptune in Aquarius. For those of us in the US, we’ll be sleeping and this will help us to dream, perhaps with revelations in our dreams. But for those in London and Paris, this will cause a bit of havoc.

Not to fear, this isn’t a major event but a once a month event. Even so, either confusion will reign or unrealistic notions will take charge. If you chose the “idealistic” path yesterday, instead of the practical, you might get in a little bit to deep at this time. Those who opted to be practical may be irritated by emails bouncing or unclear language on contracts or similar problems.

The rest of the day tends to have a “get things done” quality brought on by Squares. Disagreement will tend to result, but they will lead to action. Please note that by 4:30 EST the Sun will go void for a few days (when Moon enters 4th quarter) followed by the Moon going void for half an hour on each side of 8PM EST.

This particular double void (with a 4th quarter moon!) is a good time to wrapup “things Scorpio,” particular if the “wrapup” is in the form of meditation and visualization. I suppose you could take action, but it should be the “letting go” type of action. If you having been mourning the loss of a loved one, then maybe this is the time to permit yourself to have a reprieve. Think of something new and different you can do that might bring you (okay, I hate to use this term, but….) a quantum of solace.

At least one of my readers is wrestling (metaphorically) with her teenaged daughter.  This paragraph is specifically for you.  This double void period might be a time where you can finally have that heart to heart you’ve been wanting to have.  The important thing is to value the “connectedness” and not depend on what she has to say.  She may not yet be able to quite voice her innermost hopes and fears.  But, you might be able to reach a point where you acknowledge her “coming of age” in a healing way.
Except for California (PST) and MST, the Moon in Virgo Square Mars in Sadge is a topic for Thursday’s note. You might have a little trouble sleeping, or even a late night quarrel. Defer all til Sunday if you can. The period from now til then is about organizing and researching.

Monday November 17, 2008 Opportunity Abounds?

November 16, 2008 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Monday November 17, 2008 Opportunity Abounds?
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At UAC 1998, I saw the same lecture as Jim Shawvan. Jim has turned it into quite a treat while I simply “filed it away” mentally. The single thing I remember most about that lecture was how the moon could “performeth,” sometimes very well, during a void. Lee Lehman gave an example of a furniture store that she recommended open during a void. Contrary to what I would expect, or most of the audience for that matter, the store “performeth” rather well and had a large sale the afternoon it opened. ($40,000 in furniture to a single customer, if I recall.)

Lee, herself, gave credit to William Lily (a famous astrologer in the 1600’s who was arrested for predicting the Great Fire of London). Lilly famously said, that the Moon “performeth somewhat” at these times.

That said, although I love the story, I still don’t quite drink the Kool-Aid. I’m rather skittish about voids. I won’t belabor the point. But, what you think about Monday depends on who you believe. Moon is in Cancer, and void from about 8am EST to about 4pm EST (when it enters Leo).

Jim says the Opportunity Period continues (from Sunday) until about 3:30 EST. Personally, I don’t like voids and I would say to lay low and clean house (especially) on Monday. You, dear reader, get to pick.

But, before you do, consider these two things: (1) does WATER favor you personally? For the furniture store to make $40K, someone had to give it up. Was it a fair trade? I don’t know. If you find your strengths in Fire and Air, then this probably doesn’t favor you. (2) Void Cancer Moons are famous for causing bitter lasting resentments that lead to blood feuds. And, often these resentments are due to misunderstandings or miscommunications. Do you want to take the risk?

If you are in the UK or Europe, this doesn’t affect you until late afternoon or early evening. For you, this day could be especially productive, especially Moon Trine Sun. Moon Trine Sun is a very good time to lock down agreements, make relevant purchases, and so forth. But again, ask if water favors you. For Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, this time will favor you. For Aries, Leo, Sadge, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, it may not. Especially, Aquarius.

Against all of this is Mercury Square Neptune. Both Scorpio and Aquarius may feel a bit rough this day. That leads me to add that this might tie into the Scorpio / Aquarius aspect that will re-ignite in February, as discussed in an earlier post.

(Okay, I know I contradicted myself about Scorpio.  Maybe we don’t really KNOW what happens with Scorpio today.  I think it is a good day, especially for them, to relax and take it easy.  This assumes, of course, that a Scorpio actually CAN take it easy.)

Those who overindulge in alcohol and drugs would be at risk with this Mercury Square Neptune aspect, as would those easily guiled by the scammers of the world. So, be careful if the deal is a bit TOO good to be true.

And, of course, Mercury / Neptune great favors the inspiration of poets, photographers, and movie makers.

Presidential Election Analysis November 2008 (Part 1)

November 4, 2008 at 11:34 am | Posted in Astrology, Editorial, Predictions | Comments Off on Presidential Election Analysis November 2008 (Part 1)
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Others have written excellent analysis of what is coming to pass.  Can I add any more to the astrologers and non-astrologers alike.  I doubt it.  So, let me pause for a moment before I bang my head against the wall stating the obvious.

As I write this, the American election for the Presidency of the United States is happening.  Obama has a strong lead against McCain.  Without taking sides, I will state that Obama will almost certainly “win.”  My estimate is he wins by 7 to 9 points.

But, it won’t be clean, and it won’t play out at all as others anticipate.  The “long term” will be radically different from the delusions held by some, perhaps many, of us.

That’s one of the big messages today.  As in 2000, the moon is v/c for almost the entire election.  That means we don’t get a “real” answer to our question despite the fact that a once every fourteen years opposition between Saturn and Uranus perfects.  Venus almost perfectly square both (having perfected those aspects yesterday, Monday, November 3rd), and the combination form a huge, and important T-Square.  We’ll discuss that in more detail in other posts.

The message of the day is simple: we are at a turning point.  Okay, EVERYone else has said that.  But, what kind of turning point?  Easy: Saturn is old values and structures and Prometheus, er, Uranus, is the light-bringer of new ideas that sometimes tear down old structures.  Venus (values) is caught in the middle.  Might be astrology, might be “fate,” but the stars are saying “free will” here.

Just in case we are unclear, that’s another side to the void.  We ARE free to choose; the stars will not speak except to say that debt and work (both Virgo and Pluto are about both issues) will (continue) to be key issues.

This election is about one thing only: the conflict between what okd, longly held, dreams we are truly willing to work and save for, and what worthless delusions we are willing to pursue with ever increasing debt.

Nothing is certain except Death and Taxes.  Expect more of the latter.

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