Archive for September 2010
A few years ago as I drove in the rain on a dark night to meet family for my birthday dinner, a young driver suddenly crashed into the driver’s side of my car sending it spinning across the slippery highway.
All ended well but I was eager to get home and look at the chart of the collision (I had just looked at my wristwatch a moment before she hit.) The most surprising thing in the collision chart was that the transiting Vertex, a point of fate or karma, was precisely to the minute conjunct my natal Ic, the point of Endings. Precisely.
Naturally, there were good portents in the chart as well and a guardian angel on my shoulder or I might not be here now typing this at you!
So if you’ve ever wondered about the Vertex and Anti-Vertex in a horoscope, please allow expert astrologer John Townley of AstroCocktail to fill you in on what the axis is, how it’s calculated, and how astrologers use it in charts.
Look up! Lots of stuff going on up there…
Space Weather News for Sept. 9, 2010
SPECTACULAR ERUPTION: Just as sunspot 1105 was turning away from Earth on Sept 8th, the active region unleashed a spectacular eruption of plasma and extreme ultraviolet radiation. Earth was not in the line of fire–this time.
Must-see movies from the Solar Dynamics Observatory and other spacecraft are highlighted on today’s edition of SpaceWeather.com.
SPACECRAFT FLYBY ALERT: This is a good week for satellite watchers in the USA and Canada. Both the International Space Station and the US Air Force X-37B space plane are making a series of favorable passes over North American towns and cities. The spacecraft are easy to find using our Simple Satellite Tracker–an app for iPhones and Android.
Visit simpleflybys.com for downloads and more information.
Well, I didn’t get around to noting the Sabian Symbol for today’s New Moon 15Vir40 on this blog or that, so I am happy to find that expert astrologer Julie Demboski did.
If you’ve yet to check out Julie’s insightful approach to astrological writing, this could be your chance!
September 22, 2010 will soon arrive and the Sun will reach 00Lib00:00, what we like to call Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.
This year the Moon will be in dreamy Pisces so we’ll have vibes and resonations of Sun Libra-Moon Pisces, an Air-Water combo of energies.
Air-Water together produce an etheral mist as mind blends with emotions and fact with fiction. It’s a romantic, poetic combination but with a shadow side which can become confused as to whether it is thinking something or feeling it.
A seemingly detached viewpoint may actually be tinged with personal bias and that’s how we’ll stagger through the final weeks of the midterm 2010 campaign season with its dueling ads and slogans.
Sun Lib-Moon Pis has a wistful streak, much insight, and a genteel diplomacy; charming and generous, this blend tends to be moodily vacillating, even to the point of inconstancy. Perhaps that’s why pundits will continue having a rather changeable time predicting November’s potential victors.
Meanwhile, my intuition says election results may be quite surprising!
This combination possesses perceptive intellect, a rich imagination, and an impressionable idealism. Actors, psychologists, and detectives benefit from having Sun Libra-Moon Pisces, if they are born with it.
Its ability to work well on behalf of others is great for politicians, too, if that happens to be whom they truthfully represent (as opposed to indulging in out-n-out pocket lining and shilling for special interests.)
Non-judgmental empathy may be the most stellar trait of this blend yet there can be a tendency to identify with too many viewpoints simultaneously and have a lack of conviction, plus, a need for withdrawing inwardly in order to regain one’s confidence.
Sounds like a politician to me!
Image for Integration: The curtain comes down, the actor takes off his mask and, in privacy, looks into his mirror to find himself as a child of six with his imaginary friend.
(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Charles and Suzi Harvey.)
Click here for my Political Astrology post on Autumn Equinox 2010′s horoscope with details, as you wish.
And how about the whys and wherefores of autumn equinox – what’s up with that?
How can the Virgo New Moon of September 8, 2010 ‘echo’ President Lyndon B. Johnson? you might ask. Well, read on and I’ll tell ya.
LBJ was born with Sun and Moon in Virgo which is obviously the Sun-Moon blend of the ‘Rosh Hashanah New Moon’ this Sept 8th, the beginning of a new cycle of activity for the month.
Born in Johnson City, Texas on August 27, 1908 at 5:00 am (rating A: from memory), Mr. Johnson had a plethora of Virgo in his natal chart, all in 1st house of The Self: Mars, Sun, Moon, and Mercury, from 2 – 11 degrees of Virgo.
He was born within the 19 North Solar Eclipse Series with its ‘realism; a coming down to earth; becoming aware of an old situation and seeing it for what it is rather than what one thought it was; the eclipse brings a constructive time for tackling the truth.” (Paraphrasing Brady’s Predictive Astrology.)
‘Coming down to earth’ must make a very loud thud with so much earthy Virgo in you.
Interesting that NPR just today aired another part of their feature on the rescue of the South Vietnamese Navy by the USS Kirk which was sent back to Vietnam for them after US troops were evacuated from Saigon. Our country’s anti-war protests kept LBJ up at night and led to his refusal to seek another term – along with the horror of the killing fields, one assumes.
Though I was a whippersnapper when LBJ was walking the White House halls, I remember his famous announcement not to run or serve again and my feeling of relief over it (but little did I know what and who were coming on the scene.)
So what about Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo? The Sept 8 New Moon has a similar vibe as LBJ’s so should we investigate this double Earth, pragmatic combo?
First off, Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo identifies with work. Concerned and conscientious, this personality blend possesses excellent analytical skill, precision, and a desire to synthesize knowledge and use it in practical ways.
Attention to detail gives a major perfectionist streak to the personality which (unless corrupted by power or other forces) is the soul of honesty and kindness – a bit shy, actually. Here is both a thinker and a doer who doesn’t like interference when engaged in an important task.
‘Actions speak louder than words’ and ‘practical idealism’ are phrases that well describe this blend while a tendency toward allowing self-doubt and self-criticism to undermine self-confidence makes being in charge of large enterprises difficult.
Why, you may even give up the presidency of the United States over an ill-advised and difficult war!
‘Image for Integration: A well-oiled printing machine hums away, producing perfectly bound copies of The Layman’s Guide to Essential Nutrients.
(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles & Suzi Harvey.)
Virgo is the sign of Health and Diet, as you know, and is an integral part of America’s natal chart with Neptune 22Vir25 and Fixed Star, Spica (‘potential for brilliance’) prominent.
Plus, Virgo is associated with the archetype of Ceres, a nurturing feminine symbol usually shown holding sheafs of grain in her hands apparently plucked from our ‘amber waves of grain’.
(Plus, there’s “Give us your tired, your poor,” etc which implies ‘we’ll give ‘em jobs and feed ‘em, too’…then, but no longer.)
So did you know this earthy combo is shared natally by actor David McCallum and author Count Leo Tolstoy? Neither did I. Now here is a quote from President Johnson which sounds just like him according to his Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo traits:
“I strive for the best and do the possible.”
Spoken like a quadruple Virgo with dedicated Vesta in Virgo, too!
For more astro-details concerning the ‘Rosh Hashanah New Moon’ of September 8, 2010 you may wish to check out this.
Americans have President Grover Cleveland to thank for the political ploy of setting up an annual Labor Day, a Monday holiday for some that traditionally has meant speeches and parades through the towns and burroughs.
Imho, Cleveland established Labor Day in order to avert more crises with workers angry toward the government, not to honor them, which is a load of hogwash!
So considering the condition of the US labor market and too-high unemployment numbers, I suspect ‘parades’ may morph into demonstrations and protests this September 6, 2010.
This year the semi-holiday will give his opponents yet another opening to ‘make it’ about President Obama’s policies when massive layoffs are actually a decades-long trend brought to us by American and Global Corporatism.
Now if you’ve ever read this blog or my Political Astrology blog Stars Over Washington, you know that I consider our ‘two-party’ system to be a mirage. It’s ruling class vs we-the-people in my book with little if any difference between an R and a D.
Yet their waging of class warfare has been in evidence more clearly in recent years though it’s been a bone of contention off and on for decades in the US, perhaps since Day One in our plutocracy. The more Americans out of work, the more notice it’s a case of class warfare and yes, greed.
Particularly since the late 1800s, the era of the industrialists, aka the Robber Barons, workers’ jobs have been dependent upon upper crusters whose main concern with the bottom line is paramount; their craving for power only grows. While the rest of us long to pay our bills and decently support our families, the power elite long for more control over us…which includes the ability to lay off thousands at one swipe.
In fact, recent data of corporate earnings show that much of their ‘earnings’ are wispily based on letting go their workforce in massive numbers. A neat trick to increase profits, if you’re in the corporate ruling class, eh? And who’s to stop you? SCOTUS is on the side of corporations against the individual, as has been made exceedingly clear.
Well, in May 2010, Mother Jones reported that No matter what’s going on in the broader economy, Wall Street always thinks earning will be at least 12% or higher – part of their sneaky tricks of the trade, no doubt.
Yes, Wall Street’s Fuzzy Math and multiple sets of books bedevil the US economy but you don’t need any sort of math at all if you or a loved one are out of a job with no prospects for employment. You’re zero-for-zero and x-ed off the rolls. Turning to Congress for aid barely gets you a crust of bread though funds for war are easily financed.
So what to do for Labor Day 2010?
Will you march in a celebratory parade – or a had-enough protest?