I’ll be unreachable between noon Pacific time on the 17th and sometime Monday the 22nd. Everything will be answered when I return to the keyboard, and any orders to the press will be filled at that time, on the 22nd. Have a wonderful week/ end!
It’s a day to stay in our lanes, and yet to make those lanes as wide as possible, to claim all our territory, to embrace our roles and the authority those carry. It’s not a day for ego or to shout ‘Look at me!’; instead, we do best to keep thinking and plans closely aligned with highest values and priorities, and to accept that the kind of power we should pursue is consistently smart and practical–and nothing else. Disruptors include the unexpected or unreliable in relationships and income streams, and a potential lack of grace displayed when confronted with new or revolutionary ideas.
(Pallas parallel Ceres, Venus contra-parallel Uranus, Merc nov Vesta, Sun opp Juno)
Today’s word image is an electronic device (phone, computer, Alexa, Siri, television) engaged in unauthorized listening within your home. Does that concept freak you out, creep you out, or do you think it might be a good thing, helpful in a case of break-in or injury where you could shout for help? Today we might pay attention to how much privacy we actually have, and how we feel about that.
Change is a good thing, right? Unfortunately there are only so many hours in a day, so for a while I’m going to be skipping daily forecast posts, in favor of short articles, commentary, and re-posts of greatest hits or interesting topics. I’ve been neglecting broader subjects out of the need to do that everyday thing, so would like to shake things up just a bit. I hope you’ll continue to drop by and keep in touch; I’ll be popping back later today with a little something.
Well not exactly brand new, and I have a long recovery ahead of me, but I thought I’d let everyone know things went well and I’m home. Though I returned home on Tuesday, I wasn’t able to (and still can’t) sit long at the computer. The funny thing was that in the hospital they had overflow surgical patients and I ended up, not on the frenetic surgery recovery wing, but in the tranquil confines of the maternity ward, where the above picture hung at the end of my bed and nary a sound was heard. I’ll be posting for the period through the 2nd of February later today, and will not be resuming the Daily anytime in the near future. Many thanks to all who sent me good thoughts, prayers, and loving kindness–it’s all very much appreciated, and certainly helped sustain me through an especially difficult night on the 23rd. xo jd
Aspects Friday the 22nd look like a tribute to musical artist Prince, who died early on the 21st in his Minnesota studio at the age of 57 (and we may note, the 21st was also the date of death of one of the founders of the band Negativland, Richard Lyons, who was also 57; and, Prince’s protege and collaborator Vanity, died 15 February this year, also aged 57–I’m starting to wonder if 57 is the new 27 in the music world, the age when we lost Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, Cobain, Winehouse, et al). Venus (beauty, Art) conjoins Uranus (the original, the unusual, style) and both novile Neptune (the creative, music), framing the way forward (Venus-Uranus quincunx the North Node), putting our attention on our wounds and clever ways to heal them (Sun novile Chiron).
This combination hands us an awareness of the need for the creative, for Art, for Beauty, for the unique, the original, strange, and fantastical, as we move forward; we see there is no future without an intensely inventive spirit, without a love of both beauty and others (the relationship function of Venus), and both the desire to create (which really drives all life) and the desire to express that creativity in terms that are very particularly our own (Uranus). To me that sounds exactly like Prince’s life mission, one that in the eyes of many he fulfilled exceptionally well.
If we look at Prince’s chart (7 June 1958 6:19 PM Minneapolis MN USA) we see both the natal strains that were lifelong (for instance, a Whole Sign 8th House Gemini Sun, the position emphasizing the individual commitment to others, as well as the inevitable toll that commitment can take, and a 29 degree Pluto conjoined the Midheaven and ruling the 1st of the Self, suggesting serious strain through the career and public image to the personality and so too to the body itself).
When we look at the transits for the 21st, we note the transiting Sun just past contact to the natal South Node (bringing the individual attention to the past, perhaps to that point of what we are before birth–so, returning to one’s origins), and the way the current Sun-Earth axis is aligned his natal 1st House Neptune to the degree (conjoined by Earth, opposed by the Sun). According to The Atlantic, in a 1985 interview Prince stated, “There’s not a person around who can stay awake as long as I can. Music is what keeps me awake,” which is an interesting statement coming from one whose North Node and Neptune were fused in the 1st, a symbol of the creative, forward-looking consciousness he lived.
Transiting Saturn was just beginning to move off (in retrograde) Prince’s natal 2nd House Earth, and with the symbol of both time and ‘The End’ opposing his Sun, he was probably experiencing excessive debilitation; the weakness and exhaustion we feel when the transiting Sun-Earth is flipped from our natal one was likely mimicked and exaggerated a thousand times by Saturn’s contact to the material (Earth) and ‘draining’ of the opposing Sun.
Transiting Jupiter, showing his credentials as the harbinger of life’s longest journey, had already squared Prince’s Sun twice and is scheduled to square it again; once more, the sense is one of strain, and t Jupiter is opposed t Neptune, placing Prince’s natal Sun and Vesta as the arm of a T-square. What’s most vital to him (the Sun) and sacred to him (Vesta) is being strained and pressured by a temporary situation that pits the creative, music, against the social order, the need to reach out and share the creation. It’s no secret Prince fought long battles with record companies, a situation that lasted for years and made for the most frustrating environment imaginable for an artist.
And, the transiting Moon hours before Prince’s death passed over his 12th House Jupiter, possibly triggering that longest journey, in one form leaving the Collective but joining it in another.
The word image is a bright yellow canary, sitting on one’s hand, that flutters out through an open window. The music’s not lost, it just went somewhere else.
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Yesterday the Italian high court reversed the conviction of Seattlite Amanda Knox in the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher. I took a brief look at the transits for the day of announcement, set to Seattle timed for early afternoon in Italy, and compared with Knox’s chart in Whole Sign. What I found isn’t terribly surprising, but it is interesting.
The Moon is passing through Cancer, so is in Knox’s 2nd House, running over her Venus, Mercury, and Sun=a sort of emotional verification of the identity, a validation of the communication style, and a feeling re-connect with the sense of herself as a woman, all of which she naturally sees as her assets. The natal Sun is caught up in a Cardinal Cross, with t Pluto conjunct Earth and the other arm consisting of t Zeus opposed t Uranus=ambitions and individuality/ uniqueness, and/ or a new group role, are ignited by transit, as are ambitions and a ‘new’ identity–and this won’t be entirely easily manifested, by any means (the stress of the Cross). Transiting Jupiter, though currently retro, will soon enough be heading toward trine with her natal Saturn=this unites the 7th and 8th Houses, and suggests opportunity will pour in; others will support her version of reality–with Uranus this also creates a Fire Grand Trine, emphasizing the sudden nature of the event (and perhaps surprising many–there were reports earlier in the week that the ex-boyfriend also charged had already had his passport confiscated and authorities were preparing to pick him up). Transiting Pallas is trine natal Jupiter=wisdom and knowledge, the facts (according to Knox, as this is her natal Jupiter), in harmony. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Jupiter, uniting 7th and 11th=action by others that makes a dream come true. And transiting Saturn and t Juno fill in another Fire Grand Trine with the natal North Node and the t Sun, suggesting that Knox’s empowerment within the reality picture was the direction things were headed all along, and is now illuminated. Clearly, she got what she wanted–and I say, good for her.
There are a few other things here, though, one being that t Black Moon Lilith, t Pluto and her natal Earth, and t Venus all form an Earth Grand Trine=evidence of hidden matters, material ignored or denied, may be a source of profit, may drive further material action, or may serve to create new relationships or values. T Venus is also opposed her natal Pallas=possibly implying that trying to profit from this isn’t a wise thing. Transiting Mercury is also trine natal Black Moon Lilith, suggesting matters denied or ignored will be thought about/ communicated, possibly through rage or defiance, or through strong Self-assertion. Transiting Ceres squares natal Jupiter, implying a conflict between those in authority/ power and the facts as Knox sees them–this supports the possibility that Italy did not press things as they were reluctant to ask for extradition for someone so many Americans are defending. T Mercury also creates a Grand Cross with opposition to her natal Zeus and her Chiron-Vesta opp Ceres-Uranus-Moon=we’ve not heard the last of this, and are likely to be served a stew of ambition, a display of ‘sacred wounds’ (the concept of the Vestal united with the primal injury) that others dare not criticize, and the use of the unique situation and emotions to show personal power. Hmm. With t NN heading for a Grand Trine with both MC and ASC, and t Neptune trine her natal Mercury, it’s prime time for Knox to conjure the image she wants, to shape thinking and create the reputation and personality she wants others to see.
My husband made a remark that I think really sums it all up. What he said went something like this: If she’s not guilty of the murder, then justice has been served; and if she is, she will likely be like others who ‘got away with it’: inevitably, they go on to again run afoul of the law–so, if we as humans haven’t handled the situation adequately, we should know that the Universe eventually will.
Amanda Knox, the Seattle woman convicted, acquitted, then convicted again in Italian court of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher is once more in the news, as we wait to see if the court will uphold the conviction, thereby requiring Italy to ask for extradition of the 27-year-old Knox. I may take a look at the transits to Knox’s chart for next week–until then I offer some re-prints that lay out a lot about the situation, articles I’ve written about the case in the past:
And here’s a news article on the current situation
This article appeared in late March in ECLIPSE, and since then, not much has changed with Flight 370; the chart for this article, minus many of the more exotic asteroids, is on the chart page, link above–just scroll down to it.
As the mystery deepens and this goes in the public arena from a tragic loss to the focus of some amazing speculation (if Courtney Love can find the plane, why can’t anyone else? To be fair, Ms. Love is only doing what everyone’s doing—trying to find an airliner full of human Beings who may, we must admit, still be alive. I could be catty and say that, as a bit of a wreck herself, Ms. Love may have a better chance than most—but I kid!) Still, all of us want to know what happened—and without any cell phone calls from the plane, with transponders turned off, and no wreckage of any sort seen or washed up anywhere in a search area roughly the size of the United States, one guess is as good as any other.
I finally decided to look at the chart for take-off, the ‘birth’ of the journey, at 12:41 AM AWST Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on the 8th of March. That was a Saturday, the Friday before, here in the US. What was I anticipating? A Void Moon, indicating the trip wouldn’t go as expected, a very late Ascendant degree, suggesting that some plan was already in motion that had decided their fate before they ever left the ground, or what we did find, something important to any chart, the Moon, setting in a symbolic representation of the airliner’s vanishing.
The first thing I see is the Gemini Moon ready to slip below the Descendant—certainly could symbolize the speed with which communication was lost, or the disappearance itself as the plane left radar—but what do we use to symbolize the plane? Since we’re treating this like a natal chart, I’m tempted to use the Sun, the ‘Soul’ of the machine, and surprisingly, this works well, with Leo on the 9th House of long-distance travel. The Sun is in Pisces in the 4th, a sign with an ‘obscuring’ energy, the 4th a House of endings and below the horizon—‘ultra-grounded’, which for a plane could mean trouble! This is also the ‘natural’ House of the Moon, linking this Sun to the ‘disappearing’ Lunar light.
Ruler of the Sun, Neptune, is also in Pisces, so in the Whole Sign 4th, exactly opposed the chart Midheaven—that doesn’t seem good, the symbolic opposite of soaring through the air! If we keep a very tight orb (2 degrees max) we could count a semi-square from Venus in Aquarius, a quincunx from Zeus in Libra, and a sesquiquadrate from stationary retrograde Ceres in Scorpio. The first two are desire indicators, both in tense aspect to the plane’s significator, suggesting human tampering or an actual highjacking—or even the desire on the airline’s part to economize, and so not perform needed maintenance or repairs (thinking they knew best how to spend their money, Venus in Aquarius, or putting their greed before the needs of the ‘partner’, who in this case is the traveling public—Zeus in Libra). The latter aspect, though, is Mother Nature in a Watery sign known for its mystery; that suggests crashing and sinking into the ocean, possibly to such a depth that it may be some time before any signs of the wreckage are seen.
But, Ceres is also authority, posited in the sign of the Underworld god Pluto, with whom Ceres had to negotiate over how long Pluto would be allowed to keep her daughter Persephone/ Proserpina in Hades with him. Are we looking at an instance where discovery might come in 6 months, the time Persephone was to stay below ground that corresponded to her consumption of 6 pomegranate seeds while in the Underworld? It’s a wild guess, but what else have we got?
And what of the named asteroid scene? Hekate is conjunct Ceres; Hekate’s special role is as wayshower, and indicator of where something went—melded with Mother Nature, apparently. We see Circe, daughter of the Sun (Helios) and Perse, a sea nymph, an enemy of men who liked to trick and destroy them, at 16 Sagittarius the day of the disappearance, which places the asteroid square our indicator for the plane. Karma is at 21 Sagittarius, square the chart Vertex; need I comment? And Diana, the Moon goddess, the Huntress who became weighed down as she picked up a series of golden apples in the midst of running a race, is conjunct the Sun and therefore the plane—and though this echoes the Zeus and Venus contacts, I really can’t even guess at the significance—another association to the Moon? Something about desire, want, passion, slowing progress?—while, intriguingly enough, Persephone for the day of disappearance was at 27 Capricorn, square Mars, Vesta, and the Nodal axis and quincunx Pallas in Leo, perhaps indicating the ‘capture’ of the plane (as theorized by some, hijacked into the ocean or to land somewhere still not determined) was unwise—and that would suggest the passengers are being held somewhere, or that there will be unanticipated repercussions for the hijackers or their families after they are discovered as culpable.
But, all the principal indicators are posited in either Air or Water—and that makes me think, along with Sun in the Pisces 4th, that air to water may have been the progression of events. Privately I’ve speculated all along, without looking at the astrology, that they may have been hijacked and held—but I think that’s the romantic (or terrorist) in me that hopes there’s more to the story, in fact hopes that there’s hope! We have one more thing to look at, though, and it may shed a little more light on this difficult subject.
We can place the transits for the time of last contact, 1:22 AM, around the chart and look for differences, which of course will likely be limited to the Moon and the angles. The Moon has moved forward 21 minutes, placing it even closer to exactly opposed the Ascendant of the take-off chart and putting it now square the Part of Fortune for the last communication chart. We also see that the Ascendant of the last communication chart is now 9+ degrees farther into Sagittarius, and is now square the Sun, plane indicator, marking the last time the plane ‘presented itself’ to the world. The last communication Midheaven has moved to 33 minutes from exact by degree and minute conjunct the take-off Earth and opposed the take-off Sun, capturing the moment of ‘fame’, the point when the mystery began.
What can we make of all this? Everything and nothing, really, as there’s just not a scrap of evidence in any direction yet; we can only hope that by some miracle of fortune they’re all alive, that the plane isn’t being outfitted as a terrorist weapon, and that soon the many individuals and families who are wearing down with waiting will finally have some answers.
There’s a current Cardinal Grand Square with Earth-Zeus, Pluto, Sun-Uranus, and Jupiter. This brings four contrasting inclinations into contact, and probably conflict: material ambitions, change or the existing power structure, a need to be seen for the uniqueness and originality of our Purpose, and the social sphere. Each of us may experience a different equation involving these elements, but the overall meaning is one of better defining ourselves, especially knowing who we are and what we want. That’s a very good thing to know, in anticipation of the Grand Cross and the eclipses. Make sure you’re honest with yourself and others about what you need and want; if you’re not, it will not only make it impossible for the Universe to deliver what you need, it will also mean what you’re hiding won’t remain a secret for long–and even if it’s modest or mild, information hidden comes off like we’re trying for deception–not the best for either finding your tribe or fulfilling your Soul’s intent.
This is from the current issue of ECLIPSE; see it and order here–
This post appeared first in the current issue of ECLIPSE, and was written on 20 February. As we turn our attention now toward Venezuela, we need to remember that what burns, burns–going through hell is no different in Europe than it is in South America, or anywhere else. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll have a great weekend–and if you’re looking for the forecast, please subscribe!
Rioting in Ukraine, centered in the capital of Kiev, has reached a crisis point, with deaths in the double-digits as of this morning—and other than Russia, which hopes to bring Ukraine back under its control, the rest of the world is slow to react. Let’s look briefly at what the astrology might tell us.
Ukraine adopted a Declaration of State Sovereignty in July 1990, but it wasn’t until 24 August 1991 that the parliament officially created Ukraine as an independent state, putting into practice the declaration of Ukrainian law over Soviet law, with a formal dissolution of the Soviet state in December of that year. With a noon chart for the August date, set for Kiev, we get a Sun at 00 Virgo, appropriate for an area that has, as long as it’s existed, been seen as just a region of another nation, until this point; this also fits the character of the country well, as Ukraine was long known as an agricultural producer, the ‘breadbasket’ of the region. The Aquarius Moon is within a day or so of culmination at Full, suggesting a national character both emotionally mature and intellectually astute. There are a slew of planets in retrograde: Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune, Juno, and Saturn; in order, this suggests difficulties surrounding finances/ trade, communications/ free speech, truly remaining independent, in either creative abilities (there may be too much reliance on agriculture, for instance, and too little on entrepreneurial innovation or manufacturing) or this could suggest an inability to clearly understand the way they come across (Neptune is sextile the country’s Ascendant, though we must remember the angles are unreliable)—but Neptune is also trine Sedna (confusion about their own hidden urges, a serious ‘blind spot’) and Neppy also conjuncts Juno and Uranus—again with the independence, empowerment, and perhaps confusion or inability to see how to achieve these. The Saturn retrograde is of special note; it could suggest a government that can’t keep up with the times, that is disorganized, that is always one step behind, a country in total that is perpetually unhappy with those in authority (the quincunx to the Sun—and their history supports this), or where the authorities may have had a poor idea of financial realities or management (shown by Saturn retro plus Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune, with Saturn quincunx the Sun and the Sun out-of-sign conjunct Venus).
Now an unpopular leader has turned away from a trade deal with the West and toward greater enmeshment with Russia—and the people are seriously unhappy about it, resulting in about a month of riots so far—and they turned deadly in the double digits this week. When we look at current transits (as of the 20th) we see what I read as an overripe situation, with lots of significant contact just a degree or so past contact to origin chart energies, suggesting a great deal of tension, issues that have been presented but with no progress achieved. Now we look at what’s still in contact by degree even if past exact, and at what’s immediately approaching—that will tell us which way the whole situation may fall.
Transiting Ceres is currently square origin chart Saturn, and just moving past sextile to the o Sun/ trine o Earth=Ceres likely represents the protesters, people recognizing their own authority and trying to exercise it in relation to the authorities and in-place system of their country—and so far those in charge are oblivious. T Saturn (current authorities) is on its way to sextile origin chart Mars (violence) and then square Jupiter (the public, word getting out, and possibly specifically word getting out via social media—for all its modernity it’s a very Jupiterian thing)=in other words, more violence and trouble ahead, but it may be bad enough that the world really takes active notice, not this half-hearted acknowledgment of problems that’s going on now. T Pluto is trine o Sedna=a blind spot for the rage and violence, and Pluto is also at the midpoint of o Uranus-Neptune=this could imply that rage and the desire for change could suddenly get very radical—maybe in ways the authorities have failed to imagine—or there could be abrupt upheaval that creates something no one anticipated (Neptune rules Ukraine’s Earth, and this could mean some direct material effects to the country itself). T Venus is at 20 Cap—the next thing she aspects is Mars, by trine=violence will cost, thoroughly and easily more destructive than anyone anticipates, and it will take a human toll.
T Mercury and Sun are both near/ poised to opposition to their origin chart counterparts, promising that prevailing energies will certainly test the nation’s identity, even existence, and its ability to process what’s happening and to communicate with each other. T Chiron is sextile Sedna, and so putting its two hurtful cents centered on wounds deep-seated in the Ukrainian psyche via the Plutonian blind spots/ rage expression. T Juno is opposed o Mars=clearly the struggle and violence are over who holds the power, which translates to who holds status and calls the shots—but in opposition, it doesn’t seem the riots will have the effect the demonstrators are hoping for. T Uranus is square itself and makes a Grand Cross with t Jupiter and o Pallas=growing pains! and susceptibility by the public to taking radical, erratic, and unusual measures to try and achieve that desired sense of freedom, as they are convinced this is the wise thing to do—they are willing to risk revolution. The Nodal axis will soon hook into o Venus, the SN by trine=old issues of money and old relationships may end up sending them back toward Russia’s influence. T Sedna is trine o Mars=again, participants in this drama are unaware of the true effect their violence will have. T Zeus squares o Juno=this suggests that ambition and desire are squaring off with a want for empowerment and status—a clash that has yet to resolve, of course.
T Mars sextiles the o Venus-Mercury midpoint and catches o Zeus at the midpoint of the sextile=action is driven by ideas, money, and ambition—but you didn’t need astrology to tell you that! And finally, t Vesta is at 29 degrees conjunct the t North Node=it’s both a crisis in highest values and a crisis in the direction the country’s headed—but honestly, is there anything else worth making revolution over?