Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon in Virgo

Occurring within seven hours of perigee, the syzygy Full Moon in Virgo beckons the fertile earth’s patient procreativity. As the solar light newly bathes in Pisces’ oceanic undercurrent, the lunation’s ruler, Mercury, resides in polarity to its domicile and exaltation. Orchestrating the Moon and resurfacing from under the beams as it enters its pre-shadow phase*, the Messenger merges intuitive guidance with the prudence of meticulous artistry.

The lunation’s emphasis on the exiled Messenger is further exacerbated by its conjunction with Neptune and the absolute, elemental air-void that permeates the celestial composition. As the stars swerve past the vacant airy trigon, the consummation of immediacy pervades earthly obligations. While the Virgoan lunation affords the patient application of physical productivity, its operative fortitude is primordially instinctual and dynamic.

At 0°42′ Virgo, the Full Moon is in the bounds of procuratorial Mercury, where the Messenger is traditionally deemed noble and eminent. However, currently exiled in Pisces, Mercury navigates tempestuously alongside Neptune and the Sun. Although graced by Jupiter, the traditional logician must still operate via dynamic intuition, an illogical method for the calculating Courier.

Nearly exact (at a distance of 36′), the full Moon in Virgo conjoins fixed star Regulus. The effulgence of the royal Persian star, cor leo, is attributed to the qualities of Jupiter and Mars. With the Virgoan Moon, Regulus promotes natural leadership propelled by amorousness and devotional drive. Embracing the lunar Bethulah, the Lion’s Heart bestows the courage to succeed amidst adversity.

Virgo Decan I: The Orb-Weaver

Virgo’s first decan evokes emblems carved by laborious temperance. Akin to the seemingly precarious grace of a gossamer’s glint, there is occult fortitude in the prudent cultivation of cyclical artistry. Assembling each silken filament with painstaking toil, the orb-weaver’s magnetic labrynthine becomes its efficient source of food. However, in order to accomplish this meticulous feat, a somber sacrifice is made in the form of energetic expenditure.

Noted by Agrippa, “the first face of Virgo ascendeth the figure of a good maide, and a man casting seeds; it signifieth getting of wealth, ordering of diet, plowing, sowing, and peopling”. As such, the agricultural artisan recurrently surveys the fertility of the strewing soil, patterning a craft capable of life-affirming sustenance. Both the spider and human laborour exchange physical hardship for nature’s nourishment. Echoed in the Picatrix, “this is the face of sowing, plowing, the germination of plants, of gathering grapes, and of good living”. The material sphere’s abundance is afforded to the weaver of intricate webs, fermenter of fertile soil, all at the humble cost of interminable perseverance. Arachnid or human, nature’s discerning eye secretively calibrates its offerings to the worker’s degree of servility.

Lunar Mansion Twelve: Al-Sarfah
The Full Moon in Virgo falls under the twelfth mansion of The Changer, Al-Sarfah. Thematic of juncture and severance, this lunar mansion is depicted as a man battling a dragon. When the Moon journeys through this mansion’s renewed cycle, Al-Sarfah cautions against conflict and confrontation [3].

In parallel to its Ptolemaic influences, Saturn and Venus, Al-Sarfah alludes to Saturnian limitations, while affording Venusian affirmations of harvest and allies. Nearly echoing the descriptive tone of the Full Moon’s bounds (for intimate strife enshrouds Virgo’s first two terms), both mansion and Egyptian term coincide with a cautionary restraint in personal relations.

Full Moon in Virgo: Configurations and Bounds

The full Moon carves an applying trine with the scarlet malefic. As the ferocious star overcomes the Moon, Mars is hosted by Venus (in Venus’ prolific and fertile term). In Taurus, the Warrior must abide by the benefic’s reconciliatory rules, a foreign concept to the naturally severing properties of (malefic) Mars. Via sign and degree-based trines, the full Moon aspects both malefics, Mars and Saturn, respectively. Likewise, the Saturn-Venus-Pluto copresense harmonizes with both luminaries.

The Piscean Sun is copresent with Neptune and Mercury, as the watery stellium is overcome and ruled by jubilant Jove. Of the three stars, Mercury applies via degree-based square to Jupiter, as the latter star overcomes the Messenger. Fortunately, still in its domicile, the Greater Benefic’s sign-based square to the Piscean stellium (including degree-based square to Mercury) lessens its tension. Resulting from Mercury’s thricely cast sextiles to Saturn, authoritative friction, while likely, is afforded amelioration. Under this lunation’s lens, the primary sextile is visually scrutinized, as the Messenger’s partile ray to Saturn nearly calibrates the ethereal Piscean sway with the Stoic’s stability.

In repetitive trios, the applying, degree-based Mercury-Jupiter square (exact the following day at 21°06’ Pisces-Sagittarius), is the first (of three) during Mercury’s journey through Pisces. Likewise, the first Mercury-Neptune conjunction (previously exact at 15°34’ Pisces) currently separates and applies on March 24th and April 2nd, respectively. Finally, the Jupiter-ruled Sun is in the terms of Venus, as the emerald goddess structures her affirmations within the boundaries of Saturn’s stoicism.

Excessive Earth and the Elemental Air-Void

Full Moon in Virgo

Of the seven visible stars, Jupiter remains in his fiery domicile as excessive earth coagulates the Virgoan Moon’s elemental composition. Newly undulating in Pisces’ oceanic current, the Sun accompanies the Messenger, merging water with the strewing soil. While excessive earth overtly focuses on preserving existing conditions, practical efficiency and material concerns potentially dominate theoretical and ethical principles.

The Elemental Air-Void

As the solar light’s departure from Saturn’s stoic Water Bearer projects the lunation’s air-void, experience is primordially manouvered by the material, emotive, and dynamic spheres. Depleting its abstract qualities, against this elemental composition, the subtlety of air is concealed. Consummated by immediacy, personal detachment is a notable challenge, coupled with the Messenger’s tempestuous exile in Pisces.

Since the unifying properties of air are compromised, uncooperative behavior compromises partnerships, surging hesitance while adjusting to new people, ideas, and insights. In essence, the air-voids’ impediment spawns from an inability to objectively approach internal and external circumstances.

Irrationality surges as a response to poorly assimilated ideas. While the body’s response to the inconceivable can produce physical ailment and aggression, these reactions are (however inappropriately) intended to abolish threat. Physically, excessive air can lead to a highly activated and extremely sensitized nervous system. Consistent meditation and restful, recuperative retreats are necessary for replenishment and the prevention of cerebral exhaustion.

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Full Moon in Virgo: Summary

Nearing exact perigee, the Full Moon in Virgo illuminates the earth’s prudent fertility. Scrutinizing the sect light, the Piscean Sun bestows intuitive guidance merged with the patience of meticulous artistry. However, in exile and polarizing its Virgoan domicile and exaltation, Mercury’s opposes the very lunation it governs.

Simultaneously in the bounds of Mercury, the lunation’s emphasis on the exiled Messenger is exacerbated by its conjunction to nebulous Neptune and the elemental air-void that permeates the celestial composition. As the stars swerve past the vacant airy trigon, the consummation of immediacy pervades earthly obligations. While Jupiter overcomes the Piscean stellium (Sun, Mercury, and Neptune) via degree and sign-based square, the absence of air necessitates reason before instinct.

While the Virgoan lunation affords the patient application of physical productivity, its operative fortitude is primordially instinctual and dynamic. Gathering these insights, mindfulness in relational efforts requires the application of impartial surveillance. Acclimating to air’s sanguine temperament, a third-person narrative must aid the tempestuous Messenger.

* The Full Moon at 0°42′ Virgo is exact on 2/19/19, at 10:53 AM EST.
* Two hours prior to the full Moon in Virgo, Mercury begins its pre-shadow phase at 16°6′ Pisces at 9:19 AM EST, on 2/19/19.


References:

Agrippa, Henry C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon

* Etchings by K. Kalynovych.


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Heptazone and the Single Degrees of the Stars

Heptazone and Single-Degree Divisions

The purpose of this article is to introduce the concept of heptazone as it directly relates to monomoiria, the single-degree division of the stars. Upon defining both terms, their interrelation will be discussed, in order to contextually integrate both concepts. For the purposes of clarification, this article does not focus on earlier planetary schemes (such as Egyptian order), and solely intends to discuss heptazone as it relates to monomoiria, and its corresponding, sequential planetary scheme.

Heptazone

Heptazone, Greek for planetary sequence, follows the standard, Alexandrian order of the stars via mean motion. Heptazone dates back to the first century B.C., and, according to Holden, is speculated to be a century older. [1] The planetary sequence for heptazone is Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. This basic sequential scheme aligns with the order of the 36 decanates, their corresponding diurnal/ nocturnal hours, and the order of the stars’ single-degree division. Each of these correlations are discussed in the passages below.

Heptazone and the Thirty-Six Decanates

The order of the thirty-six decans, or sectors of the seven stars, are arranged in the same order suggested via heptazone. Therefore, following heptazone sequence, 10° of each sign is attributed to its pertinent (sequential) star.

Beginning with Aries, Mars receives the first decan of the Ram, its corresponding (10) degrees, followed by the Sun, and finalized with Venus, the last decan of Aries. Following this order, Taurus is allotted Mercury (10), the Moon (20), and Saturn (30). Again, the three decans of Gemini correspond to Jupiter (10), Mars (20), and the Sun (30). Essentially, the entire structure of the decanates begins with Mars, as the planetary domicile of Aries, and follows heptazone sequence throughout the twelve zodiac signs. This order ends with Mars, the final decanate (and last 10 degrees) of Pisces. As an informational supplement, the table below intends to facilitate this explanation.

The thirty-six decans following sequential heptazone as discussed in Paulus’ Introduction.

Just as the memorization of essential dignities is useful, recalling basic heptazone order affords immediate access to planetary arrangement. This is helpful when identifying specific planetary decans, including their significance in lunations, as well as the diurnal and nocturnal planetary hours. The relation between heptazone, planetary hours, calendar days, and monomoiria are explored below.

The Sequential Scheme of Heptazone Encircling the Heptagram

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Planetary sequence (heptazone) encircling the planetary days (via heptagram).

The standard heptagram traces the planetary days, starting with Sunday and ending with Saturday. When paired with heptazone, the heptagram’s final planetary day begins heptazone sequence: Saturday, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. Aligning with the sequence of the planetary hours, planetary order via mean motion (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon) likewise unfurls the calendar week’s planetary order (Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn). As the Sun begins the basic heptagram sequence of planetary days and Saturn ends it, so does Saturn begin heptazone sequence as the Sun becomes its terminal.

Heptazone, Planetary Hours, and Monomoiria

Coordinating with the planetary hours, heptazone also determines the sequence of single-degree division, more commonly known as monomoiria.

Following heptazone sequence, each planetary hour aligns with each sequential, single-degree division (monomoiria) for each sign. This applies to all signs relative to planetary ruler, their corresponding (planetary) day, and hour. Similar to the commencement of the decans (as the first 10 degrees of Aries are attributed to Mars), monomoiria assigns its first single degree to the respective star’s domicile (coinciding with Mars), immediately followed by standard heptazone sequence. In other words, if the sequence begins with Mars, as is the case with Aries and Scorpio (as shown below), it is followed by the Sun, Venus, Mercury, the Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter.

The single degree division scheme, beginning with the diurnal and nocturnal domiciles of Mars via Aries and Scorpio, end with the nocturnal and diurnal domiciles of Saturn, via Capricorn and Aquarius, respectively. As represented below, horizontally, the seven stars have the following order: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn. Vertically, following each planetary domicile, from 1-30°, the usual heptazone sequence applies (to each individual degree).

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Heptazone, Monomoiria, Planetary Days and Hours

While the first degrees of each sign correlate with the commencement of each planetary day, at 24 degrees of each sign, the corresponding planet aligns with the final planetary hour of each night. To elaborate, for Sunday, regarding the 24th single degree of Leo, Mercury coincides with the final hour of the night. For Monday (Cancer), the final hour is designated to Jupiter, for Tuesday (Aries/ Scorpio) there is Venus, Wednesday (Gemini/ Virgo), there is Saturn, Thursday (Sagittarius/ Pisces) the Sun, Friday (Taurus/ Libra) the Moon, and for Saturday (Capricorn/ Aquarius) the final hour is that of Mars.

Saturn: The First Heptazone Star

Using Saturn as the first star in heptazone order, Saturn becomes the day’s lord and governs the entirety of said day. Immediately, Saturn is assigned the first hour, where it is simultaneously the ruler of the day and starting hour. In procession, the second hour is assigned to Jupiter, yet the day is still surveyed by Saturn. The standard heptazone sequence continues until the eighth hour, when Saturn is, once again, the day and hour-ruler. Furthermore, heptazone order repeats with Jupiter as the ruler of the ninth hour. Once the first hour of the nocturnal sect arrives, Saturn remains the day ruler as Mercury rules the first nocturnal hour. The second hour of the night is attributed to the Moon, and by the third hour, again, Saturn governs both the day and nocturnal hour. The nocturnal scheme proceeds accordingly, concluding with Mars, and commencing anew with the day of the Sun.

Heptazone and the Seven Star Zones

Using heptazone, each of the seven stars is assigned a pillar or ‘zone’ in concordance with planetary temperature and related attributes. Due to its paralyzing frigidity, Saturn is allotted the first and nethermost zone, described by Paulus as ‘being very cold and lying in the frost.’ In direct contrast, surveying the secondary zone, Jupiter is described as nourishing, temperate, and a bestower of life. Mars, the lesser malefic star, is assigned the tertiary zone on account of its ‘destructive’ and fiery essence. Ascribed to ether, its fiery yet life-sustaining counterpart, the Sun, is afforded the fourth and central zone. Curiously aligned with her planetary Joy, Venus surveys the affirming fifth zone, mirroring the associations of conception and offspring. Described as ‘common’, Mercury is granted the sixth zone on account of its moisture and quotidian semblance. Finally, narrowing in proximity to earth, the Moon is granted the final, seventh zone. Here, the Moon is described as phlegmatic and ‘most powerful’. Likewise, the pallid sphere is said to embrace the diversity of all stars, and considered inclusive towards planetary divisiveness (an attribute afforded to Mercury in the Joys). Because the Moon occupies the final zone, in the heptazone scheme, this star is considered the foundational core that sustains the upper zones.

The Seven Zones of the Stars  

1. Saturn: Gelid – First Zone

2. Jupiter: Nourishing – Second Zone

3. Mars: Fiery-Destructive – Third Zone

4. Sun: Ether – Fourth Zone

5. Venus: Conception – Fifth Zone

6. Mercury: Moist/ Quotidian – Sixth Zone

7. Moon: Phlegmatic/ Inclusive – Seventh Zone

Heptazone and Monomoiria: Summary

Notes (and obligatory disclaimer): Described by Paulus in his Introduction, the zones of the stars remain a theoretical framework. As stated in the objective of this article, while earlier planetary schemes exist, the heptazone sequence is still worthy of exploration and research.

The convenience of combining heptazone with monomoiria resides in the seemless, sequential composition of planetary order via degree. Using the single-degree division of the stars, it is easy to reference a particular planetary decanate, day, diurnal, and nocturnal hour. Once a degree aligns with the day’s planetary ruler, this allocates a form of dignity, akin to the standard essential dignities of the stars.


References:

Holden, James Herschel (trans.), Paul of Alexandria, Introduction to Astrology

Etchings by K. Kalynovych.

(Hand-drawn heptagram is my own).


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February 2019 Astrology Forecast

February 2019 Astrology Forecast Calendar

Under the Jupiter-ruled first decanate, February emerges with the Saturn-surveyed Moon in the bounds of Mercury. Post Cazimi, Mercury is now blindingly under the beams, and will enter its pre-shadow phase on the 19th, coinciding with this month’s Full Moon. Seemingly bifurcated by Mars, February’s celestial composition formalizes on 2/1/19 with the friction of Mars confronting Pluto via square at 21°39′ Aries-Capricorn, squaring the ascending node at 26°32′ Aries-Cancer, and finally, conjoining Uranus at 29°11′ Aries, directly prior to its ingress into Taurus.

In the Martian terms of Sagittarius, Venus completes a jubilant trine to Uranus before committing to Capricorn’s structural stoicism. Ingressing into the Sea Goat on 2/3/19, Venus’ affirmative qualities grace the sector of one’s chart signaled by Capricorn. This ingress will impact nocturnal charts more poignantly, and can help calibrate charts burdened by Saturn’s more sobering lessons. While this shift from fiery, Jupiter-ruled territory to the solidified boundaries of earthy Capricorn are seemingly somber, the practical objectivity of Venus in the Sea Goat can elucidate and concretize endeavors. However, as elaborated below, contention can surface, partly resulting from Mercury’s condition in Pisces.

This month, simultaneously starting their journeys in the bounds of Venus, both Mercury and Mars ingress into their detriments, Mercury into Pisces (2/10/19) and Mars into Taurus (2/14/19). Stationing retrograde come 3/5/19, the Messenger in Pisces nearly foreshadows March’s mercurial challenges. Prior to this, on 2/19/19, Mercury conjoins Neptune at 15°34′ Pisces, the first in a sequential trio, and enters its shadow phase before its sextile to Saturn at 16°55′ Pisces-Capricorn. As for Mars, on 2/14/19, the red planet is graciously hosted by Venus. In Taurus, the Warrior must abide by the benefic’s reconciliatory rules, a foreign concept to the naturally severing properties of (malefic) Mars.

Nine sextile configurations forge February’s trajectory, beginning with Mercury-Jupiter at 18°15′ Aquarius-Sagittarius and ending with Sun sextile Mars at 9°2′ Pisces-Taurus.

As it began, February’s terminal is chiseled by the Capricorn Moon as Venus completes her journey through the Mars term of the Sea Goat. The notable air-void further accentuates the mercurial labyrinth that must be delicately traversed. On 3/1/19, Venus squares Uranus at 29°47′ Capricorn-Aries before ingressing into Saturn’s diurnal domicile (or sequel) in Aquarius.

Exploring February’s Elemental Air-Void

Essentially, the air affinity is akin to the third-person perspective of a book’s narrative, or a bird’s eye view of a moving picture: impartial surveillance of any given scenario.

In both mundane and natal astrology air-voids are cumbersome to navigate when the remaining elements are heavily activated. In other words, experiencing life through the active/ dynamic (fire), emotive (water), and material (earth) spheres can conceal the subtlety of air. If we look to its qualities, air is, comparatively, easily dissolvable against the remaining elements. Personal detachment is challenging, since the experiences are consumed in immediacy.

Since the unifying properties of air are compromised, uncooperative behavior can beget unsatisfactory partnerships, as hesitance surges when adjusting to new people, ideas, and insights. An amount of distrust and suspicion is applied to purely intellectual pursuits and people. In essence, the main air-void obstacle stems from the inability to objectively approach internal and external circumstances.

Air-voids are often linked to delicate nervous systems with psychosomatic manifestations. When ideas fail to be assimilated (mentally and emotionally), irrational reactions can surge. While the body’s response to inconceivable ideas can produce physical ailment and aggression, these reactions are intended to abolish threat. Physically, excessive air can lead to a highly activated and extremely sensitized nervous system. Consistent meditation and restful, recuperative retreats are necessary for replenishment and the prevention of cerebral exhaustion. Additionally, it is imperative to implement a change of scenery away from the quotidian in order to escape from systematic preoccupations, second thoughts, and interminable plans.

February 2019 Ingresses

  • 2/3/19: Venus ingresses into Capricorn
  • 2/10/19: Mercury ingresses into Pisces
  • 2/14/19: Mars ingresses into Taurus
  • 2/18/19: Sun ingresses into Pisces

February Lunations

  • 2/4/19: New Moon in Aquarius: At 15°45′ Aquarius, as the luminaries apply to a Jupiter sextile, the new Moon is copresent via degree with Mercury. In the background, the ongoing Saturn-Neptune sextile is exact. Likewise, the luminaries, in aversion to Saturn, Venus, Pluto, and Neptune, sextile the Mars-Uranus conjunction. Via sign, a Mars-Saturn square is activated. In the bounds of Venus, the New Moon falls under the Mercury-ruled second decanate.
  • 2/19/19: Full Moon in Virgo: At 0°42′ Virgo the perigee syzygy is in the bounds of Mercury, under the Sun-ruled first decanate. As the Moon’s ruler is ingressed into its Piscean adversity, the full Moon punctuates Mercury’s fleet-footed urgency with an ethereal sublimation. In Mercury’s bounds, the full Moon falls under the solar-ruled first decanate.
  • February 2019 Astrology Calendar

    • 2/1/19: Mars square Pluto at 21°39′ Aries-Capricorn
    • 2/2/19: Venus trine Uranus at 28°55′ Sagittarius-Aries
    • 2/3/19: Mercury sextile Jupiter at 18°15′ Aquarius-Sagittarius
    • 2/3/19: Venus ingresses into Capricorn
    • 2/4/19: New Moon at 15°45′ Aquarius
    • 2/7/19: Sun sextile Jupiter at 18°56′ Aquarius-Sagittarius
    • 2/7/19: Mercury sextile Mars at 25°40′ Aquarius-Aries
    • 2/9/19: Mars square Ascending Node at 26°32′ Aries-Cancer
    • 2/9/19: Mercury sextile Uranus at 29°5′ Aquarius-Aries
    • 2/10/19: Mercury ingresses into Pisces (adversity/ detriment) I
    • 2/12/19: Ascending Node stations direct at 26°24′ Cancer
    • 2/13/19: Mars conjunct Uranus at 29°11′ Aries
    • 2/14/19: Mars ingresses into Taurus (adversity/ detriment) II
    • 2/17/19: Venus sextile Neptune at 15°29′ Capricorn-Pisces
    • 2/17/19: Ascending node stations retrograde at 26°29′ Cancer
    • 2/18/19: Sun sextile Uranus at 29°21′ Aquarius-Aries
    • 2/18/19: Venus conjunct Saturn at 16°46′ Capricorn
    • 2/18/19: Sun ingresses into Pisces
    • 2/19/19: Mercury conjunct Neptune at 15°34′ Pisces
    • 2/19/19: Mercury sextile Saturn at 16°55′ Pisces-Capricorn
    • 2/22/19: Mercury square Jupiter at 21°06′ Pisces-Sagittarius
    • 2/22/19: Venus conjunct Pluto at 22°17’Capricorn
    • 2/23/19: Mercury sextile Pluto at 22°18′ Pisces-Capricorn
    • 2/25/19: Venus opposite Ascending node at 25°58′ Capricorn-Cancer
    • 2/26/19: Mercury trine Ascending node at 25°58′ Pisces-Cancer
    • 2/27/18: Sun sextile Mars at 9°2′ Pisces-Taurus

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    Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

    Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

    Latin for lion, Leo is the only sign in the zodiacal sphere portrayed as a predatory animal, or ‘beast of prey’. The Latin etymology of Leo, namely, to ‘blot out, to annihilate, to destroy’, aligns with the foundational nature of the lion, described by Ezra as embodying a scorching and deconstructive heat. Leo synthesizes with the human body’s fifth division via motion, and the anatomical parts corresponding with the heart and motor nerves. Concerned with dividing, lifting, and circulating the blood, the heart’s great mass of muscular tissue receives Aries’ initiatory blaze. Harmoniously laboring with the Ram, all precipitated energy must be constructively forged by the Lion.

    At 0°51′ Leo, the total lunar eclipse occurs near the ascending Lunar Node in Cancer, in Jupiter’s bound, and under the Saturn-ruled, first decanate of Leo. While the eclipse is exact at 12:14 AM EST, lasting one hour, one minute, and 59 seconds, the Moon will also be perigee at 2:59 PM EST. Following the initiatory, solar eclipse in Capricorn, this lunation culminates a 2.5 year cycle (including the foreboding Full Moon at 25°52′ Aquarius of 8/18/16), of eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis. Unsurprisingly, both Saturn-ruled luminaries chisel an opposition, the Time Keeper’s signature configuration. Via superior, sign-based trine, Mars overcomes the Moon, further punctuating the elemental fire-air composition of this eclipse. As Saturn overcomes Mars via sign-based, superior square, the applying Mars-Saturn configuration is nearly exact via degree. When Mars’ swift severance is halted by Saturn, the primal drive is consistently oppressed by apprehension. Both malefics, Mars and Saturn, are poised in their diurnal and nocturnal domiciles, respectively.

    In the background, the applying Venus-Jupiter conjunction narrows, further bonding the affirming grace of both benefics. While a trine is forged as both benefics grace the red planet, the final Lunar eclipse still encompasses the densely dramatic captivity of light. While it’s proximity to the ascending lunar node in Cancer further amplifies cascading emotive heights, reciprocal nurture, and instinctively maternal inclinations, the presence of the Dragon’s Head or Rahu cautions against egoism and the potentially deconstructive heat of the Leonine eclipse.

    Leo Decan I: The Feline’s Ferocity

    Often, discordance with malefics spawns from the displeasure imparted by their subjectively cruel lessons. Habitually, Mars does not operate lovingly, it opposes Venus. Naturally, Saturn does not function emotively, it opposes the Moon. Yet it is often the most excruciating trials that obligate life-transmuting perspectives. The final eclipse in Leo surveys the first decanate of the Gatekeeper, a stoic and cautionary presage against the Lion’s illimitable and annihilating blaze.

    The excessive unrestraint of the ascending Lunar Node and its proximity to the first decanate of Leo is fittingly illustrated by Agrippa as “… a man riding on a Lion; it signifieth boldness, violence, cruelty, wickedness, lust and labours to be sustained.” The seemingly minimal imagery of a man riding a predatory wildcat emphasizes the inexhaustible primal will, a theme sternly punctuated in this final lunar eclipse. When in “the face of strength, liberality, and victory”, one’s primal core truly unsheathes. Accentuated triumphs often dismantle the true character beneath thinly-veiled veneers. Considering the ‘heroic’ and seemingly victorious undertones of this decanate, this final lunar (and solar) eclipse in the Leo-Aquarius axis can consummate with boundless engorgement.

    Al-Jabhah, The Lion’s Brow

    The total lunar eclipse in Leo falls under the Al-Jabhah, the tenth lunar mansion, originally posited in the Leo constellation along with Regulus (the royal fixed star now in Virgo). Know as “The Brow”, Al-Jabhah is claimed to assist in recovery and bestow fortitude. However, a total lunar eclipse near the ascending Lunar Node still accentuates both the captivity of light and excessive voracity.

    Giraftagi: The Light’s Captivity

    During a total lunar eclipse, earth’s penumbra veils the Moon. Al-Biruni calculated that the ratio between the size of the earth’s penumbra cloaking the moon’s facade and the size of the moon was 2 3/5 to 1, corresponding with the results obtained by Ptolemy and Al-Battani. The subtle sunlight that absconds through earth’s atmosphere is refracted on the Moon, casting a transfixed, tenebrous tint. From Luna’s perspective, a blackened sphere barricades the Sun, carving a circular glow upon earth’s silhouette. Known as giraftagi, this captive light results from earth’s obstruction. Thus, during a lunar eclipse, the earth’s spherical glint plunges before the Moon.

    “And in whatsoever countries or cities we discover a familiarity of this kind, we must suppose that some event will occur which applies, generally speaking, to all of them, particularly to those which bear a relation to the actual zodiacal sign of the eclipse…”

    As the total lunar eclipse is exact, North America, South America, parts of Western Europe, and Africa will witness the eclipse’s complete visible spectrum. Apart from Madagascar, all of Africa will see a partial eclipse, as will the Middle East and Afghanistan. In Asia, the eclipse’s visual impact will be omitted, as the event occurs during daylight hours, and is void of lunar visibility.

    Of fixed modality, the final lunar eclipse in Leo reaches a critical stage of culmination, suggesting long-term, finalizing results in both intimate and global settings. Legislation, leadership, public groups and political arenas are some possible arenas of manifestation.

    The total lunar eclipse in Leo is exact on 1/21/19, at 12:14 AM EST.


    References:

    Raza, S. Jabir. “Al-Biruni on Eclipses.” Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, vol. 56, 1995, pp. 293–300., http://www.jstor.org/stable/44158632.

    Agrippa, Henry C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

    Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

    Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon


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    Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

    Mercury Cazimi: January 29, 2019

    The King’s Heart

    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. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE.

    *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. For example, in the Renaissance tradition, William Lilly extends Cazimi to 17′. As a general rule, I choose to focus on (or work within) the 16′ range, particularly when merging Cazimi portals with electional astrology.

    Meticulous Messenger: The Traditional Associations of Mercury

    Traditional associations of a dignified Mercury punctuate sharp intellect and cogitation. Here, debaters and logicians mastering knowledge and articulation are rendered, as are seekers of mysteries, amalgamating information without external guidance or teachers. Of additional Mercurial attributes, Lilly emphasizes those being “ambitious of being exquisite in every Science, desirous naturally of travel and seeing foreign parts: a man of an unwearied fancy, curious in the search of any occult knowledge; able by his own Genius to produce wonders; given to Divination and the more secret knowledge; if he turn Merchant, no man exceeds him in a way of Trade or invention of new wayes whereby to obtain wealth.”

    Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

    Currently of swift motion, on 1/29/19, Mercury Cazimi is exact at at 9°54′ Aquarius. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is posited in Saturn’s diurnal domicile, in the affirming bounds of Venus, and simultaneously journeying through the final arc minutes of the Venus-ruled, first decanate. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is in aversion to Saturn, and overcomes Mars via sign-based sextile. Mirroring this month’s earlier (Saturn) Cazimi, both charts unfurl with a Libra rising and angular malefics in their domiciles. In the background, Saturn overcomes Mars via superior square, a configuration that also echoes the backdrop of the final lunar eclipse in Leo.

    Mercury remains in Cazimi past midnight, come 1/30/19, in the bounds of Venus. Likewise, the Messenger is in an applying sextile to the Moon as the benefics overcome the Sun-Mercury conjunction. As an inceptional chart, clarity in communication is accentuated, along with presentation. Although in detriment, the solar rays are persuaded by mercurial matters: decisions, logistics, and contractual matters are favorable under this configuration. Third place matters receive the benefics’ affirmation, via sign-based sextile, and siblings, friends, learning, and quotidian excursions can benefit from this brief Cazimi. As with the previous chart, in aversion to the Cazimi and first house placements, Saturn merely emits a partile ray to Mars, as both separate from a square.

    As the Messenger journeys through the Water Bearer, be advantageous and efficient in mercurial matters. Come 2/11/19, Mercury enters its detriment in Pisces, followed by its retrograde. Aptly, The Messenger enters Aries on the day of Mercury, 4/17/19, in the term of Jupiter and decanate of Mars. By then, with Mars in Gemini, mutual reception will mitigate both planets.


    References:

    Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

    Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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