RIP Chris Cornell – Hygiea Happenings

 

 

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Rest in Peace, Chris Cornell…

It’s about 95F here in Providence today. My windows are up as I write this, so I keep hearing cars rolling by along the busy street outside, and many of them have various Soundgarden tunes blasting from out of their own open windows. This seems fitting enough, as the band’s frontman and primary songwriter, Chris Cornell, passed away last night of causes as yet unknown. I didn’t care much for Soundgarden in their early days, but I became a fan as they evolved, and I saw them live in concert twice in the ’90s, so this event saddens me…

While awaiting further details of Cornell’s passing, I found myself compelled to look at his chart to see how the transiting Planets out there in the system had lined up against his natal versions of them just as his current Earth-walk was drawing to a close.

A word of caution: Cornell’s birth-time isn’t known, so I used noon in order to generate a chart for him. However, while this method is generally solid in terms of determining which Planets were in which Signs for a person at their time of birth, it negates any reliability with respect to the Houses…

astro_24gw_196_chris_cornell_2017518.65119.26799With that said, though, because I was investigating health concerns, I included the Asteroid called Hygiea. I’m not usually a huge proponent of using the Asteroids – we have plenty to work with as it is, just using the major Planets – but I’ve found over time that Hygiea definitely seems to spawn many unlikely synchronicities whenever I work her into the mix, whether that be in my own chart or in the charts of friends, family members, and clients. I was curious here to see if Cornell’s natal Hygiea was on the receiving end of any noteworthy Planetary energies at the time of his demise.

Here’s what I found:

Transiting Uranus was making an extremely tight sextile with Cornell’s natal Hygiea – so tight, in fact, that it was only a scant few minutes off from an exact 60-degree difference. Uranus can often symbolize sudden and unexpected developments.

Transiting Chiron – another health-related symbol – was about 1.5 degrees away from forming a perfect square with Cornell’s Hygiea. Squares can be friction-filled relationships, so when two health-centric bodies square up, the outcome could easily spell gloomy results for a person’s overall wellness.

The Moon’s South Node was less than three degrees off of an exact trine with Cornell’s Hygiea (which means that by definition, the North Node was the same distance away from a perfect sextile). When the Nodes get busy, karmic energy can come home to roost.

Finally, transiting Saturn was lined up in almost perfect opposition to Cornell’s Hygiea. Like squares, oppositions speak of tense dynamics, and Saturn symbolizes a rather demanding force that serves to test and temper whatever it touches. In this case, one possible interpretation is that it was Cornell’s wellbeing that Saturn was focusing on.

That’s quite a heavy burden of precise and pitiless Aspects! When you factor in Uranus, Chiron, the Nodes, and Saturn, you do not get a recipe for a good time. This mix speaks instead of shock, health concerns, and karmic bills coming due. And this does all feel like a handful of concepts that may well be on point with respect to the sad and early demise of Chris Cornell.

I’ll be watching for more details of his death, as I remain a fan, impressed with the man’s words, and with the voice that delivered them to the rest of us. And in the meantime, I, too, will be blasting Superunknown from my open windows.

RIP, Chris Cornell…

 

Full Moon in Scorpio

IMG_6515This is the chart for tonight’s Full Moon. This one is happening in the intense and sometimes scary territory of Scorpio. The chart points out a few interesting facts about this event.

For one thing, Pluto – the Planet that we humans named after the mythological Lord of the Underworld – will just happen to be located near the very bottom of the chart at the exact moment of the Full Moon. This seems like a fitting place for an Underworld God to be. Pluto is said to “rule” Scorpio, and anything in it, which would include the Moon during this passage, so Underworld vibes may be abundant this evening (and for a day or two on either side of the Full Moon). Pluto is also making a very agreeable sextile connection with the Moon, suggesting that the energies represented by these two symbols will be ready, willing, and able to work together in agreeable and potentially exciting ways.

With the Ascendant in Libra and a packed Seventh House, themes of partnership are also being pinged with some real enthusiasm during this Full Moon. Libra – the seventh Sign – and the Seventh House both have much to do with important one-on-one relationships. It could be that the grounding presence of the right partner may be exactly what you need to inspire you to not only descend into your own personal Underworld, but also to then find the strength within yourself to make the wearying climb back up into the light.

Uranus and Mercury are teaming up in the bold Sign of Aries to lend us courage if we embrace these strong partnerships. Honest communication will be key, and that Uranian input may result in oddity: odd partners, odd interactions, oddness welling up from within ourselves. If things get strange around this Full Moon, you can maybe take that as a Sign that you’re especially plugged into this one, and that you’re right where you need to be.

With the Lord of the Underworld himself encouraging a visit, and the light of the Full Moon to guide you and keep you safe, you have a fantastic opportunity for descending into the depths, retrieving something you stashed away down there in the dark a long time ago, and carrying it back up top so you can reclaim it and integrate it into your psyche. Your partner can’t travel down to the nether-regions with you – these are journeys we have to make by ourselves – but take comfort in the fact that the right partner will always be standing by, ready to help you in any way possible. Have faith in your partners…and have faith in yourself.

Happy Full Moon in Scorpio!

Astro-Watch, May 3: Mercury Meanderings

First of all, for those of you who fear it when Mercury goes retrograde, then today is the day you’ve been waiting for. Today, Mercury stations direct. In regular-speak, that means our quick little neighbor stops its latest retrograde activities, and starts marching in forward-looking fashion again.

Today’s station is interesting even beyond what it might usually represent, because Mercury is almost on top of Uranus’ position in fiery Aries as it’s making this apparent reversal in its course. If you have any significant placements in your birth-chart in the same vicinity of Aries, or if you have anything in the corresponding late degrees of the other Cardinal Signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), then you may really feel this event.

And then the presence of Uranus adds an extra dimension of newness and possible eccentricity to the proceedings. Uranus is the Planet of the Rebel, the Genius, the Exile, the Non-Conformist – so look for these energies to wash over your Mercury business at this time, lending your communications and thought processes an air of uniqueness, possible suddenness, and even some outright strangeness.

This might be an excellent opportunity for the cracking of codes, the solving of riddles, the running of mazes, and the dazzling of others with your inspired wordplay. You may also be on the receiving end of some important messages. Some astrologers like to say that Uranus is simply the “higher octave of Mercury” – the idea is that the former is sort of a more modern, more sophisticated updating of the latter, like a huge, oddball “Mercury 2.0.”

Whether you subscribe to this view or not, though, this combination of Mercury’s direct station and its conjunction with Uranus does feel like an indicator that our communications may be primed to experience noticeable surges forward in the categories of progress, passion, and maybe overall weirdness for a minute. Brace yourself for the oddity, but don’t shy away from it – instead, lean right into it, speak your truths as needed, and allow others to do the same. Your word is your wand…what spells do you want to be casting with yours today?

Mosh-Pit in Aries Today!

The Sign of Aries serves as host for several travelers today, as the Moon, Mercury, and Uranus all congregate there. The Moon is especially quick, and Mercury is no foot-dragger, either, so this configuration won’t last for very long. But what does this particular set of celestial circumstances mean for you?

For one thing, it will most likely mean a lot more if you have anything situated in that stretch of Aries in your own birth-chart. Check also for placements around the 25-degree mark of any of the other Cardinal Signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

But even in the absence of any such placements, we all might feel certain thematic winds blowing today in general. First, you need to look at what the Planets involved are all about. The Moon has to do with our emotional core, and our instinctual selves. Mercury is our communication function, and the more logical/rational parts of our consciousness. And then there’s Uranus: the urge toward newness and individuality. Uranus is a tricky one to predict, because by its very nature, it’s often about the unpredictable. It fires up without warning, spits out a lightning bolt or three when activated, and then settles back down into apparent slumber, always ready to deliver a jolt of change just as we’re focusing on something else.

And remember that this meeting is happening in the passionate, impulsive, conflict-ready Sign of Aries. It’s not a coincidence that this Sign is associated with the Ram, an animal designed by millions of years of evolution to run head-on into shit as its favored means of progress in the world. And when Planets wander through Aries, they tend to do their work in decidedly Aries-flavored ways.

Mix all of those notions together into a sort of conceptual smoothie, and what do you get…? There are plenty of possibilities, but but here are a few… We may all be called to face some intimidating and possibly unusual issues around communication right about now. Simply facing up to the challenge may be more important than whatever the eventual outcome might turn out to be. The only real failure is in refusing to take the test.

We might also find our linear left-brain and our chaotic right-brain working together in a rare show of synergy, delivering up profound insights and epiphanies that can pay dividends for days, weeks, or even months to come.

Be on guard, though, against impatience and quick tempers. Bullying might rear its ugly head for a minute or two, and reversals of fortune might be on the menu for some.

Mainly, since Uranus is involved, this could be a fantastic time for working on your own process of individuation. How can you become even more the unique being that you came here to be? What makes you so spectacularly…you? Uranus wants to help you to be that, but even more than you have been. Strip away the homogenizing layers of Papier mâché that the world has mummified you in during the course of your life, and access that fabulous weirdo underneath. Be brave about it – be Aries about it! – and the Universe may lend you its support…

Astrology PSA: What Does a Retrograde Planet Mean for You?

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These are the Tarot cards most closely associated with Uranus and Mercury, the two culprits committing retrograde-related acts later this month…

You’ve heard about Planets going retrograde, right? Even non-astrologers like to reference upcoming retrograde events, and usually in fairly ominous fashion…

Retrograde periods are not necessarily just horrible intervals to be waited out in the storm-cellar, though. It’s important to look at where a given retrograde shift is happening, and then see if you have anything in certain affected areas of the sky in your own birth-chart. If not, a given retrograde might pass you by with barely a whisper of impact.

Late December of 2016 features two relevant events here: on 12/19, Mercury goes into retrograde motion in the Sign of Capricorn, and on 12/29, Uranus comes out of retrograde motion in the Sign of Aries. How do you know if these developments will affect you…?

Look at your chart! Go to Astromatrix.org or Astro.com, and enter your birth information – that’s your  date, city, and time of birth – into their FREE birth-chart generators. If you have any placements in the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), then this month may likely be an eventful one for you! If those stretches of sky are empty in your chart, though, then you may skate this time around in pretty carefree fashion.

Do check with a real, live astrologer for help with interpreting such things if needed…

Divination Referencing Divination

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If systems of divination – such as Tarot, Runes, or Astrology – can be seen as microcosms of the larger Universe that they peer into, then doesn’t it make sense that these systems themselves must appear somewhere within their own boundaries? That is, if Tarot, for example, does exist in the Universe, and if Tarot is a model of that Universe…then doesn’t Tarot also have to appear within Tarot?

So where does it do that? And where do the Runes refer to themselves? Where does Astrology talk about…Astrology?

Let’s take these one at a time, starting with Tarot. I believe I first saw the following idea put forth by Mary K. Greer in her book, Tarot for Your Self. The notion here is that Tarot captures itself – among other things – within the borders of the High Priestess card.

This conclusion makes fabulously good sense to me, and feels utterly on point, and I feel certain that I would have landed on this same association for myself even if I’d never read Ms. Greer’s book.

As you may know, The High Priestess is a keeper of arcane knowledge. She sits between the polarities of Light and Dark, and of Life and Death, calmly luminous in her twilight, threshold state, just sort of eternally knowing stuff. I like to think of her as the sort of cosmic Librarian who presides over the vast institution where the Akashic Records are kept. She’s the gatekeeper to all wisdom that ever was, is, could be, and will be…and if you approach her with the right mixture of curiosity and respect, she just might share some of her secrets with you…and couldn’t we say the exact same things about Tarot?

Over in the realm of the Elder Futhark Runes, I direct your attention to the P-Rune, the one called Perthro. This is a very mysterious and very mystical symbol. Some Rune scholars hold that Perthro is arguably an intruder into this Runic alphabet, as there’s some evidence indicating that the Germanic tribespeople who employed the Elder Futhark didn’t actually even have a P-sound in their spoken language! And if that’s the case…then what is that letter doing there? Who invited it, and why…? Well…maybe it’s there to contain all the other letters, is one possibility…

Just look at the shape of it. If you were to rotate it 90 degrees in a counter-clockwise fashion, it would look very much like a Rune pouch sitting on a flat surface, with its mouth slightly open, allowing access to the Runes inside. Visually, then, it certainly feels like a Rune that talks about the Runes.

But also consider the meanings that are most commonly associated with Perthro. It’s directly translated most often as meaning either “dice-cup” or “vulva.” The former term indicates an actual prop that was once used in a game of chance played by the people who worked with the Runes back in their pre-Viking day. The latter term makes reference to the external portion of the female genital anatomy…which has certainly been characterized by no shortage of people as a gateway to mystery! These attributions could definitely be seen as compatible with the possibility that Perthro is where the Runes refer back to themselves.

And in more general terms, when Perthro appears in a reading, it’s taken to mean things like magic, secrets, fertility, and creativity. Again, the overall vibe feels very consistent with a symbol that’s meant to embody the Runes themselves as a whole.

And finally, what about Astrology? Where does this particular esoteric science indicate itself? Probably the most commonly held viewpoint on this one would be that if you want to see Astrology talk about Astrology, you look at the very individualist Planet called Uranus, and also at the symbols most closely associated with it, including the Sign of Aquarius and the Eleventh House.

Uranian energy tends to be very unique and innovative, and it can correlate with instances of genius and eccentricity. It can be very progressive and forward-looking. It often operates like a lightning bolt: it builds in mostly unforeseen fashion, and then erupts in a flash of brilliance…quite like the way in which epiphanies triggered by the study of an astrological chart can manifest.

But like I said, Uranus and its associated symbols are the ones that are most often cited as carrying the energetic signature of Astrology itself…but I don’t know that I see the fit here as being quite as terrifically on point as saying that The High Priestess is the Tarot card that talks about Tarot, or that Perthro is the Rune that encompasses the Runes.

It’s my own belief that in the astrological realm, it makes some sense to see any divinatory system as also correlating with the dreamy Planet, Neptune (not to mention the Sign of Pisces and the mystical Twelfth House). We obviously have no standardized and measurable proofs we can consult when assigning these kinds of values to our divinatory symbols, so much of what we arrive at here will be down to personal taste…but I don’t feel quite as ready to say “Uranus is the astrological symbol of Astrology” as I am ready to champion The High Priestess and Perthro as the self-referencing members of their own respective divinatory sets.

But whatever system of divination you favor, if it’s one of those that involves the use and interpretation of a given set of symbols, you can almost bet that one of those symbols will refer back to the very same system of divination that it hails from. And when these are the specific symbols that start to appear for you with some frequency, it could be a sort of uber-message telling you that you, personally, have some special bond with that particular system, and you might do well to dive into it more deeply…

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ASTROLOGY: Astro-Bulletin 16 July ’16

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Astrologers often match world events to astrological developments. For instance, it lines up pretty well to suggest that the recent spikes in violence and terrorism could be manifestations of the passage of the war-Planet, Mars, through the dark and intense Sign of Scorpio.

Also relevant: Mars is now forming a configuration known as a Grand Water Trine with the Sun (in Cancer) and the planetoid known as Chiron (in Pisces). Generally, a Grand Trine is seen as a happy phenomenon, allowing the Planetary energies involved to merge easily and well. The Water-centric version has to do with the realm of the emotional. The optimistic take is that the configuration might allow for some constructive processing of all that sometimes dire Mars-in-Scorpio energy. We might find that during the Trine, positive emotions come to the forefront, and are more likely to be expressed in helpful ways. Also, even negative emotions may be dealt with in more mature and beneficial fashion.

But as in life, nothing in Astrology happens in a vacuum. Off to one side of that Trine configuration, rebellious Uranus is zapping the Sun from what’s known as a Square position. Uranus can bring sudden, unexpected changes. These can be terrific things, such as innovation and epiphanies, or they can be tough things, such as spasms or upheavals.

Think of the Trine as something like a ceiling fan cooling us off, or the rotor blades of a helicopter enabling us to fly on our emotional currents…but Uranus is an odd, largely unreadable character who keeps trying to stick a long metal pole into the blades of that fan or rotor. Maybe that Uranian input will rob us of the effects of the Trine…or maybe it will force us to focus harder on what we’re trying to accomplish, spurring us on to greater performance and higher ideals. Uranus is highly unpredictable.

So maybe do your best for now to channel your emotions into healing yourself and others, and know that the unexpected odd influence may be wanting to zap things every now and then like a lightning bolt. These conditions will hold until around the 19th, when the Sun wanders on out of range…

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