June 22, 2017 (Julian 173) Dark of the Moon

June 22, 2017 (Julian 173) Dark of the Moon

Beyond our other commentary, consider this: the Moon is in Gemini (ruled by Mercury) and Mercury is in Cancer (ruled by the Moon).  This kind of exchange is called a “mutual reception,” and, unless it contains malefics (particularly Mars or Saturn or both), this is a powerful and beneficial situation that permits both planets to speak for each other or “trade places.”  That means, for the moment, both the Moon and Mercury are very powerful.

With a Dark of the Moon period, as we have now, the “veil is thin” as others have said, and we can tap into our intuitive side or, depending on your beliefs, connect with those who have gone before us and sometimes other entities.  This is the kind of period where people can “daydream” and let the mind spin free and then write down what comes to them and produce a powerful result.  Think of it as a portal that opens today, especially after dark, but does not last long and ones like this do not occur often.

With a Moon this old, eliminating unwanted people, places, and things becomes possible.  Just make sure that is what you really want.  Chances are good that once you have eliminated “it” or “them,” you will not get a do-over.  Old traditionalists would also say this is a good time to wean children (or anyone else) or eliminate bad habits (which works best if you have something to replace it, like chewing Nicorette gum instead of smoking, and then later eliminating the gum habit when the time comes).

Particularly at this time, “cleaning house” will help you find lost objects (literal cleaning) or uncover hidden resources (metaphorical cleaning).

We have written about the outers before, and most important is the semi-square that Mars makes to the North Node (karma).  This can, and likely will, manifest as violence somewhere (given our current conditions, which are starting to look like an undeclared war), but if you avoid dangerous people, places, and things, you might can harness “it” to help you finish some messy job that you detest but need done to make life better.  We are talking about the bitter medicine that cures he condition.

Mars also makes a biseptile to Chiron, and this is about as “karmic” as one can imagine.  This is about karma in the most fundamental way, and it can give you an important glimpse of the future, especially since we are in DOTM.  Ceres quadrinovile Astraea amplifies this, maybe giving us some kind of glimpse into how to obtain justice for an old wrong.

You can count on some bit of weirdness, a bit like Halloween in June.  (We have Christmas in July, so why not?)

May 26, 2017 (Julian 146) Gemini Moon + Outer Planet Quintiles

May 26, 2017 (Julian 146) Gemini Moon + Outer Planet Quintiles

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.

May 25, 2017 (Julian 145) Gemini New Moon + Venus Square Pluto

May 25, 2017 (Julian 145) Gemini New Moon + Venus Square Pluto

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.



April 29, 2017 (Julian 119)

April 29, 2017 (Julian 119)

Today is a bit of an odd-ball day and somewhat challenging to read.   Moon is active in Gemini and mostly pleasant but then goes void about 4:30 PM CDT when it squares Chiron and opposes Saturn. The void lasts until about 9 PM CDT when it moves into its home sign of Cancer and squares Venus.  From the perspective of lunar transits, Saturday is pleasant until about 4 PM CDT or so when “things” turn a bit ugly.

Outers are quite active but tricky to read.  Ceres enters Gemini and squares the Nodes.  It is in pursuit of Mars but unlikely to catch it (Mars is a bit faster).  Issues of prosperity in general and particularly food and diet move to the forefront today.  Younger females panic about “bikini season” and others of us focus on other issues involving food or prosperity.

Black Moon Lilith (AND the “white moon”) aspect Eris (Chaos), and we are not certain what to make out of that EXCEPT this might be a “party Saturday” for younger people so inclined.  The rest of us might be wise to stay off the highways, particularly after 4 PM CDT.  Pallas forms a semi-square with Sedna; what does THAT mean?  The warrior goddess forms (Greek) forms an alliance with the Goddess of Victims (Inuit)?  Fee free to produce your own combination of that duo, keeping in mind the Eris interpretations and Ceres interpretations previously mentioned.

As we said earlier, it is a bit of an oddball day.

April 28, 2017 (Julian 118) Venus enters Aries; Mercury (R) joins Uranus (Aries)

April 28, 2017 (Julian 118) Venus enters Aries; Mercury (R) joins Uranus (Aries)

The headline for today is that (1) Venus enters Aries (covering old ground from prior to the recent Venus Retrograde); and (2) Mercury (R) joins Uranus (something that will happen again with Mercury Direct on May 9th during the “shadow period” that lasts until May 20th.  This is a superb time for writers (and similar creatives) to develop ideas along with likely an important day for journalists and others who depend on writing and communication (or transportation) for their art, craft, or livelihood.

Some of you will be following up from yesterday’s window of opportunity for creatives.  Even if you cannot finish the project now, you can return to it May 9th.

Moon is in Gemini (Mercury ruled) all day.  Moon (Gemini) semi-squares Mercury / Uranus (Aries) about 2 PM CDT, and some of you will feel a sense of urgency to make progress or completed some project.  Follow your intuitions on this, but we especially recommend that you make as much progress today as you possibly can.  This is an important day to “push” to get things done.  The persistence will pay off, even if you see certain setbacks.

Outers are EXTREMELY busy today but enigmatic and difficult to interpret.  We know something is important about this particular day, but we simply are unable to interpret it for you.  That means it is up to you to determine why today is so important.  With Neptune (Pisces) sesquiquadrate Vesta (Cancer), we think this likely involves photographs and videos and the formation of memories of family members.  As Joni Mitchell once sang, “you never know what you’ve got until it is gone.”  Take pictures.  Make videos.  Cherish those close to you.


April 27, 2017 (Julian 117) Mars Sesquiquadrate Pluto

April 27, 2017 (Julian 117) Mars Sesquiquadrate Pluto

Lunar aspects are mostly in Taurus and mostly “unremarkable” as physicians sometimes write in their notes.  Moon (Taurus) sextiles Venus (Pisces) at 9:20 PM CDT and moves into Gemini 20 minutes later.  We note that this is late in the evening for most people in the Western Hemisphere (except maybe PDT), and is early in the morning for EU / UK.

We also note that this is a useful window for creatives despite it being a lunar void.  Write it down or capture it somehow and know that you may have to tune it or adjust it later to turn it into a masterpiece.  On the other hand, this is a terrible time to sign contracts or make practical commitments.

Outers are mostly quiet EXCEPT Mars sesquiquadrate Pluto.

As we mentioned in previous posts, this is part of a Thor’s hammer pattern, and we think that makes for dangerous “people, places, and things.”  Avoid those, and avoid being one of those yourself.  But do know, also, that you might can accomplish much, especially if you can avoid the dangers of your own temper.  If possible, working alone during this period might be wise.