December 2018 Astrological Forecast

2018 December Astrological Forecast

Carstian Luyckx, Vanitas – Still Life With Celestial Globe, oil on panel, 1650

2018 December Astrological Forecast

Ingresses

The day of Saturn marks the start of December, while the waning Virgo Moon surveys this year’s culmination. Venus revisits Scorpio the following day (12/2/18), as Mercury‘s direct station (12/6/18), also in Scorpio, precedes the New Moon in Sagittarius (12/7/18). Until the twelfth of December, Mercury remains in Scorpio. Thereafter, the Aquarian apogee Moon illuminates Mercury’s ingress into Sagittarius (12/12/18), passing its shadow zone by the twenty-fourth. Venus and Mars remain in Scorpio and Pisces, respectively, until the end of December, when Mars ingresses into Aries, its cardinal, diurnal domicile. Finally, the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter blaze through the Archer, until the solstice sees the Sun’s ingress into Saturn-ruled Capricorn.

December’s Air-Void

Until the Capricorn solstice, an elemental water-fire combination dominates December’s celestial compass, while an air-void permeates the backdrop. Water-fire compositions develop emotional and intellectual experience, combining perceptual depth with necessary detachment. The month’s persistent air-void, however, can challenge our capacity to incorporate new ideas and maintain objective reflection. As the solstice ushers the Capricorn Sun’s earthy contribution to December’s elemental structure, focus is placed on activity, emotions, and the material sphere. An air-void, however, suggests the omission of intellectual assimilation. Because air’s unifying quality enables swift adjustment to new perspectives (including people), self-analysis and objectivity can be a challenging balance to employ.

December 2018 Astrological Forecast

Adriaen van Cronenburch, Lady and Girl, oil on panel, 1568

The Capricorn Solstice

The Capricorn solstice, on December twenty-first (5:22 PM ET), portends the Sun’s six-month passage. Activating the Northern Hemisphere’s shortest day, the solstice envelops the Southern Hemisphere’s lengthier days with sweltering climate. As the nodal axis bestrides Cancer-Capricorn, its first, partial solar eclipse occurs at 15°25′ Capricorn (1/6/19).

Saturn, posited at the Sun-Pluto midpoint, forges the weight of power in the governmental sphere. Organizations in the public sector, such as law enforcement and police ‘services’, can be coerced to consolidate existing societal ranks. Heralding the Saturn-Pluto cycle, the emphasis is on commerce, an unsustainable economy, and hierarchical structures. Like the bifurcation properties of November’s Full Moon in Gemini, conflict can erupt from humanity’s uncooperative extremism.

Mars into Aries

December’s closure emits the first arc minutes of Mars’ ingress into the Warrior, Aries. In his domicile, Mars in Aries readily possesses the tools to initiate and consummate its quest. Depending on Mars’ presence (via sect, dignity, placement, and aspects), we may experience Mars’ more constructive qualities regarding a specific sector in our charts. Whereas November witnessed both Benefics (Venus and Jupiter) in their respective domiciles, December’s curtains draw with Saturn and Mars (the Greater and Lesser Malefics, respectively), in their domiciles (Capricorn and Aries).

December 2018 Lunations

On December 7th, 2018, the New Moon at 15°07′ Sagittarius conjoins fixed star Hercules, and squares the exact Mars-Neptune conjunction. Disposited by Jupiter, this is the second, consecutive lunation activating a Moon-Mars square. Notably, the last New Moon, at 17°16′ Sagittarius, with Jupiter at 27°45′ Sagittarius, occurred eleven years ago, on December 9th, 2007.

At 0°49′ Cancer, December’s Full Moon follows the winter solstice, calibrating the intricate balance between nurture and achievement. An ameliorating pause from the ferocity propelled from the prior two lunations’ squares to Mars, December’s Full Moon offers unexpected pleasantries, excitement, and reconciliatory possibilities. This auspicious lunation, disposited by Luna, conjoins fixed star Betelgeuse and sextiles Uranus. In the backdrop, the Venus-Neptune trine activates creativity and compassion.

Saturn Cazimi

Saturn Cazimi occurs on the second of January, exact at 11°31′ Capricorn. This Cazimi is opportune for cementing long-term endeavors, provided that we willingly execute the laborious persistence required by Saturn. Saturn Cazimi will be fully explored in a forthcoming post.

December 2018 Astrological Forecast

Edwaert Collier, Vanitas Still Life With Skull on Reversed Crown, 88.5 x 112.5 cm., 1642

December 2018 Astrological Forecast Calendar

  • 11/30/18: Venus opposite Uranus at 29°08′ Libra-Aries (8:56 PM ET).
  • 12/1/18: Mercury retrograde at 29°59′ Scorpio (6:12 AM ET), Moon into Libra, square Saturn at 7°57′ Libra-Capricorn (11:44 PM ET).
  • 12/2/18: Sun square Mars at 10°44′ Sagittarius-Pisces (6:33 PM ET), Venus ingresses into its detriment, Scorpio (12:02 PM ET), Chiron trine Nodes at 27°55′ Pisces-Cancer-Capricorn.
  • 12/5/18: Sun square Neptune at 13°43′ Sagittarius-Pisces (5:29 PM ET).
  • 12/6/18: Mars conjunct Neptune at 13°44′ Pisces (9:42 AM ET), Mercury stations direct at 27°18′ Scorpio (4:22 PM ET) decan III, Moon into Sagittarius.
  • 12/7/18: Mercury trine North Node at 27°42′ Scorpio-Cancer (12:42 AM ET), New Moon at 15°07′ Sagittarius (2:19 AM ET), Mars conjunct Neptune at 13°44′ Pisces (9:11 AM ET)
  • 12/9/18: Moon into Capricorn.
  • 12/11/18: Moon into Aquarius, Sun in Sagittarius, decan II.
  • 12/12/18: Apogee Moon, Mercury ingresses into its detriment, Sagittarius (6:43 PM ET).
  • 12/13/18: Neptune trine Ceres at 13°47′ Pisces (7:29 PM ET).
  • 12/14/18: Moon into Pisces.
  • 12/15/18: First Quarter Moon at 23°27′ Pisces.
  • 12/16/18: Moon into Aries, Mars sextile Pluto at 20°06′ Pisces-Capricorn (1:59 AM ET), Venus sextile Saturn at 9°34′ Scorpio-Capricorn (9:18 AM ET).
  • 12/18/18: Moon into Taurus.
  • 12/19/18: Sun square Chiron at 27°56′ Sagittarius-Pisces (4:40 PM ET).
  • 12/20/18: Sun trine Uranus at 28°43′ Sagittarius-Aries (11:08 AM ET).
  • 12/21/18: Moon into Gemini, Capricorn Solstice (5:23 PM ET), Sun ingresses into Capricorn, decan I, Venus trine Neptune at 13°53′ Scorpio-Pisces (11:47 AM ET), Mercury conjunct Jupiter at 9°34′ Sagittarius (12:29 PM ET).
  • 12/22/18: Full Moon at 0°49′ Cancer, decan I, (12:48 PM ET).
  • 12/24/18: North Node direct at 26°50′ Cancer (6:48 AM ET), Moon into Leo, Mercury square Neptune at 13°57′ Sagittarius-Pisces (7:32 PM ET).
  • 12/26/18: Venus at perihelion.
  • 12/27/18: Mars trine North Node at 26°53′ Pisces-Cancer (6:00 AM ET), Venus sextile Lilith retrograde at 19°9′ Scorpio-Capricorn (6:55 AM ET), Venus conjunct Ceres at 19°17′ Scorpio (10:04 AM ET), Moon into Virgo.
  • 12/28/18: Venus sextile Pluto at 20°29′ Scorpio-Capricorn (4:23 PM ET).
  • 12/29/18: Mars conjunct Chiron at 28°4′ Pisces, Last Quarter Moon at 7°36′ Libra.
  • 12/30/18: Pluto sextile Ceres at 20°33′ Capricorn-Scorpio.
  • 12/31/18: Moon into Scorpio, Mars ingresses into its domicile, Aries.

January 2, 2019: Saturn Cazimi, (exact Sun conjunct Saturn) at 11°31′ Capricorn.

January 2019 Eclipses:

  • 1/6/19: Partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25′ Capricorn.
  • 1/21/19: Total Lunar Eclipse at 0°52′ Leo.

References:

Michelsen & Pottenger, The American Ephemeris 2000-2050 at Midnight.


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New Moon in Scorpio

Leonor Fini, The Parasol, 1947

New Moon in Scorpio: A Photochemical Exchange

The New Moon in Scorpio embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant energy. Via photochemical exchange, the consequential chemical and physical properties of molecules in response to light absorption differ greatly from their structural origin. As such, Luna and Jupiter have filtered their effulgence through the venomous canals of Scorpio, laboriously transmuting poison into panacea. Invisibly, in the same ecliptic longitude with the Sun, Luna surrenders her brilliance in service to Earth: the Moon’s reflective void determines Earth’s albedo, or the level of sunlight reflected by Earth. In turn, this offering enables the survey of climate: the cloudier the Earth, the brighter the ‘earthshine’. Here, the photochemical exchange of light is the New Moon’s final homage to Earth: guided by Jupiter, Luna soon vanishes from Scorpio’s interminably clenched claw.

Scorpio Decan II: The Sea-Crossing of Sun and Jupiter

At 15°11’ Scorpio, this lunation illuminates the second decan, governed by the Sun and Jupiter. In her depression or fall, Luna’s second decan in Scorpio heralds themes of conflict, vulnerability, and transitional surrender. As Agrippa’s imagery illustrates, “In the second face ascendeth a man naked, and a woman naked, and a man sitting on the earth, and before him two dogs biting one another…” While Agrippa proceeds to elaborate on deception, impudent operations, and strife amongst men, both figures remain exposed. While all three decans reiterate violence in Agrippa’s descriptions, the second face of Scorpio subtly alludes to vulnerability, since man and woman are unprotected by either garments or weaponry.

Ibn Ezra echoes Agrippa by depicting Scorpio’s second face as the ascension of ‘a naked man, and the middle of a horse, and the middle of an ox’, followed by ‘a woman who has left her house; she is naked and has nothing on and she is entering the sea.’ Again, both figures are unadorned by clothing, but in Ezra’s second description, it is suggested that, void of possessions, the female relinquishes her shelter, journeying into the sea. While sea-crossing affords a plethora of mythological diversities, in Eastern and Greek cultures, it is an intermediary between life and death. As an agent of destruction and renewal, it is equally a medium of communion between humans and gods. Essentially, the sea integrates the elements it separates, such as fertility and barrenness, or a deathly directionless odyssey in its immortal passage. It is possible, then, that Ezra’s female embarks upon a sea-crossing of bare surrender, between the visible and invisible worlds of humans, gods, and the departed.

Leonor Fini, Ophelia

Zuben Elgenubi: The Insufficient Price

During the Greek and Roman empires, the Claws of the Scorpion became known as the Scales, and this portion of the sky was viewed as a lamp symbolizing the Assyrian god of fire, Bir. [4] At 15°19′ Scorpio, fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, Libra’s brightest star, conjoins the Moon (and Sun) within an 8′ orb. According to Ptolemy, ‘of those stars in the Claws of the Scorpion… those in the middle parts the same as do Saturn and, to a less degree, Mars.’ [Ptolemy, p.51] Zuben Elgenubi traditionally corresponds to the nature of Saturn followed, to a lesser extent, by that of Mars. However, as the New Moon’s traditional dispositor, the Martial influence is likely applicable.

Early interpretations of Zuben Elgenubi are forthright in their subjectively negative descriptions. Robson, symbolically terming Elgenubi as ‘The Insufficient Price’, describes this star as ‘causing malevolence, violence, disease, lying, and dangers from poison.’ Ebertin punctuates Zuben Elgenubi’s negative connotations to nocturnal charts (this lunation occurs during a diurnal chart), alongside attributions to poor health. However, along with its northern counterpart, Zuben Eschamali, Ebertin interprets this combination as bestowing ‘immortality to one’s name.’ However, Brady notes Zuben Elgenubi as having higher ideals regarding social reform than its counterpart, citing Martin Luther King, John Lennon, and Abraham Lincoln as examples of reformers with the culminating star. Here, it is suggested that Zuben Elgenubi differs via motivational source. Essentially, it marks individuals involved in reform while simultaneously dismissing personal gain or power. [4]

Odilon Redon, The Red Sphinx, 1912

New Moon in Scorpio Aspects

The New Moon in Scorpio trines Neptune and sextiles Pluto. The Moon-Neptune trine is empathic, which, to an extent, ameliorates some of the challenging themes of this lunation. In harmony, Luna and Neptune are service-oriented, particularly to those deemed less fortunate. Equally, the imaginative realm is heightened, alluding to the forthcoming Mercury retrograde, which will challenge perceptual clarity. However, in the context of this lunation, this energy is favorable for artistic endeavors, the dream-state, and heightened sensitivity. Of course, Luna’s dialogue with Neptune can stir oscillating moods, often mirroring our environment, so it is recommended that our company is agreeable.

The Moon-Pluto sextile readily dismisses triviality in favor all-encompassing, experiential depth. This intensity extends to relationships, an interest in investigating all forms of inaccessible subject matter (inclusive to subterranean energies in the psyche), and the impetus to adjust unfavorable conditions within the intimate setting. The general caution with this aspect is the tendency towards unproductive or unyielding obsessiveness in the pursuit of singular knowledge or a compulsory idea.

Odilon Redon, Red Thorns

Venus Retrograde trines the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, ushering equilibrium between assertiveness and equality. Harmoniously integrating the ying and yang, or the emerald and scarlet tinctures of Mars and Venus, confidence is punctuated without the interjection of abrasiveness. While this aspect begins to stimulate the long-term, fiery quest for liberation that heralds Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, Venus-Mars oversees a balance between individuality and cooperative efforts. Because of the crystalline properties of this fixed Scorpio decan, established relationships (of ample varieties) are potentially solidified, while favorable, newly formed partnerships are likely void of exploitation. Furthermore, note Mars’ ingress into Pisces on November 15th, followed by Venus’ direct station at 25º14′ Libra on November 16th. Fifteen hours later, Mercury stations retrograde at 13º29′ Sagittarius. Needless to mention, this month ushers illimitable activity.

Saturn’s Backdrop

Because the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, is currently in Saturn’s domain (prior to its Jupitarian ingress in Pisces), the Time Keeper imparts lessons through detached discipline. Instead, Saturn rewards laborious diligence, maturation, stoicism, and the stability of our life’s structures. The subtle, Saturnian sway of this lunation can be used to re-structure areas of life that no longer concretize purpose and potential, a task best embarked in unison with the fulfillment of honorable work.

Water and Fire: The Corpuscles of Unity andDispersal

The New Moon in Scorpio is followed by Jupiter’s ingress into his Sagittarian domicile the following day, on November 8th. The elements, too, are flaring from water to fire, a challenging transmutation between polarizing elements. This inherent volatility requires a stable structure, since the movement from water to fire requires the conversion from cold unification (moist) to hot separation (dry). Where water is cool becoming moist, simultaneously fixed and fluid, it serves the basic human necessity for emotive depth. In contrast, the nature of fire is to rise and disperse, answering the primal call for individuality, spiritedness, and instinctive knowledge. Therefore, as the planetary ingresses shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius, there is a surge for individualized exploration and creative expression.

Image taken from Friedländer, Plato, vol. 1, An Introduction.

In Timaeus, Plato uses the geometrical shape of each element to explain its appearance and behavior. The fiery corpuscle is a regular tetrahedron, or four-sided geometrical solid. In this diagram, the central fire-particle contains 6 scalene triangles composing each equilateral face of the tetrahedron. On the left is a basic isotope with 2 scalene triangles per face, and, on the right, a more complex isotope with 8 scalene triangles per face.Therefore, the sharpness of the four triangles that compose fire reflects the element’s divisive and protruding nature. Beyond any other form, its splicing ability heats and pulverizes into multiples.

New Moon in Scorpio

Before the dispersal of the fiery Archer, the New Moon in Scorpio offers a mediating intermission between destruction and renewal. Like Ezra’s sea-crossing figure, this excursion explores the raw surrender between visible and invisible worlds. Coupled with the selfless potential of Zuben Elgenubi and Luna’s depth-riddled aspects, the New Moon embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant light energy. On the day of Jupiter (November 8th), the Scorpion releases a newly forged Jove into the Archer’s arms.

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The New Moon at 15°11’ Scorpio occurs on the day of Mercury, November 7th, 2018, at 11:02:03 PM ET.


References:

1. Agrippa, Henry, Three Books of Occult Philosophy.

2. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos.

3. Ezra, Ibn, The Beginning of Wisdom.

4. Brady, Bernadette, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.

5. Robson, Vivian, The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology.

6. Plato, Timaeus.

7. Cohen, Marc, Washington.edu

Oil paintings are by Leonor Fini and Odilon Redon.


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November 2018 Astrological Forecast

Never 2018 Astrological Forecast

November anticipates Jupiter’s departure from a year-long transit through Mars-ruled Scorpio (since 10/10/17), and into his domicile. On November 8th, Jupiter ingresses into Sagittarius until 12/2/19. This day’s splendor unfurls as, together, both benefics (Venus and Jupiter) are firstly seen enthroned in their respective domiciles (Libra and Sagittarius, respectively).

The wild blackout of November’s autumnal storms is forged by the blaze of Jupiter and Mars. Here, both planets roam and release amidst each other’s territories. Firstly, Mercury exits Mars-ruled Scorpio, entering Jupiter’s realm on October 31st, as the fleet-footed Messenger ingresses into his detriment in Sagittarius. On November 15th, the exchange between Jupiter and Mars extends as the latter ingresses into Jupiter-ruled Pisces. This receptivity engraves Jove’s jubilant mark into the red planet of severance.

Cleansed of Mars’ murky ink (on October 31st), on November 16th, Venus stations direct at 25º14′ Libra (on fixed stars Arcturus and Spica). Thereafter, in his detriment, Mercury stations retrograde, on November 16th, at 13º29′ Sagittarius (until 12/6/18, stationing direct at 27º16′ Scorpio). The challenging Mercury retrograde is encapsulated in a Sagittarius stellium (Sun, Jupiter, Mercury) come November 22nd, as the solar Centaur gleams in the November sky. The yearly Jupiter Cazimi, on November 26th, is a potent effulgence: the Greater Benefic is doubly empowered, when, in his domicile, he is simultaneously shielded in the king’s heart.

“Him Centaur follows with an aiming eye,

His bow full-drawn, and ready to let fly.”

The Centaur’s Aiming Eye: Jupiter Ingresses Into Sagittarius

On November 8th, Jupiter ingresses into his year-long Sagittarian domicile, where the bow is fully drawn in sweeping flight. This ingress oversees the full expression of the eternal, fiery force of courage, the primal fire reflected in opportune angularity.

Upon the astrological plane, Sagittarius is the mobile unit of the fiery trigon. He serves as the governing force of humanity, and that which oversees the necessity of justly law and order. In this expression, the bow, a metaphor for strength or force, flings its arrows in any opportune direction. This forward momentum of restless energy interminably seeks new modes of expression. Arising from the external plane’s chaos, this expressive reflectivity develops organization. As author of noble charity, the genuine son of Jupiter signifies higher moral character and humanitarian qualities. Upon the astrological sphere, Jupiter is deemed the Greater Benefic, possessing the highest form of human expression and rarest qualities of justice. The Centaur, too, is a symbol of secular knowledge, and its influence indicates external powers of merciful command as a result of its mental organizational skills. Representing the muscular foundation, Sagittarius is the emblem of stability, foundation, and physical power. Overseen by Jupiter, the Centaur’s locomotive star will aid in the yearly amplification of Jupiter’s worldly wisdom.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast

Zeus, Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli (inv. nr.9551). Da Pompei, Casa dei Dioscuri.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast

November Lunations

The November 7th New Moon at 15º11′ Scorpio (decan II) occurs on the day Uranus regresses into 29º59′ Aries. The New Moon trines Neptune, sextiles Pluto, and is poised against the backdrop of Saturn.

The Full Moon in Gemini occurs on November 23 at 0º52′ Gemini (decan I), where Luna opposes Jupiter. Likewise, the luminaries and Jupiter are tangled in a T-Square to Mars. Mercury, the dispositor of November’s Full Moon, conjoins Jupiter, and stirs themes of potential inaccuracy and exaggeration. Equilibrium between ambition and ethics will surge for inspection, as will our necessity for accurate communication.

Jupiter Cazimi

November 2018 Astrological Forecast When in its own domicile, a planet is considered impervious to the Sun’s beams. As Jupiter approaches the King’s Heart (Sun) on 11/26/18, he will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).* When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. In the case of Jupiter, he will be doubly fortified, considering he is already in his domicile.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast Calendar

  • 10/31/18: Mercury ingresses into Sagittarius; Venus Rx at 29º54′ Libra (Decan III)
  • 11/1/18: Moon opposite Mars at 21º31′ Leo, Jupiter trine Chiron at 28º31′ Scorpio-Pisces.
  • 11/2/18: Moon ingresses into Virgo. Moon trine Saturn at 5º04′ Virgo-Capricorn.
  • 11/3/18: Sun ingresses into Decan II Scorpio.
  • 11/4/18: Sun on Alphecca, currently at 12º32′ Scorpio. Moon ingresses into Libra. Moon square Saturn at 5º15′ Libra-Capricorn.
  • 11/5/18: Moon square Pluto at 19º04′ Libra-Capricorn, Sun trine Neptune at 13º47′ Scorpio-Pisces, Venus conjunct Ceres at 27º25′ Libra, Moon trine Mars at 24º06′ Libra-Aquarius.
  • 11/6/18: Moon into Scorpio, square the Nodes, Rx North Node enters 29º56′ Cancer, Uranus regresses into Aries (29º59′).
  • 11/7/18: New Moon at 15º11′ Scorpio (Decan II).
  • * 11/8/18: Jupiter ingresses into (his domicile) Sagittarius until 12/3/19, Venus trine Mars at 26º11′ Libra-Aquarius. Moon into Sagittarius. Together, both benefics are first seen enthroned in their respective domiciles.
November 2018 Astrological Forecast

Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius as Venus is in her domicile.

  • 11/11/18: Moon into Capricorn
  • 11/12/18: Ceres ingresses into Scorpio.
  • 11/13/18: Lunar Node stations direct at 29º10′ Cancer.
  • 11/14/18: Moon into Aquarius
  • 11/15/18: First Quarter Moon at 23º11′ Aquarius (Decan III). Mars sextile Uranus at 29º40′ Aquarius-Aries. Mars ingresses into Pisces at 6:21 PM ET.
  • * 11/16/18: Moon into Pisces. Venus stations direct at 25º14′ Libra on Arcturus and Spica.
  • 11/16/18: Mercury stations retrograde at 13º29′ Sagittarius (until 12/5/18, stations direct on 12/6/18 at 27º16′ Scorpio).
  • 11/19/18: Moon into Aries. Mars square Jupiter at 2º33′ Pisces-Sagittarius.
  • 11/21/18: Moon into Taurus.
  • 11/22/18: Sun ingresses into Sagittarius.
  • 11/23/18: Full Moon at 0º52′ Gemini (Decan I).
  • 11/24/18: Venus conjunct Spica, currently at 24º4′ Libra, Neptune stations direct at 13º41′ Pisces, Moon into Cancer.
  • 11/25/18: Moon trine Mars at 6º6′ Cancer-Pisces. Moon opposite Saturn at 7º15′ Cancer-Capricorn. Moon trine Neptune at 13º41′ Cancer-Pisces.
  • 11/26/18: Jupiter Cazimi at 3°56′ Sagittarius.
  • * 11/27/18: Moon square Venus at 27º25′ Cancer-Libra (12:32 AM). Lunar Node stations direct at 28º01′ Cancer. Moon into Leo. Moon trine Jupiter at 4º14′ Leo-Sagittarius, Mercury at 4º39′ Leo-Sagittarius, and the Sun at 5º25′ Leo-Sagittarius. Mars sextile Saturn at 7º29′ Pisces-Capricorn. Mercury Cazimi, exact at 5º03′ Sagittarius. Mercury conjunct Jupiter at 4º18′ Sagittarius.
  • 11/29/18: Moon trine Uranus at 29º12 Leo-Aries.
  • 11/30/18: Last Quarter Moon at 7º43′ Virgo (Decan I). Venus opposite Uranus at 29º12′ Libra-Aries.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast

References:

Michelsen & Pottenger, The American Ephemeris 2000-2050 at Midnight.

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology.


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Sect in Astrology

Determining Sect in Astrology

Determining sect is both a simple yet potent Hellenistic technique for the purposes of chart delineation. By definition, the word ‘sect’ implies a separation, or bisection, that forms a grouping of astrological similitudes. Sect introduces the concept of astrological alliances (not unlike a ‘religious sect’) that establish unification within a specified division. Essentially, sect divides planets, signs, and hemispheres into two main polarities: diurnal and nocturnal. By doing so, a clearer understanding of planetary affiliation arises, an insight applicable to any given chart. Primarily, sect is a qualitative factor that modifies the benefic or malefic implications of planets in any given chart.

A simple approach to sect identification divides a chart between diurnal (or the quality of day), and nocturnal (or quality of night) polarities. This is easily done by locating the Sun’s relative position to the chart’s horizon. A chart is of diurnal sect as soon as the Sun rises above the exact degree of the Ascendant, since the Ascendant is indicative of the eastern horizon where the Sun rises each morning. [1] Once the Sun’s location is established relative to the horizon, a chart can be pronounced as either diurnal or nocturnal.

Sect Example I.

In ‘Sect Example I’, we clearly witness the Sun, at 19°25′ Libra, in the diurnal hemisphere, above the horizon, and therefore, affirm the diurnal quality, or sect, of this example chart. Locating the Sun’s placement is the first step in sect identification. In other words, we are not yet analyzing other planets or signs in the chart. Once we have established the sect of a chart, we can then identify the attributes of the remaining components.

Planets, Signs, and Hemispheres Relative to Sect

By default, the traditional planets are deemed diurnal if they are masculine, while the nocturnal planets are considered feminine, respectively. For practitioners of modern astrology, please note that, since this is a traditional, Hellenistic technique, outer or ‘transpersonal’ planets remain uninvolved. Therefore, the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn are of the diurnal (or day-time) sect, while the Moon, Venus, and Mars belong to the nocturnal (or night-time) sect.

Malleable Mercury

What about Mercury? Well, the flexible, fleet-footed Messenger takes a neutral stance on the topic of sect. In other words, if poised in a diurnal chart, he naturally remains part of the day-time sect, while adhering to the nocturnal sect if placed in a night-time chart. Back to the ‘Sect Example I’ chart above, Mercury (at 4°18′ Scorpio) is of diurnal sect, strictly relative to the Sun’s location. Were the Sun poised below the horizon, Mercury would nonchalantly transform into a nocturnal planet.

Sect in Astrology

As for signs, those of masculine origin are considered diurnal, namely, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. In contrast, the feminine signs are nocturnal: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.

Regarding the hemispheres, the diurnal sect embraces the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th houses, where planets are visible above the horizon. In contrast, the nocturnal sect overshadows the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th houses, where the planets are ‘invisibly’ placed below the horizon.

Benefic of the Sect in Favor

Perhaps one of the most useful functions of sect is the clarity it bestows upon the behavior of both the benefics and malefics in any given chart. Astrology commonly describes Jupiter as the ‘Greater Benefic’, Venus as the ‘Lesser Benefic’, Saturn as the ‘Greater Malefic’, and Mars as the ‘Lesser Malefic’. However, via sect, while Jupiter functions as the ‘Greater Benefic’ in a diurnal chart, Venus assumes that same role in a nocturnal chart. While Jupiter retains the throne as the Greater Benefic in a diurnal chart, his affirming qualities are lessened within the context of a nocturnal chart. Instead, in a night-time chart, Venus becomes the benefic of the sect in favor, where her reconciliatory nature is heightened as ‘queen’ of the nocturnal sect. Of course, there are mitigating factors that potentially alter the significance of said planets, but overall, this principle remains solidified.

Malefic Contrary to the Sect in Favor

Contrasting benefic planets, the malefic contrary to the sect in favor will behave more potentially challenging, while the more constructive qualities of a malefic will surface as a result of its association with the sect in favor (ie., Saturn in the day and Mars in the night). In other words, in a diurnal chart, the malefic contrary to the sect in favor is Mars, while Saturn retains dominance as malefic contrary to the nocturnal sect. To reiterate, we generally witness the more constructive characteristics of Saturn in a day-time chart, while Mars is considerably more cooperative in a night-time chart.

Sect in Astrology

Astrological references on album’s cover art deserve a separate post.

Saturn’s Sect (Clarified by Blue Öyster Cult)

Having some difficulty understanding why Saturn behaves more constructively during the day as opposed to night? Well, Blue Öyster Cult‘s 1976 single, “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”, reverberates a solid understanding of Saturn’s natural disposition when paired with the Sun.* [2] Note its succinct insight:

Seasons don’t fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain

See that? The Sun needn’t fear the Reaper: the solar rays are well aware of Saturn’s potentially constructive behavior in a diurnal chart. Firmicus Maternus affirms this in his interpretation of Saturn in the eighth house, nothing that “… if by day, [Saturn] allots an increase in income over a period of time.” [1] However, Saturn’s malefic nature is intensified as the Sun drops below the horizon. In a nocturnal chart, Saturn is said to be “contrary to the sect” in favor (para ten hairesin). In general, malefics become more challenging (as is their natural disposition, in contrast to benefics) when they are contrary to a sect, be it Saturn in a night chart or Mars in a day chart. Here, the subjectively negative significations of the malefics become aggravated, behaving in a more (comparatively) deleterious manner.

Sect in Astrology

Diurnal and Nocturnal Planets from ‘Positive’ to ‘Negative’

Identifying Planets in a Diurnal Chart

Sect in Astrology

Diurnal Chart I

Beginning with the Sun, we witness its placement in the diurnal hemisphere, above the eastern horizon of the Ascendant degree. Therefore, with this day-time chart, the Sun is of diurnal sect, and becomes the luminary in favor. As a result, Jupiter is the benefic of the sect in favor, and his affirming, subjectively positive qualities are naturally amplified in this chart. Additionally, Mercury becomes part of the day-time sect, as a direct result of the Sun’s placement. In this chart, the more constructive qualities of Saturn can surface, as the malefic contrary to the sect in favor is Mars. With this diurnal chart, since Mars is the benefic contrary to the sect in favor, he will be the more subjectively challenging component of the sect and chart, respectively. Note that, for the purposes of this article, we are merely isolating planetsand hemispheres relative to sect. Therefore, all other forms of chart delineation are excluded.

Identifying Planets in a Nocturnal Chart

Sect in Astrology

Nocturnal Chart I

As the Sun is poised below the horizon in the nocturnal hemisphere, the luminary of the sect in favor is the Moon. In this night-time chart, Venus is the benefic of the sect in favor, and her reconcilatory qualities are amplified in a more subjectively positive manner. Additionally, Mercury becomes part of the nocturnal sect, again, as a direct result of the Sun’s position (in the nocturnal hemisphere). In this chart, the more constructive characteristics of Mars can be activated, as it is Saturn that becomes the malefic contrary to the sect in favor. In other words, Saturn manifests as the more subjectively challenging planet in this nocturnal chart. Again, for the purposes of this article, we are merely isolating sect as a form of identifying the roles of planetary energies.

‘Rejoicing’ Conditions in Sect

Planets prefer to be in charts that complement their own sect. When this occurs, a planet is considered to be ‘of the sect’ and is referred to (in Hellenistic astrology) as ‘rejoicing’. There are two sect-related conditions that allow for the ‘rejoicing’ of planets. These conditions underline a planet’s position relative to the horizon and zodiacal sign placement. The latter has three different variations, as a result of disparate ideas regarding the signs in the Hellenistic tradition.

1. Rejoicing Via Planetary Position

For the first principle, diurnal planets ‘rejoice’ when placed above the horizon in a day chart or below the horizon in a night chart. Essentially, in day charts, the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn (being diurnal planets) prefer to appear above the Ascendant-Descendant. In contrast, their preference is below the horizon axis when located in nocturnal charts. In parallel, the nocturnal sect (the Moon, Venus, and Mars) prefers placement above the Ascendant-Descendant axis at night, or below it during the day. Additionally, recall that Mercury, remaining neutral to both sect and gender (most authors treat Mercury as neutral aside from Rhetorius), transforms in preference relative to the Sun. For the purposes of clarity, note that this condition (rejoicing via planetary position) remains the most important when identifying sect.

2. Rejoicing Via Zodiacal Sign

As stated above, the second sect-related ‘rejoicing’ condition includes three variants as a result of Hellenistic disagreements regarding zodiacal signs. They are as follows:

  • Masculine signs and feminine signs are attributed to the diurnal and nocturnal sect, respectively. As a result, diurnal and nocturnal planets rejoice in masculine and feminine signs, respectively. Essentially, planets rejoice when paired with signs of their same gender.
  • The Leo-Cancer axis is used to divide the zodiac into two hemispheres. As a result, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn are said to be diurnal signs. Additionally, Cancer, Gemini, Taurus, Aries, Pisces, and Aquarius are considered nocturnal.
  • Sign-sect is determined according to the sign’s domicile lord. For example, Aries becomes a nocturnal sign because it is ruled by Mars, as the latter belongs to the night-sect. Taurus would also be considered nocturnal since it is Venus-ruled, also of the night-time sect. According to this condition, Gemini would have to be considered neutral, as it is ruled by Mercury (the one planet that is neutral in sect). Furthermore, zodiacal sect division would resume with Cancer, being nocturnal as the result of Luna, followed by diurnal Leo, in relation to the (diurnal) Sun. Because Jupiter is a diurnal, masculine planet, and the traditional, domicile lord of Pisces, we would conclude sign-sect by assigning diurnal/ masculine properties to Pisces.

Rejoicing Conditions in Medieval Doctrines

In the Medieval tradition, the rejoicing conditions via sign were deemed as important as the primary consideration: planetary position relative to the horizon. In other words, all three considerations held equal importance. The term ‘hayz’ is applied when the nature of a planet agrees with its hemisphere placement or the chart quadrant and its sign. For example, hayz occurs when a masculine and diurnal planet is placed in the Sun’s hemisphere while in a masculine sign. Similarly, hayz applies to feminine, nocturnal planets placed in the hemisphere opposite to the Sun while placed in feminine signs, respectively. [2]

It is noted that the loss of clarity regarding the above disclosed variants resulted in the decline and ultimate dissolution of sect-related, ‘rejoicing’ conditions by the 20th century. Lastly, the astrological perspectives of the Hellenistic tradition still place importance on the first condition of rejoicing. From this viewpoint, importance is placed on the planetary position in relation to the horizon.

Sect in Astrology: Summary

Distinguishing between diurnal and nocturnal charts is a fundamental component of Hellenistic astrology. Dividing planets into diurnal and nocturnal polarities facilitates a lucid understanding of planetary function in any given chart. The qualitative distinction of sect, as it applies to planetary function, specifically clarifies the behavior of the malefics and benefics in chart delineation. Although the application of sect dissolved prior to the surge of modern astrology (partly as the result of discrepancies in the employment of ‘rejoicing’ conditions), its use has grown during the past two decades. [1]


References:

1. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

2. Houlding, Deborah. Hayz, Skyscript, 2012.

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Mercury Square Saturn

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Mercury Square Saturn in the Natal Chart

The Square Configuration or Aspect in the Natal Chart

The square is a 90° angle with a 6° orb range.

The square aspect is considered dynamically challenging, since its difficulties propel significant work on the issues indicated by the planets involved. Planets in the square aspect are at cross-purposes: their tension can produce frustration, although diligent labor and perseverance can promote success. The level of triumph over the square aspect is the result of successful integration of two principles (as indicated by the planets involved). Because this aspect is considered to be traditionally challenging, we look to the signs (meaning, dignity, and condition) and places/ houses involved in order to understand where adjustments, integration, and patient application must be employed. Again, with the square aspect, growth is always the result of incessant laboriousness, but this should not suggest that its limitations are not without resolve.

* Note: Single aspects should neither be isolated nor fixated upon in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.

Mercury Correspondences in Astrology

Correspondences of Mercury in Traditional Astrology

Mercury’s nature is cold and dry, being by nature, melancholic in temperament (in Medieval astrology, Mercury is noted as the ‘positive’ aspect of the melancholic temperament).

He is neutral in both gender and sect, depending on the influence of other planets. Mercury, the Messenger, is the domicile lord/ ruler of both Gemini and Virgo. He is exalted in the sign of Virgo (degree of exaltation: 15° Virgo). Mercury is considered in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Sagittarius and Pisces, and finds his depression /fall in Pisces (degree of fall: 15° Pisces). In traditional astrology, he finds his planetary Joy in the first house. He governs substances such as quicksilver (Mercury), copper (in the Hellenistic tradition), and all coinage. As a shape-shifter, he governs mixed colors, and opalescent hues.

Mercury’s General Meaning and Natal Significance

Of all planets, Mercury is the most changeable, adaptive, and flexible. He governs speed, for he is Hermes, the swift Messenger of the gods. Mercury’s star is attributed to education, writing, speech, debate, languages, and interpretation. He possesses the faculties of critical thought: forethought, intelligence, wisdom, and judgement. Mercury is the ruler of commerce (note the ‘merc’ in this word). He is the overseer of brotherhood and siblings. In accordance with his adaptable nature, Mercury is the bestower of various pursuits, depending on his sign placement and configurations (aspects): granting knowledge for some (including astrology), education, trade, or teaching for others, and public affairs/ services for others. Mercury can also bring distractions and irregularities to endeavors (Brennan, p. 183).

Saturn Correspondences in Astrology

Saturn Aspects in Astrology

Correspondences of Saturn in Traditional Astrology

Saturn’s nature is cold and dry. He is principally melancholic, and of the diurnal sect. Saturn is the traditional, domicile lord/ ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, exalted in Libra (degree of exaltation: 21° Libra), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Cancer and Leo, and in its depression/ ‘fall’ in Aries. He is considered the Greater Malefic in traditional astrology, but his energy may be more or less constructive in one’s chart. In traditional astrology, Saturn has his Joy in the 12th place. His taste is astringent and his color is dark brown (along with grey and black). He governs substances such as lead (in part, due to its toxicity), stone, and wood.

Saturn’s General Meaning and Natal Significance

Saturn is the planet aligned with boundaries, discipline, and structure. He governs time, is associated with old age (70+), and is attributed to subjectively ‘negative’ experiences such as suffering (he has his Joy in the 12 place in traditional astrology), pain, isolation, and loneliness. Just as benefics (Jupiter and Venus) have the power to say ‘yes’, malefics are inclined to negate, or say ‘no’. Saturn’s style of denying is via restriction. His four main groups of rings, metaphors of limitation, range in temperature from -163 to -203° Celsius.

No chart is void of Saturn, regardless of dignified planets and exemplary aspects, as there can be no life without struggle.

Mercury Square Saturn in the Natal Chart

The Mercury-Saturn square is usually demarcated by difficulties with speech and communication. Usually, there is an impediment in the timing process, or speed of delivery, which is hastened by the weight of Saturn. A child with this aspect should be provided with ample resources to facilitate self-expression. It is not uncommon for natives, especially at an early age, to experience difficulties in verbal delivery and articulation. The sense of standing ‘frozen’, in the midst of providing a necessary response, often in the middle of important disputes, can cause lamentable thought-patterns. The native will often describe the Mercury-Saturn square as a pressure that blocks the otherwise seamless flow of the interpretive thought-processes. As a result, these natives must apply considerable time to endeavors relative to writing or recitation, in order to compensate for Saturn’s restrictive characteristics. However, this aspect, given that considerable work is employed in its rectification, is ameliorated with time (for time is Saturn’s realm). If necessary, taking public speaking courses, applying consistent effort in writing practices, and engaging in public communication are all helpful constituents to the softening of this challenging aspect.

The square aspect between Mercury and Saturn implies cerebral restraint and mental bond to traditional thought-patterns. These natives often possess a strong desire to trace a topic’s origin to its oldest piece of evidence. This is a case where the house placement and sign are both of particular importance. There is a fondness for the past, seeking knowledge as far back as possible. Interestingly, I have noticed a dislike in antique replicas or duplications deviating from the root origin with this aspect. The mind is prone to worry and mental processes can be saturated by the pessimistic influence of Saturn. Simultaneously, the mind is linked to concerns or failures regarding personal success. There is a strong, penetratingly sharp focus of concentration, however, that can be applied to mercurial subject matter.

Working with this aspect involves the persistent, practical application of the very hindrances indicated by Saturn’s influence. If public speaking is difficult, work and effort should be applied to this challenge via courses in order to dissolve Saturn-based fears relative to public communication. Learning to deliver public presentations is a skill that requires time investment. If there is difficulty in written articulation, it would be beneficial to invest in either taking writing courses or practicing techniques in a journal. All square aspects require diligent effort in order to surpass their limitations, which can, as a result of consistent laboriousness, foster growth and success.

Sources:

1. Lilly, William, Christian Astrology.

2. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology.

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