Thursday, August 28, 2008

Astro aspects through September 10th

A few folks have written to ask what this astrologer thinks of Barack Obama's chances now. Back in January, I noted that Senator Obama announced his candidacy for President under a Void of Course Moon. Actions begun under Void Moons "fail of their purpose," or "come to nothing," or, if they do come to something, that something will likely be quite a different something than what we had in mind.

At that time, I didn't think much of Obama's chances for securing the nomination, based on his announcing under the Void. Apparently, Senator Obama's chances didn't think much of my prediction--good thing for the Senator. Maybe. Because a Void of Course Moon suggests that either nothing will come of actions begun at that time, or something totally unexpected will come of them. Will Barack Obama become this nation's first black president? Who knows? What I can say is this; whoever wins the election will be inaugurated under a Void of Course Moon (assuming the Inauguration begins at Noon on January 20th, as it is scheduled to).

Presidents within living memory who were inaugurated under Void Moons are Franklin D. Roosevelt (died in office April 12, 1945); John F. Kennedy (died in office November 22, 1963); Richard Nixon's second Inauguration occurred under a VoC (Void of Course) Moon, as did that of his VP, Gerald R. Ford who took over when Nixon resigned. Nothing happened to Ford (thankfully!) but nothing much came of his presidency either (the author of The Zen of Zombie suggests that Mr. Ford was actually an unusually animate Zombie, which explains a lot when you think about it ...). Bill Clinton's 2nd Inauguration also occurred while the Moon was VoC. (If I were the astrologer for whichever candidate wins the election, I'd make sure they showed up for that inauguration late. Moon will leave the Void on Inauguration day at 12:30 pm Eastern time or so. There are times when punctuality is not a virtue.)

Speaking of the Voids, lets get on to the current ones--all times are given in Eastern or Pacific Daylight Saving Time. The rest of you, remember to convert!

The Moon is in CANCER on TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th. She squares impulsive Mars and then opposes expansive Jupiter--in English, this means that our desires may be temporarily larger than our pocketbooks (I know, I know, some of us are thinking, "that transit must be going on every day because my desires are always larger than my pocketbook!"). But I mean, today, particularly. Moon in Cancer is in her balsamic phase--a phase of release (Moon is a waning crescent, rapidly "loosing" or releasing light). Rather than add things to our lives, this alignment suggests active release is the way to go. This astrologer is hoping I get to "release" a large, black dog that wandered into our yard a few days ago. I cast a chart asking if his owners would call soon; chart suggests today (Monday, August 25th). Hopefully I was not just "wishful reading." When I find his owners, I'm going to tell them--dog tags! What a concept! (A tag with phone number would've saved the dog days of confusion, myself a lot of trouble, and my cats from living under the bed for the past 3 days).

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th at 8:13 pm EDT (5:13 pm PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID at 10:51 pm EDT (7:51 pm PDT) when she marches into proud LEO. Mercury, god of communication is making faces at Pluto, god of obsessiveness and endings. Tense communications or obsessive thoughts may rule the day. I'm going to redirect this energy by using a pen filled with blood (red ink) to write with all day.

LUNA IS IN LEO on THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th and she is not Void. Mercury enters Libra where it's soon to retrograde, so Librans can expect information overload for the next couple of months. Joy.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on FRIDAY, AUGUST 29th at 11:44 pm EDT (8:44 pm PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID at 11:18 pm PACIFIC TIME (Not until early next morn Eastern).

The MOON LEAVES THE VOID ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 30th at 2:18 am EDT (already Un-Void PDT). We also get treated to a VIRGO NEW MOON. So everyone will be correcting everyone else's manners, driving, house cleaning techniques (or lack thereof), grammar (and etc.) instead of leaving this job solely up to the Virgos in the ranks.

The MOON IS IN VIRGO on SUNDAY, AUGUST 31st and she is not Void. Luna opposes Uranus, the Great Breaker. Erratic emotions abound, and hanging out with our unstable friends will help us feel right at home today. If we don't have any unstable friends but instead find that folks want to hang out with us today, just remember that sometimes stability is over rated.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st at 5:01 am EDT (2:01 am PDT). The MOON LEAVES THE VOID at 7:44 am EDT (4:44 am PDT) when she lounges into LIBRA. Luna sets this evening as a beautiful thin crescent, with Mercury, Venus, and Mars dancing just above. (Venus is brightest and Mars has a distinct red tint). Jupiter, still sitting in the ferocious face of Sagittarius the Archer is bright in the south. Who needs the movies when the heavens throw such nightly spectacles our way?

LUNA IS IN LIBRA on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd. She is not Void. That is all I have to say.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd at 1:09 pm EDT (10:09 am PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID at 4:02 pm EDT (1:02 pm PDT) when she enters SCORPIO'S intense terrain. Communications, travel and routines begin to get a little shaky as Mercury enters it's retrograde shadow (Mercury will go retro September 24th). Keep back up plans, good wine, and erasers on hand.

The MOON IS IN SCORPIO (eerie music plays) on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th and she is not Void. LUNA is at waxing crescent phase--a phase of distraction. Maybe the Sun's alignment with Saturn, the god-of-we-take-ourselves-very-seriously energy will help us concentrate despite the distraction-is-in-the-air energy of a crescent Moon, and maybe it won't. (Aren't we happy we have astrology to keep things clear for us?)

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th at 11:46 am EDT (8:46 am PDT). SHE'S VOID THE REST OF THE DAY.

LUNA LEAVES THE VOID on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th at 3:11 am EDT (0:11 am PDT) when she trots into SAGITTARIUS. Jupiter, god of excess is motionless in the sky, preparing to change directions. He's in hard aspect to the Venus, Mercury, Mars party (which can be seen in the western sky just after Sunset). This aspect can push us to channel our inner two year old (Mars) to impulsively say (Mercury) or grasp for (Venus) whatever it wants, regardless of consequence. If we want it BAAAD (whatever "it" is), my advice?--wait a week. (If we've already bought the triple-scoop gourmet ice cream in chocolate-dipped cone, don't listen to this advice because that thing is already melting, man! Go ahead, indulge!).

The MOON IS IN SAGITTARIUS on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th. She's not void and is at both apogee (farthest distance from Earth) and First Quarter phase. Doing something bold is favored, and Sagittarius is a horsey sign, so why not sign up for jousting lessons?

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th at 12:42 pm EDT (9:42 am PDT). SHE LEAVES THE VOID at 3:45 pm EDT (12:45 pm PDT) when she aggressive-acquisitions her way into ambitious CAPRICORN. Jupiter has been retrograde (moving backwards) since May; this gas giant gets his butt moving forward again and if we've felt that somehow over the summer we've lost sight of the target and wandered from the path, now we break through the brush, trip on a root, fall flat on our faces--but squarely in the middle of that lost path again. My advice? Get up and get going! (Remember to wipe the dirt off our nose first).

The MOON IS IN CAPRICORN ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, and she is not Void. Luna joins Jupiter in throwing dirt clods at the Venus, Mercury, Mars clique (the Moon truly is a fickle mistress--she was hanging out with Venus and friends, all tormenting Jupiter this day last week). Naked ambition, lust, legal battles, confrontational paperwork, raw desire, unfettered impulsiveness, saber rattling, and overindulgence may rule the day. And like race-car wrecks, we're all already secretly looking forward to it (come on, admit it ...).

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th at 9:15 am EDT (6:15 am PDT). She's Void the rest of the day (so we'll remember not to sign important documents, purchase important items, and begin important projects today, right?). LUNA will LEAVE THE VOID at 3:20 am THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th EDT or 20 minutes after Midnight PDT, when she slips into Aquarius.

A scheduled reading calls but more to come, and here's the summary:
The MOON IS VOID on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th from 8:13 PM EDT (5:13 pm PDT) until 10:51 pm EDT (7:51 PDT).

The MOON IS IN LEO ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th and not Void.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on FRIDAY, AUGUST 29th at 11:44 pm EDT (8:44 pm PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID ON THE WEST COAST at 11:18 pm.

The MOON LEAVES THE VOID on SATURDAY, AUGUST 30th at 2:18 am EDT. (already left, PDT, previous evening). The Moon is in Virgo after leaving the Void. It is a NEW MOON. (Secrets and beginnings).

The MOON IS IN VIRGO on SUNDAY, AUGUST 31st and she is not Void.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st at 5:01 am EDT (2:01 am PDT). SHE LEAVES THE VOID at 7:44 am EDT (4:44 am PDT) when she'll enter LIBRA.

The MOON IS IN LIBRA ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd and she is not Void.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd at 1:09 pm EDT (10:09 am PDT). SHE LEAVES THE VOID at 4:02 pm EDT (1:02 pm PDT). She'll be in Scorpio after leaving the Void. Mercury enters it's retrograde shadow.

THE MOON IS IN SCORPIO on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th and she is not Void.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th at 11:46 am EDT (8:46 am PDT) and will be VOID THE REST OF THE DAY.

The MOON LEAVES THE VOID ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th at 3:11 am EDT (0:11 am PDT) and enters SAGITTARIUS.

The MOON IS IN SAGITTARIUS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th and she is not Void. It is a First Quarter Moon. (Bravery!)

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th at 12:42 pm EDT (9:42 am PDT). SHE LEAVES THE VOID at 3:45 pm EDT (12:45 pm PDT) and enters CAPRICORN.

The MOON IS IN CAPRICORN on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th and she is not Void.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH AT 9:15 am EDT (6:15 am PDT). She's void the rest of the day.

THE MOON LEAVES THE VOID ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th at 3:20 am EDt (0:20 am PDT) when she enters AQUARIUS.

Never give your birthdate to an astrologer,
Trish
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Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
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(Good advice for September 1st and 6th through 9th).
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Astrological aspects through the Lunar Eclipse


On the way home from Border's Books Sunday evening I almost saw 3 different traffic accidents. I say "almost" because in each instance the participants pulled out of immanent crashes at the last instant (people really ought to brush up on the laws of physics--like the one that says that two different objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time--you see people on the freeway try and ignore this law all the time). "What is going on," the astrologer in me asks--"is the Moon in Aries?" Brain quickly informs that no, Moon is in Virgo. Strange--folks usually drive more carefully when the Moon transits cautious Virgo. It's those fire sign Moons (Aries in particular) that the crazies come out of the garages in droves.

"Must be the eclipse," the inner astrologer advised. Ah yes, Eclipse! What eclipse? Well, last Friday, August 1st's Solar Eclipse. Yep, August marched in with a bang (and a shake, rattle, and roll in Los Angeles), announcing its presence with a perfect alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth. Venus, goddess of love and money is a key player in this eclipse, suggesting that sudden upsets as well as sudden insights in relationships or finances may occur as well.

We've another eclipse coming, a lunar eclipse, on August 16th so if no insights, hysterics, sudden changes of direction, shake up, shake outs, or rocking and rolling of any kind occurred for us over the weekend, hey--we've another chance yet to join the fun!

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on MONDAY, AUGUST 4th at 8:15 pm EDT (5:15 pm PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID AT 10:28 pm EDT (7:28 pm PDT) when she traipses into LIBRA. Luna is hanging out with Mars, god of anger and impulsiveness, she's saying nyah, nyah, to Uranus, god of stubborn willfulness, and she's kicking sand at Pluto, god of power struggles. Let those poor souls unfortunate enough to not get a head's up on the stellar energies engage in all the road rage and impatient behavior that may be going on today. We can sit back, secure in the knowledge that we, at least, are using these alignments productively. (That would be finding useful ways to release tension ... I'll be out at night sling shotting seeds from the foot high native flowers that pass for much of my lawn into the yard of a distant neighbor who had her entire yard spayed with toxic chemicals last week.)

The MOON IS IN LIBRA and she is not Void on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th. Oh goodie, another Moon in indecisive Libra day where it takes everyone half an hour just to decide what to have for lunch, never mind eat it.
LUNA REMAINS IN LIBRA on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6th. Mars, god of impulsive behavior opposes Uranus, planetary ruler of unexpected events. This is an explosive combination that leads to accidental conditions; If we've arranged our first hang gliding lesson today, we might want to reschedule. Mercury opposes Neptune: messenger Mercury rules anything to do with communicating; Neptune confuses and clouds the issue. Mercury with Neptune heightens risks of confusion or deception so this would be a bad day to sign important contracts or wire money to Nigerian businessmen. Due to the combination of confused communications and impulsive behavior enhancement it's a good idea to pass in front of windows carefully today, as computers are likely to be flying out of them.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on THURSDAY, AUGUST 7th at 5:01 am EDT (2:01 am PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID AT 7:26 am EDT (4:26 am PDT) when she slips into SCORPIO. Luna makes supportive aspects all day long, and (if we resisted yesterday's urge to use our electronics as exercise equipment) work proceeds well.

The MOON IS IN SCORPIO on FRIDAY, AUGUST 8th and she is not Void. It's also the day of the First Quarter Moon and thus the celestial tide favors bold action. Olympic Games anyone?

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th at 5:02 pm EDT. (2:02 pm PDT). SHE LEAVES THE VOID at 7:10 pm EDT (4:10 pm PDT) when she trots into SAGITTARIUS.

THE MOON IS IN SAGITTARIUS on SUNDAY, AUGUST 10th and she is not Void. The Sun opposes the minor planet Chiron. In mythology, Chiron, the first centaur, was born after his mother had a dalliance with Zeus, who was disguised as a horse at the time (Freud would've had more research material than he knew what to do with, had he lived in ancient Greece). Rejected at birth by his mother (who may have been daunted by the thought of all those diapers a half horse baby might produce) Chiron was raised by Apollo and became a wise and revered teacher and healer. Famed for his compassion Chiron was particularly moved by the plight of the rejected, outcast, and marginalized in society. These transits favor compassionate action--especially that which benefits outcasts of any kind. If we're trying to get a date, personal ads emphasizing our orphanage upbringing could be just the bait.
If we're not trying to get a date but still want to go with the flow of this celestial energy, adopting a pet from an animal shelter (doesn't have to be today if the shelter is closed) or writing a check to one is an ideal way to productively channel this Chiron energy, and good karma to boot.

The MOON IS IN SAGITTARIUS on MONDAY, AUGUST 11th and she is not Void. Sagittarian energy is big, bold, and outdoorsey, and any activity that matches that (metaphorically or actually) is favored. The Moon does trigger the Mars-Uranus opposition, so accident energy is also heightened; thus, today's energy inclines towards biting off more than we can chew so we'd better make sure that whatever we bite, it's at least something tasty.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on TUESDAY, AUGUST 12th at 5:04 am EDT (2:04 am PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID AT 7:42 am EDT (4:42 am PDT) when she climbs into CAPRICORN. If we've been visually following the dance of the planets on the western horizon just after sunset, we've seen Venus closing in on Saturn. If we've been following Venus closing in on Saturn with our hearts, we've noticed that we're sifting and refining the lists of who and what we wish to allow in our life. My advice? Chocolate cake. Now that's something nearly everyone wants in their life and all we have to watch out for is the continuing "bite off more than we can chew" energy. So, you know, don't eat the whole thing.

LUNA is in CAPRICORN on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13th and she is not Void. Capricorns think "god" is a four letter word, and they spell it "w-o-r-k." Venus, goddess of love, money, and sensuality exactly aligns with the planetary ruler of Capricorn, Saturn. Work is favored and much can be accomplished--but the risk of going overboard still exists. Looking for the silver lining, if we sell our soul today, we're at least likely to get a good price.

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on THURSDAY, AUGUST 14th at 1:09 pm EDT (10:09 am PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID at 6:56 pm EDT (3:56 pm PDT) when she enters the clarity of AQUARIUS. Remember that when the Moon is Void-of-Course (in the Void), she's making no connection with any other planet ... she's not carrying any messages, intent, support. Thus it is ill-advised to begin new projects or buy important items under Void Moons. It's also not supportive energy for initiating actions that we wish to end in definite, concrete results. Void Moons are good times for research, meditative energy, actions that don't have a concrete purpose (play, for instance), telling jokes (really),and working on routine matters. If we have something we really HAVE to get off our chest but want to minimize any potential fall out from it, Void Moons are good for that too. (Especially if we're getting our rant out while in hiking along in the middle of a forest, alone; trees tell no tales. At least the trees I talk to don't.)

The MOON IS IN AQUARIUS on FRIDAY, AUGUST 15th and she is not Void. We're right on the cusp of a LUNAR ECLIPSE. Eclipses are pivot points that shine welcome (or Un-) spotlights on our actions or directions, and/or bring dynamic turning points in our lives. They also tend to shine the light on secrets and previously hidden things, so if we followed yesterday's advice and ranted to a friend or co-worker under the void Moon, thinking "nothing would come" of the information, oops. We can be consoled by the thought that the eclipse probably wanted us to look for a new lover or new job (or new town) anyway.

The MOON IS FULL IN AQUARIUS on SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th and she is not Void (except for late on the West Coast--enters the void at 10:14 pm PDT). We also get treated to a LUNAR ECLIPSE. I always say that we shouldn't let people drive us crazy because it's probably within walking distance; these words could easily become the theme song for this eclipse. Nefarious, nebulous Neptune is Lord of this particular eclipse and Neppy has invited his friend Uranus, god of strange and sudden plot twists to the party. "Bizarre estrangements, separations, and culminations," writes the aptly named Celeste Teal in her Eclipse book and I agree. Additionally, emotional outbursts and outbreaks that result in gain (which may not necessarily be a good thing, but of course it all depends on what is gained--if it's weight, most of us would not be pleased); there may also be insights into life areas we've previously preferred to be deluded. (It was under aspects like this that I stopped balancing my checkbook by the "I can't be out of money, I still have checks left," theory of account balance).

The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on SUNDAY, AUGUST 17th at 1:14 am EDT (already there, PDT, see above). She LEAVES THE VOID at 3:46 am EDT (0:46 am PDT) when she slips into sensitive PISCES. Dilemmas and decisions involving love and money ride the wake of the eclipse energy. I've a friend who never lets her husband leave the house with more than $20 in his pocket, because she says that the cheapest prostitute costs more than that. There's one way to deal with Venus-Saturn dilemmas I guess.

The MOON IS IN PISCES on MONDAY, AUGUST 18th and she is not Void. Normally a placid if somewhat anxious sign, Piscean sang-froid may be shaken by Luna's alignment with Uranus, the Great Breaker. Thoughts of break-outs (or break-ins) arise, and we may find ourselves sympathizing with the famed existentialist Ricky Ricardo when he said, "Wait, lucidity ... lemme 'splain!" (Or did I hear him wrong?)

More to come.

Never give your birthdate to an astrologer,
Trish
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The Gods only laugh when we ask them for money.
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