Archive for September, 2009

Conception Chart

Posted in Astrology Links on 09/29/2009 by nemain nyx

I’ve been thinking about the idea behind a Conception Chart or Prenatal Epoch Chart, and I found this post on Astrogeographia and found it interesting. They describe this chart as a chart of the life force itself and is the “picture of the structure of the etheric body”.

The best estimate of my own prenatal epoch would put the sun in the sign of Aquarius with both Venus and Mars in Pisces. In my natal chart, Venus and Mars are both in earth signs, however I retained the strong influence of Air (epoch Aquarius) in my natal rising and moon sign of Gemini.

Interesting business. It’s mostly guesswork but I think there’s a pattern to learn from.


Mercury Stations Direct

Posted in Direct Station, Mercury, Virgo on 09/29/2009 by nemain nyx

Just as the Moon cycles and the womb cycles, the body must cycle through the taking in and releasing of breath. The incoming air is like the fullness of the moon or the fertility of the womb. The exhaling of the breath is as the moon wanes or the blood is spent and released from the body.

And just like the Moon and the womb, the process of becoming and releasing fullness is far longer than the actual instances of fullness or emptiness. In the practice of Pranayama, you learn to find peace and rest in the small pause after letting out the breath, and just before taking the air back in. Peace in the emptiness.

That is what I’m trying to do right now. As Mercury stalls in Virgo, adjusting to station direct, I’m trying to find a brief moment of relief, the long exhale is over and we’re about to get the energizing breath of Mercury’s forward momentum once again.

But just as in my breath practice, I get tense when I stay in that moment of emptiness. A body without air is a body in the first stages of death. Our culture has such a difficult time with death, it’s hard to block out the fear of dying. But this little moment of death is something that we experience every day without almost without thought or notice. That’s the trick of awareness. Putting to much thought towards it could cause you to over-analyze and begin to mistrust the process (how very Virgo!). Too little and you won’t come to appreciate the beauty of it. That is the balance that I’m trying to find today.


Mercury and the Moon

Posted in Current Events, Direct Station, Gemini, Luna, Mercury, Neptune, Scorpio, Virgo on 09/27/2009 by ananda silvermoon

This recent tweet from Nyx got me thinking. In it, she complains that Mercury (currently in Virgo) is squaring her natal Moon, in Gemini. Virgo and Gemini are both ruled by Mercury, but since they are both mutable signs, they are also square each other. Only one other planet besides Mercury gets to rule two signs (in modern times, that is), and that planet is Venus, ruler of Taurus and Libra. Taurus and Libra aren’t square, they aren’t in trine. They share neither an element nor a modality. They’re actually in quincunx. But, both being ruled by Venus, both Taurus and Libra have an easygoing harmony and can coexist pretty well.

I don’t get the same feeling from Gemini and Virgo. Gemini loves ideas, and collects ideas and thoughts and phrases. Virgo is highly critical and prefers to fact-check everything. So Virgo would probably get pretty annoyed at Gemini’s willingness to believe or repeat everything she hears, while Gemini would begin to think that Virgo was such a bore, and a square. Which is what the two are: square.

Signs in quincunx seem to get along in a strange way; in fact, I’ve heard and experienced myself that it is common in synastry. I know of two couples with a Scorpio man and a Gemini woman; both get along in an eerily similar, strange way. It works! One of those couples just passed their 55th wedding anniversary.

Personally, I have Mercury in sextile with my natal moon right now; Virgo-Scorpio. Astrolabe says, “Feelings and emotions are expressed now comfortably. Conversations with females are prominent and pleasant.” Hmm, is that so? Also note that Nyx’s and my moons are in quincunx, from Gemini to Scorpio. Which might have something to do with why we get along so well!

Also since Mercury is nearing its direct station, it is slowing down and these aspects are more noticeable. Fortunately, soon after that, the aspects will start to ease up. Myself, I’m looking forward to Neptune’s direct station, which isn’t until early November. I’m really looking forward to Neptune getting off of my natal Mars, and since the conjunction is applying when Neptune is retrograde, it’ll be much nicer when Neptune is direct.

Infrared Moonset on Universe Today

Posted in Luna on 09/25/2009 by nemain nyx

If you don’t already follow Universe Today, I highly recommend it. There’s a cool post showing an infrared moonset

Life on Neptune

Posted in Neptune on 09/24/2009 by ananda silvermoon

Announcing you’re planning on writing a post about Neptune during a Mercury retrograde is probably somewhere up there with insulting Saturn to his face. No planet has defied description nearly so much as Neptune. And yet, I said I would, and I’ve been feeling so much goddamn Neptune energy lately, I might as well try.

Some key words I’ve found in my research on Neptune: shadowy. illusions. deception. tall tales. Refinement. Like looking through a telescope backwards.

Neptune is also really far away, and has a really long orbital period of around 192 years. It spends 14 years in a sign, progressing just a little over 2 degrees (in net forward movement) per year. Neptune-Pluto cycles are on the order of half a millenium. During this century there has only been one aspect between Neptune and Pluto: the waxing sextile. And it’s been in and out of exact since the 1940’s!

Neptune deals in dreams, which is a double-edged sword. On one hand, dreams give our lives form, purpose, and meaning. What are we without our dreams? People who change the world do so because they dreamed, and then they acted on their dreams. However, people who live entirely inside their own dream, without reaching out into the shared reality, are often considered mentally ill. Dreams can also lead us astray, convincing us that something is possible, that it’s the right thing to do, when it is actually not a good idea or potentially harmful. So Neptune has something to do with this whole process, of giving our lives form and shape, of formulating dreams to then act upon to make some sort of difference in the world, but it can also act to deceive and manipulate.

Aspects to Neptune can weaken, emphasize, or refine a planet’s influence, depending on the planet and aspect. I have an interesting case study close at hand, as both of my parents have close personal planet conjunctions to Neptune: my mother with Mercury, my father with Venus. My mother’s ability to fit incoming information to her worldview (sue tompkins calls it a talent for distorting the truth, but I think my mother, a Libra, would prefer my more diplomatic wording) is legendary. My father declares that the first time he laid eyes on my mother, he swore he’d marry her. They’re less than two years apart in age, so the conjunctions are also pretty closely conjunct each other; no astrologer would be surprised to learn that theirs is a very “made-in-heaven” type of relationship: high school sweethearts, still completely devoted after more than 30 years. (Set up all kinds of false expectations for us kids growing up – I grew up thinking all relationships were like theirs. I still have a tendency to over-idealize any relationship I’m in, to the point of ignoring obvious red flags. i recognize this tendency now and am working on it…*)

I don’t have any major aspects to Neptune, except a fairly wide sextile-sextile with mars and pluto (which are in wide trine), which, really, I can’t say is a bad thing. I have, however, been feeling its influence directly via my natal mars (which is in late aquarius), as well as via Saturn’s square to its position in my natal chart (late Sag). Neptune deals in dreams, legends, myths, stories. Neptune builds up heroes and tells their tales. Whether or not they are backed up by truth is another matter entirely. Neptune has been whispering all kinds of ideas to me about what my future is, what it could be, how it should play out. Neptune is kind of a tricky bastard though, and it’s hard to know how much to trust!

It’s interesting to note that Neptune is the only outer planet that isn’t goign to be a part of this T-square action that is coming up. Saturn and Uranus are going to change signs, into cardinal signs, forming a T-square with Pluto. Jupiter will join Uranus within a year, emphasizing that T-square. But Neptune is staying out of it, quietly slipping into its home sign of Pisces as all the 2012 shitstorm is going down. Ruler of the 12th house, of secrets and enemies, of dreams and ideas and intuition, Neptune is not easily described, nor is it often noticed, nor is it going anywhere anytime soon. Being aware of its influence can help us avoid its perils and, just maybe, learn to work with its energy to achieve maximum potential. All I’m saying is, it’ll be nice when it gets its slow fat heavy ass off of my Mars so I can do something about all these ideas and dreams and possibilities, and launch something incredible into the realitysphere.

* seriously: an evening with an ephemeris and a glass of wine can save you thousands of dollars and countless hours of therapy. try it sometime!


Posted in Current Events on 09/24/2009 by nemain nyx

I’m thrown by the news I heard this morning of a census worker who was found hung in a remote area of Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky with the letters “F-E-D” scrawled on him.

I ran a chart for the incident, though I have little to go on. This is an ongoing investigation as to whether or not there was foul play involved.

September 12 2009
12:00 PM Time Zone is EDT
Winchester, KY

Rising Sign is in 16 Degrees Scorpio
Sun is in 20 Degrees Virgo
Moon is in 27 Degrees Gemini (est. noon)
Mercury is in 04 Degrees Libra
Venus is in 20 Degrees Leo
Mars is in 11 Degrees Cancer
Jupiter is in 18 Degrees Aquarius
Saturn is in 24 Degrees Virgo
Uranus is in 24 Degrees Pisces
Neptune is in 24 Degrees Aquarius
Pluto is in 00 Degrees Capricorn

Saturn in exact opposition with Uranus (cultural shifts, clash of ideals) with a Sun/Saturn conjunct (control, hindrance); an applying Moon/Mars conjunct – an estimate – (emotionally charged energy in Cancer and Gemini). Gemini, which could indicate the need to communicate the emotion, for example the letters written on the body…and Cancer is quite powerful when provoked to protect themselves and those they love. The conjunct between Neptune and Jupiter brings this to national attention (Jupiter) via the Internet and tv (Neptune).

I don’t have the exact placement of the moon (though the moon’s orb is large enough to still have an effect in this…), but there is a trine with Neptune (emotions motivated by ideals, facade, fantasy); Moon applying sextile to Venus in Leo (emotional satisfaction through pride or justice); Mercury in Libra semi-square Venus (the communication of pride or justice is strained or possibly unfulfillable); Mars binovile Mercury in Libra (spiritually motivated) and a loose Mars/Uranus trine.

Until it can be determined that this is an act of foul play, I will try to refrain from speculating further about the motivation. But with everything going on this this wild nation right now, the fear is that this is an omen of deadly uncertain times ahead of us. We shall wait and see what “FED” is to mean, and whether or not this was an act of suicide or a political murder. Very sad for the poor family of the man who died.

Updated to include Media Reaction:
Census Worker Hanged (AP)
Huffington Post
Regarding the Lynched Census Worker (SLOG)
Washington Post
Faux News

UPDATE: 10/1/09

According to this article the date of death was believed to be the 10th of September. I ran my chart for the 12th which was the date that the body was discovered.

Scorpio Moon, Repressed Trauma

Posted in Aquarius, Asteroids, Current Events, Luna, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Scorpio on 09/22/2009 by ananda silvermoon

Just a quick post here while this is fresh in my mind; I’ve been working on a post on the influence of Neptune lately but it turns out Neptune is very tricky and hard to get ahold of. I’m going to keep working on it and hopefully something will come out that makes sense.

In the meantime, it’s a Scorpio moon, which we all know we love here at LN. Combined with the Sun/Mercury/Saturn connjunction stuff going on, and some careful reading of Sue Thompkins’ Aspects book we’ve mentioned previously, I have managed to dig deep into some early, unremembered aspects of my life and uncovered some potential trauma in my early life. It fits, at least, and scarily well. So I’ve been dealing with all of the associated memories and emotions bubbling up to the surface.

Before I went to bed last night I set my alarm for 8:00 AM. I woke up this morning surprisingly well-rested, on my own accord, without the alarm going off. I got out of bed and looked at the clock: it was 11:30. AAAAGH! 3 and a half hours late. I managed to get in to work by noon… guess it’ll be a long day today.

Oh, and one more thing that I noticed yesterday: Pandora, asteroid #55, is all up in the triple conjunction going on in late Aquarius. Is someone opening up her box in the health care debate? Maybe a little?

Stupid Mercury, playing tricks on us, and messing with Saturn (getting in the way of our responsibilities). Stupid Scorpio Moon, making me plumb the depths of my unconscious. Stupid Pandora, opening up cans of worms all over everything.

Sorry. Today I am grumpy, tired, angry, hurt, hungry, and stressed out.