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Here we go, another week in the eventful summer of 2010. I was roused by the symbolism of the earthquake in Washington on Friday morning, (1) and kind of disappointed when Mr. Obama said he didn’t feel it. (2) The President was within hours of a Mars return (i.e., his natal Mars at 22º35’ Virgo), so maybe this is just a display of an understated Mars in Virgo.

Earthquake in Washington, DC

Theodore White’s Global Astrology has a long, easy-to-read entry giving a synopsis of many of the key events keeping us alert in these interesting times, e.g., UFO’s in China, the real estate market, and climate change. He also includes mention of an increase in “a new social etiquette ahead” as Saturn enters Libra.

Willow’s Web Astrology writes on Post-Eclipse Emotional Backdrop Transformations and What the Crab Can No Longer Deny. She ends her provocative post:  “Accepting this mess is not easy – especially for those who have worked their entire lives to try to head this off. We didn’t. We couldn’t. And now we have to remember Plan B. We have to remember why we agreed to be here for this, what our end of the deal is. And complete it.”

Astro-Talk has a nice entry on Saturn’s ingress into Libra, Virgo to Libra: “Perfecting Me to Deal With We.” She asks a timeless and clear question from the cusp between these two signs: “If we can’t take care of ourselves, be healthy, and manage our energy and time, how can we possibly have healthy and happy relationships?”

Chiron’s ingress into Pisces coincided with the Deepwater explosion and ongoing disaster in the ocean. This week, Chiron retrogrades back into Aquarius until February 2011. Jeremy Neal has a thoughtful article on the essence of the archetype, Beware the Wild Centaur. He writes: “Chiron of course could not have become so universally respected as an astrologer, healer, and mentor if he had not first recognised his animal nature and then honoured and assimilated it consciously. If you understand that such a process is possible, then you are on your way to a Chirotic shift in consciousness.”

The prolific writer and excellent astrologer Robert Wilkinson offers a list of links to many articles he has written in the past few years about this summer’s aspects: Astrology in July, August, and September 2010 – Articles of Current and Future Importance.

Carole Devine writes about Alcoholism and Mel Gibson on her blog this week. Although others have commented on his natal Moon at 0º Libra — on quite spectacular display now — Carole demonstrates a lot of other astrological techniques (i.e., transits, solar arc, and secondary progressions). Among many interesting findings:
“Secondary progressed Mars is at the midpoint between natal Saturn and Mercury, all 29 degrees. Mars will be exactly there in less than two months, but it is so close, he can feel it now. The Combination of Stellar Influences says of this, ‘Incompatibility, unrest, the desire to quarrel. The tendency to treat others badly, separations caused by disputes and arguments, the tendency to bring about a separation by force, a change through force of circumstances.’ “
(Gibson’s natal Mercury-Saturn midpoint is 29º14’ Sagittarius; his secondary progressed Mars is at 29º05’ Sag.)

Frederick Woodruff’s The Gulf Holocaust: An Alchemical Sublimatio begins an eloquent exploration of the oil disaster with an illustration from a 16th-century alchemist. He addresses the question, “What stage within alchemy’s many elaborate processes is this one?” with elegance, grace, and a hope of ultimate redemption.


(1) July 16, 2010; 5:04 a.m.; Rockville, MD 38N54, 77W09.

(2) AP News


  1. Oh my, Mel Gibson has moon at 0 Libra, too – eesh! Well, I think I”m behaving much better with the assault to my own dear moon. Tis a wild ride of late, but my own seas seem calm despite it all.

  2. Earthquakes make a very good astrological study, since there is no human intervention at all in their timing. They just happen. The first things I look for in any earthquake chart are the position of Uranus – which is often angular in such charts – and also any other angular planets. Living in the UK, I didn’t know about this particular earthquake – but the chart shown here is a classic!

  3. For an eclipse tie-in, the tapes of Mel Gibson emerged in the news last weekend as the 7/11 Solar eclipse made angular contact in his natal chart: Conjunct his ASC opposing his N Sun at DSC, in Capricorn.

    Sadly, it appears he needs professional help to deal with some very serious control issues affecting how he relates to partners. Perhaps T Mars sextile the eclipse, and in Gibson’s Virgo 3rd House, signals a necessary and helpful communication trigger.

  4. Speaking to Anthony’s comment – I live in the San Diego area and we’ve had more than our share of earthquakes this year. I know the chart of California shows a Saturn/Uranus conj in Virgo in the 4th…the “foundation” of the chart. Has anyone checked out the transits to this sensitive point lately?

  5. Hi Mary, the little tag for this story says it was June 16, 2010…did you mean July 16?

    3.6 earthquakes are very small, but if you are on ground level, you might feel it…we have them here in SF Bay Area pretty constantly…the last one was about that size. My daughter felt it, I didn’t. We live one block apart. But oh my…those big ones…can’t miss them!

    I thought it interesting that the DC quake was at 5:04 am…the Big SF Quake of 1906 (April 18)was at about that time (I’ve seen from 5:06-5:12 AM listed)…and the Loma Prieta was 83 1/2 years later Oct 17, 1989 at 5:04 pm. So Uranian. It was those two events that made me so interested in cycles. (Neither Quake was actually centered in SF, but that is where the intensity of the damage was.)

    the other interesting pair of quakes was in Los Angeles…I was in the one called the Sylmar at 6:00:55 a.m. PST on February 9, 1971, with a magnitude of 6.6; that was followed by: The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in Northridge, CA.

    Those two cities are very near each other, and the damage was similar. The earthquake had a “strong” moment magnitude of 6.7, but the ground acceleration was one of the highest ever instrumentally recorded in an urban area in North America.

    The timing of Mel’s troubles are very interesting…his own personal earthquake and volcano combined.

  6. I don’t know what chart MJ is using for California, but the chart I have on my software (Sirius) is for 9.41 on 9th September 1850, at San Diego. It has an angular Uranus/Pluto conjunction at 29deg Aries, opposed by a Moon/Venus conjunction and receiving a quincunx from Jupiter in late Virgo. This certainly looks very apt for such an earthquake-prone state!

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