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Agents of Darkness, Agents of Change

By Jeremy Neal | September 2, 2020

(Editor’s note: The author is discussing several of the trans-Neptunian dwarf planets (Plutinos) named after underworld deities — Pluto, Ixion and Orcus. Further resources in Footnotes.)

What on earth is going on?

In a world that seems to have lost all rhyme and reason, and where the complications of yesterday seem strangely simplistic, this is a great question. And there is a very succinct answer, although not one especially simplistic. It requires a certain perspective to make it sensible, in the true sense of that word, and it’s a perspective that does not have universal appeal. I do believe, however, that it is indisputably the truth. The answer is evolution.

I can illustrate this theory quite easily by looking to the past — humankind has faced this kind of evolution before, and, if not exactly thriving, it has survived. But our collective response is crucial to the happy resolution of our present difficulties, and that will require a high degree of faith.

Let’s begin there. Why faith? Well, the answer is that, as a species, we are now experiencing a type of spiritual evolution rather than a physical one. There are also ongoing efforts to thwart this spiritual process by agents of darkness, who, for the maintenance of their own ascendancy, require that humans become drones in a kind of collective entity, not unlike the ants in a colony or the capacitors on a memory chip. And while I realise this sounds outlandish, or like imaginings from the golden age of science fiction authors like Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, I firmly believe it is the truth, albeit not an empirical one that can be proven by scientists.

And therein lies the great conundrum of our age, as well as the shadow of my own Pluto-in-Virgo generation, which venerates science and depends upon it for the answers to our present challenges, as if science could supply anything but the most absurd answers. Its preference for using concoctions of nonhuman DNA and toxic heavy metals rather than living in harmony with natural processes that create strong immunity is one example of the Mecca of scientific absurdity. If health and longevity were the genuine objectives of the vaccine industry, why not employ non-toxic adjuvants like squalene and paraffin oil rather than mercury or aluminium compounds known to be detrimental to human health? This example, however, is an issue that does not get to the crux of the matter, but rather is symptomatic of the malaise that hinders and oppresses our current spiritual progress. (1)

The fact that these arguments and suppositions are so very contentious is illustrative of the breakdown of trust between the engines of human progress — science, medicine, government — and the humanity it is entrusted to transport into an allegedly brighter future. The golden ages of human emancipation into progress and enlightenment have typically been accompanied by literary, artistic, and spiritual dissemination, with the currency of personal self-improvement and societal renaissance being their common coin. Instead, we are witnessing the rise of ignorance, insularity, and xenophobia at every turn. This is no golden age, but a dark age in which the new inquisitors tasked with silencing dissent wear lab coats in place of cassocks. And their religion is a belief that the quantity of life should oppress its quality, even whilst peddling snake oil as the answer to all of our problems.

Our great advances in the fields of genetics, biology, and pharmacology are not fashioning a new Eden, but a great Bedlam instead. And this is why the world seems to have gone mad. In truth, the world is mad, and has deliberately been made so by those very agents of spiritual regression.

Reality, you see, does not occur in a vacuum. There is inevitably an astrological narrative that accompanies all Enlightenments and Dark Ages, and this is easily demonstrated, though its effects and ramifications are hard to divine.

Some examples: The stock market crash of 1929, which caused the first global recession, occurred five months before the discovery of Pluto. In terms of world timescales, this discovery and event were effectively concurrent, but even so, the search for Pluto began as early as 1894, when anomalies in the orbit of Neptune were first observed. So, Pluto was waiting in the wings, ready to make humankind grapple with its inner darkness.

Freud was developing his theories in the years leading up to Pluto’s discovery, but it was difficult then to appreciate how much his work would lay the foundations for a Plutonian landscape, a new paradigm in thought in which ideas of an unconscious life, of libido, of feminine sexuality, of a theory of dreams — all the psychological parlance and paraphernalia we now take for granted — would come into being in the decade leading to Pluto’s unveiling. And it was in 1932 when Edward Rutherford discovered that the atom could be split, the dire potentials of which were nothing less than the annihilation of all life on earth.

Thus, the domain of the Lord of Death became evident some months before his discovery, and this is the key principle we find at work in the world as we speak. New paradigms of human thought and understanding are becoming manifest through the revelation of both Orcus and Ixion. (2)

It is important to remain comfortable with the principle of the spiritual unfoldment that astrology represents, both personally and collectively. It is a means by which we can find a theoretical route to self-awareness, even to enlightenment. How many times have you contemplated the meanings of certain placements and configurations in your own chart, and seen them in a way that matched the apprehension of your current consciousness, and then, a little further down life’s road, when you re-evaluate that same glyph, it seems to contain an entirely new potential — one that reflects the hard-won fruits of the lessons you’ve learned since your last evaluation? This is an esoteric proof that astrology is no more than a map of your spiritual terrain, with the ongoing movements and overtures of the heavens acting as the levers and valves that channel increasing spiritual energies through the body ethereal. The only proviso is that you be awake to it.

Given that, is it any wonder that, in the age of Orcus, we are talking daily about self-isolation, social distancing, fake news, the post-truth age, false flags, and corruption at every level of public life? (3) Perhaps even more cogently, isolation has become an intrinsic part of our contemporary western lifestyle, with millions now working and living their lives virtually, while experiencing little human contact.

Similarly, should we be surprised by the increasing levels — obscene by any reasonable measure — of wealth inequality, of lobbying by special interest groups to the detriment of nearly all but a small hyper-privileged elite, and of a world effectively run by and for the benefit of narcissists and billionaires (is there a difference?), that have become commonplace since the unveiling of Ixion? (4)

We, therefore, are the “lucky” few to be alive at a time when a new class of dwarf planets, designated by the IAU to be named after underworld deities, are being classified and baptised. Each new player adds another archetypal dimension to our human consciousness, and we are attempting to assimilate an increasingly complex and disorienting array of mythic themes into our repository of psychological ordnance. And like any potentially explosive or toxic material, it causes injury, devastation, and misery when improperly handled. The problem is that, because these difficult energies are genuinely new, we are very inexperienced in terms of their management and care. We are the first generations in human history to contend with Ixion and Orcus (and Lempo). It is no surprise that we are in turmoil. Consider how the announcement of Pluto changed the world; it was a profound transformation hitherto unknown in time.

I feel that this explains so much. Yet it is argued by some that these new underworld deities (or asteroids in general) being unveiled and integrated into the astrological pantheon are not meaningful in the same way that we viewed Pluto’s discovery. I think this misses the point. But certainly Pluto is the pioneer, his introduction having paved the way for an entire domain of human experience previously unknown, or, at best, little trod, with the exception of a few brave pilgrims. It has taken a great deal of time and soul-work to begin to assimilate these dynamics into the universal human experience, but we have. It is now accepted that we have a psychological nature. Before Freud, this was considered fantastic fiction, like something from the pages of Astounding Tales. Now it is merely common sense, and it would be ridiculous to think otherwise.

These new archetypes are therefore not less important nor less profound, but we now have some proficiency in their handling — we are experienced, at least a little. As a result, how much more aware are we of pathologies such as narcissism since the baptism of Ixion? What about the rise in socially isolating conditions, such as autism, in the wake of Orcus’s discovery? Or the previously unimagined uncertainties that might affect biological gender types since the naming of Lempo? These new astrological paradigms are not less then, but instead they add detail, texture, and dimension to the previously vague “psychological” and underworld nature of the Plutonic realm. They are a necessary expansion of the Underworld, both personal and collective, if we are to spiritually evolve and grow, as individuals and as a species.

But, as Jung cautioned, there is no coming to consciousness without pain. These new archetypes add a great deal of struggle, contention, and conflict as we try to reach human consensus regarding the hitherto obscured and shadowy dimensions that they illuminate. Many feel it would be better had they remained in the dark, but we cannot put the genie back into the bottle, nor snap shut the lid on Pandora’s box. We can only respond to the difficult personal and spiritual work called forth by these new astrological archetypes by making the world a better place, in our own small way, as living examples to others of these evolutionary changes.


(1) The chart for the vaccine industry is highly intriguing and will experience its own Orcus, Ixion, and Pluto returns within the next 16 to 20 years. Expect difficult revelations.

The orbital periods of both Orcus and Ixion are 248 years, the same as Pluto’s. The vaccine chart is based on the first inoculation made by Edward Jenner on May 14, 1796 in Gloucester, U.K.

Edward Jenner: first inoculation

(2) Orcus and Ixion are two of the 13 Plutinos (trans-Neptunian objects) of notable size and mass; the other named ones are Pluto (the largest), Huya and Lempo. Lempo, discovered in 1999, is a Finnish deity of indeterminate gender! Coincidence?

Orcus was precovered on November 8, 1951, discovered on February 17, 2004, and named on November 26, 2004. (See:

Ixion was precovered on July 17, 1982, discovered on May 22, 2001, and named on March 28, 2002.

(3) Editor’s note: Here is the author’s earlier (2008) article Orcus awakens: help!: “For those who are not yet aware, Orcus is a planet, technically, in contemporary parlance, a plutoid. It is somewhat smaller than Pluto, but its orbital period is identical to Pluto (248 years), and it follows a near identical path around the ecliptic, though offset, it was discovered 74 years to the day after Pluto was discovered, and it was named Orcus, by those astrologically-phobic astronomers, after the Roman name for Pluto, who was later known as Dis Pater.”

Jeremy also wrote this blog for TMA in 2015: Orcus opposite Neptune: then and now

Some thoughts on Orcus from that blog: “For an Orcus primer, it’s key to understand that Orcus is a Hadean archetype, and, alongside Ixion and Pluto, completes a trinity of mostly unconscious, often challenging drives and compulsions, which, through their deteriorating influence on our human condition, gradually help to bring us to self-awareness. Where Pluto is intense and personal and represents the compulsion to attempt control of situations and people in our lives, Orcus is detached and impersonal and attempts to manage challenging circumstances, not with Pluto’s habitual power struggle and its attendant unpleasantnesses, such as humiliation and subjugation, but rather through cold, inhuman disinterest. In archetypal terms, Pluto is the Mafia boss pulling everyone’s strings and Orcus is his henchman and willing executioner with a heart of stone. Pluto is impassioned, Orcus passionless……..Keywords for Orcus: integrity, authenticity, implacability, ruthlessness, loneliness, isolation, ‘dark night of the soul,’ alienation, meditation and prayer, spiritual depth, determination, diehard, unbreakable, detached, merciless, inhumane, cruel.”

(4) The author’s website, Chirotic Journal, has an article: Ixion and the Good Life (posted in April 2020).

In that blog, Jeremy notes: “On February 25th, Ixion made ingress into Capricorn. These transitions of major planets into new domains are usually interesting, but rarely devastating. The movement of Ixion into Capricorn, however, is important, and not only because it marked the point in time when Coronavirus went ‘global’ and ceased to be an exclusively Chinese problem.”

And further, Jeremy writes: “The energy of Ixion is fundamentally Hadean. He sits in the shadowy triumvirate with Pluto and Orcus, and his astrological message is of Pluto’s pedigree: transform or perish! The Underworld Lords each have their dominion: Pluto who hollows life out and turns all joy to ash; Orcus who isolates and imprisons you into a long overdue introspection; Ixion, the most subterranean of all the inmates of Tartarus, who makes an unendurable torment that you nonetheless must endure. It hardly matters so long as you wake up and get authentic.”

Bio: Jeremy Neal is an astrologer living in Durham, England. He is the author of Orcus (reviewed in TMA 10/13), available via Amazon in paperback or Kindle. See Jeremy’s blog: The Chirotic Journals

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Biden His Time

By Alex Miller | August 26, 2020

They say third time’s the charm, and that may be the case for former US Vice President Joe Biden, who has finally gained traction on his third run for the presidency. After a dismal start in the primary season, Biden soared to the top of the charts with the South Carolina Primary, followed shortly by an overwhelming performance on Super Tuesday. He has been the unchallenged leader for the Democratic presidential nomination for months, culminating in his acceptance of the role on August 20 during the DNC’s virtual convention.

Joe Biden, solar return 2019

When I first looked at Biden’s 2019 solar return, using the lens of asteroids and other minor bodies, what stuck out like a sore thumb was Nike and Victoria, named respectively for the Greek and Roman goddesses of victory. (1) These puny powerhouses have a lot to say about winning and success in general — natally, by transit, and in return charts. At birth Joe Biden has Victoria at 19° Sagittarius exactly squared his 19° Virgo Midheaven, implying career success, with Nike at 29° Sagittarius conjoined asteroid Old Joe at 25° Sag, suggesting that perhaps the ultimate victory would come late in life. (2) (And, no, I am not making up “Old Joe”! It really is an asteroid!)

Joe Biden, natal

If anything, their placements for the solar return governing the all important 2020 campaign season were even more dramatic. Not only were Nike and Victoria conjunct at the same degree, 2° Virgo, but this falls within one degree of the SR Moon at 1° Virgo and two degrees of the SR ascendant at 4° Virgo, also in an out-of-sign square to the SR (and natal) Sun at 27° Scorpio!

When I saw this, I thought, “Well, that’s the Democratic nomination right there,” though I have to admit my faith in these itty-bitty rock chunks to work their magic was sorely shaken by the first month of the campaign, as Biden finished a dismal fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire. The Biden candidacy seemed a long shot, but then came South Carolina. Joe’s time had come!

Held on Leap Day, February 29, 2020, the “first in the South” primary saw Joe Biden leave his competitors in the dust, garnering 48% of the vote, almost 30 points ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, his closest rival. With transit asteroid Carolina, at 28° Pisces trining his natal 27° Scorpio Sun and exactly inconjunct transit Nike at 28° Leo (still squared the natal Sun), an easy (trine) victory (Nike) was in the stars for Biden (natal Sun), who never looked back. Nike also featured at the apex of a precise yod (i.e., finger of destiny), with Saturn at 28° Capricorn, and Carolina, which further opposed transit asteroid Whitehouse at 27° Virgo, exactly sextile Biden’s natal Sun. The South Carolina (Carolina) win (Nike) had set Joe Biden (natal Sun) on a seemingly fated (yod) career (Saturn) glide path to the Oval Office (Whitehouse).

Biden’s pick of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, a former nomination competitor, showed further portents of victory. The announcement came across the internet at 4:15 p.m. EDT on August 11, 2020 with the 19° Sagittarius ascendant an exact match for natal Victoria, and squared by the ongoing conjunction of transit Victoria and Nike at 22° and 23° Virgo (which were therefore cresting his natal MC). (3)

The Biden/Harris political union was foreshadowed by PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) traveling with the transiting Sun at 19° Leo (exact with asteroid Washingtonia, for DC, and exactly trined that ascendant!) highlighting asteroid Harris at 21° Leo, asteroid Jose (Spanish for “Joseph”) at 18° Leo and asteroid Kamel (one of several variations which approximate “Kamala”) at 17° Leo. These combine with decision-making, announcement-inspiring, and newsworthy Mercury at 13° Leo to deliver the statement everyone was waiting for.

The Leo stellium at the announcement is squared by the Moon at 21° Taurus (adding further emphasis) and by asteroid Troemper (our closest celestial referent for The Donald) at 22° Taurus, whose squared aspect portrays the inimical stance between them. (There is actually a t-square formed by Moon/Troemper’s opposition to transit asteroid Bida — which approximates “Biden” — at 27° Scorpio, exact on Biden’s natal Sun at the time.

When Biden’s nomination became official at his acceptance speech on August 20th, with his uttering of those fateful words, “With great honor and humility, I accept this nomination” at 10:49 p.m. EDT, an incredible, exact, triple conjunction of the Moon, Nike, and Victoria, all at 26° Virgo, dominated the starscape. The Moon was just minutes from going void, with its last aspect a trine to Saturn at 26° Capricorn, and was bound up in a grand trine with asteroid Troemper, now at 25° Taurus (on Trump’s 24° Taurus MC, by the way). The transit Sun at 28° Leo is squared Biden’s natal Sun and trine his natal Nike at 29° Sagittarius.

The former VP has surely been “Biden” his time and hasn’t set a celestial foot wrong yet!

But can this winning vibe last through the election? Although technically the new solar return won’t kick in until November 19, 2020, more than two weeks after the fateful day, the energies of the 2019 return are definitely on the wane by then. Will it have the “oomph” to carry Biden across the finish line? Can the 2019 solar return Nike/Victoria/Moon/Ascendant conjunction still hold sway?

By Election Day on November 3, Nike and Victoria will be separating from their year-long conjunction and moving into the outer limits of orb, some seven degrees apart. Both Nike at 24° Libra and Victoria at 1° Scorpio conjoin Mercury, which rules the decision-making process, the vote itself, and its tabulation, at 25° Libra, and these square a stellium of asteroid Camillo, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, and asteroid Josephina at 19°, 21°, 22°, 26°, and 28° Capricorn. This puts Joe (Josephina) Biden and Kamala (Camillo) Harris in a very strong position — together, bookending energies that represent good fortune, expansion and increase (Jupiter), personal power and transformation (Pluto), and the presidency itself (Saturn) — that is tied directly to winning (Nike/Victoria) the vote (Mercury). That looks like popular vote success.

But there are mitigating factors to Biden getting the job, however the vote goes. Mercury makes its direct station that day, a circumstance that repeats the debacle of the 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, in which Gore won the popular vote but failed in the Electoral College after a Supreme Court decision stopped the Florida recount. Mercury at its station is slow and stuck, mired in its directional shift, so voting may be sluggish and stalled in all sorts of difficulties or delays. Transiting Saturn will also be squaring Mercury, which adds to the theme of slowing things down and perhaps alludes to voter suppression. We shouldn’t expect that a win (Nike/Victoria), any win, will be announced (Mercury) that day.

Mercury is also joined by asteroid Loke at 22° Libra, named for the Norse Trickster god Loki, and in a grand trine with asteroid Buysballot at 25° Gemini and Damocles at 23° Aquarius. This becomes a Kite pattern with Mercury’s opposition to TNO Eris at 23° Aries conjoined asteroid Koronis at 20° Aries. Buysballot is named for C.H.D. Buys Ballot, a Dutch meteorologist; in its English cognate form, “buys ballot” often appears when electoral shenanigans of all types are afoot. (4) Damocles represents the doom hanging overhead, and Eris connects to marginalized populations — agitated or resentful — while Koronis is our nearest celestial referent for the coronavirus.

Put it all together and you have a recipe for pervasive (conjunction) trickery (Loki), easily facilitated (trine) corruption (Buysballot), and impending disaster (Damocles) related to the vote (Mercury), impacted most strongly (opposition) by grievance politics and disenfranchisement (both Eris), and COVID-19 (Koronis).

The Sun at 11° Scorpio conjoins an exact pairing of asteroids Swindle (named for meteorite expert Tim Swindle, but a reliable indicator of its euphemistic meaning, ”to scam or con”) and Whitehouse at 18° Scorpio, and forms a t-square with Uranus at 7° Taurus and asteroid Maillen at the fulcrum at 17° Aquarius. (5) This shows potential for fraud (Swindle) and technical glitches (Uranus) with vote-by-mail (Maillen, a phonetic match for “mail-in” ballots), yielding an unexpected or controversial outcome (also Uranus) in the race for the Oval Office (Whitehouse).

Just which side cheats best and most might be expressed by a t-square of asteroid Troemper (Trump) at 1° Gemini on the fulcrum squared by asteroid Lie at 5° Virgo (named for Swedish mathematician Sophus Lie, but functioning consistently as deception and untruth), and opposing asteroids Hermes and Machiavelli at 1° and 2° Pisces. (6) Hermes is named for the Greek Trickster god noted as patron of thieves, another indicator of fraud, stealing, and dirty tricks, while Machiavelli, which comes to its direct station that very day, along with Mercury, relates to the amoral acquisition of power at whatever cost. Connected so intimately to the celestial factor representing Donald Trump, we can expect a no-holds-barred, truly down-and-dirty campaign and election.

I’m not sure how to weight all these factors in judging the outcome, but as a set of descriptors, they do seem to strongly point to one thing: at the very minimum, whatever transpires will be interesting to watch.

(1) Joe Biden’s solar return chart is cast for 11:53 p.m. EST, November 19, 2019.

(2) Joe Biden: November 20, 1942, 8:30 a.m. EWT, Scranton PA; Rodden rating A.

(3) As an internet announcement, this statement has no true geographic location, but I set the chart for Wilmington, Delaware, home of Joe Biden and his campaign headquarters; presumably the notice originated there.

(4) Wikipedia: C.H.D. Buys Best

(5) University of Arizona: Lunar and Planetary Lab Faculty

(6) Wikipedia: Sophus Lie

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The Dynamic August 18th New Moon

By Pam Gregory | August 16, 2020

The New Moon happens at 26°35’ Leo on the 18th at 7:41 p.m. PST and 3:41 a.m. UK time on the 19th. See where this new beginning falls in your chart and don’t forget to set an intention for what you want to manifest, as described by the house area in your natal chart where it falls.

This New Moon has very dynamic energy, with six planets in Cardinal signs (Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn, and Chiron, Mars, and Eris in Aries) and six in Fire (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Leo; and Mars, Chiron, and Eris in Aries). This is powerful, outward-directed energy, and is emphasised by the very tight squares with Mars and Eris, exactly conjunct within 25’, while squaring the Capricorn planets. Pluto is at the midpoint of Jupiter and Saturn, throwing its symbolism into high relief. So issues of power by leaders and governments will be very apparent at this time, while being challenged by those on the street. Aries represents the power of the individual, the need to be free and independent, and Pluto is the (often invisible) power of the state, the government. Pluto tightly conjunct Saturn suggests the exercise of more control, and this conjunction is being expanded by Jupiter in the same sign. The Sun and Moon are also within 3’ of an exact quincunx to Saturn, emphasising the increased ‘rules and regulations’ at the time — more ‘law and order’. It will meet resistance, which is part of the process of breakdown that allows a breakthrough to something better.

Remember that the dwarf planet Haumea — linked to the goddess of fertility, birth, and rebirth of humanity and nature — is at 25° Libra, so Haumea is forming a long-running t-square with the Aries and Capricorn planets, and promises a much better world where nature can be regenerated.

There is actually a grand fire trine at this New Moon, with the Sun and Moon at 26° Leo in trine to the Mars–Eris conjunction and the South Node at the Galactic Center (27° Sagittarius). When in combination, they can bring up our passion and a strong sense of self. Remember that the Galactic Centre represents the Creator energy that brings in the new, so this Grand Trine has a sense of optimism and passion about it and can help us to feel empowered. Leo energy is also highly creative, and, like Mars in Aries, it represents leadership energy. In addition to that, the Sun, Moon, and Mercury here are conjunct the Royal Star Regulus, symbol of kingship. We may be very focused on what good leadership represents at this time. Can we be a leader in whatever we’re doing, and have that sense of strength and inner power, whatever the outer circumstances? This is a time when we are being called up to “walk our talk”, to really put any spiritual practice to everyday use.

Leo is also linked to heart energy and ‘letting our unique light shine’. The heart is incredibly important, not only in our physiology, but in creating our future. Did you know that the electrical field of the heart is 60 times greater in amplitude than that of the brain, and that the heart sends much more information to the brain than the brain does to the heart? Intuitive knowing is the function of the heart, and the HeartMath Institute states that: “the heart plays a role in intuition by accessing an information field outside the bounds of spacetime.” Wow!

It’s vital that we avoid negative emotions, not only because they cause long-term damage to the physical heart, but because that’s what we’re broadcasting to create our future. When in our negative emotions, we are operating in duality — our point of reference is external, and our energy is inevitably scattered, reactive, and incoherent. If we can achieve coherence in our hearts, this is the energy that is sent to the brain and to every single cell in our bodies, as well as being broadcast to the world. Remember that energy is infectious — we catch it from others. Coherent energy expands the heart’s electromagnetic field, and this can be easily measured. Moreover, when we come together in numbers with coherent heart energy, we can start to create a powerfully wonderful future for us all. There is much evidence of how this can work, but just to mention one project that I wrote about in my first book, the Global Coherence Project has various sensors around the world to measure the energy of ‘the field’ produced by the collective. Its purpose is “to unite millions of people worldwide in heart-focused care and intention, to help shift global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, co-operation, and enduring peace”. Check out all the evidence they have accumulated.

So how do we achieve heart coherence? Simply follow your breathing while imagining that your heart is your lung. Breathe in and out deeply and slowly in a relaxed way (no forcing), feeling gratitude/appreciation/compassion, which will change your biomarkers within minutes. Your cortisol levels and blood pressure drop and your physical rhythms all become more coherent. So it is the heart that is the initiator of our frequency, and the brain follows. The heart guides the brain. This simple breath work is so powerful, and it’s free anytime. We don’t have to go anywhere or learn anything. If we could all do this several times a day, we would feel a much greater sense of energetic connection globally, too.

In addition to that, many sensitive people who channel have said that the ‘chambers’ of our hearts are becoming activated and energised, which is allowing them to connect to higher dimensions in terms of frequency. That is very much supporting our evolution. The symbolic link of Leo to ‘letting your light shine’ can often be seen in people who have a natural radiance about them — their very state of being is palpable.

Many of us during these times of cracking foundations, extreme unpredictability of leaders and events, and the constant blizzard of information (what is true and what is not anyway?) can feel exhausted and destabilised. You may feel suspended between two worlds. It is so much simpler if you are able, in the torrent of events arriving at your door, to simply work energetically; to bring yourself back to dropping into your heart, focusing on your breathing, and imagining a column of white diamond, high-frequency light coming down through your crown chakra and bringing in new information, as the Earth passes through the Photon Belt. Our new future depends upon every one of US to create, and that’s why this is such a vitally important time to work on that focus, while resisting being swept along by outer events. This is about developing our mastery. The less I pay attention to the news media, the better I feel.

Forget the past, it is gone. Keep your focus on your frequency and this inner development will become so exciting. This is what we can all do to achieve Unity Consciousness — one global SuperOrganism, with one heart and one mind pulling a wonderful world from the quantum soup into manifestation. The speed at which this happens is the barometer for how we are all doing in this effort.

The chaos on the 3D level is also signaling a rare and powerful evolutionary portal over the next six months that will not always be here. It is up to us to take advantage of this period of accelerated evolution by working with our frequency constantly. So can this New Moon in Leo herald a new understanding of the importance of the heart, and of love? Can we set an intention to commit to new ‘heart habits’? At this fiery New Moon, can we become Trailblazers for Love on this Earth?

Blessings to you all.

“Our days are happier once we give others a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind”.


Bio: Pam Gregory is the author of two books, You Don’t Really Believe in Astrology Do You? and the best-selling How to Co-Create using the Secret Language of the Universe. She holds the Diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies and achieved Highest Honours in Noel Tyl’s Master’s course. She has a thriving YouTube channel and a very busy client practice. You can subscribe to her monthly newsletter on any page of her website


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New Moon in Leo, August 18, 2020: Falling in Love with Our Creative Power

By Margarita Strashilova | August 11, 2020

The New Moon in the fixed fire sign Leo is coming! Leo represents our creative power and the joyful moments in life when we are free and spontaneous. It is linked to our ability to feel admired, appreciated, and loved, and is also an opportunity to connect with our capacity to enjoy life and be happy. There has been lots of intensity this year, and the planets will keep on surprising us with dynamic and transformative energies for the rest of 2020. But we have uplifting events like this New Moon to raise our vibration and stay connected to our power to create and manifest!

This New Moon brings energy for us to pour into our talents, hobbies, and artistic endeavors. On a deeper level it represents a powerful stimulus to our willingness to choose happiness and contentment in the present moment. When we choose happiness, rather than intensity, and connect to our creative power, we can more easily fulfill our dreams. But we need to let ourselves experience joy and bliss, and feel that we deserve it. A good affirmation for this New Moon: “I deserve to be happy!”

Leo’s rays will energize areas where we may feel a lack of movement or resources — we just need to ask and stay receptive. We can access this brilliant Leo energy when we’re in touch with our creative power; beautiful things can happen related to love, romance, children, projects, and new ideas. This New Moon also brings increased confidence and allows us to more easily accept compliments, praise, gifts, and proposals, and to welcome the rewarding opportunities that may follow. Leo lights a spark in our eyes that attracts others to our energy field.

Mars in Aries supports this Leo lunation because it will amplify the fiery energy of the Sun and Moon. Mars adds a healthy dose of anger that pushes us to act with enormous courage and strengthens our raw power to accomplish goals and desires. There can be a renewed capacity to assert our identity, and to be honest and direct about what we want to achieve, leaving behind all compromises to wholeheartedly pursue what we know we want.

The South Node in Sagittarius creates a powerful grand trine with Mars and the New Moon, with the North Node in Gemini completing a kite pattern. The Nodes in positive aspect to this New Moon signal that our ideas will come alive and thrive when we express our passions. New and exciting projects connected to communication may be on their way.

It is truly a wonderful time as the Leo New Moon symbolically invites us to a party after a long hard day. Yet it’s up to us to let go of our heavy burdens and welcome the inspirational mood to reshape our reality. This lunation in Leo asks us to fall in love with the creative resources we hold inside. It is all within our power!

Bio: Margarita Strashilova publishes astrological articles on her Facebook page @MargaritaAstroecstatic which are appreciated by many on a daily basis. Her mission, through her articles and private astrological counseling, is to help as many people as possible to get to know themselves better through astrology. In the future Margarita plans to develop courses and seminars on astrology topics. Her other interests include energy practices, psychology, spiritual and personal development. She can be messaged through her Facebook page or emailed:

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Can Donald Trump Win Reelection?

By Ema Kurent | July 27, 2020

I have asked myself whether I can judge this accurately, given that I was wrong in 2016. As it happened, most astrologers were wrong in 2016. Many of the very small minority who got it right had made their prediction of Trump’s win way before the election.

As you may remember, the polls were decidedly in favor of a Hillary Clinton win for many weeks prior to the election. I guess I was not the only one misled by her huge lead, as I did not even wonder which candidate would win; instead I had asked myself what in Hillary’s chart showed that she would win. And, along with that bias, I was juggling at least three possible ‘correct’ charts for her.

As fate would have it, the astrologers who were asked to present their opinions at the ISAR 2016 conference had been emailed the (supposedly) “truly correct” birth time for Hillary only a week or two before the conference. It’s been my policy that if a client isn’t sure about the exact birth time, I won’t work on their chart. So, my initial mistake in 2016 was agreeing to form an opinion in spite of “dirty data.” But the 2020 U.S. Presidential election is different because we have AA data for Donald Trump and A data for Joe Biden.

Donald Trump: June 14, 1946; 10:54 a.m.; Queens, New York

Joe Biden: November 20, 1942; 08:30 a.m.; Scranton, Pennsylvania

Clearly, Trump’s progressions were fantastic in late 2016 and early 2017. Particularly impressive was the fact that on Inauguration Day, January 20, his progressed Moon (25°43’ Cancer) was spot on his natal Venus (25°44’), the ruler of his Taurus 10th house of career and success. Also, his progressed Sun had recently crossed his natal Ascendant, while his progressed Ascendant sextiled natal Mars (October 2016), and while the progressed Moon was exactly conjunct his antivertex (22°51’ Cancer) on November 7. Cancer is the first summer sign associated with the “homeland” and the ‘common folks’ whose hearts he had won. In addition to that, both solar eclipses surrounding the election — September 1 at 9°23’ Virgo and February 26 at 8°09’ Pisces — were favorably aspecting Mercury, the dispositor of his 10th–house Sun.

The logical questions: Is there as much power in his chart now and in the coming months, especially in early November 2020? Is there enough power to overcome his opponent, Joe Biden?

Let’s take a look. Trump’s progressed Moon has moved to Virgo, the last summer sign that does not have the strong, vital, cardinal energy of Cancer. It is called mutable because the seasons are changing when the Sun travels there. This shows that Trump’s underlying energy may be less inclined to fight, or initiate, than in 2016. In early November, the progressed Moon will be at 18°25’ Virgo, where it makes no aspects, except to square his progressed lunar nodes. (Note that I am using exact, 1° aspects.) On January 20, 2021, the progressed Moon will be at 21°16’ Virgo, just past the square to his natal Moon and nodes, and about to square his progressed Uranus (21°23’ Gemini). I interpret this configuration as “disconnected.” It looks to me like Donald Trump will leave office. (Interestingly, the transiting Moon will reach the 20th degree of Gemini on the evening of the election, activating this configuration.)

But before coming to any definite conclusions, we should check the closest eclipses. The November 30, 2020 appulse lunar eclipse (8°44’ Gemini) will semisquare his Saturn — a depressing influence —whereas the December 14 total solar eclipse (23°06’ Sagittarius) will take place in his 4th house (of endings), in an exact opposition to his natal Sun while quincunx to natal Saturn, confirming the indications given by his secondary progressions.

How about Joe Biden? His natal Mercury, ruler of his 10th house, is in an applying trine to his Jupiter (albeit from the “hidden” 12th house), suggesting a successful career. We have already seen this in his life, but the aspect will be strongly reinforced by transiting Jupiter (21°29’ Capricorn) in an exact sextile to his Mercury on election day. What’s more, the Sun will be conjunct his natal Mars, ruler of his 5th house of luck. The most recent solar eclipse — June 20, 2020 at 0°20’ Cancer — exactly sextiles his natal Moon and its node, showing a strong positive push in his current standing as the major force of the Democratic Party. The November 30th lunar eclipse (8°44’ Gemini) will be conjunct Saturn in his 7th house, whereas the December solar eclipse (23°06’ Sagittarius) will sesquisquare his Pluto. That’s not such a good thing, especially with his progressed Moon in mutable Pisces, which shows low energy or a lack of courage and dynamic force. On the other hand, politicians have been known to thrive during such periods due to the increased hope and idealism that voters project onto them. He could, therefore, personalize the Piscean ‘dream,’ which is certainly not a bad thing when it comes to elections.

Biden’s progressed chart is actually much better than Trump’s. After passing some stressful, chilling aspects in September (progressed Moon square progressed Saturn), his progressed Moon will conjunct his progressed Venus on October 1 and sextile his progressed Mars on November 8, a few days after the election. This invigorating aspect could bring him success. (1)

However, the most positive indication for Biden is the December solar eclipse (23°06’ Sagittarius) in his progressed 10th house (and natal 1st house), sextile to his progressed Ascendant (22° Aquarius) and in trine/sextile with the progressed nodes (24° Aquarius/Leo). A strong eclipse in the 10th house is an indicator of change in one’s career or social standing.

Last but not least, the Jupiter–Saturn conjunction in December at 0°29’ Aquarius will trine Biden’s 10th–house Neptune and 7th–house Uranus. The social planets in Aquarius are a strong indication of the democratic politics that Biden represents. In conclusion, I must say that I think Joe Biden will win the next U.S. Presidential election.

(1) Joe Biden’s progressed Moon (5°35’ Pisces) squares progressed Saturn (5°25’ Gemini) on September 14; the progressed Moon conjuncts progressed Venus on October 1 at 6°15’ Pisces; the progressed Moon (7°47’ Pisces) sextiles progressed Mars (7°47’ Capricorn) on November 8.

Bio: Ema Kurent (DFAstrolS, QHP, CMA, ISAR CAP) is a professional astrologer from Slovenia, working as a consultant, teacher, writer, researcher, and publisher. She specializes in traditional and predictive astrology. She runs Astrological Academy Stella (ISAR affiliated) and has written many books: Sonce in Luna (The Sun and the Moon, 2008); Lunin vodnik (Moon Guide, a yearly publication since 2005); Horarna astrologija (2015); Horary Astrology (2019), and nine student textbooks. She has lectured in Slovenia, England, Poland, the U.S.A., South Africa, India, and Serbia. Contact her: Ema,,

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New Moon in Cancer July 20, 2020: One more opportunity to connect to our true needs and emotions

By Margarita Strashilova | July 15, 2020

The next New Moon at 28°26’ Cancer is another step on the path to connecting with our emotions in a positive way that will allow us to care for and nurture ourselves and others. It’s been a tough journey for all of us with the recent activity on the Cancer-Capricorn axis, which deals with the balance between softness and roughness, family life and career, emotions and discipline. There have been a series of eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn as well — the first in July 2018 and the last on July 4, 2020 — that have opened the door to exploring our emotional worlds. This New Moon continues the powerful call to sink more deeply into the inner sanctuary of our feeling nature.

The opposition from Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn to the Sun and Moon in Cancer makes this new lunar cycle especially intense. We may feel pulled between right and wrong, or we may experience ups and downs in how we perceive our emotions. Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn provoke us to release attitudes about authority figures and social status. Outdated attitudes may prevent us from realizing a new beginning in Cancer’s realm, which, at best, can harmonize our family lives and emotional health.

To work with the energy of this New Moon, we can ask ourselves: What new beginnings can I bring in addressing my emotions and honoring my feelings? Perhaps it’s a new home environment, or a new job or hobby, that nurtures us emotionally. Or we may simply feel drawn toward becoming more familiar with our needs. A key aspect of this Cancer New Moon will emphasize our capacity to work with and understand our emotional reactions.

Throughout 2020, we’ve discovered that we function well when we retreat back to our inner core, while leaving our desire for power and control behind. We all want to experience fulfilling lives of being in touch with our true self and having success in important areas of life, such as relationships, family, and career. But sometimes we are too hard on ourselves and forget that not everything is about hard work and achievement.

The New Moon in Cancer opposes transiting Saturn and Pluto, which indicates that to have the desired outcome, we must let go of any authority that feels heavy on our soul and drains our energy. It will be a good time to reflect on how we work with authority in our daily lives. Are there authority figures that block our capacity to achieve harmony in our lives? Or, in trying to be respected and successful, have we built a layer of authority around ourselves that keeps others away? Do we repeat past mistakes and patterns that leave us feeling trapped and limited?

On this Cancer New Moon, we can set intentions connected to our home, family, heritage, motherhood, and children, and we can direct our energy toward getting to know our emotional world. After the solar eclipse in Cancer (June 21, 2020) and the lunar eclipse in Capricorn (July 5, 2020), this New Moon is a natural next chapter in the story of finding deeper meaning in our lives, particularly in the way we emote and in our capacity to give and receive care and support.

Bio: Margarita Strashilova publishes astrological articles on her Facebook page @MargaritaAstroecstatic which are appreciated by many on a daily basis. Her mission, through her articles and private astrological counseling, is to help as many people as possible to get to know themselves better through astrology. In the future Margarita plans to develop courses and seminars on astrology topics. Her other interests include energy practices, psychology, spiritual and personal development. She can be messaged through her Facebook page or emailed:

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Donald Trump Begins His Re-election Rallies

By Mary Plumb | July 1, 2020

From what I can see, President Trump hasn’t looked too happy lately. Prior to last week’s event in Tulsa, reports said that he had been eager to get back to live rallies and was excited about the first campaign event of the season. His political team had raised expectations by saying that a million people had requested tickets! The event in Tulsa, on Saturday, June 20th, with Neptune standing still in the sky (going retrograde on the 22nd), was a massive disappointment. Not only was the arena only one-third full, but the news also broke of a prank instigated on TikTok that tricked the campaign into counting requests for thousands of tickets which were ordered, although the purchaser never intended to show up. (A CNN opinion piece was titled: Trump’s Tulsa rally was a flop) (1) Event Planning 101: Avoid Neptune stations unless a prayer or devotional vigil intended to support restoration of the oceans’ health?

Photos of an exhausted-looking Trump returning to the White House went viral, and its not hard to project disillusionment, i.e., Neptune, onto his posture.

TMA Associate Editor Ray Grasse wrote a detailed and widely read blog on the President’s transits last year: Donald Trump and the Saturn–Pluto Conjunction. He wrote about the psychological implications of the President’s natal Venus–Saturn conjunction in Cancer (with its focus on family matters) and noted times in the upcoming year when transits would be significant.

Donald Trump
June 14, 1946
10:54 a.m. EDT
Jamaica, NY (40N41 73W48)
Placidus houses, True node

Some of the “trigger dates” Ray points out:

“On February 6, 2020, transiting Saturn opposes his natal Venus for the first of three times. Again, there may be a growing sense of social isolation and feelings of rejection, but it could also involve the spotlight being cast on his finances and real estate holdings, as well as those of his family members.
On February 13, Pluto opposes Trump’s natal Saturn precisely, activating his chart in a major way.
This same energy comes to a boil during the next station of Pluto, which goes retrograde on April 25 at 24º59’ Capricorn, very closely opposing Trump’s natal Venus and Saturn.
On July 12, Pluto again opposes Trump’s natal Saturn exactly.
On September 6, Saturn opposes Trump’s Venus for the second time.
Then, on September 29, Saturn stations direct at 25º20’ Capricorn, activating his natal Saturn–Venus by opposition.
Several days later, on October 4, Pluto stations direct at 22º29’ Capricorn, opposing his natal Saturn–Venus and prying open more previously buried secrets about his finances or personal life.”

One family matter that is arising now: Mary L. Trump, the president’s niece (who is a clinical psychologist) has written a book about her family, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. She is the 55-year-old daughter of Fred Trump Jr., brother of Donald and Robert, who died when Mary was 16. In 2000, she was part of a legal dispute over the will of her grandfather, Fred Trump Sr. Simon & Schuster is scheduled to publish her book on July 28; the company’s description of the book “suggests it will draw heavily on her studies of family dysfunction, with Mary using her clinical background to dissect ‘a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse,’ including ‘the strange and harmful relationship between’ her late father and Donald Trump.” (2) Yikes! Painful family history, indeed.

Last week, on June 26, a New York surrogate’s court judge rejected an effort by Robert Trump to halt publication of Mary Trump’s book. The next day the family petitioned a second court to block publication; on June 30, a New York judge blocked publication, and on July 1 a judge lifted the restraining order that was blockage the book. For now, publication is scheduled to proceed. (75,000 copies have already been printed and the book was the fourth bestselling book on Amazon today.) (3) On June 30 transiting Mercury retrograde was conjunct the Sun at 9º Cancer; the President’s natal Mercury is 8º51’ Cancer suggesting how deeply personal this particular legal issue must be to him. Mercury retrograde will pass his natal Mercury on July 2, before going direct on July 12 at 5º Cancer. Stories from the family lineage are being re-visited or re-examined. Whether there is further public exposure remains to be seen. Transiting Mars (8º Aries) will square natal Mercury on July 13, right as Mercury goes direct; in the short term, the President’s fighting (and protective) instinct will remain strong.

This blog is a sketch of the President’s current transits. Do go back to Ray’s June 2019 blog for a more thorough picture, including this prescient observation: “To one extent or another, the horoscope of a national leader becomes that of the entire country he or she represents. Does this mean that Trump’s financial difficulties under these transits point to something ominous about the economic fortunes of the United States during this time? Much as I’d like to believe otherwise, I think it’s a reasonable possibility, and I will be watching the U.S. economy closely around the time of these transits.”

Thank you, Ray, for your camaraderie and your thoughts that inspired this blog.


(1) CNN

(2) Washington Post

(3) CNN

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Navigating Transitional Times: The 3rd Quarter Sibly Progressed Lunar Cycle

By Raye Robertson | June 24, 2020

The U.S. Sibly chart began a progressed lunar cycle (the 8th since the country’s founding) in October 1994 with a New Moon at 19°50’ Aquarius. This cycle will end on March 25, 2024 when a new cycle begins at 19°27’ Pisces.  The 3rd quarter of the current cycle began on March 2, 2017. The transits, eclipses and outer planetary cycles during this time period—not to mention our daily news—all concur that this current timeframe is significant. Timing is everything, of course: daily events gain significance during the final years of a progressed 3rd quarter because they signal unfinished business to complete and outworn realities to purge, so that the way will be open for new developments.

Tracking significant planetary dynamics within a national progressed cycle allows us to analyze history and current events from a more nuanced perspective. This progressed 3rd quarter (P3Q) has provided an underlying theme that transits and key planetary cycles have since worked to manifest and shape.

We’ll revisit the 2017 P3Q cycle chart to discern how it has supported the several crises we’ve been experiencing, with special focus on: 1) the ongoing pandemic that has killed over 100,000 Americans and ravaged state economies; and 2) the outpouring of protest over police brutality against Black individuals that seems significantly different this time for its diversity, its resonance and its longevity. Both instances feel fittingly Neptunian, considering where this cycle phase launched. The collective has been literally overtaken by contagion, expressed through health, through dollars flowing in fits and starts through the economy just to keep us afloat, and through public sentiment. Both crises have attracted floods of outrage and attempts to deflect blame and misinformation, but they’ve also stirred deep compassion, grief, dedication and sacrifice.

From where I’m sitting, the nation seems to have developed a feeling for collective action and gratitude that has been lying dormant; there are even signs that we may be reconsidering some deeply-held values and norms and questioning others. In regards to the protests, can I dare say that we’re turning a corner in terms of civic spirit and a desire to improve life for everyone in this nation? It would be premature to celebrate, but there is hope.

We are now about mid-way through this Sibly P3Q cycle—is there a light at the end of this distressing tunnel, after all?

What goes around…

The nation’s progressed lunar cycle (roughly 30 years) reflects the evolution of the U.S. from its revolutionary roots, and with its predictable stages it reveals the always amazing ways in which history repeats and builds upon itself.

Because the Sun in a national chart represents the nation-at-large and the executive (president, prime minister, monarch, etc.), and the Moon represents the people, the relationship between these two luminaries speaks to the evolution of our so-called social contract. Since the Sibly chart features a forward-thinking, rebellious but collective-minded Aquarius Moon, and a growth-and-security oriented Cancer Sun, it’s no surprise that Americans have had a love/hate relationship with government from the get-go.  Even more interesting is how that relationship has evolved over 240 years of history—it’s all there, if we dig deep enough. For now, however, let’s look at today’s picture:

1994 Sibly progressed lunar cycle phases

Progressed New Moon: 10/13/1994  19°50’ Aquarius

Progressed 1st Quarter: 6/10/2001    26°36 Aquarius – 26°36 Taurus

Progressed 2nd Quarter: 12/25/2008   4°10’ Pisces – 4°10 Virgo

Progressed 3rd Quarter: 3/2/2017   12°24 Pisces – 12°24 Sagittarius

Progressed New Moon: 3/25/2024    19°27’ Pisces

Since this cycle’s 1994 launch, our role and stature in the world have both taken a beating. The U.S. economy has shed millions of well-paid jobs and replaced many of those with a no-benefits “gig” economy that only deepens wealth inequality and grass roots instability. We’ve been through one Wall Street-related major recession, recovered, and sunk into another, pandemic-related one. Our public sector (infrastructures, schools and cities) has suffered from lack of investment, and climate change is now an observable, increasingly costly reality.

Adding to the overwhelm are our toxic, unresolved and perpetual Middle Eastern wars, especially driven by the rise of terrorism in the second half of the 1982 Saturn-Pluto cycle. (1) Today, this “war against terror” feels like it’s been one long delusional Faustian trap.

Perhaps at the root of all the above is the overwhelming flood of corporate money which was gradually unleashed on our political system during this 1994 progressed cycle which culminated in the Supreme Court’s January 21, 2010 Citizens United decision. Looking at the transits for that day, Uranus and Neptune were still in mutual reception and Jupiter had just ingressed Pisces, sextile Capricorn Pluto. (2) Corporations were lounging in the “fabled catbird seat.”

No wonder we’ve seen deep public anger throughout the past two election cycles: calls for fundamental, systemic change to address extreme wealth inequality and police brutality are sounding, loud and clear. Fortunately, the 2020-2024 remainder of this 3rd quarter could support our positive evolution, but not without honestly confronting uncomfortable realities. Unfortunately, it would also be possible to take a major step backwards.

Let’s review the beginning of the progressed 3rd quarter phase, and what this chart can tell us about today’s tough challenges. We’ll examine a tri-wheel that shows the 3rd quarter chart (middle ring) and the transits for that day (outer ring) set around the U.S. (Sibly) chart (inner ring).

Chart from Kepler and Cosmic Patterns software, Equal houses



T-square: Progressed Moon (12°24’ Sagittarius, middle) conjoins Sibly Ascendant and opposes Descendant (12°21’ Sagittarius-Gemini, inner) 12°21’ and Uranus/Mars midpoint, 15° Gemini; progressed Sun (12°23 Pisces) squares this opposition from the Sibly 4th cusp and conjoins transiting Neptune (11°44’ Pisces, outer).

Nations develop “itchy trigger fingers” with intense configurations like this; the U.S. executive (progressed Sun) could be inclined to use force to assert dominance and authority, but in Sagittarius, the people (progressed Moon) will be animated and demanding. Note also, this 1994 progressed lunation cycle began at the same degree as the Sibly radix Moon (27° Aquarius), so the focus is on the people, for better or worse. Hard aspects to the Sibly horizon can signal civil unrest, even tragedy (i.e., Saturn-Pluto transits on September 11, 2001). Jupiter rules the Sibly chart from sensitive Cancer, which disposes our Moon: if we’re not feeling optimistic and secure, things can easily go sideways.

Such incidents could be galvanizing, but this progressed quarter’s mutability suggests Neptunian divisiveness and turmoil (progressed Sun = transit Neptune). Growing internal unrest and a grass roots (4th house) prone to illusions and epidemic disease (Pisces) has made COVID-19 a “perfect storm” challenge. The progressed Sun in the 4th square to 6th house Sibly Uranus (Pisces-Gemini) reflects divisions between the grass roots and military/public servants—in other words, the police reform issues we’re now dealing with.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde (Rx) (22° Libra) conjoins progressed Mars Rx  (18° Libra) which conjoins Sibly Saturn (14° Libra), squares progressed Jupiter Rx (15° Cancer) and trines Sibly Mars/Uranus midpoint (15° Gemini).

Mars conjunct Saturn in cardinal signs denotes aggressive, controlling impulses, which are pumped up by transiting Jupiter squaring both transit (18°) and radix Sibly (27°) Pluto in Capricorn, promising economic fall-out and corporate concerns. Progressed Mars Rx stimulates Congress (Sibly Saturn) to act, but action may fall short. This all confirmed the need to re-engineer the role of law enforcement in society during this cycle phase. Mars has been retrograde by progression since 2006, and the role of law enforcement has too often defaulted into intolerant, toxic behavior, rather than the “protect and serve” motto of police departments across the country. Saturn rules the law-making function; placed in Libra it suggests that the U.S. is supposed to have “checks and balances” within the system. Progressed Mars trine to Sibly Mars/Uranus (15° Gemini) hints that that government attempts to assert dominance could backfire.

T-square: Transiting Uranus (22° Aries) conjoins progressed Venus (27° Aries);  both square Sibly Mercury (24° Cancer) opposite Sibly Pluto (27° Capricorn), while sextiling Sibly Moon (27°Aquarius).

Adding to the intensity,  Mars disposes progressed Venus in Aries, which squares Sibly Mercury, ruler of the 7th house of open enemies and the 10th house of reputation —  this speaks to the U.S. military’s involvement in the world. Progressed Venus squares Sibly Pluto, ruling the Scorpio 12th suggesting a more behind-the-scenes dimension to government activities—especially in regards to negotiations, resources and finances.

Legislation to radically reduce prison populations (12th house) and to reform the corporate prison industry also fits here. Unfortunately, Neptune’s 12th house association with pandemics is also on display. (Earlier, in 2016-17, the world faced a Zika virus threat.)  We’re seeing that pandemics can have horrid economic repercussions, too: progressed Venus’s role in “take-no-prisoners” Aries, square the Sibly Pluto-Mercury opposition (Wall Street and corporate sidekicks) was significant. The progressed Venus sextile to Sibly Moon suggested the public would find ways to thrive and participate during this time, despite the strained economic times.

Progressed Mercury (20° Aquarius) conjoins Sibly Moon (27° Aquarius), trines Sibly Mars (21° Gemini) and is inconjunct Sibly Neptune (22° Virgo).

Mercury rules the Virgo Ascendant of this 3rd quarter chart, rendering the Aquarius placement more potent. Mercury rules media and we can expect a frustrating lack of transparency (progressed Mercury inconjunct Sibly Neptune) when it comes to military or health (Virgo) matters and to actions taken in our name on the world stage (Mercury also rules the Sibly 10th). And so, it has happened — the government’s response to COVID-19 has been muddled and frustratingly divisive. We’ve withdrawn support for the Paris Accord and WHO, and are pulling out of key arms control treaties among other shocking moves.  Transiting Mars (27° Aries) is conjunct transiting Uranus (27° Aries) and both are sextile radix Mars adding a further potential for volatility. Unfortunately, this only adds to the urgency for police reform.

Comes around…

If we mapped the key planetary cycles since 1994 we would see that the big dramatic events in our history have happened during significant cycle moments. For instance, the 9/11 attacks happened during the progressed first quarter, a phase when challenges are introduced that will continue to develop over an extended period. The 2008 recession coincided with the culminating second quarter opposition phase, transitioning us into the waning half of this progressed cycle. We’ve been struggling with its fall-out in our politics and society ever since the 2008 recession.

So how will we complete this cycle between now and 2024? Hopefully by working to resolve deeply karmic issues like racism. Hopefully by fortifying our systems for managing collective crises, and by focusing on and privileging facts over hype. None of this will be easy with a new Pisces progressed cycle looming in 2024, but we’ve been given a cosmic window for getting it right.


(1) Saturn and Pluto were conjunct at 27°35’ Libra in November 1982. The second half of the cycle began with the opposition in August 2001 and ended with the next conjunction in January 2020.

(2) Uranus in Aquarius and Neptune in Pisces were in mutual reception, i.e., in each others’ sign,  between 2003 – 2011.

Bio: Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in TMA and other publications over the years. Her blog can be found at



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Annular Solar Eclipse at 0° Cancer: Our emotions lead us further on the path to our potential

By Margarita Strashilova | June 17, 2020

Eclipses bring a sense of urgency for something to be initiated or released. They ask us to move faster than normal to evolve to the next level, like taking five steps instead of one. Solar eclipses are often connected to initiating things that we’ve been postponing because life has thrown too much at us. For those of us who get the message, an eclipse can act like a quantum jump ahead on the path.

The next solar eclipse is on June 21st at 0° Cancer – the degree of initiation. An eclipse at zero degrees of the cardinal signs shows that it will have great power in our lives. To decode what this eclipse will bring to us, let’s begin with the topics that Cancer holds — our emotions, needs, family, nourishment, motherhood, home environment and homeland. All these things have a connection to the soft, vulnerable part of the human being that needs security and protection.

At this time, we have an urgent need to experience our softer sides. This can be through connecting to our individual needs, but also in responding to our loved ones, family members, and people dear to our heart. 2020 has been a very transformative year. January 10th’s lunar eclipse, also in Cancer, brought an event that will shape the entire year, turning us “back to home.” And we did, literally. The pandemic, the catalyst event for this transformative year, has called us to retreat, isolate, pause and address our needs and emotions. We were called to release toxic emotions connected to our needs, our vulnerabilities, and our families.

Now, with the upcoming solar eclipse in Cancer, we have the opportunity to uncover pure, authentic emotions from our deepest core, where our inner child lies. Can we access these? This eclipse will radiate an urgency to connect with our primary emotions and needs so that we can further release our potential into the world. Living our life through a wounded sense of security makes for an empty life, perhaps getting lost in situations that are not serving us or indulging in pleasures that leave us wanting more and more. Without being in touch with our emotional nature, we are left at the mercy of whatever happens to us in life, even as we strive toward achievement.

Solar eclipse energy is great for manifesting, and now this will be through Cancer themes — a new home, better communication with family and friends, professions connected to caring for and nurturing others, and motherhood and taking care of our children. These desires will manifest in our life to give us the essential feeling that they represent — a connection to our emotional core. Some of us are already in touch with our needs and emotions, which will make manifesting what we need easier. Those who feel lost and burdened by life can set a simple and powerful intention “to get back home” to their own inner sanctuary, where their needs wait to be addressed and their inner child waits to be noticed.

This eclipse will be close to the North Node in Gemini. I love this conjunction! With the North Node in Gemini, we are called to see different perspectives, to accept all people for who they are, to be curious about those at a different level than our own. Overall, the energy of Gemini is about accessibility. We need to have a healed emotional core to let others’ perspectives into our world, to see the duality of the world and the advantages of that duality. Only those who have the emotional intelligence to care for their own needs can see the world through another’s experiences and accept their point of view. If our needs are not met, we are unable to work with the dualities in life; they scare the child in us that is frightened or feeling alone and neglected.

The conjunction of the Cancer eclipse with the North Node in Gemini also signals that there may be some new beginnings in our local environment. On a deeper level, we have the opportunity to be open to the people in our environment, and to nurture and take care of them. They can also offer us something in return that will benefit our goals and projects. Is this linked to the coronavirus, whereby communities can come together with the sensitivity to take care of each other? I have a feeling that we’re on a path of getting closer to our inner core, and with this we can get closer to the people around us.

Bio: Margarita Strashilova publishes astrological articles on her Facebook page @MargaritaAstroecstatic which are appreciated by many on a daily basis. Her mission, through her articles and private astrological counseling, is to help as many people as possible to get to know themselves better through astrology. In the future Margarita plans to develop courses and seminars on astrology topics. Her other interests include energy practices, psychology, spiritual and personal development. She can be messaged through her Facebook page or emailed:

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George Floyd & Our Social Unrest

By Basil Fearrington | June 10, 2020

It has obviously been a ghastly time in the world for the past six months, especially in the United States where the pandemic has taken over 100,000 lives. These difficult months were exacerbated by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

It is sad to say, as an American of African descent, that George’s killing was business as usual in the Black community. I grew up in West Philadelphia. The police used to come to the playground where we played basketball and train rookies by putting us against a wall, patting us down, etc. — completely illegally, I came to find out. I cannot count the number of times I was pulled over while driving for no reason, and with no reason given. These kinds of actions have been going on since the inception of the country. I am hoping that the strong, turbulent reaction to Floyd’s murder will mark a major turning point in the racial divide that has come to partially define America.

While it would be easy to try to define this social unrest through astrology (after the fact, as usual), the cause — racial prejudice — has been a part of the foundation of America from the beginning. Perhaps both the pandemic and the social unrest are events that are preparing the world for the social, humanitarian changes that we astrologers assume will be a part of Pluto’s upcoming transit through Aquarius.

I had the privilege of teaching astrology in South Africa for the late Noel Tyl, so my frame of reference for the social and human rights concerns of minorities has a little more perspective than most. I spent a lot of time with Black Africans who were raised in Apartheid, none of whom were my students, but people I met socially. When you are a minority, George Floyd-types of events are nothing new. That’s terrible to say, but that’s how it is. There is a LOT of work to be done.

Even in the astrology world, I’ve been fortunate to be invited to speak at UAC a couple of times over the years. I’ve been published in this magazine and others many times, have had a book published, and enjoy a fair-sized clientele, including international students. That said, you’d have to admit that the minority presence in astrology isn’t what it could be. As astrologers, we should be checking all racial and political opinions at the door; nothing should get in the way of helping a client. It is unfortunate that there are some I’ve seen who do not check their negativity at the door. I’ve had minority clients whose first experience with an astrologer ended with them being called a “Libtard” and worse. We are better than that! No clients should ever walk away feeling worse about life than they did when they called us or walked through our door.

There’s not much to say about all of this through astrology. Prior to 2020, no one in the astrology world predicted deep potentials for a pandemic and tremendous social unrest in America this year. Although we do not have a data-proven horoscope of the United States, our consciousness resonates with July 4th, 1776. Any horoscope for that date has transiting Saturn conjoining Pluto in 2020. The most difficult contact in astrology is the transit or solar arc of Pluto to Saturn. Saturn transits to Pluto aren’t quite equal in their potential to suggest an extremely challenging time, but with both aspects, whether natal or mundane, we would expect severe challenges and losses. Some have talked about the presence of transiting Eris and other factors, but only after these problems were already a reality. To be impressive to a largely non-believing public, consistent prediction of events before they happen is needed, as opposed to astrological ambulance- chasing.

I have high hopes that the Floyd incident will be the turning point in race relations, but it is a cautious hope because I remember thinking similarly after the Trayvon Martin incident and nothing changed. Whatever the case may be, as astrologers, we need to be among those who set an example for all that is right and correct, and not be a reflection of the things in society that need to be eradicated.

Bio: Basil Fearrington is the author of The New Way to Learn Astrology, published by Llewelyn Publications. Born and raised in Philadelphia (now living in Delaware), he has been a professional astrologer since 1980, and has spoken at UAC and many other seminars and conferences. Basil manages his late mentor’s site at, teaches the Masters Degree Certification Course, and maintains a full load of clients. He has also taught astrology in South Africa. He is also a professional musician who released his first CD in 2019. He has played with, and/or recorded for, a long list of Grammy-caliber artists that include Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Roberta Flack, and Mary J. Blige. Basil’s astrology blog is at (New Ways Astrology). He can also be contacted at 460 Sweetman Drive, Bear, Delaware 19701.

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