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Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map.

21 June 2017

Stardate, Jun 21-30



 Stardate, Jun 21-30.

Time to work out, or go see a new movie!

Please see the first and second writeups for June. In addition:
The Moon: All times PDT

These time periods are good for beginning important things that you want to end well, because:
1. the Moon isn’t void of course (VOC),
2. AND the Moon’s last aspect before it will next go VOC is a traditionally “good” aspect.

If a day and time falls outside the ones below, it’s better to wait for a good time period if you can. Also, it depends on how important the action is to you. Not all actions have specific or important outcomes, either. I wouldn’t adopt a kitten, buy a car, or send out the office party invitations when the Moon isn’t good, but I’d certainly go grocery shopping, work out, or see a new movie with friends.

The Moon’s good:
After 3:44 pm June 21 through June 23 at 11:45 am After 3:06 pm June 25 through June 27 at 2:12 pm After 5:41 pm June 27 through Jun 29 at 1:35 pm
New Moon on June 23 at 7:31 pm at 3 degrees Cancer. (Note that this degree is rounded up from 2 Cancer 44 to 3 degrees, the way we say this is the 21st century although its years start with 20, as in 2017. They don’t start with 21.)

This new Moon is also:
* conjunct Mercury in about 4 Cancer,
* very widely conjunct Mars at 13 Cancer.
* just outside the orb of squaring a stationary Jupiter at 14 Libra
If you have planets or points in the early degrees of the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, then you’ll feel this new Moon more intensely than the rest of us will.

Look at your chart to see what house 3 degrees Cancer occupies. That’s where in your life you’ll experience the new Moon’s energy: at work, at home, in a relationship, in your finances, etc. If you have a planet or a point there, be prepared to pay attention to this house and feel (Moon) whether there’s anything you’d like to change. You’re ready for some new beginnings or insights in that area.
If you have a planet or point at or near 3 degrees of Aries, Libra or Capricorn, you’ll still experience the new Moon in whatever house holds 3 degrees Cancer in your chart. However, the planet or point affected by the new Moon will also have a chance for self- analysis and making some new starts, although they may be rockier than for the 3 degree Cancer people.

 The Sun entered Cancer (the summer solstice), June 20 at 9:24 pm. It enters Leo at 8:15 am on July 22. Mercury entered Cancer, June 21 at 2:57 am. It enters Leo July 5 at 5:20 pm.

The Sun moves into the first and most sensitive of the water signs, Cancer, on the 20th at 9:24 a.m. Cancer the Mother, the Healer, the Nurturer, the Sensitive, the Rememberer. Cancer is the pinnacle of yin energy. We can relate it to the Great ort Divine Mother or the Goddess, but Cancer is an archetype, not a person, and about half the people born with this Sun sign are men. We all have yin energy somewhere, regardless of our plumbing or inclinations.

Natives of this sign or those strongly influenced by it—a Cancer Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, and to a lesser degree those born with the Moon conjunct the Sun (a new Moon) or in the first house, need to develop an even richer inner life than they had as children.

To explore their sensitivity, their feelings, their vulnerability, and the influence of their childhood and family, without being overwhelmed by them or by other people and retreating or shutting down. To use their imagination. To feel their way through life as much as possible. To open their hearts as much as they can, consistent with their own emotional health. Much as mild summer weather does, Cancer needs to encourage and support growth in itself and others, but not smother-mother to the point of self-neglect or allowing others to take advantage.

(Some chickies really are ready to leave the nest.) That nurturing energy needs a harmless outlet somewhere: a kitten, a garden, a room to redo. Speaking of rooms, Cancer needs to be content with its home, and to have an equal say in what happens there: how it’s decorated, who’s invited and when, where the pets are allowed, etc. That home is a kind of shell for Cancer the Crab, a place to protect its sensitivities, to daydream, to think things through without interruption, to journal, to create.

During this solar passage through Cancer, slow down a bit. Plant something. Aim for more and better self-care. If you need a day off, take one. Give yourself time to feel as well as think.

Listen for the hurt behind someone’s sharp words. Don’t knuckle under, and count to ten before you answer.
Everyone’s emotions are running a bit higher now. The weather may be calling us outdoors, but this solar month is a good time to look within.
Don’t take a book to the beach. Turn off your phone.

Look at the water or swim. Delve for your earliest memory, then the one after that.
Imagine all the homes you’ve ever lived in, beginning with the first you can remember.

Watch for whatever feelings may accompany the memories.

Or build a sand castle of your ideal home. What rooms are biggest? Which did you build first? What might that say about what you’d like your life to include?

It’s time for some introspection. Explore some of the many symbol systems or theories people use to understand themselves better: astrology, Tarot, the I-Ching, the Enneagram, the Myers-Briggs, Jungian psychology, dreamwork, guided journaling, intuitive painting, etc.

And if you’ve been wanting a pet, now’s a good time to adopt one and give it its forever home.

Time Twins, born on the same day of the same year.



Time Twins by Jodie Forrest

Time Twins

Most astrologers are familiar with the term “time twins.” For any newbies reading this article, time twins are two people born on the same day of the same year. We can make a distinction between “date twins” born simply on the same day and year, and “time twins” who were born at roughly the same time on the same day and year. The following quotations are all drawn from a book by G. J. Toonder and J. A. West, The Case for Astrology

(1). Two unrelated women, both named Edna, met for the first time in a hospital in Hackensack, NJ. Both had been born on the same day, and were now in the hospital for their first confinements. Their babies were born within an hour of each other, and both had been named Patricia Edna in advance.

Both women were married to men named Harold, who had both been born on the same day. Both men were in the same profession, owned the same make, model and color automobile. Both couples had been married on the same day. Both women had the same number of brothers and sisters, and practiced the same religion. Both families had a mongrel named Spot.
Do the similarities in the lives of these women seem like a once-in-a-millenium set of coincidences, as skeptics might claim? Read on.

King Umberto I of Italy was introduced to a restaurant proprietor and remarked upon the remarkable similarity of their appearances. Upon inquiring it was remarked that the king and the restaurateur
    had been born on the same day, at the same time, married wives with the same name, and both had a son called Vittorio. The restaurateur had gone into business on the same day that the king ascended the throne.

The king then learned that the restaurateur was to take part in a shooting match the next day in which he was delegated to present the prizes, and the king expressed the wish to meet his double again.
But when the time came the king learned that his time twin had been killed accidentally while cleaning his gun. And before he could be taken to the scene of the accident, the king himself was shot and killed by an anarchist assassin.

The most famous 'time twin' was Samuel Hemming who was born at the same time on the same day as George III of England (4 June 1738).

Hemming and George III looked very similar and their lives ran in close parallel, though on their respective levels. Hemming set up his ironmonger's business on the day George succeeded to the throne. Both were married on 8 September, 1761, both begot the same number of children of the same sex, both became ill and had accidents at the same time, and both died on 29 January 1820 of similar causes.

If your mind’s boggling, go Google “astrological time twins.” You’ll find some very interesting information. Want to find a twin of your own? Search for your birthday. Type it between quotation marks (“February 13, 1964”), so the search engine will look for the date as a whole unit.

I suspect that the examples from West and Toonder are from time twins whose Ascendants are at or close to the same degree of the same sign. The following odd couples, not all of whose birth data is verified, are probably date twins rather than time twins:

George W. Bush and Sylvester Stallone; Laura Bush and the “sex, drugs and rock-and- roll” artist Robert Mapplethorpe; racetrack whodunit writer Dick Francis and fashion photographer Helmut Newton; and Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.
(2) Yet, think about it... Sylvester Stallone (Rodden birth data rating A), with Sagittarius rising, played “Rocky” and “Rambo” characters who were probably not unlike a thread of the Leo- rising George W. Bush’s inner life (Rodden rating AA). This thread emerged in such famous remarks as “Bring it on,” in a reference to Al Quaida made shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attack, and in the “Mission Accomplished” braggadocio only a few months into a war that hasn’t ended years later.

Laura Bush (Rodden rating B), with Taurus rising, and Robert Mapplethorpe (Rodden rating AA), with Scorpio rising, both considered themselves art patrons. Dick Francis (Rodden rating DD, “dirty data”) wrote about high-priced, fast-paced worlds with plenty of glitterati, and Helmut Newton (Rodden rating B) photographed them.

Darwin and Lincoln might have been time twins as well as date twins. We don’t know, because Lincoln's data carries a Rodden rating B, and Darwin’s a DD. Both men lost their mothers at ages 9 and 8 respectively, and met their strong-minded wives in the same year. Each was extremely intelligent. Both lost young children, aged 3 and 2. Lincoln had depression and migraines, while Darwin fell ill after overwork and had stomach problems, palpitations and fainting spells for the rest of his life. Both men had extremely difficult co-workers.

Darwin’s colleagues disputed evolution vigorously, while Lincoln’s Cabinet members and Union Generals were so contentious that he fired some of them. Both men were instrumental in shaping the zeitgeist of their time, and ours too.

More accounts of date and time twins, with some thought-provoking statistics and analyses, can be found in Peter Roberts’s and Helen Greengrass’s book, The Astrology of Time Twins (3). Roberts and Greengrass studied the late Michel Gauquelin’s astrological data, conducted their own study and concluded that time twins were most statistically likely to have significant parallels in profession, interests and psychological traits. Those are factors for which Gauquelin found statistically sound correlations to planets placed in the cadent houses and near the angles.

After pointing out that the stories I quoted early on may not all be verifiable, the authors agree that there are numbers of cases of time twins whose resemblances don’t stop at their professions, interests and psychological traits, but also include physical similarity, names, and life events ranging in importance from major landmarks down to small but startling coincidences. Roberts and Greengrass propose that there is a ranking of the frequency of the occurrence of time twins’ shared characteristics, with similar professions, interests and psychological traits occurring most frequently and being most easily spotted in the data, and with other resemblances occurring less often, although in what order hasn’t yet been determined.

Time twins could be a fruitful field of research for someone with enough reliable birth data and interview subjects to delve into those additional similarities. If such a study is happening, I’m currently unaware of it and would like to hear about it.
Astrologer Lynn Koiner’s website has a page devoted to time twins: http:// www.lynnkoiner.com/astrology-articles/twins-biological-astrological-and-astro-similarity. At the invaluable AstroDataBank.com wiki, formerly a software program, some data collection on time twins can be done by searches on particular birthdates.

The Time-Twins.com URL no longer works; perhaps it will come online again at some point. If this German site, http://astrologix.de/twindata.htm, finds a match for your birth data, you can email that person. The following site has a file of famous people born on a particular month and day, but you’ll have do the sorting by year: http://ibirthdayworld.blogspot.com.

Finally, these flesh-and-blood identical twin sisters found practical uses for their twinhood and started The_AstroTwins astrological consulting business and website: http://www.astrostyle.com/ The_AstroTwins/index.htm
The “gee-wow” factor of the parallels between date twins, and the often astonishing similarities between time twins, is far less interesting for me than the deeper question of why not only these time-twin similarities, but also their differences, might exist. I have front row seats on this question because I have several time twins all born on February 8, 1956. Please humor me through this more personal material; later in the article, I’ll draw on some of it to address that “why.”

I’ve met three of my “twins,” communicated at length with three more, and know of six others.

Three of us are professional astrologers. Another is a former professional astrologer, still an astrological lecturer, who’s an attorney, teacher and writer. One is a graphic artist, another a designer. One’s a professional rock and roll bass player. (I play bass and am consumed with envy.) Two are professional actors, one Norwegian woman and an American man who’s also a pro basketball player.

A woman I’ve lost touch with was a fellow French major at the same time and at the same university that I was. One man died of AIDS at his first Saturn return. Another is in prison for vehicular manslaughter during a DUI. As for my parallels with this tribe, I practice astrology, write, paint and play bass as hobbies, and have done some acting. I earned an M.A. in French and continue to study and use the language. I teach astrology and creative writing, and have taught French, ESL and beginning Spanish.

Similarities are the most marked with my “identical” time twin, the former astrologer (4) I’ll call N. We say “identical” because we have the same degree of Cancer rising. We have different Midheavens, Pisces (mine) and Aquarius (his). Our Venuses are in the tenth house (mine) and the eleventh (his). Our Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions are in my third house and his fourth. Our Moons are less than three degrees apart. Otherwise, the charts are remarkably similar.
We’ve been comparing notes about our lives on a pretty regular basis for years now, and I’ve visited N. and his wife in the UK. Most time twin accounts cover major life events, but N. and I have been fortunate enough to be able to record many significant if less important events and lots of trivial ones.

We’re close to another time sibling, an astrologer I’ll call F., who has Scorpio rising (4). I’ll describe some parallels among the three of us first. N., F. and I all have very long-lived mothers with firm convictions, without what a Jungian analyst would call a highly refined feeling function, and with a certain commanding manner. Mine was openly referred to as “The Queen” by her daughters and herself. F. and N. have the same degree natal Moon, and their mothers are more problematic, both colder, one controlling the household through force of personality and the other indirectly, through illness.

Our fathers all had excellent verbal skills, but were often seen as rather ineffectual. N.’s father and mine had little or no political skills in the workplace. Mine had few social skills either. F.’s and N.’s fathers, however, could be very charming. F.’s father was a non-conformist who was at peace about not fitting in. Mine was an intellectual who was far more uneasy about it.

We are all fascinated by a “heretical” sect called the Cathars who were active in Europe, especially in southern France, until the French King declared a Crusade against them in the first half of the thirteenth century. This article isn’t the place for a long description of their faith; the point is that we share an intense interest in them. Independently of one another, N. and I have visited the same Cathar sites in France.

I’ll address just N.’s and my connections now. First, two trivial “gee-wows”: on the same day in mid-September, 2006, we each had a smoke alarm suddenly malfunction, start blaring and cause a commotion on our respective sides of the Atlantic. On another day, we both found mice in our houses.
 
N. sings choral music, likes classical music and plays piano and flute. I play bass and some piano, was a DJ at my college’s progressive rock station, and like all music except opera and rap. Each of us is particular about language. We both lecture on astrology, and we both teach and write. Besides astrology, I’ve written a historical fantasy with a quest motif. N. writes textbooks about a highly specialized branch of law. We have similarly organized teaching styles and enjoy that work immensely.

We both read widely, love cats and share an interest in geneology. Our favorite color is the same shade of green. We try to use good manners—N.’s are better, I think—and lament it when others don’t. We both have a deep need for time alone. In social situations we’re both reserved, especially at first.

In our astrological work, we’re interested in practical techniques that will help us do better readings for clients. We study the more theoretical material but don’t use it right away, preferring to let it stand the test of time first. Independently of one another, we decided that astrologers had probably been studying Chiron long enough to have learned something about it, so we now use it sometimes. We’ve both studied palmistry, and the lines on our palms even look similar.

N. and I often have good or bad days on the same day, usually attributable to lunar or inner planet transits. Major life events show many significant parallels. We both had a turbulent, formative and highly significant relationship that began on the same weekend in January, 1973, when we were sixteen, and that lasted intermittently until we were 22. When the age 16-22 relationship began:

Click to read the rest of the article on page:  #2 "Time Twins, born on the same day of the same year."

Time Twins Part Two



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1. Our progressed Moons were conjoining our natal Jupiter-Pluto conjunction. 2. Progressed Venus trined natal Mars.
3. Progressed Mars trined natal Jupiter-Pluto.
4. Transiting Sun conjoined natal Moon.
5. Transiting Venus was separating from a conjunction to natal Mars.
6. Saturn was transiting the natal south node.
7. Transiting Pluto squared our Ascendant-Descendant axis.

At age 7, N. had an extremely serious case of the measles, and I had my tonsils removed because they met in the back of my throat. In October, 1964, my father had lung cancer surgery, while N. moved away from home to the south of England to go to school, a disorienting change.

In June, 1968, I moved to Iran, travelling through Europe with my family first, and N. went to France with his father. In the spring of 1972, both our maternal grandmothers died. In May, 1976, I began an ill- fated, off-and-on first marriage, and N. met a possible girlfriend with whom he stayed friends. In October, 1978, N. was having serious difficulties with a colleague and some depression about it, and I nearly died from an asthma attack and was hospitalized for a week.

In 1981, my marriage broke up, N. met his future wife and I met my future second husband. In October, 1987, N. was happy to have a new baby, but she was a very demanding infant, so he and his wife were exhausted and stressed. I started Jungian psychoanalysis that same month, which I was glad to do but it was harrowing.
While Pluto was squaring our Suns in the late 80s and early 90s, my father died, and my cat lost a leg and nearly died too. N. had trouble with his boss and wound up losing his job.

With  9 transiting Uranus/Neptune on our Moons in late 1991 to early 1992, N. got his current teaching job and spoke on astrology in Dublin, and I had an unexpected major business trip to Venezuela. In summer and fall 1993, N. had some lectures and writing accepted and moved into his current house.
I got a literary agent for my historical fantasy novel and restarted piano lessons.
In spring and summer 1995, N. didn’t get a key business contract but took several pleasant trips.

After my agent declined to continue representing my novel, my band did its first performance of a rock opera based on it. In the same week of October 22-28, 1995, my band did a triumphant second performance, and N. gave a successful lecture on Michael Scott at a history conference. I’d almost put Michael Scott in my novels as a character but couldn’t quite work him in.
On Dec. 9, 1995, with Mars on our Descendants, N. took a trip and got an extremely bad cold in bitterly cold weather. My band did its third performance and I too got an extremely bad cold in bitterly cold weather. On June 14, 1996, N. had a very pleasant evening at a lawyers’ gathering, but his mother was taken seriously ill. On the same day, my band sold out the most popular venue in town, but there was unpleasant strife among some of the 25 people in this all- volunteer effort.
In May, 1997, N.’s father died, and I had a very severe asthma attack while travelling in Ireland with a bad cold. I should have seen a doctor but didn’t, and was extremely ill for years afterward.
 
In March, 2009, N. wrote a section for the third edition of a prestigious law book, and I had a solo exhibit of my paintings of galaxies and nebulae. In mid-February, 2011, N. was nominated for and won an “I heart my tutor” award, and I had a painting exhibit in another state.

Think of the birth chart as your soul’s lesson plan, or your psyche’s, if you prefer. Even if you’re one of a pair of flesh-and-blood identical twins born minutes apart, the two of you can and often do react differently to that lesson plan. You were dealt the same hand of cards, but you made different choices about playing it. Studies show that identical or fraternal twins who were separated at birth and raised by different parents actually display more similarities to each other than identical twins who were raised together. You can read more about it at the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research’s website, https://mctfr.psych.umn.edu.

One big difference between N. and me is how I’ve dealt with our natal T-square (stationary Mercury opposing Uranus, both squaring stationary Neptune). N. has an excellent sense of direction. I can get and have gotten lost in a town where I’d lived for 30 years. I can and did get lost in N.’s house, perpetually turning the wrong way to the guest room while he and his wife were kind enough not to laugh. I am much more absent-minded, and clumsy too, while N. is neither. We both felt insecure and were bullied as children, but he was skinny and I was fat. I had a wilder adolescence than N. did, and would say I’m more rebellious in general.

Although we both work hard and can have conflicts with authority figures, our sixth houses manifest differently. N. has much better physical health and more stamina than I do, has needed less dental work and isn’t afflicted with allergies. We both enjoy hiking, but he’s more athletic than I am. He runs every morning and I wish I still could; I use an elliptical machine, but it’s just not the same as the open air.

I love to read about psychology, keep a dream journal and am fascinated by the human psyche in all its complexity. Imagine my astonishment to learn that N. is bored by feelings and finds them tiresome, including his own!
On the other hand, cooking bores me and I eat erratically at best. N. loves to cook and conscientiously eats a good diet. I love reading fantasy, while N. can’t abide the genre. I’m more of a techie, while he’d prefer to spend just enough time in the digital world to get his work done and leave until the next day. When I’m not working, I dress much more casually than N. does, although we’re both particular about clothes.

Few topics stimulate more speculation about fate versus free will than the subject of time twins. Some astrologers would marvel at the astonishing array of coincidences—the mice in both our houses, the blaring smoke alarms—and imply that astrology is so powerful that if your birth chart isn’t your fate, it’s a pretty good facsimile thereof.

Other astrologers, more focused on the differences, will point out that even with bio- twins born very close together, there are still small variations in their charts: different degrees at the cusps, possibly varying house positions of the planets, different midpoints, etc. These astrologers assume that even tiny chart disparities could correlate with differing careers or interests. Searching intently for the smallest of chart anomalies to explain dissimilar life choices still grants astrology a lot of power: again, a power something like fate.
 
We needn’t scrape the bottom of the barrel for reasons why blood or time twins can turn out so differently. They’re two separate people, each with sovereignty over their own lives, and they’re free to choose how to respond to very similar life issues (symbolized in their birth charts), and to the evolving and perhaps differing circumstances in their lives.

Your birth chart is the hand of cards you were dealt, but you have free will about how to play them. Sort of. Where are you playing your hand? In a ghetto in the Bronx? In a remote village in northern Afghanistan? At the centuries-old family estate in France ?

There’s free will, and there’s fate. I’m not sure any of us is wise enough to know where the border lies between them. That border differs for everyone, and it shifts daily in our lives.
Your birth chart symbolizes your fundamental nature. That raw material of your psyche, that gift of your living consciousness, was given to you. That was fate. The circumstances where you received that gift were also fate, I think. It is your nature/fate (symbolized by the birth chart) and your free will, interacting with your circumstances, that push your psyche to grow and to understand yourself better.

That time twins can and do turn out differently illustrates the reality of free will, in my opinion, even more than it illustrates the effect of the twins’ varying life conditions. That time twins can have so much in common, for me, illustrates the reality of fate.
Why did I have a wilder adolescence than N. did, while he buckled down in school, when our family lives were similarly difficult and problematic at the time?
Because I chose to, is the short answer. Why did he go into law instead of practicing astrology full time? Again, because he chose to.

Why I am so absent-minded that at age 27, for a few bad minutes one day I thought my car had been stolen? It hadn’t; I forgot I’d walked to work that morning. Why does N. exhibit none of this non-linearity?
I don’t feel as if I chose to be absent-minded, although some people might argue that I did. I can only report that it feels as inborn a trait as my nose, which I didn’t choose either.

As for the smoke alarm and the mice: Maybe there’s an as yet undiscovered asteroidlet lurking overhead that will be named Smoke Alarm, and that was affecting our charts on the day in question.

Maybe there’s an asteroid named Mouse that I don’t know about, and it was busy in our charts on the day the mice appeared. I have no idea why these events were woven into my time twin’s and my “fates” and circumstances upon those days. Perhaps many events are “fated” that are also not particularly significant.

There are, always, plenty of mysterious, impenetrable events, unanswerable conundrums, and a certain cussed unpredictability woven into the fabric of our world . . . Did you know that Margaret Thatcher and the controversial American stand-up comic, Lenny Bruce with his string of arrests for obscenity, were time twins (5)? Neither did I, until a few months ago. I decline to comment on this one!
 
   Notes:
1. J. A. Toonder and J. G. West, The Case for Astrology, London: Penguin, 1973.

2. Birth data, all from AstroDataBank. RR means Rodden Rating for birth time accuracy. George W. Bush, RR AA, July 6, 1946, 7:26 a.m., New Haven, CT
Sylvester Stallone, RR A, July 6, 1946, 7:20 p.m., New York, NY
Laura Bush, RR B, Nov. 4, 1946, 6:00 p.m., Midland, TX
Robert Mapplethorpe, RR A, Nov. 4, 1946, 5:45 a.m., New York, NY Helmut Newton, RR B, Oct.
31, 1920, 11:30 a.m., Berlin, Germany Dick Francis, RR DD, Oct. 31, 1920, time unknown, Tenby, Wales Abraham Lincoln, RR B, Feb. 12, 1809, 6:54 a.m., Hodgenville, KY
   Charles Darwin, RR DD, Feb. 12, 1809, 3:00 a.m., Shrewsbury, England

3. Peter Roberts and Helen Greengrass, The Astrology of Time Twins, Cambridge: Pentland, 1994.

4. Birth data, all from the individuals themselves, all RR A or AA.
Jodie Forrest, Feb. 8, 1956, 2:03 p.m., Arlington, Arlington County, VA N., Feb. 8, 1956, 12:53 p.m., Edinburgh, Scotland
F., Feb. 8, 1956, 11:19 p.m., Melbourne, Australia

5. Birth data, both from AstroDataBank:
Lenny Bruce, RR AA, Oct. 13, 1925, 11:24 a.m., Mineola, NY Margaret Thatcher, RR A, Oct. 13, 1925, 9:00 a.m., Grantham, England

08 June 2017

Friday, June 9-18 is good for a new starts up


Void of course (VOC) Moon, Jun 9-18, 2017: All times PDT. When, and when not, to begin an important action. “See explanation of VOC Moon” link






Friday, June 9th is good for new starts up until 11:20 PM when the Moon goes VOC. 




From the 9th at 11:20 pm until the 10th at 4:36 am is not good for new starts; the
Moon is VOC then.

From the 10th at 4:36 am until the 12th at 4:45 pm is not good for new starts.


The Moon’s not always VOC, but its last aspect before it goes VOC during this time is not a good one.
From the 12th at 4:45 pm until the 14th at 10:40 pm is good for new starts.

From the 14
th at 10:40 pm until the 17th at 10:55 am is not good for new starts. 
The Moon is either VOC or its last aspect before going VOC is not good during this time.

From the 17th at 10:55 am until the 19th at 12:42 pm is good for new starts. 

How can I find the Moon’s last aspect before it goes VOC, and when it enters the next sign?

* Consult an astrological calendar, datebook, or ephemeris. The one I’ll walk you through is Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide.

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07 June 2017

Stardate, June, 4th 2017, lunation's and planetary ingresses.

Stardate, June, 4th 2017, lunation's and planetary ingresses. Times given in Eastern. For Pacific, subtract three hours. See also the earlier post for Stardate, June 1st 2017.

On the 4th, Mars enters the sign Cancer at 12:15 pm Eastern. By the 17th, it will be in the orbs of opposing Pluto and turning the transiting T-square into a transiting grand cross (or grand square) until July 3rd. Grand crosses are formed of two oppositions whose planets all square or oppose one another, making four squares and two oppositions. That’s a more tense complex aspect pattern than the T-square, with Pluto in Capricorn feeling invigorated, stressed or challenged by, or fearful of, Mars in Cancer. The grand cross is in cardinal signs, which correlate with taking initiative or taking action, with starting things. Remember that Mars asserts, acts, and defends, as well as attacks, challenges, or pursues. We may see more energy, fear, anger or violence in international and/or intra-national relationships and politics. Some party or parties may feel an urgency to Do Something, which may be out of proportion to the situation. With Jupiter still in the diplomatic sign Libra, cooler heads may prevail.

On the 6th, Venus enters Taurus, 3:26 am EDT. Deep breaths, people. Let art and nature soothe your soul’s ruffled feathers. As a collective, we need grounding, calming and common sense. We need to simplify, to listen to others. I don’t recall who said, “Intelligence speaks; wisdom listens.”
The 9th’s full Moon occurs at 19 degrees Sagittarius (Moon) / Gemini (Sun), 9:10 am Eastern. The Moon conjoins transiting Saturn in Sagittarius; the Sun and Moon both square transiting Neptune in Pisces, making it the fulcrum of a T-square to the full Moon. If you have planets or angles in about 9 to 29 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), questions, conflicts or dilemmas involving those planets and their houses may come to a head. The houses of your chart that hold 19 degrees Gemini/Sagittarius may experience a conflict that requires compromise for resolution. Try to take both a spiritual (Neptune) and a practical (Saturn) view of the conflict; neither planet should “win.”

Also on the 9th, Jupiter turns stationary direct at 10:02 am, 14 d. Libra, sextiling and trining the full Moon. Imagine what the most positive outcome (Jupiter) of a conflict (full Moon) could be for all involved (Libra), and try for it. You’ll feel this very powerfully if you have planets between about 4-24 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), or if you have a Sagittarian or Piscean Sun, Moon, or Ascendant.

On the 16th, Neptune turns stationary retrograde at 7:09 am Eastern at 15 degrees Pisces, the sign it rules. If you have planets or angles from about 5-25 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), you’ll feel this station very strongly, and also if you have a Pisces Sun, Moon or Ascendant.

On the 21st, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the Sun moves into Cancer at 12:23 am Eastern. Mercury moves into Cancer too on this day, at 5:57 am Eastern. It’s interesting that although the Sun rules Leo, its longest-lasting light occurs on the first day of Cancer. What to do on this day of maximal sunlight? In Cancer, first of the water signs, the Sun as a sort of traveling spotlight illuminates our feelings. Let yourself feel yours. With Mercury also entering Cancer today, take some quiet time to explore them, or to think, write, or talk about them. Cancer rules everything that is archetypally Yin: receptive, fertile, gentle, homey, feeling-oriented, introspective, subjective, nurturing, cyclical, changing, and non-linear. Aim for good, healthy, self-care all month. Take some time off if you can. Make sure that you’re not over-nurturing others who could stand on their own two feet. Your dreams may be more active than usual; write them down, and find a good dream dictionary such as Cirlot’s.

On the 23rd, the new Moon occurs at 3 degrees Cancer at 10:30 pm Eastern. This degree is within the orbs of triggering the transiting T-square and turning it into a grand cross. Wherever this degree falls in your chart, you’ll experience a lot of focus in that house or on that planet, and feel its effects on the rest of the grand cross. Remember that the Moon rules the tides, and at the new and full Moons, everyone’s emotional tides are running high, and yours particularly if you have a Cancer Sun, Moon or Ascendant. Let yourself feel whatever you’re feeling. You don’t have to act on it or even talk about it, but you do need to feel it. Then try to figure out how realistic those feelings are, whether they need a behavioral response, and if so, what kind. Traditionally, new Moons begin a new lunar cycle, once the Moon has started to wax again, and new Moons are said to be good for new beginnings. Remember that Cancer energy is drawn to security, to protect both its extreme sensitivity and what and whom it loves. Try not to err on the side of too much caution, or of sacrificing too much for what you perceive as providing safety. 

Pluto has been in Capricorn

 Pluto has been in Capricorn from . . .

(note that this does not include Uranus, which is now in Aries and squaring Pluto.

See my article, The Revolution Will Be Televised Tonight, The Mountain Astrologer, May-June 2016 and on this website after July 1, 2017.


287-305 A.D.
Three Emperors of Rome killed by their own troops, Tacitus, Probus and Carus.
Diocletian, 284, divides Roman Empire into East and West and rules the East, Maximiam the West.
287, Carausius, commander of Roman British fleet, rebels and rules Britain as emperor (until killed by fellow rebel Alectus in 293)
303, Diocletian orders persecution of Christians.
533-551
Fighting between Byzantine Empire and Persia throughout, despite “eternal peace’ signed in 533.
534, Franks conquer Burgundy. Byzantium conquers part of North Africa 535 Byzantium starts to reconquer Italy (it will take through 554)
537 King Arthur supposedly killed at Camlan
537 St Sophia Basilica completed in Constantinople (Istanbul) 542-546, Plague epidemic in the Empire.
550, St David takes Christianity to Wales
779-796.
In 779, Offa king of Mercia becomes king of all England. Earliest extant prints in Japan.


 782, Charlemagne summons learned monk Alcuin of York to head palace school at Aachen; revival of learning in Europe. Also executes 4500 Saxons at Verden. Construction of Offa’s Dike again Welsh attacks on Mercia
787 first Danish invasions of Britain.
788 Charlemagne annexes Bavaria. Shiite kingdom established in Morocco (by Idris).
790 Alcuin appointed principal of Frankish court school. Schola Cantorum in Rome establishes schools for church music in Paris, Soissons, Metz and Cologne.
791 Constantine VI imprisons his mother Irene for cruelty and assumes power.
792 Irene regains power.
793 Offa’s Mercia annexes East Anglia
795 The Norse land in Ireland
796 Offa dies, end of Mercia ruling Britain
1025-1041.
1025 Beginning of decline of Byzantine power
1027 Omar Khayyam born
1028, Canute conquers Norway.
1030, Olaf tries and fails to re-take Norway, killed at Stiklestad 1031 Henry I becomes king of France
1032 Burgundy becomes part of Holy Roman Empire
1033 Poland becomes a fief of the Holy Roman Empire (defeated by Germans and Russians). Castile becomes a separate kingdom.
1034 Duncan becomes King of the Scots


 1035, Death of Canute, his possessions are divided. Hardicanute becomes King of Denmark, will die from drink. Harold I becomes king of England. Sveyn becomes king of Norway. William the Bastard, son of Robert le Diable and grandson of Rollo the Viking, becomes Duke of Normandy. Ferdinand I King of Castile.
1039 A Welsh prince defeats the English
1040, MacBeth kills Duncan at Elgin and becomes King of the Scots. Hardicanute becomes king of England.
The “Truce of God” is proclaimed in Aquitaine. Attempt to restore some order in face of ineffectual or divided political power. No attacking or stealing from non-combatants or clergy, no fighting on church Feast days, no violence within 30 paces of a church and in the church itself, no stealing from churches or clergy, no attacking or stealing from pilgrims. In some places you couldn’t kill people on certain days of the week, which supposedly allowed people to travel to churches to attend services and venerate relics and then go home in peace.
1270-1286.
in 1270, death of Louis IX of France on 8th Crusade, Philip III the Bold king until 1285.
1271, Marco Polo sets off to visit Kublai Khan, returns 1295.
1273, Rumi born
1274, First Mongol (Kublai Khan) invasion of Japan, fails.
1275, Marco Polo enters Khan’s service. Earliest record of a human dissection, “chirurgia’ by William of Saliceto
1276, there were four Popes in this one year.
1277 Franciscan Brit. philosopher Roger Bacon exiled for heresy.


 1278 invention of the glass mirror
1280 rebellion of textile workers of Flanders
1281, 2nd Mongol invasion of Japan fails in disaster.
1282, French are massacred in Sicily.
1283, Edward I conquers Wales. A false “Emperor Frederick II’ makes claims in Germany.
1285 Adam de la Halle writes down the Jeu de Robin et Marion
1516-1532.
in 1517, the Protestant Reformation begins; Luther nails his 95 theses of protest on the church door at Wittenburg. Ottoman Turks Empire capture Cairo, Syria and Egypt; end of Mameluke Empire.
1519, Reformation begins in Switzerland.
1520, “Field of Cloth of Gold,” Francois I of France meets with Henry VIII of England to ask help against Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Henry refuses and forms secret treaty with Charles.
1521, Cortez captures Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. Luther declared heretic and excommunicated at Diet of Worms. Pope Leo X dubs Henry VIII “Defender of the Faith” for his opposition to Luther.
1522, one of Magellan’s ships circumnavigates the world for the first time. 1527 Sack of Rome by Spanish and German troops, Pope Clement VII is captured.
1529 Henry VIII dismisses Lord Chancellor Thomas Wolsey for failing to get the Pope to consent to Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Thomas More appointed Lord Chancellor. Henry summons reformation Parliament and cuts more ties with Rome.
1530 Wolsey dies.


 1532 Thomas More resigns. Peace of Nuremberg lets Protestants practice their religion freely. Calvin starts Protestant movement in France.
1762-1777.
in 1762 Rousseau publishes The Social Contract. The Sorbonne Library opens. Mozart tours Europe at age six. Benjamin Franklin improves the playability of the harmonica.
1763, peace of Paris ends French and Indian War, UK gets Canada and almost all land east of Mississippi. First Chambers of Commerce in NY and NJ. Frederick the Great establishes village schools in Prussia. Boswell meets Johnson for the first time.
1764 Sugar Act taxes American colonies. Literary salons started in Paris and London. Voltaire publishes his Philosophical Dictionary. London starts using house numbers. James Watts invents the condenser, first step toward his steam engine.
1765 Stamp Act taxes colonies’ publications and legal documents, challenged by Virginia Assembly. Delegates from 9 colonies draw up a declaration of rights and liberties at Stamp Act Congress in NY. Potato becomes most eaten food in Europe.
1766 Stamp Act repealed but Britain declares its right to tax colonies in Declaratory Act. First sidewalk paved in Westminster.
1767 Townshend Acts taxes various imports into the colonies. Colonies decide not to import them. Mason Dixon line separates free from slave states. Captain Cook discovers/explores east coast of Australia, calls it New S. Wales. NY Assembly suspended for refusing to quarter British troops.


 1768, Secretary of State for the colonies appointed in Britain. Mass. Assembly dissolved for refusing to collect taxes. Boston refuses to quarter troops. James Cook sets sail on his first circumnavigation.
1769 VA Assembly dissolved for protesting colonial treason trials in Westminster. Napoleon I born. First lightning conductors used on high buildings.
1770, Boston Massacre, Brit troops fire on colonists, 5 dead. Townshend Acts repealed except for tax on tea. Paris opens first public restaurant.
1771 first edition of Encyclopedia Britannica
1772 Boston Assembly demands colonies’ rights, threatens secession. Captain Cook begins second voyage. Judge William Murray in Somerset case rules that a slave is free on landing in England.
1773 Boston Tea Party, “Indians” dump tea into Boston harbor. Peasant uprising in Russia, suppressed 1775. Pope Clement XIV dissolves Jesuit Order, Joseph II expels them from Empire. The waltz becomes fashionable in Vienna.
1774, the Intolerable Acts, Britain refuses to recall the British governor of Mass., closes the port of Boston, first Continental Congress meets in Philly to protest. Serious boycott of imported goods. Goethe publishes The Sorrows of Werthe. FA Mesmer uses hypnosis for health purposes. School for orphans and neglected children founded in Switzerland
1775, War of Independence begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries. Britain also at war in India until 1782. First commercial steam engines produced. First British banks’ clearing-house established in London. Digitalis first used against dropsy.


 1776, British troops forced to evacuate Boston, Dec of Independence adopted by Continental Congress. Edward Gibbon publishes Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Cook’s 3rd voyage to the Pacific
1777 Spain and Portugal settle disputes with their own colonies. The torpedo is invented. Lavoisier proves that air is mostly oxygen and nitrogen. Cooperative workshop for tailors is founded in Birmingham. French enter war on the American side.
2008-2023.
Economy collapsed. Mideast continues very tense. Obama won the 2008 election, may win this one. Uprisings throughout the Mideast recently. We’re gradually withdrawing from Iraq/Afghanistan. Occupy Wall Street. Quagmires in Congress. Most of the money controlled by 1% of the population. (like France pre-Revolution...) Major feeling against wall street, banks, corporations, etc. Some reforms get through. Technology continues to progress. Health care and gasoline costs go up. Middle class loses ground. Housing crisis, unemployment stays high. Widespread uneasiness about world economy, fuel sources, what will happen.
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Pluto in Aquarius
305 – 328,
Rebel Emperor of Brit., Carausius, killed by fellow rebel Allectus.

 305, Diocletian and Maximiam abdicate, power struggle follows.
306, Constantine the Great becomes Emp. of the Eastern Roman Empire. 308, Maxentius son of Maximian, becomes Emperor in the West.
312: Constantine kills Maxentius and is converted to Christianity
313: Constantine allows Christianity in the Empire—Edict of Toleration, Milan. Also forbids public gladitorial combats.
324 Constantine reunites the Roman Empire
551-573
552, Buddhism goes to Japan.
553 Silk industry becomes monopoly in Byzantine empire
554, Byzantine empire conquers southeast Spain.
558 Clothar I reunites the kingdom of the Franks
561 Clothar dies, his kingdom divided among 4 sons
562 , Japanese lose power over Korea.
563, St Columba founds monastery on isle of Iona in Scotland and starts converting the Picts to Christianity.
567 Visigoths driven out of western Spain. Frankish kingdom divided into 3 partitions
570, Mohammed born in Mecca.
572, Persians dominate in Arabia.
797-818.
797 Empress Irene of Byzantium has her son Constantine blinded, overthrows him, reportedly proposes to Charlemagne, and is eventually deposed.


 800, Pope Leo III crowns Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. Poems are sung to music at Charlemagne’s court. Leo separates from Eastern empire and becomes supreme bishop of the West. Vikings invade Germany. The Irish reach Iceland; the Norse discover the Faroes (islands).   801 Bragi becomes earliest known Norwegian poet. Charlemagne prohibits prostitution.
802 Egbert King of Wessex. The Vikings rule Ireland. Germanic tribal law codified by order of Charlemagne. First rose trees planted in Europe.
803, Harun el Raschid takes over Baghdad and deposes ruling family. Byzantine Empire recognizes independence of Venice.
804 Charlemagne’s last war against the Saxons; his rule now extends to the Elbe.
806 Vikings sack the monastery on Iona (Scotland)
810 Persian mathematician al Chwarazmi writes book about equations and coins the term “algebra.”
813 School of astronomy founded at Baghdad
814, the Arabs adopt Indian numerals 0-9, start multiplying by 10. Charlemagne dies; his son Louis the Pious becomes King of France and of the Holy Roman Empire. Western empire begins to regress in political and social importance at Charlemagne’s death.
817 Louis the Pious divides France among his sons.
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1042-1063.
Edward the Confessor King of England, but power in the hands of Earl Godwin and his sons.
1044 the deposed pope Benedict IX sells the papacy to Gregory VI.


 1046 Harald Haardraada King of Norway. Both popes deposed. Synod of Rome grants papacy to the Saxon Pope Clement II.
1047 William of Normandy crushes rebellion of nobles in Normandy 1050 Normans start going into England. The Mabinogion first appears. Polyphonic singing replaces Gregorian chant. Time values given to notes. The harp comes to Europe. Astrolabes arrive in Europe from the East. 1051 Earl Godwin exiled, returns with fleet in 1052 and wins back power. 1052, Edward the Confessor founds Westminster Abbey.
1053, Godwin dies, his son Harold succeeds him as earl of Wessex.
1054, break between Byzantium Empire and Roman church, Eastern church now completely independent. The papal chair is empty for a year. Abdallah ben Yassim begins Muslim conquest of West Africa. Henry I of France invades Normandy and is defeated at Mortemer.
1055 Harold’s brother Tostig becomes Earl of Northumbria
1056 Wales does homage to Wessex and Mercia
1061 Normans conquer Messina.
1062 Berengar of Tours opposes doctrine of transubstantiation. Marrakesh founded.
1063 Harold and Tostig put down a Welsh rebellion. (1064 the shipwreck off Normandy, and Harold’s tricked into swearing to uphold William’s claim)
1287-1307.
1287 Mongols invade Burma
1288 Osman, founder of Ottoman Empire, is born
1289 Friar John of Montecorvino becomes 1st archbishop of Beijing. Founding of Montpellier University in France. Block printing being done in Ravenna.


 1290 following death of Margaret Queen of Norway & Scotland, 13 people claim the Scots throne.
1291, Edward I expels all Jews from England. Muslims capture Acre, last Christian stronghold in Holy Land, end of the Crusades.
1294 death of Kublai Khan. Boniface VIII becomes Pope, he’s a lawyer & diplomat & practices the magic arts.
1295 Edward I summons first (male) representative parliament of England. Alliance between France and Scotland. Marco Polo returns to Italy.
1296 Edward I deposes Scots king. Conflict between Pope and Philip IV of France over Papal powers in France.
1297 William Wallace defeats Brit army. 1298 Edward I defeats Wallace and recaptures Scotland.
1298 Marco Polo begins his memoirs in a Genoese jail
1300, Edward I invades Scotland. “Aucassin et Nicolette,” famous French love story, written down. Jongleurs become professional musical entertainers in France. Apothecaries become popular in Germany. Temporary end of European slave trade.
1302, Papal authority declared supreme. First meeting of French Estates General.
1303 the French (Philip IV) capture Pope Boniface VIII and ill-treat him, he’s rescued but dies soon after in the Vatican. University of Rome founded. First medical references to eyeglasses.
1304 Petrarch born.
1305, the French move the Holy See to Avignon, France, beginning of the “Babylonian Captivity” and there were 2 Popes. British capture and execute William Wallace. Giotto paints frescoes in Padua. Edward I standardizes the yard and the acre.


 1306 Philip IV expels the Jews from France. Scots rebellion led by Robert the Bruce who’s crowned King of Scotland at Scone.
1307, Edward I dies on march north to crush Robert the Bruce. Dante composes the Divine Commedia
1533-1552.
1533, Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn and is excommunicated by Pope Clement VII. Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury. Francisco Pizarro captures Inca capital Cuzco and conquers Peru. The future Queen Elizabeth I born to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Holbein the Younger, and Titian, are painting. First insane asylums founded but without medical attention.
1534 Henry declares himself Supreme Head of Church of England in Act of Supremacy. Founding of the Jesuits by Ignatius Loyola. Turks capture Tunis Baghdad and Mesopotamia. François Rabelais publishes Gargantua, part 2 of Pantagruel. Luther completes German translation of the Bible. Michelangelo finishes the Medici tomb and moves from Florence to Rome. Decree forbids British farmer from owning more than 200 sheep.
1535 Thomas More executed for failing to take Oath of Supremacy. Jacques Cartier sails up the St Lawrence River to what will be Québec and Montréal. Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII. Statute of Uses curbs power of English landowners.
1536, Anne Boleyn is executed and Henry marries Jane Seymour. Holbein made court painter. Suppression of monasteries in England begins under direction of Thomas Cromwell, now Lord Privy Seal, completed 1539. Parliament declares the pope has no authority in England. 376 religious houses dissolved by royal decree. Calvin and Luther are publishing.


 Reformation comes to Denmark and Norway. Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel. First song book with lute music notation published in Spain. 1537 Jane Seymour dies after giving birth to Edward VI. First conservatories of music are founded in Italy. Paracelsus publishes Grosse Astronomie, a manual of astrology, between 1537-39.
1539 Spain annexes Cuba. A public lottery held in France.
1540 Henry marries Anne of Cleves after negotiations by Cromwell. Divorces/annuls Anne, marries Catherine Howard, executes Cromwell for treason. Michael Servetus discovers pulmonary circulation of the blood. 1541 John Knox brings the Reformation to Scotland. Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi. Turks conquer Hungary. Henry VIII assumes titles of head of Irish church and king of Ireland.
1542 Catherine Howard executed, James V of Scotland killed, Mary Queen of Scots begins reign. Vesalius publishes on anatomy.
1543 Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr. First Protestants burned at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition. Spanish navigator and mechanical engineer submits first design for a steamboat to Charles V of Spain.
1544 Henry and Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire invade France.
1545 Pope starts Council of Trent for Jesuits to reform the Church. Improvised comedy first performed in northern Italy.
1547 Henry dies, Edward VI king of England with Duke of Somerset as Protector. Cervantes is born. France starts trying heretics, and declares French and not Latin its official language. First predictions of Nostradamus. 1548 Holy Roman Empire takes over the Netherlands. Mexican silver mined by the Spanish.
1549 Edward VI introduces Protestant services done with his Book of Common Prayer, services may be done only with it as of May 20.. St Francis


 Xavier introduces Christianity to Japan. Court jesters (dwarves, cripples) appear in Europe.
1550, Somerset falls, Duke of Northumberland now Protector of Edward VI. Sir William Cecil made Engl. Secretary of State. Pierre de Ronsard publishes “Odes.” Rhaeticus publishes about the trigonometric tables. First billiards played in Italy, first sealing wax used
1778-1798.
1778 Indian massacres in PA and NY. Rousseau and Voltaire die. Beethoven presented as child prodigy at age 8 (father said he was 6). Cook discovers Hawaii. Act of Congress prohibits import of slaves into the U.S.
1779, Spain declares war on Britain, beseiges Gibraltar until 1782 without success. US Congress sends force into Wyoming Valley against the Indians. Spallanzani proves semen is necessary for fertilization. First children’s clinic established in London. First “velocipedes” seen in Paris.
1780, riots against Catholics in London. British capture Charleston SC. Russia Denmark Sweden Neth form Armed Neutrality of the North to let neutral shipping through despite
Brits. Peruvian Indians revolt against Spain, put down by 1783. Benedict Arnold’s plot to surrender West Point is revealed. First fountain pen and circular saw invented. First Sunday newspapers published in London.
1781, Cornwallis beseiged by French and Americans and surrenders at Yorktown VA. Joseph II of Austria introduces religious toleration and freedom of the press, and outlaws serfdom. Herschel discovers the planet Uranus.


 1782 Spanish complete conquest of Florida. Paris Peace Talks begin. Bank of North America established in Philadelphia.
1783, treaty of Paris, UK recognizes US independence. First successful hot air balloon built. First evangelical movement begins at Cambridge. Civil marriage and divorce allowed in Austrian dominions. Bank of Ireland founded. Piano pedals patented. First paddle steamboat sailed on the Saone river in France.
1784 William Pitt’s India Act, East India Co. under government control. Oil burner, patent lock, and threshing machine invented. First school for the blind in Paris. Denmark abolishes serfdom.
1785 VA’s Religious Freedom Act abolishes religious tests in VA. Emerald Buddha Chapel in Bangkok. Chemical bleaching and seismographs invented. Paper that will become the Times in 1788 first published as The Daily Universal Register
1786 Herschel publishes Catalog of Nebulae. Uranium discovered. First nail-making machine made. First mechanically driven boat designed. First attempts at internal gas lighting in England and Germany
1787 US Constitution signed in Philly. Assembly of Notables in France dismissed for refusing to introduce financial reforms. Parlement of Paris demands a summoning of the Estates General. Steamboat launched on the Delaware River. Dollar currency introduced in the US. Engl. settlement for freed slaves founded in Sierra Leone.
1788 First convicts transported from Britain to New South Wales Australia. British parliamentary motion to abolish slave trade. Parlement of Paris presents list of grievances. Bread riots in France.
1789, French revolution begins. Etats-Générals meet, representatives of 3rd estate (“middle class”) form National Assembly: as Constituent Assembly it


 governs France until 1791. Storming of the Bastille. George Washington first US president. William Blake publishes Songs of Innocence. Mutineers of HMS Bounty settle on Pitcairn Island. First steam-driven cotton factory in Manchester.
1790 Jews in France are granted civil liberties. Washington DC founded. First patent law in the US. First steam-powered rolling mill built in England. 1791, Louis the 16th and his family flee Paris but are captured. Louis accepts new Constitution. Constituent Assembly replaced by Legislative Assembly. Canada Act divides Canada into English and French-speaking regions. Bill of Rights: first 10 amendments to the US Constitution. Slave revolt against French in Haiti. Motion for abolition of slave trade carries thru Parliament. London School of Veterinary Surgery founded.
1792 France declares war on Austria & Prussia (they’d tried to help Louis escape). Girondists form ministry in France. National Convention governs France until 1795. France is declared a republic. Jacobins under Danton seize power, execute Girondins. Revolutionary calendar used after Sep 22. First guillotine in Paris. Denmark outlaws slavery. Mary Woolstonecraft publishes Vindication of the Rights of Women. Gaslight used in Engl. for the first time.
1793, Louis and Marie-Antoinette executed, France declares war on Britain, Spain and the Netherlands. Reign of Terror through 1794. France governed largely by Danton as head of the Committee of Public Safety. Conscription in France for Revolutionary Army. Marat murdered by Charlotte Corday. The Marquis de Sade publishes Le Philosophie dans le boudoir. Robespierre and St Juste join Committee of Public Safety. Catholicism outlawed in France. Napoleon takes Toulon. Holy Roman Empire declares war on France. French troops driven out of Germany. First Coalition against France


 formed. The Louvre becomes national art gallery. Compulsory public education in France from age 6. Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin. US law compels escaped slaves to return to their owners. Paganini makes debut, age 11, Genoa. Board of Agriculture established in Britain.
1794, Danton and Desmoulins executed. Mass executions. “Feast of the Supreme Being” in Paris. Robespierre and St Just executed. Jacobins suppressed in France. Commune of Paris abolished. France occupies the Netherlands until 1795. Peace treaty with France Prussia and Spain. Habeas corpus Act suspended in Britain until 1804. William Blake publishes Songs of Experience. First telegraph sent from Paris to Lille. Ecole Normale and Ecole Polytechnique, world’s first technical college, open in Paris. Slavery abolished in French colonies.
1795, Bread riots and White Terror in Paris. 3rd Fr. Constitution sets up the five man Directory to rule France. Napoleon appointed commander in chief, Italy. French take Luxembourg, Mannheim and Belgium, sign armistice with Austria. Freedom of religion in France. Paris Conservatoire de Musique founded. Hydraulic press invented. Jars designed to preserve food. First horse-drawn railroad in England. Speenhamland Act for relief of poor in Britain, wages supplemented by dole.
1796 Napoleon marries Joséphine de Beauharnais, takes control and invades Italy, defeats Austrians, The French cross the Rhine but are defeated at Amberg and Wurzburg. Washington refuses a third term. Goya publishes Los Caprichos. Freedom of the press in France. First vaccination against smallpox. Royal Technical College founded in Glasgow. Edict of Peking forbids import of opium into China.
1797 Brit navy mutinies at Spithead and Nore. British navy fights France and Spain. France has now taken Austria and Italy. Napoleon appointed to


 command forces to invade England. Coleridge writes Kubla Khan (publ. 1816.). Method to calculate comets’ orbits is published. First copper pennies minted in Engl. and first one pound notes issued.
1798 Napoleon invades Rome, Switzerland and takes Cairo, annexes left bank of Rhine, seizes Malta and Alexandria. Battle of the Pyramids leaves Napoleon master of Egypt. Nelson defeats French at battle of the Nile. French land in Ireland but don’t invade. Malthus publishes “Essay on the Principle of Population.” Casanova dies. Britain taxes 10% of all incomes over 200 pounds “as a wartime measure”
Pluto moved into Capricorn on Nov. 26, 2008, and remains there until it no longer retrogrades back into Capricorn, and is fully in its passage through Aquarius, Nov., 2024.
2008, the economic crisis
2008, Obama elected U.S. President
2012, Obama re-elected
2016, Trump elected U.S. President, but the election may have been skewed by Russian interference. Extremely conservative, anti-environmental, anti- civil rights, anti-immigrants and refugees agenda promoted. Protests, court blocks, resignations, firings, investigations.
2017, Macron elected Président of France
Besides the above, we’ve seen: the Arab Spring, refugees displaced by war, mass migrations, increased terrorist attacks, the appearance of IS, ongoing war in Iraq and Syria, the rise of nationalism, a trend of more conservative politicians gaining power, increased concern about climate change, global warming, more and stronger storms, Trump’s incredibly short-sighted


 backing out of the Paris climate accords, Brexit, about a dozen investigations of Hillary Clinton for the same situation with her email server, although each time she was acquitted of any crime and many Congresspeople have done the same thing with their email servers, probably the nastiest Presidential campaign ever in the U.S., increased tensions with China and North Korea, major arms sales to the Middle East, a wide and growing economic disparity in the U.S., increasing popularity of social media . . .
And what can you think of?

01 June 2017

Stardate, June, 1st 2017

Stardate, June, 1st 2017 
The second half of this month contains major peaks of the currently transiting square aspect between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which we feel from 2007 to 2020. What does that mean? See my article, The Revolution Will Be Televised Tonight, about the transiting square’s themes reflected in prime-time TV, in the May/June, 2017, issue of The Mountain Astrologer, www.mountainastrologer.com. 
In the meantime:
1. Think of Uranus in Aries as a warlike and heroic, or angry and violent (Aries) rebel, innovator or loose cannon (Uranus).
2. Think of Pluto in Capricorn as a traditional and patriarchal, or controlling and greedy (Capricorn) elder, institution, or tyrant. 
These astrological energies are of course far more complex than the two- 
dimensional, cartoon-character summaries here, but they’ll do for a memory aid. 
3. Think of Uranus-in-Aries, angry, or innovative rebellion (Uranus) against rigidly patriarchal, profit-hungry Capricorn people, governments or corporations. 
Sound familiar? It should, given recent and current events... 
Meanwhile, the planet Jupiter’s 2016-17 transit through Libra moves it opposite Uranus in Aries and square Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter in Libra temporarily turns the transiting square into a transiting T-square
4. Who’s our third, Jupiter-in-Libra character in this mix? Think of it as a mediating and empathic (Libra), or as a charismatic and conflict-avoidant (Libra) rich man, philanthropist or inflated fool (Jupiter). 
6. A T-square is like a see-saw balanced on a fulcrum. Here, Pluto in Capricorn is the fulcrum on which balances the Jupiter-in-Libra opposition to Uranus-in-Aries. A T- square, a complex aspect pattern, is more tense than either a square or an opposition alone. Since Pluto supports the weight of the “see-saw,” it feels more tension from the T- square than the other two planets do. The fulcrum, Pluto, needs to stay grounded and stable, or the see-saw could dump one of its two “seated” planets to earth, traumatizing it, and toss the other one up in the air, unmooring it. Or they might both crash—atop the fulcrum. Which planet falls? Which flies? There’s no way to know for sure. 
7. From June 14-29, all three planets in the transiting T-square are in the orbs of making a station (apparently slowing down, holding still and then reversing their direction of travel through in the zodiac). Stationary planets are stronger than usual, as if by “holding still,” they temporarily acquire acquire extra bandwidth and a more powerful transmitter. 
8. We’ll feel some additional tension in the transiting T-square during these 15 days. Look for attempts to mediate, explain, compromise, and whitewash (Libra) problematic world events that have already occurred or that will evolve in the transiting T-square. Certainly we’ll see more manifestations of the Capricorn shadow, as Pluto in Capricorn may try to dig in and hold its ground, and it will be driven home to us that not all governments have their citizens’ best interests at heart, and that the unhealthy side of patriarchal societies can crush the people lowest in their hierarchies. Uranus in Aries may try to rebel even harder against “the dark side (Pluto) of the Capricorn force,” may suddenly do something completely unexpected (the unpredictable loose cannon), or may insist on promoting its Utopian fantasies regardless of the human cost. 
9. Meanwhile, cooler heads are trying to smooth ruffled feathers (Libra), but may be too optimistic, idealistic or over-confident (Jupiter), and may take too many chances (Jupiter). Jupiter rules the law, the courts, organized churches, the international community and higher education; we may see attempts by some or all of these entities to improve the situation. Another possibility is too much hesitation (Libra) on the part of potential mediators (Libra); perhaps because there probably won’t be solutions that are fair to everyone involved. 
10. Neptune is transiting through its own sign, Pisces, which increases its impact even when it isn’t stationary—but these fifteen days include a Neptune stationary period, too. What does Neptune rule? Consciousness, mysticism, spirituality (not organized religion; that’s Jupiter), and altered states of awareness, particularly about where “the two worlds touch,” as the poet Rumi says. It also rules meditation, a technique through which we temporarily cease acting as our personalities, try to become aware of the nature of our minds and souls, and try to feel like part of some vast, transpersonal, mysterious whole. Finally, Neptune rules escapism, which is what overwhelmed or traumatized people may seek. On a global level, it rules social work, social justice, aid to those in need, humanitarian workers, refugees, gasoline, liquids, chemicals, the pharmaceutical industry, delusion, “fake news,” “alternative facts,” epidemics, fashion, and trends. 
Because Neptune is stationary, too, our ability to see reality clearly and to think logically and strategically during the already triple-stationed T-square may be less than usual, or harder to access. People may be in denial or flight; humanitarian or political crises may be prominent in the news, and there may be a still more pervasive sense of not knowing what’s actually happening in the world, the country, the government, or perhaps our personal lives. 
What to do? 
1. Verify rumors and news stories. Get the facts from reliable sources before you make up your mind.
2. You may need to deal with an unpleasant situation. 
Angry? Count to 10, 20, 30, 40, whatever it takes to remain calm. Then protest, firmly and succinctly.
Scared? Consider if you have good, concrete and measurable reasons to be frightened. Can you do something to improve the situation? Then count to 100, and do it. Can’t do anything? Then let go of worrying about it. Confine your worrying to things that you CAN do something about. 
3. Resist all or nothing thinking. Ask yourself if you’re being realistic and on what evidence. Look for the middle ground rather than leaping to judgment.
4. Try not to take long shots without thinking through the possible outcomes.
5. Try to avoid arbitrary displays of authority that are way out of proportion to the situation. 
6. Listen to others’ points of view. You don’t have to act and you don’t have to agree. Experience talks; wisdom listens.
7. Pace yourself! It’s okay to take a “mental health” day off. It’s okay to take an evening off, to amuse yourself. We all need to relax sometimes, especially when we’re stressed. You’re not being shallow, in denial or escapist, unless you decide to spend all 15 days writing down what your life would have been like if you were a movie star, or seeing how many Comic-Cons you can possibly attend during that time, or hunkering down with Netflix and not answering your phone, doorbell or email. 

That’s the major event in June, the coinciding planetary stations in the latter half of the month. Next, we’ll bring in the month’s lunar activity (full and new moons). Stay tuned!