Sunday, February 10, 2019

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Mercury in Pisces

Mercury slipped into the sign of Pisces the Fishes this morning, where Mercury is considered compromised, and functioning in less than optimal fashion, when it comes to logical, rational thinking. But intuition and imagination are favored at such times- along with the study of magical subjects, or honing ones psychic sensitivity.
 
Mercury will transit Pisces for an unusual length of time as Mercury goes retrograde at 29 Pisces on March 5, and stations direct at 16 Pisces on March 28. So Mercury is actually transiting Pisces from Feb. 10 until April 17, 2019.

As Mercury moves froward and backward in Pisces, it will conjoin Neptune and square Jupiter- effectively translating, and activating the important Jupiter-Neptune square- which pertains to inflated hopes and dreams- big scandals.

On a personal level- the Mercury alignments with Neptune and Jupiter, can uplift ones mental attitude positively- if we can just keep things in perspective, and don't get carried away by fantasy, illusions, or excessive idealism. However- discriminating between fact and fiction can be tricky when Mercury transits Pisces.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

February 4 New Moon in Aquarius

The February 4 New Moon at 15 Aquarius 45 coincides with Imbolc- the first cross-quarter day following Midwinter in early February that traditionally marks the first stirrings of spring- and aligns with the contemporary observance of Groundhog Day. It is time for purification and spring cleaning in anticipation of the year's new life. In Rome, it was historically a shepherd's holiday, while the Celts associated it with the onset of ewes' lactation, prior to birthing the spring lambs. For Celtic pagans, the festival is dedicated to the goddess Brigid. Among witches, this is the traditional time for pledges and re-dedications for the coming year and for initiation among Dianic Wiccans. (Wikipedia)

The Chinese New Year of the (Earth) Pig begins on Feb. 5, the day after the New Moon.

For astrologers, the Aquarius New Moon marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle resonant with the distinctly Aquarian archetype- symbolized by the Waterbearer, as February is the rainy season in the northern hemisphere, and a time of cleansing and purification.

Aquarius is known for it's progressive idealism, grounded in a detached mental perspective, that furthers actions of conscious social reform, that benefit the local and world community. "Think globally, act locally." ~Aquarius

The February 4 Aquarius New Moon chart in Washington, DC, features both the current Jupiter-Neptune square, and the separating Mars-Pluto square, quite prominently. The angular Jupiter-90-Neptune suggests inflated chaos, spin, and propaganda- that makes it hard to discern fact from fiction. While the Mars-Pluto square pertains to intensified power struggles, and potentially explosive dynamics and events. (New Moon AS/MC [at this time and place] = 22 Aries = Mars 24 Aries = Pluto 22 Capricorn.)

President Donald Trump has accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation to give his State of the Union address on February 5, Tuesday evening. And Trump will likely rehash his rhetoric regarding the border wall he wants to build, that most Americans do not support- and that Mexico is not paying for. But if tries to declare a national emergency to force his hand- I don't think that will work out well for him. The recent government shutdown cost the US $11 billion- and is largely seen as a disaster of the President's own making.

Natally speaking, note the house in your birth chart where Aquarius resides to determine the area of life wherein new developments are being seeded by the Aquarius New Moon, that will unfold over the next few weeks.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

A Total Lunar Eclipse

The Jan. 31, 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse at Moonset ~ Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Espenak (MrEclipse.com)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Total Lunar Eclipses

Total eclipses are a freak of cosmic happenstance. Ever since the Moon formed, about 4.5 billion years ago, it has been inching away from our planet (by about 1.6 inches per year). The setup right now is perfect: the Moon is at the perfect distance for Earth's shadow to cover the Moon totally, but just barely. Billions of years from now, that won't be the case.

Lunar Eclipse Lore

Christopher Columbus leveraged a blood-red eclipse in 1504 to frighten natives on Jamaica into feeding him and his crew. It was on Columbus' fourth and final voyage to the New World. An epidemic of shipworms ate holes in the ships of his fleet; Columbus' was forced to abandon two ships. He then beached his last two on Jamaica on June 25, 1503. The natives welcomed the castaways and fed them. But after six months, Columbus' crew mutinied, and robbed and murdered some of the Jamaicans, who had grown weary of feeding the crew.

Columbus had an almanac that foretold a lunar eclipse on Feb. 29, 1504. He met the local chief, and told him the Christian god was angry with his people for no longer supplying food. Columbus said to expect a sign of God's displeasure three nights later, when he would make the full moon appear "inflamed with wrath." When the blood-red moon came to pass, the natives were terrified and "with great howling and lamentation came running from every direction to the ships laden with provisions," according to an account by Columbus' son.


Just before the total phase of the eclipse was about to end, Columbus said God had pardoned the natives and would bring the moon back. The crew was well fed until help arrived in November and Columbus and his men sailed back to Spain.