July 27 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse: Toil and Triumph


How do we best endure crisis? When change’s certainty looms unannounced, we are often forced to confront the unknown with voiceless humility and grace. Beyond the relinquishment of preconceived existence, truth’s immeasurable beauty emerges, heralding uncharted experience.

At 4° 44’ Aquarius, the lengthiest total lunar eclipse of this century (occurring near apogee at 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds) is barricaded between the South Node and Mars retrograde (at 5° 53′ and 3° 58′ Aquarius, respectively). Its potent focus, largely fueled by the ferocity of Mars, portends to the ultimate pulverization of the past’s antiquated patterns. Herein is the precipice of willful exodus: the first face of Aquarius heralds the abandonment of oppression in favor of spiritual transcendence. Crystallized belief structures supressing progress potentially surge and shatter, if we laboriously wield the fixed (Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, Taurus) and retrograde (Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto, Chiron) energy emphasized in this eclipse’s chart.

Paralleling Saturnian perseverance, Aquarius’ first decanate evokes imagery of independent labor and thought. While The Timekeeper’s presence surveys Aquarius (via traditional rulership and triplicity), in decan I, his stoicism is pronounced as “a prudent man and the form of a woman spinning”. Here, the impression of steady, incessant work services a broader intent. According to Agrippa, significance denotes “thinking and working for gain in poverty, and for usefulness.” While scarcity and toil “in poverty and baseness” are emblematic of Saturn, allusion to Venus is disclosed by Ezra as “a man skilled in copper”. Derived from the word Kyprus, copper signals the island of Cyprus, regarded as Aphrodite’s birthplace. Again, in Picatrix (both Arabic and Latin correspondences), Venus emerges as “a man (holding) a peacock”. Although the first face of Aquarius is enshrouded in laborious imagery, its Venusian correspondence unveils the pleasure of personal independence.

Out-of-bounds Mars (7/7-9/24/18) conjoins Luna on the South Node, accentuating a prominent shift within its retrograde phase (6/26-8/27/18) that re-evaluates our collective contribution while reclaiming individuality and freedom. Particular receptivity stems from dismantling that which stagnates motivation, inspiration, and impedes individual growth. Out-of-bounds Mars correlates with cataclysmic manifestations of the yang’s penumbra. While socially erupting via war, violence, and dominion, collective recognition and con-structive action toward imperative change is Mars’ higher potential, and its masculine energy is best wielded past the archaic structures of societal paradigms.

The total lunar eclipse (along with Mars) conjoins fixed stars Giedi, Dabih, Oculus, and Bos, all within the Capricornus Constellation (in the head of the Sea-Goat). At 4° 1′ Aquarius, Giedi’s nature, simultaneously Venusian and Martian (according to Ptolemy), is “associated with piety and self-sacrifice.” [Larousse’s Encyclopedia of Astrology] At 4° 18′ Aquarius, fixed star Dabih denotes an “influential position but scarcely realizes ambitions, (along with) trouble through (the) opposite sex, deserved criticism and censure. [Robson, p.157.] At a mere 28′ distance, Oculus and Bos (at 4° 58′ and 5° 25′ Aquarius, respectively) being Venusian and Saturnian in nature, influence conservatism and a lack of progressiveness in crisis. [Morse, p.101] Overall, the Capricornus constellation bestows potent influence over human affairs, directing shifts in areas regarding climate and political customs.

In the Epinomis and Chaldean Oracles, Aquarius’ first face corresponds to Dikē, Greek goddess of enforced moral justice. Under Saturnian rulership and in alliance with this decan’s emblem of willful exodus, Dikē’s sword severs partnerships incongruent with the moral compass of Lady Justice. As her indiscriminate cleave cuts past all hindrances of freedom and liberation, Aquarius’ first facade toils to pulverize the barricades of injustice.

Uranus, squares the Sun, Luna, Mars, and the nodal axis, magnifying the impetus and prophetical potency of this lunation. Unprecedented events saturated by Uranian unpredictability via erratic swerves and transformative severing from the past are probable themes. This seeming whirlwind of chaotic disarray is somewhat anchored as Uranus trines Saturn, however, supporting rigorous integration of this lunation’s forthcoming shifts. As Uranus’ current harmonizes with The GateKeeper, the strive for change is patiently labored through strategic efforts. While this eclipse pierces the emotive core, Luna’s semi-sextile to Saturn brings necessary equilibrium between obligations and emotional needs. Although the amplification of Mars grapples repressed and subconscious anger, Luna and Saturn work to prevent otherwise lamentable actions. Lastly, the Venus-Pluto trine unravels the depths of relationship dynamics, offering profound assertion through psychological insights. In essence, this intensification is the psyche’s own power, now seeking expression through the physical vessel.

Eclipse Visibility

At the exactitude of the 21st century’s greatest eclipse, Luna lies near the zenith from a point in the Indian Ocean that is east of Madagascar. This lunation is visibly posited for Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. While a portion of South America will view fragments of its final stages (as Luna rises), this eclipse’s visibility will not extend to North America.

Possible Environmental Effects

The Aquarian lunar eclipse, as a fixed air mode, influences the air, trees, birds, human communications (particularly as this lunation is ushered by Mercury retrograde), transit, transportation, electricity, hurricanes, tornadoes, winds, polluted air, airborne disease, radiation, wind energy, computer technology, postal systems, communication networks, and space discoveries. Magnifying the fixed mode, this eclipse suggests long-term, finalizing results.

On the day of Venus, the July 27th Total Lunar Eclipse is exact at 4:41 PM ET.

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Spirit-Blaze: Full Moon at 8° Sagittarius

At 8° Sagittarius (decan I), the full Moon is emblazoned by the fiery ferocity of Mars. Sparked by spirit-blaze, this lunation ignites the psyche’s potential liberation from varied realms of restrictive experience.

Forming a grand (fire) trine with Arian Chiron and the Leo North Node, this lunation has the power to pulverize façades, erupting the healing properties of truth. By aligning one’s inner guidance with devoted vulnerability, the ameliorating potential of this trine is activated.

At 9° Sagittarius, fixed star Antares conjuncts Luna, further accentuating the Mars-Jupiter energy of this scorching lunation. Antares, the royal scarlet star of Persia at the core of Scorpio’s constellation, consists of the words Ant and Ares, where the “former means against, or in opposition to, and Ares is the Roman name for the planet Mars and Aries” (Carey). ANT-ares refers to the de-structive energy of Mars, also known as Ta Who, or the Great Fire. Mythologically symbolic of extremes, Antares cautions against self-sabotage via unresolved obsession. However, thematically, this star generates success via transformative regeneration, and, in paran with the moon, a willingness to confront penumbras. In parallel, Jupiter (Sagittarius’ ruler, now retrograde in Scorpio), proposes that the ferocious fire of this lunation is suitably steered into illuminating the psyche’s shadow. Jupiter encourages the expungement of antiquated belief patterns. It facilitates the release of repressed growth by confronting fears and liberating the Self from mental impediments.

The Full Moon is one of speed and erupted vision, birthing ideas through the imagination’s velocity. This decan stirs scenes of physical and mental swiftness, potently swaying in accordance with inner vision. In the Yavanajataka, the imagery presented is that of “a man whose bow is drawn and whose speed is as violent as a horse’s. He has a knowledge of chariots and weapons…” The bow, vehicle for the body, transports swiftness toward its intended target. Analogous to the arrow or bullet, dissuasion is futile once the will’s motion is set, although mobility must eventually cease. Despite the planetary urge for swiftness, Mars’ conjunction to the Aquarian South Node cautions against over-exertion and the necessity to regenerate one’s vitality by adjusting trajectories to a measured pace. Augmenting the internalizing influence of Jupiter retrograde, Mars, ruler of Scorpio, is in retrograde shadow (as of May 12th). Instead of reliance on external acceptance, the preferred path fully aligns with heart-centered authenticity.

The blazing lunation’s journey is cleansed by the brilliant billow of a grand water trine (perfected the following day as Venus reaches 15° Cancer). Jupiter’s trine to Piscean Neptune evokes the potential for potent spiritual expansion, perforating portals to higher consciousness. Cancerian Venus, occupying a third water sign, fosters compassionate grace and altruistic love with depth of emotional expressiveness. Expanding concordance, the Full Moon sculpts a Mystic Rectangle, fortified by the lunar nodes at 7° 33′ of Leo and Aquarius, accentuating elemental fire (Leo and Sagittarius) and air (Aquarius and Gemini). The Fire-air combination is an exceptionally creative pairing that harmonizes ideas, inspirations, and plans with the capacity for execution.

This lunation’s precipice, forming a potent yod with the Gemini Sun and Leo North Node, is governed by Saturn, the final dispositor of this Moon’s chart. The Timekeeper’s somber lessons echo an inner serenity of surrender and wisdom in knowing that the highest possible outcome is naturally embedded in the essence of experience. While Kronus’s cold rings may stir fear in attempts to control life’s natural oscillation during this Full Moon, elevated potential is accessed through the soul’s relinquishment of boundaries from barred experience.

The Sagittarius Full Moon occurs on May, 29th, 2018, at 10:19 AM ET.

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5/15/18: The Moon’s Savage Stir at 24° Taurus

At 24° of Taurus, the seemingly exalted new Moon stirs savage imagery, confronting the potentially destructive forces that function via sub-conscious primitivism. Arabic, Indian, Hellenistic, and later European images of this face are accentuated by Saturn, ruler of this decan in both descending order and triplicity designations of planetary rulership.

According to the Birhat Jakata, the Śarabha is the mythological creature (with eight legs and two heads that slaughters lions) corresponding to the third face of Taurus. In Ezra’s work, this Taurean decan describes a man of ‘white feet and elongated teeth visible outside his lips.’ His reddish hair echoes his complexion, and ‘his body resembles that of an elephant and lion, and he is not reasonable…’ In parallel, the animal brain, or the ‘bull-headed god’ of the Age of the Golden Calf, symbolizes the stage of human evolution when the sub-conscious mind is both lacerated by primal passion and oblivious to the utterance of reason. Alluding to the primal faculties of sub-consciousness, one of the body parts allocated by Taurus is the cerebellum, from ‘cere’ or seed, and ‘bellum’, Latin for war and antagonism.

In addition to ancient pictorial correspondences, this lunation coincides with potent fixed stars and clusters. At 24°, the fixed star Algol resides within the exact degree of the Taurean lunation, followed by Capulus at 26°, and the Seven Sisters of Industry (or Pleiades) a few degrees later. Algol, known as a beastly head fueled by focused passion, correlates to Lilith (the first wife of Adam in Talmudic Law). This seemingly malefic star, depicted as the winking head of Medusa, equally alludes to the Lilithian female kundalini energy. Its immensely feminine passion and dominance is akin to the potential power of Gaia. Additionally, the Pleiades cluster offers insight into the occult, leading to encounters with both the ‘best and worst in human nature’ (noted in Brady’s Fixed Stars). This cluster’s lunar attribute, likewise, parallels the New Moon’s trine to Pluto. Void of the light of reason, desires to intensely and passionately merge are dominated by depth and obsessiveness, weaving a precarious gossamer of convoluted extremes (again, the ‘best and worst’, dissolving equilibrium).

Perhaps the most prominent impetus during this lunation is the anticipated circuitry of anaretic Uranus, squaring Mars, and entering Taurus (at 11:16 AM, EDT shortly after the exact lunation, at 7:48 AM EDT). Uranus is the riotous, individual quality inherent to the structure of the mind. Nothing is more rapturous to it than the prospect of insurgence. In essence, the transcendence of cultural and social programming, particularly in relation to the collective and individualistic perspective of currency, is the vigorous current of Uranus’ impending ingress into Taurus.

Operating on sensation instead of action, Uranus in Taurus functions through a Venusian lens. However, Uranus transcends worldly matter, aligning with the elevated realms of thought. The innate incompatibility between worldly desires and transcendental exaltation is the impetus behind forthcoming revolutionary change. Historically, Uranus’ previous Taurean transit, from June 1934 to May 1942, ushered a plethora of revolutionary fluctuations, including economic shifts deviating from the U.S. gold standard coupled with bank closures, the lamentable rise of the Hitler regime, and the Great Depression (to the middle of World War II). In essence, values inherent in materialism were as challenged by the erratic undercurrent of Uranian transcendence as they are currently underway. Now, decades later, we arrive at a similarly pivotal precipice of change. As we experience individual (and collective) dissolution of the tyrannical structure of monetary transaction, newly inventive forms of exchange will be embraced, orchestrated by the principle of self-worth.

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Lilith in Gemini: Mercurial Maelstrom of Revelation


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Lilith’s astrological significance, as channeled through the stimulus of Gemini, is a whirlwind of cerebral sagaciousness that pulverizes the circumscribed scope of societal misinformation. Its function in society, (as Lilith’s astrological energy maneuvers the masses) is to make knowledge available to all forms of humanity in a manner that is accessible, lucidly understood, and ultimately, used to provide revolutional awareness. In a natal chart, the house placement of Lilith in Gemini, along with its aspects, indicate the availability of this energy within the individual. When implemented in a detached and genuinely altruistic manner, as Lilith indicates the necessary dissolution of ego-driven desires, Lilith in Gemini provides the individual with an interminable supply of knowledge, ingenuity, and the necessary faculties to effectively translate information so that it is understood and used as a tool for continual expansion.

Lilith in Gemini’s mental magnification propels the mind to such lucidity that it holds the ability to navigate back and forth between experiences or conversations as a means of extending the imagination. The visionary powers of the mind are strong and logical, extending their abilities to promote creative thought or literary talent. Additionally, there is the capacity to remain slightly above the emotional spectrum of relationships, in order to liberate mental navigation and promote its graceful movement in any direction. It is rare to be significantly influenced by others with Lilith in Gemini, since these individuals naturally accept their undeniable right to think as they wish, while respecting this in others as well. Their openness to sensible suggestion is leisurely scrutinized by the mind’s eye while, simultaneously, enriching the limitless faculties of imaginative exploration. Ultimately, the genius factor of this placement may be focused into brilliance.

The physical manifestation of Lilith in Gemini resides in the unique quality of he hands, including fingers, double-jointed fingers, and/ or heavily veined hands. Additionally, there may be prominent sensitivity, considerable strength, or healing capacity, all within the hands. Psychometric talent is also indicative of Lilith in Gemini, particularly if Lilith is in the third house and water placements are significant.

The position of Lilith in Gemini is excellent for prompting objectivity, since both the sign and planet indicate reasoning processes. Those with this placement are capable of brilliant recitations, are natural readers, and hold strong logical powers in the imagination. Ultimately, transcendence for Gemini Lilith resides precisely in the proclivity towards emotional detachment. The emotional objectivity capable of reaching with this placement eventually liberates the individual from the programmed conditioning of ideas impressed during childhood. Ultimately, a strong position of Gemini Lilith holds the potential extrication from a the confines of a conditioned fourth saturated with emotional trauma. This, in essence, is the potency of astrological Lilith: detached objectivity as a form liberation.

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Transcendent Evolution: Parallels Between Saturn and Lilith

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Saturn as depicted by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn and Lilith are astrological catalysts: whirlwinds of depersonalized change, often at the expense of one’s perceived level of emotional or ego-driven suffering. To be blunt, Saturn and Lilith do not care about one’s feelings. They demand radical alteration of antiquated belief systems, depletion and suppression of the ego in favor of transcendence, and the enormity of dawdling and harrowing metamorphosis. Ultimately, they will proceed to distort (Lilith) and restrict (Saturn) one’s quotidian customs until, by any means necessary, one’s respective lessons are mastered. For Lilith and Saturn, it is insufficient to simply learn: one must thoroughly master karmic tests, lest one forgets.

Lilith’s urgency to experience depersonalized commitment as a means to serve humanity is a profound theme in her astrological work. A myriad of key movement leaders are depicted with a strong Lilith in the natal chart (e.g. Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Mohandas Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, John F. Kennedy, etc.) Once the ego-driven need for self-recognition and personal honor is pulverized, Lilith propels the individual, using whatever aspect, sign and house position she falls under, to bring forth revolutionary change. When immersed in its full-force and channeled appropriately, Lilith’s energy is unyielding: an all-consuming and full-fledged eruption of uncensored power, aiming its spear at worldly injustices and their explosive disintegration.

Lilith and Saturn in Astrology

Burney Relief, Babylon (1800-1750 BCE).

In parallel, Saturn’s impetus for change stems from karmic lessons. Repetitive patterns that inhibit growth often go unnoticed until Saturn begins to unfurl its compressing, frictional grip onto the bewildered native. Then, caught in the ceaseless clutch of unrelenting suffering, one slowly and distressingly awakens to the truths buried beneath Saturn’s impenetrable cloak. The seemingly sluggish yet steady path of awakened psychic consciousness, and ultimately, like Lilith, transcendental awareness begins to originate. Saturn is forcefully slow: its lessons must first be learned and ultimately, mastered. Otherwise, Saturn remains uncompromising slow, perpetually inflicting peril if it is necessary to reach transcendental evolution.

Saturn and Lilith are not unlike each other. Both astrological energies perform best in logical, courageous, and persistent sign /house placements. Harsh aspects to both Lilith and Saturn will ultimately transform the individual, however seemingly unbearable the odyssey unfolds. There is little to no concern for the emotions during the course of entirely revolutionary change that necessitates manifestation. This, in essence, denotes the astounding agenda of  Lilith and Saturn.

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