Real Time Astrology: September 2016

 

Imagine driving in the dark on a bad stretch of washed-out road and drunk drivers swerving around you. That’s a literal possibility this month, but also an apt description of the astrological weather. We’ll come out the other side of things just like we always do, but not without turbulence.

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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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