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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

STARTALK April 2013 eclipse & more

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse April 2013

April 25, 2013
I have more respect for Johannes de Sacrobosco's lunar eclipse illustration in his De sphaera, than I have for these 21st Century “Spread this message so people can enjoy” misleading Facebook posts. For one thing, the partial lunar eclipse appears not anything like what’s pictured in the posts but is pretty much a simple Full Moon. For another thing, at the time of this Full Moon the Western Hemisphere is mostly daylight putting the Moon on the other side of the planet, well out of sight. At a Full Moon, the Moon is on the other side of the Earth from the Sun. Sacrobosco's illustration, first appeared in 1220 and his book (borrowing heavily from Arab scholars) was used as an astronomy textbook at the University of Paris and throughout Europe for the next 450 years.
In an effort to ease the reading for those not interested in background details, you will find a few "endnotes," a number in parentheses. If you want the details right off, scroll down to the same number near the end of the blog post.

Let's look at current eclipses (well one anyway). Moon opposite the Sun means you'd view a lunar eclipse at night, or possibly at moon-rise-sunset. In north and Central America, the April eclipse happens in the day time! You can't see the eclipse because it's on the other side of the globe. In Madagascar you'd see as much eclipse as anywhere but it still would look not so different from an ordinary Full Moon because the Moon only gets the teeniest bit of Earth's penumbral (secondary, not the dark part) shadow; not so special or spectacular.
See the shaded area, NO ECLIPSE VISIBLE. So why share "so people can enjoy"? People believe stuff they find on the Internet. Watch out for silliness.
Quite misleading
Incredibly misleading

Astronomically the Full Moon/Eclipse is a very close alignment and the geophysical effects will be in evidence; very high tides, more severe quakes and volcanism, and probably some extreme weather events. Eclipse effects are not only at a particular moment but affect a window of time (say a week before to a couple of weeks after). It is already clear that geophysical effects have occurred and will likely be with us for a few more days.

How maximum eclipse really looked..
Compare the reality with the silly pictures.
Astrologically, eclipse effects are reflected at least as widely as the geophysical window, and since this time is so charged, so active, so riled up, it fits in and enhances the geophysical picture and the astrological version will be with us for weeks to come (longer than the geophysical).
This is what an Annular Eclipse looks like, IF you are on it's path under it near the time of totality. In Hawai'i (only US location that will see it) we'll get about 40% at maximum eclipse.
The April Full Moon is the first of a series of three eclipses that occur bing-bang-boom: May 10, there's an Annular (ring of fire) Solar Eclipse (also something not visible in North America; but Hawai'i will get a partial display); then another Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on May 25, and, like the April 25 eclipse very unspectacular in terms of a show. (1) 
Three eclipses followed by SuperMoons in June and July keep the Sun/Moon part of the astrological and geophysical picture hopping! That's of course in addition to the once in a lifetime wildness we have in the sky these days. (2)

Same eclipse. Different locations.
Looking at the April 25 chart, the Sun/Moon opposition is in Taurus/Scorpio. This is the Wesak Moon, the Full Moon in Scorpio is associated with Buddha, his birth, his enlightenment, and his mahasamadhi (his merging with the One). If you like connecting with millions of others in meditation, remember the Full Moon when the Sun's in Taurus, Wesak.

There's been a lot of hot Aries and Mars at play (Boston bombing, West, TX explosion, much more), that's tweaked the Uranus/Pluto square which characterizes this Age (transformation of the structure). The planet hasn't seen this stage of that cycle since 1876-1877. (3) This time, the same stage of the cycle occurs in 2012-2015 with even more focus on the cosmic renovation that's happening with an exuberant emancipation versus the conventional order which just happens to be in the process of restructuring; that sees both endings and beginnings ala the phoenix arising from it's own ashes. 

Even a relatively calm lunation would be a waft of ease in stormy seas, but this isn't one of those. The Sun had just passed Mars in Aries on the 17th of April, and at this Full Moon both the Sun and Mars are with the star, Sheratan (star not hotel chain) that has a Mars/Saturn nature associated with danger, violence, and recklessness. Mars is even closer to another Mars/Saturn nature star, Mesartha. The point is, even with the Buddha and "mellower" Taurus, the heat is on for this lunation period; at least a week in advance and until the next New Moon which is the Annular Solar Eclipse May 10. Appropriate clichés that I love; "No rest for the wicked," and, "It's not over 'til it's over." [Bad, bad, bad. Good writers don't use clichés. So spank me.]
One of the highlights of this Full Moon is the Sun in a productive relationship of sympathy with Pluto. This suggests a period for working with the inevitable makeover that's active in the social, political, and business order; the order that is in flux. It's an opportunity to help shape that order to a more humanitarian end, or at least to resolve not to be caught and carried along with currents that are unsupportive of what you know and feel is right. Speaking of feeling this is also a time we see Saturn (the structure) and Neptune (the dream) in harmony; another marker for participating in a beautiful change, in the creation of a more ideal social, business, and political order.

Let's look at the chart set for D.C. That gives some hints about how things are going in the seat of government that affects the world,  as did Rome in the days of Rome's Empire. There is the mix again of the huge challenges and heavy lifting that needs to happen but is being avoided in Washington. The clowns there just hope "it" (insert whatever) goes away. The ha-ha "Sequester" is an example. By not doing, however, they are doing. There really is no stopping Uranus/Pluto sorts of makeover (2012-2015 at least). The emphasis is as one would expect with two money Signs, Taurus and Scorpio, emphasized and reemphasized by House{*} (astrobabble, not Congress) position.

The economic picture continues to dominate, no matter the tragedy and circuses hyped by the dull and stupid mass media. There's hope, at the top of the chart set for the White House is the star, Rigel, and one of my notes for that says, "gentle peace." This is the part of the chart concerned with the leader, the President, the chief executive. So, it looks good for the White House and Obama. The astrologer Mollie Summer once offered that Rigel, with the nature of Jupiter/Mars, was conjunct Jack Kennedy's Sun. It's a 1st magnitude (bright) star too, and seems to have a positive influence. Mollie said of JFK that it made his Sun stronger. In terms of our system of government this may point to a time when the President's status exceeds that of the Congress and Judiciary.

* Houses are the way the "pie" of the round horoscope wheel is sliced.  The different systems reflect ideas about how to slice it.  Aside from "No Houses" there are two main systems:  Equal and Quadrant.  In the Equal systems the slices are all the same size.  In the Quadrant systems the chart is (usually) quartered by the Ascendant/Descendant and MC/IC axes.  Different quadrant systems have different ways of dividing the quarters.

There's a star associated with the Eclipse chart set in Hawai'i but not the same one or placement as that in D.C. In Hawai'i we have the star Dirah on the Ascendant. That placement has to do with the People, their attitudes and outlook on the world. Dirah is said to have an intrinsic theme like a combination of Mercury (mind, communication) and Venus (beauty, harmony). A translation out of astrobabble for that might be an active focus for the people of Hawai'i. Some possibilities include emphasis on agriculture and family. There may be creative optimism and energy directed toward solidifying cooperative efforts, like those from teams and legislative bodies. The chief executive (Governor) may seem a bit wishy-washy, idealistic, confused, or overly concerned with foreign nations and tourism. These are challenge areas anyway, powerful entities (corporate, military) have to be dealt with (or bowed to) for progress to happen. No surprise that finance is a concern in Hawai'i as it seems to be most everywhere. Things happen behind the scenes, creepy things get some sunlight (gambling), and legislative spending may be an issue. How much goes to "stimulating the economy" and how much to benefit youth, the poor, the homeless and the aging population?

There's much detail to get lost in and nits to pick but the key is to maintain your cool when in a tough situation. Practice, practice, practice, stepping back when you feel challenged; take three deep breaths when you're feeling impatient; look to the magic and beauty in life at any and every chance you get. There is always something for which you can be grateful.

The Stans continue to be in the event crosshairs in this period; Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and of course Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are in the spotlight as are Oman, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. The nuclear issue is a likely topic about Iran. 

Another nuclear problem child is in the Koreas. That continues as a hot spot too. Not only does it retain a tinder box quality, but we also see that Japan will most assuredly be "working things out" along the lines of all the eclipse themes discussed. Tokyo will be part of the current picture now and in the two or three weeks to come. I think they use nuclear for power down in South Africa too. I wouldn't be surprised to hear from there.

Looking at hot spots in the good "old" (48 State) USA, the West Coast gets eclipse emphasis: Washington, the Oregon, California, Idaho, and Nevada, with the first three being a bit more active (seismic?). Along the Mississippi River, we may hear of flooding. Easier news should come from the East Coast, including from our nation's capital.

Keep your cool. Look within for dealing with problems. Even if "the other" is the problem, it's up to you as to how much you're going to let it bother you. Much love and aloha.


(1) This time it will be better seen than the April 25 version since it will be night over a lot of the land mass that includes the western half of Africa and some of Europe (France, Spain, Portugal), all of South America, and most of North America (and Hawai'i) will see the (weak) eclipse. Sorry Alaska, you're in daylight for this one, you won't see the Moon while it's eclipsed.
(2) On Pluto in Capricorn (via this blog - risking (loss) is what Pluto in Capricorn is about. Capricorn is the order, social, governmental, business, religious, and is fundamental to how the world works. The World needs structure. It's the difference between explosive chaos, and harmony. It's a good thing, but as it becomes crystallized it needs to be broken up and restructured in order to grow, and for progress to happen. There are forces that will challenge the structure to that end. The planet will offer weather events, earthquakes, and volcanism. The human population will offer Arab Springs, Occupies, democracy, and human rights movements. The structure, that tends to resist change, includes businesses, corporations, and governments. If one looks at human history there are massive changes and developments through the ages. Are we to imagine that somehow this period will be the exception? That if we just hold on, that things will stay the same and work out?

On Uranus square Pluto and the 1960s: "now" is resonating with the same
essential nature that was operative then, only more so. [The larger scale cycle for the planets Uranus and Pluto is approximately 127 years.]

Uranus and Pluto; now we are in a developmental crisis in their cycle, the force of which was birthed in the Nineteen Sixties. See this post in Gather, then scroll down to the "Dear Claudia" commentary for a continuation of the article. [link is currently down as Gather moves but if you're interested send me an email and I'll send an updated link when I have one].

(3) 1876-1877: a very significant world-wide drought and starvation; the Colombian Civil War; the Standard Oil Trust; the most contentious, bitter, and protracted presidential election in American history; the Compromise of 1877; the Sioux War/Little Big Horn/the Apache War; the telephone; the phonograph; the End of Reconstruction; Mexican-Texas border incursions; the Great Railroad Strike of 1877; The Crimean War - 15,000 Bulgarians massacred, with the destruction of more than fifty villages and five monasteries; Russia declares war on Turkey; the Serbian insurrection of 1875 in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a series of wars involving also, Thracia, Montenegro, Turkey, and Bulgaria; Bismarck's Germany; Empire; riots in numerous cities; anti-Chinese attacks in San Francisco; "Boss" Tweed; and much more.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Moon April 10, 2013

A good New Moon to you today! This is such a dynamic time; there is so much going on up in the sky that suggests independent action, making things happen, inspiration, new ideas, breakthroughs, and meeting challenges, that "there's no rest for the wicked," or even for the good.

Here's your musical accompaniment to this Full Moon phase (if not clickable, copy and paste into another tab):

There's such a strong Aries/Mars energy that it may feel as though the only way to resolve things is to bring them to a hot head and then do battle. That's just what we don't need to do. What is needed is to foster understanding. It is a time to act to act with love, a time to act with consideration. There should always be some reason, some sense of right action prior to setting the wheels in motion.

Our cosmic lovers are together in the sky, less than two degrees apart. They are in Aries of me, me, me and the self, but they are together; Venus and Mars together; suggesting that there is a place of harmony, there is a place where decisions can be made that accurately reflect and respect both sides of an issue. The time is now. The time for action is now.

More serious astrobabble begins here. The timing of the New Moon sees it occur at 11:35 PM on the 9th in Hawai'i while on the Mainland the times are for the 10th: 5:35 AM Eastern and 2:35 AM Pacific. As with all New and Full Moon lunar alignments the pull of gravity not only affects the tides but also increases the chance of geologic events (earthquakes and volcanoes). While those aren't guaranteed, these are often times of an increase in the number and strength of those. The Moon crosses over Mars and Venus by seven hours after her conjunction with the Sun the tie-in that I mentioned to Venus/Mars themes. (Venus joined Mars already on the evening of April 6.)

The very powerful Aries theme comes from half of the ten principal astrological factors all in that Sign: Uranus, Sun, Moon, Mars, and Venus; and there is a triggering effect by emphasis on the Sign to the generational Uranus/Pluto square that marks this epoch in history (Uranus is in Aries until 2018-19).


Setting the chart for the White House emphasizes the US/THEM factor and the restlessness for action that comes of all this Aries. Aries is an intrinsic challenge to the Cancer National identity and looks for what's new even at the expense of the homeland (the XL pipeline and fracking come to mind).

There's a sense "the People" are not able to send a clear message to the leaders (if they can be called that) and in a reciprocal fashion it is a challenge for people to get a sense of reliability from the President. The confusion from legislative bodies continues unabated. The pendulum is heavily on the side of the leadership to the expense of those governed. From the leadership standpoint however the crises include trying to communicate with and understand the demands of the public and of open enemies. In a strange parallel, the government dealing with North Korea is much like the government dealing with the public, with public opinion. Chew on that one for a bit. If you can, have some pity for Kim Jong-un and for Congress and the Executive, all feeling a need to act but unable to get a clear sense of what is to be done. The scary part is this call to action that Aries brings. Individually the right choice involves restful connection to inner guidance, compassion, love and beauty. One can only hope and pray that persons with fingers on triggers, whether fiscal and legislative, or overtly military, will be moved by inner guidance rather than a sense of appearing strong via impetuous action.

Fortunately the news enjoys some elements of truth for a change, at least when reporters and whistle-blowers aren't being jailed or pilloried for the secrets they disclose. The fiscal picture remains in a retrograde motion if I can use that word in a non-planetary sense here (not entirely the case but too much to explain). There's more biting the bullet that will go on with the sequester as more of it is felt, and some of it even winds up being embraced as some spending cuts are appreciated (Pentagon?). Finance continues as a lesson area nationally and personally.


The emphasis for the Islands is primarily on the homeland, of the wealth of the earth (which includes the seas). There's a sense of taking action that really needs cooperation to incorporate good ideas with the needs of the people, the constituents. Some of the testing areas are about energy as Hawai'i strives for energy independence. Even the "green" forms of energy generation have their problems. The homeland emphasis also points to a need for environmental protections (air, land, and water). Harm due to antiquated growing practices for sugar cane, and the need to preserve agriculture and jobs while still cleaning up the farming act. That leads further to concerns expressed by many for a non-examined embrace of agriculture that embraces GMO and "Round-up Ready" crops. Other obvious land, property, homeland, and roots concerns revolve around developing sacred lands and with disturbing cultural artifacts and burials as happens with development and on Oahu with constructing the high speed rail.


For this New Moon period, the key is to take action but with concern and balance, with the goal of achieving understanding of and respect for varying viewpoints. We know that you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.


April will see a partial lunar eclipse on the 25th. The Lunar Eclipse is more an astrological/astronomical factor than something to look at. The weaker, penumbral shadow of the Earth will clip the moon a bit. It will probably not even be noticeable to most viewers. Astrologically, it's a different story; we will not see the intensity of the times lessen. This probably opens the biggest window of the month for events, geophysical (especially with Moon closest to Earth, perigee, on the 27th) and otherwise. Even as the eclipse happens with Sun, Mars, and Venus in sensual and earthy Taurus, the heat is still there with Venus, Mars, and the Sun within ten degrees of one another (sky-wise that is about the same amount of space as that taken by your fist held out to arm's length). Mars and Venus so near the Sun will not be visible under the Sun's rays. We'll take a look at that in depth later on. For the time being we'll just be aware that there really won't be much of a rest period this entire lunar cycle. The next New Moon is an Annular Solar Eclipse on May 9.


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