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July 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

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New Moon in Aries, March 21, 2023

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Lovely artwork, expert analysis of the Aries New Moon!

Libra Seeking Balance

Cardinal energy snaps in the atmosphere with the New Moon at 00° 50’ Aries on 21 March 2023, 10:23 AM PDT. The New Moon comes in right after the Sun reached Aries on March 20, strengthening the desire to start something new and fresh. Whether or not we can make that happen is another story. The Sun, Moon and Mercury are conjoined in Aries with all three semi-sextile Saturn in Pisces. Mars, Aries’s ruler, is still in Gemini and inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn as well as still within orb of a waning square to Neptune in Pisces. The dissonance created by this situation will likely make choosing a new path challenging.

The Aries stellium (Sun, Moon and Mercury) are semi-sextile Venus in Taurus and Saturn in Pisces. The Aries Sun and Moon are tightly semi-sextile Saturn in Pisces, a reminder of why it is important to take time to remain…

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March 21, 2023 at 12:31 am

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Full Moon in Virgo, March 7, 2023

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Such practical ideas for the March 7rh Full Moon!

Libra Seeking Balance

While there may be disturbances in the atmosphere down the road, on the Full Moon at 16° 40’ Virgo on 7 March 2023, 04:41 AM PST, it is relatively calm. Earth and water are in charge at this time, and the Virgo-Pisces axis almost always prefers peace and quiet to noise and drama.

The tightest aspect to the luminaries involves Uranus in Taurus which is trine the Virgo Moon and sextile the Pisces Sun. Both Virgo and Pisces are deeply committed to being of service as well as healing pain and suffering. Perhaps Uranus can spark truly innovative ideas to bring quality healing to as many people as possible. There will likely be resistance from some quarters that will emerge over the next few weeks as is indicted by a waxing T-square to Mars in Gemini. Perhaps the best thing we can do is work on being open minded and…

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March 7, 2023 at 3:26 am

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Mother or Father in the 4th House?

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Tony Louis cites classical astrologers concerning the debatable issue of which house represents our parents:

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Astrologers often disagree about parental assignments related to the 4th House. Some insist that the mother belongs in the 4th, others that the father belongs there. Many of the classical texts refer to the 4th as the house of the native’s “fathers” or progenitors, meaning both parents. For example, Vettius Valens in Book IX of his Anthology calls the 4th “the Place concerning the life of parents” (Mark Riley translation).

There is a passage in Abu Ma’Shar that may shed some light on this dilemma. In Ben Dykes’ translation of Ma’Shar’s 10th century text On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities (2019) the following comment appears on page 429 regarding the “lord of the orb,” a concept I’ve been using for a few years since reading about it in a 15th century text by Diego de Torres:

“And if the ‘lord of the hour of the house…

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February 5, 2023 at 8:24 pm

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New Moon in Aquarius, January 21, 2023

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Lunar insights on the New Moon in Aquarius!

Libra Seeking Balance

Often the New Moon in Aquarius is a celebration of our delightful eccentricities but that is not the case on this New Moon at 01° 33’ Aquarius on 21 January 2023 at 12:54 PM PST. The Capricorn influence is still quite strong on this New Moon, in part because the Aquarius Sun and Moon make an out-of-sign conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto suggests we let go of our garbage before moving ahead because having less weight dragging us down means we can move forward more quickly.

Still the Aquarius Sun and Moon benefit from a preponderance of air and fire in the lunation chart. In fact the luminaries make a waxing sextile to Jupiter in Aries which will hopefully offset the drag Pluto in Capricorn creates. Of course, the Aquarius Moon will be exactly sextile Jupiter in Aries shortly after the New Moon. It will be January 24 when…

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January 21, 2023 at 7:57 pm

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Kevin McCarthy and the Gavel of Power

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Just a quick posting of the natal horoscope (RR: AA) of the new Speaker of the House, or as I think of him, Squeaker of the House, inside surrounded by the January 7, 2023 1:13 am est Capitol Building Horoscope showing Mr. McCarthy’s assumption of the House Gavel of Power, the fulfillment of his fondest dream. As you see, my messy astro-notes are scribbled upon the charts and meant for the curious, and note that the gavel passing event took place under the auspices of the October 25, 2022 6 South Solar Eclipse (2Scorpio) with its theme of ‘forcefully taking control; sudden events; exerting huge effort in group activities‘ (paraphrasing B. Brady). Kevin McCarthy was born into a 2 South Saros Series (11Sag55) with a theme of, ‘joining a new or unusual group and gaining a great deal‘ (B.B.). Grasping the Gavel of Power, it looks as if he did:

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January 20, 2023 at 9:42 pm

New Moon in Sagittarius, November 23, 2022

Details of an upbeat New Moon just in time for Thanksgiving!

Libra Seeking Balance

After the two eclipses, a nice normal upbeat New Moon at 01° 38’ Sagittarius on 23 November 2022, 02:57 PM PST will be very welcome indeed! There is a touch of irrational exuberance because the luminaries make an out-of-sign trine to Jupiter in Pisces. Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius are sitting close enough to the Sun and Moon to deepen the whole Sagittarius experience for us.

One thing is very clear on this New Moon, it’s no longer as muddy out there with fire and air returning to dominate this lunation along with mutable signs. That’s a big change from the eclipses where fixed earth and water ruled. We might feel like we have more options again as well as more possibilities for creating better outcomes. This Sagittarius New Moon brings with it the desire to expand our horizons and the need to explore those. The Mercury-Venus conjunction in Sagittarius…

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November 23, 2022 at 3:57 am

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Judith of Flanders, two Kings and a Count in twenty years.

Now following this blog which seems not to have been updated in years. That’s too bad because some Americans such as myself are descendants of these historical figures of ancient days!

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Judith and her 3rd husband Baldwin Judith and her 3rd husband Baldwin

Judith of Flanders, (c 843 AD to c 870 AD) was the eldest daughter of the Frankish King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Bald and his wife Ermentrude of Orleans.  Through her marriages too two different Kings of Wessex (Aethelwulf and Aethelbald) she was Queen twice.  Her first two marriages were both childless.  Her third marriage to Baldwin, Count of Flanders made her the first Countess of Flanders.  One of her sons by Baldwin married Aelfthyth daughter of Aethelbald’s brother Alfred the Great.  She was also an ancestor of Matilda of Flanders the Queen consort to William the Conqueror and thus the later monarchs of England.  This places her quite highly as things stand in the history of both Wessex and England.

In 855 AD King Aethelwulf of Wessex, made a pilgrimage to Rome and on his way back in 856 AD he…

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November 16, 2022 at 1:08 am

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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, October 25, 2022

Check out today’s Scorpio eclipse!

Libra Seeking Balance

A very tight stellium of the Sun, Moon and Venus is featured on the New Moon Solar Eclipse at 02° 40’ Scorpio on 25 October 2022, 03:49 AM PDT. Talk about magnetism! Fixed Scorpio is naturally magnetic but with Venus in Scorpio tightly conjunct the luminaries, this quality is far more powerful. It will be interesting to observe how this one plays out in our lives. This is the perfect time to learn to love the darkness and the deep mysteries within because Scorpio as healer and guide is strong on this New Moon.

On the practical side, this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio is an excellent time to take a long look at debt and start the process of paying that down. The first step is to say “NO” to taking on more. Most of us end up borrowing money at some point in our lives when making…

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October 25, 2022 at 12:31 pm

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Sancho III de Pamplona

Cool! Sancho III is my 31st great grandfather, too!

Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers

On this day, 18 October 1035, Sancho III of Pamplona (my 30th and 31st great-grandfather) passed away.

Birth circa the year 992, Sancho Garcés was born to García Sánchez of Pamplona and Jimena Fernández, daughter of Fernando Bermúdez, Count of Cea. His paternal grandfather, Sancho II, was the King of Pamplona.

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October 19, 2022 at 9:50 am

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America’s Archetypal Presidency

Having just published a post concerning the US presidency to Stars Over Washington, I soon realized that I neglected to add notes concerning the conscious-unconscious Sun-Moon blend of the day that George Washington was first sworn into office on April 30, 1789. In such a mundane chart, the pair of lights symbolize leader-and-people and can reveal clues about the cosmic weather of the day and event:


The 1789 Inauguration‘s pragmatic earth-water Sun Taurus-Moon Cancer blend is, “The World Is My Family” combination, according to the Harveys’ Sun Sign-Moon Sign book. Its energies suggest one who is an ideal parent (George Washington, the ‘Father of Our Country’! and now we have Grandpa Biden), and one who brings out the best in others. A good counselor, he’s diplomatic, reliable, and of a domestic turn of mind. Plus, Sun Taurus-Moon Cancer exhibits an enduring loyalty yet can be sensitive to real or imagined slights or insults (but who isn’t?). After all, Moon-ruled Cancer is a very self-protective yet nurturing sign, and patriotic (but in a good way), while Venus-ruled Taurus is a fixed sign of stability.

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So, it seems most appropriate to me that in light of the current Republican model for oaths of office – undependable as they are with fingers crossed behind their backs – that the “Image for Integration” given for this blend by the Harveys is a credit to both President Washington and to President Biden so let’s close this post with it:

“A baker undertakes to feed an orphanage.” An orphanage! Hungry children!

Can you imagine the Republican Party of 2022 promoting and funding such a social and humanitarian benefit?

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October 16, 2022 at 11:27 pm

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