Thursday, April 2, 2020: daily Moon Sign/Phase + monthly Sun, Planets, Lunar Nodes and Asteroids’ Signs’ Ingress and Retro Periods

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Sun SymbolThe SUN entered the Cardinal Fire Sign of ARIES on Friday, March 20, 1.49 pm, and will transit ARIES until Monday, April 20, 0.45 am, with the ingress into TAURUS.

 

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For a Reading of the Major Transits active in October and November 2019 please click this link

To view an interpretation of the Moon Sign and Phase please click the images below

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Cancer MoonFirst Quarter Moon PhaseThe WAXING MOON TRANSITS CANCER from Tuesday, March 31, 10.43 pm, to Friday, April 3, 4.26 am, with the ingress into LEO.
The CANCER FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Wednesday, April 1, 8.21 pm, and will end on Sunday, April 5, 8.17 am, with the VIRGO GIBBOUS MOON. ***

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APRIL 2020 LINKS

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now with clearly highlighted major events and phases

 

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The APRIL 2020 Moon Ingresses, Phases and Planets Transits are calculated for Australian Eastern Standard Time (10 hours East of Greenwich), which was reinstated on April 5 2020.
For the dates between the First and Fourth of April please add one hour to the times given.
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April 2020 Moon Ingress into Signs

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Moon in Cancer

Wax Moon in Cancer on Tue, Mar 31, 10.43 pm

Moon in Leo

Wax Moon in Leo on Fri, Apr 3, 4.26 am

Moon in Virgo

Wax. Moon in Virgo on Sun, Apr 5, 7.18 am

Moon in Libra

Wax Moon in Libra on Tue, Apr 7, 7.16 am

Moon in Scorpio

Wan Moon in Scorpio, on Thu, Apr 9, 6.16 am

Moon in Sagittarius

Wan Moon in Sag. on Sat, Apr 11. 6.35 am

Moon in Capricorn

Wan Moon Cap Mon, Apr 13, 10.05 am

Moon in Aquarius

Wan Moon Aquarius Wed, Apr 15, 5.37 pm

Moon in Pisces

Wan Moon Pisces on Sat, Apr 18, 4.29 am

Moon in Aries

Wan Moon in Aries on Mon, Apr 20, 5 pm

Moon in Taurus

Wan Moon in Taurus on Thu, Apr 23, 5.35 am

Moon in Gemini

Wax Moon in Gemini on Sat, Apr 25, 5.19 pm

Moon in Cancer

Wax Moon in Cancer on Tue, Apr 28, 3.27 am

Moon in Leo

Wax Moon in Leo on Thur, Apr 30, 11.06 am

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April 2020 All Moon Phases

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First Quarter Moon Phase Animation

Cancer First Quarter Moon, 12°09′, Wed, Apr 1, 8,21 pm

Gibbous to Full Moon animation

Virgo Gibbous Moon, 0°36′, Sun, Apr 5, 8.17 am

Full to Disseminating Moon

Libra Full Moon, 18°43′, Wed, Apr 8, 12.34 pm

Disseminating Moon Phase

Sagittarius Disseminating Moon, 06°53′, Sat, Apr 11, 6.05 pm

Last Quarter to Balsamic Moon Phase

Capricorn Last Quarter. 25°22′, Wed, Apr 15, 8.56 am

New to Crescent Moon Phase

Pisces Balsamic Moon, 14’22, Sun, Apr 19, 9.23 am

1 New Moon Crescent fast

Taurus New Moon, 03°24′, Thu, Apr 23, 12.25 pm

Crescent Moon Animation

Gemini Crescent Moon, 22°18′, Mon, Apr 27, 12.45 pm

First Quarter Moon Phase Animation

Leo First Quarter Moon, 10°57′, Fri, May 1, 6.38 am

April 2020: Signs Ingress and Retro Periods of All Planets,
Lunar Nodes, Major Asteroids and Black Moon Lilith

MERCURY has been transiting PISCES since Monday, March 16. MERCURY will enter ARIES on Saturday, April 11, 2.48 pm, and transits ARIES until April 28, 5.52 am, with the ingress into TAURUS.

For a general post on the Retrogradation of Mercury’s effects, please navigate to my Page here.

VENUS has been transiting TAURUS since Thursday, March 5, and will be in TAURUS until Saturday, April 4, 3.10 am, with the ingress into GEMINI.
Because of RETROGRADATION slowing her speed, VENUS will be in GEMINI until August 8, 1.21 am. VENUS will be RETROGRADE between Thursday, May 14 and Friday, June 26, covering the degrees from 12°50′ to 05°20′ of GEMINI.

MARS entered AQUARIUS on Tuesday, March 31, 6.43 am, and will remain in AQUARIUS until Wednesday, May 13, 2.17 pm, with the ingress into PISCES.***

Jupiter GlyphJUPITER have been transiting CAPRICORN since Tuesday, December 3, at 4.20 am. JUPITER will transit CAPRICORN until Sunday, December 20, 2020, AT 0.07 am, with the ingress into AQUARIUS.

SATURN entered CAPRICORN on December 20, 2017, and will transit CAPRICORN until March 22, 2020, with the ingress into AQUARIUS.

  • SATURN will become RETROGRADE on Tuesday, May 12, on 01°57′ AQUARIUS and will re-enter CAPRICORN, in retro motion, on Thursday, July 2.
  • Becoming DIRECT on Wednesday, September 30, on 25°20′ CAPRICORN, SATURN will re-enter AQUARIUS, for good, on Thursday, December 17.
  • SATURN will form a conjunction with JUPITER on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, one of the first conjunctions in AIR SIGNS since 1802. This particular alignment in December 2020 will be setting the trend for the next 200 years or so, because their twenty yearly conjunctions will occur mainly in AIR SIGNS until 2140. Astrologers throughout the ages have considered these conjunctions extremely influential in shaping world’s history, with its prevalent ideologies and sociopolitical leanings.

Chiron GlyphCHIRON entered ARIES on February 18 2019, at 8.07 pm, and will transit ARIES until June 20, 2026.
For a short post on the ingress of Chiron in Aries please navigate to my 2018 post here.

Uranus GlyphURANUS entered TAURUS on Wednesday, March 6, at 7.26 pm. URANUS will transit TAURUS until April 26, 2026.
This was indeed the great event of the year 2019.
If interested please navigate to my 2018 post on URANUS in TAURUS here.

NEPTUNE has been transiting PISCES since February 4, 2012, and will remain in PISCES until March 30, 2025, when it will enter ARIES.

PLUTO has been transiting CAPRICORN since November 27, 2008. PLUTO will transit CAPRICORN until March 23, 2023, then entering AQUARIUS.
In April PLUTO will turn RETROGRADE on Monday, April 27, on 24°59′, and will be STATIONARY DIRECT on Wednesday, October 7 2020, on 2229′ of CAPRICORN.

The NORTH and SOUTH LUNAR NODES have been transiting CANCER and CAPRICORN respectively since November 6, 2018. The MOON NODES will transits these Cardinal Signs until May 6, 2020, entering then the Mutable Signs of SAGITTARIUS and GEMINI.
In the month of April 2020 they will cover the degrees between 02°43′ and 0°15’of CANCER and CAPRICORN, mostly in Retro Motion, as usual.

Asteroid CeresCERES has been transiting AQUARIUS since Friday, January 31, and will leave AQUARIUS on Friday, April 24, 2020, with the ingress into PISCES. Due to Retrogadation CERES will return to AQUARIUS on Sunday, September 27, 2020, and leave AQUARIUS for good only on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

PALLAS entered CAPRICORN on Saturday, January 18, 2020, where she will remain until Thursday, April 30, then entering AQUARIUS. PALLAS will however return to CAPRICORN, due to Retrogradation, between June 3 and December 7, 2020.

Juno GlyphJUNO entered LIBRA on November 4 2019, and will transit LIBRA until Sunday, September 20, 2020.

VESTA entered TAURUS on June 9, 2019, and, due to a long period of Retrogradation, will transit TAURUS until March 21 2020, to enter GEMINI. VESTA will transit GEMINI until Thursday, June 4, 2020.

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Black Moon Lilith GlyphApril 2020 Black Moon Lilith EphemerisLast but not least, here are the April 2020 Ephemeris just for the elusive
BLACK MOON LILITH.

To help you understand what this occult point represents I’ve chosen two websites:

Astrodienst on the Black Moon Lilith
Serennu.com on the Black Moon Lilith

Click this link for the current Month Astro Calendar (including the Moon’s Voids of Course)
and all monthly Astro Calendars since January 2011

Click this link for the current Month Ephemeris (including the Four Major Asteroids and Black Moon Lilith)
and all monthly Ephemeris since April 2010

 

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Metal Rat 2020

2020
CHINESE NEW YEAR of the METAL RAT
January 25, 2020 ~ February 12, 2021

According to an ancient legend, the Rat was the first of the Chinese ‘Animals’ to reach the Jade Emperor’s party to which all Twelve Animals had been invited. The Emperor had decreed that the first one to arrive will forever begin the cycle of the year. The smart Rat managed to arrive first by a bit of trickery. He rode on the back of the mighty Ox, in order to swim the river and jump to the other side before everyone else.

Since then the Rat always begins a new cycle of the Twelve Years Chinese Zodiac. 2020 though is an even more important new beginning because, after sixty years during which the Twelve Animals belonged to the Earth Element (there are Five Elements in Chinese Cosmology), from this year onward the focus will shift to the Metal Element and will continue to do so for the next sixty years.

From the above it is obvious that the Rats of this world (people born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020) are clever, taking advantage of all opportunities that appear on their horizon, their instincts very alert. They are also charming, vivacious, energetic, witty and mentally flexible. They are full of initiative and optimism too, but cautious and practical as well, a great combination to succeed in all manner of enterprise. Despite their abundance of vitality Rats also enjoy the quiet life, after gaining the comfort they crave.

The Metal Element in Chinese Cosmology adds tenacity and will power to each one of the Twelve Animals, with the risk of becoming too rigid and inflexible at times. On the positive side this Element enhances self-confidence and also instills a natural respect for others.

In the Year of the Rat we can all be a bit more alert to new opportunities and clever in managing our resources. Like the Rat did to come first in the race we may have more chances to succeed by thinking out of the box, thus finding solutions to our problems we could not envision before; and especially by remaining optimistic in the face of difficulties and setbacks.

 

 

 

Astrology for February-March 2020 and beyond, by Paola Emma

‘Morning On The Seine In The Rain’ by Claude Monet

‘Morning On The Seine In The Rain’ by Claude Monet

A shorter version of this article was published in issue 110 of the Uki Village News

The big picture

No doubt the January 11 Full Moon Eclipse in Cancer brought a major shift of energies to our region, with rain finally falling on our parched land. With the Eclipse’s extraordinary alignment to one of the major astrological occurrences in recent year, the Capricorn Saturn-Pluto’s conjunction, the weather change was only one of the many events that this powerful transit brought in its wake.  This regional experience reflects the fact that the long awaited and by many dreaded alignment is now technically behind us, even if still powerfully close. The numerous thunderstorms we are experiencing are just another sign that a massive pent-up energy is being released. Many of us feel lighter and more optimistic; also awed by nature’s uncanny power to surprise us.

We are certainly not out of the wood though. The failure of the December 2019 UN Madrid Climate Conference to achieve significant commitments from participating countries clearly demonstrates that we are still hovering at the edge of a chasm, separating us not only from viable solutions to the pressing climate crisis, but also from a unifying vision for the future: first world countries versus developing ones; aging politicians and plutocrats versus angry activist teenagers; science versus conspiracy theory etc.

Pluto in Capricorn is destined to bring profound changes that could be lethal if we do not take responsible charge of the situation. Allowing Pluto, ancient God of the Underworld, to do his own thing could mean unprecedented ecological disasters, massive extinctions and consequently social upheavals the world has not seen in a long time. Positively the slow passage of Pluto through Capricorn (2008-2023) could instead provide us with the moral courage and resourcefulness to tackle this crisis and indeed survive it, if not completely avoiding the dangers we are facing, as the Australian fires have sadly demonstrated.

Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma among other titles, is not missing this opportunity to deal out some heavy penalties for our past transgressions and callous indifference. For this reason it is considered by most astrologers an ominous companion for Pluto. To me Saturn represents also a hopeful side of this difficult equation though:  the down to earth, responsible attitude that is absolutely crucial to the success of any human intervention. Like knowing, for instance, the limits of what can be realistically achieved, finding viable local and global solutions, rather than aiming for the stars only to fail miserably.

Apart from all that, there is indeed a light at the end of this tunnel because Saturn will soon be leaving Capricorn (March 22) to enter Aquarius. This transit, due to retrogradation, will last only until July 2. When Saturn will re-enter Aquarius for good, on December 17, it will also, few days later, become conjunct to Jupiter, on December 22. This alignment could indeed bring some welcome opening to unity and humanitarian reforms, all sentiments that seem unattainable under the ominous shadow of the current conjunction to Pluto.  Furthermore the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius is not just one of their regular twenty year meetings. It represents in fact the momentous shift of these alignments from the Earth Signs (where most of these conjunctions have occurred since 1802) to the Air Sign (where most will occur until 2140!). Astrologers throughout the ages have considered the alignments of Jupiter and Saturn extremely influential in shaping world’s history, its prevalent ideologies and socio-political leanings. While collectively the Earth Signs are driven by the need for material security and a pragmatic view of life, the Air Signs are driven by ideals and a reforming, sometimes even revolutionary spirit.

However 2020, with Jupiter in Capricorn also activating Pluto in early April, at the end of June and again in mid November, will see most probably an exhalation of similar issues to the ones we have experienced in 2019. Only at the very end of the year Jupiter’s ingress into Aquarius, with Saturn, could mark a positive shift. The next UN Climate Conference will be held in Glasgow, England, on November 19 2020, just a month before the Aquarius alignment. There is hope that the Aquarian spirit of mutual understanding and friendship may prevail over our differences and that more visionary, idealistic goals could drive the discussions toward the more radical approach needed in this grave emergency. Pluto, in Capricorn until 2023, can in fact provide enough down to earth focus to manifest ideals into practical forms.

In the short term

The Sun

It is that time of the year again, on March 8, when the Sun will align to mystical Neptune in Pisces, encouraging us to become more conscious of our innate intuition, imagination and compassion. It will be easier to forgive and forget, washing past resentments into the unifying water of this oceanic Sign. With Mercury, returning in Pisces, after retrogradation, from March 16 to April 11, the gentle, artistic, dreamy influence of this Sign will remain with us, softening the harsh realities of the intense Capricorn experience.

The Retrogradation of Mercury between Pisces and Aquarius
February 17 to March 10

Mercury is ready for its regular loop, reminding us that it is time to review our thinking and the way we communicate our thoughts, to achieve the best possible outcome personally and in our social life. People who happen to have the Sun, Moon, Planets or Chart’s Angles in the first half of the Mutable Sign of Pisces-Virgo-Sagittarius-Gemini or the last two degrees of the Fixed Signs of Aquarius-Leo-Taurus-Scorpio will be more directly affected by this retrogradation.

To avoid feeling severely ‘muddled headed’ (a common side effect of Mercury in Pisces, even when not retrograde), we could all try to take it easier at this time; not attempting to deal with too many matters or to stick too strictly to plans and routines. The best would be to stay mentally pliable, in order to adapt to shifting circumstances. It could also be wise to be tolerant of confusing or mixed messages we may receive from other people. Whom can we expect to trust when we cannot even trust ourselves?

Venus

From February 8 to March 5 Venus will transit fiery Aries, where she takes on the role of Warrior Goddess, fighting against injustice and inequality. During this transit she will cross swords with all the Capricorn planets: first with Jupiter, on February 24, then with Pluto, on February 29, and finally with Saturn on March 4. This could mean heightened chance for disputes and open conflicts, when ‘winning’ is the whole point. On the positive side, things that need facing, directly and courageously, can be faced at these times. All will be well if we manage to move on afterward. No time for regrets and looking back when Venus is in Aries.

Venus will transit Taurus from March 5 to April 4, a more relaxed and affectionate place for Venus, when art and pleasure could inspire creativity and also ability to focus more intensely on whatever we do. Said that, just as the Sun separates from Neptune (March 8) Venus becomes conjunct Uranus (March 9), bringing two powerful outer planets to play on the daily stage of life and relationships. Despite the loyal and steady nature usually attributed to Venus in Taurus the alignment to Uranus will bring up the more rebellious side of the Goddess, if for a few days.  New and exciting relationships could spring up as from nowhere, and perhaps opportunities for adventure or to just prove our independence.

Mars

From February 16 to March 31 Mars will be transiting Capricorn, joining the planetary group already there, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. This will be therefore an important transit because Mars’ role is to bring things out into the open, also activating into action the slower moving celestial bodies. Mars will first meet Jupiter on March 20, then Pluto, on March 23, and finally Saturn but not before both entering the Sign of Aquarius, between March 31 and April 1. As with Venus activating the same planets earlier, this Mars will increase the chance of open conflicts at these times; the sort of confrontations when we test our strength against another, trying to establish ‘who is the boss’. Moderation is recommended, remembering that Mars can cut bridges permanently if let loose.

The final alignment to Saturn, on April 1, could manifest as a strong drive to action but also great frustration as we face delays and limitations that could severely try our patience. No time to expect immediate gratifications.

Positively the whole period of Mars in Capricorn could prove particularly constructive, helping us to get things done, putting in the extra effort and discipline necessary for success, making a ‘real’ difference: a test of our self confidence and leadership abilities.

The Aries Equinox

If you would like to celebrate the advent of autumn, the Aries Equinox will occur this year on March 20, at 2.49 pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time. The map of this cosmic event, the traditional beginning of the astrological year, the Ram leading the flock, shows, in a nutshell, the transits that will be relevant in the next six to twelve months. As it has been the case in recent months the accent is on the Earth Sign of Capricorn where many planets are still congregating at the time of the Equinox, namely Mars, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, the latter though on the verge of entering the next Sign of Aquarius.  The fact that, just around this crucial time, Saturn finds itself at the threshold of a new Sign (together with Mars!) seems to me indicative that during the next few months the world will be at an important crossroad, the growing aspirations for meaningful changes (Aquarius) still held back by the powerful pull of the past and the way things have been done until now (highlight on conservative Capricorn).

For more insightful Astrology please visit my site: livingmoonastrology.com

Regulus, the Star of Donald Trump’s destiny

 

Regulus Middle Eastern Talisman

It may be interesting to students of Astrology to know that Trump’s Birth Ascendant on the last degree of Leo was very closely aligned to Regulus, alpha Star in the constellation of Leo, and was also conjunct his Leo Mars, in the Twelfth House of self-undoing.

The name Regulus means in Latin ‘Little King’. This Star is also known as ‘The Heart of the Lion’. Regulus was one of the four pillars of the ancient sky-universe. With Antares of Scorpio, Aldebaran of Taurus and Fomalhaut of Pisces Regulus guarded one of the four corners of the universe, the Northern.

Just today, while editing this post, I came across a Washington Post’s headline reading Trump is looking a lot like King Lear — but this tragedy is far from over, one of the weird synchronicity that occurs when one happens to be in a focused state of mind, for whatever reason. It is an interesting article and very much, if unknowingly, attuned to the nature of the Star that is at the helm of Trump’s destiny, right on the degree of his Ascendant !

This Star was traditionally considered mainly fortunate, bringing ‘success, high and lofty ideals and strength of spirit, making its natives magnanimous, grandly liberal, generous, ambitious, fond of power, desirous of command, high-spirited and independent.’

Bernardette Brady, one of the most serious contemporary authority on Sidereal Astrology, reads a strong potential for downfall in this Star power too, especially if the individual embraces revenge as a way of redressing true or imagined wrongs. This Star’s influence sometimes shows hubris, the ego arrogance that was considered a sin against the Gods and brought within the seed of self-destruction (does this sound familiar while discussing Trump?). So this Star can bring one to very high ranking positions but also to dramatic reversals if its power is abused.

Regulus had certainly its negative side according to more traditional sources also. It is supposed for instance to instigate violence, to be often destructive, offering military honors of short duration, because benefits tend not to last, with ultimate failure and even imprisonment possible.

The ancient scholar-astrologer Ptolemy (second century ad) talked about the Leo constellation and its alpha star Regulus in his treatise Almagest, describing its effect on human personality and destiny as a combination of Mars and Jupiter influence, mainly fortunate but also given to extremes, especially if ill aspected at birth. In a Birth Chart an alignment of Mars to Jupiter will provide the personality with great drive, optimism and stamina, with the risk of grandiosity though, making the individual prone to self-inflation and given to excessive risk taking. Like if Trump, born on a Sagittarius Full Moon and with Mars rising in Leo, needed more self-inflating encouragement !

Guido Bonatti, a 13th century Italian mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, advisor of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, wrote that this Star, when acting in a negative way, signifies that ‘the Native shall die an unhappy death; or at least that all his honors, greatness and power shall at last suffer an eclipse and set in a cloud‘. A very poetical description.

These are not my words, but the words of ancient astrologers, long dead. Time will tell.

For more on Trump Astrology please navigate to his dedicated page Here.

Mary Mackillop, an illuminated and compassionate Aquarius/Pisces Moon

06Photo courtesy of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Penola

 

I published this post on the Astrology of Mary Mackillop on December 19 2009, the same day the pope declared her a Saint.
I am re-posting it now, with others I published in January 2019 and October 2010 (links below), to show the great potential of an evolved Aquarius/Pisces Moon cusp to contribute to the collective good. Like all Sun or Moon or Mercury Signs etc there are many levels of expression for each zodiacal placement and each planetary energy. In Mary Mackillop’s Birth Horoscope we can see a bright example of a life well spent, as she initiated positive cultural changes that are still very relevant today.
Mary Mackillop Second Post
Mary Mackillop Third Post

Here it is:

December 19, 2009

It seems now certain that Pope Benedict XVI will announce the historical beatification of Mary MacKillop tonight, 10 pm Australian Eastern Summer Time.

This intelligent teacher and nun, coming from a poor family of Scottish immigrants, will be the first person born on Australia soil to be recognized as a Saint and miracle maker, an important archetypal event, significant for all Australians, not just Australian Catholics.

There are many sites on the net that talk about Mary, giving detailed information about the most salient events in her life. Here are some:

http://www.sosj.org.au/mary/mary.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_MacKillop

Mary MacKillop’s was born on the 15th of January 1842 in Fitzroy, state of Victoria, Australia. Her time of birth is unknown, that’s why I have chosen to use the sunrise time for the day and place of her birth. It is very interesting to cast a chart of sunrise even when the time of birth of an individual is known because sunrise contains, in germ form, the destiny of every individual born on that day.
I have often derived much insight from the study of these sunrise horoscopes. To me they stand for those aspects of the individual’s life that connect it to the collective design of the Spirit; each degree of the Sun’s passage through the Ecliptic representing a ray of consciousness that will manifest, with different measure of brightness, in all individuals who begin their life journey on a particular day.

This is then Mary MacKillop’s Sunrise Chart, local time 4.59 am:

 

Mary-MacKillop

In this chart the Sun is in Capricorn and the Moon in Aquarius. It is however important to notice here that at 8.51 am the Moon entered the Sign of Pisces that day. Both Signs, Aquarius and Pisces can manifest in a personality given to feel for other people and naturally inclined to help. The fame of her compassion and claim to saintliness may suggest a Pisces Moon, compassionate, self-defacing and self-sacrificing; her chronic ill-health and love of animals could imply the same. While the fact that she contributed to the education of a great number of disadvantaged children by founding many schools in Australia rural communities and other countries would fit well the democratic vision and love of knowledge of an Aquarius Moon. Also her unconventional outlook and somewhat rebellious spirit that gained her the disapproval of the Catholic hierarchy of her time (she was excommunicated for a number of months in 1871) fits well the rebelliousness and independence of an Aquarius Moon.

I am quite happy then, without going to the trouble of rectifying her chart, to consider hers a cusp Aquarius-Pisces Moon.

The first obvious thing in this horoscope is the stellium (group of planets) in Capricorn, enhancing the practicality and hard-working tendencies of this remarkable woman, who displayed certainly strong leadership and organizing abilities, despite her humbleness.

All Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) tend to display those qualities, each in its own special way; when it comes to Capricorn it is their ability to perform hard work and their ambitious goals that gain them respect and following. Capricorn and Cancer in particular often make excellent role models. The fact that so many planets, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, plus the Sun and North Node of the Moon, are all found in Capricorn shows a tremendous ability to focus, concentrating the practical and goal oriented qualities of Capricorn in a very effective, even extreme way.

This tendency toward extremism, even fanaticism, is indicated by the challenging right angle of some her Capricorn planets to Pluto, that, in the Sunrise horoscope resides in the ancestral sector, inclining her to break radically from the past. On the positive side this aspect indicated the deep wealth of resourcefulness she displayed and the strong will and determination that helped her to achieve some very ambitious goals, for a woman in that period in history, and a socially and economically disadvantaged one to boot. To confirm this Uranus was also in positive aspect to her Sun and Mercury, another proof of her unconventional outlook and strong individuality.

In the Sunrise Chart this rich conjunction is found in the Twelfth House, an appropriate position for a woman who decided very early in life to renounce the mundane world and to dedicate herself to God’s work. The twelfth sector of any horoscope in fact represents the area of experience through which, willing or not, we realize the futility of our ego desire and the impermanence of things, experiences that sometimes drive us to seek refuge in the spiritual dimension or in some form of escapism.

Another very interesting configuration in this Chart is the close conjunction of Jupiter to Saturn, often found in the horoscopes of people who succeed to make their dreams and aspirations (Jupiter) into living realities (Saturn), because they are driven by a vision and compelled to actualize it.

This conjunction may also point out Mary’s love and respect for her father (the one who took care of her education and religious instruction when she was growing up and supposedly inspired her to take up teaching) and perhaps to an excessive idealization of the man, and of older men in general. From her biography we learn how one reason why she decided to embrace the life of the cloister and her mission with the poor was her encounter with another father figure, Reverend Julian Tenison Woods, who became her instructor and mentor in the formative years before her Saturn’s return, at the age of thirty (around the time she was excommunicated by a Catholic bishop, for alleged insubordination).

Another interesting placement is that of the planet Neptune in Aquarius and in the Second House, the sector that has to do with our value system and also the way we are likely to derive an income. Neptune, planet of spirituality and renunciation, sits just on the cusp (the most sensitive point of every House) of Mary’s Values’ sector. This shows that the things she valued weren’t material possessions but belonged to the world of the Spirit. The best expression of this position of Neptune is a person born to give and ready to transmute the ego desires into selfless giving. The worst expression of the same is the tendency to be unrealistic and unpractical when it comes to money and possessions or even to rely on others for one’s own sustenance. By embracing the life of a nun Mary has manifested this aspect in an ideal way, by taking a vow of poverty and using her resources to help others in need, in particular the underdogs of the society she lived in.

To end this brief analysis of Mary MacKillop’s planetary positions I cannot overlook the role of Chiron in late Cancer, the only planet on the opposite hemisphere to the multiple conjunction in Capricorn. Chiron is in fact in opposition to her Sun and Mercury and perfectly conjunct the South Node of the Moon. This peculiar position helps this little planet acquire a greater importance in the interpretation of this Horoscope that it would otherwise have.

Looking at this Chart like one looks at a painting Chiron is like a splash of contrasting colour or a feature in an art work that continually shifts our visual attention from the main theme on the other side of the canvas.

Chiron in Cancer often shows a degree of frustration and a need for resignation in the area of nurturing. I found it sometimes in the Birth Charts of individuals, in particular women, who have suffered greatly through the inability of producing children or of properly nurturing or enjoying them. Like with all other Chiron’s position this is really an opportunity to utilize the apparent difficulty in order to gain greater awareness. Certainly Mary was able to sublimate her frustrated maternal instincts and inability to have children, due to her religious vow of chastity, in working all her life with children and for children. The conjunction Chiron-South Node of the Moon further exemplifies that her experience of chronic illness was a physical, perhaps hysterical expression of this inner conflict. The South Node always points out something that we need to relinquish, an experience or dimension of life that is part of the past, helping, at the unconscious level, to build the future (North Node), while, at the same time, in need to be forsaken in this life-time.

In the Sunrise Chart Chiron and the South Node are also found in the Relationship sector Seventh House), showing that close, one to one relationships have somehow to be renounced for the greater good, her work and the driven, all devouring ambition symbolized by the multiple conjunction in ambitious and workaholic Capricorn.

Finally the Chiron’s effect seems even more significant in the light of the miraculous cures that have been attributed to the intercession of Mary MacKillop, in life as well after her death, and that are the basis of her beatification. We cannot forget that Chiron is the wounded healer of archetypal legends, able to heal others while unable to offer a cure to himself, because the experience of suffering was central to his character and destiny.

Vega, the alpha star of Lyra, the Harp constellation, is conjunct Mary’s Venus, while Altair, the alpha star of Aquila, the Eagle, is conjunct her Mercury. Vega is traditionally said to add a strong charisma to the personality and conjunct Venus, the planet of femininity, gave Mary the power to attract that made her bossy temperament more fascinating and subtle. This is the instrument of Orpheus, the enchanter who was able to bridge the gap between the realms of life and death through the magic of his music. People influenced by Vega can be very persuasive and attract following.

Altair, on the other hand, is also a fortunate star, indicating the strength and courage to pursue one’s goals in life, and certainly Mary had plenty of that too. Because it is Mercury that is in contact with this powerful star the Eagle’s qualities would have influenced in particular her intellect and communication skills. According to Bernadette Brady through this star we are able to act quickly and decisively, seizing the moment, while its darker side can be aggression and forcefulness. With the Moon conjunct Mars, even from the delicate and non aggressive Sign of Pisces, Mary was a born militant, ready to fight for what she believed was right and God’s will. Mars in Pisces embodies remarkably well her power to act and be assertive when motivated by compassion and concern for human welfare and spirituality.

The Capricorn New Moon just prior to her birth (on January 12) coincided with a Solar Eclipse. During this eclipse the multiple conjunction in Capricorn had its heyday, enhancing the destiny making qualities of this rare configuration.

A look at this Eclipse will make this more clear.

 

Eclipse-mary

As you can see the Solar Fire program, used to generate this Chart, makes the glyph of the celestial bodies forming the mighty Capricorn conjunction to overlap one another, in order to fit them all in such a limited area of the Zodiac.

Even if some will doubt the veracity of her miracles no one would deny that this humble and socially disadvantaged woman was an amazing miracle worker and accomplished incredible feats of compassion that still live in her name today.

I have a lot more to say about Mary MacKillop’s Chart and the Transits and Progressions that constellated the major events in her life, and those that are still activating her horoscope today.

Paola Emma’s October-November 2019 Astrology

This article has been already published in early October 2019 in the Uki Village News.

October-November Astrological Highlights

Apart from a gentle angle (60 degrees = sextile) between Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces, exact on November 9, encouraging a practical take on our ideals and aspirations, there are not, at this time, other significant alignments between the slow moving planets, time keepers and destiny makers of our solar system.

Big events are on the cards for the near future, but, at present, all is calm in the far reaches of the solar system, from Jupiter outward. The historical alignment of Saturn to Pluto, at 22°46’ Capricorn, will be exact only on January 13 2020. Saturn is now moving again in direct motion and accelerating toward that conjunction, but it will be still several degrees away from it in October and November.  Before that anxiously anticipated event mighty Jupiter will enter Capricorn too, on December 3, a once every twelve years transit and a promise that hopefully (a Jupiter’s word!) we may find more just ways to govern ourselves in the coming year.

October and November will not be uneventful however; on the contrary. The Sun itself, as well as the fast moving planets closer to our Earth (Mercury-Venus-Mars) will form such angles with the slower planets to set them off, so to speak. The faster celestial bodies perform in fact the function of ‘go between’ the Earth and the slower moving giants, being the channels through which the latter transformative energy can find expression in our lives.

Here are the critical days for these planetary channeling.

October 1: Venus in Libra at right angle (square) to Pluto in Capricorn, when intensity of feeling need to find positive outlet or could otherwise cause destructive episodes in intimate relationships, jealousy, resentment, wilfulness. It could be a great stimulus for creative output and to express passion, but with the risk of going to extremes.

October 7: Mercury in Scorpio in opposition to Uranus in Taurus. Here the collective mind is highly stimulated, even over stimulated, a tight rope between genial ideas, eureka moments and wacky, unpractical flight of fancy. Keep one foot on the ground if you can.

October 8: Sun in Libra at right angle to Saturn in Capricorn. Hard work seems not to deliver the desired results, fear of failure and lack of confidence could make any enterprise feel more arduous than it actually is. Do your best now; in a couple of days you will see things in a different light.

October 13: Venus in Scorpio in opposition to Uranus in Taurus. A strong desire for independence and freedom may clash with that for intimacy, trust and emotional security. We may feel inclined to defy relationships that in any way stifle our individual self expression. Separate yourself from the situation, remain objective. The picture will not appear so black and white in a few days.

October 14: the Aries Full Moon and the Libra Sun, from opposite hemispheres, are both at right angle (square) to Pluto in Capricorn. This is an intense and deeply transformative Full Moon energy that could help you move on from toxic situations or relationships, but not without some drama and danger. Combined with the lingering effect of Venus’ yesterday transit it could a real challenge to avoid emotional extremes.

October 28: Mars in Libra at right angle to Saturn in Capricorn. Restrictions and delays seem to frustrate our best plans; our ability to act and our patience are severely tested by less than ideal circumstances. If we proceed progress could be slow but the end results will repay the effort, in due time.

On the same day the Scorpio New Moon will see Sun and Moon opposing Uranus in Taurus, another transit full of unpredictable and exciting potential. We better be ready to embrace the new in the lunar month starting today, or we will be left behind.

November 1 to 21: Mercury turns retrograde between the 27th and 11th degrees of Scorpio, another proof of the mental and emotional intensity of this period. A little walk on the dark side could reveal the ambivalence of every situation and relationship, the secret side of every interaction. Putting on our psychic goggles will help us see things usually kept secret, in ourselves and others, thus deepening our understanding of the hidden dynamics of every relationship.

November 5: Mars in Libra at right angle to Pluto in Capricorn. This is perhaps the most volatile aspect of the whole period, with the potential for escalating conflicts on many levels. There is a risk of becoming ruthless and judgmental while we confront what we consider negative or obsolete in our life, be our work, career or relationships. Extreme measures could work but also prove emotionally costly.

November 15: Venus in Sagittarius at right angle to Neptune in Pisces. Things may not be quite what they seem during the few days around this date. We may be deceived by other s’ promises and flattery or simply deceive ourselves that the situation is rosier than it actually will turn up to be, when the fog will lift. Enjoy the dream remembering it is a dream and you will soon have to wake up.

November 25: Mars in Scorpio in opposition to Uranus in Taurus. This is another intense transit that could force separation and ending in the pursuit of our individual goals. There may be a exceptional flaring of activities, sleepless nights, over excitement and nerves. Like high voltage electricity the advice is to handle with care. This week could be very productive but also disruptive of our peace of mind and harmony in relationship.

 

 

The Moon transits Libra from Sunday, September 1, to Tuesday, September 3, netween the Virgo New Moon and the Libra Crescent Phase

Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley was born when the Moon was transiting Libra and the Sun Cancer. Click the image to navigate to her Astrology Page, with a reading of her Birth Chart plus the Progressions and Transits active at the time of her death.

LIBRA, Moon of justice and harmony
Cooperative and artistic

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LIBRA from Sunday, September 1, 9.07 am,
to Tuesday, September 3, 9.34 am, with the ingress into SCORPIO

Suitable energy for sharing, decorating, being artistic, holding meeting, conflict resolution, diplomatic missions, weddings, engagements, parties, gifts, fantasy reading, falling in love, hairdressing, making oneself beautiful. Purchase of articles of clothing, cosmetics, furnishings, flowers, jewellery, art equipment. Action motivated by the desire to meet others half way, to be fair, to agree and harmonize. Amiable display of feeling, seeking equality, idealistic, cooperative. Beware of indecisiveness, lack of assertion, wishy-washy attitudes, peace at any cost syndrome, vanity, self indulgence.

  • In the garden Libra, unlike the other two Air Signs, Aquarius and Gemini, is traditionally considered fertile and productive. Being a Sign of Venus, goddess of pleasure and beauty, Libra is an ideal Sign to sow and transplant flowering plants and ornamental, and also herbs which help to balance the Elements in the body. Libra encourages bloom, but few seeds.
  • Healing Herbs:Corn Silk, Parsley, Uva ursi
A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The New Moon

The VIRGO NEW MOON PHASE begins on Friday, August 30, 8.37 pm,
and ends on Tuesday, September 3, 1.06 am, with the LIBRA CRESCENT MOON PHASE

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

  • In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

Crescent Moon

The LIBRA CRESCENT MOON PHASE begins on Tuesday, September 3, 1.06 am,
and ends on Friday, September 6, 1.10 pm, with the SAGITTARIUS FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE

The Crescent Moon occurs half way through the first week of the Waxing cycle, when the Moon is transiting 45 degrees ahead of the Sun and looks like a beautiful crescent in the western sky after sunset. Psychologically this is an enthusiastic time, in which lots of ideas crowd our mind and we may feel that the sky is the limit. It is a slightly naïve Moon time, but also one full of hopes and dreams (the bright crescent shows now the shadowy sphere of the future Full Moon. The energy of the Moon however needs maturing at this stage and grounding. The first difficulties may appear, the first chinks in the armor; but the challenge is not strong enough yet for us to build up on it.

  • In the garden this is an excellent growing time: everything can go in now, but in particular leafy vegetables and all plants that we grow for their above the ground parts, but only when the Moon is transiting through the very fertile Water Signs or the productive Signs Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

August and September Astrology by Paola Emma

Uranus in Taurus 2018-2019

This post was published at the start of August in the Uki Village News.

August Astrology: a fresh start

By August 1 we will be leaving behind us the quirky retrogradation of Mercury, now again a more reliable Morning Star, rising before the Sun, encouraging clearer thinking and decisive action.

The Eclipse Season has also ended with the July Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. The next Solar Eclipse will also be in Capricorn on Boxing Day 2019. The Cardinal Signs of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries (in particular Capricorn and Cancer) will be dealing still with life changing events and emotional upsets for a while longer.

For many the times ahead could be less dramatic and complicated than the recent period.
The end of Mercury’s retrogradation, on August 1, corresponds with the Leo New Moon, both events indicating the beginning of a new phase, when initiatives and plans may actually bring the results we are hoping for.

Jupiter Direct

On August 11 mighty Jupiter will also turn Direct, after his yearly four months retrogradation, beginning then the last league of his journey through Sagittarius that will end on December 3 with the ingress into Capricorn. A forward moving Jupiter will give new impetus to projects and aspirations that may have been kept in the closet for a while.  Optimism and hope will brighten the days of many people, in particular those born under the Fire Signs of Sagittarius, Aries and Leo.  To strengthen this trend Mercury will transit a Fire Sign too, Leo, between August 12 and 29, a brighter, more creative collective mind set.

Uranus retracing his steps

On August 12 Uranus will turn retrograde on the sixth degree of Taurus, turning direct only on January 11 2020, on the second degree of Taurus.  This will ensure a continuing trend of unexpected happenings, amazing breakthroughs, difficult upheavals and even life changing events for those who have these degrees highlighted in their Birth Charts (and, to a lesser measure, the same degrees of the other Fixed Signs of Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius). If Uranus in Taurus is forming a conjunction, opposition or square (90 degrees angle) in your Birth Chart, especially with one or more of the so called ‘Personal Planets’ (the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) this is a once in a life time astrological event that could turn your life around, eventually helping you to strike a truer individual path beyond early conditioning and restrictions.

Highlight on Virgo

By the middle of the month of August the spotlight will shift to the Earth Sign of Virgo, with Mars entering this disciplined and practical Sign on August 18, Venus on August 21 and the Sun on August 23. These many planetary entities in Virgo, plus Saturn still slowly plodding through Earthy Capricorn, could be positive for working in a more methodical manner at any project generated by the Fire Signs creativity during the first half of August.

The highlight of this period will be the conjunction of Venus and Mars in Virgo, on August 25, encouraging romance and a pro-active approach to seeking new relationships and/or creative outlets.

September Astrology: the allure and danger of Neptune in Pisces

In September we will experience many oppositions of the Planets still transiting Virgo to mysterious and ambivalent Neptune in Pisces. Neptune is the archetypal power behind dreams, visions, spirituality, as well as illusions, delusions and deceptions of all kind. Venus will oppose Neptune in Pisces on September 4, Mercury on September 7, the Sun on September 10 and Mars on September 14. All these aspects will be strengthened by the last pass of the square between Jupiter and Neptune, on September 22, transit that has been with us, on and off, since January this year. While it could be easier at this time to let ourselves be swept off our feet by grand dreams and romantic wishes, a keen discrimination would be necessary not to be caught into emotional, mental or financial booby traps (Virgo to the rescue). We may dissipate a lot of our energy in chasing pipe dreams and riding tangents that may bring us nowhere in the end.

Positively Neptune may bring romance, poetical feelings, artistic inspiration and even spiritual experiences in our lives, opening our psyche to unworldly dimensions. It could be wonderful so far as we are aware of the danger involved and succeed in making a safe landing when this dreamy period is over.

We can celebrate the Libra Equinox and the advent of spring on September 23, at 5.50 pm local time.

My Uranus Stencil