I came across this marvelous news..! NASA’s fastest spacecraft `New Horizon’ launched in 2006, has been hurtling towards planet Pluto at 1 million miles per day…! Closest approach to Pluto is next year (July, 2015)..but will start taking photos …(tons I imagine) from next January 2015 onwards…! So we are just under a year away from this event!
Bit of astrology : The 7 sharp aspects between Pluto and Uranus (squares) will be complete by March 2015.. so it is interesting that humanity’s first proper closest look at Pluto comes just at the end of it.. Uranus is a planet that rules technology..and innovation.. (the `Age of Aquarian planet’) ..and Pluto symbolises smallest things that create the biggest impact.. So by July 2015, I’d say (as an Astrologer), we on Earth will have had some revolutionary changes…at least in our own lives.. if not on a global level..
Right then.. Here’s that NASA post from http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/scitech/display.cfm?ST_ID=2627
“One of the fastest spacecraft ever built — NASA’s New Horizons — is hurtling through the void at nearly one million miles per day. Launched in 2006, it has been in flight longer than some missions last, and it is nearing its destination: Pluto.
“The encounter begins next January,” says Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute and the mission’s principal investigator. “We’re less than a year away.”
Closest approach is scheduled for July 2015 when New Horizons flies only 10,000 km from Pluto, but the spacecraft will be busy long before that date. The first step, in January 2015, is an intensive campaign of photography by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager or “LORRI.” This will help mission controllers pinpoint Pluto’s location, which is uncertain by a few thousand kilometers.
“LORRI will photograph the planet against known background star fields,” explains Stern. “We’ll use the images to refine Pluto’s distance from the spacecraft, and then fire the engines to make any necessary corrections.”
At first, Pluto and its large moon Charon will be little more than distant pinpricks-“a couple of fat pixels,” says Stern–but soon they will swell into full-fledged worlds.
By late April 2015, the approaching spacecraft will be taking pictures of Pluto that surpass the best images from Hubble. By closest approach in July 2015, a whole new world will open up to the spacecraft’s cameras. If New Horizons flew over Earth at the same altitude, it could see individual buildings and their shapes.
Stern is looking forward to one of the most exciting moments of the Space Age.
“Humankind hasn’t had an experience like this–an encounter with a new planet–in a long time,” he says. “Everything we see on Pluto will be a revelation.”
He likens New Horizons to Mariner 4, which flew past Mars in July 1965. At the time, many people on Earth, even some scientists, thought the Red Planet was a relatively gentle world, with water and vegetation friendly to life. Instead, Mariner 4 revealed a desiccated wasteland of haunting beauty. New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto will occur almost exactly 50 years after Mariner 4’s flyby of Mars-and it could shock observers just as much.
Other than a few indistinct markings seen from afar by Hubble, Pluto’s landscape is totally unexplored. Although some astronomers call Pluto a “dwarf” planet, Stern says there’s nothing small about it. “If you drove a car around the equator of Pluto, the odometer would rack up almost 5,000 miles-as far as from Manhattan to Moscow.” Such a traveler might encounter icy geysers, craters, clouds, mountain ranges, rilles and valleys, alongside alien landforms no one has ever imagined.
“There is a real possibility that New Horizons will discover new moons and rings as well,” says Stern.
Yes, Pluto could have rings. Already, Pluto has five known moons: Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra. Numerical simulations show that meteoroids striking those satellites could send debris into orbit, forming a ring system that waxes and wanes over time in response to changes in bombardment.
“We’re flying into the unknown,” says Stern, “and there is no telling what we might find.”
Author: Dr. Tony Phillips
Less than 3 days to go..for the culmination of an intense stressful aspect that has been influencing many of us for the past few weeks..! Yes, we have already been in the grips of this one.. !
Powerful yet small planet(oid) Pluto ..currently transiting the sign of Capricorn, is being opposed by usually jovial Jupiter which is retrograding in the water sign of Cancer! This aspect will reach its intense culmination on Friday 31st January 2014..around about 9.15am (gmt) in the morning.. So the night of 30th is probably the one that we all have to ensure the most!!
Oppositions are stressful.. where energies of the opposing planets clash..! It doesn’t matter which side you are on.. you are going to feel the opposition..from the other side.. !
The signs mostly affected will be Sagittarius & Scorpios.. and also Cancerians & Capricorns.
In this case, energies of Jupiter- expansions, wisdom, generosity, law, exploring distant horizons or cultures..are going to be challenged…as will that of Pluto – power, sexual urges, secret desires, compulsions, obsessions! This intense jarring will result in side effects such as over-indulgence, gambling, need for exercising power and manipulating others, sexual obsessions or perversions, experimenting with the occult, magic or spells..and so on!
Do not gamble with other people’s money.. Do guard against secrets spilling out.. and do not probe into others’ secrets…!
How to navigate this difficult time? Well, am sure you already have been.. as these frustrating energies have been building up..! Oppositions can only be resolved by compromises and perhaps even some sacrifices..! The saving grace can come from the beneficial qualities of the planets involved…such as farsight, wisdom, deeper understanding of human nature, and perhaps some travels..
Pluto symbolises transformation.. Jupiter symbolises higher learning.! Use those key qualities for resolutions.. Also utilise the energies of the signs..where the oppositions are taking place..
Compromise means not just giving up a little of your own needs, wants and demands, but also understanding..and even taking on the qualities and suggestions of the opposing forces! In other words, allow some of the opposing energies to permeate you…and become part of you.. !
Then, true transformation takes place!
There is one big good news.. On the same day, Venus ..which has been going retrograde, goes Direct! That’s going to be good…for all things ruled by Venus.. from romances, relationships, arts and finances..! 🙂
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I’ve written about the 7-part transit of the Uranus-square-Pluto transit occurring between 2012 to 2015.. (the 7 transforming waves).
We’ll, part 3 is about to take place on 20th May 2013.. (and part 4 on 1st November!).
Am sure may can ‘t have helped but already notice that the past 1-2 weeks have been getting edgier.. sudden disruptions, little things ending up causing big consequences or effects, stress and so on.. The next 6 days are going to see more of this in more or less every one of our lives.. as we get closer and closer to the energies of this Uranus-square-Pluto culminate ..on the night of Monday 20th May 2013 at 23:02 hrs GMT (UT).
Uranus is currently travelling through the sign of Aries, and Pluto is retrograding through Capricorn! Sorry…it’s a double-whammy disruptions and chaos for Scorpio and Capricorn, and rather close and intensive time for Aries and Aquarius. But pretty much intensive, ultimately transformative ..after a period of sudden disruptions …for everyone.
Issues regarding sex, secrets and obsessive habits, wrangles with technology and machinery, computers and internet, realms of the occult can all be part of the themes of issues that come up right about now. Power struggles, hidden or otherwise, fight for control or manipulative behaviour, sleepless nights with over active minds (and possibly inventions and innovations surfacing) will be some symptoms of deeper processes like the pressure of molten earth building towards a volcanic eruption.
As I said, it’s not the first or the last time.
To get a clue of what sort of issues may play to the surface in YOUR particular life, look back at what you were dealing with …last year around about April -May 2012, and also around about late September to October 2012. Those matters and issues, if they have not been properly resolved within your lives, will surface again.
But if all those have been explored in the recent 6 months, and you have been learning and transforming your life in many ways, then this wave will not have such a harsh disruptive effect on you .. (though other issues may now surface).
Again, there will be a further phase of this in October, and more next year..
Trick is to really go deep with the issues that come up, and learn through and let your life be transformed.. and sooner you let that happen, the lesser these Uranus-Square-Pluto transits will smash over your body like giant waves breaking over you from behind on a tempestuous beach, while you are standing there looking the other way!
Look at the sea, be aware of the wave that is coming.. and be prepared …as much as you can..
Running away is not an option.. because it’s a wave that will hit everywhere!
But then, if you look truthfully and deeply, you already know in your heart..what am talking about.
Good luck.. for your transformation.. and may you shed the old skin and be reborn.
Few weeks ago, I had a dream.. of an ordinary bird in a cage.. that was stuck in a stuffy room… and dying! I took the cage (and bird) and left it out in the sun. But later when I checked, the bird looked dead.. and feared it was over exposed to the heat of the Sun! I brought it indoors, and tried reviving the bird by carefully blowing small bursts of air into it’s open beak! And it recovered and stood up.. Now the Dream analysts amongst you will no doubt easily work out much about the mind-set I was in 3 weeks ago by working out aspects of this dream. (It was few weeks ago.. I’ve moved on now 🙂
Apart from the symbolisms of being stuck by life’s confinements, there is another message here.. that of the bird needing air, getting it..but over exposure to life giving energies of the Sun..and almost dying..and being revived. And of course me and the bird are one.. (or so Psychologists will say, when pulling apart such dreams). It took me a few hours after waking, to suddenly get the insight.. It was the Phoenix of course. And I have only been using that as a username or online identity for a decade or so.. So in a round about way, the bird and it’s journey and revival is also about me.. which ever way you look at it.
So that brings me to Phoenix magic!
I have been doing various forms of dragon-magic for nearly 16-17 years, but started Phoenix magical work about 10 years ago.. as part of some angelic magical work (Arch angels) in a then-coven environment. At the time, my magic involved invoking the phoenix energy for financial security. But looking back on it, it’s clear.. The few years that followed saw me first loosing the job I was in.. (earning less that £12,000 per year), doing all sorts of voluntary work (Events Organising for Pagan Federation’s London District).. and eventually getting a Project Manager job in a Charity that gave me almost £25,000 per year!
This sort of thing has happened again.. whenever I have done any sort of Phoenix magic.. Things that are targeted for magical work (areas of life) initially crumble almost all the way to the ground level.. life seems bleak.. and then out of that emerges a newer stronger way of life!
And I seem to be in one of those regeneration phases currently.. and the dream merely confirmed it few weeks ago.
So my advise for anyone wanting to dabble in any kind of Phoenix magic – really, truly, beware of where your life is at…and that things will get drastically bleak.. first ..before improvements can be seen. It won;t just happen over night either. It may take anything from 3-4 months to even 2-3 years!! I can not stress these points hard enough.
By the way, in astrology, this death & rebirth / transformation is governed by the planet Pluto (and major transits to the sign Scorpio). We currently are in the middle of a 4 year period where the harsh aspect of Pluto-square-Uranus is taking place …in total 7 times, between 2012 to 2015. (link to that blog here). So whether we like it or not.. the whole world is under that transformative influence.. (we’ve had that aspect twice last year.. and it will happen twice this year in 2013.. in May and in early November…so be warned).
In tarot, the death and rebirth transformation is symbolised by the Tower card – where the divine light(ening) strikes the top, and Tower falls.. so that using its components, a newer better one may be built.
I’ll close this with some of the Phoenix images I had created…from photos of real fires…and such. The one on the left is a real photo… (no graphics or editing) and the one on the right is the slightly fleshed out graphics version ..
ps. This blog `QuantumPhoenix’ has been online for about a year and a half now, and strange that only now I have had the idea to talk about the Phoenix itself. I suppose better also start writing about Quantum Magic too 🙂
The Astrology webinar last night (Venus trines & transits) went …well, almost 🙂
I had been planning the slides all day (previous day) and yesterday started creating them on my graphics package.. The art & creative process is enjoyable and rewarding in it self for me.
All was well, till the evening, when at one point I picked up a sudden energy.. I shook it away and continued, but then things started to get frantic, and a bit disruptive with technology. I think that culminated much later – suddenly – when my phone-link (and the phone-link of webinar tech /host) both got cut off …just about 1 hr into the webinar. Luckily we had covered all the basics relevant to the webinar, and were doing last sections and future topics. My partner who was listening in live in north london via website also said she had experienced tech problems.
We did manage to recover.. I think the Hostess Ivy was off aiar for 30 seconds. She came online and explained some features, and texted me to re-log in. And I was online within 2 minutes and covered the missing bit before progressing with further 25+ minutes!
I could get all upset about this technical glitch (Ivy had never had one in 6 yrs she has been running webinars. This was the first it seem).
But thing is, I am actually smiling to myself. Yesterday was when mercury started retrograde. While I had been pre-occupied with the trines, I had not paid much attention to this, so the universe reminded me in a sharp way. But more importantly, it was a real live `evidence’ of the mishaps that mercury retrograde can bring.. So in a way, during an astrology webinar, we actually got a bit of `real live demo’ of the astrology influence!
Okay jubilation of proof aside, we do have the next 3 weeks of mercury retrograde. So it’s good to double check agreements, plans, contracts, appointments, transport time tables, and ..back-up computer files etc.
Stellar wishes to all.
Invitation to : Astrology Webinar on 12th March’12.
February started with a Mars-opposition-Venus. On the 15th Feb, Venus-squared-Pluto!! That energy overshadowed Valentine’s day.. Guess what? 14th March is looking brilliant. Venus-trines-Mars! (good) Venus-conjuncts-Jupiter (auspicious). ..and Venus-trines-pluto (Hot n intense!)..and and..Mars-tines-Jupiter.. (project and expand!)…and following day (15th Match), Mars-trine-pluto (more heat and passion..and raw sex!!) That’s not all. We are building up the expectations of the Venus-transit of the Sun, due to take place on 6th June!
On the other hand, we have got an intense aspect of Uranus-square-Pluto and Jupiter-square-Neptune , taking place on 24th/ 25th of June. Squares in astrology are the most excruciating ones that agitate us into taking action on pain of internal stress (not even oppositions are that challenging. They just require compromises and balances).
I’ve been exploring western astrology for over 2 decades. I’ve written weekly forecasts for AgeNet in the mid-90’s, provided private Chart & interpretations, and have freely given transit advise for close family & pagan friends for many years. My personal interests are in forecasting, and in what I call Astro-magic (using charts and transits to do personal magical work – not quite chart-correcting, but similar in a magical way).
The upcoming *double-grand trines is one not to be missed for personal work… especially when beneficial planets are involved. Let’ be honest- we can all do with more fortunes, wealth, luck and love. (*grand trine happens between 3 planets, and a double-grand-trine is when 2 of these happening at the `same time’).
So I like to share my insights on these, on how you can tune into these stellar energies and benefit from them in your lives.
Join me in a special webinar – totally ** free! Post questions beforehand. Log-in, tune in, phone in ..and listen.. watch…and even interact via chat with other
listeners! (Why Free? because astrology is a private calling, and these very trines are compelling me to share them. There is plenty of energies and good fortunes in the known universe to benefit all lives – we don’t need to hog, hide or hijack any of it).
Here’s the link for the Webinar.. Just go take a look now..
And on the night, click in to `listen to webinar’ and …listen. It’s that easy.
So, I hope to speak to you on the night in the net or via phone / skype.In case some of you are thinking that you don’t know astrology, transits, aspects.. Don’t panic. The webinar page has a link to an astrology article that gives all a simple beginners guide. In addition, I will spend a little but important time covering the basics of astrology in the webinar itself. Besides which, knowledge of astrology is not required at all, for you to benefit from it. Most of us drive a car but not all know how the machines work under the bonnet. Same with astrology. You can use it, without knowing the details of its mechanics.
Bright Blessings & great fortunes
Well, 14th of February.. Valentine’s Day, right? How many singles are feeling lonely? And how many in relationships are feeling pressured to perform (not just in bed.. but in pleasing their lover / romantic partner).
astronomically, it’s not looking good am afraid.
February started with a Mars-opposition-Venus. Mars is already (recently) begin to retrograde in the earth sign of Virgo (It will be doing this till 14th April 😦 One saving grace (not that planets do that) is ..Venus is in Aries at the moment.. So it may be a case of the Ladies feeling the heat, while the men are stuck in some earthy chores, duties, work..etc.
On the 15th Feb, Venus-squares-Pluto!! That energy is going to overshadow Valentine’s day.. Arhhhgg! Yeap, people.. expect all sorts of sexual mis-adventures, probes and power-struggles! Expect little things to make things worse. So measure what you say! Mercury just entered Pisces. Communication ain’t gonna be clear… and if anything might prove to be airy-fairy (or poetic?!)
Guess what? 14th March is looking brilliant. Venus-trines-Mars! (good) Venus-conjuncts-Jupiter (auspicious). ..and Venus-trines-pluto (Hot n intense!)..and and..Mars-tines-Jupiter.. (project and expand!)…and following day (15th Match), Mars-trine-pluto (more heat and passion..and raw sex!!)
My advise.. postpone Valentine’s Day to 14th March 2012. 🙂
This painting (watercolour) from