The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Tensions continue to increase on the border between Ukraine and Russia, where more than 100,000 Russian troops have recently been stationed, in what appears to be a build-up to an invasion.  Russia began a piecemeal takeover of its neighbor in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea, followed by further border incursions into adjoining Ukrainian enclaves dominated by its military and local separatist groups wanting to reunite the two nations, as they were under Soviet hegemony.  Reports that families of Russian diplomatic staffers in Ukraine were evacuated in early January heightened the sense of impending crisis.


Rather than wait to see which way the Russian bear lumbers, analyzing his moves in hindsight, the purpose of this article is to assess the situation in advance of open hostilities, to determine how likely they are, and when they might commence.  Most of the principals in the unfolding drama have exact or close PNA (Personal-Named Asteroid) matches we can use to evaluate probabilities, including asteroids Russia and Moskva (Russian for Moscow, its capital); Ukraina (for Ukraine) and Kiev (its capital); Vladimir and Putilin (for Russian president Vladimir Putin); and Volodymyr and Zelinsky (for Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky).

January and February 2022 is a fraught period generally for these entities, with five out of six of their asteroid referents coming to station in that two-month span.  Stations focus planetary energies in a particular sector of the zodiac, and dominate the astrologic landscape by being the still points upon which the rest of the sky revolves.  They become the loci of terrestrial energies and events, for good or ill, with the station itself constituting a literal “turning point” in the affairs of the associated namesakes.  As such, it’s quite remarkable to see PNAs representative of so many of the major players of this conflict in flux over the same general time period, implying that major shifts and changes are forthcoming.  In essence, what’s happening is that positions and circumstances are becoming entrenched (stations) as each side draws its lines, coming to conclusions about the other, but not overtly reacting.

In judging the effect of celestial stations on terrestrial events, the direction of the shift, whether retrograde or direct, does not necessarily have bearing on the course events will take.  The overriding factor is that a change is taking place.  That said, sometimes the direction indicated does give clues to the results.  There may be some cosmic method to this asteroid station madness.  Take note of the dates when these cosmic events occur – January 3rd, asteroid Zelinsky goes retrograde; January 13th, asteroid Kiev goes direct; February 8th, asteroid Ukraina goes retrograde; February 18th, asteroid Moskva goes direct; and February 28th, asteroid Russia goes retrograde.

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Ukraine may shortly be under attack from its aggressive neighbor, Russia; celestial intimations of altering conditions on the ground include stations made by asteroid Ukraina on February 8th and asteroid Russia on February 28th

Now analyze the data.  This pattern constitutes a pair of January events which are ten days apart, followed by a break of almost a month, then a series of three February events, each ten days apart.  This suggests an acceleration of developments in early to mid-January; a “thaw” where the status quo is maintained; and another flurry of activity beginning in early February.  The first three events in order represent Ukrainian markers, the final two are Russian.  This suggests that the initial action is focused on Ukraine, then shifts to Russia.

The station dates which have already occurred as of this writing (January 22, 2022) have yielded the following manifestations:

  • Asteroid Zelinksy stations retrograde January 3, 2022; on January 2, US President Joe Biden reaches out to Zelensky in a phone call to Kiev, to reaffirm US and allies’ support for Ukraine, stating they will “respond decisively” to any further Russian aggression.  (Asteroid Bida at 26 Cancer is semisquare asteroid Zelinsky at 10 Virgo, with Bida also exactly sextile asteroid Kiev at 26 Taurus, while asteroids Washingtonia and Volodymyr conjoin at 0 and 9 Scorpio, and asteroid Whitehouse squares from 0 Aquarius.)
  • Asteroid Kiev stations direct January 13, 2022; on January 10, the US and Russia hold bilateral talks about the situation in Ukraine, on January 12 a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is held in Brussels to address concerns.  Russia deems both meetings “unsuccessful.”  On January 14, Ukraine experiences a massive cyberattack on government websites, including the foreign ministry; Russian hackers are suspected.  The sites were blocked with images of crossed-out Ukrainian flags and maps of the nation, with the message, “Ukrainians! … All information about you has become public.  Be afraid and expect worse.  It’s your past, present and future.”

Putin’s mind seems made up, but there is still the chance that pressure is being applied only to obtain concessions from the West, such as a guarantee that Ukraine will never be admitted to NATO.  The failure of the mid-January talks is not surprising, with diplomacy hampered by a retrograde Venus, and Mercury also turning retrograde on the 14th, snarling communications generally.

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Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky; asteroids Volodymyr and Vladimir (for Vladimir Putin, his opponent) have been traveling together with Karma since the spring of 2020, binding them through fate – with that triple conjunction about to expire in March, matters are coming to a head

Two solar connections are also currently coloring the general outlook globally.  Since December 26th, through January 29th, the Sun has been conjoined asteroid Nemesis.  On the one hand this combination focuses on rivalry, competition, blocks to progress or the identification of enemies, adversaries and opponents; on the other, there is a thrust toward cosmic justice, divine retribution and vengeance.  It’s a bad time to act the aggressor, lest reprisals ensue.

But in the midst of this, there is a simultaneous spur to rash action, perhaps making it more difficult to avoid reckless decisions and responses.  This is represented by the Sun’s conjunction with asteroid Icarus, noted for an inability to accept good advice and rash, reckless acts heedless of the consequences.  This applies from January 18th through the 24th, which in this instance could signal either action taken to initiate hostilities, or a final decision to do so in the near future.  Russia itself (“born” 12/25/91 at 5:19 PM UT in Moscow, in the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union) is naturally susceptible to such impulsive acts, with its 3 Capricorn Sun conjoined by Icarus at 0 Capricorn – risk-taking is a central, core part of the fabric of the nation.

And Vladimir Putin (born 10/7/52, no time available) is especially vulnerable to reckless disregard for the consequences when it comes to Ukraine, with natal Icarus at 24 Scorpio, in a cluster with asteroids Kiev (Ukraine’s capital), Volodymyr (for its current president, Volodymyr Zelensky) and Donbass (for Donbas, the disputed border region) at 26, 27 and 29 Scorpio respectively, squared a triple conjunction of Pluto at 22 Leo with asteroids Ukraina and Washingtonia at 25 at 26 Leo.  This suggests a power struggle (Pluto) and possible devastation (also Pluto) with Ukraine (Ukraina), supported by the US (Washingtonia), without due consideration of the costs (Icarus) incurred by crossing the border (Donbass).  Icarus in this mix prompts Putin to act rashly, perhaps even irrationally.

This Scorpio stellium also appears in two additional major configurations.  First, at the apex of a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, with inconjuncts to asteroids Vladimir at 26 Aries and Moskva (Russian for Moscow) at 25 Gemini.  This seems to suggest that the fate (Yod) of Putin personally (Vladimir) and his country (Moskva) are bound up in border disputes (Donbass) with the Ukrainian government (Kiev), especially while headed by Zelensky (Volodymyr), with Icarus here encouraging irresponsibility and lack of control.

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US President Joe Biden placed a call of support to Zelensky on January 2, just a day before asteroid Zelinsky made its station in semisquare to asteroid Bida

The second pattern is a Grand Trine Kite, with the Scorpio stellium trined a grouping of asteroids Achilles and America at 22 and 23 Cancer, and TNO Chaos at 29 Pisces, with asteroid Russia exactly opposed Chaos from 29 Virgo, at the String of the Kite, directing its energies.  There is again the implication that ill-advised (Icarus) reactions toward Ukraine (Kiev) could provoke the US (America), exposing Russia’s (Russia) underlying vulnerability and weakness (Achilles), resulting in that nation descending into confusion, disorder, even anarchy (Chaos).

A series of extended conjunctions may impact the timing and outcome as well.  “EC”s are protracted periods when points remain in combination, due to their orbital patterns, and are fairly common among asteroids, which travel at similar rates of speed, allowing for weeks, months, or even years of comingled energies.  These types of conjunctions may manifest in several ways – sometimes, an alliance of sorts is formed between the bodies, with cooperation and a united focus the key.  At others, to use the old saying, “familiarity breeds contempt”, and the energies generate friction, conflict which is inescapable, enmeshment and irresistible irritation, like rubbing a tongue over a sore tooth.

To begin first with what we might call celestial “deep background” relating to this situation, there are currently two primary groupings of transiting asteroid energies, which are naturally opposed in the terrestrial sphere of politics, but bound together in the cosmos.  The first, remarkably, relates to a triple conjunction of asteroid Karma with both Vladimir and Volodymyr, representing the Russian and Ukrainian presidents (these are also somewhat interchangeable, with Vladimir the Russian version of the name, and Volodymyr its Ukrainian counterpart).  Vladimir has been traveling within ten degrees of Karma since April of 2020, with Volodymyr joining the party that September, and will be together until this March.

While they have not always been conjunct each other, with Vladimir running ahead and Volodymyr behind, both have been within orb of Karma throughout.  This indicates an extended period where their fates are intertwined; what one does affects the other.  They are yoked, unable to fully separate, and the ramifications of their individual decisions and actions are far-reaching and consequential for both, with an added component of predestination, or at least predisposition.

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Kiev, capital of Ukraine; asteroid Kiev made its station conjunct TNO Chaos on January 13th, just as talks broke down and Russian hackers launched a cyberattack on government websites

The second extended conjunction is even more long-lived, but began more recently.  Since 1 August 2021, asteroids America and Moskva have been within ten degrees of each other, and will remain so until 2 February 2024, a full two-and-a-half years of forced interaction, during which the US and Russia are likely to be at loggerheads frequently.  Compromise and cooperation is another possibility, but seems unlikely given their history together.  Yet we may find that the exhaustion of continual tension and friction brings both parties to the table, and in time leads to a resolution of outstanding issues and some form of reconciliation.

In the meantime, however, their proximity just complicates the present crisis.  And a third extended conjunction may just set the seal on the ultimate outcome.  This involves a union of asteroid Putilin, our closest celestial referent to Putin, and Mars, named for the Roman god of war.  Incredibly, just as the situation in Ukraine threatens to boil over, Putilin and Mars are coming together for almost six weeks, from January 10th through February 20th.  Their exact conjunction occurs January 31st, in the fraught period between Venus’ direct station on January 29th and that of Mercury on February 3rd, barely a week before Ukraina stations direct on February 8th.    Will Putilin with Mars push Putin into war?  If so, then the critical period would seem to be late January into early February, as celestial events unfold chockablock, each adding fuel to the fire and increasing the likelihood of action.

Of course, there is also another player with a more than nodding interest in the outcome – the EU, or European Union.  Here, too, we see an extended conjunction which depicts the conflict and its root cause, with asteroids Russia, Europa and Donbass travelling within ten degrees of each other from mid-November 2021 (just as the situation began to deteriorate with massive Russian troop movements to the Ukrainian border) until early August 2022.  Currently in mid-Libra, this triple conjunction is moving ever closer to a joint square with Pluto, with stations for each body occurring at 23, 24 and 25 Libra respectively, on February 15th, 28th and 21st, further heightening tensions (square) and promoting intransigence (stations) on both sides, with potentially devastating consequences (Pluto).

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Russia may be about to invade Ukraine, with asteroid Russia conjoined asteroids Europa (for the EU) and Donbass (for the disputed border region of Donbas, squared a pairing of Pluto (devastation) and Nemesis (archenemy)

To make matters worse, asteroid Ukraina is currently retrograding over TNO Chaos at 27 Gemini, with its station at 24 Gemini on February 8th within orb of conjunction, and a final third pass to ensue.  This creates chaotic, confused circumstances for the beleaguered nation, resulting in anxiety among its populace.  As well, both Moskva and America in early Cancer are heading back toward Chaos, arm in arm, and while they do not retreat so far as to conjoin it exactly, their respective stations within orb increase the timeframe where they are subject to its influences.  Mars, bringer of war, opposed Ukraina exactly on January 20th, and moves on to oppose Moskva on January 28th and America on February 1st, with squares to Europa on February 24th and Russia and Donbass, both on February 27th.

Two more points to consider – asteroids Gunn and Bomben, cosmic stand-ins for the tools of war.  Bomben (for bombs, bombing) is currently moving from Aries into Taurus, where it will enter Uranus’ orb, beginning January 23rd through March 20th, with their exact conjunction on February 21st.  Uranus rules bombs and explosives, as well as shootings generally, so their union is not productive to the cause of peace.

Gunn (phonetic match for “gun” and representing firearms generally) is another stationary point, turning retrograde January 24th at 21 Virgo, from where it squares Ukraina at 26 Gemini and also forms a Grand Trine Kite pattern with trines to the Nemesis/Pluto conjunction at 25 and 26 Capricorn, and asteroid Kiev at 26 Taurus, with Neptune at 21 Pisces as the String, exactly opposed Gunn.   Neptune here suggests the possibility of an espionage or behind-the-scenes component to the situation, perhaps a “false flag” event intended to create a casus belli and provoke conflict.

Finally, let’s take a brief look at the chart for Ukraine itself (24 August 1991 6 PM EEDT, Kiev, Ukraine; Rodden rating AA).  The importance of relations with Russia is easy to see, with asteroid Moskva at 22 Scorpio conjoined the 20 Scorpio Midheaven, Pluto at 17 Scorpio, Damocles at 19 Scorpio and Mars at 25 Scorpio.  This denotes Russia (Moskva) as a looming threat (Damocles) and potential source of war (Mars), with devastating results (Pluto), including the power to destroy (also Pluto).

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Russian President Vladimir Putin sports a stellium of asteroids Icarus, Kiev, Volodymyr and Donbass which tightly conjoins Ukraine’s stellium of Mars, Pluto, Damocles and Moskva (Moscow); both were activated by a Lunar Eclipse in November

This stellium T-Squares the Moon with asteroid Ukraina at 22 and 15 Aquarius, and Jupiter with Mercury, Venus and asteroid Donbass at 25, 26 and 28 Leo (Donbass exactly cojoins Mercury at 26), and the national Sun at 0 Virgo.  This binds the essence or core (Sun) of the nation (Ukraina) and its people (Moon) to the principles of conflict (Mars) and destruction (Pluto), though there remains hope that a political solution (Jupiter) may be derived via discussion or treaty (both Mercury) and diplomacy (Venus), centering on the disputed region of Donbas (Donbass).

Worse, this pattern has been activated in recent months by the Lunar Eclipse of 19 November 2021 at 27 Taurus, which also exactly conjoined Ukraine’s natal asteroid Bida (bringing out a Grand Cross), perhaps the one ray of light in this situation, implying as it does the active support of the current US president.  Bida gets its “booster” in the form of second Lunar Eclipse, which at 25 Scorpio on 15 May 2022 opposes it, and also exactly conjoins Mars.  Consecutive eclipses activating the planetary energy representing war and conflict is not a good ground to build a lasting peace.  Note also that these eclipses activate Putin’s Scorpio stellium of Icarus, Kiev, Volodymyr and Donbass, perhaps impelling action.

As well, the pivotal role Putin has to play in the nation’s fate is seen as asteroid Putilin at 21 Capricorn, conjoined the 16 Capricorn Ascendant.  Putin has already altered the “face” of the country, its very geography (its public image, ruled by the Ascendant), by his annexation of Crimea, as seen in Putilin’s tight square to asteroid Crimea at 20 Libra, conjoined Gunn at 17.  Putilin’s exact opposition to asteroid Karma at 21 Cancer creates a T-Square, and suggests fate is at work in this crisis, with the consolation that at some point, these actions will have to be accounted for.

PNAs representing the two external powers most involved in the crisis are also receiving eclipse activation at this time.  The Solar Eclipse of 19 December 2021 at 12 Sagittarius conjoined natal asteroid America at 16 Sagittarius, while the upcoming Solar Eclipse of 30 April 2022 at 10 Taurus will broadly conjoin natal asteroid Russia at 4 Taurus.  America’s sextile to Ukraina at 15 Aquarius offers support to the country generally, though the sextile aspect is likely not energetic enough to provide boots on the ground.  The US government’s support of Volodymyr Zelensky personally is expressed as asteroid Washingtonia at 27 Cancer, conjoined asteroid Volodymyr at 26 Cancer and sextile asteroid Zelinksy at 28 Virgo.  Asteroid Putilin opposes Volodymyr from 21 Cancer in the sky, just as Putin opposes Zelensky on the ground.

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Red Square in Moscow, seat of the Russian government; asteroid Moskva turns direct on February 18th

Putting it all together, it certainly looks like war is in the offing in eastern Europe, sooner rather than later.

[Author’s note: in one of the ironies of the cosmos, both Putin and Zelensky have asteroids for their respective capitals at station in their nativities, suggesting a pivotal role in national government.  Putin’s natal asteroid Moskva at 25 Gemini turned retrograde three days after his birth, and is in a Grand Cross with squares to asteroid Russia at 29 Virgo and TNO Chaos at 29 Pisces, opposing Mars exact with Karma at 26 Sagittarius and asteroid Gunn at 29 Sagittarius.  He also has asteroid Putilin at station, trine the 14 Libra Sun from 15 Aquarius.

Zelensky’s (born 25 January 1978, 2 PM MSK, Krivoj Rog, Ukraine – Rodden Rating AA) natal asteroid Kiev at 0 Gemini turned direct nine days before his birth, trine the 5 Aquarius Sun and squared Saturn at 28 Leo.  An unlikely politician, Zelensky began his career as a popular television comic, and was actually cast in a sitcom as President of Ukraine, four years before his successful run for that office.  His comedic roots show in asteroid Thalia (named for the Greek Muse of Comedy) at 18 Sagittarius, conjunct Neptune (acting, fantasy) at 17 and the Descendant at 21 Sag, trine the Moon at 17 Leo; and asteroid Hilaritas (Roman for cheerfulness and the root of our word “hilarity”) exactly conjunct asteroid Zelinsky at 23 Scorpio (with Uranus – ruling television – at 16 Scorpio) squared Saturn at 28 Leo, ruling career.]

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Vaxman vs The Djoker

Serbian tennis phenom Novak Djokovic may have thrown a spanner into his quest for a new world record as the winningest Grand Slam champion of all time.  Djokovic is in a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with 20 titles each, but he may have stubbed his toe with his COVID anti-vax stance, which may prevent him from competing in the Australian Open, beginning January 17.  Australia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been notoriously strict, with county-wide lockdowns and stringent protocols on entering the country.


Djokovic has chosen not to be vaccinated, but claims to have been infected with COVID last month, granting him natural immunity, and packed a medical exemption note from his doctor in his traveling kit when he flew to Melbourne on January 5th.  But Australian immigration authorities said, “not so fast!” and after arrival Djokovic was detained at the airport for several hours before being denied entry to the country, then moved the next morning to a quarantine hotel to await the results of his appeal.

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Kissing victory goodbye? Defending Champion Novak Djokovic may not be able to compete in the Australian Open due to his vaccination status; asteroid NOT exactly trine asteroid Vaxjo in his birth chart helps to explain his refusal to take the vaccine; NOT and Vaxjo were semisquare when the tennis star was denied entry

On the 10th, Judge Anthony Kelly overturned the ban on Djokovic’s entry and participation in the event, and the celebrity athlete began his practice.  But there’s one more tennis shoe to drop – Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has the prerogative to reinstate the ban on his personal authority, and so far, no final decision has been made.

We can debate the pros and cons of science, COVID, and the vaccine, but rules are rules, and flouting them should come with consequences.  If Djokovic elects, for personal or medical reasons, not to comply with current Australian regulations, then that’s his choice, but he has to live with the ramifications.  There’s no reason to grant him special treatment solely because he’s a talented and popular player, or bend the rules due to his celebrity status.

Born 22 May 1987 at 11:25 AM MEDT in Belgrade, Serbia (Rodden Rating AA), Novak Djokovic sports a remarkable cluster of natal asteroids which seems to suggest that this chapter in his life may have been fated from birth.

Between the Sun at 1 Gemini and Mercury at 18 Gemini lies a fertile field of stellar bodies:  Achilles (at 8 Gemini), Koronis (10), Vaxjo (11), Icarus (12), Karma (15) and Melbourne (18).  Achilles refers to athletic prowess, but also stubbornness, and an inherent flaw or weakness which threatens to destroy the individual.  Koronis is our celestial referent for the coronavirus; Vaxjo represents vaccines, commonly termed “vax”; Icarus is noted for rash, reckless acts heedless of the consequences; Karma is how we pay for our decisions and prior actions; and Melbourne is the venue for the Australian Open.

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Djokovic’s lawyer, Nicholas Wood, who successfully argued for his client’s admittance and participation; natal asteroid Wood conjoins Djokovic’s Ascendant, affecting his public image, while transit Wood conjoined Jupiter, ruling lawyers, semisquare the Sun, when the ruling came down

Put it all together, and we see an innate vulnerability and stubbornness (both Achilles) regarding COVID (Koronis) prophylactic measures (Vaxjo), which are treated with a devil-may-care disregard for the costs (Icarus), which must nevertheless be paid (Karma), coming into focus at the Australian Open (Melbourne).  Having asteroid NOT, a general disqualifier or block to progress, in exact trine to Vaxjo from11 Libra, identifies the source of the problem as Djokovic’s refusal to be vaccinated (as well as explaining his hesitancy in the first place).

As to the innate vulnerability depicted by Achilles, we might attribute that to TNO Ixion.  Ixion is named for the first murderer in Greek myth, and in my work, I most commonly encounter it in that capacity, as homicide.  However, Ixion’s myth is complicated, and the TNO represents many things, including ingratitude and a sense of entitlement.  This is a not uncommon side-effect of success and celebrity, and that Djokovic might be at least as susceptible to this as others is betrayed by a close conjunction of natal Ixion at 20 Scorpio with asteroid Novakovic (a kind of contraction of Novak and Djokovic) at 19 Scorpio, further binding this trait personally to him.  Individuals with this affliction frequently believe that the rules do not apply to them, and act accordingly.  Djokovic’s native sense of entitlement can only have been exacerbated by the close square to asteroid Champion at 20 Leo, once he rose to the top of his profession.

This rise is prefigured in a Grand Trine of Champion with Saturn at 19 Sagittarius, ruling career, and Jupiter at 18 Aries, bringing celebrity and fame.  This becomes a Kite with Saturn’s opposition to Mercury at 18 Gemini, indicating that Djokovic’s decisions (Mercury) will play a pivotal role in how the potential of the Grand Trine manifests, and with Melbourne also here at 18 Gemini, the implication is that this locale may have bearing upon the ultimate outcome.  With Roger Federer downed by a knee injury, if Novak Djokovic is prevented from playing by his decision not to vaccinate, Rafael Nadal could have a virtually unimpeded path to breaking the three-way tie that currently binds tennis’ top male players.

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Can the Land Down Under topple Djokovic from his pedestal? With natal asteroid Novakovic conjunct natal TNO Ixion, and transit asteroid Kimnovak exactly squared transit Ixion, Djokovic feels a sense of entitlement, but natal asteroid Australia conjunct Venus and opposed Pluto indicates a power play over conflicting values, while transit Australia conjoined Neptune and squared natal Saturn suggests disappointment in career matters from that quarter

The Ixion theme of entitlement repeats itself, with a vengeance, on the day Djokovic was denied entry to Australia (when the Sun at 16 Capricorn closely opposed transit Novakovic at 17 Cancer, putting him in the spotlight).  On January 6th, Ixion at 1 Capricorn was exactly squared asteroid Kimnovak at 1 Aries, a CNA (Compound-Name Asteroid) which includes Novak, Djokovic’s first name.  These exactly T-Square Djokovic’s natal Mars, ruling sports and competition, at 1 Cancer; this pattern becomes a Grand Cross with transit Champion at 6 Libra.  Kimnovak also conjoins Djokovic’s natal Moon at 5 Aries, implying an emotional response from a health-related issue (both Moon-ruled), while Mars natally conjoins asteroids Victoria and Nemesis at 3 and 4 Cancer, identifying the Australian state (Victoria, where Melbourne is located) as his potential downfall (Nemesis), denying (Nemesis again) him a win (also Victoria, named for the Roman goddess of victory).

Natal Kimnovak at 19 Pisces conjoins Damocles, the doom hanging unseen overhead, at 17 Pisces, a caveat to beware interactions with this place; squared Saturn at 19 Sag, the implied threat involves career, and is also a personal matter (Kimnovak).  Transiting this zone when Djokovic was stopped at the Australian border are Neptune at 20 Pisces, which brings deception, confusion and disappointment; asteroids Victoria and Australia at 12 and 22 Pisces, defining the venue; and asteroid Hawke at 16 Pisces, for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who will make the final call.

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Australian judge Anthony Kelly reversed the ban on Djokovic’s entry, allowing him to compete; natal asteroids Antonia and Kelley are t-squared Ixion/Novakovic, reinforcing Djokovic’s entitlement mentality; transit Antonia exactly opposes transit Pluto with retrograde Venus, portraying Kelly’s power to transform the situation in ways favorable to the tennis star

Natal asteroid Australia at 3 Taurus conjoins Venus at 6 Taurus, but also opposes Pluto at 7 Scorpio:  the result is power plays (Pluto) involving a clash of competing (opposition) values (Venus) – Djokovic’s and Australia’s.  Transit Koronis at 12 Leo is currently exactly opposed Saturn at 12 Aquarius, and this polarity forms a crossbar with the natal opposition, forming a Grand Cross.  Koronis/Saturn suggests some restriction, limitation or penalty (all Saturn) involving the coronavirus (Koronis); joining the pattern is transit Uranus at 10 Taurus, an indication that the resolution is somehow controversial or unexpected.

Supporting players in this drama find themselves represented celestially as well.  Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood shows his importance to his client’s biography as asteroid Wood, which at 17 Capricorn conjoins the natal Ascendant at 16 Capricorn, with both in turn conjoined by the transit Sun at 16 Cap when Djokovic was denied entry (with, you will recall, transit asteroid Novakovic in opposition).  Wood on the Ascendant is appropriate here, in that the lawyer’s job is to help craft his client’s public image.  Transit Wood at 4 Pisces conjoins transit Jupiter, ruling lawyers, at 1 Pisces, and is exactly semisquare the Sun, for his moment in the spotlight.

Three variants for Nicolas further refine the lawyer’s role:  asteroid Nicky (nickname) at 11 Gemini and Nicole (feminine version) at 14 Gemini are embroiled in the midst of the natal stellium which so aptly describes the situation, placing him front and center in the fracas, and rendering his involvement virtually inevitable.  Asteroid Nichol at 12 Taurus is again angular, on the 14 Taurus IC, reinforcing the lawyer’s importance in Djokovic’s life, and opposes Ixion/Novakovic, reinforcing Djokovic’s sense of entitlement.

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Djokovic displaying his balls, but is he juggling too many with his anti-vax stance? A natal Grand Trine Kite pattern of Saturn, Jupiter and Champion establishes Djokovic’s world-class, celebrity career, but Mercury at the String exactly conjunct asteroid Melbourne suggests that his decisions regarding the Australian Open (held in Melbourne) could be crucial

By transit these points also collude in the saga.  Transit Nichol at 17 Sagittarius conjoins transit Mars exactly, also conjunct transit Vaxjo at 20 Sagittarius, while transit Nicky at 20 Gemini opposes these, binding the lawyer (Nichol, Nicky) with the sporting event (Mars) and the underlying issue of vaccination (Vaxjo).  These conjoin natal Saturn at 19 Sagittarius, representing Djokovic’s career, the government entities and their rules and regulations with which he has come into conflict, and any penalties or restrictions they may impose.  Transit Nicole at 20 Scorpio exactly conjoins transit asteroid Kelly, for the judge who ruled in Djokovic’s favor, and these in turn are also exactly conjunct natal Ixion, for the tag team that together validated Djokovic’s privileged status.  Transit asteroid Melbourne stands at 27 Scorpio, reminding us where we are, and where these two met.

The judge, Anthony Kelly, is seen natally as asteroids Antonia, Antonella (both feminine versions of Anthony), Kelly and Kelley (alternate spelling).  Kelly at 26 Cancer and Kelley at 22 Taurus each conjoin an angle, with Kelly on the 16 Cancer Descendant and Kelley on the 14 Taurus IC, again conferring the judge’s importance in Djokovic’s bio.  Asteroid Antonella at 15 Pisces conjoins Damocles and Kimnovak, squaring Saturn, giving the judge some degree of influence over that looming threat (Damocles) to Djokovic’s (Kimnovak) career (Saturn).  Antonia at 19 Aquarius T-Squares Ixion/Novakovic opposed Kelley, doubling down on enabling Djokovic’s entitled mentality.

Incredibly, by transit, Antonia has come to 26 Cancer, exactly conjoining natal Kelly, from where it exactly opposes transit Pluto at 26 Capricorn, acknowledging the judge’s power over the situation, while transit Antonella at 4 Libra is traveling with transit Champion at 6 Libra, affirming the judge as Djokovic’s “champion”, his defender and ally in this matter.

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Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has the authority to reverse Judge Kelly’s ruling and revoke Djokovic’s visa, preventing him from competing; natal asteroid Hawke conjoins Damocles (the looming threat) and Kimnovak, squared Saturn, marking him as a potential roadblock to Djokovic’s career; transit Hawke conjoins Australia and Neptune, perhaps signaling disappointment

That leaves Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who may yet reverse Djokovic’s status and deny his participation.  We’ve already seen that transit Hawke is enmeshed with Victoria, Neptune and Australia, atop natal Damocles/Kimnovak.  But natal Hawke is here, too – at 13 Pisces, meaning that Djokovic has just experienced his “Hawke Return”, a period reinforcing whatever natal potential as spoiler (Damocles) may be inherent in the role he was destined to play in this life (Kimnovak).

Natal asteroid Alex at 21 Cancer conjoins the Descendant, affirming persons of that name as pivotal in the biography, and transit Alex at 23 Capricorn opposes natal Antonia and transit Kelly, perhaps reversing the judge’s ruling.  Transit Alex also joins the transit Venus/Pluto conjunction at 20 and 26 Capricorn; just as Venus and Pluto were opposed at Djokovic’s birth, they are now conjoined, with Venus retrograde, suggesting a reappraisal (retrograde) of values (Venus), with the Minister (Alex) as the man with the ultimate power (Pluto) to decide which set of values comes out on top – his country’s, or its guest.

Alex Hawke is about to have his literal “moment in the sun” as well, with the transit Sun and transit Alex coming into conjunction, exact at 27 Capricorn on January 17th, the day the Australian Open begins.  With transit Champion, currently at 8 Libra, gaining ground on Djokovic’s natal NOT at 11 Libra daily, there’s every chance that the tie-breaking Grand Slam championship is slipping through “No-vax” Djoker-vic’s fingers, even if he’s allowed to play.

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Fatal Housefires Focus on Kids

I chose to profile this story, tragic as it is, because it makes an excellent example of how this process unfolds, both celestially and in my own psyche.  As a former resident of Philadelphia, and still within that media market, I regularly watch the morning news on 6 ABC, predominantly for weather forecasts.  When I heard about a housefire near my old stomping grounds on January 5th which took 12 lives, 8 of them children, I got that familiar tingle at the nape of the neck that tells me to investigate, astrologically.


But I was busy, with deadlines looming and much on my mind, so I ignored it.  Four days later, an apartment building fire in the Bronx killed 17, with 9 child fatalities.  I dropped what I was working on, and dived in.

In situations like this, clearly cosmically related but separated by days, I first take a look at the general influences prevailing, and especially for stations.  Stations are degrees at which bodies appear to come to a halt and change direction (they do nothing of the kind, of course, in reality; it’s a trick of perception from our earthbound perspective).  They permeate the celestial atmosphere with their energies, still points upon which the rest of the cosmos continues to revolve.  So my first question always is:  what’s been happening?  What’s “stuck” up there and trying to get our attention?

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This housefire in Philadelphia, PA on January 5th claimed 12 lives, including 8 children; asteroid House combined with Atropos (death) in opposing asteroids Child and Flammeus (flames)

I quickly found three asteroids at station that applied to the situation, during a two-week period focused on the end of December and the beginning of January.  It’s a sign of my nearly two decades’ experience of this material that I didn’t fall off my chair when I saw both Child and Flammeus immobile in the heavens at that time.  Child is self-explanatory in context, and turned direct at 7 Taurus on December 27th, in the company of asteroid Osiris (named for the ancient Egyptian god of the dead) and Uranus (ruling accidents).  Child was still at its station degree when the first fire occurred, in Philadelphia.

Just two days before that incident, Flammeus had turned direct at 12 Taurus, also conjunct Uranus and Child.  Flammeus is closest to “flames”, and has been active in previous stories of fire, such as the one which consumed part of Notre Dame Cathedral in 2019.  Flammeus with Child also suggests the fire’s origin, started by children playing with a lighter near a Christmas tree.

The third point at station was asteroid Anubis, named for the Egyptian deity ruling funerary rites, lending a gloss of death-related energies to the timeframe.  Anubis won’t turn retrograde at 20 Virgo until January 12th, but was at its station degree throughout, in trine to Flammeus and sesquiquadrate Child.

So there we have three dominant elements in the sky, and in the stories unfolding:  fires via Flammeus; children via Child; and death via Anubis.  The next step is to integrate these energies with what else is going on.

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Some of the victims of the Philly housefire; in addition to the opposition from Atropos, Child was conjoined by death indicator Osiris, trined by Lachesis and Requiem, semisquare Rip, sesquiquadrate Anubis, and squared by Saturn

Here’s where a bit of experience comes in handy.  With 22,000 named minor bodies at this point, it’s a seemingly insurmountable task to identify pertinent players.  But over time, one becomes familiar with likely actors, depending on the situation.  The fatal nature of these incidents meant death indicators had to be included in the mix.

Working alphabetically, I found asteroid Atropos, named for the Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death, at 9 Scorpio, opposing Child and Flammeus.  Not surprisingly, asteroid House was there, too, at 7 Scorpio.  Together, they form a formidable illustration of fatalities at home; opposed Flammeus, they virtually spell out “house fire.”  Add Child, and we identify the majority of the victims.

Next was asteroid Lachesis, named for Atropos’ sister, the Fate who determines the span of life and gives Atropos the go-ahead when the time is right.  At 3 Capricorn, Lachesis is trine Child and Flammeus.  We’ve already seen that Osiris is conjoined Child, so moving on to asteroid Requiem, named for the funeral mass for the dead, we find it at 9 Virgo, fresh from its own retrograde station on New Year’s Day.  This is also trine Child and Flammeus, as well as Lachesis, creating a Grand Trine; in fact, a Kite, when the opposition to Atropos/House is included.

This is starting to get spooky, right?  That makes five of six asteroid death indicators directly bound up with Child and Flammeus, for a period which saw two deadly fires with a high body count of children.

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This 19-floor apartment building caught fire on January 9th in the Bronx, NY, killing 17, including nine children; victims were found on every floor

What about the sixth, asteroid Rip, which functions as a death indicator in the form of the acronym “RIP” (“Rest In Peace”), a common tombstone inscription?  That’s at 24 Gemini, semisquare Child.  Which leaves just planetary energies relating to death to be accounted for (as opposed to our so-called “minor bodies”).  Saturn, ancient lord of death, appears at 12 Aquarius, squared Child/Flammeus.  Pluto, modern lord of death, at 26 Capricorn, was just out of orb of square.  I guess there has to be one odd man out.

What we’ve talked about so far are slower-moving points, in relatively stable configuration with each other, for days or weeks at a time.  What about a trigger, something faster-moving, which might also describe the circumstances?

How about the Sun?  This brings focus to what it touches, for good or ill.  Between January 5 and 9, the Sun from 15 to 19 Capricorn was moving into a square with asteroid Fireman, at 20 and 21 Libra, and moving past its trines to Child and Flammeus.  In a nod to the Christmas tree origins of the first fire, the Sun is also conjunct asteroid Noel, at 17 Capricorn for that tragedy.  (Doubling down, the universe also provides asteroid Yule, conjoined Damocles, the doom hanging unseen overhead, at 22 and 25 Aquarius.)

How about Mercury, planetary ruler of children?  That moved from 4 to 8 Aquarius during the period in question, coming to conjoin Saturn and squared Child/Flammeus, exactly squared Child for the Bronx fire.

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The fatal Bronx fire was five-alarm, with dozens of firemen reporting to the scene; asteroid Fireman squared the Sun and Pluto, for a focus on death by fire

There’s one more point I look to when fire is in the headline:  asteroid Burney (for obvious reasons).  This falls at 1 Leo, tightly squared Osiris and Child, establishing the means of death and the preponderance of the victims.  And it’s also opposed Pluto – there’s that “death by fire” connection to the last planetary mortality indicator!  Knew it had to be somewhere.

At that point, it just becomes a matter of setting it all down in the record, translating raw data into sentences and paragraphs, performing my primary function of “astro-stenographer.”  I don’t write the celestial script – I just take dictation from the shorthand.

And that’s how it works.

One final note:  the Sun/Fireman square is still perfecting, and the other points remain in orb; let’s hope there isn’t more of the same in store…

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When Hell Froze Over: The I-95 Backup

Imagine it:  more than 24 hours cooped up inside a cramped metal box, with subfreezing temperatures just a thin glass wall away.  No food, water, medicine or bathroom.  Power, heat and connectivity only as long as the fuel and cellphone power hold out.  Children, pets, seniors, special needs individuals – no one is spared. That was the situation confronting hundreds of motorists caught in a massive traffic snarl on Interstate 95, the primary north/south artery up the East Coast, on Monday, January 3rd.


The problem started that afternoon when a pair of tractor trailers jackknifed in wintry conditions in Stafford County, Virginia, blocking the highway as a havoc of secondary accidents unfolded quickly behind them.  This led to a 50-mile backup that wasn’t fully cleared for over 24 hours, with little to no assistance rendered to trapped drivers.  Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) was one of those caught up in the fiasco, spending 27 hours on the road traveling back to DC from Richmond, normally a trip of two hours.

The stage was set by a Sun/Nemesis conjunction at 13 and 18 Capricorn, at the fulcrum of a T-Square with asteroids Snowdonia at 15 Libra and Storm at 19 Aries.  Nemesis is noted for throwing up blocks to progress (one of its keywords is “roadblocks”; in this case, quite literal!), while Snowdonia and Storm together portrayed the type of weather event involved.

Just to each side of this pattern, additional points fleshed out the story.  An opposition from asteroid Sturm at 1 Capricorn (German for “storm”) to asteroid Schneeweiss (German for “white snow”) at 8 Cancer reiterates the underlying cause.

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Winter weather was the culprit in the I-95 debacle, with asteroids Snowdonia, Storm, Sturm (German for “storm”), Schneeweiss (German for “white snow”) and Winters all prominent on the day, interacting with asteroids Carr, Virginia and Stafford

Just past the Sun, Pluto at 26 Capricorn conjoins Mercury with asteroid NOT, at 1 and 2 Aquarius respectively.  Pluto tends toward devastating outcomes, Mercury rules cars and traffic and has affinities with weather as well, and NOT is a general disqualifier, a symbol of being unable to proceed.  This stellium anchors a Grand Cross composed of an opposition to asteroid Stafford at 29 Cancer with asteroid Still at 5 Aquarius, squaring asteroid Virginia at 27 Aries exactly opposed asteroid Winters at 27 Libra.  Remarkably, this identifies both the state (Virginia) and specific county (Stafford) where the backup occurred, while Still’s inclusion in the pattern denotes the stoppage, and Winters represents the season.

Two other points relate intimately to the Grand Cross, with asteroid d’Arrest at 27 Virgo, noted for cessation and restriction, exactly semisextile and inconjunct the Virginia/Winters axis, while asteroid Carr (phonetic match for “car”) at 12 Virgo is exactly semisquare and sesquiquadrate this same polarity.

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Nightfall brought no reprieve for the trapped motorists; indicators of a traffic stoppage in Stafford County included asteroids Stafford and Still conjunct, opposed Mercury with asteroid NOT – that’s star-speak for “nobody goin’ nowhere!”

Asteroid Still carves out an additional T-Square, including the opposition to Mercury/NOT, by a square to a pairing of asteroid Automedon with Uranus at 6 and 10 Taurus respectively.  Automedon is closest to “automobile”, and its stationary status, turning direct that very day, suggests it’s a valid celestial stand-in for vehicles, at least in this instance.   Automedon’s stationary status alone would suggest being immobile, even without Still lending support for that circumstance, while Uranus’ presence harkens back to the accident that started the disaster.   Saturn is also in the mix; at 12 Aquarius, it joins the Fixed T-Square with Mercury and NOT, representing the privation and hardship experienced by the trapped motorists.

d’Arrest at 27 Virgo also does double duty here, caught up in another T-Square with Neptune at 20 Pisces and asteroid Stucky at 20 Sagittarius.  “Stuck”y speaks for itself, while Neptune represents those victims in need of rescue, as well as the apparent confusion, delay and ineffectiveness of the response.

Yes, folks – Hell has officially frozen over.  So what’s next?

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COVID Turns Two

It’s hard to believe, but January 7 marks the second anniversary of the day the Chinese government announced it had identified a new coronavirus that was ravaging the city of Wuhan.  It was also the day that asteroid Apollo, named for deity noted mythically as the bringer of plague, conjoined asteroid Koronis, closest celestial match to coronavirus.  And just five days before the Saturn/Pluto conjunction, with its theme of “pervasive structural change.”


From such tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow, and COVID-19, as the new disease came to be known, has since gone on to wreak havoc across the globe, with some five million deaths (approaching a million in the US alone) and 285 million diagnosed cases.  COVID is now in its third major iteration, termed the Omicron variant, and continues to devastate lives and economies worldwide, with no end in sight.  Highly transmissible, thankfully Omicron seems to be somewhat less virulent as well (at least for the vaxed and boosted), but the US just smashed a global record for new infections in a single day, with over 1 million reported on Monday the 3rd of January (India held the previous record, with some 425,000 infections).

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Vaccine development and production went into high gear as Koronis entered its first retrograde period after its union with Apollo, which birthed the pandemic

The global mortality rate was previsioned by a conjunction in its “birth” chart, of centaur Pholus with asteroid Wuhan, named for the city where the virus originated (and termed by some “the Wuhan virus”).  Pholus relates to mass casualties, by whatever cause, and has certainly lived up to this reputation in connection with COVID.  Here’s an excerpt from my original article on the new coronavirus:

“Asteroid Wuhan is in an especially vulnerable position; at 29 Sagittarius, Wuhan conjoins centaur Pholus at 2 Capricorn, with Jupiter also within orb from 8 Cap. Pholus relates to mass casualties, by whatever cause (be that mass shootings, bombings, natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes, or epidemics), and Jupiter acts to inflate or increase whatever it touches, intimating that this contagion may well become difficult to manage or contain, resulting in many thousands of victims globally. Wuhan/Pholus in the virus’ “birth chart” is a stark indicator that, at least for the city of Wuhan, the death toll is likely to be extreme. Having the Saturn/Pluto conjunction also in that chart suggests this may become something deeply entrenched with a high mortality rate, difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate.

A Grand Cross from Wuhan/Pholus to asteroid Nemesis at 26 Virgo, TNO Chaos at 25 Gemini, and centaur Chiron at 1 Aries indicates the potential for a major health crisis (Chiron, also with its undertones of “incurable”) causing major confusion and turmoil (Chaos), resulting in ruin or downfall (Nemesis). Nemesis is also stationary, about to turn retrograde at this degree 10 days later, making it an embedded factor in the chart and highlighting its propensity to act as a spoiler, antagonist or archenemy.”

Obviously, I seriously underestimated the “breakout” role of Wuhan/Pholus, defining it much too narrowly as descriptive of the virus’ effects in that region alone.  For the rapid, global expansion we can doubtless credit Jupiter.  Use of the term “incurable” looks prophetic in hindsight, though I’m sure no such outcome suggested itself to me at the time, when I related it to the inability of the mythic Chiron to cure his own wound.  From today’s vantage point, however, COVID does indeed seem to be ineradicable, and will likely be something that requires yearly vaccinations to control, like the flu – endemic, but not pandemic.

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COVID has much to celebrate as it enters its third year; let’s hope it never attains the age of ten, as represented by these candles

What I also failed to understand in advance was the extent to which this offspring of the Apollo/Koronis conjunction, coming so close within the window of the Saturn/Pluto union, would be utilized by the latter as its chief handmaiden in its ultimate quest of “pervasive structural change.”

Think about it – whole countries on lockdown for weeks, even months; businesses closed (more than 100,000 restaurants in the US alone have gone under during the pandemic, just as an example); disrupted global supply chains; employees working from home, with shuttered offices; Zoom meetings as the norm; remote learning for children; mask mandates; vaccination passports to enter many businesses or participate in sporting events.  This all represents structural change on such a massive scale as to be almost incomprehensible, certainly unimaginable just two years ago.  There is virtually no aspect of institutionalized life that has not been affected by this virus.

As a health crisis of global proportions, and the disruption and disorder this has caused, both Chiron and Chaos have more than lived up to their potential in this configuration, as has Nemesis, with the coronavirus bringing ruin and destruction to so many, on so many different levels.

A second stationary point in COVID’s birth chart was asteroid Hygeia, exactly conjoined TNO Sedna.  Let’s take another look at my first read on this combination:

“Also stationary is asteroid Hygiea at 27 Taurus, exactly conjoined TNO Sedna. Together, these may be providing the best medical advice we have at this stage for preventing the virus’ spread. Hygiea relates to sanitation, and frequent handwashing, carrying and discarding of soiled tissues from sneezes and nose blowing, etc, is crude but effective defense. Sedna relates to isolation, and quarantine of the infected, allied with the avoidance of public spaces and the use of a face mask when exposure is unavoidable, will also help to limit the contagion. Hygiea/Sedna combines in a Grand Trine with Nemesis and Saturn/Pluto, defining the stakes if we disregard this practical guidance.”

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Vaccination of the general population began in December 2020, just as Koronis resumed direct motion

Once again, I seriously underestimated the extent to which this dynamic would dominate the ensuing two years (and counting).  Isolation and quarantine (Sedna) for health-related reasons (Hygeia) became a major theme for millions, and was a solid plank in Saturn/Pluto’s platform of structural transformation.  Nemesis often relates to self-undoing, punishment reaped for actions which are one’s sole responsibility.  This connection played out most strongly among those who have refused to follow medical advice:  not cooperating with mask mandates, declining to be vaccinated, choosing to believe disinformation for political or cultural reasons.  These now constitute the vast majority of those with major complications and severe outcomes from COVID infection.  Though Omicron has proved extremely successful in bypassing the immune system barriers raised by vaccination, when it does break through, most cases are mild among those who followed medical protocols.

How has the ongoing passage of Koronis through the heavens dovetailed with major turning points in the spread and treatment of the virus?  Pretty closely, actually.

It was “full steam ahead” for COVID following the Apollo/Koronis conjunction, with global lockdowns and cases spiking into the millions by the spring of 2020.  But scientists and researchers began the effort to combat it promptly, and by the time Koronis slowed to her first station in late August 2020, we were well on the way to developing a vaccine.  In fact, three vaccines – from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  After Koronis turned retrograde on August 29th at 0 Taurus, this process moved ahead more quickly, with accelerated trials and applications for government approval.

Right on cue, just as Koronis turned direct again on December 3, 2020, at 17 Aries, the first general population vaccine was given, to Margaret Keenan in the UK, on December 8th.  Two days later, the US FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine, which began to be administered to hospital workers in New York on the 14th.

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What can we expect as COVID enters the “Terrible Twos”? More of the same, apparently.

Score one for science, but COVID was fighting back.  The Alpha variant appeared in the UK in late November 2020, just as Koronis came to station, and new variants emerged regularly as the asteroid proceeded in direct motion:  Beta in December 2020 in South Africa, Delta in India that same month, followed by Gamma in Brazil and Mu in Colombia, both in January 2021.

It became a race against time, to vaccinate enough of the global population to render COVID impotent as a major source of mortality.  To this point, roughly 55% of the global population has received at least one injection, though numbers of those completely vaxed and boosted lag well behind, and in undeveloped countries, percentages of the vaccinated can dip as low as 6%.

By late autumn 2021, Koronis was again slowing to its station, but it had one more monster variant in its arsenal:  Omicron, first noted in South Africa on November 9th, and identified on the 22nd.  With a transmission rate much higher than previous variants, Omicron had spread globally in a matter of weeks, and was first identified in the US on December 1st, just before Koronis came to station retrograde at 14 Leo on the 10th.

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Just as vaccines became available, COVID struck back with a blizzard of new variants, with the Alpha, Beta, Delta and Mu strains all emerging within weeks of Koronis’ direct station

But closely paralleling this development was another therapeutic breakthrough, with Pfizer’s Paxlovid, an oral antiviral medication with a high success rate in reducing severity of COVID symptoms when administered promptly after infection.  Pfizer’s initial trials were so successful that the studies were terminated November 5th, as placebos could no longer be given in good conscience to suffering patients.  FDA EUA approval came on December 22, 2021, less than two weeks after Koronis’ station.

Whither COVID?  Just as vaccines were developed and distribution begun under the prior Koronis retrograde, we can expect that additional therapeutics and wider availability will ensue as the current retrograde proceeds, hopefully granting a three-month reprieve in worsening conditions.

But COVID isn’t done with us yet, and after Koronis turns direct on March 17, 2022 at 1 Leo, we may see a rise in new variants, just as we did after the last direct station, some of which may be resistant to current medications.  COVID will have almost a full year of Koronis in direct motion to craft a counterattack, until its celestial referent once again halts its forward momentum on 3 March 2023, at 14 Scorpio.

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Once again, just as Koronis came to its December 2021 station retrograde, new therapeutics were developed to fight COVID’s worst effects, such as Pfizer’s oral antibiotic, Paxlovid
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In tandem with the new medicines released at Koronis’ station, COVID adapted to its most transmissible form yet, the Omicron variant, which quickly became the dominant strain on the planet

When will it all end?   Difficult to say, but the next union of COVID’s “parents”, Koronis and Apollo, seems as good a guess as any.  This will not occur until their conjunction at 7 Aries on 27 April 2025.

Regardless, we’re in this for the long haul, as COVID enters “the terrible twos”.

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Aster-Obit: Betty White

Just as the year 2021 came to its close, so did the life of Betty White, one of the most beloved entertainers in America.  Fate was oftentimes a friend to Betty throughout her long life, but unkind to her at its end – she expired barely two weeks before her 100th birthday.  Just days before her passing, she had tweeted her eager anticipation of the star-studded celebrations planned to commemorate her centennial.

White, who enjoyed the longest career of any female entertainer, was an actor and singer noted for her comedic talents.  From the sugar-spiked sexpot Sue Ann Nivens in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, to the naïve sexagenarian ingenue Rose Nylund of “The Golden Girls” and the acerbic house caretaker Elka Ostrovsky on “Hot in Cleveland”, White continued to delight TV audiences for over seven decades with her unique brand of charm and humor.


Born 17 January 1922 at 6:38 PM CST in Oak Park, Illinois (Rodden Rating AA), White’s comedic chops were celestially supported, in spades!  Asteroid Thalia at 0 Scorpio, named for the Greek Muse of Comedy, is in an out-of-Sign square with the 27 Capricorn Sun, broadly squared Mercury at 10 Aquarius as well.  Thalia is also involved in a Grand Trine with Uranus at 7 Pisces and Pluto at 8 Cancer, reflecting her unique style (Uranus) and the deeply transformative influence (Pluto) which comedy (Thalia) would be on her life.  This pattern becomes a Kite with the addition of asteroid White at 8 Virgo, opposing Uranus, at its “string”, further personalizing its potential to her and guiding the Grand Trine’s manifestation.

A memorial grows at Betty White’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; with asteroid Thalia, named for the Muse of Comedy, in square to her Sun, and asteroid Hilaritas, the root of our word “hilarity”, at station, White had a genius for making people laugh

As well, asteroid Hilaritas, named for the Roman term for merriment and cheerfulness, and root of our word “hilarity”, appears at station, making it an embedded factor in White’s character and biography.  Turning direct just six days after her birth, Hilaritas at 7 Gemini participates in a Grand Trine with Saturn at 7 Libra and Mercury at 10 Aquarius, depicting the comedic (Hilaritas) timing (Saturn/Mercury) for which she was famed.  A second Kite is formed by Hilaritas’ opposition to asteroid Actor at 10 Sagittarius, identifying her as a professional (Saturn) comedic (Hilaritas) actress (Actor), best known for her work in television (Uranus).

White, identified early in her career as “non photogenic”, cut her teeth in radio, but quickly proved her skeptics wrong, eventually being referred to as “the First Lady of Television.”  But her contributions to the industry didn’t end when the cameras stopped rolling.  She was among the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera, and the first woman to produce a sitcom (“Life with Elizabeth”, in 1953), a true pioneer who garnered eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award, with a Guinness World Record as the longest-working performer in television.

A variety of small parts (some unpaid) and supporting roles was followed by Variety TV work (which she hosted and in which she frequently sang) and short-lived series where she starred, supplemented with frequent game show appearances, which together dominated her career in the ‘50s and ‘60s.  But she struck comedy gold in 1973 when she joined the cast of the smash hit, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, at first in a guest role, later integrated into the ensemble cast.  White made her mark nationally as Sue Ann Nivens, the faux-saccharin, man-hungry host of “The Happy Homemaker”, a cooking show filmed at the same station as the newsroom which centered the series.  White’s Nivens made an art of the double entendre and the backstabbing aside, a master of slopping sugar while she verbally cut one to the quick.

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Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” was White’s breakout role; asteroid Niven conjunct career-minded Saturn and celebrity-generating Jupiter tells the tale

A cosmic marker of the importance of this role to her career and fame is seen as asteroids Niven (for character Sue Ann Nivens) at 16 Libra and Mary (for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) at 13 Libra, which punctuate the zone between natal Saturn (career) at 7 Libra and Jupiter (celebrity) at 18 Libra.  These oppose asteroid Moore at 14 Aries with asteroid Betti (alternate spelling of Betty) at 7 Aries, further linking White to the show that made her famous.

When White first appeared on MTM, on 15 September 1973, asteroids Tyler and White conjoined Uranus at 17, 18 and 21 Libra respectively, topping the natal cluster and energizing its potential, and binding the actress to the show.  The Sun at 22 Virgo was fast approaching her natal Moon at 28 Virgo, and anchoring a T-Square of asteroids Mary at 24 Gemini, Betti at 24 Sagittarius, and Hilaritas at 25 Sag, once again linking White with the series.  Asteroid Niven at 12 Sagittarius conjoined Neptune at 4 Sag, opposed asteroid Moore at 6 Gemini, for the breakout acting (Neptune) role (Niven) on TV’s most popular sitcom (Moore).  A combination of Thalia at 10 Scorpio with Venus at 2 Scorpio, T-Squared Mars at 9 Taurus and Jupiter at 2 Aquarius on the fulcrum, defines sexuality (Mars) as the characteristic which would propel the female (Venus) comedian (Thalia) to fame and celebrity (Jupiter).

When MTM folded four years later, White was rolled immediately into her own eponymous series, “The Betty White Show”, which had the bad luck to be slated opposite Monday Night Football, and failed due to poor ratings after one season.  White filled most of the next decade as Ellen Harper Jackson on “Mama’s Family”, reprising a role she had originated as a guest in sketches on “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ‘70s.  But lightning struck again in 1985 when she was cast in “The Golden Girls”, with Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur.

McClanahan had appeared with White in “Mama’s Family”, and Arthur and McClanahan had also worked together before, in “Maude.”  Arthur’s role as the daughter of octogenarian Estelle Getty was the show’s anchor, flanked by White, originally typecast as the southern sexpot Blanche Devereaux, descending from her Sue Ann Nivens days; and McClanahan, cast as the ditzy ingenue Rose Nylund, based on her passive, homemaker role in “Maude”.  The ladies took one look at the script, and said, “We want to switch!”, and comedy gold was born.  The series ran from 1985 through 1992, and White was nominated for an Emmy as “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” every year, winning once.  (White was Emmy-nominated a total of 24 times throughout her career, being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.)

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Betty White (right) as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls“, with series co-stars Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan; asteroid Rosa (closest to Rose) is in a Grand Cross with Saturn (career), Pluto (transformation) and asteroid Betti, for the role that became the zenith of her career

Again, the show’s impact on White’s biography can be gleaned from her birth chart.  Asteroid Golden at 15 Gemini conjoins Hilaritas at 7 Gemini, forming part of the Kite pattern which includes Saturn and Mercury, and is also sesquiquadrate the Sun.  Asteroid Rosa (closest to Rose) at 11 Capricorn lies squared to Betti at 7 Aries, allowing White to fully embody the role with a personal connection, and is in a Grand Cross with Saturn at 7 Libra and Pluto at 8 Capricorn, for the transformative (Pluto) part which would catapult her to the zenith of her career (Saturn).  (Rosa had already proved a powerful draw on White’s legacy, long before GG:  in the 1950s, White began a nineteen-year run as hostess and commentator on the annual Rose Parade broadcast on NBC, in essence its public face; in 1975, NBC replaced her as commentator hostess of the Tournament of Roses Parade, feeling that she identified too heavily with rival network CBS’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.)

When “The Golden Girls” premiered on 14 September 1985 (note, just one day prior to her 1973 entrance into MTM, with a full Jupiter cycle between them), Betti and Hilaritas are once again conjunct, at 2 and 7 Pisces (and activating her natal Kite).  These oppose a cluster of Mars with asteroids Golden and Thalia, and Mercury, at 2, 6, 8 and 14 Virgo respectively, for the series that, more than any other, focused on “talking sex” (Mercury/Mars) from women entering their golden years (Golden), with comedy (Thalia, Hilaritas) and grace.  In its day, GG was groundbreaking, not only for its frank portrayal of senior sex appetites, but also for its inclusion of gay and lesbian characters and highlighting sensitive issues such as drug abuse, domestic violence, Alzheimer’s and HIV/AIDS.  Betti/Hilaritas also appears at the Apex of a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, with inconjunct aspects to Golden/Thalia and asteroid Rosa at 3 Libra, again granting White a personal connection to the role that she seemed destined to play.

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A well-received Super Bowl XLIV commercial for Snickers in 2010 revived White’s career; within six months she was starring in a new series

The Golden Girls” ended in 1992 with Bea Arthur’s departure; at 70, Betty White was at an age when many would be seriously considering retirement.  A spinoff, “The Golden Palace”, reunited the remaining cast, but, sans Arthur, lacked the punch of their original interplay, and lasted only one season.

But White had one more hit show in her.  In 2010, just shy of her 89th birthday, she was cast as Elka Ostrovsky in TV Land’s first original series, “Hot in Cleveland”, along with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick, three forty-something friends renting a house for which White was caretaker.  The show lasted six seasons, and White received another Emmy nomination as Supporting Actress.

Once again, we find the cosmos supportive of her efforts.  Asteroid Cleveland (for “Hot in Cleveland”) at 21 Taurus is sesquiquadrate Saturn (career) at 7 Libra, semisquare Betti at 7 Aries; asteroid Elko (closest to Elka) at 12 Aquarius is angular, on the 19 Aquarius Descendant, conjoined Mercury and sextile Betti, trine Saturn; asteroid Ostrovskij (alternate spelling) at 25 Gemini is squared the 28 Virgo Moon and inconjunct the 27 Capricorn Sun, all of which granted White that personal connection to the part which is so pivotal for a successful performance.

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White as Elka Ostrovsky in “Hot in Cleveland“, her final series role; asteroid Elko (closest to Elka) is conjoined the Descendant, trine Saturn and sextile Betti

When “Hot in Cleveland” premiered on 16 June 2010, the Sun at 25 Gemini was an exact match for natal Ostrovskij, in a T-Square with a Hilaritas/Saturn conjunction at 24 and 28 Virgo (atop White’s natal Moon) and a Uranus/Jupiter conjunction at 0 and 1 Aries, affirming the spotlight (Sun) placed on the comedy career (Hilaritas/Saturn) of a TV celebrity (Uranus/Jupiter).  Asteroid White at 7 Gemini was an exact match for natal Hilaritas, while a Pluto/Ostrovskij pairing at 4 and 6 Capricorn feeds directly into her Saturn/Betti opposition, again activating White’s career.  Incredibly, an exact triple conjunction of asteroids Actor, Thalia and Elko, all at 29 Taurus, reiterates this latest comedic (Thalia) acting (Actor) role (Elko).

We can’t memorialize Betty White without mention of her eternal passion for animal welfare.  A tireless advocate for both domestic pets and wildlife, White worked with several welfare and conservation organizations including the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, The Morris Animal Foundation (where she served as a trustee of the organization since 1971), African Wildlife Foundation, and Actors and Others for Animals.  She was a member of the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association since 1974, shortly after producing and hosting a syndicated series, “The Pet Set”, where she introduced viewers first to pets, and then to their celebrity owners!

White’s humanitarian and conservation instincts towards animals can be traced to her 10 Aquarius Mercury’s opposition to Neptune at 15 Leo, which straddles the Ascendant/Descendant axis at 19 Leo/Aquarius, and formed such a large part of her public image.  Mercury rules pets, while Neptune rules rescuing, saving and altruistic endeavors.  In addition, asteroids Katz (German for “cat” and a phonetic match) and Kitty exactly conjoin each other at 22 Capricorn, conjoined the Sun at 27 Cap, making pets in general, and felines in particular, self-identifying factors for her.

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A young Betty White showcases her love of animals; animal welfare and rescue was a passion for her, with Mercury (ruling pets) opposed Neptune (altruism, rescue and saving)

When Betty White died on 31 December 2021, the skies reflected her passing.  Asteroid White at 27 Sagittarius opposed asteroid Rip at 25 Gemini (a death indicator in the form of the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription), T-Squared with asteroid Anubis (named for the ancient Egyptian deity governing funerary rites) at 20 Virgo.  White also conjoined asteroid Lachesis at 2 Capricorn, named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life.

Anubis was at station, as it was at her birth, preparing to turn retrograde on January 12th (in 1922, it also stationed on the 12th, moving direct).  Anubis’ natal placement at 28 Taurus had been ignited by the Lunar Eclipse of November 19th at 27 Taurus, signaling her potential demise, and was opposed at her death by transit asteroid Betti, at 21 Scorpio, which also conjoined natal asteroids Lachesis, Atropos (her sister, who severs the thread of life at death) and Rip, at 14, 23 and 26 Scorpio.   Transit Betti and natal Anubis formed a T-Square with transit Damocles, the doom hanging unseen overhead, at 25 Aquarius when she unexpectedly died.

Asteroid Actor at 5 Taurus was also at station (it turned direct the day prior), conjoined Uranus at 10 Taurus and asteroid Osiris (named for the Egyptian god of the dead) at 29 Aries, again suggesting the sudden, unexpected nature (Uranus) of her passing (Osiris).  Transit asteroid Requiem (named for the funeral mass for the dead) was at station at 9 Virgo, turning retrograde the day after, and with transit Atropos at 7 Scorpio formed the base of a Yod, with natal asteroid Betti on its Apex at 7 Aries, seeming to suggest a fated ending.

A grassroots campaign from fans in 2010 prompted producers to invite Betty White to host “Saturday Night Live” at age 88; she remains the show’s oldest host

The transit Sun at 10 Capricorn was highlighting natal asteroid Rosa at 11 Cap, recalling her most famous role, and formed a Grand Cross with natal Saturn at 7 Libra, the ancient lord of death, natal Pluto at 8 Cancer, the modern lord of death, and natal asteroid Betti at 7 Aries, bringing this energy home directly to White.

Betty White will live in our hearts (and in syndication) forever, bringing smiles to faces for many generations to come.

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Attack of the Killer Tornadoes

On Friday evening, 10 December 2010, some 30 tornadoes smashed through six mid-West states, creating havoc and spreading devastation, claiming upwards of 100 lives.  The outbreak, apart from being one of the worst recorded, is all the more historic given the unseasonable timing, with most tornadoes occurring in the spring.  Normally, cooler temperatures preclude the formation of tornadoes, and this December rampage is yet another sign of increasing weather instability stemming from unchecked climate change globally.


Hardest hit was Graves County, Kentucky, where more than 80 people lost their lives, with the town of Mayfield, population 10,000, almost completely leveled.  Dawson Springs in nearby Hopkins County was also strongly impacted, and an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, IL was flattened, with six dead.  This tornado cut a swath of destruction some 223 miles long, a record in itself, and was at one point almost three-quarters of a mile wide, on the ground for more than three hours.

A chart for December 10 shows the Sun at 19 Sagittarius, exactly conjoined a Black Hole, accompanied by Mercury, which rules weather, at 25 Sagittarius, and asteroids Lachesis and Sturm at 23 and 18 Sagittarius respectively.  Lachesis is named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life, while Sturm is the German word for “storm.”  Black Holes promote outsized, extreme manifestations, foci of incredible power and destructive capacity; they alter reality to the extent that what follows, is completely unrecognizable from what came before, much like the razed homes and businesses in the tornado’s path.  Sturm conjunct Lachesis on a Black Hole suggests the extraordinarily long “lifespan” of this tornado (which is typically under ten minutes).

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The devastated town of Mayfield, Kentucky, represented by asteroid May, which conjoined death indicator asteroid Anubis and squared the Sun with Mercury (weather), asteroid Lachesis (lifespan) and Sturm (German for “storm”)

The Sun is also trine to asteroid Storm at 13 Aries, in a Grand Trine with asteroid Amazone, for the devastated Amazon warehouse, which at 15 Leo is embedded at station, making it a locus for energy, for good or ill.  Amazone turned retrograde just four days before the outbreak.  Storm is conjoined by asteroid Zephyr at 12 Aries, a term which typically identifies a gentle breeze, but also refers generally to winds coming out of the west, the direction from which the tornado hailed.

PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) for the places most affected resonated to the destruction created.  Remarkably, asteroid May (for Mayfield, KY) at 18 Virgo is conjoined by asteroid Anubis at 17 Virgo, named for the Egyptian deity governing funerary rites, both squared the solar stellium, in a T-Square with Neptune at 20 Pisces, which relates to confusion, chaos and a lack of structure, as well as the despair and hopelessness which followed.  May is also trine Pluto at 25 Capricorn, ruling oblivion and total devastation.

Mayfield’s Graves County locale is represented by asteroid Graves at 7 Aquarius, conjoined Saturn, ancient lord of death, at 9 Aquarius, squared Uranus, which conveys its own level of violence and volatility, leading to unexpected outcomes, at 11 Taurus.  Graves is also semisquare the Sun.

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Dawson Springs, KY was also devastated by the storm; asteroid Dawson conjoined Nemesis (destruction) exactly, in a Grand Trine with asteroids Requiem (funeral mass for the dead) and Hopkins (the county name)

Dawson Springs is seen as asteroid Dawson, which at 8 Capricorn conjoins asteroid Nemesis exactly, noted as a source of ruin or destruction, in a Grand Trine with asteroid Requiem at 8 Virgo, named for the funeral mass for the dead, and asteroid Hopkins, the county where Dawson Springs is located, at 14 Taurus.  Hopkins also squares Saturn and is inconjunct to the Sun, opposed TNO Typhon at 18 Scorpio, named for a mythic monster who created violent, destructive winds (the root of our word “typhoon”).  Typhon was semisextile the Sun, sextile May, inconjunct Storm, and squared Amazone for the outbreak.

The candle manufacturing company that was destroyed in Mayfield claimed eight lives, reflected in an exact pairing of Pluto, modern lord of death, with Venus, ruling decorative elements and things of beauty, at 25 Capricorn, squared asteroid Candelo, for the factory, at 18 Libra, and asteroid Atropos, named for the Fate who severs the thread of life at death, at 28 Libra.

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The collapse of the Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, IL, cost eight lives, and is seen as asteroid Amazone, trine the Sun and squared TNO Typhon (storm winds); and asteroid Edoardo (Edwardsville), opposed Aeolia (home of the Greek god of the winds), in a T-square with Requiem

The gales that devastated the Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, IL, can be seen in a T-Square from asteroid Aeolia at 2 Gemini, named for the island home of the Greek deity ruling the winds, exactly opposed asteroid Edoardo (for Edwardsville), with asteroid Requiem at 8 Virgo on the fulcrum.

Aeolia also opposes asteroid Photographica at 8 Sagittarius, and one of the stranger stories to emerge from this tragedy is that of an old family photo from Dawson Springs, blown away when the house was destroyed, and found in New Albany, Indiana, more than 150 miles away.  The black-and-white photo, dated 1942 and identified as of Gertie Swatzell, was found plastered to her windshield by Katie Posten on the morning after the tornado.  Incredibly, asteroid Kate (for Katie) at 21 Pisces conjoins Neptune, ruling photography, and is squared the Sun.  Asteroid Post, for Posten, appears at 23 Capricorn, conjoined Venus/Pluto, exactly semisquare Photographica and widely sesquiquadrate Aeolia.  Posten tweeted a picture of the photo and has connected with a Swatzell family member, to whom she will return the photo.

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This old family photo traveled 150 miles on tornado-force gales, with asteroid Photographica opposed Aeolia (winds), and was found by Katie Posten, represented by asteroid Kate conjunct Neptune (ruling photography) and squared the Sun, and asteroid Post (for Posten) exactly semisquare Photographica

Such moments remind us that, even in the chaos of devastation and destruction, some cosmic order still prevails.

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