Astro-Notes on August 2, 2015 – waning Jupiter-Saturn square

Daily aspects:
– Saturn stations direct at 28:16 Scorpio at 1:52 am EDT (rx since on March 14 – new territory on Nov 8)
– Jupiter in Leo square Saturn S in Scorpio
– Vesta in Aries sesqui Jupiter in Leo
– Mercury in Leo trine Uranus Rx in Leo and quincunx Chiron Rx in Pisces

The month of August was ushered in by the festival of Lammas, a cross-quarter day in the wheel of the

year that marks the middle of summer and beginning of the harvest season. It is considered a time of thanksgiving and is the first of the three Pagan harvest festivals, also known as Lughnasadh, Lammastide, and First Harvest Festival. The Sun’s strength begins to wane and the plants of spring start to wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use as well as to ensure future crops. At this time, we become conscious of the sacrifice the Sun God is preparing to make. We experience a sense of abundance. Simultaneously, we begin to feel an urgency to prepare for the death of winter. First grains and fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for the dark winter months. Canning of fruits and vegetables goes into full swing, jams and jellies are getting made and cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of autumn. Lammas also represents the culmination of the marriage between the Goddess and the God that took place on Beltane. The God now becomes the product of that blessed union – the bountiful fruits and grains – and must be sacrificed. He is the personification of the crops that must be harvested for the survival of the people. Underneath the symbolism of sacrifice is the theme of rebirth. The Corn God must die, and He has to do so in order to return. Without the sacrifice, the cycle stops. Although His strength is waning, His essence is still palpable as His energies begin to merge with the harvested crops. It is at this time that the Sun King has reached the autumn of His years, and His rival (or dark self) has just reached puberty. The Sun God has reigned supreme over the ripening grain during the hot summer months. His dedication, perseverance, and action in tending the seeds sown in spring bring a ripe and fruitful bounty. ‘Lammas’ was the medieval Christian name for the holiday that means ‘loaf-mass’. Loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of ‘first fruits’ and early harvest.
I didn’t bake bread, but I bought a few grains I enjoyed as my evening meal down by the river where I also fed the loons, ducks and swans with sunflower seeds. As Saturn stationed direct in Scorpio in waning square aspect to Jupiter in Leo, I felt compelled to set a few things right in regard to my living conditions and also to end a certain set of circumstances with which I have been ‘playing around’ for too long. So, after four and a half months of intense inner restructuring have come to an end we could feel strengthened from within with a renewed sense of authority, form and discipline and this challenges us now to overcome those last hurdles in our way so that we can complete our mission and also take a stand in matters of ethics and morality – whether in our own life or society at large. It’s time that we get a perspective on our ego and for some to grow a conscience as witnessed in the case of the hunter-dentist, who killed Cecil, the famous lion. This story is a prime example of the archetypes at work, emphasizing the paternal principle or patriarchy and the theme of hubris taking place on the dark continent and involving the lion (connection to the heart), who enjoyed a certain status in this region based on his ‘harmlessness’ and friendliness (the 2 aspects of the ego are present – light and shadow). A member of the elite, this dentist has no regard for any form of life. He considers himself as superior and uses his sense of entitlement to collect trophies, assuming his wealth and status exclude him from the law by right of privilege. Thus, he has been living out the ‘shadow’ aspect of his ego when he could have done something for the greater good with all this money. Yet this thought might have never occurred to him in the selfish and imposing manner he has been conducting himself. However, with all the negative publicity and attention he has been attracting after this ‘last kill’, justice could have finally caught up with him. Not only are his reputation and business destroyed; petitions have been signed by a large amount of people who want to see him extradited to Zimbabwe for his crime. Pallas is about to station direct in Sagittarius.
Anyway, today’s astrological aspects indicate a change in plans, which could have caused us some disappointment. One of my girlfriend’s with whom I wanted to get together and party a bit canceled our meeting this morning due to an health issue she’s suffering from and later this afternoon when I had intended to walk downtown to stock up on a few things I’m out off we got a severe thunderstorm warning. So that was that. Moreover, I’m also struggling with the setup of my new laptop and had to ask one of my co-workers to assist me with this sometime next week.

Tarot card of the day is the Ace of Cups”, suggesting that love is the essence of the situation and that positive energy and emotion can be created, if we let our heart lead the way and empathize and cooperate with others. This is a time of giving and peacemaking, when we have a new opportunity to help or bring happiness to others and when relationships can be taken to a new level or when there’s a new beginning in our interactions with others. It can moreover represent the start of a project in which a great deal of loving and creative energy is invested. We are at a point in our life where we are comfortable with who we are and express that part to others. Moreover, we see new potential, are open to new possibilities as well as to the stimulation of our imagination, which allows our creative juices to flow and our talents to unfold. In general, we can make a fresh start and there’s a chance that things may change for the better from now on, especially what our happiness and contentment concerns.

Astro-Notes on July 31, 2015 – Aquarius Full Moon

Daily aspects:
– Full Moon at 7:55 Aquarius/Leo at 6:42 am EDT
– Venus egress to Leo at 11:27 am EDT (until October 8)
– Mercury in Leo semi-square NN in Libra/sesqui SN in Aries
– Pallas Rx in Sagittarius square Juno in Virgo

The last couple of days have been crazy busy at work. I could really feel the built-up to the Aquarius Full Moon. Things have been chaotic and routines got interrupted constantly, leaving everybody exhausted and on edge. At the peak of the heatwave I had to set up my airconditioner, realizing that they didn’t cool the building this summer. And then I came home yesterday afternoon to a broken fridge. The maintenance guy provided me with a new one. However, it doesn’t’ fit in the corner. So, this story isn’t over yet and the same is true for the situation at work. With Juno in Virgo holding a square to retrograde Pallas in Sagittarius we are strategically challenged, having to review our approach until we can work things out in our dealings with others. This means we’ll have to keep trying in spite of the problems and setbacks and we have to figure out how to best handle everything and be efficient so that we can get the job done. Therefore, it is necessary that we focus on cooperation and are fair during this time of crisis, even if we have to compromise our own agenda. The needs of the many outweigh our personal dramas; the greater good takes priority. Consequently, once Venus will be moving back into Leo, where she will be traversing until October 8, we have a chance to review our personal values, finances and relationships and also the way we validate and love ourselves, in particular in the manner we express our personal needs, wants and desires. As the Cancer New Moon culminates, the impulses that sounded forth with the Aquarian New Moons on January 20 and February 18 have also reached their full potential. Thus, ‘the woman and the two men cast away on a small island of the South Sea’ (Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) have become ‘beautifully gowned wax figures on display’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Full Moon) – ‘interdependence as the focalization of complex inner potentialities in harmonic and concrete relationships’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Cancer New Moon) finds expression in people or personages who are the ‘exemplars of a new culture’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Full Moon), ‘concretizing an ideal’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aqua NM from Jan. 20) that is ‘revolutionary’ as well as ‘community-oriented’ (Sabian Symbol and keynote for the Leo Sun). ‘Totality of Being’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aqua NM from Feb. 18) is achieved through ‘catabolic action as a prelude to a new type of order’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo Sun).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 7:55 Aqua states:
“Beautifully gowned wax figures on display. Keynote: The inspiration one may derive from the appearance of exemplars who represent to us the archetypes of a new culture – PREFORMATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 7:55 Leo states:
“A communist activist spreading his revolutionary ideals. Keynote: The emotional and ideological attempt to return to a state of non-differentiation and chaos as a prelude to a new type of order – CATABOLIC ACTION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 253-254 and 136, respectively)

Aquarius FM 2015

Tarot card of the day is the 8 of Wands”, representing a very focused kind of motion and activity, a time when we need to strike while the iron is hot. It encourages us to move quickly to pursue the best opportunities available right now. The notion is to MOVE ON as things are proceeding quickly.

Astro-Notes on July 24, 2015 – First Quarter Moon

Daily aspects:
– First Quarter Moon at 0:58 Scorpio/Leo at 0:03 am EDT
– Mercury in Leo opposite Ceres Rx in Aquarius and sextile NN in Libra/trine SN in Aries

Since I returned from my vacation I’ve been trying to get back into my routine, but it is more

challenging this time around, because there are a few things I have to take care of before I can continue with business as usual. One of these is the to me difficult task of setting up my new computer, which will require some time and fumbling around. However, with both, the Sun and Mercury now in Leo, playfulness, creativity and self-confidence are highlighted and especially after their superior conjunction yesterday, which was in semi-sextile aspect to a stationary Venus in Virgo, the mental impulse seeded back on May 30 at the time of their inferior conjunction in Gemini has come to fruition. Thus, things have come to a head and require from us to show and utilize our skill set more efficiently by prioritizing and doing what is necessary, thereby ranking tasks according to their importance or due date. For me that meant I had to get my groceries first and then set up meetings and go from there. At work I encountered a disaster zone, which was to be expected and which will take me some time to clean up and fix. Meanwhile though, 18 new modulars have dropped for my departments. So, I’m really struggling, but with Mercury’s opposition to Ceres and trine to the South Node today, it looks as though I can move past the worst and count on some cooperation or assistance. This latest ‘crisis in action’ was really testing our resolve under complicated circumstances that pushed us in a corner. Yet, by accepting what we have been dealt and tackling our tasks or problems systematically, we can make progress one step at a time and are ‘controlled’ or disciplined and organized enough to not let us be taken over by negativity or let frustration or defeat get into our way. Instead, we focus on the end goal, knowing we will get there eventually.

Tarot card of the day is the 4 of Wands”, a card that deals with openings and gateways we can step through, giving us a chance to get out of an oppressive situation or escape from unhappy circumstances. This card has an uplifting, celebratory quality about it and brings people together. We’re moving from one stage to another.

Astro-Notes on July 8, 2015 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily aspects:
– Mars in Cancer square Vesta in Aries and trine Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Mercury ingress to Cancer at 2:51 pm EDT (until July 23)
– Third Quarter Moon at 16:21 Aries/Cancer at 4:23 pm EDT

True to the current energy weather did I meet my challenges when I started packing my stuff for my vacation yesterday evening. Although much appreciated the incoming messages kept me from doing what I had set out to do. Today at work it was the same scenario. Got side-tracked every once in a while, walked back and forth a few times and had to wait around. Needless to say that not much got accomplished as a result of these developments. Even this blog post couldn’t be written in time to be posted in the morning. Oh well. The more I will have to do tomorrow. Hopefully, I won’t be running around like a chicken without a head as I did today when Mercury was in the last degree of Gemini and I could feel the urgency behind it all with the focus on last-minute projects, which cannot be delayed any longer. On the other hand, my excitement is rising with every day I get closer to my departure and I’m ‘fired up’ accordingly and also a bit on edge. I’m aware that this is based on my primal instincts or conditioned patterns and can only hope I won’t get in panic mode – the Third Quarter Moon symbolizes a ‘crisis in consciousness’ when we need to put things into perspective and with the square from Aries (Moon) to Cancer (Sun) this involves activities or initiatives we support or care for personally. Meanwhile, Mercury made ingress to Cancer, where he will be traversing until July 23 and this corresponds to a period during which we seek support through communication and connections, to care for our plans, ideas and projects and to protect our interests as well as nurture and foster our associations, exchanges and friendships together with issues of mobility. We could also derive nurturing from our surroundings and travel to familiar places that feel like home.

Tarot card of the day is the The High Priestess”, suggesting that we’re aware of a larger reality and see the potential or understand the possibilities as we open us to what could be. We’re looking beyond the obvious and being receptive to all kinds of subtle and hidden influences, which include our inner voice we need to listen to and trust. Also, we need to look for areas of our life, which are out of balance and therefore require greater foresight and wisdom. Our life is changing. Things that once seemed certain can no longer be taken for granted.

Astro-Notes on July 1, 2015 – Capricorn Full Moon

Daily aspects:
– Venus in Leo quincunx Chiron Rx in Pisces and conjunct Jupiter
– Sun in Cancer trine Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Moon ingress to Capricorn at 5:10 am EDT
– Mars in Cancer square nodal axis
– Full Moon at 9:55 Capricorn/Cancer at 10:19 pm EDT

Yesterday, Juno made ingress to Virgo, where she will be traversing until September 17. This corresponds to a period when we seek to be of service, scrutinize our relationships and the role we are playing within these dynamics, work out problems with others and strive to improve our relationship principle. In sync with this ingress and Venus’ quincunx to retrograde Chiron did I walk to the hospital yesterday evening to see a doctor. It is rather a minor issue, yet enough of an annoyance to bug me and needed to be taken care of, especially since I plan to go on a trip south next weekend. Of course, with Venus, Jupiter and Juno all in my 12 house and transiting Saturn closing in on his second square with my natal Saturn in house 6 of health, the implicated adjustment at the start of the new sub-cycle (Venus-Jupiter conjunction), had to be a health-related issue for me. Besides, I wanted to make sure that my self-diagnosis was correct. It was quite a ‘trial’ though, because I had to wait for hours (the emergency department in the hospital is always busy around the Full Moon) and when I finally held my prescription in my hand and was ready to leave it was very late indeed. I don’t like hospitals or ‘modern medicine’ and try to avoid them together with all the screening and whatever ‘preventive measures’ they come up with, but sometimes I just need a ‘band-aid’ or prescription like everybody else. Anyway, July is here and today we celebrate Canada Day, which means I’m at home and could sleep in after that late night, licking my wounds, so to speak. Hopefully, it’ll warm up a bit over the course of the day. It’s still pretty cold here for summer.
So, now that we put an end to uncertainty or hope (as per example for a reunion in the case of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner), however the case might be, we enter this new sub-cycle at a moment of culmination, when things reached a peak or climax. Therefore, for the duration of this sub-period will we concentrate on our personal happiness and fulfillment. We will be more self-expressive about our values and mission in life and seek to create opportunities for self-validation, sense indulgence and personal entertainment. Thus, we truly stand at a turning point in regard to our past and future prospects, where we are challenged to support and nourish or grow our masculine side, drive, initiative and motivation. As the Gemini lunation cycle culminates in the Capricorn Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Capricorn New Moon on December 21 of last year also peaks. Accordingly, the scene changes from ‘frost-covered trees against winter skies’ (Sabian Symbol for the Gemini New Moon) to ‘an albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor’ (Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn Full Moon) – by overcoming the cold (winter) and crystallization (isolation/withdrawal), we also overcome the fear that keeps us in patterns of defeat, fatigue and anguish. The ‘Indian Chief that claims power from the assembled tribe’ (Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon from December 21) can be correlated with ‘a large diamond in the first stage of the cutting process’ (Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Cancer).

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 9:55 Cap states:
“An albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor. Keynote: The overcoming of fear and its rewards – TRUST.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 9:55 Cancer states:
“A large diamond in the first stages of the cutting process. Keynote: The arduous training for perfection in order to fully manifest an ideal – CRAFTSMANSHIP.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 235 and 116, respectively)

Capricorn Full Moon 2015

We have to summon our courage, trust our instincts and follow our heart in order to be able to achieve emotional stability together with the status, structure and results we’re seeking. This gradual process of coming out of our protective shell will help us to arrange for our future prospects and move on from the past.

Tarot card of the day is the 5 of Wands”, depicting a day of struggles, restlessness and also playfulness when a lot of ideas are floating around and we could encounter conflicts or quarrels – inside and outside. We might be bothered by trivialities as well as overwhelmed by the pressure and demands on us. It is important to not lose sight of the bigger picture and let these minor vexations deplete our energies. Therefore, we need to get a grasp on these fluctuating energies and whims and carefully assess our attitude, while opening us to the changes they bring into our life.

Astro-Notes on June 24, 2015

Daily aspects:
– Moon ingress to Libra at 1:40 am EDT
– First Quarter Moon at 2:38 Libra/Cancer at 7:02 am EDT
– Chiron stations retrograde at 21:33 Pisces at 7:36 am EDT (turns direct on Nov 28 at 16:56 Pisces)
– Mars ingress to Cancer at 9:32 am EDT (until Aug 8)
– Vesta conjunct SN in Aries/opposite NN in Libra
– Venus in Leo trine Pallas Rx in Sagittarius

Since the Moon’s ingress to Libra early in the morning could we have felt more laid back and agreeable. However, with the First Quarter Moon forming a few hours later, our inner balance was most likely tipped off by something that ‘hit home’ and disturbed the harmony. Vesta’s conjunction with the South Node in Aries fuels our dedication and brings out the warrior in us together with habitual patterns of behavior. Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ challenged us to regain our composure and side-step the issue. We need to be more diplomatic in order to be fair and keep the peace. Thus, ‘essentialization’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Gemini New Moon) is tested by uncompromising subjectivity. As Chiron stationed retrograde in Pisces and will retrace his steps through a territory he visited from mid April of last year until now, a period begins during which we will review the wounding and healing principle, especially in situations where we feel victimized or tend to sacrifice or are too unrealistic or unaware or unable to bridge the issue. So, an unresolved matter or recurring problem, which has been lingering around, could have ‘assisted’ with the pushing of our buttons. Moreover, now that Mars made ingress to Cancer, where he will traverse until August 8, are we more inclined to react, particularly in a subjective manner, and to be on the defensive or let our moods dictate our actions. At the same time will we seek to engage in nurturing and supporting activities, to take care of initiatives and to ‘feed’ our drive and will. In any case, at the end of the day will we feel more validated and good about ourselves, because we succeeded with our approach of an important matter.

Tarot card of the day is the Hanged Man”, demanding from us to let go and surrender to the experience, end the struggle, accept what is and hang in there for now. We are in an in-between state and also at a cross-roads, where decisions are postponed, even though there’s a sense of urgency to act. Therefore, we may simply just want to wait for better opportunities. There is a chance that we could see a situation from a new angle and consequently, overturn our priorities or upend the old order. This card also represents someone who has chosen the path of sacrifice and forsaken instant gratification in order to accomplish a higher goal.

Astro-Notes on June 21, 2015 – Summer Solstice

Daily aspects:
– Sun in Gemini quincunx Saturn Rx in Scorpio and ingress to Cancer at 12:37 pm EDT – Summer Solstice
– Moon ingress to Virgo at 12:58 pm EDT
– Mercury in Gemini trine Ceres Rx in Aquarius and semi-square Eris in Aries
– Venus in Leo quincunx Pluto Rx in Capricorn

Reaching its northernmost point from the equator, the Sun’s ingress to Cancer at 12:37 pm EDT yesterday marked the summer solstice and the beginning of summer. Consequently, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we experienced the longest day, whereas for the Southern Hemisphere it was the longest night and the start of winter. As the Sun seems to ‘stand still’ (sol sistere) high in the sky, we transition into ‘stasis’ and have a chance to pause, stop and take stock before fully committing ourselves to the new season. Individual development is at peak. There is liveliness and vibrancy as well as a re-gathering and refocusing of intent. A time of Self-nurturance and Self-growth, even Self-preservation, of sustaining our sense of Self, supporting and taking care of our center and core identity, is beginning now. As a quarter point in the wheel of the year, the summer solstice also brings a change in regard to the condition of the light, which will soon begin to wane. In the chart for this event (which reveals the ‘flavor’ of the new season), the Moon in the last degree of Leo (disposited by the Sun in the very first minutes of the sign Cancer – so, Moon and Sun are in mutual reception for this short moment of about 20 minutes) is engaged in the waning semi-square between retrograde Saturn in Scorpio and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn (with both planets in mutual reception) by casting a square to the former and a sesqui-quadrate to the latter. This implies that we have a last chance to review the circumstances and conditions affecting the state of our affairs and how they have evolved, whereby it is critical – even urgent – to consider the results of powerful ambitions together with investments toward establishing influence. There will be consequences, challenging our sense of pride and entitlement. Therefore, Venus in Leo’s quincunx to retro Pluto in Capricorn calls for a value adjustment, because in the pursuit of our personal desires and preferences we have to content with conditions beyond our control and thus have to accept our limitations. Although the weather forecast had called for thunderstorms and rain, it was a beautiful, sunny day. No doubt summer has arrived here. It is not only noticeable in the warmth of the air, but also in the sweet scents, the songs of the birds and the dance of the butterflies. I went out for a walk that led through the Avondale Cemetery (such a serene place that fits the Saturn-Pluto theme well) down to the river, walking under the shade of majestic trees and occasionally glancing at very old grave stones from times long gone by – before I even existed. The high grass was still wet, but this didn’t deter me. However, the farther along I got the worse the trail became until it almost completely disappeared. After a while I had to realize that the trail was not kept in shape – in fact, the small path was muddied from the torrential rains we have experienced the last few weeks and also overgrown. The nature enthusiast I am, I continued anyways, hoping that I can make it all the way to the bridge. Well aware of the special moment in time and the aspects that had formed in the skies, the thought popped up in my mind that I found myself on an ‘obstacle course’ and with all the changes in this natural environment that had happened since I was last there I simply couldn’t win in spite of my best efforts (Merc in Gemini trine Ceres Rx in Aquarius and semi-square Eris in Aries). And since I also got bitten by the mosquitoes, I had to keep moving and couldn’t stop for taking the scenery in or taking pictures. Once the Moon had made ingress to Virgo, I had turned around and walked back through the woods to avoid the mosquitoes. Once I had returned to the downtown area, I considered sitting down on a bench by the river with some great food and listening to the music from the Blues and Rib Festival. However, the best spots were taken and the lines were long. I also didn’t see any familiar faces. So, I marched on and then sat out on my balcony, where I started reading a new book with the title “Cruel Intent” and thought how appropriate for the astro weather, while recovering from my ‘itches’.

Summer Solstice 2015

Tarot card of the day was the 5 of Pentacles”, which portrays a pilgrimage or a long journey taken as an act of faith or devotion. We can find the inner fortitude to persist in our quest and bolster ourselves, while resisting the temptation to succumb to ‘spiritual poverty’. It’s time to move on and to let us be guided by our soul’s ‘light’ or inner shining star. Moreover, in this context the card asks us to follow the high road during this process (detour) as we’re ‘recovering’ ground that has been transformed or is evolving. It’s a time of transitioning, after which we will feel renewed and empowered.