If I had a dollar for every e-mail I've received noting that Barack Obama did a "do-over" of the Inaugural Oath I could take myself out for dinner and have change to spare for the tip. Lots of folks asking if this "avoids the Void" because the second oath was done with a Moon not afflicted by a Void.
We wish it were so but it's the first oath that counts. Besides, it wasn't the Void responsible for Justice Roberts' flubbing the words of the first oath. That can be chalked up to karma (Senator Obama voted against Justice Robert's appointment) and more than karma, to Mercury's retrograde. Mercury Retrograde shreds schedules (Inaugural events got under way late and the lag grew throughout the day to the point where the Inaugural parade concluded in the dark) and inspires communication glitches. Things begun when Mercury is retrograde also frequently require a redo soon after--especially anything involving a schedule, paperwork, or communication. Obama, born when the Moon was in Gemini (Mercury rules the sign of Gemini) is more strongly influenced by Mercury than you're average Joe (or average Barack for that matter).
Now that we know we can throw out that second Inaugural chart (clutter control is so important) and stick with the good old, born on a Void Moon first Inaugural, on to the Voids!
MERCURY REMAINS RETROGRADE UNTIL FEBRUARY 1st.
Did we get to see the January 25th/26th Solar Eclipse? If we live in Capetown, India, Indonesia, or Australia we did. Maybe the whale warriors of the Sea Shepherd got to see it. Wouldn't you just love to be a Japanese whaler? Outside of Japan one wouldn't dare mention what they do for a living and expect a polite reception, although baby-seal clubbers and the person who shot Bambi's mother might be okay with it.
There's a LUNAR ECLIPSE on FEBRUARY 9th that can shake our emotional world if the Solar Eclipse failed to shake our physical one--Leos and Aquarians will be particularly susceptible.
The MOON IS IN ARIES on SATURDAY, JANUARY 31st. She is not Void. Mercury (communication) is standing still in the sky and hanging out with Mars (knives, war), so "sharp words" may be a risk; best we pick really roundy type fonts when typing today. Why take chances?
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1st at 1:08 pm EST (10:08 am PST). SHE LEAVES THE VOID at 5:09 pm EST (2:09 pm PST) when she plods into steady Taurus. Mercury stations direct (resumes forward motion) and schedules are less likely to be shredded. If we've lost anything under this Mercury retrograde period (Jan. 11th to Feb. 2nd) and we're meant to find it, we'll probably do so under the next Mercury retrograde in May.
The MOON IS IN TAURUS on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd and she is not Void. Although we in North America know this as GROUNDHOG DAY, when the groundhog emerges from hibernation to check for his shadow (if he can see it, six more weeks of winter is forecast) this day is actually one of the astronomical cross-quarter days, when Sun and Earth are poised in relationship halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. The Celts of the British Isles called this day Candlemas. "Candlemas be fair and clear, there'll be twa winters in the year," an old Scottish saying went. So much for the wisdom of groundhogs--they stole the idea from the Celts!
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd at 8:27 pm EST (5:27 pm PST). She LEAVES THE VOID at 9:14 pm EST (6:14 pm PST) when she rolls on into restless GEMINI. Luna in Grand Earth trine with Mercury, Mars, and Saturn encourages resistant behavior and today's challenge will be to figure out if our perseverance is getting us out of, or merely deeper into a rut.
The MOON IS IN GEMINI on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4th. She is not Void. The second Saturn-Uranus opposition (exact on Thursday) continues the showdown between the force that wants things to stay the same (Saturn) verses the force that wants irrevocable change (Uranus). The 1st Saturn-Uranus showdown was exact on November 4th (election day) and so far Uranus seems to be winning.
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5th at 12:45 pm EST (9:45 am PST). She LEAVES THE VOID at 11:06 pm EST (8:06 pm PST) when she glides into sensitive CANCER. We should always live the transits, I always say (otherwise there's no living with them!); Saturn vs Uranus is the status quo battling the force of change, but it's also tremendous tension suddenly released: if we secretly shoot rubber bands at our coworkers we can direct the need for tension release into productive directions. Or at least amusing ones.
LUNA IS IN CANCER on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th. She is not Void. Sensitivity as well as obsessiveness are strong today, touchy pride and paranoia float in the ethers too. This energy will last through Monday's eclipse at least. Reasonable astrological advice might include the suggestion to stay home with our teddy bear and Netflix, but where's the fun in that? I'd rather hang out at the local coffee shop and peek over the top of my journal at other customers, then pretend to scribble frantically in the book while giggling.
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on SATURDY, FEBRUARY 7th at 2:07 pm EST (11:07 am PST). She LEAVES THE VOID at 11:43 pm EST (8:43 pm PST) when she strides into proud LEO. We're in the shadow of an eclipse and the Moon is void all afternoon. If we begin any important projects during these hours we should either fire our astrologer for being incompetent--or, start listening to their advice.
LUNA is in LEO on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8th and she is not Void. Over the next two days the Moon in Leo will oppose Mars, Jupiter, the Sun, the North Node, Chiron, and Neptune all in Aquarius. When the Moon makes oppositions folks tend to be more emotional, we tend to project our issues on to others, we find real or imagined obstacles to our plans and we often find we have to make more decisions. What I want to know is who invented this crazy system where people are impelled to make more decisions at the same time as we're emotionally projecting our issues on to others? (It does explain the state of the world however). If we can cultivate objectivity and detach from our personal feelings under these aspects, life proceeds more smoothly.
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9th at 2:29 pm EST (11:29 pm PST). SHE'S VOID THE REST OF THE DAY EASTERN TIME (Leaves the Void at 9:38 pm PST). But the Void is not the headline story today, as a LUNAR ECLIPSE takes center stage. Leo Eclipses (Lunar or Solar) highlight those in leadership positions. The eclipse takes place in the degree of the Fixed Star Algenubi (Epsilon Leo), a star in the mouth of the Celestial Lion. This star is given the title "He who rends." Well, what else would we expect from a star sparking amongst lion's fangs? It's connected to people who are artistic (Leo is creative) and good with language (it's in the Lion's mouth), but may also be heartless and cruel (especially if we're the zebra in the wildlife film). Sounds like a description of Ayn Rand to me.
How to best channel this eclipse energy? If we're not a vegetarian a rare steak dinner might do it Can't use a knife and fork though--"He who rends," remember? Just drop your face onto your plate and start gnawing--give the other patrons something to talk about on their trip home. If gnawing on raw meat isn't our cup of tea, then the release of outdated beliefs, attitudes, or habit patterns will foster personal growth (and keep the wait staff calmer besides).
Leo and Aquarius are particularly affected by this eclipse, so drama levels may be particularly high.
Never give your birthdate to an astrologer,
In America anyone can become President.
That's one of the risks you take.
-the Sage of Ludington-
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