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12 January 2017: Full Moon in Cancer

O brave new world that has such people in it!

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Big bang (fireworks) – image per Wikimedia Commons


Full Moon today occurs at 11:33:54 hours UT, with the Sun at 22Cap27 and the all-important Moon at 22Cnc27. They are Not Alone. This Full Moon is stupendous, a real extravaganza. I shall give the cast list here and then talk about the show they are playing below. The Sun is in partile conjunction with heroic Gilgamesh; also closely conjunct Iris; widely conjunct Pluto, and even conjunct risk-taking Icarus. The Moon is widely conjunct Vesta. But this isn’t just a super-charged opposition pattern (or rather, cascade of oppositions). There is a cascade of Grand Crosses here as well (haven’t tried to count them all) because the Sun and Moon make partile squares to the partile conjunction of Jupiter and Siva in Libra and another pair of partile squares to Eris in Aries, along with squares to Uranus and Ceres in Aries (and of course the Libra-Aries players here all oppose each other). Sun is sextile Chiron which trines the Moon. Hebe is semisquare the Sun and sesquisquare the Moon. Where is Cecil B. DeMille when you need him, to organize a blockbuster?


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29 December 2016: New Moon in Capricorn

The calm before the storm

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Capricorn: image per commons.wikimedia.org


The New Moon occurs today at 06:53:07 hours UT with the Sun and Moon at 07Cap59. When I compare the chart for this event with the Full Moon on 12 January, it seems flat and devoid of interest – because the next Full Moon is full-on to the maximum, and beyond. So I think this fortnight is a little bit of calm before the storm. The strongest link to the New Moon is the conjunction of retrograde Mercury within just over a degree; there’s a wide conjunction to Pluto, a square to Pomona, a trine to Proserpina, a sextile to Neptune along with a partile sextile to Mars, another sextile to Urania and a semisquare to Adonis. It’s all a bit fey and trippy, creative and clever, but not really in our faces. So again, some calm before the storm…


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13-14 December 2016: Full Moon in Gemini

All we are hoping, is give peace a chance…


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False-color image of the Moon taken by the Galileo orbiter showing geological features. NASA photo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)















This Full Moon brings the Moon into almost exact alignment with Phact, the alpha star of the constellation Columba, the Dove of Peace. The Dove stars aren’t necessarily about peace but they do burn ardently so feelings run high across the globe this fortnight. We also have to conjure with the Sun, which aligns with weird and wonderful Rasalhague, the alpha star of Ophiuchus the Serpent Wrangler. Very shamanic energies there… as long as snaky strangeness doesn’t get in the way, or bursts of wacky eroticism. Anyhoo – the moment of Full Moon is 00:05:29 hours UT on 14 December 2016, which is still the afternoon and evening of 13 December in the western hemisphere. The Sun is at 22Sgr26 and the Moon at 22Gem26.

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29 November 2016: New Moon in Sagittarius

Getting your mojo with Juno – without losing the plot first

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Juno – image per Wikipedia


Drum roll, trumpets, anthem… the New Moon is robed royally this month, with the Sun and the Moon both in partile applying conjunction with Juno, planetary numen of the Queen of Heaven. The lunation occurs at 12:18:10 hours UT with the Sun and Moon at 07Sgr43 and Juno at 07Sgr55. This extraordinarily powerful synergy is given further oomph by the squares with Proserpina and the North Node in Virgo, and the South Node and Neptune in Pisces. There’s a wide opposition to Midas in Gemini, trines to Vesta in Leo and Pomona in Aries, and an almost exact sesquisquare to Eris. Vivat regina! (‘May the Queen live!’)


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14-15 November 2016: Full Moon in Taurus

Big, bigger, biggest – God bless the Moon (and God bless me)

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Not quite the Golden Fish of Dorado, but pretty – a lucky symbol with the Full Moon

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The much hyped ‘super-moon’ occurs at 14:52 hours UT on 14 November 2016, which is very early in the morning hours in the farthest eastern hemisphere time zones. For Australians it is an especially powerful lunation, since the moment of exactness has the Sun and Moon trading natural places, with the Moon right on the Midheaven in the national capital, Canberra, and the Sun on the Lower Heaven. So despite the current world obsession with US politics, Aussies may find their attention turned closer to home over the next fortnight. The Sun is at 22Sco38 and the Moon at 22Tau38.


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30-31 October 2016: New Moon in Scorpio

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world (yet again)

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The sun, planets and angels and the firmament. Woodcut dated 1475. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


















The latest New Moon is kind of feral again. So what else is new this feral year of 2016?  It occurs at 17:38:07 hours UT on 30 October 2016, which is early in the morning of 31 October in parts of the eastern hemisphere. The Sun and Moon come together at 07Sco44, conjunct Mercury, Adonis, and Hebe closely, more widely conjunct Harmonia on one side and Hygiea-Astraea on the other, trine the Neptune-South Node conjunction in Pisces and sextile sensitive Psyche and reverent Adorea in Virgo. Everyone is quite sure their thought bubble, their belief, their altar, is the (One) Right Way this month. Truth is absolute yet as varied as grains in the sand. Consensus is confected and often only mass hysteria. Such fun…

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21 October 2016: Conference alert

It’s time to break down the astrology conference borders once again


Breaking Down the Borders 4 : November 18-20, 2016 : Three-day ONLINE internet astrology conference


There’s only a month to go before the biennial Breaking Down The Borders (BDTB) online astrology conference is up and running again – from 18 to 21 November 2016. There’s a great website you can check out which gives all the details. The thing about this event is, nobody has to go anywhere. It all happens via cyberspace. You just sign up, login using your computer or other device, and listen to whatever talks take your fancy. Or you can get downloads later, instead or as well.

As well as shouting out for the event itself, this post is also an opportunity for me to sound my own trumpet. I am one of the many BDTB speakers. This time I’m on one of my astrology hobbyhorses – the vital importance of the so-called auxiliary angles. My promo blurb for the talk follows:

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1 September 2016: Solar Eclipse in Virgo

Reality bites, reality bytes, and bits of reality in search of coherence

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Mosaic mandala: image per commons.wikimedia.org


The collective breakdown continues. No Almodovar film could come anywhere near the reality ride we’re all sharing as this latest New Moon, a solar eclipse for good measure, crashes headlong into the hall of mirrors of the Saturn-Neptune square and challenges all material beings to get a better grip on reality – whatever reality is, that is. The eclipse occurs at 09:03:02 hours UT on 1 September 2016, with the Sun and Moon both at 09Vir21. They conjoin the North Node of the Moon at 12Vir43, oppose Neptune (10Pis40) and the South Node (12Pis43), and all of these planetary numina square Saturn at 10Sgr04. The ancient Greek cry of joy was, ‘Io!’ But inflected the right (or wrong) way and repeated, more as a dirge than a whoop, it could sound in modern English something like ‘Yo-yo, yo-yo!’ If only it were as simple and playful as a yoyo…


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2-3 August 2016: New Moon in Leo

When the Lion turns into a butterfly, the soul flies free

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19-20 July 2016: Full Moon in Capricorn

Austerity rules: broken hearts, broken altars

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I never managed to write a post for the most recent New Moon, which might be for the best as it was a horror chart for what proved to be a horror lunation, what with the Brexit controversy, and more race riots and killings in the US, and the Turkish coup (now unravelling in an alarming way) and even a wacky election result here in Australia, though on a global scale this is comic relief rather than tragedy, the Hanson factor notwithstanding. This Full Moon chart is an improvement, but only just. It’s a pattern for hurting and grieving, and emotions are always very strong at Full Moon. The Sun and Moon face off from 27Can40 (Sun) and 27Cap40 (Moon) at 22:56:31 hours UT on 19 July 2016, which is the morning of 20 July in most parts of the eastern hemisphere. The only partile aspects to the lunation are made by Vesta at 27Gem33, semi-sextile the Sun and quincunx the Moon.


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