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Starward 10 October 2012


We’re entering the Month of Thanks (that was what I always called November when I was a kid). It’s the time we should give Thanks for all our blessings — such as good health, our flexibility in navigating all these mighty transits we have experienced this year, our family and friends, and our wonderful Astrology group — NFAA. It’s also the month of our national election. I urge all of you to vote, regardless of party affiliation. We’re blessed to live here in the USA. Despite its faults, we have a freedom not seen in most of the world.

We won’t have a meeting in December, but I plan on doing the newsletter. I want to thank Jay Boll for agreeing to be our new President. I personally would like him to focus on growing our association. I couldn’t spend the time needed to do so. We have so many talented astrologers in our group and their knowledge should be shared with at least NorthEast Florida. There will also be an increase in dues — from $20 to $25 per year.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for having each and every one of you in my life.

Sandye Sievers


Saturn in Scorpio 2012-2015

 by Nadiya Shah

On October 5, 2012, Saturn will enter the sign of Scorpio for a long-term stay for the better part of the next three years. Saturn only makes a rare visit to each sign once every 28 and a half years, usually marking a phase with a specific characteristic that stands out in our mind.

We learn our most important lessons where Saturn resides. On a soul level, we know it is where our greatest learning is. We will pursue and attract experiences in line with the new sector of our sky Saturn has moved to. We sense, on a deep and sometimes unconscious level, that we must give a new, specific area of life our attention as a way to demonstrate qualities that increase our sense of self-respect. Where Saturn goes, we are asked to be starkly honest with ourselves and admit the reality of the situation, along with understanding what we can do to change it and where we need to practice greater patience, acceptance, or both.

Saturn will be in what is termed “mutual reception” with Pluto. When two signs are hosting each others’ ruling planet, they tend to have an affinity, and work together in greater harmony, helping the best of each sign to come forward. Both planets are stronger when in this harmonious position. Saturn and Pluto already have an easy relationship, based on their characteristics. This placement gives both an extra boost. All of us will feel this connection, but it will be especially prominent for those among the signs represented, in this case, Scorpios and Capricorns.

On the infamous Winter Solstice of 2012, Saturn and Pluto will reach exact precision in their conversation, with a supremely harmonious connection. The planets will continue to dance closely for the better part of the following year, suggesting a strong start to this cycle. There are always times when change seems daunting, especially when Saturn is involved. At this time, and especially on this day, each of us, collectively and individually, will receive our own keys to impressive change, along with the enthusiasm and belief to make it realized. With so much mythological and emotional build up to this historical day, this celestial conversation lends itself nicely for putting past patterns behind us and moving towards a future that feels empowering, with a greater sense of self.

The only times Saturn gets us into trouble is when we don’t listen, resist the lessons, or continue to insist along a path that isn’t in line with a more loving vision of our life. Where Saturn goes, it can feel as if that area of life and the people associated with it have a will of their own. It is at this time that Saturn’s most important lesson comes forward, “Do your best, and surrender the rest.”

The sign Saturn moves into is a place where we, culturally, might contemplate changes but are inclined to stick with tradition. It’s as if there is a “holding on” to the traditional values in that sign, a need to stick with protocol, and follow the established norm.

With Saturn in Libra, we saw plenty of talk around Gay Marriage, but some societies, including that in the USA, might have wished progress was more swift. We should see a shift in that nation’s conversation around marriage equality. Saturn in Libra asked us to have the discussion and get honest with ourselves on the definition of marriage. Now, as Saturn moves on, tensions should ease, and progress for LGBT communities around the world will hit a smoother trajectory.

Scorpio is the sign of merging and sharing assets, whether that’s among people getting married or corporations. Scorpio is taxes as well, and with Saturn in Scorpio, a large part of the international conversation will revolve around taxes; how much to pay, who should pay it, where is it fair, and where is it an obligation. Saturn in Scorpio tends to bring a more conservative approach to taxes, with governments choosing cuts.

Scorpio also rules sex, and involves the sharing physical intimacy requires. With Pluto in Scorpio in the 1980s and 90s, the world saw the dawn of AIDS, as we considered the dark side of sex. Exploring the dark side is one thing Pluto loves to do. Now, with Pluto in the sign of the Corporation working harmoniously with Saturn, I predict corporations will launch new procedures and treatments for those with HIV/AIDS, with a strong likelihood of a vaccine. It is highly possible that the treatments will be priced at an exuberant cost. Pluto in Capricorn is showing us the dark side of business, and with Saturn in harmony, will only further support the structure. We should also see new STDs, more resilient to resolution. Scorpio also rules boils, abscesses, ruptures, and other blistering symptoms, a likely characteristic of the diseases that get the most attention.

Organizations that work to promote safer sex practices should see their cause enter the international dialogue, which will eventually lead to greater visibility. With Pluto in Capricorn in mutual reception to Saturn, structural and corporate support will be a matter of debate, before it eventually becomes accepted. In the beginning of this transit, we can expect the proliferation and promotion of “abstinence based” education, before other practical efforts at preventing STD’s are widely discussed and eventually integrated. Saturn in Scorpio asks that we confront our judgments, expectations, and conventions on areas of sex and intimacy. To do so requires looking at the entire spectrum of belief and expression, at every stage of the process.

Sharing money, as a form of assets, is covered under Scorpio, as the sign oversees banks and loaning institutions, as well as granting bodies. We can expect a debate on regulation, with the larger, corporate banks taking on a form of regulation that is agreed on by the industry as well as governments. We should see the true societal and political power that banks hold, with a widespread belief that it is better to take action to protect and affirm these companies than to see the larger consequences of their failure. With Uranus in a tough conversation with Pluto during this time, chances are, the masses, and particularly the more rebellious among them won’t like these arrangements and will let their discontent be known. Uranus is a planet that rules the masses and rebellion. We are already seeing this discontent play out in the Arab Spring, European Summer, and American Autumn movements around the globe. Uranus will be in a Quincunx aspect, a conversation noted for having to reconcile and find a way to make these seemingly disconnected energies get along, suggesting that people will be able to see the pros and cons quite clearly.

We can also expect large corporations to launch granting opportunities, for new businesses and for students, criticized for being wrought with strings and agenda driven biases. More neutral institutions that rely on grants will increasingly have to go to private companies to meet their fundraising goals. Advertising and content control may need to be relinquished to receive those funds.

Finally, Scorpio rules psychotherapy and psychological regeneration. We should see institutions that provide accreditation to practitioners in the field, as well as study programs and requirements, become much more stringent and specific. Methodologies will be purported based on the traditional and the established. “Tough love” and “father knows best” approaches to psychological therapies and self-help books will become the latest trend in personal knowledge, self-discovery, and well-being.


Saturn in Scorpio

by Eileen Nauman

Attention all Scorpio’s....Saturn is coming into your sun sign for the next 2.5 years. In reality, ALL sun signs are affected. And here’s what you need to grasp about Saturn. It’s his job to keep us on the path we’ve mapped out for ourselves in this lifetime. If we, by free will choice, decided to take another path that wasn’t right for us, it’s Saturn’s job to pick us up and move us back to where we need to tread. Why? Because long before we were born into this life, we worked with our spiritual counselors to map out a life and what we hoped to learn by living it. Saturn is the planet that is responsible to seeing we do just what we really wanted to do in the first place.

And this is where Saturn gets a bad rap. If you’re moseyed off in the wrong direction, it’s not what your soul wanted. Your soul decided to learn certain things in this lifetime. So, when some of you get uprooted and life is turned upside down for awhile, you’ll understand that you’re being put back on the correct path for yourself. It’s not Saturn’s fault. It is the choice you made.

On October 5, 2012, Saturn leaves Libra and moves into Scorpio.

Libra’s are all going to be breathing a collective sigh of relief. Why? Because for two and a half years, Saturn has been bearing down on them and keeping their noses to the proverbial and cosmic grindstone. Any responsibilities, lessons, hard work were enforced by no nonsense Saturn. And Libra's have been finely honed and tuned up. Maybe exhausted, by their arduous journey that had no let up. Or maybe Saturn helped turn their lives around and point them in the correct direction for their life path. Saturn also doles out rewards that are earned as well, so the transit has challenges but also, a treasure chest for those who have worked hard and earned it.

Now, it is Scorpio’s turn to experience the gamut of Saturn in all its diverse facets. What may occur to one Scorpio may not to another Scorpio. The best way to know how Saturn is going to be bringing up things for you to look at and work on or learn from, is to see which house of your natal chart it is in. ... Saturn has facets, so let’s look at him. From a mythological standpoint, he is Grandfather Time, the Grim Reaper, Cronos, the Time Keeper, among others. It is an earth planet rooted deeply in common sense, practicality and working hard and consistently.

And because Scorpio is a water sign, earthy Saturn is very happy in this sign, unlike in Libra, which is an air sign. Fire and earth do not get a long which is why Libra’s have had their nose rubbed in it for 2.5 years by Saturn. The good news is that earthy Saturn and earthy Scorpio will get along like twins. Instead of crashing into Libra, as it did, Saturn should glide quietly and firmly into Scorpio. This is a huge change but the elements have much to do with everything.

An important note is that transiting Pluto is in Capricorn. With Saturn going into Scorpio, this creates a friendly sextile between them, so I see many of you getting ahead by hard work but also, being rewarded by the time Saturn is through your sign. That is good news! It isn’t all bumps in the road. There are honors, recognition and pay raises for Scorpios as well.

So, what can Scorpio's expect from Saturn? Well, let’s look at the areas ruled by Saturn:

1) Expect a physical manifestation of some THING in your life. Could be a job. A baby is born. A reward. Marriage. Divorce. Loss of a loved one, a raise, honor and recognition, among others. Saturn is about making dreams come true — through hard work and discipline and over time. Whatever Scorpio starts now, expect it to come to fruition in 2.5 years from now. The excellent part of Saturn is this: if you do your duty, fulfill your responsibilities, Saturn will REWARD you at the end of that time. However, if you slack off, you’re lazy or your inconsistent, Saturn will give you tough love and kick your butt instead. And as always, the CHOICES you make are entirely up to you. Make the correct one and Saturn has your back. Make the incorrect one...well, Saturn will be in your face in a highly unpleasant way.

2) Scorpio’s who have ambitions in their sights may well get advancement. If you do — it will be because you applied elbow grease, you pulled your loads without bitching and complaining about it, and you were consistent. Those who do can expect a raise, a change in status in your job and you’ll get the good things that come with the accolades that you earned.

3) Scorpio’s who have arthritis/osteoporosis may see a worsening of their condition over the next 2-3 years. Or, perhaps just the opposite: some drug or alternative medicine may give you the relief you’ve been seeking but haven’t found until now. Look to alternative ways to help too, such a homeopathy, physical therapy, as possibilities.

4) Some Scorpio’s are going to have confrontations with authority. It could be legal such as a lawsuit, going before a judge/jury, dealing with governmental agencies such as the IRS, or country officials perhaps on a property tax issue. Or, maybe a speeding ticket because the police are an authority, also. If you begin to deal with authority, remember it’s going to be a long term proposition, so pace yourself. Also, get a good attorney if that is what is needed.

5) Scorpio's may need more bioflavanoids during this period. These are often found in the white skin of an orange, lemon or grapefruit. Saturn rules Vitamin C, bioflavanoids, which is an offshoot, chemically, of C. Because Saturn may put you under a lot of stress, Vitamin C and bioflavanoids ‘feed’ your adrenal glands and stop possible adrenal exhaustion. Think about adding these to your daily regime if you are under a lot of stress. Others to consider are the bioflavanoids and Vitamin C because they too, are ruled by Saturn. You may have more need of these than normal during this transit.

6) When it comes to business Saturn is going to put you through new cycles to become more skilled at what you do. This can mean a long term project that involves a lot of time, elbow grease, responsibility, organization, managerial skills and constant focus. This won’t be easy but if you will do the walking and talking, Saturn will reward you in the end — so hang in there and do this project or job right.

7) Scorpio's may need more Calcium during this 2.5 year period. And with Mercury being your ruler, your nerves are susceptible to stress a lot sooner than most other zodiac signs. I’d suggest talking with your physician or alternative medicine practitioner about a supplement that would incorporate Calcium with other surrounding minerals or Vitamin D in order to get the right ‘concert’ to feed your nerves properly.

8) Saturn is about caution and thankfully, Scorpio's are practical and common sensed, so they aren’t going to throw caution to the wind and do something stupid like other knee-jerk sun signs tend to do. Keep your head about you, Scorpio, and practice your cautious, conservative ways because they will serve you even more strongly during this period in your life.

9) Saturn is always about cold, and most Scorpio's don’t do well in hot temperature or very cold ones. You may find yourself more susceptible to cold weather or wind than usual. The easy way around this is to dress wisely and that’s something Scorpio's do well, anyway!

10) Scorpio, it’s time to consolidate some areas of your life. This can mean that you are traveling too much and so you cut back to doing less of it, for example. Or, you’re stretched too thin in too many places and you must choose between them. Do it. Do the necessary cutting and getting rid of peripheral ‘stuff’ in your life and hone it down to what really matters and counts. Saturn always helps us “lean down” to our fighting weight which is always a good thing.

11) Saturn is always about control but it doesn’t mean you’re going to turn into a megalomaniac. It’s about control of your emotions, control over your mouth and what comes flying out of it (and shouldn’t have) and controlling our childish impulses and replacing it instead, with more mature actions or reactions on our part toward others. This is a tough area and its one Saturn will hone us to whether we like it or not. Think before you speak. Think about your actions you want to take before you initiate them. You won’t be sorry. Always take the higher road when someone confronts you or your have to deal with a bully. No one said this would be easy and its not — but if you can rise to the occasion and choose your words and actions with careful forethought, you’ll come out as the winner.

12) You’re going to find delay in some areas of your life whether you want them or not. Saturn is always about practicing patience and if you’re in a hurry to meet a deadline, that may not happen as much as you might like. Just remember, Saturn is honing you to be the best person you can be, inside and out, and this takes time. And if some things in your life are delayed there’s a good reason. Many times, Saturn protects us against ourselves and holds off you getting something too soon because honestly, you aren’t ready for it. Trust Saturn to hold up something because when the time is right, he will give it to you.

13) Scorpio’s are good at discipline so Saturn’s demand for this is not going to be a problem for you at all. In fact, you’ll become even MORE disciplined than usual. More organized. Your output will increase substantially as a result.

14) Saturn rules the father in our life, but it can also rule over older people — namely your parents — or grandparents. There may be caregiving duties with older or elderly people during this period. And if you become a caregiver under Saturn, just know that this training is going to give you a lot of compassion by the time this 2.5 year journey is done.

15) Saturn can bring out our worst fears. Whatever boogie man that we’re hiding deep in us, rest assured that Saturn will bring out a physical manifestation so we can wrestle with our fear(s). Saturn wants us to grow, mature and flourish as a full human being. He realizes our fears immobilize us, stunt our growth and stop us from being all that we can be. The way Saturn resolves this issue is for you to face your worst fears, work your way through them and come out the other end of the gauntlet a stronger, freer-er person than before.

16) Health wise, watch your ligaments and tendons. You can twist a foot or a limb and have to go to a chiropractor or a physical therapist to help undo the damage. Wearing good shoes that don’t ‘roll’ (such as mules or high heels) will help you avoid ligament problems. Also, both men and women over forty years old MUST get their thyroid checked because many times, it’s slowing down. Even a “borderline” low reading on a thyroid needs medication. Go get tested and find out. If you’re feeling tired, more fatigued than usual, gaining weight when you shouldn’t be, that’s the thyroid misbehaving. Get it checked out and get on the medication your doctor prescribes for you. You’ll feel a whole lot better very quickly!

17) Scorpio's are going to feel limited or perhaps imprisoned or ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’ and no place to go to escape a particular situation. Saturn often makes us responsible in some way that we cannot escape or run even if we wanted too. What he is asking is an attitude change and believe me, in two and a half years, you will come around.

18) There can be losses during a Saturn cycle. The loss of a parent or good friends or relatives, are examples. But the loss can mean the loss of a spouse, too, unfortunately. If we lose those we love, it was their time to move on. We can continue to love them because they’re still alive in spirit.

19) Your loyalty may be challenged Scorpio. Don’t be blindly loyal — that will get you in trouble. However, standing up for a friend or loved one and doing the right thing is how Saturn teaches us loyalty.

20) During this Saturn transit, one can begin to feel pretty old. Why? Because the pressures, stresses and demands on us to be responsible and mature may become superheated. And there will be days when you don’t feel like you can make it — but you can. The end result is that sometimes you’re going to feel pretty old and done in. But this won’t last. Saturn will bear down on you, and then relieve the pressure for you to catch your breath, and then you’ll go down again to bear the loads you’ve chosen to carry. In the long run, Saturn helps us to grow and get stronger in spirit but while you’re in the middle of it, you’ll feel like you aged years — but you really haven’t!

21) Patience is something you will learn in spades during Saturn’s transit. And most Scorpio’s can be pretty patient, any way. However, where ever you lack patience you will learn to be.

22) The bones of the body are always up for review under Saturn’s cycle. This can mean your teeth and having dental work, for example. Or you might fracture a bone. And bones break under this cycle, unfortunately.

SIGNS WHO FEEL THE BLESSING OF SATURN IN SCORPIO: If you are a TAURUS, Saturn is opposite of your sun sign. This brings you ample opportunities you may have been waiting a long time for. Fear not, they are here and you can look forward to final decisions that are going to change your life in the best of ways.

CAPRICORN and VIRGO folks have a sextile to transiting Saturn. Your years ahead are about work, but fear not. Any work you put in WILL be rewarded. Just stay focused, organized and disciplined .... these are things you do already, so it should be an easy, not a rocky path for you, in this next 2.5 years.

CANCER and PISCES are trine to Saturn in Scorpio. You are going to find your lives really becoming easy, be in the ‘flow’ and anything you want, will come without a whole lot of fuss. All the hard work you’ve put in the past few years will now be rewarded! The Cosmic cookie basket will be handed to you!

ARIES and GEMINI are inconjunct to Saturn in Scorpio. You will be put between a rock and hard place — and nowhere to go — but move through the challenges that will definitely be placed at your doorstep. The good news is if you will buckle down, do the seriously hard work, be disciplined and organized, you’ll find this 2.5 year period honing you to perfection. If you don’t, you’re going to be utterly miserable. So, take the high road and do the work.

LEO and AQUARIUS are square to Saturn in Scorpio. A square aspect means a “building block” or a “stumbling block.” Up to you how you approach the challenges that come your way. It’s your mental attitude, your perspective toward life that will make this 2.5 years one way or another. You’ll get opportunities for sure, but it also means hard work, discipline and organization. If you can bring these tools out of your work chest, you’ll be rewarded at the end of this transit.

LIBRA and SAGITTARIUS have a semi-sextile to Saturn in Scorpio. This is considered a ‘minor irritation’ aspect. It means that while you have dreams, objectives and visions you want to put on the ground, do expect some minor delays or changes. A little patience will go a long way in this situation and you’ll get what you want.


Election Day’s Mercury Station

By Alex Miller

Perhaps the most important indicator of the outcome of the 2012 U.S. presidential election is the planet Mercury. This little powerhouse rules virtually every aspect of the electoral process, from the data processing and decision-making of the populace; to the voting places, machines, and ballots; the advance and exit polls; and the tabulation, recording, and reporting of the vote. And on Election Day 2012, Mercury forms its retrograde station, at 5:58 p.m. EST, just as after-work voting heats up on the east coast. 

The importance of this event is highlighted by Mercury’s placement, from the perspective of the nation’s capitol. (1) Mercury is exactly on the Descendant at 4° Sagittarius, an angular position that emphasizes Mercury’s pivotal role in determining our choice. Angular planets are strongly emphasized, “louder” than they normally would be, and carry an out-of-proportion weight in the chart. The Descendant symbolizes how we relate with others, the alliances we form, and the ways we use these to structure our interactions with each other.

A retrograde station signifies a reversal, a pause in the forward momentum of the affairs governed by that planet. Although no planet ever actually travels backward, it can appear to, from our vantage point here on earth, and these times inaugurate periods of stepping back to reconsider where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Mercury retrograde in particular is (in)famous for creating problems and glitches with data, information and communication, and for evoking some very unlikely circumstances while generally pretty effectively gumming up the works.

Four degrees of Sagittarius is also the degree of a Black Hole, a deep space anomaly that promotes instability, pervasive change, reversal, and the substitution of an alternate reality for the one previously in place. Black Holes are stellar remnants of collapsed stars whose gravitational force is so great, not even light can escape them (hence the name). They both attract and drain energy, and represent the expenditure or waste of vast amounts of energy and resources. When Black Holes are active, things are not as they seem — the surface appearance belies the underlying reality.

Mercury coming to station exactly on a Black Hole is a rare event. It has only happened once before on Election Day in the U.S., and that was the calamitous election of 2000. Yes, the contest that brought us the Florida voting debacle, with its Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot, the mysterious 16,000 “anti-votes” cast for Al Gore in Volusia County, and the interminable recounts, with their fascinating new lingo of hanging, dangling, dimpled, and pregnant chads. A succession of legal challenges eventually led to a 5/4 split decision along Party lines in the U.S. Supreme Court, which handed the presidency to George W. Bush, loser of the popular vote, some five weeks later.

But that was a direct station, with Mercury poised to resume normal forward motion. In 2012 we’re dealing with a retrograde station, and the effect could conceivably be much worse. The period surrounding the station is known as the “Mercury storm,” and that’s a very apt descriptor, as the period can be chaotic, random, and turbulently hectic.

Vote tampering is a very real possibility, with the Black Hole’s propensity for altering realities, and we’ve already seen a strong push toward making many of these potential votes disappear even before they’re cast, in true Black Hole style. Voter suppression is back big time in the U.S., with almost half the states passing new voting laws since 2010. In GOP-run legislatures across the country, tougher voter ID laws aimed at disenfranchising poor and minority voters, likely Democratic constituencies, threaten to rob as many as five million Americans of their Mercury-ruled power of choice and having their voices heard. Changes in early voting procedures and times have added to the likelihood that not everyone who wants to will be able to cast a vote. (For example, in Florida, the electoral armpit of America, Republican legislators eliminated early voting on the Sunday before the election, the traditional day when black churches organized and bussed their congregants to the polls.)

Mercury also rules the weather, and station periods are notorious for erratic or extreme conditions. If the weather turns foul on Election Day, voter turnout will be even further suppressed. (Weather has already been a factor in the campaigns: the first day of the Republican National Convention was cancelled due to concerns over Hurricane Isaac, and Obama’s DNC nomination acceptance speech was moved indoors, to a much smaller venue, over threat of severe thunderstorms.)

With Mercury on a Black Hole on Election Day, both advance and exit polls are virtually meaningless; whatever the pundits and experts say, this election has a mind of its own, and its outcome is very much in doubt. This also raises the specter of deliberate manipulation of the polls, in an attempt to either deflate enthusiasm or encourage over-confidence in one camp or the other, both of which can result in fewer voters bothering to show up.

Adding fuel to the fire is Mercury’s contact with other celestials at its station, principally a square to Neptune and Chiron at 0° and 5° Pisces and a trine to Uranus at 5° Aries. All these points are also retrograde, implying a less than helpful stance in how they manifest and a willingness to go against the grain or promote reversals.

Neptune here suggests that confusion and illusion will be the order of the day, along with a healthy dose of deception or misdirection. Beware electoral sleight-of-hand in the tabulation process, with electronic voting systems that are notoriously easy to hack and amend. Chiron evokes maverick behaviors and suggests a wounding of some sort, while Uranus rules shocks, upsets, regime change, and sudden, unexpected disruption, and also ties directly, via its rulership of electronics, to potential e-vote fraud.

Expect system breakdowns, long lines, disputed results, and general confusion or chaos. Many races may not be decided on election night, and Jupiter in an exact inconjunct to the day’s Sun (14° Gemini to 14° Scorpio) may indicate that the final decision ends up in the courts again.

Stationing Mercury also makes some dramatic contacts to both candidates’ charts, and this emphasizes the zodiacal areas they share. Mercury is squared Obama’s natal Chiron at 5° Pisces and Romney’s natal Mars at 6° Pisces. That could spell a wounding for Obama and a victory for Romney, but regardless, it’s a sure marker of a real slugfest between the contenders, opening wounds and making for a very nasty campaign. 

Mercury is also trine to an exact synastric conjunction of Romney’s Saturn with Obama’s Mercury, both at 2° Leo. This could suppress (Saturn) Obama’s vote (Mercury), and has already soured his message (Mercury), emphasizing fear (Saturn) over the “hope and change” banner of 2008.

Finally, Mercury conjoins Romney’s natal Descendant at 1° Sagittarius and opposes Obama’s natal Moon at 3° Gemini. This could signal a fundamental alteration in how the public (Moon) reacts to both men, with Romney forming a closer bond (Descendant). There is also a suggestion, with the Black Hole involved, of an unexpected domestic (Moon) alteration for Obama, which could signal a return to Chicago.

Whatever the outcome, the 2012 election is likely to be another for the record books, as Mercury stationing retrograde on a Black Hole says, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Editor’s note:

(1) The chart set for 5:58 p.m. on November 6 in Washington, D.C. has 4° Gemini on the Ascendant and Mercury at 4° Sag on the Descendant.


By: Stephanie Austin

Light encodes information. Every second, our Sun beams three billion megawatts of ultraviolet, X-ray, and other forms of electromagnetic energy to Earth. Twice a year, our Moon blocks that constant stream of solar radiation. During those few moments, the energetic grids supporting creation are reconfigured and rebooted. Old programs are erased; new templates emerge. Solar eclipses thus function as extra-powerful New Moons, signaling a time of major endings and beginnings. They occur close to the same degree every 19 years. On November 13, 1993, there was a partial solar eclipse at 21°32' Scorpio. What was important in your life then? Where in your life are you ready to go to the next level? This is also a SuperMoon, when the Moon is at both perigee (closest to the Earth) and syzygy (in line with the Sun and Earth), intensifying gravitational pulls on tides, tectonic plates, and our psyches as well. Only those of us who are in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific will witness this as a four minute total eclipse, but all of us will receive its transformative download.

If we are unable to move forward, we must find out what is holding us back. We need to bring light to the dark, to what is still hidden in the unconscious. Our shadow contains not only our less admirable qualities, but also anything that has been repressed or denied -- our power, our truth, our light. This New Moon solar eclipse exposes our deepest desires, worst fears, and cosmic destiny.

At the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy lies a super-massive Black Hole, millions of times larger than our Sun, which both absorbs and transmits enormous amounts of electromagnetic energy. The Maya called this Hunab Ku, the Sun behind the Sun. Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio, is closely conjunct the Galactic Center during this solar eclipse, focalizing the electromagnetic radiation emanating from the galactic core and supporting the release of old beliefs and presumptions, as well as the remembrance of our cosmic origins and mission.

Our readiness to take big spiritual steps forward is signaled by Neptune and Chiron, both in Pisces, ending their five-month retrograde phases (on November 10 and 14 respectively). When any celestial body stations retrograde or direct, its energies are intensified, as it hover around one particular degree for weeks. Neptune stationed retrograde on June 4; Chiron stationed retrograde on June 11. What has changed for you since then? What are you drawn to do now? Saturn in Scorpio continues to form a grand trine in water with Neptune, Chiron, and Ceres, instructing us to pay close attention to our feelings, heal old trauma, and follow our heart. Ceres, which stationed retrograde on October 31 at 3°44' Cancer, remains opposite Pluto and square Uranus through the end of November, revealing where we are still caught in codependency and denial. Saturn's quincunx to Uranus (exact on November 15 at 4°56' Scorpio-Aries) pressures us to change what we can, and let go of what we can't.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon solar eclipse at 22° Scorpio cautions us to be mindful of our motivation and use our power wisely. "Hunters shooting wild ducks; the socially accepted release of an individual's or a group's aggressive instincts." Read Robert Johnson's book, Owning Your Own Shadow, and watch the film, The Shadow Effect. Bring your light to the dark. Bring your love and wisdom to whatever situation is calling for healing and transformation. This New Moon reminds us that we always have power, we always have a choice, and we all have something important to offer. The prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, spoken centuries ago, is very appropriate for these times: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

From The Mountain Astrologer, Aug/Sept 2012 issue


By: Stephanie Austin

Eclipses, and all transits, call us to move forward in our soul's journey. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon moves into the shadow of the Earth; for a few hours, we experience the Moon without the light it normally reflects from the Sun. Our attention is turned toward the hidden aspects of ourselves, increasing awareness of our unconscious desires and fears. This Full Moon lunar eclipse in Gemini-Sagittarius highlights where we need to question our assumptions, remember who we really are, and live the truth of our soul.

Chiron and Neptune form a t-square with the Sun and Moon, emphasizing that there are many dimensions, many realities, many truths. What we see depends on where we stand. Turn 90 or 180 degrees, and a different view comes into focus. Travel to a foreign country and experience it unique frame of reference. Shift dimensions, and what is "real" changes completely. From a three-dimensional point of view, we live in a dualistic world defined by opposites - good and bad, up and down, etc. From higher dimensional realities, we see that everything is connected and that everyone is an inseparable part of a larger whole. Like the inhabitants of Edwin Abbott's Flatland and the prisoners in Plato's allegory of the cave, we are conscious of only a tiny fraction of the Universe. According to NASA: "Everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter adds up to less than 5% of the Universe." For more on this, watch What the Bleep Do We Know? (on, read Fred Alan Wolf's Time Loops and Space Twists and Rob Bryanton's Imagining the Tenth Dimension.

The evolutionary pace quickens as Mars enters Capricorn on November 16, opposes Ceres on the 19th, squares Uranus on the 23rd, and conjoins Pluto on the 27th. Mars represents personal desire; Pluto, its higher octave, symbolizes transpersonal intent: "Thy will be done." This series of Mars aspects - especially Mars' conjunction with Pluto and t-square with Uranus and Ceres - urges us to grow beyond us versus them to recognize that we are all in this together. Three asteroids form yet another t-square (Juno at 23° Sagittarius, Vesta at 20° Gemini, and Pallas-Athena at 23° Pisces), challenging our presumptions and models of partnership, spirituality, and social justice. Venus's conjunction with Saturn (exact on November 26 at 6° Scorpio) and her close sextile to Mars and Pluto at this Full Moon add to the cosmic message to evolve from the love of power to the power of love.

The Sabian symbols for this Full Moon lunar eclipse suggest that humanity is ready to move into a heart-centered paradigm, and that support is available whenever we make the effort to draw upon it. For the Sun at 7° Sagittarius: "Cupid knocks at the door of a human heart, a stirring-up of individual longings for romantic love." And for the Moon at 7° Gemini: "A well with bucket and rope under the shade of majestic trees; man's primordial faith in the hidden sustaining power of life." We are progressing from religion to spirituality, from belief to embodiment, from separation to unity. This eclipse shows us: "The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe. (Albert Schweitzer)


From The Mountain Astrologer, Oct/Nov 2012 issue



Next meeting:


October 25, 2012

7:00 pm


Guest speaker:

Cathlinn Taylor-Deese