The Astrology of June July 2020, with an eye on the Covid crisis

'Temple Garden' by Catherine Nelson

‘Temple Garden’ by Catherine Nelson

This a longer version of an article published in the Uki Village News issue 112, for June-July 2020

The big picture

A highly unusual astrological narrative began unfolding in early December with the ingress of Jupiter in Capricorn, joining Saturn-Pluto as they approached their historical conjunction.
During the coming months of June-July we will see a continuation of the same, with a new Eclipse season, and Jupiter’ second pass alignment to Pluto.

In astrology Jupiter has the function of expanding our understanding but also of magnifying events, for better or worse. Capricorn is known as the Sign of Jupiter’s ‘fall’, a term indicating a uniquely challenging environment for this planet.

The long anticipated Saturn-Pluto’s conjunction in Capricorn was of concern to many astrological seekers because both planets portend difficult and even traumatic transitions in our personal and collective lives. Joining together they foretold hard times ahead.  We know now that they brought even greater disruption and upheaval than anyone anticipated, marking a truly ‘karmic’ time for the whole planet.

Fortunately Saturn moved ahead of Pluto rapidly, leaving Capricorn by March 22. It will return to Capricorn between July 2 and December 17, but without reaching the degree of Pluto again, something we can all be grateful for. It could have been even worse!

The alignment of Jupiter to the Boxing Day 2019 Solar Eclipse, very close to the Capricorn Solstice, the start of a new season, was further confirmation of the powerful role Jupiter will play in shaping the major events of the coming year. Furthermore the January Cancer Lunar Eclipse was also aligned (opposition) to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, another sign of the far reaching consequences of their encounter.

The narrative has not ended though because it has been and continues to be the role of Jupiter, and also of Mars, to trigger the darker energy of Pluto, until at least the end of this fateful year.  A highly activated Pluto can manifest as grievous losses and serious control issues, as shown by the draconian measures governments had to put in place and the resentment some of these have fueled in many people.

Pluto also has increased the need for honest appraisal of any situation, no by embellishment or false hopes, but by dealing with the starkly sad realities life is presenting to us at this moment. We can choose to be empowered or be crushed by it. If radical changes are not implemented now, in the way we govern ourselves, the hard lessons will have to be repeated and things may actually get worse rather than better in the future.

While Pluto forces us to confront our deepest fears, Jupiter transiting Capricorn and aligning with Pluto three times (April 4, June 30, November13) is making the impact of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction more profound and far reaching, it is also offering a new vision for the future though, a new philosophical outlook on life that will stretch well beyond the present crisis. This is obvious observing how many of us are heeding the call for change to the way we live, accepting personal sacrifices to stop the abuse of the natural environment, the exploitation of resources and of people less fortunate than ourselves. The unprecedented emergency is showing that things could be different, that our future doesn’t have to be a repetition of the past. There is certainly hope, but the outcome is, to a great extent, up to us. The old maxim that ‘the stars incline, they do not compel‘ is forever true. We can make the best or the worst of any difficult transit; as we can enjoy or spoil the positive ones.

The Eclipses

The June Eclipses, Lunar (June 6 Sagittarius Full Moon) and Solar (June 21 Cancer New Moon) are showcasing a difficult Sun-Moon angle to Mars-Neptune, the latter becoming conjunct in Pisces on June 14, also aligning then to the Last Quarter Moon, a critical time in every Moon cycle. This whole configuration could aggravate the collective tendency toward flights of fancy and unrealistic thinking, challenging our ability to see through the fog of misinformation.  It could also make us more impressionable and thus prone to errors of judgement, as well as aggravating our collective susceptibility to negative energies, psychological as well as physical. A healthy grip on common sense will be a must, in this confusing and anxiety riddled period. I fear that many could relax their guard too soon against the still clear and present danger of the pandemic (see the end of June second alignment of Jupiter-Pluto), or become easy prey to the numerous extravagant narratives that have been widely circulating since the start of the emergency.

The last Eclipse, a Lunar at the July 5 Capricorn Full Moon, concurs with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (already exact on June 30), the Moon aligning with them early on July 6. This particular event speaks loudly of the still present impact of all that went on previously, demanding a cautious and realistic approach to the crisis in order to master the unruly emotions and passions that could lead us astray.

The role of Mars

Let’s not forget that fiery Mars, who played such an important role in the escalation of the crisis in March, when transiting Capricorn and aligning to Pluto-Jupiter-Saturn, will enter Aries on June 28. Due to Retrogradation (September 10 to November 14) Mars will transit Aries until January 7 2021, again interacting by difficult 90 degrees angles with Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto, between August and October, December and January.  So, in my view, it is not over until is over.

The good news is that Capricorn, the central character of this entire saga, is a highly productive and realistic Sign, so that, if we manage to navigate these troubled waters with patience and a down to earth attitude, we will find plenty of strength and amazing resilience to cope with anything life may throw at us.  And, last but not least, the amazing conjunction of Jupiter to Saturn on the threshold of Aquarius, on December 22, is a beacon of hope for a better future if we embrace a spirit of reform and cooperation.

 

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).

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Is Gordon Sondland Trump’s astrological Nemesis?

'Nemesis' by Alfred Rethel

‘Nemesis’ by Alfred Rethel. Nemesis is the ancient Greek Goddess who enacts retribution against those who succumb to hubris (arrogance before the Gods). Another name for her is Adrasteia, meaning ‘the inescapable’.

After reading few reports on today Gordon Sondland’s deposition at Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, I became curious about this individual astrological connection to Trump. More than any other witnesses so far his deposition has in fact drawn a direct line between Trump and the unusual request of publicizing an investigation on Trump’s most feared political rival, Joe Biden, to up Trump’s chances to beat Biden at the 2020 presidential elections.

When I juxtaposed the two men Natal Charts I saw at a glance that indeed this guy could prove to be Trump’s nemesis. Below is, first, Gordon Sondland’s Birth Chart and, under it, the same Chart around Trump Birth Chart. Note that Sondland’s Chart, lacking a birth time, has been calculated for the local sunrise of his day of birth.

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Gordon Sondland Birth Chart

Gordon Sondland Birth Chart. Click to view larger image.

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Gordon Sondland Birth Chart on Donald Trump Birth Chart

Gordon Sondland Birth Chart on Donald Trump Birth Chart. Click to view larger image.

Apart from the significant hard aspects I’ll describe the two men also share a number of positive ones, in particular those involving Venus and Jupiter, signifying a relationship that could prove advantageous to both parties in the area of business and mentor-ship. Sondland’s Venus is in sextile (positive aspect) to Trump’ Uranus and Jupiter (which are in positive aspect to each other in Trump’s Birth Chart), while his Jupiter is in sextile to Trump’s Venus, so that Venus and Jupiter are connected twice in the two Charts. Sondland’s Sun is also in sextile to Trump’s Mid-Heaven, angle that has to do with career. So far so good, the relationship could have been a fortunate one, benefiting both parties. The rest of the mutual aspects though show another side of the picture, one that could easily sour the relationship.

In this respect the first thing that would jump at any astrologer’s attention is the close alignment of Sondland’s Pluto in late Leo to Trump Ascendant in late Leo. This aspect is very close, only one degree apart, and touches not just Trump’s Ascendant but also Regulus, the alpha star of Leo constellation which was rising at the time of the President’s birth. For an explanation of Regulus possible influence on Trump’s destiny, please navigate to my post on the subject HERE. Furthermore Sondland’s Pluto opposes exactly Trump’s Part of Fortune, a point in the Horoscope which has to do with the individual potential for well-being and happiness.

As students of Astrology must know Pluto’s mutual aspects can have an intensely negative effect on relationships, creating power struggles and enmity, often associated with karmic stuff, addressing of wrong doing and retribution.

Furthermore Sondland’s Mars (in Leo like Trump’s Mars) happens also to be widely aligned to Trump’s Pluto, a difficult combination to say the least, fostering fierce competitiveness and all sorts of extremes. There is even a possibility of danger with aggressive enactment (Mars) of long held but hidden resentments (Pluto) between the individuals involved; a possibly explosive combination. To add to the above Sondland’s Mercury and Uranus (conjunct in Leo in his Birth Chart) are also widely conjunct Trump’s Pluto, making the plutonian connection even stronger and more problematic.

To add to the Pluto’s possible pitfalls Sondland’s Sun degree in Cancer is the same as Trump’s Saturn and not far from his Venus’ degree. When two individuals share a Saturn-Sun-Venus connection (in this instance an extremely strong one) there is a life lesson to be learnt, restrictions and limitations to be endured. It is Sondland here that view and experience Trump as an authority figure, the one who makes the rules. And, apart from any positive or negative connotations, the alignment of Sun, Venus and Saturn makes the relationship more serious and important, one that will have enduring repercussions and hopefully also help to further the psychological maturity of both parties.

What I find of even greater interest here is the fact that the degree of the Sondland-Trump Sun-Saturn-Venus alignment in Cancer is very close to the degree of the long awaited Saturn-Pluto conjunction in the opposite Sign of Capricorn. This will become exact on January 12/13 2020. The same degrees were also highlighted by the Lunar Eclipse on July 16 this year, around the time Trump decided to freeze the military aid to Ukraine and not far from the now notorious Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian President, starting the whole impeachment conundrum. Knowing the lasting and far-reaching effects of Eclipses, when aligned to important points in the Birth Chart, it is not surprising to see the effects of that cosmic event spilling all over the news at this time. If interested in this topic, Trump and the recent eclipses, please navigate to my post HERE.

Before I publish this post I want to remark that, as the juxtaposed Charts clearly show, many of the alignments between Sondland and Trump’s planets happen in the latter Twelfth House, the area that has to do with unavoidable karma, as well as thoughts and actions that can undo the individual conscious will, veering his/her life toward the inevitable rather than one’s desires and wishes.

For more on Trump Astrology please navigate to my dedicated page HERE.

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.

The Waxing Moon transits Virgo from Friday, August 30, to Sunday, August 1, during the Virgo New Moon Phase

Peter Fonda was born a few hours past the Virgo Full Moon, in the Fourth House, with the Sun in the opposite Sign of Pisces, in the Tenth House, perfectly conjunct the Mid-Heaven. His Ascendant was Gemini and the Ruling Planet Mercury in the Tenth House, in opposition to Neptune in the Fourth House. The major aspects of his Virgo Moon were the opposition to the Pisces Sun and a trine to Mars in Taurus, in the Eleventh House. The major aspect of his Pisces Sun was a sextile to Mars in Taurus. Fonda’s Venus was in Aries conjunct Jupiter in Aries, in the Eleventh House, and in square to Chiron in Cancer, in the First House. His Saturn was also in Aries, in the Eleventh House, conjunct the Descending Node of the Moon. Both Mars in early Taurus and Saturn in late Aries were in square to Pluto in Leo, in the Second House. His Uranus was in Taurus, on the cusp of the Twelfth House. Peter Fonda died, at the age of 79, of respiratory failure caused by lung cancer, on August 16 2019, at 11.05 am. Some amazing conjunctions between Progressed and Natal Planets became active at the time of death, namely Progressed Moon conjunct Progressed and Natal Pluto (the underworld); Progressed Sun conjunct Progressed Uranus in Taurus, in the Twelfth Natal House; Progressed Mars conjunct Natal Ascendant in Gemini (lungs); Progressed Mercury in Taurus semi-square Progressed Mars in Gemini and Natal Ascendant (lungs again). There were also very positive Progressions like Sun trine Neptune, Venus sextile Mars and Mars trine Saturn. The Transits were also remarkable, with Transiting Pluto on the cusp of the Eighth House (death) in square to the Lunar Nodes; Transiting Saturn in opposition to Chiron and square Natal Venus; Transiting Uranus semi-square Mercury; and the Transiting Moon conjunct the Natal Sun and opposed to the Natal Moon, activating his Natal Full Moon.

VIRGO, Moon of humility and craftsmanship
Purifying and healing

The WANING MOON TRANSITS VIRGO from Friday, August 30, 9.57 am,
to Sunday, September 1, 9.07 am, with the ingress into LIBRA

Suitable energy for general and menial work, in particular jobs that require attention to details and great patience, crafts, knitting, sewing, cooking, mending, cleaning, nursing, volunteering, accounting, studying, researching, testing, purifying, collecting, classifying, putting order into chaos. Purchase of craft materials and tools, collectibles, pets. Action motivated by practical needs, daily routine, taking care of the body learning to discriminate and to perfect. Timid expression of feeling, sometimes prickly, always helpful at the practical level. Beware of hyper-criticism, a calculating attitude, lack of grace, inhibitions, phobias, hypochondria, feelings of unworthiness.

  • In the garden Despite the earthy nature and the symbolic ear of corn in the Maiden’s left hand* Virgo is considered barren. Plants will supposedly grow spindly, tough and woody if planted on the Virgo Moon. The Sign is great however for tidying up the garden, work bee days, and fertilizing.
  • Healing Herbs: Blackberry, Fennel, Flax.
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.

 

 

In memory of Peter Fonda

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In memory of Peter Fonda, two weeks after his passing

The New Moon is in Virgo today, August 30 2019, while the Virgo Moon was Full when Peter Fonda was born.
The Moon Phase, the Moon/Sun polarity (VIrgo/Pisces) and the opposition of the Ruling Planet Mercury in Pisces to Neptune in Virgo are all very appropriate cosmic symbols for someone who became famous for directing and acting in a trailblazing movie depicting the use of psychedelics by the youth of the late sixties and seventies, longing for redemption and freedom.

Peter Fonda directing 'Easy Rider'

Peter Fonda directing ‘Easy Rider’. Peter Fonda was born a few hours past the Virgo Full Moon, in the Fourth House, with the Sun in the opposite Sign of Pisces, in the Tenth House, perfectly conjunct the Mid-Heaven. His Ascendant was Gemini and the Ruling Planet Mercury in the Tenth House, in opposition to Neptune in the Fourth House. The major aspects of his Virgo Moon were the opposition to the Pisces Sun and a trine to Mars in Taurus, in the Eleventh House. The major aspect of his Pisces Sun was a sextile to Mars in Taurus. Fonda’s Venus was in Aries conjunct Jupiter in Aries, in the Eleventh House, and in square to Chiron in Cancer, in the First House. His Saturn was also in Aries, in the Eleventh House, conjunct the Descending Node of the Moon. Both Mars in early Taurus and Saturn in late Aries were in square to Pluto in Leo, in the Second House. His Uranus was in Taurus, on the cusp of the Twelfth House. Peter Fonda died, at the age of 79, of respiratory failure caused by lung cancer, on August 16 2019, at 11.05 am. Some amazing conjunctions between Progressed and Natal Planets became active at the time of death, namely Progressed Moon conjunct Progressed and Natal Pluto (the underworld); Progressed Sun conjunct Progressed Uranus in Taurus, in the Twelfth Natal House; Progressed Mars conjunct Natal Ascendant in Gemini (lungs); Progressed Mercury in Taurus semi-square Progressed Mars in Gemini and Natal Ascendant (lungs again). There were also very positive Progressions like Sun trine Neptune, Venus sextile Mars and Mars trine Saturn. The Transits were also remarkable, with Transiting Pluto on the cusp of the Eighth House (death) in square to the Lunar Nodes; Transiting Saturn in opposition to Chiron and square Natal Venus; Transiting Uranus semi-square Mercury; and the Transiting Moon conjunct the Natal Sun and opposed to the Natal Moon, activating his Natal Full Moon.

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Peter Fonda Birth Chart

Peter Fonda Birth Chart

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Peter Fonda Birth Chart Data

Peter Fonda Birth Chart Data

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Peter Fonda Death Progressions

Peter Fonda Death Progressions

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Peter Fonda Birth Chart + Death Progressions

Peter Fonda Birth Chart + Death Progressions

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Peter Fonda Birth Chart + Death Transits

Peter Fonda Birth Chart + Death Transits

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Peter Fonda Birth Chart + Death Progressions and Transits

Peter Fonda Birth Chart + Death Progressions and Transits

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The Waning Moon transits Gemini from very early Saturday, August 24, to Monday, August 26, during the Gemini Last Quarter Moon Phase

Click the image to view Bob Brown Birth Chart and the Reading of his major astrological configurations. Bob Brown was born when the Moon was transiting Gemini, conjunct Uranus in the Second House, and the Sun Capricorn, in the Ninth House, in opposition to Saturn in Cancer, both in square to Neptune in Libra. His Ascendant was Taurus and the Ruling Planet Venus was in Aquarius in the Tenth House in opposition to Pluto in the Fourth House, conjunct the Lower-Heaven (IC).

GEMINI, Moon of mental flexibility and communication
Inquisitive and social

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS GEMINI from Saturday, August 24, 0.33 am,
to Monday, August 26, 7.05 am, with the ingress into CANCER

Suitable energy for traveling, studying, researching, reading, writing, teaching, moving, walking, running, advertising, talking, brain storming, contact with siblings, computer work, accounting, graphic designing, artistic skills. Purchase of books, magazines, school gear, cars, bikes, art equipment. Quick action, rapid response, motivated by present circumstances and the curiosity to know. Adaptable mental energy. Friendly, sisterly, brotherly feelings, independent, needing change and variety. Beware of inconstancy, nervousness, irritability, mental games, gossips, double dealings, cold intellectualism, superficiality.

  • In the garden Gemini is considered too dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Today the energy could be right for designing the garden, for parties and get-togethers with friends and siblings.
  • Healing Herbs: Coltsfoot, Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Mullein.
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.

Last Quarter Moon

The GEMINI LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Saturday, August 24, 0.55 am,
and ends on Tuesday, August 27, 3.05 pm, with CANCER BALSAMIC MOON PHASE

If the First Quarter presented us with external challenges to overcome in order to achieve the goal promised by the Full Moon, at the Last Quarter we feel that whatever bar our progress is within us and not without. We can now take responsibility for our life and circumstances. The battle needs to be fought with oneself and not other people. Both Quarters are crucial times that suggest division and strife, but while at the First Quarter we could find refuge in the illusion that the cause of all the problems was someone or something else, now we can clearly see how we contribute to whatever crisis we may be experiencing. The Moon is now 90 degrees behind the Sun, another right angle. The friction generated by the inner dialogue could be very creative if you don’t let it depress you.

  • In the garden we should stop all sowing and planting, and concentrate on soil conditioning and cultivation. Suitable energy also for harvesting and getting rid of unwanted weeds and pests.

The Waning Moon transits Taurus from Wednesday, August 21, to very early Saturday, August 23, during the Aries Disseminating Moon Phase

Click the image to navigate to Frida Kahlo Astrology Page, with her Birth Chart plus the Progressions and Transits active at the time of important events in her life, and reading of her Birth Chart and other relevant Charts. Studying the fascinating and tragic life of artist-activist Frida Kahlo can be very rewarding to the astrological student. As a young woman she had dreamed to become a doctor but her destiny decided otherwise, due to the fact that she first contracted Polio as a child of six, and then, at the age of 18, was severely injured in a bus accident, thus becoming a life long patient of doctors who proved unable to help her. Salient moments in her life were the day of the bus accident that nearly killed her and caused her life long suffering, September 17 1925, age 18; her marriage, which proved very tempestuous, to artist-activist Diego Rivera, twenty years her senior, on August 21 1929, age 22; and her death, a suspected suicide by morphine overdose, during the night of July 13 1954. Frida became an artist because of her ongoing health problems and constant state of physical pain, so there would not be the current cult status of Frida Kahlo the artist if those tragedies had not befell her !

TAURUS, Moon of contemplation and contentment
Loyal and sensual

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS TAURUS from Wednesday, August 21, 2.36 pm,
to Saturday, August 24, 0.33 am, with the ingress into GEMINI

Suitable energy for practical activities, making money, business, building, engineering, woodworking, sculpting, pottery, cooking, massage, healing, meditating, contemplating, being still and content, artistic, sensual. All pleasurable activities. Purchase of beautiful objects, furniture, furnishings, clothes, flowers, art works, jewellery, land. Slow, deliberate action, motivated by the desire for security and ease. Determination, use of will power. Affectionate, sensual display of feelings, supportive and loyal. Beware of laziness, self indulgence, stubbornness, intolerance, prejudice, jealousy.

  • In the garden Taurus is considered a fairly productive Sign, especially suitable for Root Crops, like potatoes and carrots, helping to strengthen the root system and to make plants sturdier. It is also a great Sign for Flower Bulbs and other ornamental plants, being sacred to Venus. Great time to be lazy in the garden, lull in a hammock and watch the grass grow.
  • Healing Herbs: Fenugreek, Liquorice, Slippery Elm.
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.

Disseminating Moon

The ARIES DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE begins on Tuesday, August 20, 1.27 am,
and ends on Saturday, August 24, 0.55 am, with the GEMINI LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE

The Moon is now on her return journey. This phase occurs three and half days past the Full Moon. It has been given this name because this is a time for spreading and sharing the knowledge or realization we have gathered at the Full Moon. It is the first step on the inner journey which began at the Full Moon, but it can still be an active time in the world too, with the need to reach out to others. The Moon has past her prime, but her still strong light is a reminder of her recent fullness.

  • In the garden, despite the rapidly diminishing Moon light, this is a productive time for growing things and also to apply slow release fertilizer. The fact that these are the last available days for planting before the Last Quarter should work as an incentive to get going. Favourite plants to grow during this first week of the waning cycle are the Perennials, Biennials and Root Crops because the Moon energy is being stored underground in anticipation of the resting period not too far ahead.

The Waning Moon transits Aries from early Monday, August 19, to Wednesday, August 21, between the Aquarius Full Moon and the Aries Disseminating Moon Phases

Click the image to navigate to Steve Jobs Astrology Page. Steve Jobs was born when the Crescent Moon was transiting Aries in the Seventh House, and the Sun Pisces, in the Sixth House. The Moon only aspects were two sequi-square to Saturn and Pluto, in Scorpio and Leo, the Third and Twelfth Houses respectively. Of some interest to the student of Astrology is the fact that Jobs’ arch rival Bill Gates was born the same year, 1955, and also had the Moon in Aries at birth, same degree, as well as Saturn in the same degree of Scorpio ! Jobs’ Pisces Sun was in a Grand Trine with the South Node in Cancer and Neptune on the last degree of Libra, between the Sixth, Tenth and Second House, areas of work career and wealth. Steve Jobs’ Ascendant (birth 7.15 pm) was Virgo and the Ruling Planet Mercury was in Aquarius, in square to Saturn in Scorpio, from the Fifth to the Third Houses. This square was the only major aspect of his Ruling Planet. His Venus was in Capricorn, on the cusp of the Fifth House, in opposition to Jupiter and Uranus conjunct on the cusp of the Eleventh House. Venus was also in perfect sextile to Saturn in Scorpio, in the Third House, and in far square to Mars. Mars was on the last degree of Leo, in the Eighth House, in opposition to Neptune in the Second House. Venus, Mars, Jupiter-Uranus and Neptune were involved in a wide (not exact) Grand Cross in Cardinal Signs. Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer, on the cusp of the Eleventh House, were in trine to Saturn in Scorpio, in the Third House. Saturn was also in square to Pluto in Leo in the Twelfth House.

ARIES, Moon of initiative and action
Energetic and fiery

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS ARIES from Monday, August 19, 2.32 am,
to Wednesday, August 21, 2.36 pm, with the ingress into TAURUS

Suitable energy for taking on challenges, participating in competitions, performing daring feats, arduous exercises, physical work, to begin new ventures, or to perform action for its own sake. Purchase of sporting gear, protective gear, hats, tools, stoves, firewood, machinery, cars, bikes, leather objects. The mood is decisive, enterprising, impulsive, militant, spirited, visionary. Honest, direct expression of feelings, strong instinct, but somewhat insensitive. Beware of emotional extremes, head strong, bossy, uncompromising attitudes, lack of empathy, antagonism, aggression, selfishness.

  • In the garden Aries is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Plants sown with the Moon in Aries will soon go to seed, due to this Sign’s notorious impatience. Suitable only for early crops.
  • Healing Herbs: Burdock, Gotu Kola, Red Clover.
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.

Full Moon

The AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, August 15, 10.29 pm,
and ends on Tuesday, August 20, 1.27 am, with the ARIES DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

  • In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

Disseminating Moon

The ARIES DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE begins on Tuesday, August 20, 1.27 am,
and ends on Saturday, August 24, 0.55, with the GEMINI LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE

The Moon is now on her return journey. This phase occurs three and half days past the Full Moon. It has been given this name because this is a time for spreading and sharing the knowledge or realization we have gathered at the Full Moon. It is the first step on the inner journey which began at the Full Moon, but it can still be an active time in the world too, with the need to reach out to others. The Moon has past her prime, but her still strong light is a reminder of her recent fullness.

  • In the garden, despite the rapidly diminishing Moon light, this is a productive time for growing things and also to apply slow release fertilizer. The fact that these are the last available days for planting before the Last Quarter should work as an incentive to get going. Favourite plants to grow during this first week of the waning cycle are the Perennials, Biennials and Root Crops because the Moon energy is being stored underground in anticipation of the resting period not too far ahead.

 

The Waning Moon transits Pisces from Friday, August 16, to early Monday, August 19, during the Aquarius Full Moon Phase

Martin Luther King

Click the image to navigate to Mertin Luther King Astrology Page, with his Birth Chart plus the Progressions and Transits at the time of his assassination and death. Martin Luther King Jr was born when the Moon was transiting Pisces, in the Eleventh House, and the Sun Capricorn, conjunct the Mid-Heaven, in the Tenth House. His Ascendant was Taurus and so Venus in Pisces, conjunct the Moon in the Eleventh House (contribution to the collective), was his Ruling Planet. The Pisces Moon was in a T-Cross formation with Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius (opposite to each other) between the Eleventh, Second and Eighth Houses. His Mercury was in reforming-revolutionary Aquarius in the Tenth House. His Sun was in square to Jupiter in Taurus and the Twelfth House. A Fire/Earth Grand Trine united his Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, between the Twelfth, Eighth and Fifth Houses. Martin Luther King was assassinated by a white supremacist on April 4 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was shot at 6.01 pm and died at 7.05 pm the same day. Few months later, after the alleged assassin was captured and had confessed to the crime, conspiracy theories began in earnest, attempting to implicate government officials in King’s murder. The alleged killer also withdrew his earlier confession and claimed, until his death, that King was killed by conspirators and not himself. The family of Martin Luther King asked for a trial believing in the man’s account of events. A conspiracy has never been proved however, despite many separate investigations.

PISCES, Moon of compassion and universal sympathy
Adaptable and romantic

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS PISCES from Friday, August 16, 1.49 pm,
to early Monday, August 19, 2.32 am, with the ingress into ARIES

Suitable energy for sailing, swimming, day dreaming, escapism, falling in love, creative writing, especially of poetry, theater, performances, movies, concerts, music, crowds, solitude, remembering. Charity, water scrying, astral traveling, past life experiences, déjà vu, psychic awakening, bliss. Purchase of swimming gear, boats, surfboards, pets, alcohol, shoes. Action motivated by the need to accommodate fate, to go with the flow. Gentle poetical expression of feelings, romantic, changeable, ambivalent. Beware of escapism, untruthfulness, drug taking, victimization, passivity, impracticality, phobias, fatalism, lack of discrimination.

  • In the garden Pisces is a very fertile, particularly suitable for growing water plants, like Water Chestnuts and Lotus. A great time for propagating cuttings, grafting, irrigation, pruning to encourage re-growth, but not potatoes that may sprout too soon. Romantic garden walks and picnics could do well too.
  • Healing Herbs: Echinacea, Eyebright, Golden Seal and Mugwort.
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.

Full Moon

The AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, August 15, 10.29 pm,
and ends on Tuesday, August 20, 1.27 am, with the ARIES DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

  • In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

The Waxing Moon transits Aquarius from Wednesday, August 14, to Friday, August 16, between the Capricorn Gibbous and the Aquarius Full Moon Phases

Muhammed Ali in Chicago 1966

Muhammed Ali in Chicago 1966. Click the image to navigate to his Astrology Reading Page. The extraordinary Heavy Weight World Champion Cassius Clay was born when the Moon was transiting Aquarius and the Sun Capricorn, both in the Sixth House, the Sun in square to Mars in Taurus (see his struggle with Parkinson disease which eventually killed him). The Sun was also part of a Earth Grand Trine with Uranus-Saturn in Taurus and Neptune in Virgo. His Ascendant was Leo and so the Sun in Capricorn was his Ruling Planet. His Mercury and Venus were, like the Moon, in Aquarius and all conjunct, all in trine to Jupiter in Gemini. His Mars was in Taurus in the Ninth House. Saturn and Uranus were also in Taurus, conjunct in the Tenth House. His Jupiter was in Gemini in the Eleventh House and both Chiron and Pluto were rising in the Twelfth House in Leo. His Neptune sat on the cusp between Virgo and Libra.

AQUARIUS, Moon of knowledge and dispassion
Friendly and eccentric

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS AQUARIUS from Wednesday, August 14, 1.35 am,
to Friday, August 16, 1.49 pm, with the ingress into PISCES

Suitable energy to make individual choices, to work in groups, to be with friends, to become aware of social issues, to change attitudes, share ideas, do the old thing in a new way, research, understand, study, teach, technology, Astrology, the Net, the unexpected, encounters with strangers or strange, eccentric people, UFO sighting. Purchase of books, encyclopedias, computer programs, computers, technology, electrical appliances. Action motivated by the desire to participate without losing one’s own individuality. Friendly, contained display of feeling, somewhat distant. Beware of coldness, indifference, emotional isolation, cynicism, impracticality, physical inhibitions.

  • In the garden Aquarius is considered too dry and barren for growing anything, but Pine Trees (?). Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, harvesting. A ‘work day’ or other group activities in the garden will be ideal.
  • Healing Herbs: Chamomile, Skullcap, Valerian.
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.

Gibbous Moon

The CAPRICORN GIBBOUS MOON PHASE begins on Sunday, August 11, 9.38 pm,
and ends on Thursday, August 15, 10.29 pm, with the AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE

The Moon is waxing, 135 degrees ahead of the Sun, only 45 degrees or three and half days to the Full Moon. The Moon shows a strange shape now, like a rugby ball. Our goals are becoming more clear and we can power ahead, not too concerned about possible obstacles on our path. The power of attraction of the Full Moon proves irresistible.

  • In the garden as in life there should be plenty of activities and a sense of urgency, least one should waste the great energy available at the moment. When the Moon transits a very fertile Sign like Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or a productive Sign like Taurus, Libra and Capricorn in this phase practically every plant and seed can go into the garden successfully. This is the middle of the second waxing week. Ideally, after sowing or planting leafy vegetables in the first week, we should be busy putting in those plants we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans, etc.).

Full Moon

The AQUARIUS FULL MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, August 15, 10.29 pm,
and ends on Tuesday, August 20, 1.27 am, with the ARIES DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE

At Full Moon the Moon has reached a distance of 180 degrees ahead of the Sun, becoming diametrically opposed to it, with planet Earth in the middle. This is symbolically harvest time, when we reap what we have sown in the waxing period. We might experience success or failure, but either way we are coming to some important realization. The cycle has now reached its half way mark and is at its most intense. Like the New Moon a fortnight earlier this is also a time for new beginnings, not in the naïve, tentative way of the New Moon, but in a more mature and conscious way.

  • In the garden the Full Moon is a great divide: before the exact phase the increasing light and surging energy are particularly good for Annuals and above the ground crops; after the phase Perennials, Biennials, Trees and Root crops are more suited. Traditionally no sowing or planting are recommended however twelve hours before or after the phase itself. Some authors suggest even 24 hours.

The Waxing Moon transits Sagittarius from Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11, during the Scorpio First Quarter Moon Phase

Freddie Mercury

Click the image to navigate to Freddie Mercury Astrology Page, with his Birth Chart and the Progressions and Transits at the time of death. Exceptional composer and performer Freddie Mercury was born when the Moon was transiting Sagittarius, in the Fourth House, and the Sun Virgo, in the First House. His Ascendant was also Virgo and the Ruling Planet Mercury was rising in Virgo, in far conjunction to the Sun in the First House and in semi-square to Mars in Libra. Freddie Mercury had a ‘Stellium’ of planets in Libra, in the Second House, namely: Neptune, Mars, Chiron, Jupiter and Venus. His Sagittarius Moon was in close sextile to Venus and Jupiter and also in opposition to Uranus in Gemini and trine Mercury in Virgo. His Virgo Sun was instead in semi-square to Venus and Jupiter. Both Saturn and Pluto were in Leo, in the Twelfth House. Mercury died of pulmonary complications brought about by AIDS in the evening of November 24 1991, at the age of 45. His illness had been diagnosed in late April 1987.

SAGITTARIUS, Moon of the questing spirit and prophecy
Adventurous, independent

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS SAGITTARIUS from Friday, August 9, 6.34 am,
to Sunday, August 11, 2.49 pm, with the ingress into CAPRICORN

Suitable energy for traveling, exploring, radiating optimism, engaging in philosophical discussions, speculations, risk taking, gambling, adventures, trekking, camping out, wild life, search for God or Guru. Purchase of travel tickets, camping gear, cars, bikes, horses, dogs, raffle and lottery tickets. Action motivated by the desire to explore behind the personal sphere. Friendly display of feelings, gregarious and warm, but extremely independent and often unreliable. Beware of self inflation, preaching, boasting, being fanatical, overbearing, self righteous, impatient, uncompromising.

  • In the garden Sagittarius, like all Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything, with the exception of Fruit Trees. Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. A day with your favorite pet could prove rewarding, and so will be a night under the stars.
  • Healing Herbs: Dandelion, Garlic, Horsetail, Onions.
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.

First Quarter

The SCORPIO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, August 8, 3.30 am,
and ends on Sunday, August 11, 9.38 pm, with the CAPRICORN GIBBOUS MOON PHASE

The Moon is now 90 degrees ahead of the Sun, a right angle, very powerful. We meet some serious obstacle on our way. The goal is still strongly in view (Full Moon) but something or someone seem intent at stopping us or hinder our progress. This is the most critical point in the waxing period. It is important that we meet the challenge now, but it is also essential that we don’t go to war with people around us, blaming them for our difficulties, which are instead just a natural phase of our journey. There is something a bit black and white in this Moon’s position and the attention is perhaps focused too much on outside circumstances.

  • In the garden this is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a fertile or productive Sign.

The Waxing Moon transits Scorpio from Wednesday, August 7, to Friday, August 9, between the Virgo Crescent and the Scorpio First Quarter Moon Phase

Michael Hutchence

Click the image to navigate to Michael Hutchence Astrology Page, Birth and Death Charts. Michael Hutchence was born when the Last Quarter Moon was transiting Scorpio, conjunct Neptune in the Tenth House, and the Sun Aquarius. rising conjunct the Ascendant, in the First House. His Ascendant was Capricorn and Saturn in Capricorn, in the Twelfth House, was his Chart’s Ruling Planet. Mars was also in the Twelfth House in conjunction to Saturn. Michael’s Venus was in Sagittarius in near perfect conjunction to Jupiter, in the Eleventh House. Michael died on November 22 1997 of a suspected suicide by hanging. Neptune was near perfect conjunction to his Mercury in Capricorn and very close to his Capricorn Ascendant and Zero degree Aquarius Sun. That particular Transit seems to have had a negatively morbid effect on Hutchence. Many other factors were also a play though, as it is always in these tragic cases. Quite eerie, for instance, is the perfect conjunction (same degree and minute ! ) of the Transiting Black Moon Lilith and his Lunar Ascending Node in Virgo; also the alignment of transiting Chiron to his Neptune; the near perfect conjunction of the Progressed Venus to his Saturn in Capricorn, in the Twelfth House of self-undoing. The two yearly Mars Return has taken place few days before his death also in the Twelfth House. The transiting Moon was entering Libra, the Sign occupied by Pluto at Birth, only five degrees from Pluto, in the Eighth House. Transiting Saturn had already made two passes over his Lower-Heaven (cusp of the Fourth House) since May of that year too. Finally the progressed Sun in Pisces was in exact trine to the Natal and Progressed Neptune in Scorpio.

SCORPIO, Moon of depth and resourcefulness
Emotionally supportive and resilient

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS SCORPIO from Wednesday, August 7, 11.31 am,
to Friday, August 9, 6.34 am, with the ingress into SAGITTARIUS

Suitable energy for cleansing, getting rid of the old, spring cleaning, rubbish removal, recycling, nursing, practical and emotional support, midwifery, intimacy, partnership in business, profound talks, sharing secrets, healing old wounds, cultivating psychic powers, studying occult subjects. Purchase of insurance policies, underwear, hygiene articles, medicines, medical equipment, payment of bills, fees and taxes, collecting debts. Helping the dying, honouring the dead. Action motivated by the desire to experience, to know or to control. Reserved and deep feelings, strong attachments, intense likes and dislikes. Beware of wilfulness, emotional control, resentments, obsessive thoughts, unyielding attitudes.

  • In the garden Scorpio is a very fertile Sign. It is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and irrigation. It promotes sturdy roots. Corn, squashes and tomatoes seem to like particularly to be transplanted when the Moon is in Scorpio.
  • Healing Herbs: Aloe, Don Quai, Ginseng.
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.

First Quarter

The SCORPIO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, August 8, 3.30 am,
and ends on Sunday, August 11, 9.38 pm, with the CAPRICORN GIBBOUS MOON PHASE

The Moon is now 90 degrees ahead of the Sun, a right angle, very powerful. We meet some serious obstacle on our way. The goal is still strongly in view (Full Moon) but something or someone seem intent at stopping us or hinder our progress. This is the most critical point in the waxing period. It is important that we meet the challenge now, but it is also essential that we don’t go to war with people around us, blaming them for our difficulties, which are instead just a natural phase of our journey. There is something a bit black and white in this Moon’s position and the attention is perhaps focused too much on outside circumstances.

  • In the garden this is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a fertile or productive Sign.

 

The Waxing Moon transits Libra from very late Sunday, August 4, to Wednesday, August 7, during the Virgo Crescent Moon Phase

Sylvia Plath Astrology Birth Chart

Click the image to navigate to Sylvia Plath Astrology Page, Birth and Death Charts. Poetess Sylvia Plath was born when the Waning Moon was transiting Libra, in the Seventh House, and the Sun Scorpio, in the Eighth House. Her Ascendant fell on the cusp between Aquarius and Pisces. Her Ruling Planets were Saturn in Capricorn, in the Twelfth House, and Jupiter in Virgo, in the Seventh House. Her Libra Moon was un-aspected, meaning disconnected from the other major planetary energies in her Birth Chart. This seems significant considering the manner of her death by suicide at the age of thirty. The Moon however was linked by a perfect conjunction to the Asteroid Goddess Juno and a trine to the Asteroid Goddess Vesta. Her Mercury was in Scorpio in the Ninth House, in a T-Cross with Mars in Leo in the Sixth House (square) and Black Moon Lilith in Taurus in the Third House (opposition). Her Venus was in Virgo in perfect sextile to Pluto in Cancer. Her Chiron was in Taurus in the Third House in a Grand Trine with Saturn in the Twelfth and Venus in the Seventh Houses. Plath committed suicide, after suffering from severe bouts of depression for many years, on February 11 1963.

LIBRA, Moon of justice and harmony
Cooperative and artistic

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LIBRA from Sunday, August 4, 11.29 pm,
to Wednesday, August 7, 11.31 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.

Crescent Moon

The VIRGO CRESCENT MOON PHASE begins on Sunday, August 4, 6.06 pm,
and ends on Thursday, August 8, 3.30 am, with the SCORPIO 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 armour; 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.

The Waxing Moon transits Virgo from late Friday, August 2, to late Sunday, August 4, between the Leo New Moon and the Virgo Crescent Phases

XIV Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

Click the image to navigate to the Dalai Lama Birth Chart Page. The XIV Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso was born when the Moon was transiting Virgo and the Sun Cancer. Born just before sunrise his Ascendant is Cancer so the Virgo Moon in conjunction to Neptune is the Ruling Planet of his Horoscope. Both Moon and Sun are richly aspected, with alignments to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. His Mercury is in Gemini (writing and communication skills), his Venus in Leo (warmth, passion) and Mars in Libra (diplomacy). Jupiter and Saturn are in the Water Signs of Scorpio and Pisces respectively. The New Moon before his birth was a Cancer Solar Eclipse aligned to the Descending Lunar Node and his Birth Ascendant. The Full Moon following his birth was a Total Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, with the Moon aligned perfectly to the North or Ascending Lunar Node and the Sun to the South Descending Lunar Node.

VIRGO, Moon of humility and craftsmanship
Purifying and healing

The WANING MOON TRANSITS VIRGO from Friday, August 2, 11.20 pm,
to Sunday, August 4, 11.29 pm, with the ingress into LIBRA

Suitable energy for general and menial work, in particular jobs that require attention to details and great patience, crafts, knitting, sewing, cooking, mending, cleaning, nursing, volunteering, accounting, studying, researching, testing, purifying, collecting, classifying, putting order into chaos. Purchase of craft materials and tools, collectibles, pets. Action motivated by practical needs, daily routine, taking care of the body learning to discriminate and to perfect. Timid expression of feeling, sometimes prickly, always helpful at the practical level. Beware of hyper-criticism, a calculating attitude, lack of grace, inhibitions, phobias, hypochondria, feelings of unworthiness.

  • In the garden Despite the earthy nature and the symbolic ear of corn in the Maiden’s left hand* Virgo is considered barren. Plants will supposedly grow spindly, tough and woody if planted on the Virgo Moon. The Sign is great however for tidying up the garden, work bee days, and fertilizing.
  • Healing Herbs: Blackberry, Fennel, Flax.
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 LEO NEW MOON PHASE begins on Thursday, August 1, 1.11 pm,
and ends on Sunday, August 4, 6.06 pm, with the VIRGO 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 VIRGO CRESCENT MOON PHASE begins on Sunday, August 4, 6.06 pm,
and ends on Thursday, August 8, 3.30 am, with the SCORPIO 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 armour; 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.