Spring Snow and the Blood Moon

Blood Moon
Please note the picture credits – click to see full size image

Here’s an excellent picture of the “Blood Moon” eclipse. It is the first of 4 total lunar eclipses – astronomers call this a tetrad. An article about the entire series will have to wait because of the night being spent on hardware and software upgrades, as well as the work that’s been keeping me from posting for so long.

Although the eclipse was visible over the great lakes, we couldn’t see it in Chicagoland because of cloudy skies and SNOW. The temperature dropped 40 degrees from the wet morning of the 14th until after the eclipse, which occurred at 2:42:16 AM on the 15th. I was expecting something like this, because, having cast the chart several days ago, I knew that Saturn had returned to the Midheaven of the local eclipse chart, where it was located in the charts of the Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice of 2013, which (combined with other features) gave us one of the most brutal winters we’ve had in a long time.

Note the positions of Mars and Saturn; click to view full-sized image

The charts for Spring and Summer of 2014 featured Jupiter, which usually brings warmer and moist weather. Usually the weather follows the trends set up by the solstice and equinox charts, unless a cosmic event sets up an interference pattern – and the Blood Moon eclipse certainly did.

In weather charts, the planets closest to the Midheaven Axis that usually have the most to say about local conditions. But going beyond weather, as you can see, Mars is opposite a Mercury-Uranus conjunction which happens to be 90 degrees from the Jupiter-Pluto opposition. I should have mentioned that Mars had just passed Perigee, where it’s orbit brings it closest to Earth, and it tends to be brighter than usual.

Eclipses have a somewhat “retroactive” effect, and because the Moon had just passed the conjunction of Mars (and the transit of the Grand Cross), the Moon would carry its energy to fruition. The Moon is an indicator of “local conditions” – it seems that 36 people were shot in 36 hours in the local area during the two days beforehand. The Eclipse Degree being close to a friend’s natal Jupiter caused her to lose a substantial amount of money, ruining travel plans. Mars is almost exactly conjunct my natal Mercury – bringing in the influences of Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus and transiting Mercury. I’m taking a break from upgrading my operating system and hardware at the moment. Ukrainian forces have begun to fight back against Russian militias; the Mars Midheaven line on the astral map for the Perigee passed over the eastern Ukraine, and the Jupiter/Pluto Asc-Dsc lines passed over the Ukraine at the moment of the eclipse. Dozens of other examples could be discussed here, but I must go play engineer –

Check out NASA’s eclipse map here: Visibility Map


Scale of the Universe

Copy of Sombrero_smNo, this is not the solstice report yet. I just was sent a link to a really clever website that I couldn’t resist putting here, called The Scale of the Universe. It is built around a slider bar that takes you from “Quantum Foam” to “The Universe” and includes everything from neutrinos to the Hubble Deep Field. we have no way to measure how far this region of the Universe is now; we only know where it was 12.7 billion years ago. Although this is really a topic of interest for astronomers and astrophysicists, those of us who are concerned with meaning rather than measure should take this as an opportunity for meditation and contemplation. Plus, there is a nowhere-near unpleasant music loop behind the animated image on the site, and it has a link/button through which it can be translated into different languages – something I have to do for my site, I think.

So while you’re waiting for the Solstice Report and other articles related to (astrologically speaking) Saturn’s time of the year, spend a few minutes contemplating the range of what consciousness is capable of perceiving and understanding – in the physical world alone.

Omens of June Part 2 – The Venus Transit

Mars and Venus by Botticelli

A lot is being made of the Venus Transit of the Sun, mostly by attention seeking astronomers, and New-Age Positivist astrologers, for whom everything is a great opportunity for happiness, love and spiritual growth. I don’t belong to either camp. An astrological event like this always has an upside and a downside, and despite its rarity, there is really no precedent for the hype as seen on the internet today.

Vul-cain has forged arms for Aeneas – he’s presenting them to Venus: click for a larger image

If we look at traditional astrology, no distinction is made between any other Sun-Venus conjunction and this one. Declination (the distance north or south of the celestial equator) was studied in older forms of astrology, in which case this would qualify as a conjunction and a parallel, which would have a special meaning according to the individual chart being studied. Latitude (the distance north or south of the Ecliptic, or the apparent path of the Sun) was treated in much the same way.

According to modern astrologers of the more scientific bent, this combination could be very important to some, because it is an alignment, in the same sense as a total eclipse is an alignment. It could be an especially powerful event in a Solar or Lunar Return chart occurring at the time of the alignment, but it’s meaning would be specific to the individual or event under examination. It’s likely that many will attribute events to the Venus transit that are actually due to Mercury being out-of-bounds, or the Uranus-Pluto square, the Moon-Pluto square or some other less “sexy” astrological condition.

In Horary astrology (astral divination) Venus is Cazimi during this event, being 17 minutes of arc or less from the Sun’s center. This is considered a very powerful dignity by some, and a relatively important accidental dignity by others. Again, this is the art of answering questions using astrology as the tool of divination, and the value of the Venus Transit depends solely on whether or not the question or the querent is signified by Venus. It’s also important to remember that Venus is retrograde, and except for the short time while it is Cazimi, it is Combust, both of which are considered major afflictions.

Astral Map of the Venus Transit – click for a larger image

If we take a look at the astral map above, we can see the places on earth where the Venus-Sun conjunction is on the Midheaven, Ascendant, Descendant or Lower Heaven. Other than the crossing of the Descendant line with the Uranus IC line in central Michigan (this may have to do with the recall vote against the anti-labor, reactionary governor of Wisconsin, which is well within range), it doesn’t really exemplify a lot as far as populated areas and planetary combinations are concerned. Other lines in the map for the moment of the event are prominent; for instance, there is a Mars-Mercury crossing in the British Isles and a Moon-Pluto conjunction line through central Europe. I suspect the biggest news will be coming from those areas, as well as the places where Pluto and Uranus cross on this day, and in the future, as the Moon makes its regular connections with Uranus and Pluto.

A modern sculpture of Venus

The psychic (psychological) advice given on the basis of this transit is really the kind of advice that should be given no matter what is happening astrologically. Think about it – align your thoughts with your intentions and eliminate self-sabotage; act in your own self interest, uproot ethical conflicts and know them for what they are, etc.  Nevertheless, those who have been actively involved in purification or detoxification processes may get some of the rewards they have been looking for. This transit is also likely to favor some who have undertaken elective surgeries or other radical cosmetic procedures. It may also be beneficial for re-evaluating investments or portfolios, designing new budgets, and acquiring sponsorship, grants or scholarships, if the rest of the chart agrees.

The Venus transit may, for some, act as an omen of good results coming from undertakings begun at an earlier time. Astrology is not about getting something for nothing. New-age mystics are making any number of rosy predictions and pronouncements but, let’s face facts. For every person who wins at lottery games, thousands break their legs, are in accidents or fights, suffer broken relationships and health issues. Don’t expect this, or any other transit to fix anything – the planets are always there, and we can benefit from them if we use them. A hammer does not frame a house on its own – we need to take action to make things happen.

Omens of June Part 1 – the Supermoon Eclipse

World Astral Map for the Supermoon Eclipse – click for a larger image

As you can see from the image above, there is a lot of activity in the populated areas of the world during this eclipse, much like the last one. It’s important to remember, however, that this one is also a Supermoon. Supermoon events have a strong record of producing powerful seismic effects within a week or so on either side of their occurrence; on the 4th, the day of the Supermoon-eclipse, there were two earthquakes above magnitude 6 in Panama, a 6.0 in Bolivia, and two just below 6 in Indonesia. An astute user of Astral Mapping techniques may note that the Paran Lines (latitudes at which planets rise/set/culminate/anti-culminate together – marked as yellow horizontal lines on the map above) of Uranus and Pluto surround Indonesia and Bolivia – these lines are circles of terrestrial latitude generated from the actual crossing points in far northern Brazil and the Indonesian Archipelago. Panama is just north of the Northern line, and right under the Eclipse and Venus ACG lines.

Europe’s Supermoon – click for a larger image

The Mars lines on the map are crossing the Supermoon lines in South America and Southeast Asia as well, and this could be adding a little more pressure; it’s very interesting to note that where Mars crosses the Venus ACG line in Peru, there is the possibility that an oil pipeline through a very biodiverse area with possibly “un-contacted” indigenous people has been forestalled, at least for the next 3 years.

If we look for the lines of the Uranus-Pluto square, we find them crossing in Syria, which is all over the news these days. Maybe the Russians, who have been the last holdout in supporting the Syrian president, will finally broker some kind of peace in the area by peacefully removing the president from power – something that has been in the works, and done before. I believe we’ll be hearing news about this soon because of the Pluto IC line passing so close to Moscow.

East Asia’s Supermoon – Click for a larger image

The Mars ASC line is passing through central Europe, as does the Supermoon line – this does not bode well for the European financial crisis. Maybe the British Isles will escape, thanks to Jupiter. But maybe the Jupiter line is being “used up” by the “diamond jubilee” of the Queen of England, which is being celebrated as something of a holiday by her subjects.

It should also be mentioned that Mercury is “Out of Bounds” during this eclipse, giving a rather independent quality to its usual indications. Seeing the Mercury MC line so close to Athens points to the possibility of Greece acting outside of the current  E.U. economic policy. It’s Ascendant line in the US passes through Florida, where the governor is pushing voting reform policies that could skew elections in favor of his political party, which  may be legal, but certainly is an obvious flaunt of federal policies. This “independent” Mercury is also very close to the Descendant in Jakarta, where it falls into a Paran-Square with Mars – between that and the Parans of Uranus and Pluto at that latitude, this could be a dangerous omen in almost all ways; political, seismic, social, atmospheric and other currents are likely to take an unexpected turn.

Jakarta’s Supermoon Chart

The Mars MC line passes through eastern central China, and just east of Japan, there is another Uranus/Pluto Paran line that is being crossed by Saturn.  With the Pluto ASC and Saturn MC lines just to the southeast, it would be a good idea to watch for notable seismic activity there – especially considering the ongoing nuclear threat at Sendai. Although this eclipse does not appear to be as dangerous regarding nature doing serious damage to the already compromised reactors, there are factors not easily seen on the surface that have been covered in the posts discussing the May eclipse, and its relationship to this and previous eclipses. For one thing, this Lunar Eclipse links to the previous Solar Eclipse through the square to Mars, and both this eclipse and the last have dangerous connections to eastern Asia in general, and Japan in particular.

US Supermoon – Click for a larger image

In the US, a good deal of eastern New York, and therefore much of the northeast is under the Mars IC line – this could be a sign of unseasonable weather conditions. After all, this is a Full Moon, which is usually a good marker for atmospheric and tidal phenomena. Mars’ exact square to Venus could cause an increase in humidity, and its contra-parallel to Saturn could be a sign of storms during this fortnight.

The Neptune MC line runs through the westernmost position of the eastern states, and crosses the Mercury ASC line in Alabama – it’s possible that news of fraud, such as college cheating or voting issues (as described above) may come from the southeast under this influence. It would be fortunate if the Venus ASC line, which runs very close to the Sun-Moon line brings some moisture to the eastern plains and midwest states.

New York’s Supermoon Chart

It doesn’t look like the Atlantic Hurricane season will  begin early this year, but this might be a subject worth visiting before the next New Moon. The Atlantic Basin weather may be disorganized during this fortnight, but the New Moon chart looks pretty severe in this regard, featuring a Mercury/Saturn crossing on the African side, and the Pluto/Uranus and Sun/Moon lines in the middle, with Jupiter and Neptune crossing north of Cuba and the Caribbean.

The visionary and psychic (psychological) aspects of the spring eclipse season will persist for a while because of the Venus factor. A Venus Transit is rare enough; one following on the heels of a powerful eclipse makes it even rarer. But please note that the Mars square Venus on this eclipse day is an omen of action and increased passions in whatever you do. This eclipse will be rather favorable for those involved in creative or sentimental projects and activities. Note that new information or resources could arrive that will be a sign that you are headed in the right direction with such projects. Remember, however, that starting new projects or relationships within the week after the eclipse is not a good idea, and that this is the dark fortnight (waning Moon) as well. It’s a great time to get things off the back burner, though, even if only to figure out how to best implement them after the New Moon.


Omens of May Part 5 – More on the eclipse

May2012 Eclipse_w_ACG
Another copy of the ACG map for the eclipse of May 20th – click for a larger image

Eclipses have always been considered omens, which essentially means that they predict the future. But there is no clear consensus as to how to time the events predicted by eclipses in astrological writing. In this article, I will discuss some of the methods for timing eclipse results, and why this is a tricky matter, and also try to cover some of the principles used for eclipse interpretation.

We often see some effects from eclipses before the actual eclipse occurs. Charles Jayne mentions in his writing that eclipse effects can manifest from three to six months before the eclipse occurs. I usually observe the three month limit in my work with them in all astro-economic studies, and any personal astrological charts that have a significant connection with the eclipse degree, due to my experience with them.

2 days before this eclipse was not favorable for an IPO…

Another of Jayne’s observations is that the most immediate and potent events connected with the eclipse occur within 7 – 10 days on either side of the eclipse date. My opinion is that this range can easily be approximated by using the period from the Last Quarter Moon before an eclipse to the First Quarter Moon after (of course this rule is reversed in the case of Lunar Eclipses, a discussion of which will be found in the Omens of June) – this consideration usually works out to around 7 days, depending on the speed of the Moon’s motion.

There are also important principles from Medieval/Renaissance astrology that should come into consideration. For instance, it’s generally considered unfortunate to begin a new venture during the last quarter of the Moon, and fortunate to make a new start during the time from the New Moon to the first quarter. As an example, those who make talismans for astrological magic have an excellent opportunity to create one for the Moon on the 25th of May, as long as they can avoid the Moon’s square to Saturn. This would be true for any election having to do with Lunar activities on that date.

In fact, my experience in working with them show that anything begun 7 – 10 days before an eclipse turns out differently than one would expect, and events started immediately after an eclipse may require a change in plans due to the sudden awareness of new information or factors that force a different path to be taken. In other words, it’s a good idea to wait a week (or at least 24 hours) before making important decisions at the time of an eclipse – but let’s move on.

An image of the May 20th eclipse from the NASA eclipse website…

The first planet that the Moon makes an aspect to after leaving the eclipse degree leaves a powerful signature on what the eclipse portends. As you can see in the chart above, the first aspect happens to be ta square to Neptune, which is less than 3 degrees away. Much of the writing I have seen concerning this eclipse covers the “spiritual” qualities of Neptune, but that may be because people don’t like to scare their readers with the overwhelmingly negative possibilities. Neptune is not only a planet of vision and creativity, but a planet of illusion, confusion, and dissipation. It also has strong effects on the weather and the economy, being the planet of inflation. Were Neptune in a favorable configuration with Jupiter, there may be better news. Since it is not, watch for things like sudden changes in oil prices, toxic spills, environmental damage to the oceans during the time the eclipse is active, and the various planets transit the eclipse degree.

In classical literature, in both the east and the west, it is said that Mars’ aspects to the eclipse degree activate the effects of an eclipse, and Saturn’s brings them to a close. It’s a nice and neat idea, but I find that any planet coming into conjunction, opposition and sometimes square the eclipse degree will trigger the eclipse indications.

Just looking at this chart, it’s obvious that it won’t be long before Mercury and Jupiter reach the eclipse degree – and it won’t be that long before Mars enters Sagittarius and is opposite the eclipse. The Neptune effect is already in force, because it is beyond the square to the eclipse degree. The first news I received this morning (the day of the Mercury conjunction) was that China has become the first nation in history to be given access to trading in US treasury bonds. Please note that the path of this eclipse stretched from China to North America.

But this discussion begs the next question. How long do the effects of an eclipse last?

Is this eclipse from November 2011 still active? You bet! Click for a larger image…

The classical method of determining the length of eclipse effects is by counting the hours elapsed during the trajectory of an eclipse, and convert this time into years for a Solar eclipse and months for a Lunar eclipse. Using this method, this eclipse has a period of 3.5 years. Some astrologers, like Bill Meridian, use a rule of thumb of a year to a year and a half. There is another method based on the speed of the Moon on an eclipse day, but I have found this rule to be unreliable. Johndro had a phase arc method of timing eclipse effects, which is a little complicated as far as this discussion goes – I will cover it in a future article.

My observations favor that the effects of a given eclipse last from three months before to 1.5 years after, or, at the very least, until the next eclipse in the opposite sign. Sometimes eclipses come in bundles, where we have a Solar eclipse, followed by a Lunar eclipse and then another Solar eclipse; in years like this, the effects tend to last longer. Sometimes the effects last longer, but this is usually due to other factors, such as when eclipses that “pick up” something important from previous ones.

You probably wonder how eclipse related events can happen before the eclipse occurs – but think about it. Most of the events that occur in the world, whether they affect you personally or not, happen before you become aware of them. Think about wellness – you may not become aware of a problem with your health, or with the health of another, until it is revealed to you by a doctor’s visit. A decision may have been made to hire someone for a job long before he or she becomes aware of it. An eclipse-related event rarely falls on the day of the eclipse…

It’s plain to see that for any event or natal chart, a number of eclipses can be operating at the same time. I have also seen instances in which an eclipse activates a previous eclipse that occurred quite a while before it, and we are just scratching the surface of how that can happen in this discussion.

In other words, there are no absolute rules for timing eclipse effects, but plenty of excellent guidelines – and a good set of guidelines is usually enough. Let’s check out a couple of examples:

This is the chart of the second airplane crash into the World Trade Center – click for a larger image

First, a historical example. Here we have the chart of the terrorist attack on New York City of September 11, 2001. We can see that within a few hours of the attack, the Moon was exactly opposite Mars, who had just crossed on to the cardinal axis, called the “Earth Axis” or “World Axis” by Uranian astrologers.

When we look at the previous Solar Eclipse chart, it is plainly visible that it occurred on the World Axis as well, and it is a pretty standard rule that eclipses on the Cardinal points tend to be stronger. From the position of Mars in the eclipse chart, it is easily seen that Mars is not too far from being opposite the eclipse degree. A quick check in the ephemeris (or through the use of an astrological program), it would take less than a minute to determine that Mars would be opposite the eclipse degree in a very short period of time, even when accounting for the remainder of it’s retrograde. Counting the days to exact opposition would have brought one to within a day or two of the event.

This is last Solar Eclipse before the attack on the twin towers – Click for a larger image…

The interesting thing about this particular chart is that Mars had already opposed the eclipse degree. It was already separating by a degree – it was almost as if the event waited for the Moon to become close enough to “trigger” the effect.

In cases like this, I tend to forgo the traditional restrictions about “cross sign” aspects; but on the other hand, this Moon was effective because it will aspect the eclipse degree and Mars as soon as it enters the next sign, and this is occurring on the World Axis, where astrological events seem to be more intense in general, in the same way that planets express themselves more strongly on the angles of a chart.

This example illustrates one of the simplest and most basic methods of timing eclipse results, but there is much more to the practice of Universal (Mundane) astrology. Studies could have been done based on the US chart or the chart of New York City as well – when studying Universal Astrology, national charts and the charts of the heads of state are also considered. If we were doing so, and had this eclipse chart handy, it would have “clinched” an accurate prediction – I believe that Robert Zoller included this eclipse in his prediction of the terrorist attack that was made long before the event. I personally keep eclipse degrees in mind when working with any natal or Universal charts.

Japan Birth Eclipse
This is the Birth Eclipse Chart for Japan – Click for a larger image…

In other words, making predictions based on eclipse charts alone certainly can be difficult, but looking for connections to the eclipse in national charts makes the job less difficult than it might otherwise be. One of the most important tools in this stage of eclipse analysis is to study the birth eclipse of an individual, business or nation, and see whether or not it connects with current eclipses. Here is the birth eclipse of Japan.

Please note that the eclipse falls in the early degrees of Pisces – the early degrees of mutable signs seem to be especially sensitive in Japan’s chart, because that’s where the MC/AS axes fall. Sometimes the birth eclipse is hard to figure, but this was a case where it was easy, and it has tested well in the studies of Japan’s geopolitical and economic presence. For the Radix, I use the official time when independence and sovereignty was restored, at the declaration of peace between the US and Japan.

Tohuku Earthquake/Tsunami - Click for a larger image...
This is the event chart for the underwater earthquake – remember that the Tsunami and subsequent devastation occurred over several hours. Click for a larger image…

Relating these charts to the Tohuku Earthquake (that destroyed the Nuclear Reactors at Sendai, which has already proven to be a disaster far worse that Chernobyl), we’ll take a look at the eclipses around the time of the Tsunami, and the event chart itself. Even though the chart above for November 2011 is not calculated for Japan, we can see a relationship between the Natal Chart of Japan, the birth eclipse of Japan, and this disaster chart, through the position of the Moon in the event chart and other factors that we will describe here.

Now take a look at the eclipse previous to this event. There may not appear to be anything spectacular about it at first glance, but look at the position of Saturn, who began to retrograde shortly before the event. Then look at the eclipse degree – it sits at the trigger position of a T-square formed by Jupiter and Saturn in the event chart!

The last Solar Eclipse before the Tohuku Earthquake – Click for a larger image…

Then there is the position of Uranus in the event chart – although it’s almost the same as the position of the very close Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in the eclipse, while Jupiter has moved forward to form the T-square involving the eclipse degree and Saturn. We could also say that Pluto has moved far enough to participate in a square with Jupiter, which would mean that it is also configured with the eclipse itself. It’s somewhat out of orb with Saturn and the Eclipse, but being involved in any way with a configuration like this certainly means it has something to say. Mars, in the eclipse chart, is in a similar situation with Saturn, in that it is close enough to be configured with Saturn – the eclipse is very close to a 90 degree midpoint configuration between Saturn and Mars.

The Natal chart for Japan has Mercury in Aries opposite Saturn in Libra, both square to Uranus in Cancer. That’s a very earthquake prone combination, and predicting earthquakes for Japan is like predicting the average number of beers purchased in a sports pub during a playoff game – but here’s one timing device that most moderns don’t notice. Yes Mars was in a square to Saturn during the eclipse, but as it moved forward and separated from the square, it eventually got to the 13th degree of Pisces, which is the Antiscion of Saturn and the IC of the eclipse chart.

The Natal Chart of modern Japan. Click for a larger image

Finally relating these to the May eclipse, we see the obvious relationship – first of all, the eclipse formed in the exact degree of the earthquake chart’s Moon. This means that it was placed on the angles of Japan’s Radix (at the DS), and square to the degree of the Birth Eclipse. Pluto, in this eclipse chart,  forms a grand square with Uranus, Saturn and Mercury at the other 3 points. Neptune is square the current eclipse point, and conjunct Japan’s Birth Eclipse. It also picks up energy from the last eclipse, as seen above, which was located at the 3rd degree of Sagittarius, on Japan’s IC. As I’ve mentioned earlier in the article, this eclipse is still active, as detailed by many of the geopolitical events in the news.

Long before Mars reaches the opposition of the eclipse degree in the 1st degree of Sagittarius, Jupiter will have made a conjunction with this month’s eclipse – but Mars is very active in future events concerning this, because it will be making squares to Pluto, Saturn, the eclipse degree prior to the earthquake  (which has some extra clout because of the t-square it forms in the earthquake chart) and other players in the cardinal signs.

Once again, the Ring of Fire Eclipse cast for Tokyo – Click for a larger image…

Mars will, in squaring Pluto, activate the earthquake prone T-square of Saturn, Mercury and Uranus. Although these Mars transits happen every couple of years, we must consider the gravity of these combinations in the light of present and coming astrological events; the Uranus/Pluto Square, the Jupiter Barycenter event I’ve discussed in a previous article, the Neptune station on the angles of Japan’s natal chart, as well as the eclipse degree, and the Moon of the Event chart at the center of it all. Earthquakes come and go, but this one not only moved the axis of the earth, but triggered a Nuclear event with the potential for untold damage to the biosphere, especially for the people of Japan.

The Moon visits the early degrees of Gemini every month, so if you are interested in watching these events unfold, it would be a good idea to look at the status of all the planets from Mars out during the first day of it’s visit to Gemini.

Most of the material in this post was designed to give some background on the nature of timing events with eclipses – it’s length is due to the various factors that need to be taken into consideration. During June, I’ll be working on the “Are You Eclipsed” articles in order to explain many of these principles, and list important dates to watch out for concerning current and future eclipses.

Sorry I don’t have time to cover the European and US economy right now, but keep watching the journal – it’s in the works!

Note: All charts created in Solar Fire, ACG map from Matrix Horizons…