I am shocked to see this `supermoon at Solar Eclipse’ hype spreading so much on the internet..! Propagated by ill-informed people.. A fine example for mindless `passing/ sharing’ ..!!
So can I just knock this idiocy on the bollocks once and for all?
How can it be Supermoon (which is referred to at a Full Moon that’s quite larger) at the time of any Solar Eclipse? Has everyone gone crazy?
Solar eclipses take place when moon covers the sun.. that’s always going to be a Dark Moon/ New moon!
By the way, we do have a Eclipse / Supermoon combination..but it’s much later in the year on 28th September’`15 …at the NEXT *Lunar* Eclipse.
How do I know this date? well, I worked it out.. using dates of full moons…and coinciding dates when Moon is closer to Earth (perigee)! (Am a Physicist and an Astrologer, remember? Now you know why this blog is called QuantumPhoenic. It has scientific and esoteric parts ) 🙂
So please…don’t just take everything you see in social media for granted.. Double check things..
And if I am severely wrong..(and that has happened too, when I once drew the direction of Earth orbit incorrectly)…please set me right…with clear facts…not hissy fits (that’s happened too..when someone ranted regarding my `CyberGod/ visionary art’ blog post ).
Good news to everyone.. Jupiter is trine with Saturn today!
So by the time you are reading this, guess what.. you are already under that very positive influence of these stellar objects.
This aspect last took place in December 2013 (last year) and at that point, Jupiter was retrograding and Saturn was going direct. This time, however, Saturn is retrograding in Scorpio, and Jupiter is going direct in Cancer.
So Jupiter’s expansive and jovial powers combine harmoniously with Saturn’s authoritative and foundation laying energies. As always this is very good for making future plans – especially ones that involve laying foundations with a view to expanding your horizons, undertaking higher studies and deeper learning!
Sagittarians (ruled by Jupiter) , Capricorns (ruled by Saturn), Cancerian (Jupiter is in Cancer) and Scorpios (Saturn is in Scorpio) get the full blast of this great energy ..but all of you have access to this in one area or other of your life.. depending on where these two planets are currently positioned in your personal chart.
One observation is that both of these planets are in water signs currently, so focus on watery things – emotions, empathy, love, intuition, nurturing, sex & lust are all possible.
Remember that as Jupiter rules a fire sign, and Saturn rules an earth sign, one way to harness the energies of this would be to work with fire and earth…
Personally I was doing a lot of gardening yesterday, tidying up the clutter that had built up over winter, and then sat with a bon-fire burning some of that clutter.. Not only that, I was also moved to do a flame cleansing and consecration of my Magical sword.. At the time I had not been aware of this aspect brewing.. – yes even us Astrologers forget sometimes.. 🙂 But it looks like my intuition was spot on and I was doing just about the right thing anyway.. !
So look back at the past 24-48 hours to see what sort of activities you have been involved in.. to work out where the focus has been.. remembering that because of the Scorpio factor, there may have been intensity of some sort too..)
ps. How did you do with magical work at Eclipses? That was last month, when we had the Solar & Lunar Eclipses. If you are interested, you can visit my Eclipse Magic website and download a free 33 page e-Book that gives you the foundations of doing Magical work at Eclipses. The next set of eclipses are due in October’14.. So why not get started now? Visit Eclipse Magic
(or click the Book graphics at top right column of this blog post)
Not only are we all brewing up for an astro-blue-moon in Aquarius, we also have a very dynamic (challenges, stress..) square between Jupiter and Uranus!
The full moon is tomorrow (21st aug’13… at 1:45am GMT and the Jupiter-square-Uranus is also tomorrow at 7:15am gmt!.
Words like rebellion, breaking boundaries, innovation.. come to mind. Starting new ventures is possible.. so is finding inner blockages and blasting them…to be free! Beware of runaway childish impulses.. and little triggers (aren’t all triggers little?) setting you off in a temper fit.. Expect a bit of the unexpected (!!) . Idealism can tip over…Rebellions can become warped..if that energy is not channeled (there is potential for so much progress…but the trigger-happy Uranus / Ares mix could mess that up!)
As Cancer & Aries are also involved (Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries), lot of water & fire re being added to the mix.. Read emotions, feelings, passion, aggression, frustrations.. !
Will affect Sagittarians, Aquarians, Cancerians & Aries people more than anyone else..!
Dust will settle by thursday/ friday..and we’ll see how the landscape has been transformed.. within and without!
Can you sense it already in the air.. that crisp gritty aggressive undercurrents.. prodding and poking at you? Or are you already facing some sort of relationship crisis? I’ll explain why..and more importantly..when it will start to clear up (Hope is so important!! It’s why I do these free astro-forecasts!)
By now, am sure you are aware that we’ve had a grand trine.. between Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn….and another grand trine between Mars-Saturn-Neptune.. That culminated last week on 20th July..at about 4 degrees of the relevant signs (Cancer – Pisces & Scorpio – all water signs).
Now, between Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th July, we will be under the beneficial influences of another grand trine.. that occurs between the Moon – Venus – Pluto (which are in the signs of Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn..respectively- all Earth signs!).
Here are the exact times (all GMT)
29/7 Moon -trine Venus 21:48 hrs
Moon- trine- Pluto 23:17 hrs
30/7 Venus – trine – Pluto 12:52 hrs
As you may know, trines are highly beneficial aspects.. that provide potential for very good things.. and these ones involve a Venus (love, relationship, wealth, arts, beauty..), Moon (feelings, moods, nurturing, intuition..) and Pluto (intensity, transformation, sex, power..). So put all that together..and ahem.. it’s going to build up to a very powerful, transformative time…for any one of these areas (ones in bracket).
But you may have noticed…I used the word `wrangle’ in the title.. So what’s that all about then?
Well.. `before’ we can get to the transformative time.. there are…unfortunately…a few other `sharp’ aspects taking place…some of which involve Venus..and others involve Mars.
Here are the details..
26th – Venus -sextile- Saturn (fairly good…long term matters)
-Venus-opposition- Neptune (conflicts in place… escapism tendencies.. some dissolution of matters may occur. needs compromise for anything to work.. or matters just go on..)
27th – Mars- opposition to Pluto ( conflicts again.. tendency for aggression.. seeking control…power-play.. all very intense! )
28th – Venus- sextile- Jupiter ( fairly good.. soothes the previous few sharp wounds.. Be generous.. !)
29th – 30th Grand trine of Venus-Pluto Accidents possible…so be careful..-Moon (as discussed in previous section above).
1st Aug- Mars -square- Uranus ( yes…a sting in the tail.. Just when matters seem to be getting better.. there’ll be a twist.. an aggressive or assertive one.. sudden! Accidents possible.. )
2nd Aug- venus -sextile- Mars ( fairly good… see below)
The previous grand trine involved ..among other planets, Mars.. and Martian energies and influences continue even through out these periods… It is as if the masculine factors and energies were put through trials and tribulations.. (especially for Aries..and Cancerians who are hosting Mars in their sign). But it involved emotions (as it took place in water signs).
The next grand trine involves Venus.. feminine energies and principles come under trials & intense transformations.. (involves earthy practical solutions and thoughts for resolution to occur ..in matters of relationships.. personal, business or pleasure! ).
Notice how Pluto is touching on both Mars and Venus separately.. and not just nicely..but sharply..and intrusively (squares & Oppositions). It is prodding.. poking.. probing…asking you to go deeper …to the truth and heart of matters…so that revelations..and changes can take place.. It is painful shedding skin.. but it is a necessary pain for the sake of growth and new skin!
You may think it’s easier for me to sit here and write these forecasts.. But believe me, I am as scratched and touched by these matters as you an anyone else is..and is going to be.
Both you and I must now follow the energies…cosmic influences.. and navigate wisely and carefully ..during the coming week or so.. and then…by 4th August.. as Mercury reaches the position it was a month ago, we will have made progress! There will be a further prodding on 7th August..but I;ll come to that next week..
For now.. let’s be ready to face the Venusian grand trine.. and the relationship wrangles
Super-Full Moon! A beautiful sight, it may be, but is there anything more to this – other than that? Here in the Solar system, we have 9 `planets’ with a huge number of their own satellites (moons) and asteroids, all orbiting the Sun. All sorts of geometrical effects can be viewed from Earth, as a result of all these. Astronomers don’t get excited much about many of these `events’ – but since Astrology presumes that what happens to stellar bodies has an influence on us and our human lives, astrologers to get excited about various phenomena.
Facts We have just had one of these – Supermoon! It is when the full moon appears to be bigger than average. It can be about 14% bigger (in diameter) and about 30% brighter..than an average full moon! These occur approximately once every 14 full moons. The next one is on 10th August 2014. The term `Supermoon’ was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined as:
“…a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth..” (wikipedia)
Why? The moon is closer to Earth, so it appears bigger and brighter. That’s the observation. But why is it closer to the Earth? The orbit of the moon around the Earth is not circular but elliptical. The moon completes this orbit once every 29 days, so in that time, at one point, it will be furthest away from the Earth at about (apogee) at 406,000 km distance , and 14 days later, closest to the Earth (apogee) at 357,000 kilometers from Earth . So when a full moon coincides with the point when it is closer to Earth, we call it a Supermoon! (scientific term is perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system!)
SUPERMOONS between 2014 to 2020 Here are the dates of the minimum Perigee (moon closest to Earth) and nearest Full moon to those dates (Supermoons) .. f Perigee data taken from Fred Espenak. Full moon date from The American ephermeris for 2000-2050. Table created by me (Mani Navasothy)
Year m/d -Time (gmt) – perigee distance (km) – nearest Supermoon date
2014 Aug 10 – 17:43 -356897 km – Supermoon on 10th August’14
2015 Sep 28 – 01:46 -356877 km – Supermoon on 28th Sept’15 (also Lunar Eclispse!)
2016 Nov 14 – 11:23 -356512 km – Supermoon on 14th Nov’16
2017 May 26 – 01:23 -357210 km – Newmoon on 25th May. (Nearest Supermoon 9th June 2017)
2018 Jan 01 – 21:54 -356566 km – Supermoon on 2nd January’18
2019 Feb 19 – 09:06 -356762 km – Supermoon 19th Feb’19
Note: I’ll double check the rest of the data for this and amend if I find any errors in my matching nearest `supermoon’ to the perigee data. (Anyone of you can do the same..by checking the perigee/ apogee data and looking up full moons near those dates in an ephemeris of course!) -Mani Navasothy (astrologer)
The triple Eclipse set is over, so is the 3rd phase of the Uranus-square-Pluto (4 more to go between now and 2015!).. so is everything going to be okay now?
Well, the good thing about cycles…of planets circling around the Sun .. is that whatever challenging astrological transits that are going on will clear up, as planets move on..and they will form much more harmonious and helpful aspects. The bad thing – cycles have a way of repeating! Not quite in the same way, but they do!
Here’s what’s going on at the moment with the Planets — their movements through signs and how it may affect those signs!
Mercury effect on Gemini, Cancer & Virgo
Mercury moved into Cancer on 31st May – so Gemini’s & Virgo’s will feel a shift now, perhaps even getting sensitive. But along with it may come intuition and maternal or nurturing instincts (Cancerian qualities). (Gemini’s have had mercury in their own sign for a month.. but that huge positive boost now reduces..and hopefully Gemini’s made use of it and stocked up!).
Cancerians will get the influence of Mercury – so they may start to (already) feel their mental faculties sharpening up – new agreements or contracts may surface.. as will lines of communication, commerce and short distance travel.
Mercury retrograde – warning for all- This starts on 27th June and goes on till 21st July.. So during that we all should take extra care- Back up hard drives, clarify agreements and don’t fuel arguments or mis-communications.. (during that time!) During that time, Cancerians may experience those kind of effects more…so do watch out for depressive thoughts. Remember – Cycles! It will turn upwards afterwards!
Venus effect on Cancer
Few days ago (3rd June), Venus also changed signs.. going from Gemini and into Cancer! Now Venus is a `watery’ planet and as it enters Cancer ( a water sign) this is a rather harmonious merger of their energies. Cancerians are going to get the benefits of Venus in their sign till 28th June.. What does Venus bring? Come on – do I have to spell it out? Okay I will – Possibilities of romantic fulfillment, some additional wealth or money, brilliant social life.. that sort of thing 🙂
Of course Libras & Taureans – ruled by Venus are going to get the energies of Cancer rubbing on them!
Jupiter effect on Cancer
On 26th June, after a year of being in Gemini (and giving Geminis a lot of new landscapes, opportunities, wisdom, expansions and such) ..jovial Jupiter leaves Gemini…and enters the sign of Cancer! And it will stay there for a year now! So this is a big shift for Cancerians.. coming up at the end of June.. And all those qualities I just mentioned are going to be at the doorstep of Cancerians.. Yes, it’s going to be one brilliant month for Cancerians…that will start off a brilliant expansive year for them!
And whatever House position in your chart falls in the sign of Cancer is going to light up for a year.. (it will be one of the 12 house positions… ruling Identity, Finances, career, work, romance, relationship etc..)
Mars effect on Gemini’s
Well, if all that `Jupiter is leaving, Venus is leaving, Mercury has left’ news is making Gemini’s rather down.. you shouldn’t! Mars entered Gemini at the beginning of June..and will be there till 13th July’13. Mars as you know brings assertive firey energy .. to get things done! In this case, it may also bring male energy in to the lives of some Gemini’s …in one form or another…perhaps with it some natural sexual urges! 😉 Sudden developments are likely when Mars in Gemini sextiles Uranus (I’ll say more about transits in another blog. So tune in again next week ).
Neptune retrograde – affecting Pisceans
On 7th June’13, Neptune, currently transiting through the sign of Pisces (Neptune rules that sign) starts to go retrograde..and will do so for a few months to come (till 14th November’13). This is not going to be an easy 5 months for Pisceans. At about the same time, factors that have the Neptune rulership in the world (oil, the human dreams & collectives, escapism tendencies, secret addictions ) are going to get that focus!
Saturn continues to be retrograding through Scorpio.
So Scorpios should be focusing on the lessons in life.. or the Saturnian task master will be making your lives hard indeed. Capricorns ..ruled by Saturn will be continuing to have a trying time.. that is actually working to go deep and transform some underlying layers of their personalities, behaviours, and experiences. Stay with it.. This hard phase will be over by mid-July (Saturn goes direct on 8th July 2013)!
That’s about it for this blog.
I’ll sit down to do my usual `highlighting the specific dates & signs’ for the actual transits (good/ bad stuff) in a blog next time..:-)
Here’s a thing – of you are worried about what’s been going on or what’s about to go on.. astrologically, feel free to contact me.. with any questions you may have…and I’ll see if I can shed some astro-light on your situation.
About 3 weeks ago, on 22nd February, Mercury began it’s retrograde motion in the zodiac sign of Pisces. It went from 19 degrees backwards to about 5 degrees in Pisces. Now Pisces is one of those signs that is thought to be dreamy, inspirational.. etherial and nebulous. In it’s rather negative side, it’s also about confusion, bit of chaos, urge to escape..and deceptions. Add this to the fact that Mercury ..when retrograding brings out issues like mis-communication, negative thinking, stressful mind states, problems with local organisations and travels.. you can see that this combination..and the resulting 3+ week period can be a very trying time on so many level for everyone..
Pisces, Gemini & Virgo people would have been more severely affected, and those with these signs as their ascendant (rising signs). For the rest of the people (signs), which ever house where Pisces falls within would have had the troubles.. Things may have started to unravel drastically or even begun to dissolve .. !
GOOD NEWS.. you can stop holding your breath, or gasping for fresh air. Mercury retrograde period (this one) is now over.
Mercury goes direct today.. 17th March, at about 8.03pm (gmt). The last few weeks may have stirred up all sorts of troubles …and as Mercury now goes direct, not only do those hindrances start to fade away, on a personal level, you can take the initiative (mercury rules the mind), and get to resolving issues that have come up.
Miscommunications, arguments, contractual problems, agreements that stalled, commercial ventures that took a nose-dive – can all be attended to now, and successful be sorted – mostly in a positive way!
Although Mercury is now going forward, it has to catch up to the place where it got to before… So it will take Mercury till 6th April, to get to it’s previous position (19 degrees Pisces).. So until then, you have an opportunity to make every effort to resolve issues that have been coming up in the past 3 weeks. And then things can really take off..
So…breath – smile- and bravely tackle the issues with a positive frame of mind.. with imagination, compassion and your highest ideals (positive qualities of Neptune which rules Pisces)..and all will turn out very well indeed.
My promised monthly forecasts did not materialize after mid-January 2013 (let’s just say I was at the mercy of those very aspects!) I hope to resume the regular forecasts soon… But first, it’s useful to all to look back at the stellar landscape of stressful aspects and transits. Why only the stressful ones? Well, no one worries about the positive enhancing stuff, but the difficult days of your lives tend to linger in your minds for a long time.. and giving it perspective allows you to understand and let go of it..
Note 1. Which aspects:Only aspects of semi-square & Square are shown, as in my view, they tend to create the most internal stress (which can flare up a person or situation and create external conflicts).
Note 2. Which signs? Letters in bracket (Aq, Scorp) refers to the signs where those two planets are.
Note 3.Who does it affect? Remember that any transits/ aspects will influence all of you.. albeit a particular sector of your life (home, wealth, romance, work, social etc). But the aspects will be felt more intensely..by the people whose zodiac signs are directly involved in the aspects, as well as the zodiac signs that are ruled by the planets involved. I’ll indicate this next to each event.
Note 4. Duration – The energies of the aspects `build’ a day or so before the actual aspect…so that’s when the stress may have been felt the most.
27th – Mars semi-square pluto — Primarily affects Aries, Scorpios. (Adversely influences Aquarians & Capricorns). Full Moon in Leo. So additional energy around for a lot of emotions to bubble to the surface. Mars & Pluto rule Scorpios… Moon rules Cancer a water sign, and as Scorpio is also a water sign, this will be a particularly hard one for Scorpios.
Also Jupiter goes direct ..which is a positive change for Sagittarians, after they have been facing many a challenges for the past 4 months of many (As Jupiter has been retrograde in Gemini for 4 months, they too will have been facing challenges for 4 months!). Shifts will occur now.
23rd – Mercury retrograde starts – One of the planets whose retrograde affects not just Gemini’s (mercury rules that sign) and Pisces (Mercury is in that sign) but everyone.. Communication problems, arguments, confusions, missing documents, issues with commerce, troublesome young people etc are all signs of Mercury retrograde period. Will last till 18th March.
25th – Sun square-Jupiter – -Affects Leos and Sagittarian. As Mercury retrogrades in Pisces and Sun is in Pisces, this will have a stronger impact on Pisces too. (Also Pisces & Gemini)