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Spring EQ 2018: Sun Aries-Moon Taurus

Here are my astro-notes concerning Spring Equinox 2018 which perfects when the Sun reaches 00Ari00, the Aries Point on March 20, 2018 at 12:15:28 pm edt. In this post let’s focus primarily on the day’s (and thus the Spring Season’s and, some would say, the entire year’s cosmic weather until March 2019) via the Sun-Moon blend of conscious plus unconscious energies and the synergy created by this particular blend.

Additionally, a view of the Spring EQ 2018 Horoscope set for Washington DC is available if you’re curious. In the chart, you’ll see scandalous Neptune in Pisces at Midheaven and so the scandals, leaks, and cover-ups in America continue. Paranoia, fear, and contagion are unfortunately suggested as well by both Neptune and its natural sign of the Two Fishes. The good news with Neptune is that divine inspiration is always available for those open to higher aspirations than the mere temporal.

As for a general perspective on Spring EQ 2018, a consideration of its Fire-Earth Sun Aries-Moon Taurus combination suggests a time when stamina, courage, and determination are in order, while self-centeredness and personal ambition are top of the agenda for folks of a driven persuasion. However, there may be in evidence a stop-go approach to issues as egos pose obstacles to cooperation and understandably disrupt harmony.

Actually, all Fire-Earth blends hint at volcanoes in eruption and cause a ‘bulldozer’ effect within conditions which tend to reveal dictatorial attitudes where they exist. Expectably, this sort of combo of energies works well for politicians born under it. One example (though technically he is not a politician, he just feeds off them) is the recently indicted political operative Paul Manafort. In 2017 he appeared in a SO’W post I titled Paul Manafort: the Ram and the Bull for obvious sign-based reasons.

This is the blend of the ‘tactless diplomat’ which suggests recent moves toward a meeting between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Why, some people have even suggested Kim’s pal Dennis Rodman to act as ‘diplomat’! Yes, humor and wit are part of the Sun Aries-Moon Taurus blend and this particular face-to-face of global proportions is an example of Spring 2018’s ha-has which may become all too real with hard-to-predict results.

Yet the tough vs tender Sun Aries-Moon Taurus combo is able to cut through non-essentials with intellect and a vital spirit but don’t be surprised if it sometimes likes to play devil’s advocate. Smoothing down the ruffled feathers of others is also on the Spring 2018 agenda as are entrepreneurship and the self-confidence to push for economic security. Under these energies hypocrisy cannot thrive (which bodes ill for Washington politicians!) although those who possess magnetic charm will prosper (unless other factors in the psyche interfere). One caution is not to allow jealousy or possessiveness to ruin relationships (always good advice).

So now you have my solar-lunar astro-notes on Spring Equinox 2018 some of which are gleaned from the Harveys’ excellent book Sun Sign-Moon Sign. Let’s close with a famous quote from another fellow who was born under the influence of this Fire-Earth combination, Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving,

“A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”

Above image: my pencil drawing, Abandoned Garden.

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Written by Jude Cowell

March 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm

The ‘Abuse of Power’ Asteroid in Astrology

The name Atlantis can bring multiple images to mind – of mythical islands and modern day spacecraft among them – and for astrologers an archetype appears carrying ‘the abuse or misuse of power’ type of energy, and its position shows the place in a natal chart where the person feels ‘doomed’.

Since I follow US Politics as closely as I can stand without having to fumigate, it seldom escapes my notice when a topic or scandal begins to ‘trend’ in the 24/7 news cycle. They’re hard to miss, aren’t they? Especially since media types pound certain ‘reports’ over and over into our brains as long as we’re ‘connected’ through some tech device or other. Meanwhile, we skip along like piped children, similar to how Terrence Mckenna predicted we would -enthralled by a fascinating device that glows!

Well, if you’re curious or have missed it thus far, here’s my favorite 4 minutes of Terrence Mckenna predicting future conditions on Earth (1998 — 2012). He pretty much covers many of the outcomes we deal with today (or neglect dealing with, as the case may be). I guess with spot-on predictions ‘uncanny’ is the word yet the brief video clip contains concepts you may find worth considering if you dare!

Mckenna’s remarks encompass conditions which make possible the scandals created by the Roy Moore and Donald Trump allegations of abuse of power and harassment against young women and girls (and perhaps against others too). Theirs is bounder and cad behavior, as you know. Compulsive-obsessive, mommy issues, narcissism, hubris, master-servant complexes, misogyny, pedophilia, objectification of women, whatevs. And of course, the label ‘sociopath’ for such anti-social, over-the-line behavior is never far behind.

So naturally I had to discover the Zodiacal positions of asteroid and archetype Atlantis in the two men’s natal horoscopes. Then I wrote briefly about them so if you’re interested you’ll find my Atlantis post at Stars Over Washington along with the venerable, erudite Plato making a tiny little cameo appearance!

Sep 3, 2017 Mercury activates August Solar Eclipse

For those who may be interested, September 3 (tomorrow) finds transit Mercury, planet of communications, ideas, travel, trade, investigations and negotiations activating the degree (28Leo32:56) of The Great American Eclipse which manifested on August 21, 2017 and landed upon Trump’s natal Ascendant (ASC = physical body–you remember Mr. Trump looked at the eclipse 6 times without safety glasses!) which brings him right on into the eclipse picture big time.

If you wish, do check out today’s Stars Over Washington post which displays the Mercurial Sept 3rd horoscope set for the White House, Washington DC:

Sept 3, 2017 Mercury to August Solar Eclipse Degree

Also let’s add here a bit of info on Sept 3rd’s Sun Virgo-Moon Aquarius blend, an Earth-Air combo of rationality, objectivity, and efficiency. Adroit with language, Earth-Air blends use slang to good effect, are masters of understatement, and tend to be down-to-earth types who may neglect the emotional side of life and run the risk of becoming “dry as dust.”

Rebellious yet reliable, dispassionately critical, Sun Virgo-Moon AQ folk are shrewd, principled intellectuals, reformers, and are idealistic.

To close, here are three insightful quotes from famous people who were born under Sun Virgo-Moon AQ:

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body.” Margaret Sanger.

“If the world does not please you, you can change it.” H.G. Wells

And last, but definitely not least:

“The real lost souls don’t wear their hair long and play guitars. They have crew cuts, trained minds, sign on for research in biological warfare, and don’t give their parents a moment’s worry.” J.B. Priestley.

For more Sun Virgo-Moon AQ info, consult Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles and Suzi Harvey.

Written by Jude Cowell

September 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Trump Family Files for More Migrant Workers!

Setting all hypocrisy aside, the Trump Family Wants More Migrant Workers for Family Businesses in spite of Trump’s campaign promise to create thousands of jobs for American workers.

Hypocrisy, simple irony, or both?

Do you think the very public presidential spotlight on the family’s business activities has turned out to be brighter than expected? You know, along the lines of “who knew healthcare was so complicated?” Everybody knew but Donald!

Written by Jude Cowell

March 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

David Stockman, March 15, and the Debt Ceiling

With Congress set to vote March 15th on raising the US debt ceiling here are some unsettling words from former White House budget director under Ronald Reagan, David Stockman:

“There will not be Obamacare repeal and replace. There will be no tax cut. There will be no infrastructure stimulus. There will be just one giant fiscal bloodbath over a debt ceiling that has to be increased and no one wants to vote for.”

Mr. Stockman foresees a distinct potential for government shutdown on the near horizon, a Republican tactic I tend to assume is dress rehearsal for the real and final thing so that we’ll all say, oh please please set up global government, the chaos is way too big to handle by a government founded way back in 1776!

It’s the Hegelian Dialect in action. But this American is not saying, please please. Are you?

Even so, astrological Neptune often acts in insidious ways–like on March 12th, 3 days before the March 15th vote, when a culmination occurs under a Full Moon @22Vir13 – conjunct US natal Neptune (22Vir25) of 1776.

This trio forms an interesting midpoint picture – Sun-Moon = Neptune: ‘delusions about what you can do or how hard you will work to do it’ (Munkasey). The March 2017 Full Moon shines brightly upon America’s Neptune which squares our natal Mars in Gemini, a problematic square suggesting such issues as ‘the fog of war’ and misdirected or misguided energy. Plus, impulsively planned activities are a constant caution with a Mars-Neptune square along with confused perceptions that lead to mistakes.

And the Sun-Moon midpoint potentials of March 12th in relation to Politics and Business? ‘Taking the country into new directions, the international reputation of the country, and/or smears on the national reputation‘.

Sounds just like just what Republican politicians intend for America. Oh, and there’s another potential: reading the attitude of the people when making national policy.

Well, if that were the case (as it should be) we’d have a functioning republic that uses tax payer monies to fund the needs of the country we have instead of waging perpetual war on behalf of the futuristic Utopian global society the power elite is in process of forcing upon us.

Written by Jude Cowell

March 6, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Summer Solstice 2017: Sun Cancer-Moon Taurus

When Summer 2017 begins in June there will be a Sun Cancer-Moon Taurus vibe in the air, something of a Moon-Venus influence with Cancer ruled by the Moon and Taurus one of Venus’ favorite signs.

If you wish, view the horoscope of Summer Solstice 2017 with Trump’s natal planets penned around it. The chart is set for Washington DC as representative or symbol of our entire nation. Mr. Trump’s first natal planet to rise in the solstice chart is his quirky, radical Uranus in communicating (sometimes duplicitous) Gemini so we’ve got that going for us.

But what about the lovely Moon-Venus vibe we were talking about? This is a blend of energies that can result in excellent teaching abilities, shrewd perceptions, and subjective prejudices (not necessarily in that order!) along with a certain fussiness and values that are rooted in the past. I can think of a few neanderthal politicians who could be described by such rootedness but let’s not mention any names of the culprits.

Now in their masterful book, Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey give three ‘Images for Integration’ which refer to the conscious (Sun) and unconscious (Moon) minds and energies working together for best results. Under the influence of the practical Water-Earth combo of Sun Cancer-Moon Taurus they are:

“A family photo album…A flourishing family business…A painter captures the taste and smell of a landscape.”

Oh and did I mention that this combination relates to the concept of ‘smother mothering’?  Now maternalism we might have had to some degree with a Hillary Clinton presidency but instead the US government was taken in a different and well-worn direction–of “smug and strong-armed paternalism”  (18 Capricorn, Jones) with the wrong-headed goal of perpetual war now more set in stone than before by neocons, Vulcans, and war profiteers.

So as the warmongers have their way with the tax payers’ money, Summer will begin and zoom toward a disruptive Solar Eclipse coming in August (29 Leo), an eclipse that ‘hits’ the natal Ascendant (physical body; Self) of Mr. Trump and ruffles his rising Mars in Leo. Will the Jupiterian Mr. Trump act as “The Great American Eclipse” visible across the entire country from Oregon to South Carolina?

Can the effects of the August 2017 eclipse , the first repetition of the 1 North Saros Series since it manifested in August 1999 as the ‘King of Terror’ eclipse predicted by Nostradamus, be symbolized as a hidden meaning of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan? Sounds a bit too coincidental to me…but I’m the suspicious type!

Related: Big Bankers Are Behind All Wars (video, plus, Jupiter-Pluto)

Written by Jude Cowell

March 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Jude’s Threshold says farewell!

Notice: on or about October 11 or 12, 2016, Jude’s Threshold will shutter for the last time. My thanks and warm regards to all who have followed, commented, and shared its content during the 8 years of its existence.

However, due to time constraints, I have not been able to migrate all the posts here over to my new Astrology blog Jude Cowell Astrology though I did try and hope you will mosey to JCAstro when you have a chance where Follows are much appreciated and No Politics or politicians will mar the cyber landscape. (I have Stars Over Washington for that!)

As for WordPress, I will especially miss the re-blog feature its format provides but with an abundance of blogs to manage elsewhere, my schedule and blog collection need an autumnal sweep!

Catch you later,

Jude Cowell, always the reluctant astrologer

Written by Jude Cowell

October 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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