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Mars – Out of Bounds

By Ross O'Brien | March 24, 2021

Artist: Alessandro Cripsta

I know just enough about astrology to know how to read if and when a planetary body is considered to be out of bounds.

Do I understand, technically speaking, why a planet is out of bound and what it means? To be honest, not really.

While the latter bit of information might prevent some of you from reading on, I invite those remaining to join me in a freeform exploration of OOB, specifically of the Martian variety.

I wasn’t able to unequivocally verify if the term “out of bounds” originated from sports. However, I’m having a hard time coming up with another logical explanation for its origin.

To be out of bounds, is for the player or the ball to have moved beyond the boundaries of the established playing field.

The boundaries keep the game alive. Without them, the rules of the game begin to break down and some degree of chaos ensues. There is no goal without both the boundaries and rules.  We need the container for the game to exist — to have a purpose. As a result, to be out of bounds is to exist beyond the rules.

This brings us to the nature of planetary bodies that are considered to have broken through the boundaries — either in a natal chart or by nature of their transit. Per the study of astrology, the nature of the planets then speak to the essence or energetic signature that manifests as a result of their position.

In researching this post, I read something from Tony Howard that said that the OOB signature doesn’t pursue freedom, it IS freedom. If you are out of bounds, then you are not subject to rules or limitations any longer. You are by definition free.

Freedom has a very positive connotation in our culture. However, freedom can turn toxic if it isn’t properly harnessed. That’s a bit of a paradox, isn’t it? That freedom must be channeled or it can destroy us— or devolve us into a chaotic state.

For example, social norms give us rules that make society function in a somewhat cohesive manner. This is a sweeping generalization with lots of problems, so let’s agree to accept some form of this as a general truth so that we can move forward.

We give a lot of credence to living our lives beyond what others think about us. It has become a bit of a cultural adage: no fucks given. There is a socio-cultural desire to live FREE from the expectations of others. Yet, if we follow that freedom to its most radical form, we arrive at sociopathy. If we’re not tethered in anyway to what others think about us, then our sense of empathy and compassion begin to dissolve. Apathy is a type of freedom but it isn’t the kind of freedom that most of us think about when we seek liberative states of being.

This is the crux of OOB, especially in Mars.

OOB Mars can give us a propensity for radical passion and action.

If channeled properly, this energy can be harnessed to challenge social norms, to go against the grain in a manner that generates enough friction to stoke the fire of transformation on a macroscopic scale.

Un-sublimated passion and action can turn to violence. Sublimated passion can yield boundless creativity, social change, and justice.

The OOB signature doesn’t have to play by the same rules. Perhaps because OOB-ness gives us a degree of objectivity to see the faults in the modes of operation that lie within the spectrum of normality or convention.

Whether we are born with a planetary body out of bounds or we are experiencing this signature through a more temporal transit, there is potential to live, if even for a moment, beyond the norms and rules that create conventional/consensus reality. OOB Mars can spark beautiful outcomes because it can give us access to the creative wellspring to solve problems with solutions that exist beyond the spectrum within which the problems themselves exist.

To quote Albert Einstein, whose Moon was out of bounds is Sagittarius, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” This is the true gift of OOB.


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Amanda Gorman

By Mary Plumb | February 17, 2021

“Self-love is revolutionary. We cannot fight for others when we’re fighting a war inside ourselves. Compassion is a power that we first bestow on ourselves & then give away through our actions—to people, to our planet. When we recognize this, that is when love becomes our legacy.” Amanda Gorman,  February 14, 2021

Already an accomplished activist and writer, Amanda Gorman rose to global prominence when she recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021. (1) She was born on March 7, 1998 in Santa Monica, CA.

Without having a birth time, astrologers quickly noted her natal Neptune, Venus and Uranus in Aquarius, being transited by the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury. Natal Venus closely conjunct Neptune, with Uranus close by: Her appearance was beguiling — what beautiful bright colors in her hair and clothing! Her effervescent presence and delivery, her inspirational words (with references to the musical, Hamilton) fit this early Saturn/Jupiter in Aquarius moment perfectly.

Intrepid data collector Steve Stuckey just obtained a copy of her birth certificate: She was born at 4:52 pm in Santa Monica, CA. It’s always a thrill to get an accurate time, and I will make just a few observations. I am mostly excited to share the data with you all, as I know the chart of this charismatic individual is of great interest. (2)

Amanda Gorman
March 7, 1998; 4:52 p.m. PST
Santa Monica, CA (33N50 118W29)
Whole sign houses

Born in the day, Amanda has Virgo rising, Sun in Pisces and Moon in Cancer. Mercury, ruler of the first is at  29°24’ Pisces.

There are lots of ways to interpret Mercury at that degree, but I am immediately drawn to 29°24’ Pisces as it is on the Aries Point, that is 0° of the cardinal signs. To keep it simple: the Aries Point, (the interception between the equator and the ecliptic) or world axis, is considered in Uranian astrology to be a point that reaches the whole world. Planets there have a great potential to reach a wide public, and to receive input from the wider collective; it is thought of as a point of fame.

On another note, Mercury is in the bounds of Saturn: Gorman was born with a speech impediment which she worked very diligently to overcome. According to Wikipedia, she also “has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitive to sound.” (3)

Since she was born in the day, Jupiter is the benefic of sect. It is strongly placed in the angular 7th house and in its own sign, Pisces. Jupiter rules the 7th (other people, contracts, partnerships) and the 4th (home and parents). She was raised by a single mother who is a 6th grade English teacher and she has a twin sister. Gorman graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2020.

The Moon in at home in Cancer, and placed in 11th house of good fortune, benefactors and friends. I think the trine between the lights — the Sun in Pisces, Moon in Cancer — was demonstrated in part by what seemed to be her comfort and ease in such a very public spotlight. (Venus in Aquarius in the 6th is exactly trine to the MC.)

So much more to say, of course, but here are a few a few timing notes: She was 22 in January 2021, an 11th house year (profected from the Ascendant). The Moon in Cancer in the lord of the year for this enormous increase in public recognition. Also, at the inauguration, her progressed Moon was at 19°11’ Taurus (its exaltation), a partile sextile to the natal Moon.

Another significant year in her biography was 2017:  In April, while at Harvard, she was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She was 19, an 8th house profected year:  Mars in rulership in Aries was lord of the year. Talk about a person in a hurry — the executive director of an organization she worked with “called her a ‘powerhouse’ and has joked that her ‘bio goes out of date every two weeks.’”

Forecasters take note: In 2017, she also said that she intends to run for president in 2036.




(2) Amanda Gorman, March 7, 1998; 4:52 p.m., Santa Monica, CA. AA data, birth certificate obtained by Steven Stuckey.

(3) Biographical notes from:


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The Road to Venus is Paved by Saturn: Black Hair and Braids as Structure

By djenneba drammeh | February 10, 2021

I crept into my Saturn return with my hands steeped in oils, tight bits of hair and cotton covering my floor. It was a slow entry to this transit, anticlimactic—what could have taken several hours spanned days and nights to build this new person, one I’d experienced before but could barely remember. Someone untouched by the malefic activations across her third and fourth houses, yet to lose community and homes like spare change in the laundry—glinting and glaring for attention, left behind indefinitely. Toiling gently over two Netflix series to completion, I emerged mostly victorious: green braids swaying down to my hips, tidied in neat parts, framing my face with the emerald glow of my dreams. They weren’t “finished”—these were yarn braids, meant to be clipped at the ends and burned for sealing, but I couldn’t be bothered. No lighter fluid, no care, no patience; I had already done so much. For me, Venusian outcomes are a Saturnian effort.

Sieged by a natal and transiting domicile Saturn on my Imum Coeli, I’ve found myself sleeping on my childhood twin again. From toddler years to pre-pubescence, my mother would perch on my bed as I squeezed into a shrinking white chair wedged between her legs, getting my scalp greased and hair braided for the week to come. She maneuvered my Sunday scaries and dense tight curls with all the nurturing grip they could stand, routinely leaving me ready as I’d ever be for another Monday of hell.

Before my hips could expand any farther outside my seat, I took to washing and handling my own hair on the weekends. It was a step I took as anxiously as the first time I boldly addressed my mother as “Ma,” on the floor of an Ashley Stewart, in lieu of Mommy. I was ready to grow up, to take agency over my body. There was no YouTube for me to study and I resented asking to be shown things; I carved out time and intuitively felt around, gawking in a mirror, trying to recreate the cornrows my mother would neatly construct for me.

Learning to braid my own hair was a massive endeavor in discipline that I routinely took shortcuts on. I tried practicing on my dolls, but their straight synthetic strands flopped around in my hands and only made me angry—everything I built would fall apart. I had to make myself the blueprint to get anywhere. Many nights I would stay up and only half succeed, walking to middle school the next day with half a head of braids and the other half brushed into a bushy ponytail. Looking back I can almost hear Saturn booming at me, “as long as you continue to half ass this, you will continue to look a mess.” My half and three-quarter done hairstyles told me to come correct, to take care with planning, to build with efficiency.

With braids, we build from the root and move out. It’s an Aquarian practice in that nature, to build in a direction away from what’s centered: in this case, our bodies. Growing up, we realize that black hair, along with the black body, is politicized before any of us even learns how to manage it. What is ours so quickly becomes divorced from owner and policed by the world, bullied into styles before we can even discern what excites us. Our hair becomes marginal to our own needs and aesthetics, regarded with contempt and pushed to conform to the mutating ideals of whoever is around. When I visit my father in Atlanta and he spots my curly fro standing tall, full, and free, he presses for a hair taming, sending me off to be braided up and down by a rotating circle of Gambian aunties. For him, braids are the cultural standard, a marker of neatness and sophistication. I oblige and spend a full week in pain, scalp stretched within an inch of its life, unable to sleep without throwing back ibuprofen, and certainly unable to lay on my side or back. In my cosmopolitan hometown of New York City, I’ve heard of black peers referring to braids as inherently ghetto, to my shock.

Confusing messaging aside, it remains a matter of pride to be able to wrangle the shortest of fros into the tightest of braids. It’s a black girl’s rite of passage to find her way around her own hair or her homegirls’—to press; to plait; to sculpt a halo of curls. The hot comb I grew to fear was an agent of Mars, a violent harbinger of burns to my ears, kitchen, and temples. The afro my father and grandmother turn their nose at is a Solar declaration of presence and blackness. The braids I build are not just about fashion, are not a solely Venusian endeavor, but a protective one. These roads to Venus are supportive; a shield; are inherently Saturnian.

It felt appropriate to ease into the exacting of my Saturn Return by indulging in this measured care, celebrating the birthright of building ritual and practice around the very thing I mean to protect, the very thing I’m encouraged to hate. Leaning into this deliberate work for Venusian ends never feels radical or compulsive, it feels like home.

Bio: djenneba drammeh is a writer and second generation astrologer based in the Hellenistic tradition and New York City. They run the blog Girl I’m Trying; co-host the forthcoming podcast Under the Beams; and direct the astro-literary anthology Mercury’s Brood, a collection of astrological essays, poems, and visual art, curated with a black queer feminist lens. djenneba is currently working on her first novel, a Gambian-American narrative steeped in jinns and second-gen cultural dissonance, while also leading the Mercury’s Brood project. Mercury’s Brood is currently fundraising and accepting pre-orders for the first print edition on Kickstarter now.

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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2021

By Gary P. Caton | January 27, 2021

“As our soul, which is air, maintains us, so breath and air surround the whole world.”
— Anaximenes of Miletus, 6th Century BCE (1)

In the previous blog in this series, we noticed how the philosophy of Anaximenes lay the foundation for the Western understanding of the nature of the four elements (via four qualities), as well the system of heavenly spheres by which the Ptolemaic Cosmos was later arranged. (2) Amazing as these innovations in thought were, and as fundamental as they became, Anaximenes took another more radical step in his philosophy. He implied a connection between the microcosm and macrocosm, and thereby lay the foundation for the concept of an Anima Mundi, or World Soul, later formalized by Plato in Timaeus.

In her seminal work on retrogrades, Erin Sullivan refers to this contrast, between the macrocosm or collective and the microcosm or personal, as an important means of focusing the retrograde experience. (3) She notes that the extended stay of Mercury in the element (in this case, Air) is something experienced collectively, by everyone. However, on an individual level, each of us experiences this through the lens of our personal chart, via certain houses. She notes that the collective experience of Mercury retrograde in Air will be defined by an archetypal need to re-examine the meaning of relationship, and the relationship patterns which arise from the techniques we habitually employ. She recommends paying close attention to how one creates, develops and maintains relationships during this time.

For example, in 2008, only 13 years ago (also a Mercury Elemental Year of Air) Facebook became the most visited website in the world. We live now in an age where social media has become an extremely significant part of how we relate to one another. However, as the recent documentary The Social Dilemma illustrates, this trend in how humans relate to one another also has potential negative side effects and consequences. (4) Each one of us has to decide how to deal with this collective dilemma, and that will depend on the houses activated in the personal chart.

In my own book, I went a step further and sorted the houses into four basic combinations, based on the rising sign of an individual nativity. (5) Using the ancient whole sign house method (also employed by modern horoscope writers) in a given nativity, the three signs of the Air triplicity will represent either houses 1,5,9; houses 2,6,10; houses 3,7,11, or houses 4,8,12. I then use the angular house of each of these combinations to define the meaning of the group of three (trigon).

As an example, houses 1,5 and 9 are labeled the Trigon of Identity. It is posited that these retrogrades will most significantly impact the nature of the various social personas available to the person (1st house); the creative outlets which arise from their choice of persona (5th house), and the new horizons which open up as a result of engaging these creative opportunities (9th house). For a more concrete example, I was born in 1968 (also a Mercury Elemental Year of Air) with Aquarius rising; these periods have a long history of being important in my personal development. It was at the end of a Mercury Elemental year of Air (in 2002) that I was first published in the print version of TMA (following a retrograde in Libra, my 9th house). At the next Mercury Elemental Year of Air, specifically during the Aquarius Mercury retrograde in 2008, I posted my first podcast (for which I had consciously chosen the day of the inferior conjunction). I also joined Facebook later that year. So, the persona of an internet astrologer — newly available to humanity at that point, became further activated through social media and podcasting as a way to manage my relationship with the collective. This opened various other creative opportunities. For instance, in 2009 because of a Facebook post I had written, TMA founder Tem Tarriktar invited me to begin blogging for the magazine website. I found new horizons by continuing to engage creatively with this media. In 2015, as the Mercury Elemental Year once again returned to the Air element, I re-branded my podcast according to my burgeoning alignment with Hermetic philosophy. I also hosted my first Sky Astrology Conference (an international event), began work on my book, and connected with a publisher.

Now, as the Mercury retrogrades return to Air once again, it is time for me to re-examine my relationship to social media and podcasting, and more generally my role as a modern astrologer who makes their living via the internet. Beyond the ethical dilemma social media poses, at this point my practice has grown such that I literally don’t have the time to tend to an active online presence. And, if I am honest, my desire to do so has also changed. Fortunately, I have a couple years to try out new and different ways of dealing with my social (Air) identity (houses 1, 5 and 9).

In fact, it’s not just possible but probable that anyone with an Air sign rising will be facing a similar process, though, of course unique to their life story. It should definitely be insightful and helpful to go back over the last few installments of the Mercury Elemental Year of Air — with an eye toward developments in the Identity Trigon of houses, 1, 5 and 9. To this end, here are the last three corresponding entries from the 125-year ephemeris at the back of my book.

Now, let’s look at the other Trigons. Again, using the ancient whole sign (and modern horoscope writer) system for Earth rising signs, the Mercury Elemental Year of Air will activate houses 2, 6 and 10. Because the 10th is related to career, I have dubbed these houses the Trigon of Mastery. It is posited that these retrogrades will most significantly impact the resources, both tangible and intangible, which are available to a person (2nd); the skill sets they develop in learning to manage these resources (6th), and the career that develops as a result of bringing these skills into the public eye (10th). Some of the celebrity examples I use in my book of people with Earth rising signs, and specifically during Mercury Elemental years of Air: Judith Resnick, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Jean Cocteau, Tiger Woods, Georgie Ann Geyser, Bob Hayes, Roy Orbison, and Buddy Holly. A look at the charts and biographies of these people should be instructive on ways to handle this combination.

For Fire rising signs, the Mercury Elemental Year of Air will activate the houses 3, 7 and 11. Because the 7th is about relationships, I have dubbed these houses the Relationship Trigon, and it is posited that these retrogrades will most significantly impact the 7th house of one-on-one relationships; the 11th house of intra-group relationships, and the 3rd house of inter-group relationships. Here we see a somewhat novel concept that I found when examining these trigons: Essentially there are three types of relationships — person-to-person as individuals (7th); person-to-person within a group of common interests (11th), and person-to-person as individuals belonging to different groups (3rd). Some of the celebrity examples I use in my book of people born with Fire rising signs, and, again during Mercury Elemental years of Air, include: Gary Hart, King George III, Martin Heidegger, Barbara Streisand, Anne Frank, Jimi Hendrix, Yo-Yo Ma, Prince Charles, and Marianne Alireza. A look at the charts and biographies of these people should be instructive on ways to handle this combination.

For Water rising signs, the Mercury Elemental Year of Air will activate the houses 4, 8 and 12. Because the 4th is about family, but also legacy, I have dubbed these houses the Trigon of Dynasty. It is posited that these retrogrades will most significantly impact the 4th house of biological family and ancestry; the 8th house of marital, business and extended family, and the 12th house of spiritual family. Some of the celebrity examples I use in my book of people born with Water rising signs (during Mercury Elemental years of Air) include: William Blake, Aretha Franklin, George Sand, Barbara Jordon, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Phil Donohue, Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama), Edith Piaf, and Frank Capra. A look at the charts and biographies of these people should be instructive on ways to handle this combination.

References and recommended reading:

(1) See here for more on Anaximenes, and the other Pre-Socratics:

(2) I outlined the Air year in overview for the TMA blog here.

(3) Sullivan, Erin. Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape. York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, 2000.

(4) The Social Dilemma

(5) Caton, Gary. Hermetica Triptycha Vol I: The Mercury Elemental Year. Auckland, NZ: Rubedo Press, 2017.

Available via publisher Rubedo Press

also on Amazon

Gary P. Caton is an Hermetic practitioner integrating diverse traditions, art forms and practices gathered from his spiritual quest over a full Saturn cycle now. Initiated an astrologer by a magnificent dream in 1993, he’s since become an accomplished counselor, writer, podcaster, teacher, photographer and mage. Gary is the author of Hermetica Triptycha: The Mercury Elemental Year, and host of the popular Hermetic Astrology Podcast. Connect with him at Dream Astrologer.

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There are three types of Capricorn: Stoic, Sensual, and Supernatural

By Mystic Medusa | January 18, 2021

Happy MLK Day!

What a fabulous Capricorn to celebrate on the last day of Capricorn season

There are three types of Capricorn: Stoic, Sensual, and Supernatural. Excitingly, they are not all ruled by Saturn.

Additionally, a Capricorn can segue between these different modes at various points in their life or manifest a hybrid version.

Fittingly for the only chimeric sign of the Zodiac, Capricorns excel at “X by day, Y” by night lifestyles.

Here are the three core types of Capricorn:

Stoic Capricorn

These are the Saturnine ones, Time-God ruled and they know it. They keep score, calculate odds, and set deadlines. They don’t resent rules, they master them. Stoic Capricorns would rather be in a position where they make the regulations, write legislation, or have enough clout to be a formidable challenger.

They’re stoic in that often, from an early age, they define themselves by their ability to endure what others cannot, whether hardship or their self-imposed regime of study or training. Many report an early peak moment when they felt suddenly charged with a distinct ambition or calling.

Temperamentally, they’re drawn to areas with measurable, non-negotiable success metrics: Difficult university degrees, black belts, trophies, and job titles that say ‘boss’ or provide the precise experience/info required. Shunning hubris, they devise ways to leverage their assets or access without false reckonings or profit-destroying pride.

Shunning Hubris, They Unsentimentally Leverage Their Assets
Stoic Capricorns are not moved by baubles or the ‘rich look, although they study successful people and will unquestionably sacrifice so-called leisure to attain their goals. Know them by their air of maturity, polished public statements, and coolness with systems/bureaucracy, even when young.

They’re not scared of self-discipline or accountability, only of failure and time wastage.  Some are admirable, some not so much but whatever they’re up to, you can see that they’re climbing.  These Saturnians are the classic mountain goats, strategizing their next hoof-hold, eyes on the peak, and exerting enormous strength to maintain composure as they rise.

Cold showers, conscious self-control, and spread-sheeted everything aside, they’re purposeful. They often restructure or fortify society, lead, inform, or inspire.

They include Simone de Beauvoir, Jeff Bezos, Christy Turlington, Michelle Obama, Muhammad Ali, Greta Thunberg, Franca Sozzani, Zora Neale Hurston,  Louis Chevrolet, Shulamith Firestone, Alexander Hamilton, Fareed Zakaria, Susan Sontag, Christine Lagarde, Justin Trudeau, and Lebron James.

Sensual Capricorn

The Sensual Capricorns are ruled by nature deity Pan, the Wild God. AKA the Green Man and Cernunnos, Pan represents forests, free love, music, and pagan pleasures. Pan disdains temples – wood glades and waterfalls are his church – and artifices like work or clothes. An animal lover, he demands that no creature be sacrificed in his name. Rather, revere the trees and rivers.

Sensual Capricorns Are Affiliated With Wild God Pan

The Christians took his appearance – Pan is a satyr, half-goat, half-man – and turned it into their devil. Was it the ‘idolatry’ of nature, the God’s penchant for frolicking around looking hot and playing the Pan Pipes? Or all the sex outside of procreation? The word ‘horny’ comes from Pan and in the old days, children born without an obvious father were said to be Pan’s offspring. He is also credited with having a gigantic phallus and being the god of masturbation.

Like his namesake Peter Pan, this God of Sensual Capricorns is forever young. The secret of his youthful vibe? Orgasms and creativity. Unlike belief systems that say sex is depleting, the ethos of Pan is that it nourishes and sustains inspiration.

This is the deity who reigns over the Sensual Capricorns. Know them by their resolute devotion to pleasure,  disdain for shame or judgment, genius artistic instincts, ease in moving through the creative demi-monde, big appetites, nature worship, and innate sex appeal.

The successful ones make their fortune from being charismatic talents, actors, musicians, and painters, etc but their main skill is in giving people permission to be wild themselves. They’re energy magnified, rebel muses for the masses. They hire Saturn people to take care of the details. They’ve got life force to spare, emerging from sex scandals or party decadence mishaps. looking supremely relaxed.

They Emerge From Sex Scandals Looking Supremely Relaxed 

Sensual Capricorns are often nomadic, grounding enough via sex, physical movement, and food to seek their next high. They’re transcendentally minded and you can see them on television talking about karma or Pleiadians and enthusing about everyone in their industry as they eye the exit. But in their heart, they’re in a green valley with bluebirds swooping around, knowing the true name of every single plant and creature.

They include Nigella Lawson, Elvis Presley, Kate Moss, Joe Manganiello, Mary J Blige, Orlando Bloom, FKA Twigs, Sade Anu, Tiger Woods, Ava Gardner, Joe Orton, Marianne Faithfull, Jack London, Skillrex, Donna Summer, Karen Elson, Jared Leto, Stan Lee, Federico Fellini, Dolly Parton, Aaliyah.

Supernatural Capricorn

Supernatural Capricorns are the Mer-Goats, the only hybrid ‘chimera’ creature in the Zodiac. The symbol is based on a story before time or, more likely, pre-flood civilizations whose words and records were destroyed in the Alexandrian library fire. These styles of Capricorns are ruled by the ancient Babylonian Enki, one of the original Annunaki, the pet peeve of many a biblical conspiracy theorist.

Enki is also associated with Odin and Hekate. Odin is the Hanged Man of the Tarot; having suspended himself on the World Tree Yggdrasil, hovering in a weird liminal state to obtain occult secrets. Hekate, like the Saturnine Hermit of the Tarot, carries a light. She walks shadow paths between worlds and lives. Yes, this is the territory of the Supernatural Capricorns. The real story of their mysterious symbol is obscured by time. They’re magicians but it’s Old Magic.

They’re Magicians But It’s Old Magic

They have a mystical awakening early in life, usually something so weird that they pretty much figure out on the spot that they probably should not share it. They’re mature, not because they don’t scream the house down when they get a tax bill or chase people who don’t want them but because their psyche remembers previous existences. They don’t feel old so much as ‘been around’ already.

Regardless of their success, failure, good press, bad press, fans, critics, fortune or no fortune, they’re higher-powered, spiritually guided people who are channeling something rad from another place. It flows through everything they do, sometimes connecting with a vast audience and earning material comforts, sometimes the opposite.

Supernatural Capricorns Are In Kairos Time
Supernatural Capricorns don’t live in Chronos (Saturn) time – they live in Kairos time.  Capricorns like this infuriate the fuq out of people who don’t get how they know things. And it’s not like the Cap aspires to being “spiritual” – they’re not Serenity Signallers, ever. Often when they have their early initiation, the desire is to push it away and go in quest of more socially acceptable goals or guidance.

But they usually end up tuning back in and infusing their magic into their life, work and creations, summoning up that relentless work ethic to do some sort of contemporary alchemy.

The Supernatural Capricorns include David Bowie, Nostradamus, Jeanne D’Arc, David Lynch, Deepa Mehta, Edgar Allen Poe, Marie-Louise Von Franz, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Bly, Andy Kaufman, Mary Karr, Isaac Newton, Louise Bourgeois, Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Gurdjieff, Kahlil Gibran, Charles Addams, Patti Smith, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Hawking,

Time does not allow for an exhaustive list of cool Caps but if you have a favorite Capricorn, please nominate them and the type that you think they are!

Images: Scott Balmer
Thoth Deck – Pan – Frieda Harris

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Chaos in the Capitol: The Epiphany Coup

By Alex Miller | January 10, 2021

We’ve all seen the videos, the shocking display of thousands of Trump supporters swarming the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, the Feast of Epiphany, in a vain attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. It seems some Republican legislators are finally having an epiphany of their own about the dangers of Trumpism, and questioning their former subservience to the President, but we won’t belabor the point.

What I want to do here is explain the celestial factors and precise timing which wrought this debacle, as well as the incredible interconnectedness of specific elements of the story. I chose the pre-colon portion of this title deliberately, because, with the use of asteroids and minor planets, we can see this theme in real-time macrocosmic events which mirror, as always, our microcosmic reality on planet earth.

Because the primary underpinning of the events in D.C. is a square between TNO Chaos and asteroid Washingtonia, embedded into consciousness by the latter’s station retrograde, which occurred one day prior. This is a literal celestial portrayal of “Chaos in Washington,” and it has been some time coming.

Chaos and Washingtonia have been moving toward their waxing square for months, coming to within ten degrees of aspect just a few weeks after the election in November, as Donald Trump’s performance art rejection of his loss began to morph into something more substantial and less reality-based. Trump is a natural agent of Chaos: that minor planet is square to the Sun in his nativity, and he has had transiting Chaos conjunct his Sun for the past five years, since he announced his candidacy. With his Sun/Moon polarity at 22° Gemini and 21° Sagittarius, Trump was the Prime Mover in the chaos about to ensue at the Capitol, stoking conspiracy theories about election theft, and importuning followers to join him in Washington on January 6th for a “wild” day. Minutes before the storming of the Capitol, Trump addressed those who had accepted his invitation to insurrection, exhorting them to march on Congress and make their feelings known. This they did, minutes later.

The day before, Washingtonia had come to its retrograde station at 21° Virgo, within five degrees of its square to transiting Chaos at 26° Gemini. Stationary points are embedded factors in consciousness, the still point upon which the chart revolves, and they exert an influence on character or events disproportionately greater than would normally be the case. Washingtonia at station said, “prepare for something BIG!” The precise manifestation of this was colored by Chaos’ nature, which is to evoke confusion, disorder, pandemonium and anarchy. We’ve certainly seen plenty of that.

A second contributing cause was the square developing between asteroid America and Uranus, which became exact at 6° Aquarius and Taurus on January 5th. America had been traveling with asteroid Bida, the closest celestial referent to Biden, in an extended conjunction that lasted from early summer through the autumn, but had now separated, with Bida sprinting ahead. This allowed the nation to identify with and become acclimated to the concept of a Biden presidency, at the crucial juncture, through the convention, the campaign and the election itself. But Bida and America were no longer one team in the heavens, and as the new year dawned, America was approaching a square to Uranus, the planet of rebellion and upheaval. Portions of the country were ripe for what they have termed a Second American Revolution and Civil War 2, and the confluence of the Washingtonia station squared Chaos — with the perfection of the America/Uranus square on the same day — provoked the abortive Epiphany Coup. With America was inflammatory Jupiter at 4° Aquarius, heightening tensions and expanding the Uranian volatility, as well as Saturn at 2° Aquarius, focusing the ire of the masses on the government generally, and the legislature specifically.

So much for the more macro elements of the macro. Let’s twist that celestial kaleidoscope one more level and refine the story even more because we can pinpoint the particulars more precisely, especially the venue for the riots.

Both the Senate chamber and the House of Representatives were targeted and desecrated in the insurrection. The Senate is ably depicted by asteroid Senator, which at 19° Sagittarius ties to Chaos by opposition, and Washingtonia by square. Completing a Grand Cross is Neptune at 18° Pisces, adding its special blend of confusion, deception, fantasy or inability to accept reality, and fanatical zealotry displayed by many of the crowd, all of which should be obvious in their application to the story.

A second Grand Cross incorporates asteroid House, a useful designation for the House of Representatives, which at 21° Cancer opposes the Sun at 16° Capricorn, putting the House in focus for the day, as well as Pluto at 24° Capricorn, prompting criminal activity and the display of raw power. The crossbar of the pattern is a conjunction of TNO Eris at 23° and Mars at 29° of hotheaded Aries, and the Moon in Libra, more of which later. Eris represents strife and division, and populations which consider themselves to be marginalized, abused or in some way disrespected; Mars is anger and violence. Again, their place in the saga should be apparent.

The Moon represents the people, the masses; when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveled in the Congress at 1:05 p.m. EST for their certification of Biden’s victory, the proximate cause of the rebellion, the Moon at 21° Libra was exactly squaring House. It had transited to 22° Libra before the Capitol was actually breached, and proceeded to 23° Libra, exactly opposing Eris, as the sack continued for hours. Similarly, Mars made its ingress into more slothful Taurus during the riot, at about 5:28 p.m. EST, as things were winding down in a leisurely fashion, and just before the DC mayor’s 6 p.m. curfew began.

We’ve now established more of the venue and associated energies. Let’s give another twist to the kaleidoscope, and see some of the key players. U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was the first to object to certifying Biden’s win, when he disputed Arizona’s electoral votes. Asteroid Paul at 26° Virgo conjoins Washingtonia and squares Chaos exactly. Asteroid Gosal is the closest the cosmos can currently provide to his surname; at 17° Cancer, Gosal conjoins House and opposes the Sun by one degree. This effectively aligns Paul Gosar with both Grand Crosses for the day.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the first to sign on to Gosar’s objection, giving it official sanction and prompting debate. Born Rafael Edward Cruz, he is represented by asteroid Cruz, which at 18° Aries conjoins Eris, squaring the Sun and House, while opposing the Moon. Asteroid Rafaelta (a feminine form of Rafael – the cosmos is gender-blind) at 19° Pisces conjoins Neptune and ties Cruz to the other Grand Cross. Additionally, asteroid Eduarda, (a Portuguese feminine variant of Edward) appears at 14° Gemini, exactly opposing Whitehouse, portraying Cruz’ servile adherence to the President’s agenda.

One rioter was shot and killed by Capitol Police: 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and avid Trump supporter. Her adherence to Trump can be seen in asteroid Ashley (more traditional spelling of Ashli), which at 15° Pisces conjoins Neptune (making her a martyr for her cause?) and squaring Whitehouse, which is conjoined by asteroid Babette (closest phonetically to Babbitt) at 16° Sagittarius. Babette also conjoins asteroid Senator, for the Senate corridor where she met her end. Her death is prefigured in a Thor’s Hammer, a fated pattern similar to a Yod, created by Ashli and Babette squared each other and both sesquiquadrate to asteroid Atropos at 1° Leo, named for the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death.

And what of Donald J. Trump? Never fear, he’s right there in the thick of it, as any good agent of Chaos would be. The President is represented by asteroid Troemper, which at 21° Taurus is in a T-square, opposing asteroid Nemesis at 25° Scorpio and squared Damocles at 24° Aquarius. Nemesis indicates ruin, downfall and undoing, often self-created; Damocles is the doom hanging overhead, disaster just waiting to fall. As the Prime Mover in this insurgency, Trump’s celestial association with these energies is more than apt.

But Troemper also conjoins TNO Sedna at 27° Taurus, a point which represents isolation; growing calls for Trump’s removal from office, by whatever means, before the final two weeks of his tenure have expired, and defections from even stalwart former supporters in the administration, Cabinet and GOP at large have increased. Due to his failed Epiphany Coup, Donald Trump could find himself increasingly isolated, with the realization that the ruin and pending doom he has created, just may be his own.

Bio: Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, specializing in deep space points and minor bodies of the solar system. A past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society and currently a member of the board for the Philadelphia chapter of NCGR, Alex is the author of The Black Hole Book, detailing the use of black holes in astrological interpretation, and Cat o’ Nine Tales, a memoir of his cat rescue work. He has been chronicling the effects of asteroids and other minor bodies since 2005, much of which can be found at his website: alexasteroidastrology. Alex can be reached at

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A very wealthy woman….

By Mary Plumb | December 24, 2020

MacKenzie Scott was married to Jeff Bezos from 1993 to 2019. She worked closely with her husband to develop Amazon and the $38 billion divorce settlement made her the third-wealthiest woman in the world.

A month after the divorce, MacKenzie signed the Giving Pledge, an organization whose “stated goal is to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give at least half of their net worth to philanthropy, either during their lifetime or upon their death.” (1)

In 2020, she has given over $4 billion in gifts to a range of organizations. Her philanthropy has been unusual, not only in how “quickly and without much hoopla” she choose the nonprofits to help, but also selecting organizations that are often over-looked in philanthropic circles. (2) The traditionally Black institutions, Morehouse College and Howard University, community colleges, women-led organizations and non-profits focused on racial equality, LGBTQ equality, democracy and climate change are some of the 384 organizations (from each state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.) that were gifted this year.

When she first announced her intentions, Scott wrote: “There’s no question in my mind that anyone’s personal wealth is the product of a collective effort, and of social structures which present opportunities to some people, and obstacles to countless others.” (3)

MacKenzie Scott has the Sun in Aries ruling the Leo 5th house; the Moon in Taurus is Lord of the Cancer 4th, both luminaries are in their signs of exaltation. There are five planets in Taurus in the 2nd house — the sign of money in the house of money.

MacKenzie Scott
April 7, 1970
6:20 a.m. PST
San Francisco, CA
(all charts: Whole sign houses, True node)

With Aries rising, the chart ruler Mars is at 22°15′ Taurus. This is on the fixed star Capulus, the right hand of Perseus raising a sword to slay Medusa. Capulus is connected to strong, direct, focused energy.

Venus in her home sign Taurus, conjunct the exalted Moon is powerfully magnetizing. The first seven degree of Taurus are also Venus’s bounds; both Venus and Moon are in these degrees, thus, both are even more graced with Venus’s significations.

Venus rules the Taurus 2nd house of money and the Libra 7th of partners — the husband is tied to the wealth.

She was married on September 4, 1993. Transits that day show Mars (1st Lord) and Jupiter (8th Lord) exactly conjunct at 15° Libra in her 7th. Using profections (from the Ascendant), she was 23 and in a 12th house year, making Jupiter the Lord of the Year. Natal Jupiter is in the 8th house of money shared and gained from partnership.

Biwheel: Inner: Scott, natal; Outer: Sunrise chart, wedding day, September 4, 1993.

When the couple announced their divorce on January 9, 2019, transiting Mars was 5°45′ Aries (in the 1st) opposite Uranus in 7th. Transiting Uranus was at 28° Aries, exactly conjunct the Ascendant.

Biwheel: Inner: Scott, natal; Outer: Sunrise chart, divorce announcement, January 9, 2019.

She was 48, a 1st house year; with Aries rising, Mars is the Lord of the Year. I love the image of Mars, always important for her as Lord of the Ascendant and Sun, and empowered by Capulus’s fierceness and will to cut through the red tape, shall we say, to get something meaningful accomplished.

Scott was born during the day, so the Sun in Aries is the sect light. Placed just above the horizon, the Sun in the 18th degree is one degree away from the 19th, the exalted degree. This is commanding sense of individuality and expressiveness, connected to the Leo 5th house of children and creativity. A mother of four (three sons and an adopted daughter from China), she is author who won an American Book Award in 2006 for her novel, The Testing of Luther Albright. She also founded an anti-bullying organization, Bystander Revolution, in 2014, another echo of Mars/Capulus.

The prenatal solar eclipse, set for the place of birth can hint at the overarching themes and purpose of the life. A month before her birth there was a total solar eclipse at 16°44’ Pisces.

Prenatal solar eclipse: March 7, 1970, 9:42 a.m. PST, San Francisco, CA

The chart has 26° Taurus rising (fixed star Algol), with Venus on her degree of exaltation, 27° Pisces. The Pisces stellium is in the 11th of social concerns; the ruler Jupiter also rules the 8th house of joint resources and is placed in the 7th of marriage. Again, a fortuitous connection between money and resources, philanthropy and partnerships.

References and footnotes:

(1) Biographical data: Wikipedia
AstroDatabank MacKenzie Scott, AA data.

(2) N.Y.Times

(3) Medium

(4) This technique can be useful if there is an unknown birth time; here are some earlier blogs on the subject.

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A Silver Lining in Aquarius: Engineering the Future with the 2020 Jupiter–Saturn Cycle

By Raye Robertson | December 16, 2020

In their roles as social “engineers,” Jupiter and Saturn can only work with the raw materials we provide — especially the “story” we tell ourselves about life on this planet Earth and our roles in that life. From our chosen narrative flows a great deal of power: to extract and deploy the Earth’s resources; to determine whom and what we will value, or not; to decide whose needs and talents will be served and cultivated, and whose will not.

Do we, as economist/author David Korten puts it, continue arranging our society and economy — and our ability to live as a coherent body politic — around the “Sacred Money & Markets” story, or around a less-destructive “Sacred Life & Living Earth” story? (1) These choices have long-term consequences that we’re already seeing in today’s climate change and geopolitical turmoil (often tightly interrelated); however, in 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will be offering us an opening for change. As we’ll discuss ahead, the tone of that change is uncomfortably up for grabs.

Both stories speak to the “limits of growth.” In the first story, these limits are ignored in favor of short-term gain to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and stockholders, and any risks to health and environment are simply offloaded onto consumers/taxpayers. The second story redefines GDP so that business practices and products are judged for their long-term effects on communities, health, and the environment: Positive effects are net gains; negative effects are net losses. This simple realignment of our core values would be revolutionary — it’s happening already in small ways around the country — but the new Jupiter–Saturn cycle in Aquarius may provide an opening for a broader shift.

A Winding Down
This cycle begins at 0°+ Aquarius on December 21, 2020 and will be a “mutation conjunction,” the first in a long series of Jupiter–Saturn cycles beginning in air signs. This element-based series will last approximately 200 years, until 2219, if we allow that the 2159 Scorpio cycle in water is anomalous, as was the 1980 Libra cycle in air (interrupting the 1842–2020 stretch of earth cycles). Profound changes usually follow a mutation conjunction, so dramatic possibilities lie ahead.

We’re not quite there yet, though, and as the current Taurus cycle (2000) winds down, we’re seeing global instability dismantling the social orders in many places, including in the United States. The 2016 election was a shattering experience, only deepening the fractures in our body politic — this has happened before, and it wasn’t pretty.

Confidence in our economic system and jobs market is shaky as well: Will we all be just “gig” workers in the future? Will we be automated out of a job entirely? Despite some statistical signs of widespread progress — and hopeful possibilities on the horizon, which we’ll discuss — there is deep reason for concern.

The astrology of the past four years has been crazy intense, so the recent turbulence and the constructive developments have likely prepared us for the dramatic Aquarian shift that is upon us. (2) Of course, even under the influence of change-oriented Aquarius, positive outcomes are far from guaranteed. Aquarius also has a dark side that we’ll consider, so while there will be reason for hope, there will also be clear potential pitfalls.

One of the most stubborn pitfalls is our default mode of perpetual war and economic struggle/stagnation — both raise serious future concerns for this new Aquarius cycle. How do we live in the predicted “jobless economy”? How do we deal with the insidious connection between climate change, ecocide, and geopolitical turmoil as millions of people continue being displaced? Aquarius can be a pragmatic problem-solver, but again, the “story” that we build our solutions around will mean everything.

The old order has seemingly continued to deteriorate during the last years of this waning cycle (Election 2016 certainly spoke to this), but perhaps there’s a silver lining and an opportunity for lasting change coming in 2020. We will need to consciously shape this new reality.

The Jupiter–Saturn System
The Jupiter–Saturn cycle functions as a system within and dynamically related to the broader solar system. Systems analyst Donella Meadows notes that “behavior is latent within the structure” and that systems therefore cause their own behaviors! (3) In other words, how a society structures (Saturn) its economy — beginning with its short- or long-term focus — will determine its behavior (Jupiter) and, by extension, who benefits and who does not.

For instance, in the buoyant drive for growth and expansion, Jupiter is always challenging “the odds” laid down by Saturn, whether in a casino or in our national economy. Co-ruling Pisces with Neptune, Jupiter tends toward excessive behavior: Gambling away a paycheck out of deluded optimism gets old real fast; building a house on a flood plain or a coastline in the future may soon seem much the same. Similarly, societies don’t solve problems in a vacuum — their efforts reflect cultural values and biases, ideologies and power dynamics, and this context (“story”) absolutely influences priorities and outcomes.

Location (Saturn) is a more literal context, but equally important. Population overshoot (Jupiter) within resource-and space-limited environments (Saturn) can be disastrous for animal species and for humans. Other areas may actually benefit from population growth. Likewise, some locations or environments are poorly suited for certain activities, e.g., taking risks with fire (Jupiter rules fire sign Sagittarius) in a drought-prone region (Saturn).

Every society needs to strike a working balance between risk-taking (Jupiter) and restraint/responsibility (Saturn), but businesses and national economies that rapidly expand with insufficient long-term focus (Saturn/Aquarius) and underlying substance (Saturn/Capricorn) often become insolvent. (4) The 2007–08 financial crisis was a very rude wake-up call in this regard.

Jupiter’s focus is by nature short term, however, and it tends (if unrestrained) to transfer any risks it takes to others (for example, to consumers through higher prices or to workers through layoffs), avoiding responsibility. Jupiter makes 2.5 revolutions for every one Saturn revolution, so there’s a natural tension between short- and long-term focus and between freedom and responsibility, which tips out of balance very easily. Needless to say, transpersonal planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto interact with Saturn and Jupiter in all of this, but on the nuts-and-bolts level of society, Saturn provides the context and Jupiter drives the output.

Because a U.S. focus is central to this analysis, we’ll consider the astrological highlights of those years alone, but also in reference to the U.S. Sibly chart.

The U.S. Jupiter and Saturn
The Sibly chart captures the primacy of Jupiter in the U.S. national character: Jupiter rules the chart’s Sagittarius Ascendant and the 1st house of identity/personality, and co-rules our Pisces (Equal) 4th house, suggesting that we’re always looking to expand on the “homeland.”

All charts are calculated in Equal houses and the Mean Node.

Chart 1:
United States (Sibly chart), July 4, 1776. 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA

This connection reflects our naturally optimistic national character — in keeping with Jupiter/Pisces, we see ourselves as the “Big Fish in a Small Pond” (the world). We project pride (Sagittarius rising), and if we’re not seizing an opportunity or reaching for the next plateau, we feel this lack in our collective “gut.” Clearly, America has a Jupiterian soul, for better or worse.

Sibly Jupiter inhabits the chart’s “other”-oriented 7th house, where it closely conjoins Venus and is exalted as part of the larger 7th/8th-house Cancer grouping (including Venus, the Sun, and Mercury). Jupiter’s expansive impulses are simply enshrined in this chart, only somewhat checked by its over-wide square to Saturn in Libra.

Jupiter is naturally associated with the 9th house, whose Leo cusp in the Sibly chart is ruled by the Cancer Sun; this reflects the influence that economic growth issues (Jupiter conjunct Venus) have always had on the nation’s vitality, its Executive (Sun), and its international relations (9th). Bill Clinton’s 1990s mantra, “It’s the economy, stupid,” said it all.

Saturn in Libra is also exalted in the 11th (Equal) house, focused on limiting and structuring (“checks and balances”) our government and on empowering Wall Street (2nd-house Pluto in Saturn-ruled Capricorn). As co-ruler of Aquarius with tech-oriented Gemini Uranus, Saturn infuses our national Aquarius Moon (the “People”) with a drive for technical innovation (explaining our impressive history of invention). But Libra Saturn is also disposited by Cancer Venus, which conjoins Jupiter.

This relationship challenges Saturn’s restraint with Venus and Jupiter’s expansive material priorities and ambitions — perhaps explaining why scientists (11th-house Saturn co-ruling Aquarius) who warn against limitless growth (Jupiter) agendas because of climate change have been so undermined. We’ve had a real love–hate relationship with regulation and restraint (and scientific fact, where convenient), but less is not always better when it comes to regulation and restraint. It’s not hard to imagine, for instance, that undermining — instead of strengthening — the Environmental Protection Agency’s air and water pollution standards will be disastrous going forward. This new cycle should help us to strike a more constructive Jupiter–Saturn balance.

The Unfinished “New Order”
Saturn conjoined Pluto for their new cycle at 22° Capricorn on January 12, 2020 — a highly significant moment for two reasons: (1) Both planets are meeting within a 5° orb of Sibly Pluto, and (2) Saturn reawakens the 1993 Uranus–Neptune conjunction point (19° Capricorn) to get there. This 1993 event marked the so-called inevitable threshold between the post–World War II/Cold War order and the postmodern, globalized new order. This “new order” has disrupted jobs and security for millions, but the super-wealthy have profited enormously, so it’s a difficult order to reverse.

This new cycle follows the November 1982 cycle, when Saturn conjoined Pluto in late Libra. Far too much happened during this roughly 38-year period to recount here, but it’s notable that the new 2020 Saturn–Pluto cycle debuts square to where the November 1982 cycle began. This is not the norm, so perhaps the reinvention of the “old order” — e.g., the U.S. economy — is far from over. Again, there are two starkly different visions for the future out there, and what may seem “inevitable” is really a choice.

Jupiter’s conjunction with Pluto happened in April 2020, shortly after Saturn’s, enhancing the effects of Pluto’s Sibly return in 2022. Inflated defense budgets and national debt are likely (Sibly Pluto opposes 7th-house ruler, Mercury) — perhaps the reason global trade deals are often sold as being “good for national security.” We’ve perhaps witnessed this most markedly in the past four years in the Trump administration’s confrontational approach to U.S. trade with China. Our choices ahead will determine whom the economic order works for in the U.S. and elsewhere, and whom it doesn’t serve. Perpetuating systemic poverty (a clear misuse of Jupiter-Pluto) is a sure way to inspire terrorism and war. (5) Yet even this week we see the wealthiest Congress on record struggle to agree on even a modest Covid aid package that families impacted by the pandemic’s economic fallout are desperately awaiting.

Clearly, to steer us more constructively, our leaders must be up to the challenge, and they must have our cooperation. Our innate divisions were leveraged to horrific effect during the years of Saturn–Pluto’s 1982 cycle; we’ve either supported others’ wars for dubious reasons (e.g., the 1980s Iran–Iraq War) or have become enmeshed in our own long-term Middle East entanglements (the first Gulf War and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq). Hopefully we can unite for more than marching off to war going forward. This will require very conscious intention: The Plutonian players who benefit from perpetual war and discord — the environment and “masses” be damned — are brilliant manipulators.

Now, let’s look at Jupiter and Saturn’s big “debut” in Aquarius.

Conscious Engineering with Jupiter and Saturn
The conscious engineering of a social order that fits our collective needs for the coming generations will be the whole point of this cycle. In fact, an Aquarius cycle seems to be a rare gift: Jupiter and Saturn last launched their cycle in that sign in 1405, and this won’t happen again until 2199! Not only that, but we’ll get the benefit of the entire sign with the cycle launching at 0°: Saturn will remain potent throughout its 2½ years in Aquarius (the sign it co-rules with Uranus), and by the time the 2040 Jupiter–Saturn cycle begins in Libra, Jupiter will have made two complete passages through Aquarius, stimulating that “engineering” project. It’s as though the Cosmos would like us to make the most of this rare gift while we can.

The year 1405 was not the “good old days” by any stretch, but it was a significant period for human civilization, which bridged the Middle Ages and Renaissance humanism. In this transition, human beings became valued; they were no longer just degenerate sinners, waiting for salvation in the next life. The world woke up to human potential and the idea that working to benefit society is a path to human fulfillment. Fast-forward six centuries to 2020, and a new Aquarius cycle could help humanity to build on those 15th-century ideals. Conscious action will be key.

There’s one problem, though: Our American “social contract” is very brittle. As with any society built on laws, American society is sustained by the implied agreement underlying citizenship: We enjoy “inalienable rights” (within the limits of the law), and in turn we take on certain responsibilities toward the society as a whole and toward each other. Trouble is, we can’t seem to agree what those rights and responsibilities are anymore.

A society and its economy would theoretically be much simpler to run if human needs and rights, the environment, and ethical considerations didn’t matter — if only the fit (and who would determine that?) deserve to survive, and the rest simply fade willingly into the shredding social fabric. This dystopian choice of societies would enshrine the “Sacred Money & Markets” story for the foreseeable future.

The other possibility — a society that rediscovers, values, and cultivates human potential and is willing to craft a new social contract, a new “American Dream” that fits today’s realities — is less cinematic but far more hopeful. It may look a bit like Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for Realists. (6) We’re living in a “bleak paradise,” he says, because we’ve come a long way from medieval times (the last time Jupiter–Saturn launched a cycle in Aquarius), but we’ve lost a vision of progress, and for that we need to rediscover utopian thinking.

We may not accept Bregman’s ideas about utopia, and we will hopefully never accept the dark, disturbing homegrown views of utopia (e.g., returning to a “white homeland”) that Election 2016 re-energized, but we can’t quibble about the human need to know what progress might look like. This coming cycle will support pragmatic utopian visions and movement, if we’ve created resilient social/economic structures to fit the need. As we’ve seen in 2020, the balsamic end-times of this waning cycle have targeted and stressed all our financial, health and political systems, but these challenges have also raised our awareness of how critical such systems and structures are for human well-being. The cost has been incredibly heavy, but perhaps we can now better see what seriously needs to change going forward.

No Holds Barred
Set for Washington, D.C. on December 21, 2020, the new Jupiter–Saturn cycle chart shows 1° Aries rising, with Chiron three degrees into the 1st house and with the 9th-house Sun–MC–Mercury conjunction at the cardinal World Point of 0° Capricorn, square the Ascendant–Descendant horizon and Chiron.

Chart 2: Jupiter–Saturn Cycle of 2020: December 21, 2020; 12:08:17 p.m. ST.; Washington D.C.

This is an aggressive, no-holds-barred chart, and with chart ruler Mars dignified in the Aries 1st house, and discordant, disruptive sidekick Eris whispering in his ear, there’s a sort of “Mad Max” energy about it. Pluto reinforces this, squaring Mars–Eris from a 10th-house seat of power. This feels like a significant turning point for the nation, and we have to wonder what these three planetary gods are plotting.

Brute, divisive force in the service of a Plutonian agenda can produce scorched-earth destruction — terrorism is not off the table, unfortunately. But Aries can also light a fire under the slower, plodding energies of earthy Pluto to push a different type of transformation. If calls for a Bernie Sanders–style “revolution” are still afloat, this may be the time to start one. Bill McKibben’s support for “waging war on climate change” may finally resonate. (7)

Transiting Pluto in the cycle chart is within a 4° orb of its Sibly return position, and the “no holds barred” points described above (cycle Ascendant, Chiron, and Mars–Eris in Aries) span the Sibly 4th–5th houses, suggesting that American power will be transformed by grassroots action and collective emotion.

Chart 3: Inner wheel: U.S. Sibly chart, July 4, 1776, 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA; Outer wheel: Jupiter-Saturn Cycle conjunction, December 21, 2020; 12:08:17 p.m. ST.

This can be perfectly welcome and constructive, but if conditions haven’t defused the recent, Internet-enabled “angry mob” phenomenon we’ve seen, things could sour quickly. (8)

Cyber-crime and terrorism (radicalism takes many forms and has many sources) may escalate, and surveillance will increase accordingly. Civil rights and the “security state” will be hot topics, with good reason.

The cycle chart Pluto trines Sibly Neptune in Virgo, which is at the north bending of the transiting Gemini–Sagittarius nodal axis, with cycle chart Neptune transiting at the south bending in Pisces. This should help to release toxic emotion; however, with the transiting North Node conjunct 7th-house Sibly Mars, that release could itself be volatile, projected outward onto perceived “enemies,” from inside or outside the country. These dynamics have deep roots in American life, but this new cycle could escalate existing situations.

The Pisces Moon strikes a softer note, rising at the cycle chart’s horizon (and in the Sibly 4th), but its waxing square to the cycle Sun in the Sibly 1st house reinforces the cycle’s problem-solving thrust. Re-imagining American identity is job #1 here, but this Moon, which rules the cycle chart’s Cancer IC and sextiles Jupiter–Saturn–Pluto (widely), also reflects an opening for basic grassroots (IC) economic issues, like food and shelter.

Jupiter and Saturn are elevated in the cycle’s (see chart 2) 10th house at 0°28’ Aquarius, widely conjunct Pluto and, by similar orb, square Mars–Eris. The Sibly progressed Moon at 2° Aquarius will conjoin the cycle point at that time (chart not shown), so the country should be emotionally attuned to this cycle’s agenda.

Jupiter and Saturn also square 2nd-house Uranus in Taurus, which disposits this cycle, pointing to a drive for lucrative, high-profile developments in technology. When seen with the Sibly chart (see chart 1), this square spans the Sibly 2nd (cycle Jupiter–Saturn) and 5th houses (cycle Uranus).

Clearly a key player in this cycle, Uranus in Taurus will hopefully drive earth-friendly technological developments, but we’ll need constructive ways to channel the distracting intrigue of Mars–Eris square Pluto and the Neptune-enhanced toxic emotions. Otherwise, developments, such as a new high-tech generation of weapons (a nuclear arms race with North Korea?) and mercenary warriors (or robots who push the limits of military ethics for free), could become the default. There’s a lot at stake here.

Earth-Centered Revolution in an Air Sign?
In the Jupiter–Saturn cycle’s 2nd house/Sibly 5th house, Uranus can, on the other hand, invigorate our material/financial values, informing the policies and creative initiatives we bring forward. Let’s remember the significance of this mutation conjunction in air, ironically disposited by an earthy Uranus! A positive, earth-centered Uranian revolution is long overdue, and one infused with Taurus’s common sense can inspire technologies that solve real problems, such as:

• rebuilding our crumbling or outdated infrastructures (roads, bridges, etc.) with sustainable materials that can withstand earthquakes, prevent sinkholes, and so on.

• producing new technologies that improve resource stocks (energy, land/soil, drinking water, clean air, bandwidth) and their efficient use. Our electric grid (Aquarius) is in dire need of updating. China is slated to have 20 million electric cars on the road by late 2020 — what are we waiting for?

• producing technologies and infrastructures that help to prevent and predict — rather than cause — environmental disasters, epidemics, and cyber-terrorism, and that help us to respond more effectively when such things happen.

• educating the next generation of Americans to be “makers, not takers,”11 creating the jobs they need to thrive and the support systems they need in order to have a voice (a new re-imagined era of labor unions?).(9)

Redefining our GDP to promote this list of priorities over technologies that simply overwhelm our landfills and churn “free market” dollars seems like a more sustainable choice.

History offers interesting precedents: Uranus transited Taurus in the 1850s and the 1930s, both periods of industrial development and material progress preceding major wars. After each war, the infrastructures and inventions that were created (railroads in the 1860s, our manufacturing base in the 1940s) were repurposed for economic expansion. We’ve also seen this happen with the Internet (originally the military’s “Arpanet”) — a Cold War–era invention. Perhaps war doesn’t have to be the only motivation for developing infrastructures.

In Concrete Economics, the authors describe both these periods in history as experiments in social design, the opening of new economic spaces that entrepreneurs could latch onto and run. (10) Both periods featured a tangible mass “giveaway” that profited generations to come and triggered enduring growth: the 1862 Homestead Act (land given to those willing to settle the western territories), and the post-WWII GI Bill (health care, money for education, and home loans for returning military).

The coming Taurus-disposited Aquarius cycle should support a “concrete economics” agenda — tangible progress that’s grounded in practical reality and widely shared. It could provide an opening for that revolutionary “Living Earth Economy.” Affordable (even free)

may be the next great “gift that keeps on giving.” How else will American workers face the daunting challenges ahead?

Pitchforks and Driverless Vehicles
Technology (autonomous vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and more) is fast replacing human workers in a host of fields, and as discussed, talk of a jobless economy is hitting the airwaves. In 2016, truck-driving employed 1.6 million Americans and was the #1 job in 29 U.S. states. (11) Driverless vehicles, trucks, and drones are starting to eliminate some jobs.

The same justification used in the 1990s to send jobs overseas to cheaper labor sources is now used to automate jobs: “If we will just keep developing our skills with the times, we’ll always have jobs.” In theory, yes — but globalization has proved that theories don’t pay the bills. Not to worry! Bregman’s Utopia for Realists (see footnote #8) proposes a universal basic income that subsidizes people’s needs so that severely shortened work weeks (or joblessness altogether) can liberate them for more interesting pursuits. Really?

Importantly, Pluto will follow Jupiter and Saturn into Aquarius in March 2023, and the basic rationale for our re-envisioned society will be difficult to change thereafter. The disenfranchised will not simply “go gentle into that good night” at that time. Faced with nothing to lose, they’re more likely to “rage, rage …” (12) Extremist movements grow in the shadows until opportune moments embolden them. The fascism of the 1930s is largely considered an Aquarian phenomenon, and the new Aquarius cycle could be twisted for that purpose.

In 2014, progressive activist/billionaire Nick Hanauer famously said, “The pitchforks are coming for us plutocrats.”(13) He was on the right track but off by a few years, astrologically.

Holding Court over Sane Technologies
This is a good point at which to consider Venus’s role in the Jupiter–Saturn cycle chart (Chart 2). At 7° Sagittarius, she is holding court in Jupiter’s sign, in his natural 9th house of ethics, education, and foreign affairs. Out of orb for a sextile to the Jupiter–Saturn cycle point, she quincunxes and disposits Uranus in Taurus, so she wields clout. Ethical considerations raised by Venus and Jupiter here will be critical during the Jupiter–Saturn cycle — especially when Pluto’s ingress into Aquarius in 2023 raises the stakes. Any ethical conflicts at that point in time (especially with regard to technology) will become all the more influenced by vested economic interests.

Howard Sasportas reminded us that Uranus (and thus Aquarius) can tend to “unleash horrors on the world in the name of advancement and progress. Or when utopian ideals (as in the French Revolution) don’t take into account the realities of human nature, they convolute and turn in on themselves, sometimes strangling almost everyone in the process.” (14)

So, the great challenge of the 21st-century Aquarius cycle is to mesh the ideals of humanism with positive, realistic innovations in technology — especially technological solutions to problems impacting human well-being and the environment. Hopefully, we will also come to grips with what Sheila Jasanoff calls “the ethics of invention,” which she argues touches everything we experience these days. (15)

These ethical considerations evoke Venus in Sagittarius, opposite Sibly Uranus in Gemini and quincunx Sibly Jupiter in Cancer. Perhaps the compelling (but at times, discordant) interests of consumerism, ethics, and the “common good” (Uranus disposits the Sibly Moon, the People) can be more consciously addressed.

Can technology also help to rebuild our ailing democratic institutions? In an article in The Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch proposes that American politics “went insane” because we have gradually undermined our political infrastructures (including party and Congressional “middlemen” who bridge the divides in constructive ways). He argues that we’ve replaced working political structures with systemic chaos, removing incentives for compromise and deal-making. (16) Surely, with Jupiter–Saturn providing the warm-up act for Pluto’s transformative force, we can rebuild our political infrastructures to better serve the business at hand.

Final Thoughts
It’s worth mentioning that Sibly progressed Jupiter and Saturn are both retrograde at the commencement of the 2020 Jupiter–Saturn cycle — Jupiter turned Rx by progression in 1905, and Saturn followed suit in 1997. There were significant shifts in U.S. public policies and the economy during both of these periods: Teddy Roosevelt promoted Progressive Era policies (breaking up overgrown corporate monopolies, famously) from 1900 to 1909. The economic boom during Bill Clinton’s presidency (1992–2000) produced a surge of jobs and higher wages, and in keeping with Saturn’s diminished force, he pushed to dismantle many regulations (including the Glass-Steagall Act, which established banking reforms in part to restrict excessive speculation in the financial industry). This deregulation supported the tech-driven growth spurt of that time, but it also produced the infamous dotcom bubble that burst in 2001. Bottom line, progressed motion for these planets does seem to matter in our economy.

That said, Sibly progressed Jupiter goes direct in July 2025, less than five years into the Aquarius cycle. We may see a discernible shift in economic policies at that time and a tendency toward inflation. Just one more thing to watch and manage — consciously!

Clearly, this analysis has only grazed the surface of this momentous mutation conjunction in air sign Aquarius. The deeper character and personality of this cycle will emerge gradually as the various phases unfold, and the following dates are key:

• August 19, 2024, First Quarter square: Jupiter at 17° Gemini; Saturn Rx at 17° Pisces
• December 22, 2029, opposition: Jupiter at 19° Scorpio; Saturn Rx at 19° Taurus
• April 25, 2035, Last Quarter square: Jupiter at 29° Aries; Saturn at 29° Cancer

The next air cycle will commence on October 31, 2040 at 18° Libra, and so the wheels keep spinning!

References and Notes

(All URLs were accessed in December 2020.)

(1) David C. Korten, Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015.

(2) This blog is an updated version of the author’s article, A Silver Lining in Aquarius: Engineering the Future with the 2020 Jupiter–Saturn Cycle, published in TMA April 2017. Raye wrote in detail about the aspects leading up to this conjunction in that article. Her extensive and ongoing research into these current topics is also contained in an an e-book, available here: A Silver Lining in Aquarius: Engineering the Future with the 2020 Jupiter–Saturn Cycle.

(3) Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Sustainability Institute, 2008, p. 1.

(4) Saturn co-rules Aquarius with Uranus, which takes approximately 84 years to make a complete revolution — perhaps the proverbial “7 generations” that Native Americans say we should use as a measure for planning.

(5) Ted talks: The risky politics of progress

(6) Rutger Bregman, Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek, The Correspondent, 2016.

(7) The New Republic: A World at War

(8) Joel Stein, “The Tyranny of the Mob,” Time magazine, August 29, 2016, pp. 29–32.

(9) Rana Faroohar, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, Crown Business, 2016.

(10) Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong, Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy, Harvard Business Review Press, 2016, pp. 83–84.

(11) Ryan Petersen: The driverless truck is coming and its going to automate millions of jobs.
A more recent reference (A peek into the future: Autonomous trucks are coming but drivers will still be needed) suggests that ideas are changing about how dire the future employment situation looks for truckers. We don’t have the new census data about the industry yet.

(12) Dylan Thomas, “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”

(13) Nick Hanauer, The Pitchforks Are Coming….For US Plutocrats: Politico

(14) Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, Thorsens, 1985, p. 265.

(15) Sheila Jasanoff, The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future, W.W. Norton & Co., 2016.

(16) Jonathan Rauch, How American Politics Went Insane: The Atlantic

Chart source:
United States (Sibly chart), July 4, 1776. 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Nicholas Campion, The Book of World Horoscopes, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, 2004, Chart 370.

© 2017 Raye Robertson – all rights reserved

Bio: Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, trained by the Faculty of Astrological Studies. She holds degrees in English and Film Studies, and has recently retired from 20+ years of teaching in those and other disciplines. Raye’s work in mundane astrology focuses on current events, global challenges, and social/generational issues. Her individual chart work focuses on childhood issues, including autism and other developmental challenges. She invites readers to check out her new blog at Diary of a Mudane Astrologer. Reach her via e-mail at:

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Dolly Parton’s gift…

By Mary Plumb | December 3, 2020

In April, Dolly Parton donated a $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research fund, “a critical boost in the early stages of coronavirus vaccine development.” (1)

On November 16th Moderna announced that its candidate for the vaccine was nearly 96% effective. Dolly Parton was immediately lauded for her efforts in helping rid the world of the virus.

Dolly Parton is a philanthropist, known in part for her work in literacy programs — but she often gives anonymously. The lunar eclipse on November 30th at 9° Gemini was within a few degrees of natal Uranus on the Midheaven.

Inner wheel: Dolly Parton
January 19, 1946
8:25 pm.m, CST
Sevierville, TN (35n41, 83W34)
Placidus houses, True node
Outer wheel: Nov. 16, 2020 (vaccine announced), Sunrise chart

No way was this going to be a private gift with the Midheaven being lit up by a Full Moon eclipse.

The Moon was also on the fixed star Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. The eye of the bull, Aldebaran is one of the four Royal Stars of Persia known for bringing honors, success and reward. Bernadette Brady connects each of these four stars with a nemesis, or temptation, that will damage the impact of the star if not avoided. Brady connects Aldebaran with integrity and purity of intention.

Parton has the Moon and Ascendant in Virgo. Aside from the fact that Parton didn’t know about the vaccine results until the rest of us did, she “told the BBC on Tuesday that she was excited to hear her contribution provided a ‘little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world.’” (An echo of Virgo’s innate modesty?)

The Sun, Venus and Mercury are in Capricorn in the 5th house. Maybe most widely known for her voice and performances, Parton is a stunningly prolific songwriter as well. Mercury, lord of the Ascendant, is in the 5th house of creativity with Sun and Venus. Mercury is on the fixed star Wega in the constellation of Lyra. The Greeks thought of the star as Orpheus’s lyre – it is connected to music and artistic talent (and hauntingly beautiful music), the ability to cast a spell, and charisma.

Adding a note from Hellenistic astrology, natal Mercury (15°30′ Capricorn) and natal Jupiter (26°35′ Libra) are each in the bounds of Venus, the benefic planet for a night birth. This shows that Venus sets the parameters, or the boundaries, within which Mercury and Jupiter function, strengthening the importance of Venus in her life.

I find it interesting that transiting Jupiter was on natal Venus (26°26′ Capricorn) all year — exact in April, June and December 2. (This will happen every 12 years, of course.)

Venus rules the Libra 2nd house of assets, and Jupiter is placed there. Venus is in charge of her money and placed in the 5th — she makes money though her creativity. Venus, as ruler of Libra, also receives Jupiter warmly there, and is disposed kindly towards him. This seems to be a mark of an ever-present and natural generosity with her assets, talents and creativity.

Parton has a long history of accomplishments and philanthropic acts. This particular act of generosity is a moment in time — a moment informed by Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto traipsing through Capricorn and crossing her Sun, Venus and Mercury. The world may be a bit beaten right now — and, no matter one’s opinion on Covid and vaccines — Dolly Parton gave us all a lift this week.


(1) All quotes from New York Times: Dolly Parton: Singer, Songwriter, Pandemic Savior?

(2) Dolly Parton, January 19, 1946, 8:25 pm.m, CST, Sevierville, TN (35n41, 83W34), Rodden AA.
Source: AstroDatabank

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Pholus “the lid comes off”

By Mary Plumb | November 20, 2020

I have studied astrology for a long time and, like many of you, fascination with and regard for the subject is unceasing. I can make connections to my natal chart (and in my life story) that incline me towards appreciating a wide perspective in astrological techniques, and (inspired by an obituary) I’m looking again at the centaur Pholus.

Herakles and Pholus 520 BCE
British Museum


Pholus, known in astronomical nomenclature as a centaur — a sub-category within the minor planet category — was discovered in January 1992. Named for mythological centaurs, Pholus (and Nessus, discovered in 1993) are connected to the most gifted centaur, Chiron. (1) Chiron was discovered in 1977 and traveled alone until his companions began to be sighted. There are now more than 100 minor planets, but Pholus and Nessus were the first to be discovered. They share some of Chiron’s unique astronomical properties — they come from outside our solar system and have highly elliptical orbits.

The bodies from “outside our solar system” are boundary crossers — they cross the boundaries of the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. As such, they are connected to transgressing, going past established norms or limits, or having experiences outside of ordinary time and space. In client work, the positions of Nessus and Pholus can be seen in the storylines of those working with generational issues, and may reveal a heretofore hidden ancestral pattern. These visitors from the great beyond can help establish a large enough container to create the space to work the complex, multi-faceted and invisible experiences that many experience. Those drawn to shamanic practices, ancestral healing and soul retrieval work are in the realms where the centaurs dwell.

To focus on Pholus, his orbit is between Saturn and Neptune and part of his mythic story is connected to wine. Pholus was the guardian of a special wine that gets uncorked prematurely, creating a temporarily wildly intoxicating and chaotic situation. It can be seen as describing a process that gets “uncorked” or released, and it cannot be put back. Melanie Reinhart, my friend and mentor in these matters, has famously said of Pholus: “The lid comes off.”

When I remember those words, I always think of a client who was embroiled in a very painful situation, marked by the presence of Pholus in family members’ natal, solar return, and progressed charts. My heartbroken client said, “I just want things to go back to the way they were.”  In this situation, things were not going “to go back,” as what had seemed like an insignificant act on his part had unleashed an unweildy process.

This especially poignant moment in the counseling room evoked the myth: Pholus died by a self-inflicted and accidental wound from the poison on the tip of one of Hercules’s arrows.

The association with the tip of the arrow leading to unseen consequences also connects Pholus (described by Robert von Heeren) to “small cause and a big effect” — small decisions or actions that precipitate lasting and unforeseen events.

And now, back to the obituary — it is for writer Johanna Harcourt-Smith. She was born on January 13, 1946 and died on Octobber 12, 2020. (2) She was born with the Sun conjunct Pholus at 22°- 23° Capricorn.

Johanna Harcourt-Smith
January 13, 1946
sunrise chart, no birthtime

She was a poet, author, psychedelic activist and companion of Timothy Leary. She was 26 when she began “began an intense romantic odyssey that lasted from 1972 to 1977.” At the age if 30, they had separated and she was “ready to start her life over.”

In 2013, she published her memoir, Tripping the Bardo With Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story. She wrote that it took her three decades to absorb and “compost” her experience with him. “I followed him off that precipice, and my family, nationality and sanity were fragmented beyond recognition.”

The connection between Pholus as the lid coming off and small cause and a big effect seems very congruent with LSD, where as “little as 20 micrograms can produce a noticeable effect.” (3)

(Timothy Leary’s Ascendant is 9°50’ Sagittarius with Pholus sitting right there at 13°03’ Sagittarius.) (4)

Ms. Harcourt-Smith passed away at home as transiting Jupiter and Pluto was at 22° Capricorn, with Jupiter at 18° and Saturn at 25° Capricorn, all of which triggered the natal cardinal T-square.

Errol Morris’s documentary based on her life is scheduled to air on Showtime on November 29.

Transiting Pholus is in Capricorn from October 2019 until 2040. Pholus has also been connected with viruses (aka, small cause, big effect). See Melanie Reinhart’s extensive research on Coronavirus.

Have a good week everyone, I know we are all doing the best we can to enjoy each moment of our often strange circumstances. Stay safe. Stay kind. I’m glad we’re all here together.


(1) There are lots of sources for Pholus in myth. Here are a few:
Zane Stein: Pholus

Wikipedia: Pholus

Greek Legends and Myths

(2) All quotes from NY Times.

(3) Wikipedia

(4) Timothy Leary, October 22, 1920, 10:45 a.m. EDT, Springfield MA; Rodden AA

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