Real Time Astrology: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo September 1st, 2016

The New Moon Solar Eclipse at 9 degrees Virgo takes place on Thursday, September 1st, 4:03 AM Central Standard Time. It is an annular solar eclipse, meaning it will create the visible coronal ring (“ring of fire”) most people associate with eclipses. The closer an eclipse is to the Moon’s Nodes, the stronger; with the North Node at 12 degrees Virgo this does set us up for a powerful and intense eclipse! The Sun, New Moon and North Node all in Virgo will be joined by Mercury retrograde in exact conjunction to Jupiter at 28 degrees Virgo. That’s quite the five star stellium! The Virgo New Moon/Solar Eclipse/stellium will also form a formidable mutable T-square by squaring Mars at 14 degrees Sagittarius and Saturn at 10 Sagittarius, and opposing Neptune retrograde at 10 degrees Pisces.

 

The orbs are tight for this one; no room for anything but a major event. The depth, power and complexity of everything that’s going into this eclipse gives me a sense of a “perfect storm”, in that it will probably be easier to assess the aftermath than it will be trying to understand it as it unfolds.

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Weirdo Book Reviews: Interpreting The Eclipses By Robert Carl Jansky

L: Cover of "Interpreting The Eclipses". R: Photo by Amy Shore.

L: Cover of “Interpreting The Eclipses”. R: Photo by Amy Shore.

 

“Eclipses. I know this is a very vast topic, but maybe eclipses of certain notable events? How eclipses stir things up, examples of. Why some are ‘duds’ or seem so. Interesting how they can be re-stimulated when a planet conjuncts that eclipse point, too–time frame for that happening.” – Nancy

 

Back in February, I posted an article asking for readers to submit questions that they’d like to see answered here on Viva Combusta! I answered nearly all of them shortly thereafter except this one. It was past eclipse season by the time I started working on the writeup, so I decided to wait until the next eclipse season, which is upon us this September. Since we’ve also got Mercury in its domicile Virgo emphasizing effective use of our words, I want to kill two birds with one stone by also doing my second installment of book reviews and recommendations. This time it’s Robert Carl Jansky’s classic Interpreting The Eclipses.

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Huffington Post Book Reviews & Olympics Injuries!

Rio Olympics injuries Brazil Zika virus

 

The final opposition from Jupiter in Virgo to Chiron in Pisces is now officially over, and as previously stated it created havoc at the summer Olympics in Rio. There’s injuries at every Olympics, but you gotta admit the injuries in Rio are particularly gnarly. Here’s a rundown if you can stomach it; I had the misfortune to watch the gymnast break his leg live, I’m surprised my neighbors didn’t call the police since I screamed bloody murder.

 

As also discussed in my Olympics post, the potential spreading of Zika virus from the Olympics in Brazil remains to be seen. At the same time that the games started under a Virgo stellium forming a mutable T-square formation in the skies, there’s been new reports of Zika in places it hasn’t been before. Keep in mind that we’re now in the shadow of the upcoming Mercury retrograde in Virgo, and information is starting to slowly but surely go awry. The truth of Zika virus is still out of reach.

 

Speaking of Mercury in Virgo, I mentioned in my full writeup of the retrograde that Mercury in Virgo loves books. In keeping with that vibe, I’ve just published my second article for The Huffington Post entitled 7 Books For A Better Astrology Library. Many of the readers here at Viva Combusta! are already high in astro literacy, so you might not be surprised by the books that made the list. It’s a good place to start for those who are still in the beginning of their burgeoning interest or for those who don’t know where to go after they’ve learned some basics.

 

Just after I submitted my Huffington Post article, I read that Arianna Huffington has resigned from her position overseeing the publication; not sure yet if this will impact who HuffPo allows to contribute yet or not. I’ll keep writing until they kick me out.

 

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback in the comments section and especially in the many emails after I requested feedback in my previous post, I’ll be writing my thoughts on social media, social networking and astrology soon!

 

 

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon (Maybe Lunar Eclipse) In Aquarius August 18th, 2016

 

The startling electric Full Moon at 25 degrees Aquarius peaks on Thursday, August 18th at 4:27 AM CST. There is a bit of debate over this one, with some calling it a penumbral lunar eclipse and others saying it is just shy of meeting eclipse criteria. Either way, it’s going to be buzzing! Besides the obvious opposition to the Sun at 25 degrees Leo, the Aquarius Full Moon and maybe penumbral lunar eclipse will tightly sextile Uranus retrograde at 24 degrees Aries, as well as form a tight inconjunct (sometimes called quincunx) to Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Virgo  (23 and 25 degrees, respectively).

 

Aquarius is the sign of the weird and quirky, being ruled by unorthodox Uranus. Uranus in the martial sign of Aries is the freedom fighter, asserting individual rights and pushing pack against tyranny, conformity, homogenization and globalization. With Uranus retrograde, the fight for our right to fly our freak flags has become an inner, introverted focus rather than something we project to the world. The lunar cycle sensitizes us at the personal, intimate level to the bigger workings of the world at large and the Full Moon in Aquarius sextile (easy, flowing aspect) to Uranus Rx in Aries is a time of flying our freak flags proudly.

 

As this Full Moon/maybe lunar eclipse is bursting with intensity and energy of Aquarius and Uranus, it’s going to be highlighting issues we’re faced with as people living during the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. So, it’s as good a time as any to review what the Age of Aquarius is, what its higher potentials and dark shadow sides are.

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Writing About Jupiter In Libra For The Huffington Post (And Various Other Sundries)

 

Today, despite the Virgo stellium and mutable T-square in the sky, I published my first post on The Huffington Post as a contributing blogger. It’s titled 6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Jupiter In Libra. Just as it sounds, too! It’s a basic overview of maximizing the transit of Jupiter in Libra that begins September 9th, simple enough for astrology newbies to understand it. It is a simplified version of my in depth look at Jupiter in Libra: Preaching The Gospel Of Love And Justice.

 

I’m excited and ready for this transit, so I figured my first HuffPo entry should start there. I fully realize that the space weather in 2016 hasn’t been the best at sowing widespread optimism; while we’re still in for a lot of turbulence ahead I do genuinely feel that the ingress of Jupiter into Libra will lift spirits.

 

At the end of my HuffPo article on Jupiter in Libra, I point out that one of the biggest social media websites in existence, YouTube, was a product of the last transit of Jupiter in Libra from late 2004 through most of 2005. I am working on a post about the direction I think social media is taking and the astrology behind it; not sure yet if I’ll post it here or on Huffington Post. That’s a new experience for me and one I’ll need to feel out.

 

For those of you on social networking sites, I’m curious about your opinions of social media as it exists today. What sites do you use the most? Which ones have you abandoned and why? If you could design your own social network, what would it have that you don’t see now?

 

I’ve also toyed with the idea before of a Viva Combusta! astrology forum, one of those old school, bare bones types. Would you join if such a thing existed? Do you guys miss in depth conversation like what takes place on forums, or do you prefer using social media for specific purposes and contacts only?

 

Let me know your thoughts on online interactions in the comments below, or email me at vivacombusta@hushmail.com

 

 

Re-Educate Yourself With Mercury Retrograde In Virgo August 30th-September 22nd, 2016

 

The most casual of astrology readers know that Mercury retrogrades are a hot mess, a logistical nightmare. However, some Mercury retrogrades are more productive, bear more fruit than others. At the end of August and through most of September (August 30th through September 22nd, specifically), Mercury will retrograde through its domicile  (the sign it rules) Virgo. A Mercury retrograde in the sign of its rulership is not any less squirrel-ly or weird for it; perhaps more weird and squirrel-ly for it. It won’t be boring or dull, at least. Working with the retrograde rather than fighting it can be a re-training and re-shaping of our minds.

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Real Time Astrology: August 2016

 

The summer drags on. There’s a sense of relief as some of the harsh space weather temporarily eases up, but also fatigue from the battle to keep it together. August’s astrological forecast isn’t the easiest thing but it isn’t the worst. It’s better at the beginning than at the end; soak up the Sun of Leo season and restore your courage under the Leo New Moon on August 2nd in preparation for the turbulence.

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Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Leo August 2, 2016

 

The sublime New Moon at 10 degrees Leo takes place on Tuesday, August 2nd at 3:45 PM CST. Compared to the other wild and often stressful lunations we’ve had so far in 2016, this Leo New Moon looks great! It’s not a particularly potent one, which again is something to be grateful for. The Leo New Moon forms a very tight trine to Saturn retrograde at 9 degrees Sagittarius; a stabilizing harmonious aspects that takes the uplifted mood and roots it in solid form. Buoyant but not over-the-top.

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Weirdo Book Reviews: Star.Ships and The Chaos Protocols by Gordon White

 

I am going to try to do one book review or recommendation each month for books that in some shape, form or fashion tie in with astrology. Some will, of course, be strictly astrology texts, but what’s the fun in doing only those? So, I’m going to try to include more unexpected choices as well, even fiction if it’s interesting enough and maybe pop culture references or other media.

 

For the first such Weirdo Book Review, I thought I would start with two that came out just this year. The author, Gordon White, is most famous for his highly popular chaos magic blog Rune Soup which blends what he refers to as “practical enchantment” with historical occult information, present day world events and economic forecasting techniques, such as those used by Martin Armstrong and Catherine Austin Fitts. This year, White released his first two books back to back: the first book Star.Ships: A Prehistory Of The Spirits looks at how our current understanding of higher mysteries is informed by our ancestors’ journeys and what they passed down to us; while his second book The Chaos Protocols gives a fresh, modern way of applying such powerful knowledge to our everyday lives.

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Wanna Seduce Aries? Seduce Their Mars Sign First!

Vintage Laverda motorcycle postcard

Vintage Laverda motorcycle postcard

 

The question of how to appeal to Aries – the sign of high vitality and low attention span – was brought up recently in a consultation with a client. I felt it was worthy of its own explanation in a post. A lot of people read those by-the-numbers formulaic astrology instructions on how to seduce this or that Sun or rising sign, with mixed results. Probably the very last sign you’d want to try such an approach with is Aries. It’s a common mistake to think that Aquarius is the most individualistic sign of the zodiac; that title actually belongs to Aries. Arise is the first sign of the zodiac and as such identifies closely with its ego and desires much the same way as a child does: purely and instinctively and immediately. Aries likes to think of itself as being as unique as a single snowflake (regardless of how true that might actually be), so approaching them as if they can be neatly summarized, as if you already know something about them, is the very last thing any of them want.

 

A better attempt of understanding how the Aries ego and energy is expressed, and how to pique their curiosity enough to want to pursue/be pursued, is to look at their Mars sign. You may think that passion for everyone is shown by their Mars; that’s true, but more true for Aries. As the ruling planet of individualistic, independent Aries, Mars colors each Aries persons approach to romance and seduction. Looking at the sign and house that Mars is in as well as the aspects it makes in the Aries persons birth chart will provide you with a lot of information about what gets them excited. Not all Aries want to pursue or be pursued in aggressive, Mars-y ways; their love style may not be obvious and it’s better to find out what they really want than to assume.

 

A small basic sampling of Aries through their Mars sign:

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Jupiter In Libra September 9th, 2016-October 10th, 2017: Preaching The Gospel Of Love And Justice

Jupiter in Libra astrology

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Spread the good word: the sexy breath of fresh air we all want and need comes with the ingress of jolly lucky celestial giant Jupiter into the sign of Libra on September 9th, 2016. I, along with most astrologers, am very excited about this transit. 2016 has drained a lot of color and glamour and joie de vivre out of us; Jupiter in Libra restores all this and then some.

 

Since August 11th, 2015, we’ve had Jupiter in Virgo. Jupiter is in detriment in Virgo, meaning the planet struggles to express its natural traits. Jupiter is the planet of good luck, good times, good humor; given to largesse and excess. Too much of the good things is Jupiter’s preference. In Virgo, Jupiter’s larger than life exuberance was considerably thwarted; Virgo being the sometimes fussy, persnickety sign focused on micro details and puritanical perfection. Nothing against Jupiter in Virgo; Jupiter is always astrology’s “greater benefic” and makes our lives a little easier regardless of what sign it is in. However, Jupiter in Virgo was Jupiter redux, and spent most of its transit in hard aspects to Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces which further drowned it’s natural buoyancy.

 

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Good News For Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn – Jupiter In Libra Will Be Smiling On You!

 

The cardinal signs have had it rough the past few years, owing largely to the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. There’s a bit of relief on the horizon, though, as planet of luck and good fortune Jupiter moves into cardinal sign Libra on September 9th. This transit will last until October 2017, and anyone with planets or angles in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn will feel optimism and an urge to grow related to where Jupiter in Libra is transiting in your chart.

 

Obviously, those who have Libra in their birth charts will get the biggest kiss from Jupiter. Many Libra Sun folks will experience a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in their solar returns (a predictive chart cast every birthday, lasting until the next birthday); early degree Libra Sun’s will experience this conjunction in their solar returns in 2016, later degree Libra Sun’s will have this signature in their 2017 solar returns. People with Libra risings/ascendants -whether natal or progressed- should watch out for the time period when Jupiter crosses over the ascendant and into the first house; new opportunities will be more obvious and will probably be a result of receiving or seeking out attention from others. People with natal Jupiter in Libra will, of course, experience their Jupiter Return; completing one major cycle of expansion and growth and beginning a new one afresh. People with other Libra placements should look to the house involved to determine when and where extra luck and good times will present itself.

 

However, the other cardinal signs won’t be left out, either. Jupiter will be opposing Aries and squaring Cancer and Capricorn. I know these are supposedly “difficult” aspects. However, Jupiter is beneficial wherever it is, in whatever aspect. I actually don’t mind hard Jupiter aspects, they’re productive! The easy aspects often feel so easy that one is inclined to do nothing at all with their potential. Jupiter opposing or squaring Aries, Cancer and Capricorn is a transit that can bear fruit, even if it means you get a little kick in the butt to get you going.

 

Remember, though, that one caveat of Jupiter transits impacting your natal chart in a big way is the tendency to put on weight! This is especially true if Jupiter is hitting the natal ascendant, Sun, Moon, or Venus. Good times can lead to overeating, overdrinking, oversleeping…

 

Jupiter in Libra will also sextile those with natal planets or angles in Leo and Sagittarius, and trine natal Gemini and Aquarius. The sextile and trine are easy aspects, but aren’t particularly motivating or productive. They do point to either a reduction in stress or a peaceful feeling related to the areas of life in the natal chart that are impacted. The North Node moves into Leo May 10th, 2017, starting an auspicious cycle for Leo; Jupiter in Libra sextile the North Node in Leo late summer and early autumn 2017 is a particularly robust time period for Leo’s (especially those who have Leo in the mid to late degrees).

 

Even if you aren’t going to be feeling the effects of Jupiter’s transit of Libra in a big way, Jupiter is always our little ace in the hole and especially now that Jupiter is free of the sign of its detriment. You will still want to look to the house of your natal chart that Jupiter will be moving over to see where there’s potential for success that you can take advantage of!

 

If you need help finding where this transit of Jupiter in Libra will fall in your birth chart, read here for a simple how-to. I do astrology readings across a variety of needs and prices, check them out here!

 

 

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