Monday, October 9, 2017

The California Fires

On October 9, 2017, California fires are burning out of control - especially in Northern California in the wine country. Hundreds of homes have been burned. Many of them are in the Santa Rosa area.

When we have events such as this that affect many folks over a large geographical region, I always look to see if an eclipse has been activated. In this case, the September 16, 2016 lunar eclipse in Pisces has been activated by transiting Mars in Virgo (by opposition). Mars symbolizes fire, and it is in a square aspect to both the the Sun and the Moon in the eclipse chart. Mars is activating this eclipse now by opposing the eclipse point. Transiting Saturn (in Sagittarius) is activating this eclipse in this chart by square aspect. And, transiting Chiron (in Pisces) has been activating this eclipse by conjunction. So, we have a t-square involving this eclipse point. It’s a very intense and frightening configuration.

In the events chart for the formation of the state of California, Mars is at 11 Libra and Mercury is at 13 Libra. The Sun and transiting Mercury conjoined both in the past few days, and this is the time that many of the fires across California formed. We generally have some of these natural fires in California every year, but they don’t all expand and burn so rapidly and so out of control. Mercury has played a part in this because of the wind and how that has added to the problem. In California’s progressed chart, Mercury is at 9 Aquarius and Mars is at 12 Aquarius. On occasion, we get the effects of an eclipse prior to that eclipse. We will experience a lunar eclipse at 11 Aquarius on January 31, 2018. Progressed Mars is also conjunct the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse in Aquarius and in opposition to the lunar node in California’s formation event chart.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Las Vegas Massacre

The Las Vegas Massacre

Stephen Paddock open fired on a crowd attending a country music concert in Las Vegas at about 10:08 PM PST on October 1, 2017.

At that time transiting Mars was activating the March 8, 2016 solar eclipse. This eclipse occurred at just under nineteen degrees Pisces, and transiting Mars was at just over seventeen degrees Virgo (and, in opposition to the eclipse point). That eclipse point is located in the fifth house of entertainment (and gambling) in the eclipse chart over Washington DC. In that eclipse chart, Asteroid Paddock is located on the Ascendant.

Another mass killing occurred in Orlando, Florida at Pulse nightclub. In that event chart, the Sun had activated this same eclipse (March 8, 2016 solar eclipse) by square aspect.

In the event chart (for the Las Vegas shooting), the IC is located close to the the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse point (the Great American Eclipse). Initial reports had indicated that the shooting began at about 10:00 PM PST. And, at that time, the IC would have been (almost) right on the eclipse point. The Moon is in opposition to the lunar node in Leo (sign of entertainment and gambling) and close to the MC. Transiting Saturn is on the descendant in this chart. Mercury, the ruler of this chart is in Libra and in conjunction to the March 23, 2016 lunar eclipse. Asteroid Paddock is located in conjunction to the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse. Transiting Jupiter is also located in the fifth house and in opposition to transiting Uranus and Eris in the eleventh house of large groups (could symbolize the chaos that ensued when the shooting began). Transiting Mars squares both the Ascendant and Descendant. Transiting Mars squares transiting Saturn (in the seventh house and ruler of the eighth house of death) and trine transiting Pluto (in the eighth house of death and transformation).   

The killer, Stephen Paddock, was born on April 9, 1953. We don't have an exact time or place of birth. However, we nevertheless do know that transiting Pluto had been conjunct his natal Chiron (in Capricorn) and in square aspect to his natal Sun (in Aries) for much of this year. And, Pluto had just turned stationary direct on September 28. His natal Neptune and Saturn are in Libra and in opposition to his natal Venus/Juno in Aries. The transiting Jupiter/Uranus opposition had activated that configuration in his natal chart at the time. It looks to me like a lot of gambling and perhaps too much drinking (and, maybe even some drugs) combined with possible relationship problems.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mexico's Earthquake Of September 7, 2017

An earthquake struck just off the Mexican coast on September 7. It occurred very close to Pijijiapan, Mexico at 11:49 PM local time. The event chart is below.

When earthquakes occur, the event chart often shows outer planets - usually Uranus and/or Saturn - on one of the angles. This chart is different but similar in that the lunar node is on the nadir (exactly on the IC). Transiting Mercury is also close by in the fourth house and conjunct Mars (also in the fourth house). Transiting Mercury is conjunct the August 21 total solar eclipse in Leo - the Great American Eclipse. Transiting Mercury/Mars is in a sesquiquadrate to Pluto in the eighth house of death. The Sun (also transiting the fourth house) is in a sesquiquadrate aspect with transiting Uranus in the eleventh but very close to the twelfth house. Numerous people were killed.

The other interesting configuration is a YOD. Transiting Pluto and transiting Neptune are in a sextile aspect, and they are both inconjunct transiting Venus. And, transiting Venus is opposite the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse point in Aquarius. The apex of the YOD is opposite the lunar eclipse point and transiting Venus.

The Sun (in the fourth) is opposite transiting Neptune (in the tenth). The earthquake epicenter was actually out at sea in the Pacific off the coast.   

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey And The Eclipses

Let’s take a look at the development of Hurricane Harvey, the disastrous consequences we are now witnessing, and the Astrological forces at play.

Much has already been said about this event in the aftermath of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 - the Great American Eclipse. I agree with those assessments. However, I think there is much more to it.

You see, the actual events related to an eclipse do not always happen during the eclipse or right afterwards. Often, the event occurs when one of the inner planets - usually the Sun or Mars - later transits the eclipse point by square, opposition or conjunction. Sometimes, a weather related event occurs when Mercury activates an eclipse point.

Hurricane Harvey formed and grew into a Hurricane as transiting Mercury (in Virgo) was in opposition to Neptune (in Pisces) and had turned retrograde at about 11 Virgo. It had activated two previous eclipses - the solar eclipse on September 1, 2016 (at about 9 Virgo) and the solar eclipse on February 26, 2017 (at about 8 Pisces). I believe that these two eclipses have as much to do with this disastrous weather event as the Great American Eclipse and maybe more. Today is August 30, 2017 and the Sun is now activating those eclipse points, and we are seeing the devastation the Hurricane and the flooding have caused and the heroic efforts to save lives.

Let’s also take a look at the charts of a couple of the cities involved. Corpus Christi was first incorporated on February 16, 1852. On that date, transiting Neptune was at 8 degrees and 31 minutes Pisces (right in the crossfires of both eclipses). Houston was first incorporated on June 5, 1837. On that date, transiting Uranus was at 8 degrees and 28 minutes Pisces (also right in the crosshairs of these two eclipses). Beaumont has laso been hit quite hard by this weather event. It was incorporated on December 16, 1838, and transiting Uranus was at 8 degrees and 32 minutes Pisces on that date.

The State Of Texas was admitted into the Union on December 29, 1845. Transiting Neptune was at 24 Aquarius. The solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 was in opposition at 28 Leo. The lunar eclipse of February 10 occurred at 22 Aquarius. And, the lunar eclipse (although there was no shadow for this event) on August 18, 2016 occurred at 25 Aquarius.

For those reading this post who are not Astrologers, Neptune rules large bodies of water and flooding events. And, since Neptune is the modern day ruler of Pisces, the sign of Pisces is also involved.

That is quite a bit of eclipse activity in Texas, and especially some of the cities on the Gulf Coast region of the state.

The charts for the state of Texas and the cities cited above were gotten from Carolyn R. Dodson's Horoscopes of the U.S. States & Cities.

Friday, July 14, 2017

August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse In Leo - The Great American Eclipse

August, 2017 is eclipse season. We’ll experienced a lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7. And, then we will experience a solar eclipse on August 21, and it occurs at 28 degrees and 50 minutes Leo. Eclipses generally affect the masses - events that affect most people in a large area or even worldwide. Since this eclipse occurs in Leo, this eclipse could affect leaders, heads of state, and royalty. Mars is the lord of this eclipse and indicates aggressive actions, violence, and perhaps even war. Aggressive action aimed at these leaders cannot be dismissed. However, Uranus in trine aspect could indicate unexpected and perhaps positive outcomes. A younger male leader could somehow benefit.

This eclipse will affect the nation quite strongly, because this eclipse will be visible across the continental USA from Oregon through South Carolina. It follows a fairly narrow swath between those two states, but much of the nation will see at least a partial eclipse. Where I live in San Francisco, we will experience 80% of the total eclipse. Eclipses are much stronger where they are visible.

For the US, this eclipse will affect our relationship with foreign nations, religious issues, higher education issues, the airline industry and foreign travel, and matters of a legal nature. The Congress is involved in that it creates the law. Various controversial bills will be pushed hard. It’s unclear whether any of them will be successful, however there will be surprises and if any bills make it into law, it could happen suddenly and surprisingly. Mars in the ninth house indicates aggressive actions abroad. The entertainment industry is affected - most likely in a favorable and positive way. There is some chaos, however, as Asteroid Eris falls in this house and conjunct Asteroid America.

Jupiter is square and Pluto is opposite Venus and Ceres in this eclipse chart, and Venus falls in the eighth house of death. This could indicate the death of a prominent female and mother (since Venus/Ceres is in Cancer here). Venus is conjunct Mercury in the USA’s natal chart, so it could be a media star. Venus ruled Taurus is on the sixth house in this chart, so our heath care system could be eliminated or totally transformed. There will definitely be power struggles related to health care legislation. There could also be economic losses since Pluto resides in the second house in this chart.

Mercury is retrograde and in opposition to Neptune in this chart. There will likely be more problems and confusion related to fake news. There could also be accidents at sea.

This solar eclipse falls on President Trump’s natal Mars and his natal Ascendant. Therefore, this eclipse is directly related to him. In this Astrologer’s mind, Trump has not dealt with Mars-type issues well in his life. This could be because Mars falls in his twelfth house but conjunct his Ascendant. He doesn’t seem aware of how his anger issues and his aggressive actions toward others undermine his objectives. Nevertheless, he does have the opportunity to do something unique, surprising, positive, and successful. My guess is that he will sabotage himself. The eclipse occurs in square aspect to his MC and progressed Vertex, so whatever happens is not likely to increase his popularity among the public. This eclipse could indicate his death, however I consider that to be one of the less likely scenarios. A fall from grace is more likely.

As always, this eclipse will affect you personally if you have planets and/or points conjunct or opposite the eclipse point (only a two degree orb). Those planets or points between 26 degrees Leo or Aquarius and 1 degrees of Virgo or Pisces are included. Eclipses are Uranian in nature in that what happens is unexpected, and you might not even be certain as to what is happening for six months. For a solar eclipse, it takes about a year for the event to completely mature. Whether the eclipse is experienced as positive or negative depends on the planet that is conjoined (or opposed), it’s place in your chart, the condition that the planet is in, and whether and how you might have prepared for what is happening (i.e. free will). If you’d like to know if you have planets or points that fall into this range, let me know. For most people, it will be experienced simply as a New Moon type event. Those are generally felt as the start of something new or a new beginning.

From expert Mundane Astrologer Celeste Teal:

As you may know, this is being called the Great American Eclipse because the eclipse will be visible for a wide swath of the USA. In a rare event, this is the first Total Solar Eclipse in the country since 1979 and the eclipse shadow will travel from the Northwest coast to the Southeast coast in a matter of hours.

Eclipses have greater effects in the countries where they are visible. Of course animals are apt to become temporarily disoriented when the light turns to darkness at midday, but eclipse effects can range from increased earthquake activity to decreased crop production. This will be a learning experience for astrologers and a memorable event for all.

With this eclipse falling in Leo, it will stir sensational events. Fire sign eclipses can trigger war. An eclipse in Leo sometimes signals the threat of death, downfall or overthrow of some great political leader or royal figure. President Clinton was impeached following a Leo Solar Eclipse that fell within three degrees of his natal Sun in 1998.

Often, it is when one of the planets in the sky moves through the eclipse degree later on that sets off events indicated by the planet formations at the time of the eclipse.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

August 7, 2017 Lunar Eclipse In Aquarius - Updated

The month of August is eclipse season in 2017. The first eclipse, a lunar eclipse, occurs on August 7, 2017 at 15 degrees Aquarius . You will be affected by this eclipse if you have planets or points between 13 and 17 degrees of Leo and/or Aquarius. Most folks will simply experience the eclipse as a full Moon. Full Moons usually indicate a climax or coming to fruition of something, and we are normally more emotional during a full Moon. The emphasis is on creative self-expression through innovation, originality, and/or just being different or unique. There could be new innovations and discoveries. Friendships are important as are groups and group endeavors.

The lunar eclipse in Aquarius will affect the high tech. industry and astrology. Saturn trines the eclipse point in this chart. There could be some advances in these areas based on hard work and combining the conventional  and older methods with the unconventional and new and different methods. Mars is the lord of this eclipse and indicates a likelihood of aggressive actions. Social unrest seems likely, and war is not out of the question.

For the US, the eclipse falls in the third house in the eclipse chart over Washington DC. The lunar eclipse in Aquarius will affect the airline industry, the legal profession, higher education, communications/media, automobile industry, and the space program. Mars is the lord of this eclipse, so some type of aggressive action/conflict is likely to occur abroad. It’s a mixed bag here, because Saturn is in a trine aspect to the eclipse point but the Sun is involved in a YOD configuration with Pluto (in the second) and Neptune (in the fourth). Financial issues at home could cause disputes and conflicts with nations abroad.  

There could be power struggles with regard to preparing the nation’s budget and other financial concerns. The stock market could experience a downturn or some other type of transformation. Venus in the eighth could represent the death of a national statesman or perhaps a woman of financial prominence. Ceres there as well could indicate the death of a famous and beloved mother. Mercury in opposition to Neptune could indicate communications problems or difficulties as a result of fake news. It could indicate deception and secret plots, and there could be confusion at home about affairs abroad. Entertainment and the entertainment industry is favorably influenced by this eclipse. Originality is emphasized with the aid of tried and true methods. The old and the new mix well.  

This eclipse point is in opposition to Trump’s natal Pluto and transiting Mars. He could have problems and conflicts with persons of power. He should be very careful as the potential for violence cannot be excluded.

Update: A couple of other events should be noted for this time period. First, Uranus turns retrograde on August 2. Important events tend to happen when an outer planet changes direction. And, Trump will experience his third and final pass with regard to his Jupiter return on August 3 (the 4th on the East Coast). This may provide an element of protection during this period. But, Jupiter moves on and toward Scorpio after this.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

President Trump's Misogyny

Today, June 29, 2017, Trump posted a couple of misogynistic, disgusting, and extremely offensive tweets aimed at the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski. This is not the first time that his misogyny has surfaced in public and probably won’t be the last. But, what aspects symbolize this tirade? I’ll try to explain below.

First, the Moon is transiting the latter part of Virgo today and squares both his natal Sun and his natal Moon. This brings into focus his natal Sun/Moon opposition along with his issues with women. Transiting Saturn has retrograded back into an opposition to his natal Sun now. Transiting Venus is conjunct his MC (top of his chart), which squares his natal Mars, as well today. A little restraint could have made this aspect work out much better for him, but restrained does not describe Trump in any way, shape or form. In Trump’s natal chart, Venus is conjunct Saturn in Cancer. Transiting Uranus is still in a wide square to his natal Saturn/Venus. Sudden events bring this problem into focus.

Transiting Mercury has been close to transiting Mars the last couple of days (in Cancer), and this indicates fiery and sharp words in general. It’s been happening across the board, but Trump is the President of the United States. He should be above this sort of back and forth. It was not dignified or worthy of the Office of the President.