May 27, 2017 Memorial Day Weekend
I need a few days off. Enjoy the weekend, and check your other oracles for insight.
I need a few days off. Enjoy the weekend, and check your other oracles for insight.
More than a few astrological prognosticators thought that the New Moon in Gemini was a great time for idea generation and communications. While that is technically true, today is better.
First, let us take a look at the Moon today. It has a mix of aspects starting the day with a semi-square to Uranus and a trine to Jupiter. That is a great combination to “get things done.” A neptune square by a bit past 5 AM CDT can contribute either confusion or insights on what to do next. About 3 PM the Moon sextiles Venus, generally favorable, and by a bit past 9 PM the Moon joins Mars (avoid Friday night fights, please).
But the kicker today are the multiple 5th harmonic aspects with outer planet bodies. Ceres forms a biquintile with Astraea, benefiting those involved with issues of law and prosperity. Neptune biquintiles Vesta, adding a kind of poetry to any traditions at this time, notably those associated with Memorial Day. Vesta, in turn, forms a quintile with Sedna, reminding us to honor those who have fallen, and smart ideas about better ways to do that come to us. Finally, Mars quadrinoviles Hygeia, giving some of us the energy and motivation to improve our health, possibly through exercise.
While any day CAN be a bad day, we think that this day will be mostly benevolent and helpful to most people. Keep a notepad hand, and capture those novel ideas.
This new moon has been discussed extensively, and you can read those many posts here. The other aspect today is Venus (Aries) square Pluto (Capricorn). Aries is not a good position for Venus, and she entered the “Second Gate” on Monday (possibly a predictor of an event like the bombing in London). Pluto is metaphorically the god of the underworld, akin to other variants such as Osiris (Egyptian), and is associated with death, taxes, police, intelligence agencies, drugs, poisons, and especially assassination by poisoning.
How Venus square Pluto, as well as the New Moon, manifests is a function of the individuals (and groups) that are “processing” it. Given other aspects this week, we think this period continues to have a potential for danger. Tuesday and Wednesday have proven relatively safe (other than routine events that pepper the timeline of our lives), but Thursday still requires care.
As others have mentioned, Mars opposite Saturn is only a few days away on May 29th. Mars moves slowly enough that you feel it today, and Mars / Saturn is a classic topic that was discussed extensively by Grant Lewi. (Specifically, Hitler’s birth chart had Mars square Saturn.) We have written about this before in detail.
Today (May 25th) Mars perfects a Triseptile to Pluto. We consider that to be a karmic (and sometimes rather dangerous) aspect. Therefore, both Venus AND Mars perfect aspects to Pluto today. The same kind of thing was true in Hitler’s chart (Venus and Mars were in a tight conjunction in Taurus and both square to Saturn in Leo.)
And, as bad as all this is, after the New Moon perfects, the Sun forms a sesquiquadrate to Pluto. A stressful aspect, the sesquiquadrate tend to provoke people and events. The dominate planet today is Pluto, and that can lead to violence and dangerous situations.
So, how to use this day? The New Moon perfects at 2:44 PM CDT (12:44 PM PDT / 3:44 PM EDT / 8:44 PM London). Until then, we recommend house cleaning. Curiously, sometimes this CAN be a good time to find lost objects (in the process of cleaning).
Others have recommended fasting or modified fasts (one teacher of min liked a so-called “rice fast” in which you could only have cooked brown rice and water but as much as you wanted of either). Exercise such as Yoga or Pilates can go well, but best done alone or with only your closest of relations. Given that this is a Gemini New Moon, writing and especially journaling might prove beneficial. All of these can be combined.
Since Pluto can be about purging (it rules both sex organs and lower bowels and sometimes sewers (along with Neptune)), the above techniques can be extraordinarily powerful and transformative today. If you combine the fast with yoga, keeping a journal and observing your process and insights gained can be very powerful today.
Outers are very active today, and we are omitting others. However, Vesta quadrinovile Juno is worthy of note as it rules traditions and rituals that women follow. This can be as simple as the sometimes elaborate ritual of “putting on makeup” in the morning or something far more elaborate. We are not Wiccan, but we think this might be a very good day for ritual for those that follow that path. (Even though we are not Wiccan, I have invariably had Wiccans interested in my work as far back as 1993, before I was putting anything on the Internet. I am not adverse to their chosen path.)
Whether you are male or female, the quadrinovile will provide some people with powerful insights into these rituals. (Do not be surprised to see something important released by the cosmetic or fashion industries today.) Along these lines, keep in mind that you can INVENT new and transformative rituals with this particular energy. Whatever insight comes to you, make certain you record it. At the moment it seems like you will never forget it and then it is gone.
Capture the moment. Seize the day. And, above all, stay safe.
If you have read my earlier forecasts this week, and the news, then you know we are in a dangerous period. My original hunch (based on aspects) was that it would occur on Tuesday and involve EU / Middle East. The explosion at the concert in the UK, precisely the kind of thing that “came to me,” actually occurred on Monday and involved the UK (and Middle East). I have said before, and say again, that I think this entire week is dangerous. I stand by that prognostication and hope that I am wrong. As I said previously, I would rather be “wrong” and not see loss of life than the other way around.
That said, the big news today is the perfection of Saturn quincunx Sedna. Since Saturn is retrograde, we say this a few months ago (in Saturn direct motion) and will see it again in a few months (in direct motion). From a “zoomed out” long term perspective (years, decades, and centuries), this is the most important aspect this year (although arguably Saturn trine Uranus is a rather persuasive runner up).
What does it mean? Well, it is not very “pretty” as Southern ladies I know might say (watch the old movie “Steel Magnolias” to get what I am saying). In fact, it is downright “ugly.”
Sedna is so new to us that it is very difficult to interpret, having been discovered in 2003. With a 10,500 year orbit, it represents an entire new class of objects (as well as a shift in our collective consciousness, much as the discovery of Uranus did in the late 18th century). So, what does it mean?
More than a few of us are scratching our heads about it, and more than a few astrologers are ignoring it. After all, with a 10,500 year orbit, it could be treated the same as a fixed star (and probably should be). Any meaningful changes in position / interpretation will come after we are all dead and gone. Sedna is located between 17 and 18 Taurus, and can differ slightly in only the fractions of the degree it occupies.
The short version of the “meaning” of Sedna is that she is the Inuit (if unfamiliar to you, think “Eskimo”) Goddess of the Victim. The story is very unpleasant, characterized by an unpleasant marriage built on lies and deceit followed by a painful death at her father’s hands (that is a really bad choice of words; he cut her fingers one by one, leading to her death by drowning).
Saturn we all know, but here is a short recap: Saturn (Roman) was also known as Kronos (Greek) and is the basis for “Father Time” in English stories and the “old year” with the sickle at New Year’s Eve celebrations. Physically he represents bones (or the superstructure of a building), is tied to Capricorn and the 10th house (of careers), and is very much about the status quo and (like Vesta) “doing things the way we have always done them.” Saturn is currently in late Sagittarius, the sign of foreign travel, law, universities, and “higher thought.”
A quincunx, to review, is an aspect of disharmony that results in the ultimate in miscommunications. The signs that house the planets differ in quality (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable) and element (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water) and everything else. It is the kind of “connection” that is really the ultimate disconnect.
I hate to say it, but I think this aspect tells us that the victims of the bombing will not receive justice. We might THINK that they will receive justice, but like any miscommunication this will turn out to be “not quite true.” Some other events must happen first. About a year or so from now, when Saturn makes it to 17 Capricorn, we might finally see the truly responsible parties brought to justice. But the trip involves Saturn (time and difficulties) and Sedna (Victims, and people without choice). It will not be easy.
In fact, this aspect is saying that, collectively, we will have to take some hard medicine. Doing what needs to be done to halt suicide bombers and similar people will involve harsh tactics that none of us want to think about. The path forward is more difficult than many of us imagine. Cherish your rights; much blood has been spilled to protect your freedoms, and threats to our freedoms seemingly never stop.
A few of you are asking, again, BUT WHERE IS TODAY’S FORECAST? Well, this is such an important day in certain ways (seeking justice for the victims), that I would argue you “just read it.” But here are the more short term (i.e. the “lights” or Sun and Moon) aspects and analysis.
First off, Moon in Taurus goes void of course at 2:07 PM CDT. (12:07 PM PDT; 3:07 EDT; 8:07 PM in London). All bets are off until tomorrow morning, and give the other aspects, I think that Saturn (father time, the “reaper” of traditional astrology) and Sedna (Victims) make this an extra dangerous void. Watch your temper. Avoid dangerous people, places, and things, and avoid being one yourself.
It is a day full of irritations and a tendency to remember people who have caused you harm. Be careful with this; it can lead you down the wrong road today. You might need justice, but today is better for “doing your homework” rather than taking action.
Keep in mind that the Moon could be viewed as forming a (VERY loose) yod with Jupiter (Libra) and Saturn (Sagittarius). That means you may face a decision today, and it may be a rather difficult one.
Prior to the void you CAN accomplish SOME things, but we are in Dark of the Moon (DOTM) and the New Moon is tomorrow. That means the most important accomplishments today involve “house cleaning” and discarding that which is no longer needed or helpful, taking into our recommendations regarding temper. Do not throw it (or them) out because you are angry. The anger might help stir you to action, but make certain that your thinking is clear and legitimate.
I think that, oddly, a handful of sculptors somewhere “out there” can produce some amazing work today, particularly if it is something that honors the memorial of those who have gone before us, particularly anyone who has been a victim.
Myth has always presented a problem of meaning and interpretation, and a history of controversy exits over its value that can be approached from a number of viewpoints. In general, it is a narrative that describes and portrays in symbolic language the origin of the basic elements and assumptions of a culture. However, because of its all-encompassing nature, myth can illuminate many aspects of individual and cultural life. While many have written on the subjects I am about to explore, I have yet to find anyone that has crossed referenced this points, in the way I will construct here.
The same can be said for the Greek myth concerning the famous Athenian Icarus and his father Daedalus, the famous architect, inventor, and craftsman. This story is found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses VIII:183-235. Because he murdered his sister’s son Perdix in fear that the boy’s talent might surpass his own, he had…
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While I would like to characterize myself as an unblemished perfect oracle, that just ain’t so. I make mistakes, and I do not claim otherwise. That said, I think that I had another near miss with my forecast for yesterday, May 22, 2017 (Julian 142) The Quiet Before the Storm. In that forecast, I offered that I thought Monday would be “quiet” and that Tuesday would be dangerous; indeed, the rest of the week looked (looks) dangerous.
But, I got it wrong. An explosion at a concert in the UK proved me wrong in a spectacle of falsifiability in action that I think that Karl Popper might have liked. Monday was not safe at all. If the rest of the week is quiet, I will be even “more wrong.” (But, I would rather be wrong than see more loss of life.)
In passing, while reblogging, I came across this article: Venus as Innana at the Second Gate. It is a bit abstract though maybe not too much so. In summary, when Venus precedes the Sun as a “Morning Star,” it was called “Lucifer” (light bringer, or bringer of the dawn) by the Romans. (Sound familiar? A bit like “Lucifer Morningstar“? See, also: Temptation is the Philospher’s Stone)
Here is what I find interesting: during the current cycle, beginning when Venus stationed direct earlier this spring (something that happens about every eighteen months as part of a larger cycle), when Venus “reached” the “first gate” (Moon conjunct Venus caused the “light bringer” to be temporarily eclipsed and, therefore, invisible), the first part of the French election occurred that heralds major changes in France and maybe in Europe. That “gate” occurred with Moon / Venus in Pisces.
The second gate occurred on Monday (yesterday) in Aries (a sign associated with many things but particularly war). Aries is ruled by Mars (very active with the Outers this week, and the Outers herald generational level change as opposed to individual changes), and Uranus (explosions and revolutions and major changes typically unforeseeable by most, even including astrologers) is in Aries. One more time: Uranus is in Aries (and has been for a few years and will continue for a bit longer).
I think this Second Gate (I am now using it as a proper noun rather than simply an enumeration) signaled an event like the explosion. S
ix more gates remain (if I am calculating correctly, but I am doing this in my head without the benefit of software), and that puts us into November (i.e. Scorpio) when the sequence shifts to something different (Venus conjunct Sun). (If I have done the math wrong, somebody let me know, and I will adjust.) This particular pattern of “gates” will end with a Sun / Venus conjunction in early January of 2018: “On January 9, 2018, Venus has a superior conjunction with the Sun at 18 Capricorn 57.” (Someone remind me not to write these forecasts when I am this sleepy / “out of sorts.”)
Going a bit further out on the limb (and sawing behind me?): Maybe, just maybe, this series of gates associated with the final Uranus / Pluto square a few years ago might be called “The Tortured Path to Redemption.” (OK, I stole that idea. Click on the link and you will see where it came from. But I think that maybe it applies to us all collectively at this moment as we ask each other, and ourselves, “who are you?” And we know that how we answer that question is an integrity test.)
I think that this series of gates is a useful tool to tie together short term events (i.e. Moon / Sun / Mercury / Venus) to Mars (the “gateway” in my opinion) to the “Outers” (asteroid belt and everything past that). (Even though Mars is technically an outer, sometimes it acts a bit more like an Inner, or personal, planet due to the relatively short two year cycle. Mars is a bit of both, a hybrid or gateway.)
I also think that this Venus sequence (an eighteen month cycle that, over a period of years, carves a pentagram in the sky and probably the true source of all metaphysical pentagrams) ALSO ties the Inners (personal) to the Outers (Generational). Said differently, it is the key (along with Mars) to understanding our “place” in the larger universe (or at least the Solar System).
I am left wondering what this particular sequence will bring us, especially given the “punctuation mark” of the Solar Eclipse on August 21st. My guess is that, among other things, we will see a stock market (or bonds) upset in October or November of this year. (Again, I hope I am wrong.) But that is only a piece of a much larger puzzle.
People do not understand this, yet, but Donald Trump will prove to be a very important teacher. I am not saying that everything he does will be “right.” But even what he does “wrong” will bring VERY important lessons to anyone who is paying very close attention (and shutting out all the BS rhetoric floating around both sides of the political chasm). Trump is a critically important channel to the future.
For those looking for today’s forecast, here is what I have to say: the danger is NOT over. Moon joins Uranus (unstable), semisquares Neptune (agitation with lack of clarity), semisquares Mars (agitation and anger) and joins Mercury (also unstable). Much of this occurs with Moon in Taurus, and when Taurus becomes unhinged all hell breaks loose (Hitler is the textbook example of an unhinged Taurus).
The security forces MAY be able to contain whatever is cooking “out there,” and we all hope for that. Mars is VERY active this week, squared Neptune on May 11th and will oppose Saturn on May 29th a few days after the Gemini New Moon on May 25th. Tuesday, Mars forms TWO biseptiles (karma and a glimpse of the future): (1) Juno (trust, wives, sisters, daughters, mothers and similar female roles, but especially TRUST) and (2) Astraea (law, lawyers, legal system, and any similar forms of formal disputes).
We talked about Pluto square Pallas (which perfects today) and how dangerous that is. Pallas is a warrior goddess who was born fully formed and covered in armor. Pluto is the God of the Underworld (and death). I bet you can do the math about what happens when those two get in a fight! (Squares, and related aspects, are a type of fight.) The best you can hope for is an insight that is nearly blinding and so transformative that you might feel as if you have somehow been reborn. (Oddly, this sounds almost Uranian / Promethean.)
We think that Mars / Pluto triseptiles (or the other Mars / Pluto Seventh Harmonic aspects: septile and biseptile) can be particularly dangerous. The Pulse Club Shootings by Omar Mateen (Astrodatabank and Astrology in Crime) coincided with a Mars / Pluto Septile that we forecast thus: “Today [June 11, 2016] has Mars Septile Pluto, the aspect of karma for both warrior planets. A very smart thing to do with this is to do something for a disabled veteran you know (or for disabled veterans in general). This will benefit you in important ways that you cannot see yet.” Mateen was a person (Scorpio Sun / Taurus Moon!) who was angry and disenfranchised by those around him. Many have said he had a mental health disability. He was also an experienced security guard (warrior) who was licensed and skilled with firearms. (“Gun control” would have been utterly useless in this case. He had the proper training and licensure that we would expect of police or security guards!)
Little has been made of an important point: a kind word by the right person that night might have foreclosed the horrific events of June 11, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
We think a similar kind of thing is driving events his week. The kind word to someone you know who “is not doing well” may not only be the decent and “right thing to do,” it just might save lives.
We know, also, that some people cannot be reached. What matters is that you try to make a difference by being helpful instead of damning someone, maybe unintentionally including yourself.
Last comment(s): clean house and avoid dangerous people, places, and things! (And if the GPS in your Mercedes Benz starts flickering, take some time to stop and smell the roses or maybe visit with the horses.)
We adopt Andy’s forecast as our own. She has nailed it. Outer planets: remarkably quiet today. But we feel tomorrow, today, and tomorrow is busy with the outers.
Notably: Pluto perfects a square Pallas, and all hell just might break loose involving police / military or similar. But, if we are lucky, maybe breakthrough insights will come, instead, and preserve both our safety and our privacy.
Mars also perfects two seventh harmonic (triseptiles) on Tuesday and amplifies the “karmic” aspects of the events and provides a glimpse of the future for those with “the gift.” We are in Dark of the Moon (DOTM), and that does the same thing.
We have not done a geographic analysis (using SolarMaps), but we have a hunch this set of issues might involve the EU / Middle East.
Summary: we think this is mostly a happy weekend for most people. Cleanup and discard is favored, and chores that make you home more hospitable and like better in general are favored. Some temptation toward minor disputes may be present; channel that energy, instead, into “getting things done.” Some people may face important health issues. But, again, overall this is a benevolent weekend.
Moon is in Sagittarius (waning) all day today. Waning moons favor progress by “cleaning out” or eliminating excess. The big news today is Mars (Gemini) trine Jupiter (Libra). Many of us will receive a special gift of some kind today, particularly air signs (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini).
Since Mars / Jupiter can make “things” (people, places, things) blow up, avoid dangerous situations and avoid being dangerous yourself today. Most people will benefit, but some might go off the rails. Moon forming sesquiquadrates to Mercury (Aries) then Uranus (Aries) tends to amplify this effect from the morning (Western Hemisphere) until some time past 1 PM CDT. Working alone might be advisable.
About 4 PM CDT Moon squares Neptune, and moments of confusion can occur. This too shall pass, so just let it work itself out without exerting any more effort than necessary. Based on my experience (NOT “astrological theory”), I have witnessed people (including myself, but also others) receiving “traffic citations” (i.e. tickets or fines) under this aspect. Drive safely!
Despite the fact that we are still in the shadow of the recent Mercury Retrograde AND the Moon is waning, some of us (many of us) will be able to achieve great accomplishments today. Buyers are favored over sellers. Pallas novile White Moon can add an insight or glimpse of the future, but we are not sure precisely how to interpret this. Keep your notepad or other capture device handy for ideas.
Mars also forms a quincunx to Hygeia, so health and healthcare issues may be problematic for some of us.
Moon quincunx Sun about 10:30 AM CDT produces an annoyance or gotcha. A purchased item may proved defective or inadequate and a return may be necessary. Like yesterdays Moon / Neptune square, do what is necessary to obtain a remedy (but no more). After this the day “opens up” and is pleasant for most people. Moon in Sagittarius forms aspects that favor using this as a “work day” or some kind of “clean up” day. Do those chores and know that you will be glad you “took care of things.”
9 PM CDT brings a short lunar void for a few hours until half past midnight. Since it begins with Moon trine Mercury, this is a good time to reflect on the past few days and make notes of your reflections. More insight will likely come later, yet you will be glad you have these notes.
Outers are a big enigmatic, but perfection of Jupiter square Hygeia may bring health / healthcare issues to the forefront for some of you. For you, today could be problematic. A Mars septile throws a bit of karma into the mix (and maybe a glimpse of the future), and we recommend you do something benevolent for someone less fortunate than yourself anonymously and without any hope of future compensation or recognition. Sometimes even a kind word can turn the tide, maybe saving a life (or many lives)..
Void since perfection of the Full Moon yesterday, Moon continues void this morning in Scorpio until it enters Sagittarius at almost exactly Noon CDT. Moon quincunx Uranus (Aries) then Mercury (Aries) near sunrise (CDT) leads to mistakes and miscalculations just in time for rush hour. Be extra careful, and make absolutely certain that you do not follow too closely. A lunar trine to Chiron about 7:30 AM CDT brings issues of healthcare, education, mentors or some mix all to the surface. Recognize them but do not take action until at least the void is over and preferably on another day.
Why avoid action today? Mars squares Neptune, and nothing is as it seems. Snake oil salesmen and con-artists prosper, and unless you are one of those, chances are good you will not. Mercury trines Saturn which leads people to check every detail, dot every “i,” and cross every “t.” Even the snake oil salesmen may not do so well. Maybe we should say “salesperson” because chances are the person likely to blindside you will not meet with your expectations.
Any upsides for today? Plenty. First, creatives continue to prosper. This day tends to favor photographers, videographers, and other visual artists more than yesterday. Work done this morning may require re-dos but should be done anyway. Often the genius of a work is found in a re-do or edit. Today is that kind of day.
Exactly the same advice applies to anyone who examines details for a living. But if you are proofreading in the morning, make certain you give it a second look in the afternoon or evening. Something will leap out at that time that makes a difference, maybe a pivotal change.
Moon is waning, so removal of the unnecessary leads to prosperity. Sun is in Taurus, so sculptors prosper. Just do not work in stone or marble this morning; model it in clay in the morning then do the final work in stone later today.
Many others have noted that this is an “interesting” Full Moon. Moon in Scorpio opposite Sun in Taurus is always a time of addressing compelling issues each year, but some years more than others. This FM is at twenty degrees, so it is not precisely on the point where the Cross Quarter Days are located (at 15 degrees).
However, Mercury, direct after a recent retrograde period, touches the twenty degree point at this time where is become conjunct with Uranus in Aries. This conjunction occurs on the same day as the FM, but about sixteen hours earlier. Worthy of note is the fact that this is the third time Mercury has joined Uranus at (or “near”) this point, a bit of an exclamation point. Uranus is also considered to be the “higher octave” of Mercury. This combination of Mercury / Uranus is precisely semi-sextile the Sun in Taurus and quincunx the Moon in Scorpio.
Outers are “interesting” also. Jupiter quintiles Vesta, and some of us have some bright ideas regarding our rituals and traditions. Mars binquintiles Pluto, adding a dash of brilliance or perhaps genius involving power struggles and things Scorpionic: investigations, chemistry, toxicology or poisons, police, intelligence agencies (including the FBI, in the news spotlight again we note), and sometimes criminals. Actually, ALL “martians” benefit at this time, meaning people who are soldiers, whether literal or metaphorical, become stronger and smarter at this time.
Jupiter opposes Pallas (the maiden warrior goddess), and this further amplifies everything mentioned in the previous paragraph. Criminologists may have important breakthroughs at this time. Ditto for cryptography experts.
Pallas perfects a sesquiquadrate to the North Node, and a sense of urgency simply will not let any aforementioned “martians” rest. They feel they MUST act at this time. Do not be surprised if an even more explosive scandal bursts onto the politicial scene at this time.
Privately, for “the rest of us,” this is one hell of a day to “get things done.” Seize the moment and seize the day. But, keep in mind that this is not a day to be frivolous or “stupid.” That just will not be tolerated. Keeping that in mind, chances are good that you can have breakthroughs that are nothing short of amazing at this time. All signs benefit: earth and water benefit from the FM and fire and air benefit from Mercury conjunct Uranus.
Lunar aspects are relatively few today. Shortly before 1 PM CDT, Moon perfects a quincunx with Venus. Although this aspect is unpleasant, it passes relatively quickly. About 35 minutes later, Moon perfects a trine with Pluto. This could be useful for research or investigations. No other routine lunar aspects occur today. (We are not looking at higher order lunar aspects at this time.)
Outers are busier, and they tend to produce an undercurrent of annoyance. Mars biquintiles Juno, the kind of aspect that favors women contemplating divorce along with their lawyers. (This gives them a brainstorm.) Other women and the men they hire or manipulate into attacking others are also favored. Pallas (the warrior goddess) squares Hygeia (health and healthcare), possibly bringing either ideas or annoyance (or both) to those working in the healthcare field. Finally, Ceres forms a sesquiquadrate with Pluto, raising issues with those on diets or those who are struggling with “prosperity issues.”
This is a day with annoyances, and you will certainly feel an urge to “get things done.”