New Moon in Aries — March 24, 2020, 09:28 UT

The vernal equinox was on March 20, 2020. The Sun entered Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and passed the Aries point. It is the point in which the most personal intersects with the larger world around one. The equinox chart shows the themes of the becoming astrological year.

The New Moon in Aries took place on March 24 in the early degrees of the sign, in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia. The New Moon squared the lunar nodes on the Cancer-Capricorn axis and the Pholus-Quaoar conjunction in Capricorn. The tight triple conjunction of Jupiter, Pluto and Mars in Capricorn is squaring Eris in Aries. The New Moon opposed Makemake in Libra.

136472 Makemake is a cubewano discovered 15 years ago, in March 2005. It is one of the five minor planets which officially have received the dwarf planet status so far. The orbital period is 306 years. The discovery team (Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz) nicknamed it “Easterbunny” because of its discovery shortly after Easter. In 2008 Makemake was named after the creator god of humanity in the myths of the Rapa Nui, the native people of Easter Island.

The god Makemake was also the chief god of the birdman cult of the Rapa Nui, an annual dangerous competition. The contestants had to swim to the nearby island to collect the first egg of the season of a certain tropical seabird, and then swim back to Rapa Nui. Many lost their lives. The winner was entitled to gifts of food, and his clan would have sole rights to collect the wild bird eggs and fledglings of that season. The winner had to go into seclusion for a year and spend his time eating and sleeping, and could not engage in any other activity. He did this for his community.

We are now in the situation where we need to restrict our living. We need to reduce our social contacts to minimum. Luckily we have phones, the internet, and the social media, so we are not totally secluded. Our pursuit is nothing compared to that of the birdman. We need to do this now for our health care workers and for our community.

Full Moon in Virgo — March 09, 2020, 17:48 UT

The Full Moon in Virgo is opposing the conjunction of the Sun and Neptune in Pisces. We are facing the fear that the rapidly spreading new disease COVID-19 is arousing.

Two first centaurs, Chiron and Pholus, are now in a square aspect. Pholus in Capricorn is conjunct the south node of the Moon and Chiron in Aries is exactly square the lunar nodes. Chiron squared Pholus on March 8, 2020. Astrologer Eric Francis noted recently that the astrology of the current mess is Chiron square Pholus. He described the energy of Pholus being “the metaphoric or literal genie coming out of the bottle.” Please click the following link to read the whole article: Pholus and the Pandemic of Panic.

Last week, Olli Vapalahti, the virology professor at the University of Helsinki, used the same metaphor, when he was interviewed about the coronavirus situation: “Getting the virus back into the bottle is quite difficult.”

Pluto and Eris are now in a square aspect. Eris is the goddess of strife and discord, and she was rejected because of this tendency of hers. A reflection of the symbolism of Eris can be seen in the situation of those people around the world that are now under a travel ban or quarantine because of the virus.

The Full Moon is in conjunction with the centaur 346889 Rhiphonos, which offers a protective image. 346889 Rhiphonos was discovered in 2009. The orbital period is around 35.8 years. In Greek mythology Rhiphonos was one of the twelve Dionysian Centaurs who drew the chariot of the infant Dionysus. Zeus had set them to guard his son Dionysus against Hera’s anger. Dionysus’s mother was a mortal woman, with whom Zeus had an affair. The Dionysian Centaurs were originally sprites, but when jealous Hera found out about their assistance, she transformed them into ox-horned centaurs. Later loyal Rhiphonos was one of the commanders of the centaurs who travelled with the adult Dionysus around the world.

Don’t let fear take over, and keep washing your hands.

New Moon in Gemini — June 03, 2019, 10:02 UT

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation. Possibly this observance has contributed to the naming of (229762) 2007 UK126 as Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà from mythology of Jul’hoan people of Namibia. The naming took place in April 2019.

The New Moon at 12+ degrees of Gemini is in exact conjunction with 229762 Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà, a trans-Neptunian object from the extended scattered disc. It was discovered on 19 October 2007 by American astronomers Megan Schwamb, Michael Brown, and David Rabinowitz. The diameter is approximately 600 kilometers, but the body is not spherical. The orbital period is little over 620 years. Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà will come to perihelion in July 2046 (the point in the orbit where it is nearest to the Sun).

Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà has one known satellite, Gǃòʼé ǃHú, which is one of the reddest known objects beyond Neptune.

The Jul’hoan language, commonly called Ju, is one of the click languages. It is spoken in northeastern Namibia and the Northwest District of Botswana. The Jul’hoan people, or the ǃKung, are a part of the San people, also known as the Bushmen.

From what I read in Wikipedia, equality between the sexes prevails in the Jul’hoan society. Men and women live together in a non-exploitative manner. The Jul’hoan people long to keep peace between people. They believe in the creator, but they also believe that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. They practice shamanism to communicate with the spirit world, and to cure what they call “Star Sickness”. The community has trust in the healers and the teachers to guide them psychologically and spiritually through life.

In Jul’hoan mythology, Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà is a beautiful aardvark girl, who sometimes appears in the stories of other San peoples as a python girl or elephant girl. She defends her people and punishes wrongdoers using gǁámígǁàmì spines, a raincloud full of hail, and her magical oryx horn G!ò’é !Hú. The moon of 229762 Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà was named after this horn.

At this point I am not able to say much about the astrological meaning of this body. However, Francesco Schiavinotto, an Italian geologist and professor of paleontology, whose hobby is astrological research, has suggested the following keywords for 2007 UK126, long before its naming: “practical / pragmatic genius, empathy for common people, non-teleological thinking, class conflict, intense loneliness and anger engendered by hopelessness, peaceworker, peacemaker, peacekeeper”.

My own, so far somewhat narrow research brought forth these celebrities, who were born with their Sun in conjunction with Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà: Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Brian McFadden and Amber Heard.

Full Moon in Scorpio — May 18, 2019, 21:11 UT

The Full Moon on May 18, 2019, is at 27+ degrees of Scorpio. The Sun in Taurus is in strict conjunction with Sedna, one of the most distant icy bodies in our solar system, named after the Inuit goddess of the Arctic Ocean. Sedna represents the utmost edge, both in the solar system as well as in our consciousness.

Sedna’s orbit is exceptionally long and elongated, taking approximately 11,400 years to complete. Sedna never comes inside Neptune’s orbit, not even when it is nearest to the Sun in its orbit, which happens next time in 2076. Sedna is possibly the first known member of the inner Oort cloud. In the astrological chart it moves so slowly that it works almost like a fixed star.

Sedna was discovered in 2003. It has given its name to a group of distant bodies, the sednoids, of which only three including Sedna are discovered so far, but scientists suspect that there are a lot more of them. The sednoids belong to the category of ETNOs (the extreme trans-Neptunian objects), whose orbits could have been disrupted by an as-yet-unknown planet beyond the Kuiper belt, the hypothesized Planet Nine, a body at least ten times more massive than the Earth.

In astrology we observe planetary cycles and when we try to define the nature of a certain transit, we find it helpful to study events in history. We don’t know much about the life 11,000 years ago, when Sedna last time was this close to the Sun and Earth. The climate was warming up, as the Earth was coming out of the ice age. People were hunter-gatherers. The last woolly mammoths were dying in extinction. Why this happened is not quite clear, but a climate change alone was probably not the reason, because mammoths had survived similar changes previously. Advanced hunting might have had something to do with their extinction.

Amazingly some concrete things have stood the test of the millennia up till our time. Göbekli Tepe, located in southeastern Turkey, is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever. It was built around the same time that the last ice age ended. It is presumed to be a ceremonial site, perhaps for shamanic practices. There are various temples and massive stone pillars at the site. Hundreds of people and massive efforts have been needed to erect the structures. The site proves that at least some humans created permanent settlements long before farming practices started. For unknown reasons the site was then abandoned.

One of the world’s oldest art pieces is a wooden sculpture found in Siberia near Yekaterinburg. The radiocarbon dating has showed that the Shigir Idol is approximately 11,500 years old, carved from a trunk shortly after the end of the ice age. It is about five meters tall and its decoration resembles that of some stone sculptures found at Göbekli Tepe. Scholars think it is possible that the culture which emerged after the ice age and which created big symbolical artifacts, possibly having to do with religious rituals, did not originate in one place, but in several centers in different parts of the world.

The world’s oldest living tree is a 9,550 year-old Norway spruce growing in Sweden. The discovery of this spruce in 2004 coincides with Sedna emerging into our awareness. The tree has survived by pushing out another trunk as soon as the old one has died. It is rebirthing itself.

Astrologically Sedna has been associated with the climate change. We are damaging our planet and civilization dramatically. It is estimated that a million species are at risk, and one third of world’s nature will be destroyed by 2050. The extinction of plants and animals threatens also us humans. We Finns are at the forefront of destroying the planet. This year’s overshoot day of the Finns – the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – was on April 5, a week earlier than last year. If people all over the world were consuming like us, we would need almost four Earths to sustain it. Immediate actions for better are required from each and every one of us.

In mythology Sedna was a beautiful Inuit girl, who became betrayed first by a suitor in disguise and then by her own father. Through a powerful transformation she became the mighty goddess of icy waters. She wants to be heard. If she is happy, she allows the humans to eat from the bounty of the sea. If she is not respected, she sends storms and starvation. The myth gives us hope.

In spite of the dreadful state of our planet, there is still hope. Our youngsters have taken the lead in the combat against time. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish schoolgirl, has initiated the School strike for climate, an international movement of students, who are not attending classes and instead are protesting for immediate action to prevent further global warming. Greta Thunberg was born in 2003, the same year when Sedna was discovered.

New Moon in Taurus — May 04, 2019, 22:45 UT

The New Moon occurs in the mid degrees of Taurus. This is a time of Beltane, an old pagan holiday to celebrate life and renewal. Beltane means roughly “bright fire”. In the celebrations bonfires were lit in order to improve the fertility of the cattle and for the protection.

The New Moon at 14+ degrees of Taurus is in a tight aspect to two interesting trans-Neptunian objects. Opposite the New Moon in Scorpio is 471143 Dziewanna, named after the old Slavic goddess of spring and wild nature. In conjunction with the New Moon in Taurus is 47171 Lempo, named after the ancient god of love and fertility in Finnish mythology.

Lempo is a plutino discovered in 1999 and named in 2017. Astronomically Lempo is a fascinating multiple system. It is a triple plutino consisting of three bodies, having diameters approximately within 100 – 300 km. The two inner components form a binary. The third component is circulating the central pair. In this respect Lempo resembles the Pluto system, where four small moons are orbiting the central binary of Pluto and Charon. The biggest component is named as Lempo and the two smaller ones as Paha and Hiisi. The orbital period of Lempo is about 245.5 years. It was at its perihelion (the point in the orbit where it is nearest to the Sun) in July 2015.

In the Finnish folklore and mythology Lempo is a sort of fiend, who brought down Väinämöinen, the wise old seer and the central character in Kalevala, the national epic of the Finns. According to the naming rules of the IAU, plutinos are named after mythological creatures associated with the underworld. However, originally, before the Christianization, Lempo was the goddess of love and fertility. According to the myth, a glowing fireball shot from the sky and hit the ground. She was the sacred Fire Woman, who gave bread, iron and love to humankind, and also escorted the deceased to the Otherworld.

I have found a great deal of information about the enigmatic Lempo from Lemmon arvoitus by Juha Kuisma, published by the residents’ association of Lempäälä in 2002. The author is a resident of Lempäälä municipality in Finland, situated in the region where supposedly once lived worshippers of Lempo. Juha Kuisma has studied Lempo and the origins of the name of Lempäälä thoroughly. You can read more about Lempo here Full Moon in Scorpio — April 30, 2018, 00:58 UT.

The following persons have a prominent Lempo in their astrological natal charts. (The Rodden rating AA or A means that the time is known and the data is accurate.) No doubt these people have gained a great deal from the creative sparks of Lempo.

Alexander Wilson (Oct. 24, 1893 – Apr. 4, 1963) was an English writer, spy and MI6 officer. He was an undiscovered bigamist, and lied to many people who discovered some of his secrets only after he died. His family’s story was dramatized in the 2018 BBC miniseries Mrs Wilson. His Sun is in conjunction with Lempo in Scorpio.

Billie Holiday (Apr. 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), “Lady Day”, was an influential American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills. Her Lempo is conjunct MC in Scorpio and square to the lunar nodes (Rodden rating AA).

Indira Gandhi (Nov. 19, 1917 – Oct. 31, 1984) was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. She was named “Woman of the Millennium” in an online poll organized by the BBC in 1999. – Her Sun is conjunct Lempo in Scorpio and her Dziewanna at her Leo ascendant (Rodden rating A).

Toots Thielemans (Apr. 29, 1922 – Aug. 22, 2016) was a Belgian jazz musician. He was known for his harmonica playing. He often performed and recorded with Quincy Jones, who once called him “one of the greatest musicians of our time.” In 2009 he was designated a Jazz Master by The National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor for a jazz musician in the United States. He has Lempo conjunct the ascendant in Sagittarius, Saturn in Libra in sextile to Lempo (Rodden rating AA).

Veikko Hursti (Nov. 25, 1924 – May 10, 2005) was a well-known Finnish philanthropist. He is most famous for his work in helping the poor and the homeless. He became nationally known for hosting a yearly Christmas party for the poor. Hursti has a Sun-Lempo conjunction in Sagittarius.

Mauri Antero Numminen (born March 12, 1940) is a Finnish artist and cultural personality, who lives nowadays in Lempäälä. Sometimes the lyrics of his songs have been taken from a book, a law or some other official document, like a sex guide, or a municipal report of Lempäälä. His Pisces Sun squares Lempo in Sagittarius; Lempo is in sextile to the north lunar node.

Dionne Warwick (born Dec. 12, 1940) is an American singer and actress, who ranks among the 41 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization and a United States Ambassador of Health. Her Sun is conjunct Lempo in Sagittarius.

Jimi Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942 – Sept. 18, 1970), an American rock guitarist, is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”. His Lempo is conjunct the ascendant in Sagittarius and Dziewanna in the first degree of Virgo in conjunction with the north node and Chiron in Leo (Rodden rating AA).

Sissy Spacek (born Dec. 25, 1949) is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of various accolades in the fields of cinema and music. She has a Sun-Lempo conjunction in Capricorn opposite Uranus in Cancer.

Jeff Bezos (born Jan. 12, 1964), the richest man in modern history, is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon. His Sun is in conjunction with Lempo and Salacia in Capricorn.

Shakira (born Feb. 2, 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter and dancer. She is one of the world’s best-selling music artists. She is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her Sun is in conjunction with Lempo and Mors-Somnus in Aquarius, Uranus in Scorpio is squaring Lempo, and Saturn in Leo is opposing the triple-conjunction.

Rihanna (born Feb. 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, businesswoman and actress, and one of the best-selling music artists worldwide. She is known for embracing versatile musical styles and reinventing her image throughout her career. Her Sun is conjunct Lempo in Pisces.

Mikael Granlund (born 26 February 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Granlund made his debut with the senior Finnish national team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship. He scored a lacrosse style highlight reel goal in the semifinal game against Russia, helping Finland win gold, and thus gained cult status in Finland. His Sun is in conjunction with Lempo in Pisces, and Jupiter in Virgo opposes the conjunction.

Justin Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Bieber has won numerous awards throughout his career. In 2016, Bieber became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo. His Sun is conjunct Lempo in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio trines Lempo.

Full Moon in Libra — March 21, 2019, 01:43 UT

On March 20, 2019, the Sun entered Aries, which marks the Vernal Equinox. It is a day when the length of day and night is equal everywhere on Earth. The Full Moon in Libra occurred a few hours later, on March 21, when the Moon opposed the Sun.

A new astrological year begins when the Sun enters Aries. Astrologers may use the equinox chart in determining the themes of the next twelve months. The first degree of Aries is called the Aries Point. It is a sensitive point, where the individual’s life and world events intersect.

The Sun is now in conjunction with centaur Chiron and one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects, 120347 Salacia.

In Greek mythology Chiron was the wisest and justest of all the centaurs. He was not a troublemaker like the rest of them. His lineage was different from other centaurs. Chiron was the son of the Titan Cronus and Philyra, one of the Oceanid nymphs, which were the personification of springs. Chiron had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse. His mother was so disgusted by how he looked that she abandoned him at birth.

Chiron was fostered by the Sun god Apollo, who was a god of medicine and healing, music, poetry, and more. Apollo was especially concerned with the health of children. Additionally, he was the protector of fugitives and refugees. Chiron learned numerous skills from Apollo and became a great healer. He was a teacher and a mentor for many of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology.

In astrology Chiron is usually referred as the wounded healer. However, I prefer Eric Francis’s description of Chiron as raising awareness. Because of the looks of the mythical centaur and the way his mother treated him as baby, Chiron could also be seen as representing ignored and disdained people, among other things.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. The god Neptune wanted to marry the beautiful nymph Salacia, but to preserve her virginity she fled as far as she could and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade her to come back. She finally agreed, and so she became the goddess of the sea. Salacia was a bit overlooked goddess in mythology. She was diminished to represent an aspect of Neptune, the violent and gushing waters. Her Greek equivalent was Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon. Only in one occasion she appears as a real goddess, namely at the birth of the Sun god Apollo.

March 22 is the World Water Day, an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. It is celebrated around the world with various events, which offer an opportunity to learn about water related issues and take action to make a difference. Water is a human right. No matter where on Earth we live, the one thing we all share is the ocean. Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. The ocean plays a fundamental role in the world’s water supply, and it is our mutual interest to take care of it. Marginalized groups — women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people — are often overlooked, and may face discrimination, as they try to access safe water. In 2019 the theme for the World Water Day is “Leaving no one behind”.

My interpretation today for the Sun at the Aries Point in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia is, that the aspect is raising our awareness about the condition of the ocean and encouraging us to take action in order to secure freshwater for everyone.

New Moon in Pisces — March 06, 2019, 16:04 UT

Mercury turned retrograde in the last degree of Pisces on March 05, 2019. The next day, on March 06, 2019, Uranus changes signs from Aries to Taurus, and later on the same day the New Moon takes place in mid-Pisces in conjunction with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces. Two minor planets, a main belt asteroid Vesta and a trans-Neptunian object 88611 Teharonhiawako, are in conjunction with the New Moon, too.

88611 Teharonhiawako was discovered in 2001 and its orbital period around the Sun is 290 years. It is actually a binary object. The companion is quite large and named Sawiskera. The names come from the Iroquois creation myth.

Teharonhiawako was the creator god of the Iroquois and Sawiskera was his evil twin, eventually conquered by his brother. Teharonhiawako planted the first maize plant. He also created the first people: the first from the bark of a tree, the second from the sea foam, the third from the black soil and the fourth from the red earth. The main diet of the Iroquois came from farming. Maize was considered as a special gift from the creator god.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is Pisces 16, “The flow of inspiration”. This can be a time for special gifts.