I have had Mercury on my mind for the past couple of months. It is fitting that I share some tentative results of a project I am working on regarding Mercury while the planet itself is in its detriment and fall, and is also peregrine and combust and retrograde. What can I say? I enjoy a challenge. It probably helps that I mostly talking to myself at this point.
I have really been thinking of Mercury and all the other planets with regards to the topic of phasis. A planet can achieve phasis in two ways. A planets is in phasis 7 days before or after stationing retrograde or direct. And/or (because a planet can be in phasis for two reasons), a planet is in phasis 7 days before or after heliacal rise or set. A planet experiences heliacal set when it makes its last appearance in the morning sky before falling under the beams of the Sun. A planet achieves heliacal rise when it makes its first appearance in the night sky when pulling away from the beams of the Sun. When Mercury is retrograde, the appearance reverses: heliacal set occurs when Mercury makes its last appearance in the evening sky before falling into the beams; heliacal rise occurs when Mercury makes its first appearance in the morning sky before pulling away from the beams. This reversal likely occurs when Venus is retrograde as well.
It is important to note that some sources I have seen define phasis as relating solely to heliacal rise and set, but place relatively equal value to both the concept of station and heliacal rise and set. Delphic Oracle, the preeminent Hellenistic astrology program created by Curtis Manwaring, lumps them together. Semantics aside, we are basically headed in the same direction with respect to these concepts. A planet conveys a stronger, more convincing testimony when in phasis.
The problem with Mercury in phasis is the problem with Mercury retrograde: it happens a lot. A lot a lot. Mercury spends roughly three months in apparent retrograde motion. Mercury resides 15 degrees away from the Sun +/- 7 degrees for more than half of the year. In the year 2019, Mercury spends 203 days in phasis by heliacal rise, heliacal set OR station. Mercury spends 63 days in heliacal rise or set AND station in 2019. In this respect, Mercury in phasis by heliacal rise or set is likely to be as meaningful as when the Moon rises and sets into the Sun during its New Moon phase. We might say Mercury basically divides us all up into two camps, kind of like the right brain/left brain argument. It is unlikely to indicate prominence or more compelling Mercurial testimony.
I will concede that Mercury station is probably significant with respects to chart delineation, and I would even extend signifigance to the overlap between Mercurial station and rise/set. To put the concept of rise and set into further perspective Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn each experience heliacal rise and set once this calendar year, a comparative rarity.
I am attaching the notes and dates for this project below. The second attachment is just my way of trying to understand exactly where Mercury is in relation to the Sun throughout his back and forth motions. These two documents where initially generated from Delphic Oracle with heavy notations from me. Delphic Oracle can be a pain, but it is truly a powerful, instructional program when you get the hang of it.
For some insight into the relevance of phasis, Ted Bundy was born with 4 planets in phasis: Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury (and yes, his Mercury was in phasis two ways). Most of us are born with maybe a planets or two in the phasis, at the most. Ted Bundy’s chart was truly exceptional. He had so much going on, that he was in celestial overdrive. He was basically like a force of nature. I hope to get the time to delineate his chart in an article.
If you find any errors in my process or in these charts, be kind with your criticism. I would blame the current debilitated Mercury, but I have been baking this potato for awhile. Thanks. And enjoy.
February 22, 2019 marked what would have been the 57th birthday of one of the most beloved international figures of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, wild life conservationalist and enthusiast, Steve Irwin. There are very few people who have successfully withstood public and historical scrutiny. Steve Irwin was one of those rare people. When PETA, the ever inflammatory personality disorder masquerading as an animal rights group took to the interwebs to denounce Steve on the anniversary of his birth, they were summarily and correctly dismissed. The modern age suffers from a distinct lack of heroes. Messing with Steve is like messing with Mr. Rogers or Bob Ross or my Momma. Don’t go there unless you want to fight millions and millions of people (Or in the case of my Momma, you will be fighting me, Ms. Moon in Aries, which will be like provoking the fury of one million people. I wouldn’t do it. You have been warned, fool.)
As an astrologer, I love it when an astrological chart so clearly and poignantly (and painfully) paints the portrait that was or is a particular individual. Steve’s chart could belong to no one other than him. Before I dive headlong into my analysis, I want to point out a couple of unique features in Steve’s chart. For one thing, Steve was a citizen of Australia and his chart contains heavy links to the nation of Australia. Steve’s Saturn conjuncts Australia’s Sun, Australia’s Saturn is also in Aquarius, and both Steve and the Australian national chart feature Moon in Virgo and Venus in Pisces. From an American standpoint, Steve embodied Australian-ness: he was open, fun, passionate and a little crazy in all the ways you would enjoy. He was also the penultimate champion of Australian wildlife. We all know that Australia was God’s zoologic testing ground, so championing a whole bunch of scary and quixotic creatures was no small feat. Steve didn’t spend much time wrestling fluffy bunnies after all.
Another unique area of discussion was the overall timing of Steve’s birth. On February 5, 1962, all seven classical planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn or Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus Mercury and Moon if you are trying to memorize the Chaldean Order of Planets for a certification lesson) were aligned in the sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. As an aside for another discussion, the occurrence of this alignment may be why people erroneously associate the 1960s with the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. We can know that we have not entered the Age of Aquarius because when we align our tropical zodiac wheel against the sidereal zodiac, we find that they are roughly 24 degrees apart. Simply put, we are sitting at approximately 6 degrees Pisces and continuing to tick back. Better tropical astrologers than I will ever be have explained the differences between the two zodiacs, why they are both legitimate, and why tropical may be more appropriate for our various quests as earthlings (think the “unchanging” cycles of our orbit around our star and the progression of the resulting seasons on this planet), so I won’t reinvent the wheel here.
I will say that this grouping of planets in Aquarius sets the tone for times ahead. We have only witnessed the grouping of all classic heavenly bodies in one sign during the course of this Biblical generation (70 years) twice: in 1962 and in May 2000, when all the same planets joined together in Taurus. If you were circumnavigating the astrology community sphere in 2000, you know how big of a deal the Great Taurus Conjunction was. When I see people ohh and ahh over various mundane planetary configuration, I think to myself, “dude, do you even mega-conjunct?” or “are there 10000 astronomical bodies occupying one sign right now?” Back all the way up with your Jupiter conjunct Saturn conjunct Pluto nonsense.
So, what does that mean for Steve? For one thing, as Steve very much represented or embodied the nation of Australia, he also embodied the time period he was born in and the time period in which he lived. He was an animal preservationalist and advocate way before it was cool. He was the ultimate crocodile hipster and he was more authentic and awesome than a hipster ever could be. In that sense, he also embodies a mini-Aquarius era; he was a true humanitarian for animals and he was not overly driven by was reputation or social standing. He may have had his zoo or his nation in mind when promoting his advocacy, but he would have likely been working at his zoo and wrangling crocodiles even if a camera never filmed him. Additionally, he has a legacy which extends beyond his life and progeny.
So enough broad stokes about Steve, his country or the time period in which he lived except for this: the May 2000 Taurus conjunction lacked an important element which the 1962 Aquarius conjunction contained (and I am not talking about the difference between a time period being driven by a domicile-ruling malefic Saturn in Aquarius versus a domicile-ruling benefic Venus in Taurus). The Aquarian conjunction of 1962 occurred during eclipse season, so in essence, we see a perfect confluence of astrological events.
What I am leading to with this post is a focus on lunar nodes and eclipses. Eclipses have always been in vogue, as they are difficult to miss. Even if an eclipse manifests over the Arctic Ocean, which few living souls are likely to see live, we are still hyper-aware of it. With respect to nodes: in truthfulness to my status as a intermediate/nearly advanced western astrology practitioner, I will confess that my knowledge of how lunar nodes function is elementary at best. Vedic (Hindu, sidereal astrologers) have devoted more of their attention to this phenomena over the course of ages. In my own personal observation and practice, I see enormous relevance and emphasis on nodal action particularly as it relates to solar and lunar eclipses, more so than any other time.
A quick and dirty way you can tell if the chart you are examining falls during an eclipse season is this: if the North or South Node falls close to the Sun, you are in eclipse season. You don’t have to be in the same sign, but if the Node is close to the Sun even in an adjacent sign, you are in eclipse season. A jump over to timeanddate.com will confirm this for you. A total solar eclipse occurred in 1962 in conjunction with the Great Aquarius Conjunction in February 4/5 (gasp, wow, yeah, fucking big deal) and a lunar eclipse occurred on February 19th, a couple of days before Steve Irwin was born. For further emphasis, the Great Taurus Conjunction did not transpire anywhere near eclipse season. (I am finding eclipse season charts all over the place of people or events which are shocking and unique. Ted Bundy was born within 24 hours of a solar eclipse in Sagittarius in 1946 (among other amazing astronomical findings). The Chernobyl nuclear Disaster of 1986 occurred within hours of a lunar eclipse involving the Scorpio/Taurus. More on those charts later and soon, as in next on the docket soon.)
On a more personal note, Steve was born with Ascendant in Capricorn. In modern terms, Sun sign placements are king: Steve was born with Sun in Pisces. As difficult as it may be to reconcile Steve with unassuming, gentle Pisces, it is even more difficult to reconcile him with stern, melancholic, foreboding Capricorn. The ascendant represents the absolute front-door to the soul in classical astrology. In the case of Steve, classical astrology is not wrong, but Aquarius overrides and overshadows Capricorn: Steve retained four Aquarian planets from the 1962 conjunction: Saturn, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. These four planets dictate the affairs of 8 out of 12 houses in Steve’s chart and represent a true modern stellium (a grouping of three or more planets in one sign, minus the Sun and Moon.) Capricorn does not see Aquarius, because they are adjacent signs, but his aversion to Aquarius is ameliorated, because Capricorn and Aquarius share a ruling planet: Saturn.
Steve’s Capricornian Ascendant tells us quite a bit about him beyond the obvious. Saturn is the domicile ruler of Capricorn and Mars is the exalted ruler. Both are in Aquarius. We see how Aquarius Saturn manifested in Steve’s basic personality, and we see why that did not necessarily clash with Capricorn. When we move past that, we discover more about the Steve we all knew and loved. Moon in Virgo is the triplicity ruler of Capricorn at night (Steve was born at night). The Moon is the sect ruler of a night chart and she is placed in the 9th house, but she is advancing and culminating, ie she is approaching the MC, the highest point of the chart, and one of four chart angles. Steve was a highly lunar individual. He was charismatic and engaging as a person who loved, served and nurtured other living things. His Moon was approaching the MC, so he made his living being a lunar person. Virgo enjoys the same night-time triplicity ruler as Capricorn, both being of the Earth element, so the Moon enjoys her own dignity in Virgo. She is comfortable there and functions well. Steve was successful in matters of career and public image. The MC was in the 9th whole sign house, so Steve’s career was as much of a spiritual calling as a professional one. Moon in Virgo ruled the 7th house of partnerships and marriage. Steve enjoyed a long-term, stable, loving marriage with this wife, Terri, who is a Sun sign Cancerian, and who remains loyal to him in death.
The another night-time sect ruler of Steve’s ascendant in Capricorn is Venus in Pisces. Venus loves being in Pisces; she is exalted here. An aside about Venus in Pisces: one of the best books on basic modern astrology I have found was written was by Debbie Kemptom-Smith, called Secrets from a Stagazer’s Notebook. Debbie’s book had all the class and sass of any Linda Goodman book, and Debbie was likewise an Aries (with an Aries Moon.) The chief difference between her book and Linda’s was that you could leave her book with the ability to perform basic chart delineation. Debbie was an astrologer we lost in 2018, but conducted her practice rather quietly in comparison to Rob Schmidt and Donna Van Toen. Debbie published her book in 1982 and low-key predicted the AIDS crisis with her description of Pluto in Scorpio. As it relates to the topic at hand, Debbie also said (and I am paraphrasing) that the Venus in Pisces native will love you unconditionally even if you look like an iguana. Venus in Pisces perceives value beyond what is obviously beautiful and sees to the core of what is truly beautiful. Debbie did not write that with Steve in mind, but what better way to describe a man who taught us to see beauty in ugly animals? Steve’s Venus is similarly in the cadent third house, but directly conjunct the IC, the angle opposing the MC. Steve incorporated these two opposing signs rather seamlessly in his life, connecting and maximizing issues of love through service. Venus ruled his 5th and 10th houses. Steve left behind two accomplished and creative children and Steve enjoyed tremendous success in his chosen profession, 5th and 10th house affair respectively.
The participating triplicity ruler for Capricorn ascendant is Mars. Mars exerts added influence over Steve’s personality, as both exalted ruler and triplicity ruler. Steve was, more than anything, a man of action and adventure. He was fearless when dealing with dangerous and venomous creatures, and rather unphased if they bit him or lashed out at him. Mars rules the 4th house of home and ancestry. The 12th parts of the Sun and Saturn are there. Steve was born into the world of animal conservation: both of his parents worked in that field and opened the family zoo in 1970. Everything in Steve’s life directly relates to this legacy: his career, his marriage, his fame and his death. Mars gives way to a powerful Saturn in Aquarius, as do all his other Aquarian planets, because it is in an earlier degree than the others. Saturn was set to rise first out of this grouping first.
Jupiter is the face or decan ruler of the first 10 degrees of Capricorn. Jupiter is not highly active in comparison to the most of the other planets in being placed in the 2nd house with three other planets that share this house and come before him. Jupiter also rules the cadent 12th and 3rd houses, also houses of even less activity. I will point out that the 12th part for Steve’s Jupiter is in Scorpio, which is the domicile of Steve’s 11th house. Steve enjoyed an unprecedented amount of passionate love and loyalty from his broader network of friends and associates, including his fans. Steve was filming an educational segment about sting-rays for his daughter when he died unexpectedly from a sting ray barb. To my knowledge, no one in possession of those films ever released them to the public, which is an astounding act of love and loyalty in a world so devoid of it.
I am detailing the portions of dignity here a bit out-of-order here, because we are beginning to move away from Steve as a man and closer to issues surrounding his death. Steve’s bound ruler was Mercury in Aquarius, the third Aquarian planet called to describe affairs related to the ascendant. Mercury ruled the 6th and 9th houses and the MC in Steve’s chart. Besides the nurturing aspect of Moon on the MC, Mercury ruled Virgo on the MC highlights the role of instructor and communicator and in Steve’s case, television commentator. Mercury gifts Steve abundantly, but there is a dark side to Mercury here, as it is besieged between Saturn and Mars, two malefics. Mercury is beseiged by being so closely conjoined to these badies, and fulfills the classic definition of besiegement, by creating no aspects to any other planets while moving from the conjunction of Saturn to the conjunction with Mars.
Mercury rules the 6th house of health. As far as I know, Steve was a healthy man until his sudden passing. Mercury in a fixed sign promotes a state of being for a long time, so a fixed sign ruling health matters will either indicate long-term, overall wellness or chronic illness depending on the person. Mercury was bolstered by Saturn in Aquarius, whose function was optimal. On an unseen level, Mercury rules Pluto in Virgo. It is folly in my opinion to ignore the outers, and I apply them as fixed stars when I examine them in a chart. An outer planet would therefore have to make a partile conjunction to another planet or an angle to be considered active. Pluto sits directly on the MC. Pluto is the most culminating astrological body in Steve’s chart. Steve’s death can be related to Mercury ruled Pluto and it was a public event. Modern astrologers tend to look at Pluto as a higher octave of Mars, but I would actually tie Pluto closer to Mercury. Pluto is amoral and removed. He is as far from the Sun as Mercury is close. He is actually a binary dwarf planetary system, which pays direct symbolic homage to Mercury.
The one classic planet that does not govern any affairs of the ascendant is the Sun. The Sun sits in the cadent 3rd house, and is moving away from the IC. The Sun is out sect and peregrine. He does describe the affairs related to the Leo 8th house, the “do nothing” house of death. The Sun also does not see any of the Aquarian planets, because they are adjacent to him. There are no factors alleviating his aversion to those planets or them to him. He does communicate with Venus by sharing a house with her and it interacts with the Ascendant. The Moon in Virgo is moving away from an opposition with the Sun, where she was blighted by him during a penumbral lunar eclipse. ultimately, the Sun does not really do much for Steve except cause trouble and provide him with inadequate protection with reference to the 8th house. The Sun can’t do anything to protect Steve from his dance with fateful Saturn.
One thing I alluded to earlier, but conspicuously left out of this reading to this point is the positions of the lunar nodes. The lunar nodes represent the two points where the Moon crosses over the ecliptic, which is the Sun’s revolutionary path. The North Node signifies the point where the Moon crosses over the ecliptic line and enters the northern hemisphere. The South Node signifies the opposite. Eclipses occur when the luminaries align closely with the Nodes. Steve Irwin was born just after an eclipse cycle in 1962. The North Node was at 18 degrees Leo, in Steve’s 8th house and the South Node was contained between Mars and Jupiter in the Aquarian 2nd house. Being in the 7th house from the 2nd, where much of Steve’s life projects from, the North Node is an open enemy to all of Steve’s planet in Aquarius. Western astrologers do not consider Nodes to be active bodies which cast rays, but Vedic astrologers treat the Nodes as actual planets. With this in mind, the North Node is able to perform directly against Saturn, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter here, but he requires some assistance, which he does receive,
On the day of Steve’s untimely, shocking passing, Saturn was in Leo at 18 degrees, directly transiting the natal North Node and opposing all of Steve’s Aquarian planets. Steve had experienced a previous Saturn half return during the 1970s, specifically during the Summer of 1977. I would be interested to read a real biography of Steve to discover how that time period unfolded for him. The information on Wikipedia is pretty sketch. I will say that Saturn did not directly conjoin Steve’s North Node during eclipse season in 1977, but it did in 2006. Steve was born 3 days after a lunar eclipse and he died four days before a lunar eclipse. On the day of his death, Sun in Virgo was opposing Uranus in Pisces, both of which straddled Steve’s MC/IC axis. The Moon would enter Pisces several days later. It would be almost impossible not to view the activities of the Nodes and their relation to the luminaries are being highly reflective of the timing of Steve Irwin’s death.
There are a number of different predictive techniques one can employ to study the progression of a person’s life and there are specific techniques one can investigate as it relates to the death of a native. I am not going to describe them now, because this has already turned out to be an epic journey. When I had it in my mind to study Steve’s chart, I actually thought this would be more of a mini-reading. The more I looked at Steve’s chart the more it really bloomed like a rose. Studying the chart of a such a fascinating, giving and engaging human being is hardly a trial, but I commend you if you made it to the end of this reading. The study of death in astrology as it relates to questions like, “when will I die” or “how will I die?” is highly controversial. A modern astrologer would tell you it can’t be done. Sometimes, I think we get “can I” mixed up with “should I”. “Can I” is an objective question. “Should I” is subjective. There are times when knowing trigger points in a natal chart or its progression can be valuable, although I am not certain one could avoid one’s fate even when armed with certain knowledge. One of the most Piscean things about Steve was that he expressed to his wife that he did not think he would have a long life. In this 21st century pursuit of relentless, intoxicating, blinding positivity, we ignore darker themes at our own peril and are ill-equipped to deal with pain, death and tragedy when it arises. Ignoring issues like death only serve to cause us more suffering, although I do think the issue should be addressed sensitively and gently. I hope I have done that here.
The talk of the astrological town as it were, and the seminal astrological event of 2018, besides the entrance of Saturn in Capricorn, is the apparent retrograde motion of Mars through the first decan of Aquarius and into the last decan of Capricorn. Mars has been slowing down for quite some time, stationed today at 6:04 am EDT, and finally began his about-face at 5:04 pm EDT. We can say that a Saturn ingress is big news, as are Cardinal sign ingresses, and lunar phase charts, and of course, they are. They dominate the thoughts and conversations of even non-astrologers on a frequent basis. But Mars retrograde in Aquarius is kind of a big deal.
For whatever reason, most likely related to larger centurial or millennial cycles I have yet to study, Mars does not retrograde back through Aquarius often. The last time he did so was in 1971. Elon Musk was born twelve days before the last station of Mars in Aquarius at nearly 22 degrees. There is no birth time listed for Mr. Musk, but it would not surprise me a bit if Mars figures prominently in his chart, for he really is the embodiment of Mars in Aquarius: visionary, eccentric, and given to practical foreward thinking. One may not associate the word practical with Aquarius, but we bring Aquarius into proper focus when we acknowledge Saturn as the true ruler of that sign.
The correction of rulership is what first attracted me to Traditional Astrology, and it is my opinion that Aquarius suffers most in description and execution by having a new ruler foisted upon it. Uranus ruled Aquarius is revolutionary, hyper-liberal, iconoclastic, and shocking. In order to accommodate that narrative, we must first contemplate that Saturn is not those things. Yes, Saturn does rule limits, and conservatism, but Saturn also seeks to subvert the natural order by opposing the lights, the Sun and the Moon, who rule Leo and Cancer respectively. Leo and Cancer are the King and Queen; they are Daddy and Mommy; they are the basis of the structures of family, town, society and nation. Saturn opposes them in Capricorn and Aquarius in the shadows at the end of our seen galaxy. Saturn does this, because he recognizes in a very essential, radical way, that the status quo cannot survive without subversion and challenge. Saturn does this because he knows that lights cannot shine without a dark palette to provide contrast. The traditional ruler of astrology and the occult is Saturn after all.
Furthermore, to suggest that Aquarius is anything but conservative, particularly monetarily, is actually rather amusing. Check out this list of names: Ronald Reagan, Jeb Bush, Sarah Palin, Katie Hopkins, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones. These people are all high profile conservatives and all Sun-sign Aquarians. If anything, when politics and entertainment collide, Aquarius is predicatably counter-culture, just not in a way that makes people who call themselves counter-culture feel good. The entertainment industry, a Leonine endeavor, trends heavily liberal. Politically, if you study the charts of folks who trend left, at times, hard left, you will find Taurus (of all things) and Leo much more prominently featured. Aquarius offers the response, and sometimes, he shocks and appalls us. Sadly, we are so painfully polarized at this moment, that there is no real conversation happening on the global stage. (And no, I don’t support immigrant children being taken from their parents. If ever I extol the virtues of a politcal philosophy, it is never to that point. Hardcore party-liners on both sides of the political aisle are the monsters to me. People who refuse to question allow atrocities to happen. There is no excuse for that. Please do not infer that I approve of such travesties.)
Back to here and now and then: when I meditate on Mars retrograding through the unfamiliar waters of the Water-bearer, it brings to mind the ancient Greek Titan, Prometheus. According to the myths of old, Prometheus created mankind out of clay, and provided us with fire, because he saw that we were unfit to figure out how to survive without celestial guidance. The gift of fire came with severe consequences for our compassionate champion. A primary theme of Greek mythology is the general Olympian disdain for humanity. Zeus, the chief Olympian, punished Prometheus for his aid by binding him to a rock, and setting an eagle on Prometheus daily to peck at his liver, which was considered the house of emotions during Greek times. Interestingly enough, several entities who sought to provide humanity with any sort of accelerated advantage are considered enemies of God or enemies of divinity and celestial order: think Enki or the angels who taught Enoch about agriculture and astrology/astronomy. The true nature and story of Saturn asserts himself here again.
With Mars in Aquarius travelling backwards this summer, we are forced to contemplate Prometheus bound to that rock, and being punished, basically for being a benevolent proponent of humanity. But was he really, or was he simply giving us more information than we can handle? At any rate, that push-pull is what defines our spiritual essence in the universe, and again, neither can exist without the other. It does not seem like much of a coincidence to me that Mars and Saturn are both retrograding through Saturn’s home signs during the summer in a face-off with the lights. Tomorrow, Saturn will join with the Moon in Capricorn in opposing the Sun. The Moon would rather be anywhere than Capricorn, particularly while being so clearly outmatched by Saturn in his domicile. Later, Mars will engage the Moon and the South Node in opposing Sun in Leo, which will mark a total eclipse of the Moon. Saturn is the clear victor this Summer, and Mars in Aquarius is his weak proxy. Sun in Leo is a worthy opponent, but ultimately, this looks to be an uncomfortable Summer in general.
Of note: Mars is also perihilon to the Sun, which means that he is closest to the Sun in his elliptical orbit, and therefore bright in the sky. He will increase in brightness throughout the summer, and will remain in a perihilon state until September. If you live in my neck of the world, and go view the sky around midnight, you will see Mars rising in vivid, rubescent brilliance. He is so bright, in fact, that he will surpass Jupiter in brightness later this summer. And this, my friends, is the the root of astrology and astronomical observation. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors sat by the fire at night, and told stories and gazed into the night sky. They would have undoubtedly noted the intensity of the reflective light of Mars, and correlated it with events going on around them. Again, we join the link between the past, present and future. This summer really does belong to Saturn, Lord of Time.
Here is the chart for Mars retrograde for my area. I can’t spend much time on this chart, because this article went in directions I did not intend. Venus is the big winner here, as she is high in the sky, and Mars takes orders from her, being in both her bounds and face. Venus opposes Mars and confers no benefit back to him. Venus also enjoys some dignity of her own by being mutually received by the Sun by triplicity (see note 1). Venus is not of her own sect, but outshines the planets that are in sect. She is also the hour ruler. All in all, Venus presides over a rather dull party, one without good tunes, and one where the bartender waters down all the drinks. (Jupiter has not been game for a good party in a long time, being retrograde in Scorpio. Saturn is retrograde in the cadent third. He is stuck at school writing, “I will not be a sour-puss” on the chalk board one hundred times. The Moon is reluctantly dragging herself closer and closer to her inevitable pairing with old sour-puss himself.)
Note 1: No, I do not agree that planets must behold each other in order to mutually receive one another. Dignity is dignity, and aspects are aspects. They do not depend on one another to exist. More to the point, mutual reception achieves something important in many cases, by preventing planets from existing in a peregrine state. If we view a peregrine planet as a “stranger in a strange land”, then we can appreicate how comparatively rare peregrinity is. It is rare to be dropped into a location not speaking the language, having no currency, or even clothes, like a character from the Terminator. In life, we almost always have allies, even if our own birthrite is an allegiance.
The featured image for this article is a sculpture created by Nicolas Sebastien Adam in 1760, and is one of the marvels to be found at the Louvre.
Sorry for the inconsistency with regards to this site. One thing I have noticed in my own life when it comes to success with any endeavor is that I basically have to fall down a thousand times, and then get back up a thousand times before anything truly sticks with me. This is probably true for many of us, and I fear I am unwittingly ripping off some ancient Chinese or Greek aphorism when I say that. The repeated attempt thing is kind of new for me. When I was a kid, if I was not automatically good at something, or didn’t receive the praise I thought I deserved right away, I would give up. Not to blame the stars for my shortcomings, but that tendency has Moon in Aries written all over it.
It has taken me forty-plus years to realize that I don’t have to be great at something, win a contest, or generate accolades to participate in something I am genuinely passionate about. People are critical of the participation trophy environment we live in, and I do believe that people who excel at something should be rewarded. But life isn’t always about winning or being the best. I don’t think I ever appreciated that more than when I walked/jogged/stumbled through a half marathon. I endured and completed a half marathon I was mostly unprepared for, in part, because I knew I would receive a medal for it, not a medal for winning or placing, but simply for completing the race. When I recall how grueling that event was, I don’t feel guilty for receiving a participation award, because I did achieve something that day, even if it was only a personal victory.
Anyway, all that was not necessarily what I came here to discuss, so onwards and upwards (and really, what would a Gemini/Sagittarius axis day encourage us to do besides wax eloquent and philosophic?) Here is a copy of the Full Moon for my location:
Probably the coolest thing about this chart is that the fixed star, Aldebaran, is conjunct the Sun, and the fixed star, Antares, is conjunct the Moon. Aldebaran and Antares, as well as Regulus and Fomalhaut, are known as the Royal Stars of Persia. They occupy the four fixed sign angles in the Sidereal Zodiac: Aldebaran occupies Taurus (or Tropical Gemini), Regulus occupies the early degrees of Leo in the Sidereal Zodiac and the very last degree of Leo in the Tropical zodiac, Antares occupies Sidereal Scorpio and Tropical Sagitarrius, and Fomalhaut occupies Sidereal Aquarius and Tropical Pisces * (see note 1).
An interesting aside to this is that the four fixed signs played a role in religious symbolism and prophecy. The Christian * (see note 2 and 2b) Tetramorph was the symbolic joining of these four similar modalities, but dissimilar elements (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are all fixed signs occupying different elements: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air) into one creepy, chimerical type body. This body was composed of an ox, a lion, an eagle, and a man. It worth nothing that the eagle can be used to represent Scorpio, particularly in Evolutionary Astrology, where the eagle represents Scorpio at its highest, most noble form.
This symbolic joining was not unique to Christianity, but Christian scholars throughout the ages were aware of the Tetramorph, and considered each arm of the Tetramorph to be associated with a different Gospel author. There was quite a bit of disagreement as to which arm related to which author. I know what you are thinking, “astrologers, theologians, philosophers, and/or historians disagreeing about key concepts-poppycock!” If you are un-familiar with the New Testament of the Christian Bible, the first four books of the New Testament were written by apostles (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) of Jesus Christ, who actually travelled with him and witnessed his teachings and activities first hand. Words written in red in the four Gospels of Christ were words spoken directly by Jesus * (see note 2 again if you forgot what it said). Most commonly, Matthew is associated with Man (Aquarius), Mark with the Lion (Leo), Luke with the Ox (Taurus), and John with the Eagle (Scorpio). The Tetramorph first appears to the prophet Ezekiel in the Old Testament, and again in the New Testament Book of Revelations, and represents four perfect aspects of Christ’s Church: its humanity, its servitude, its dignity, and its aspiration to Heaven.The featured image for this article is a artistic rendering of the Tetramorph. The artist is unknown, and the image belongs on the public domain.
Back to today: we have two of the four Royal Stars engaged in a tug-of-war with the lights of our sky, the Sun and Moon. It is a battle royale between male and female principles occuring with equally powerful champions in Aldebaran and Antares. I will not go too much into the nature of these fixed stars other than to say that Aldebaran is generally regarded as a positive influence and Antares is generally regarded as negative. I do believe that Gemini Sun wins the contest here, and not only because it is linked more favorably. The Sun will continue to perfect his conjunction to Aldebaran over the next several days. Meanwhile, his ruler, Mercury will enter the sign of his rulership, Gemini, shortly after the Full Moon. The Moon, on the other hand, will only pair up with Antares for a few hours. Furthermore, her ruler, Jupiter is still floundering in a retrograde state in Scorpio. Jupiter enjoys little essential dignity in Scorpio.
For this location chart, which is similar to any chart in the eastern time zone of the United States, Mars and the South Node are swiftly approaching the 7th house cusp. It would be said that Mars is strongly advancing, and is sitting directly on that angle. This makes Mars one of the most powerful planets in this chart. Mars is moving away from a square to Uranus, who recently entered Taurus. Mars and Uranus will both be retrograding, and performing this little square dance with each other all Summer long. The Sun and Moon are sounding a trumpet, and its blast is a message about Mars. Both the Sun and Moon interact comfortably with Mars by trine and sextile respectively. So we are seeing and hearing more of a song than an alarm.
Ultimately, this chart seems to foretell the events of the Summer, rather than signify anything specific itself. Mutable sign activity serves to perpetuate motion and activity already initiated and sustained by its Cardinal and Fixed sign predecesors. It does not create activity of its own. Mutable sign energy also acts as a bridge to the next season. It acts as a kind of psychopomp, escorting us in this case from the Spring to the Summer. This summer, on June 26th, Mars stations retrograde at 9 degrees Aqaurius. One month and one day later, we will experience a South Node Lunar Eclipse, with the Moon, Mars, and the South Node all tightly conjoined in Aquarius, and the Moon in the middle at 4 degrees 44 minutes. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is really star of the show this Summer, because Mars rarely retrogrades in Aquarius, at least in the modern era. The last time he was retrograde fully in Aquarius was 1971. It makes me feel good to say that there is some astrological phenomena older than me. I have Mars in Aquarius natally at 8 degrees, so that may be the only thing that feels good for me. Or maybe not. I am an optimistic Jupiter in Pisces in the 10th kind of girl. I am mostly looking at this time with some bemused curiosity.
So, moral of this story: today we are finalizing the energy and themes of the Spring, while contemplating the possible themes and energy of the Summer. That is the job of Mutable energy, to aid in transition. Have you ever noticed that in a large project, it is always those finishing touches which seem the most arduous and most thankless parts of the job? Remember that when you are falling for all the bad press aimed at Mutable sign people. We are dotting i’s and crossing t’s that the Cardinal signs have lost interest in and the Fixed signs refuse to address.
Better people than me have analyzed and discussed at length the merits of the Sidereal and Tropical Zodiacs, and how there really is room for both on our crazy little sphere called Earth. I am not going to re-argue a topic which has succintly and eloquently been presented by other people, but I will find links to those for your enjoyment and enrichment. Suffice to say that both Sidereal and Tropical Astrology are both valid systems, neither of which cancel each other out.
I am not an apologist for Astrology or Christianity, as I am both a Christian and an Astrologer. I am not here to prove or debate the validity or value of either institution. There are many people who encourage and revel in that kind of debate. I do not, nor will I court apologistic debate or disrespect here. I will proceed here in every post with the base assumption that Astrology and Christianity are both real. That is not to say that discussion and debate within those topics are unwelcome. If you think Astrology is hogwash, or if you want to show me on a doll where Christianity hurt you and you are pissed off, this is not the site for you. Thank you.
The focus for this site is primarily Astrology. Therefore, I will not discuss religion unless it pertains to the history or practice of Astrology.
Not posting much, just wanted to share a few photos I took tonight of our favorite girl, who will also form a conjunction with Jupiter over the next 24 hours. Pink Full Moon is quite active this year, making connections with all the planets in our Solar System, save Mercury, Uranus and Venus. Nothing packs the wallop of a conjunction though. Moon in Scorpio may be in her fall, but I always enjoy the mellow vibe of Scorpio Moon. For some reason, Moon in her exaltation in Taurus makes me feel depressed. I kind of get a charge out of anything passing through my Scorpio 6th house. Even though the 6th, 8th, and 12th houses are poor hosts for the planets, I personally feel like I can catch a break and actually get things done during times of less external activity.
P.S. While I was grinding away the other day at a two month old post, several newsworthy, and therefore astrologically worthy things took place. One, which I did touch on, was that the Koreans declared an end to their war which spanned nearly 70 years. Also, Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman, who was likely the most credible of a long list of women who have accused him of the same. Lastly, there was an oil refinery explosion in Wisconsin. I have the chart for the explosion, which is rather remarkable. I need to dig around for times for the other two events. I am hoping to examine these and post about them during the coming week, but I work for the next two days. I work 12-hour shifts, which means that those days are lost days for any other activity, particularly anything time consuming. Any meaningful posting for me will occur later in the week.
(This post was started at the beginning of March, and heavily updated on April 26, 2018. For that reason, I decided to repost this for the current day. Everything after the Full Moon chart is new content, or completely reworked old content.)
For my current location, here in the Greater Jacksonville, Florida area, March has rolled in like the sweetest of lambs. The weather reached a temperate high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit, and the skies were partly cloudy throughout the day…a perfect beach day, for hiking rather than swimming, because the Atlantic Ocean waters are still bone-achingly chilly. Additionally, I work as an open heart recovery/cardiovascular intensive care nurse, and my workday was dull, really one of the slower days I have experienced as a nurse. Considering that most days as a medical professional in an acute care setting can be likened to running a marathon at a sprint pace, while being set ablaze by an eternal flame, today was exceptional for its benign atmosphere.
Apparently, this cool runnings, mellow, snail-pace day foretells the impact of tonight’s full Moon in Virgo, at least for the eastern seaboard of the United States. I am attaching the full moon chart for my hometown, but you will find similar charts for any location in the eastern standard time zone of the United States.
Of course full moons have historically been associated with chaos, increased criminal activity, and more frequent hospital admissions and code blue events. (As an aside, I can tell you, from the perspective of nurse + astrologer, that the new moon phase can be as action packed as the full moon phase. I assume that we collectively do not associate the new moon with extremes, simply because we don’t see it, and are not generally aware of the passing of moon phases.) This particular full moon is a kinder, gentler lunar influence, with Mercury (the Moon’s ruler) conjoining exalted Venus in Pisces. All these celestial orbs are cadent, and retreating from the angles. They are sleepy and setting. Venus and the Moon gain a bit of strength here by being in sect. Tonight would be a perfect night for a bubble bath, or some, slow, sweet love making. Intellectual pursuits are not favored with Mercury in his detriment and fall, while also cadent and retreating as well. He is distracted by lovely Venus, who is also trine Jupiter in Scorpio, who is eight days away from retrograding, and therefore enjoying his last day before stasis.
So treat yourself, and perhaps your lover this full moon. Don’t argue or nag…Mars in Sag challenges Venus and Mercury, as he is seeking attention. He will get it by fighting or fucking, but he will not be ignored. Disregard some of the emphasis placed on Sag/Pisces square here. According to Alexandrinous, Sagittarius and Pisces share affinity for each other simply because they share a ruler, Jupiter. And of all the pairings of signs who share a ruler, none would do so as benevolently, and magnanimously than those ruled by old fatty Jupiter. Think about how freely Zeus spread his love to anyone he could get his hands on, and in all kinds of shocking manifestations…like a swan…really! Makes you appreciate why Hera was so crusty all the time.
Of course, the old adage asserts that if March comes in like a lamb, then it will go out like a lion. Even the most airy-fairy astrologer would be forced to admit that the energy present during this moment in time will shift dramatically. There will be the normal, annular shifts, such as the Sun, Mercury and Venus all crossing over into Aries. For every cold, slumber of Winter, we must arise and behold the majesty of Spring. It is no surpise to me that Jupiter both ushers in and ushers out the Saturnine grip of Winter. My trust in the harmony of the spheres as it relates to traditional, rather then modern rulership is only reinforced.
So, in addition to the usual, seasonal shift we experience at this time of year (sorry southerm hemisperians for being so northern hemisphere centric. Don’t get mad. Look around you and study your indigneous cultures. Record your own mythologies. My bet is that your clockwise mythologies will complement these counter-clockwise mythologies rather nicely), we will be experiencing some rather remarkable astrological occurences. Jupiter will station retrograde on March 8th, and this station will be felt most poignantly between March 1st and March 15th, seven days before and after Jupiter’s station. Jupiter spends approximately half of the year, every year, in an apparent retrograde motion, so this is not especially mind blowing. On March 17th, Mars will enter Capricorn. Again, Mars transits a new sign every couple of months, so this entrance into Capricorn, his place of exaltation is not usual.
What makes March and April 2018 exceptional, is the convergence of energies and events. By the end of March, we will have a collection of planets in Aries: the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Uranus. We will also have some heavy weights in Capricorn: Mars, Saturn, and Pluto. These planets will agitate each other. Saturn and Mars meet together in Capricorn approximately every 30 years. Pluto has not been in Capricorn since the 1700s. The Capricorn planets: exalted Mars, and Saturn in his rulership will form a superior square to all the Aries planets, including the Sun, who is exalted here. Normally, I would say that exalted Sun in Aries wins the fight, any fight. But, because Saturn and Mars are strong, and to the right of the Sun, and because the Sun is receiving his marching orders from Mars (Mars is the ruler of Aries), the Capricorn planets win here, everytime. None of this energy is kind, yielding or forgiving. Mars likes to war, Saturn likes to restrict. If conflict does not erupt during this time period, I would say that any conflict we experience during the next year or two can be traced back to this time period. Put it this way: let’s pretend that your are viewing a stick of dynamite being lit which has a relatively long fuse. The stick may explode 6 months from now, but the fuse was lit today. When we add Pluto into the equation, as the fire, the fuse, or the explosive material, the impact could be felt for centuries to come.
I left off at the last paragraph after the chart pic, and am finishing this past on April 26, 2018. Of course, WWIII did not happen. The US did order bomb strikes against Syria during this time, which is an echo of strikes launched by the US government the year before. Are these events the light of the fuse? Only time will tell. I was personally blessed recently, in caring for an open heart recoevery patient, who is both Syrian and Catholic. Being highly Jupiterian, I have always enjoyed talking to people from different countries and cultures. It is probably the biggest unstated bonus of working in the medical field that I am exposed to people from all over the globe. Despite our differences, we bonded over the Catholism. But when I approach a person who may be different from me in some way, or even hostile, I usually let them take the lead in conversations, because I am automatically ignorant to their experience, and I know it. People like to use the word “ignorant” as an insult, but it is impossible to know everything, understand everything, empathize with everything. It is impossible for me to know everything there is to be learned in my own neck-of-the-woods, let alone comprehend the reality of what it means to be a Syrian Catholic man, who has become an American citizen, who then has to watch his home country be bombed by the country in which he has chosen to reside. But I can listen to him, and allow him to speak from his point of view without putting my own sense of reality and expectations on what he says. The only shame in ignorance, is the unwillingness to learn, or more importantly, the belligerence associated with ignorance. I enojoyed listening to him, and he enjoyed talking (don’t we all want an audience, even if only one person?). I will forever love this man for stating, as many of do as Americans, that he loves this country, its people and its ideals, but he hates the government, or what it has become, so perverted from the requirements of our Constitution. This patient is a Capricorn, by the way, who is experiencing his own Saturn in Capricon tales.
So, we have the bombing in Syria on one side of the spectrum, and the possible peace between North and South Korea on the other side. I have to wonder how much of this was made possible by the Olympic games. I have always been a long time enthusiast of the Olympics, and was rather moved by the opening ceremonies presented by South Korea, who among other roles, has become the caretaker of the history and culture of both Koreas. For this reason alone, I could never be an ardent follower of communism. Communism according to Marx does not just want to redistribute the wealth from the elite to the rest of humanity, it also wants to erase history from our books and destroy the family unit, as a smaller component of nationalism and tribalism.
China tried to eradicate its own thousands year old culture, and destroy the family unit during the 1960’s, but fortunately saw the error of its own ways in time. I have to wonder what it must have been like to be a North Korean watching the display of its own history and culture, its own identity, being portrayed during the opening ceremony of the Winter Games. The whole story of Korea, and how it came to be two nations, is rather heartbreaking to me. Unlike Germany, who was the ultimate villain of WWII, and was thus carved up by the victors (the US, the UK, France, and the USSR), Korea really wasn’t a “bad guy”. It was mostly just a Cold War casualty. And like German families, mostly innocent of the machinations of mad-men, Korean families were torn apart by the creation of the Demilitarized Zone along the 38th parallel. I was impressed by the themes of unification that permeated the last Olympic games, and it is my prayer that the Korean people see an end to division and fear.
All politics, and geo-political ruminations aside, the real story of 2018 may be the stock market. I didn’t necessarily have Korea or Syria on my mind when I started this post nearly two months ago, but I did have the stock market on my mind. Now, I am no stock market expert or financial expert. Really, I am not the expert of anything. But during Saturn in Capricorn time, or the time leading up to it, when Saturn is in the last decan of Sagittarius, there is generally a stock market crash or a stock market correction. Often times, a stock market correction is a logical downward turn after a period of growth. Upon peaking at the charts of stock market crashes from 1929, 1987, 1989, 2007, and 2008, stock market crashes and corrections seem to coincide with heavy Sagittarian and Capricornian activity. The 2008 stock market crash occured on the back of Jupiter in Capricorn, and Pluto in Sagittarius, which had just retrograded from Capricorn to Sagittarius. Our entire finanicial picture seems to hinge on the push-pull relationship with expansive Jupiter and contractive Saturn. The stock market picture since then, and especially when it started to truly recover around March 2010, has steadily trended upward. (Jupiter ruled Pisces is a culprit again, but in watery Pisces, rather than explosive Sagittarius. In fact, Jupiter himself was in Pisces when the economy turned towards recovery). Since around the first of this year, and shortly after Saturn entered Capricorn, the stock market has become unstable. We see big gains, followed by big loses day to day. You may think that this erratic foreward and backward motion is very un-Earth or un-Capricorn like, but think realistically about an earthquake’s activity. The movement of the Earth back and forth along tectonic plates is very sudden, jarring and dramatic. Jupiter at this moment is fairly weak in Scorpio, and is taking orders from Mars. But towards the latter half of the year, he will enter Sagittarius, where he takes orders from no one. By this fall, we should see a Jupiter break forth who is very tired of being seated at the little kids’ table.
The following is a snap shot of the stock market graph during the course of the past year. Of course, not everything can be summarized in this way, but I think the heave-ho nature of the stock market is well illustrated here. Not sure how to change the size of this image, because it is much larger than it needs to be. Stay tuned though to world news, and keep your eyes peeled. And as always and as usual, take care and love your family, and try not to fret. Not much we can do about global finances or relationships after all, but I do think it pays to be aware.
Lastly, my featured pic is a one I took at Epcot Center during Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival. When I tried to link this post to my Facebook page, it anchored onto my screen shot of the stock market graph. This pic is much lovelier.
Concerned that a couple of the categories I spent so much time on are not showing up on my main page, so I am going to select those categories with this post, in the hopes that it will force them to become populated.
I wanted to capitalize on all of this lovely water sign energy before the Moon rolls into Leo. Fortunately, Moon in Cancer cannot be void. The birth time for this site is 2331, and the date is February 26, 2018. I am not sure why Word Press thinks I posted this on the 27th, other than because of some time zone snafu.
Thanks for joining me! (This entry creeps me out, because I did not make it. You would think that if Word Press were going to post on my behalf, it would explicitly state that fact).
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton