New Moon in Scorpio — November 07, 2018, 16:02 UT

The New moon in Scorpio highlights 471143 Dziewanna, the latest named trans-Neptunian object. 471143 Dziewanna is very likely a dwarf planet. It is a scattered disc object discovered in 2010 during the Polish OGLE project of Warsaw University.

Venus stationed retrograde in close conjunction with 471143 Dziewanna on Oct. 5, 2018, at 10+ degrees of Scorpio. At the Libra New Moon on Oct. 9, 2018, the conjunction of Venus and Dziewanna was valid. At the moment Venus is still retrograding, and it has re-entered Libra. Today the Sun and the Moon conjoined in mid-Scorpio with Dziewanna for the New Moon.

471143 Dziewanna was named on Sept. 25, 2018, after the old Slavic goddess of the wild nature, forests and the hunt. Gold-haired, young and beautiful, she brings the spring and revitalizes the Earth. Wild yellow mullein flowers (Polish: dziewanna) are her symbol. Dried, they served as torches during her celebrations.

Dziewanna is also the goddess of the Moon. Like her Roman equivalent Diana, Dziewanna is a maiden goddess. However, according to the site of the Lake Area Goddesses, Dziewanna is married; married and free of the control of a man at the same time. Quoting the site, “She is a true virgin, whole unto herself.”

Examples of Dziewanna people:

Indira Gandhi (Nov. 19, 1917) was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India. Her Dziewanna is at her Leo ascendant opposite Uranus.

Jane Fonda (Dec. 21, 1937), an American actress, writer, political activist, and fitness guru, has Dziewanna at 28+ Leo in aspect with several of her natal planets: the Sun in Sagittarius, Mars and Ceres in Aquarius, Saturn in Pisces, Chiron in Gemini and Pluto in Cancer.

Christine Chubbuck (Aug. 24, 1944) was an American television news reporter who committed suicide on a live television broadcast. She has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Ceres and Dziewanna in early Virgo.

Sauli Niinistö, the President of Finland (Aug. 24, 1948), has the Sun-Dziewanna conjunction in early Virgo square to Pallas in Gemini.

Madonna, the “Queen of Pop” (Aug. 16, 1958), who frequently has reinvented both her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry, has Dziewanna at her Virgo ascendant in conjunction with Mercury.

Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” (Aug. 29, 1958), has a triple conjunction of the Sun, Juno and Dziewanna in Virgo.

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1, 1961), the namesake of Goddess Dziewanna, has her Cancer Sun in sextile to Dziewanna in Virgo. Dziewanna is at the midpoint of the Sun and Neptune.

Full Moon in Taurus — October 24, 2018, 16:45 UT

The chart of this Full Moon is interesting. The Moon at 1+ degrees of Taurus is in conjunction with Uranus, the planet of disruption and change.

The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. Now the Sun in Scorpio is in conjunction with Venus, the ruler of the Taurus sign. Venus is retrograding, and it is only two days from the inferior conjunction to the Sun. Inferior conjunction is the moment when Venus is directly between, and in line with, the Earth and the Sun. It is a beginning of a new Venus cycle, the same way as the New Moon starts a new lunar cycle.

The Sun and the Moon are exactly squaring the lunar nodes, the points where the yearly path of the Sun and the monthly path of the Moon intersect as seen from Earth. The nodes are always opposite each other, forming an axis. The North node is associated with the future and the South node with the past, and thus the meaning of the axis is often seen as karmic. The points which square the nodes are balancing points. The North node is now in Leo, the sign ruled by the Sun, and the South node is in Aquarius, ruled by Uranus.

Taurus and its ruling planet Venus are associated with values. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed signs, and they resist change, they want to maintain. Uranus wants to break down, and the new phase of Venus and its retrograde movement want to re-evaluate and start something new.

Anne Massey writes in Venus: Her Cycles, Symbols & Myths: “We need to remember that the New Venus takes place while Venus is retrograde, which is not an ideal time to launch new action. This tends to be the time when we make new choices based on our changed values.”

38083 Rhadamanthus in the last degree of Libra is in conjunction with the Sun and Venus in Scorpio. 38083 Rhadamanthus is a trans-Neptunian minor planet named after a wise king of Crete, who later became one of the judges of the dead, because he had such a great sense of justice. He was also said to be a tutor to Heracles. The composition of the chart is contradictory, but the wisdom of Rhadamanthus is guiding us.

New Moon in Libra — October 09, 2018, 03:47 UT

Venus stationed retrograde on Oct. 5, 2018, in Scorpio. A few days later, on Oct. 9, 2018, the New Moon occurs in Libra, the sign which is ruled by Venus. Every New Moon – the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon – starts a new lunation cycle. We begin this lunation in awareness of a new planetary energy, 471143 Dziewanna.

471143 Dziewanna is currently at 11+ degrees of Scorpio, and Venus turned retrograde at 10+ degrees of Scorpio, only one degree apart from it. The New Moon was in conjunction with asteroid 1 Ceres, the first asteroid to be discovered, today classified as a dwarf planet.

1 Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture. She is Earth Mother. Ceres had a daughter, Proserpina, whom she loved dearly. One day Pluto abducted young Proserpina and made her the queen of the Underworld. Ceres desperately searched her daughter everywhere, but she couldn’t find her. In her grief and anger Ceres stopped the growth of fruits and vegetables. Every year Proserpina has to spend six months with Pluto, the other six months she is allowed to live with her mother. When Proserpina returns, Ceres allows plants grow and flowers bloom again. The myth describes the change of the seasons, and eternal cycle of renewal.

471143 Dziewanna is a newly named scattered disc object. It is very likely a dwarf planet and it is coming to its perihelion in 2038 (the point in its orbit where it is nearest to the Sun). It was discovered in 2010 by astronomers Andrzej Udalski, Scott Sheppard, Marcin Kubiak and Chad Trujillo during the Polish OGLE project of Warsaw University. According to the official naming citation, “Dziewanna is a Slavic Goddess of the wild nature, forests and the hunt. Gold-haired, young and beautiful, she brings the spring and revitalizes the Earth. Wild yellow mullein flowers (Polish: dziewanna) are her symbol. Dried, they served as torches during her celebrations.”


Dziewanna plants in my garden.
Photo: Copyright © Kirsti Melto.

Like Ceres, also Dziewanna is the goddess of agriculture. She is also the goddess of the Moon and often depicted with wolves. Goddess Dziewanna has much in common with the Roman goddess Diana, the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the Moon. Like her Roman equivalent, Dziewanna is a maiden goddess. However, according to the site of the Lake Area Goddesses, “Dziewanna is married; married and free of the control of a man at the same time.” Quoting the site, “She is a true virgin, whole unto herself.” An appearance of a new planet expands our consciousness and opens up new possibilities for us. At this moment of time the energy of Dziewanna is welcomed.

Andrzej Udalski, the discoverer of 471143 Dziewanna, said in an interview: “I hope that putting Dziewanna in the sky will encourage researchers of Polish and Slavic traditions and cultures to learn more about this mysterious goddess.” He adds: “Fantasizing even more – it might also encourage scientists, engineers or technical university students to design an extremely ambitious space project. (…) It would be very interesting to see the true face of our Dziewanna and learn its secrets.” As an astrologer I am happy to join this endeavor.

Full Moon in Aries — September 25, 2018, 02:52 UT

The Sun entered Libra on Sept. 23, 2018, and for a moment night and day was of equal length for everyone on Earth. Two days later, on Sept. 25, the Moon in Aries opposed the Sun for the Full Moon. The Moon was in conjunction with Chiron and Salacia at the Aries point.

120347 Salacia is one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects, almost certainly a dwarf planet, and it is orbiting the Sun at an average distance that is slightly greater than that of Pluto. It is actually a binary system Salacia-Actaea, where 96% of the total mass should be in Salacia itself.

120347 Salacia is named after the Roman goddess of salt water and the consort of Neptune. Even though the official naming citation describes Salacia as the goddess of the calm and sunlit ocean, the etymology of the name suggests that we are not talking about still waters.

The name Salacia is derived from Latin sal, meaning salt, and is sometimes translated to mean sensational. The Latin word salax can mean salacious, lustful, lecherous, provocative, or desiring sexual intercourse. Scholars have regarded Salacia as a violent aspect of gushing and overflowing water, personification of lust, goddess of prostitutes, and considered her as one of the aspects of Neptune representing the god’s desire for intercourse with Earth.

120347 Salacia entered Aries on March 1, 2017. Chiron is now retrograding at the Aries point. Chiron and Salacia will conjoin in the early degrees of Aries in April 2019. The orbital period of Salacia is around 270 years. 124 years ago, in October 1894, Chiron and Salacia made a conjunction in late Virgo, when Salacia was approaching the opposite position to its current location. The next year, in May 1895, Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella was born in Castellaneta, Italy. He became later known as Rudolph Valentino, “The Great Latin Lover”, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of silent films.

Valentino became the sex symbol of the 1920s, the very first. Women loved and adored him and found him “triumphantly seductive”. There were rumors that he was gay. He was involved in a scandal after another, for example he was arrested for bigamy. Later he was in a relationship with actress Pola Negri, the famous femme fatale of the 1920s. Valentino died young, at the age of 31, which caused mass hysteria among his fans. Even suicides of fans were reported. Pola Negri made a scene at Valentino’s funeral, claiming they had been engaged.

Valentino’s time of birth is known, so we are able to cast an accurate chart for him. His ascendant is in the first degree of Libra, which the current Sun has just passed. The ascendant is an angle which shows how the world sees us, it describes the impression we make on others. So Valentino’s ascendant is in Libra, the sign ruled by the planet of love, Venus, and his Moon is there too. His Sun is in the other sign ruled by Venus, in Taurus. Both Chiron and Salacia are at his ascendant, Salacia in late Virgo and Chiron in early Libra.

Full Moon in Pisces — August 26, 2018, 11:56 UT

The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. Today’s Full Moon in Pisces was tightly aligned with another opposition, formed by two interesting minor planets. The Moon was in conjunction with a trans-Neptunian object (225088) 2007 OR10, which is orbiting the Sun in the scattered disc, among the coldest and most distant objects in the Solar System. The Sun in Virgo was in conjunction with 121725 Aphidas, the latest officially named centaur.

(225088) 2007 OR10 is big. It is the fourth-largest, possibly even the third-largest known body in the Solar System beyond the orbit of Neptune, and the largest known body in the Solar System still without a name. It was discovered 11 years ago, on July 17, 2007, by American astronomers Megan Schwamb, Michael Brown and David Rabinowitz. 2007 OR10 has a moon. In 2016, analysis of Hubble images taken in 2010 revealed a satellite, which was confirmed by a further analysis in 2017.

The discoverers nicknamed 2007 OR10 first as “Snow White” for its presumed white color. However, it was later revealed to be one of the reddest objects in the Kuiper belt, so the nickname was dropped. It has also revealed to be bigger than what first was thought.

In 2009 I wrote to Mike Brown and proposed naming 2007 OR10 from the Norse mythology, but he replied that he has been saving the Norse mythology for a distant and cold thing like Sedna. In Norse mythology the chief god Odin was at times using a disguise, which would match with the behavior of the object, but the name Odin is already used for an asteroid, so it cannot be used again.

There was a petition in the internet for naming 2007 OR10 as R’hllor, also known as the Red God or the Lord of Light, from the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on novels written by George R. R. Martin. There are other objects named from fictional mythologies (for example Borasisi, Manwë, Varda and Albion), so this is not an entirely impossible idea.

According to the International Astronomical Union’s rules, the discoverer of a minor planet has the privilege to suggest a name for the planet in question for a period of ten years following the numbering of the object. 2007 OR10 received the permanent number in 2009, so Mike Brown and his team will have some time left for their name suggestion, and then anyone will be able to make a proposal. Hopefully both bodies get named.

121725 Aphidas, the centaur in conjunction with the Sun now, was discovered on Dec. 13, 1999, by an American astronomer Carl W. Hergenrother. The orbital period is 76.23 years. The naming took place in October 2017. According to the official naming citation, “During the battle between the Centaurs and Lapiths, the centaur Aphidas remained in a drunken sleep. The Lapith Phorbas killed Aphidas with a thrown spear while he slept.”

People born with their Sun in conjunction with 121725 Aphidas are for example Anna Nicole Smith, Anneliese Michel, Rick Allen, Robbie Williams, Theresa May, Mr Lordi (Tomi Putaansuu).

Examples of events which occurred while the Sun was in conjunction with 121725 Aphidas:

Oct. 15, 1951 – Norethisterone, the progestin used in the combined oral contraceptive pill, is synthesized by Luis E. Miramontes in Mexico.

Sept. 30, 1955 – Actor James Dean is killed when his automobile collides with another car at a highway junction near Cholame, California.

Nov. 24, 1966 — The Beatles begin recording sessions for their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band L.P.

Dec. 3, 1967 — Christiaan Barnard carries out the world’s first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jan. 27, 1973 — U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords

May 20, 1983 — Two separate research groups led by Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier independently declared that a novel retrovirus may have been infecting people with HIV/AIDS, and published their findings in the same issue of the journal Science.

May 29, 1985 — Heysel Stadium disaster: Thirty-eight spectators are killed in rioting on the terraces during the European Cup final between Liverpool F.C. and Juventus at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

New Moon in Leo / Partial Solar Eclipse — August 11, 2018, 09:58 UT

By now it should be clear for all policymakers as well as ordinary people, that the climate change is real. The intense heat wave has caused devastation across the Northern Hemisphere. There has been excessive wildfires in Greece, California and Scandinavia; dried rivers in Germany, and ruined crops about everywhere.

The Paris climate agreement set actions to keep global warming limited below 2 degrees Celsius, but this may not be enough. Scientists are now warning about a domino effect of other factors, like melting ice, warming seas and dying forests, which could tilt the Earth into a state beyond which all human efforts will be futile.

The New Moon in Leo was a partial solar eclipse, the third eclipse in the current sequence. There is an ominous feeling surrounding this eclipse. The eclipse occurred at 18+ degrees of Leo in conjunction with asteroid 2 Pallas and trans-Neptunian 420356 Praamzius. Several planets are now in retrograde motion. Mercury retrograde is square to Jupiter, Mars retrograde is square to Uranus, and Venus is square to Saturn.

420356 Praamzius is a cubewano discovered in 2012 by a Lithuanian astronomer K. Černis and R. P. Boyle. It was named in February 2016 after an old Lithuanian chief god Praamzius. According to the official naming citation, Praamzius is the oldest and highest Lithuanian god related to the creation of the world. He is the god of the sky, peace and friendship in Lithuanian mythology. He is said to be also the ruler of time, the inescapable fate. He is also said to be the first beekeeper in the world.

About ten years ago the world was waking to the disturbing fact that bees were vanishing. We are not able to survive long without pollinators. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappears and leaves behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care of the remaining immature bees and the queen. Why this happens has not been entirely solved yet. Although there probably is more than just one cause for CCD, a link between bee colony collapse and climate change has been detected by researchers. Anyhow, climate change is the cause of species loss in general, and decrease of biodiversity is a threat to us.

Asteroid Pallas is the significator of wisdom and creative intelligence. Hopefully asteroid Pallas in conjunction with the eclipse is able to give us solutions in our worsening plight. The ban of plastic bags and straws is not enough for saving us. The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree Leo 19 is “A houseboat party”. Without immediate and mutual action of all nations and people the party is over.

Full Moon in Aquarius / Total Lunar Eclipse — July 27, 2018, 20:20 UT

Eclipses usually come in pairs. In this eclipse sequence there are three of them, two solar and one lunar. This Full Moon in Aquarius is a total lunar eclipse and the second one in this sequence. Two weeks ago there was a partial solar eclipse in Cancer. Another partial solar eclipse will occur on Aug. 11, 2018, in Leo.

This spectacular lunar eclipse will be visible in many parts of the world, at least partially. This is the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, because the Moon is passing through the center of the Earth’s shadow, and also because the Moon is near its apogee (the point of greatest distance) and thus moves slowly. Totality lasts 1 hour and 43 minutes, and the total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours, 14 minutes. Central lunar eclipses are the darkest ones and they are relatively rare. The previous one occurred seven years ago. During the total phase, the Moon will look reddish. If the sky is clear, the total phase should be visible in its entirety in southern Finland, where I live.

What makes this eclipse astrologically really interesting is that the Moon will be in conjunction with retrograding Mars. At the moment we are in the middle of the retrograde period of Mars (from June 26 to Aug. 27), and Mars reaches its opposition to the Sun on the day of the lunar eclipse. Now Mars is closer to Earth and shines brighter than usually in the sky. Also Mercury turned retrograde the day before the eclipse.

Retrograding planets work a bit differently than planets in direct motion. It is possible that the usual expression of the planet gets inhibited. Normally Mars gives us courage, initiative, desire and other beneficial features, but also anger and aggression. In Aquarius this could come out as collective rage. Turning anger inwards is as undesirable as is uncontrollable rage.

The Full Moon is always an opposition of the Sun and the Moon. All eclipses take place near the lunar nodes. In Leo, opposite the Moon and in conjunction with the Sun and the North node of the Moon is 32532 Thereus, a centaur planet with orbital period of over 34 years. This centaur can help us in dealing with Mars retrograde. In Greek mythology centaur Thereus was a hunter who captured bears and carried them home, alive and struggling. Why would anyone take a raging bear to their home? The myth doesn’t give us the answer, as there is nothing more told about Thereus.

Behind anger there is usually pain, and it takes courage and patience to face old wounds. In “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés there is a chapter in which she talks about rage and how to deal with it. Rage can become a teacher. She tells us a Japanese tale called “The Crescent Moon Bear”. These words of Dr. Pinkola Estés can offer us the missing piece of the Greek myth:

“So rather than trying to ‘behave’ and not feel our rage or rather than using it to burn down every living thing in a hundred-mile radius, it is better to first ask rage to take a seat with us, have some tea, talk a while so we can find out what summoned this visitor.”

Ever since I read the tale of the crescent moon bear, I have in my imagination seen centaur Thereus in his home cave, having tea and a chat with an angry bear. 32532 Thereus, like all other centaur planets, has potential for healing.