Full Moon
   Cosmic indicators do not promise utopian results. Like the ancients, each of us must heed the passage of time in the Solar, Lunar, and planetary rhythms, answer to their stipulations, and thereby cultivate their rewards. In this way one becomes the sower of one’s own destiny and the reaper of life’s promise.
– Rosemary Clark, Astro*Logic

All phenomena are cited for the Tropical (Western) Zodiac
Washington DC Eastern Time, adjusted for Daylight Time When Active (*)



Planet Venus


Season of Capricorn: December 21, 2019 – January 19, 2020

Stonehenge Winter Solstice 

Stonehenge at Winter Solstice

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Mithras Slaying the Taurean Bull

Mithras Slaying the Bull of the Taurean Age
Romisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne

The Birth of Light
    We approach the fourth transition in the year, when light diminishes and darkness prevails over the season. We welcomed the ascent of light in the Spring, celebrated its culmination in the Summer, and honored its senescence in the Fall. We now move toward the time of inward reflection, when light hibernates in the womb of darkness as we await validation of its return in the coming months.

    “Solstice” comes from the Latin sol sistere, meaning “Sun standing still.” The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, when the Sun is seen at its most southerly point in the sky (in the northern hemisphere). Cultures past and present have universally regarded this moment as a time of rest, peace with the powers of nature, and fellowship with society. It is the first day that marks the beginning of many winter festivals.

    In late antiquity, the solstice marked the birth of Mithras, god of light. His mysteries, borrowed from ancient Persia, were initially honored by Roman soldiers and extended into society with a graduated series of secret initiations performed in underground temples. The day of his virgin birth was known as Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “birthday of the unconquered Sun.” He is depicted slaying the bull of the Taurean Age to signify the inception of the Arian Age.

    The Solstice is honored by the Hopi Indians with the Soyalangwul, a dance performed to ceremonially bring the Sun back from its winter slumber. Kachina spirits return to the world at this time, and the Awehai Kachina (“fertile goddess”) is said to accompany the dancers through the night to Sunrise.

    For the Germanic peoples, the solstice was celebrated from the 4th Century, when it took place in the month of Fuma Jiuleis. Later in Anglo-Saxon England it was known as Giuli, corresponding to our December-January calendar and the season of Capricorn. For the Druids, it was Alban Arthuan (“Light of Arthur”) a festival when gifts were bestowed on the less fortunate. King Arthur was believed to have been born on the Winter Solstice in Castle Tintagel in Cornwall.

Sophia of Ephesus

Shrine of Sophia
Ephesus, Turkey
    Sacred Times

    December 15th marks the beginning of the Halcyon (“happy, carefree”) Days, traditionally counted from seven days before and seven days after the Winter Solstice, beginning on December 14th and lasting until the end of the month. This period is named for Alcyone, one of the stars in the Pleiades and legendary wife of king Ceyx of Thessaly, who threw herself into the sea to join her drowned husband. The gods turned them into kingfisher birds who brood their eggs on a floating nest in the calm winter sea waters. Her festival honors the tranquility of the season that we must recognize and foster in our own lives.

     The Festival of Sophia (Greek: “wisdom,” Latin: Sapientia) is celebrated on December 16th, honoring the goddess of knowledge and learning, known to the Gnostics as “the soul of the world.” She is associated with the wise King Solomon of the Old Testament, and venerated by the Eastern Orthodox Christians. Her image has prevailed as a source of divine intelligence throughout the ages, and inspires us to support the scholarship and achievement of women everywhere.

    The Saturnalia, a Roman carnival of extravagance, was held on December 17th. Celebrants visited friends and gave gifts on Feriae Publicae (public holidays) to honor Saturn, god of sowing. But it also instituted the holiday custom of reversing roles, from master to servant and vice versa. Members of a familia (including slaves) would gamble for the appointment of Saturnalicius princeps, the “Lord of Misrule” for the day.

    The Opalia, Roman festival of Opis, was held on December 19th. Consort of Saturn and goddess of the plentiful Earth, she is patroness of sowers, bringing help to the harvester and abundance to the planter. May the powers of this deity soon bring us opulence!

    December 20th is the Norse Night of Helya (“the mother”), a time said to evoke prophetic dreams. At this feast children are placed under the protection of the goddess, who takes the form of ancestors or elder female relatives. This is also the celebration of Midwinter Eve, which brings the tradition of censing the home with Sage and Cedar, and the hanging of Holly boughs, Pine wreaths, and Mistletoe. A ritual herbal bath should be undertaken at this time, to clothe the body with scents of the season.

     December 21st is the Roman festival of Angeronalia, honoring Angerona, goddess of the Winter Solstice, “she who helps the Sun travel through the darkness of the season.” Her statue was found in the Sacellum Volupiae (shrine of Voluptas, goddess of pleasure), near one of the most ancient gates of Rome on Palatine Hill.

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Capricorn on December 21st at 11:20 pm. Astrologically, when the Sun passes over one of the four Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), the “world axis” is vitalized and a new rhythm is established. Thus, we look to the Cardinal ingresses for clues to the motif of the next three months. This solstice brings a stellium of planets in Capricorn: Sun, Jupiter, the Moon’s South Node, Saturn, and Pluto – bookended by scholarly Mercury in Sagittarius and idealistic Venus in Aquarius. There will be a focus on law, the reach of government, and an optimistic search for truth. However, the Scorpio Moon opposing disruptive Uranus does not portend a methodical, open process. There will be distractions and retaliations, though Neptune setting on the horizon of the U.S. capitol, indicates deceptions exposed and the diminishment of false power.

    The New Moon takes place on December 26th at 12:13 am (4º Capricorn 07’), with the planetary lineup duplicating much of the solstice pattern. Here, progress is indicated for legislative actions, though unsettled law brings questions and confusion. However, the Capricorn stellium – Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Moon’s South Node, Saturn, and Pluto – lend focus and determination to any efforts that stabilize goals. Mars in the Second House of Financial Resources endangers investments in some medical and insurance markets. This lunation also features an Annular Solar Eclipse of 3’39” duration, adversely affecting revenues from trade with repercussions into the next three years.

    The Full Moon takes place on January 10, 2020 at 2:21 pm (20º Cancer 00’) with a powerful and certain Capricorn stellium that will set the stage for a new paradigm in leaderhip and collective goals. The Full Moon invites “realizations,” an opportunity to flesh out a plan and gather the resources to make it tangible. Physical resources are targeted, the financial picture is at a tipping point. The next fortnight may indicate crisis, but reorganization is the end result, and critical though timely.

Season of Sagittarius: November 22 – December 22, 2019
Keepers of the Sacred Fire

   In the season of Sagittarius, the fire of pre-winter is renewed and tended for illuminating the darkness of the coming solstice. Associated in the Greek tradition with the centaur Chiron, teacher of the physician Asclepius, this solar phase represents the striving for knowledge and truth, and draws together the disciplines of healing, the military arts, and weaving – an eclectic combination at first glance but each reflecting the powerful motif of the Sacred Fire. It is this universal substance that sustains life, protects the community, and inspires creativity.
Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia of Alexandria
by Raphael

   Truth and its striving is celebrated November 25th with the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, patroness of philosophers and preachers. She is honored by both the Roman and Orthodox churches. In the latter tradition, her body was said to be conveyed by two angels from Alexandria, Egypt to Mount Sinai, where it was discovered in the Fifth Century by an anchorite from a nearby community. It was later transferred to the monastery erected by Emperor Justinian in CE 527 (now known as the Monastery of St. Catherine), where countless miracles are attributed to it.

   The unorthodox believe the legend of St. Catherine to be a revisioned history of Hypatia (CE 370–415), known in the ancient world as the “Virgin Philosopher,” daughter of the mathematician Theon and a teacher in the Alexandrian Academy. As a Neoplatonist and pagan, Hypatia was demonized by Bishop Cyril for her academic achievements and influence, leading to her murder by a crowd of Christian fanatics.

   This is a time to remember all who have sacrificed for philosophical freedom and especially for those women who have cultivated their gifts in the face of severe prejudice, for as it is said, “We stand on their shoulders.”

Athena Parthenos

Athena Parthenos

   December 4th brings the festival of Athena Parthenos, Greek goddess of wisdom and culture, and patroness of the Parthenon (Roman: Minerva). As companion of warriors, she also governs weaving, once more echoing the themes of fire, healing, and protection that so many ancient divinities embodied in one role.

    In ancient Egypt, the  Sacred Fire was embodied by the goddess Neit of Sais, who governed warfare and weaving. She wears a headdress of crossed arrows and alternately, the red crown of the Lower Kingdom or the shuttle loom of weaving. In all of these images, she preserves and protects life and guards the borders of divine territories.

Similarly, the lioness Sekhmet, Lady of the Red Linen, embodies the scorching fires of combat and purification. She purges the body of afflictions and banishes the enemies of the Sun from sacred places. The priesthoods of both deities were healers and exorcists, tending the temple fires that purified instruments of both warfare and surgery.

   Both the Pleiades and the constellation Orion set in November, signaling the onset of the cold, stormy season. As they hibernate, we call on the keepers of the Sacred Fire to protect and preserve us, so that we may remain custodians of their power.

Neit at Luxor Temple

Goddess Neit
Luxor Temple

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Sagittarius on November 22nd at 10:00 am with contention reigning over matters of international significance. Mars in Scorpio at the Midheaven in opposition to disruptive Uranus, dominates the scene at the U.S. capitol. He exposes those who work behind the scenes with vindictiveness and ill intent. But Venus closing in to a conjunction with Jupiter allows women in power to reach accord and effect some resolutions. In the meantime, a Libra Moon in the 9th House garners public attention with judicial, trade and commerce issues.

    The New Moon takes place on November 26th at 10:06 am (4º Sagittarius 03’) with the generational cycle of Saturn-Pluto rising. These two planetary influences continue transiting through conservative Capricorn into 2020, subtly working toward the dismantling of powers that have dominated the last 40 years. Affected will be government institutions undergoing revolutionary change, though gradual and mindful of new challenges. Previous Saturn-Pluto conjunctions occurred in the years 1947 (in Leo) and 1982 (in Libra). These were signal periods of simultaneous decline (Saturn) in the world order and renewal (Pluto), that inaugurated new nation states worldwide along with original social and economic policies.

    The Full Moon takes place on December 12th at 00:12 am (19ª Gemini 52’) The Moon at the Midheaven draws public attention to legal issues and international events and as the Moon is perigee (closest to Earth), she brings an intense emotional atmosphere and geographic volatility in the northern hemisphere. A grand Stellium (conjunction) involving Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and Pluto presages the social and economic reordering coming into phase in the next two years.

    Neptune turns to direct motion on November 27th at 7:33 am (15º Pisces 56’) unveiling some of the deceptions and chicanery endemic to corporate and government practices. Relief to public entities will follow though it may diminish the value of the perpetrators.

Sekhmet at Ombos

Sekhmet Gives Life to Ptolemy VI, Philometor
Kom Ombo Temple, Egypt


Season of Scorpio: October 23 – November 21, 2019
Goddess Ceridwen

Christopher Williams (1910)

     Body and Soul

    The end of October and the beginning of November heralds a universal recognition of death and its mysteries. Many goddess figures appear at this time, with images that can evoke fear and trepidation, as well as respect and mystic reveries.

    Hecate is the personification of this period, goddess of the underworld and deity of the dark Moon. She represents the critical phases of the Lunar cycle with her three faces of maiden, mother, and crone. This triune nature gives her rulership over crossroads and all things with three corners. Kin to wild animals and the raw energy of nature in storms, her companions are the owl and dog, watchers of the necropolis. Hecate is associated with the dark phase of the Lunar cycle, the last seven days before the New Moon. This period of darkness, the “witching hour” of legend, is the time when initiates may see in the dark and commune with spirits no longer in the shadows.

    In the Celtic realm realm we find the goddess Ceridwen of Welsh medieval legend, a magician and mother of Taliesin (king of bards) and Morfran (the dark lord). Ceridwen had a magical cauldron that she used to make the potion for “granting wisdom.” Three drops – another hint of the triune nature of the Divine Feminine – could bestow knowledge of past, present, and future. Ceridwen bestows intuition and poetic inspiration.

    China brings us Meng-Po Niang Niang, the goddess who lives at the threshold of life and death. When those reincarnating depart from her realm, she administers a sacred potion to each person, causing them to forget previous lives. She governs rites of transition and far memory.

    And in India, it is Kali the Destroyer who represents this season, goddess of change and transition. She is depicted as a black figure, consuming the bodies of slain warriors. Yet she revered as the ultimate mother goddess and the highest reality in the Tantric universe. To Kali we present our sorrows and errors, for purification in the divine fire she emanates as she performs her cosmic dance.

    In ancient Egypt, we encounter Nepthys, keeper of the mysteries, nurse and caretaker of the dead. She is sister of Isis, the goddess who comes before her (September)  and her faithful companion is the dog Anubis, lord of the embalming chamber and watcher over the necropolis. Like Hecate and Ceridwen, Nepthys possesses a vessel of the sacred libation that restores life to the fallen and refreshment to the afflicted. Her crown is the offering bowl that brings this libation to the world of the living, a promise of eternal life through the gateway of the dead.

Sacred Calendar

    Samhain (sa-win) on November 1st  is the traditional Celtic observance for the beginning of their New Year. Because it signals the old year coming to a close, they believed the veil between worlds – darkness and light, old and new – could be drawn. Using this “period of invisibility,” it is the day for scrying and foretelling, of seeing past and future. And in honor of those who have departed into the shadow worlds, we wear the garb of ancestors.

    The conquest of Britannia brought the fusion of the Roman Feralia (feast of the dead) with the Celtic New Year. The goddess Pomona, guardian of orchards, was also honored at this time, bringing the apple and cider harvests into the mix of these ancient Fall celebrations. Christianity changed these observances in the 9th century to Alholowmesse (All Saints' Day), which we know as All Hallows’ Day and the evening before as All Hallows’ Eve (Hallowe’en).

    In ancient Mexico, the Aztecs honored the goddess Mictlancihuatl and her consort Miclanteuctli, deities of the dead who marked the end of the agricultural calendar. Today, it is still observed as El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), also on November 1st. The wonderful images of this season encourage us to fabricate an ancestral altar to honor the dead and remember the origin of things. Assemble photographs of your loved ones and surround them with dried flowers, branches, and the bones of birds (believed to represent the souls of the dead). Offer refreshment from your own sacred vessel and gratitude for their legacies.

    November 13th celebrates the Feronia, a feast of the ancient Etruscan goddess of fire, fertility and woodlands. Most importantly, she was patroness of liberty and refuge of the enslaved. At her shrines located in tree groves, slaves were emancipated and received a pileus on their shaved heads, a cone-shaped hat that symbolized release from bondage. This is a day to reflect on the freedoms we  possess rather than the restrictions, and the possibilities offered us by the liberties hard won by those gone before us.

     This is also the time to light the sacred fire, whether it is a simple candle that penetrates the darkness of the dark Moon or a great bonfire that invites spirits into the fold. The season of Scorpio represents migration, the coming and going of nature and her children through the portals of life and death. At this time, the end is also the beginning. The “Night of Hecate” is traditionally celebrated on November 16th, when insights may be unleashed and all fortunes may be told. May your fires be bright and your visions bold.

Hekate - The Triple Goddess

Hekate – The Triple Goddess
The Calavera

The Calavera
Decorated Skull for Celebrating
Dia de los Muertos
     Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23rd at 1:20 pm with the imminent Saturn-Pluto conjunction rising at the U.S. capitol. This 35-year cycle has a lasting effect on economics, politics, and social order. Culminating in January 2020, the trajectory of history will change, for the better or worse depending on public participation and the leadership that is chosen as a result. The Sun at the Midheaven in opposition to Uranus points to significant disruptions in the Executive Branch within five days, followed by international conflicts that will impact future legislation.

    The New Moon takes place on October 27th at 11:38 pm (4º Scorpio 25’) with the Solunar conjunction in opposition to volatile Uranus. This will be a rocky month of veering extremes, especially as new mandates from leadership will prove uncertain or subject to change. Sun and Moon domiciled in the 4th House of physical territory brings similar extremes in weather patterns and  seismic activity.

    The Full Moon takes place on November 12th at 8:34 am (19º Taurus 52’) with Venus and Jupiter rising at the U.S. capitol, providing some respite from the turmoils of government and economic concerns. A sense of relief and freedom prevails, though deceptive Neptune brings some distortion into the picture.

    For this entire Lunation, Mercury is in retrograde motion beginning October 31st at 11:42 am (27º Scorpio 38’) and ending November 20th at 2:12 pm (11º Scorpio 35’). But this period will not feature the typical course of retrograde conditions – disruption, delay, and repetition.

     That's because in mid-cycle, Mercury transits the face of the Sun on November 11th at 10:22 am (18º Taurus 55’), a conjunction of the two bodies designated in medieval astrology as Cazimi (“in the heart of the Sun”). In this instance, the realm of communication melds with the power of governance to rupture the status quo with volatile, revolutionary knowledge. New directions in technology and medicine may also be launched in this Lunar cycle.

     The Mercury transit will be visible for 5.5 hours in the eastern United States, and entirely in Central and South America. Those areas will be affected by profound political and economic disclosures that portend vast changes in business and government affairs.

     There are 13 Mercury transits of the Sun each century, the last was May 9th, 2016.

Season of Libra: September 22 – October 22, 2019
Pharaoh MenKauRa and Queen KaMeriNebty

Pharaoh MenKauRa and Queen KaMeriNebty
Egypt,  4h Dynasty

     Balance and Justice

   As we enter the season of Libra, we cross the threshold from personal endeavor to collective participation. The first six Signs of the Zodiac signify the development of Will (Aries), Values (Taurus), Self Expression (Gemini), Relationships (Cancer), Ego (Leo), and Socialization (Virgo). In Libra, one enters the world of communal interests and engagement. Throughout this season, we are prompted to relinquish the things that serve only ourselves and find a genuine place in the collectivity.

   In some cultures, the Sign of Libra is represented by the mirror, signifying the processes of reflection and identity. Through relationships, personal and collective, we gain an understanding of the wholeness that arrives from being a part of the whole. In Libra we learn the lessons and skills of negotiation, compromise, understanding, and harmony. From these experiences, our values are shaped and continuously adapted to the changing world around us. And so as we transition to the Sign of the Scales, it is important to weigh our values against the transitory conditions of the hour and be reminded that balance in our lives will prevail against the disharmonies of the outside world.

     Sacred Marriage

   In Libra, the hieros gamos (sacred marriage) inspires us in our relationships to seek divine consonance. This ideal was enacted in ancient ritual with purification of the couple, community acknowledgment of the union, and symbolic consummation, intended to enrich society as well as the individual participants. But the hieros gamos alludes to other significant unions of opposites – the conscious Ego and the unconscious Self, the Ida and Pingala forces of the Chakra body, the Sun and Moon in celestial life. In this time of equal day and equi nox, “equal night,” we come to know that even in seasonal terms the visible world achieves balance and equilibrium.

    The supreme goddess of this season is Isis, whose search for her husband Osiris, her magical restoration of his form, and her participation in the cosmic struggle for balance and justice embody the Libran theme of the season. For thousands of years, the Isian legends, rites, and festivals repeated the timeless journey of Isis, whose wanderings, lamentations, and resolutions are a metaphor of our own spiritual quest and its realization. In this cycle we may balance our material and spiritual lives, since the Equinox also refers to the perfect balance of day and night hours that occurs at this time and symbolizes light and dark forces that we seek to balance in our world.

   According to to the Roman historian Plutarch, the temple of Isis at Sais was inscribed thus, “I am all that hath been, and is, and shall be; no mortal has ever raised my veil.” This is a mystery worthy of contemplation, but we may well understand it if we enter “under the veil” by journeying with the goddess through the dark night of winter. Let us begin that pilgrimage with the knowledge that light will return in a new season.

Goddess Times

   The Autumnal Equinox that takes place on September 23rd inaugurates  the Sun's seasonal journey toward the southern hemisphere of the sky. Now begins the cosmic mystery of light’s descent into the field of hibernation and the onset of Winter’s darkness, the ageless narrative of death and the triumph of rebirth.

   In ancient times the Fall Equinox marked the observance of sacred dramas that enacted the diminishment of daylight in the following months. The Full Moon of Libra that followed (this year on October 13th) commenced the Greek Eleusinian Mysteries, which honored the archetypal journeys of the mother goddess Demeter and her daughter (Kore) Persephone. The descent of the daughter into the realm of her abductor Hades was reprised by initiates; four days later they emerged from caves beneath the mother temple endowed with oracular powers.

   The modern neopagan festival of Mabon, which opens the harvest season with communal feasts, reprises the traditions of all ancient societies that honored the Earth as provider and source of renewal. Celebrated at the Equinox, it likewise observes the close of the growing season and preparation for winter’s needs and the vigil for the Sun’s return in the Spring.

Goddess Offerings

   The many faces of Venus, who instills the  striving for beauty and harmony, are reflected in the Libran universe. Gardens at their fruition are governed by Libra, with flowering plants that include the Primrose, White Rose, and Heartsease.

   The Libran bounty includes the grape and olive, earliest cultivated foods and mainstays of refined cooking.

   Libran metals include Copper and Electrum, precious materials used for casting images of the divine consort in the ancient temples, placed on altars of Rose Granite or Pink Alabaster from the quarries of the goddess. Before these images, incenses of Cyprinum (Henna) and Myhrr were offered, along with wreaths of Jasmine and Tuberose.

   A goddess shrine in your own space could emulate this timeless tradition and invite her blessings to your endeavors.
Greek flautist
    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Libra on September 23rd at 3:51 am with Saturn and Pluto prominently conjoined and opposed by the Moon, an indicator of popular unrest. These two planetary influences continue transiting through conservative Capricorn into 2020, subtly dismantling the powers that have dominated the last 40 years. Previous Saturn-Pluto conjunctions in  the recent past occurred in the years 1947 (in Leo) and 1982 (in Libra). These are signal periods of simultaneous decline (Saturn) and renewal (Pluto), inciting the desire for new social and economic paradigms worldwide.

    The New Moon takes place on September 28th at 2:26 pm (5º Libra 20’)  with a stellium of Libran planets in the Ninth House of the Judiciary in the Washington D.C. chart. An endeavor in legal and constitutional inquiry is inaugurated, drawing international attention. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction rises in the capitol, bringing disruptive influences into the local environment. Uranus in the Fourth House of physical territory also portends heightened seismic activity.

    Pluto turns to direct motion on October 3rd at 2:37 am (20º Capricorn 38’). After a long retrograde period that began April 24th, Pluto returns to his prestation place from January 1st to finally move forward and for us Earthlings, return to a semblance of progress in the political and environmental spheres. Pluto’s influence is most keenly felt now, as his presence on the ecliptic was last observed in 1930.

    The Full Moon takes place on October 13th at 5:08 pm (20º Aries 14’) with nebulous Neptune rising in the nation’s capitol. Clandestine acts can no longer stay hidden as they are widely revealed. With generous Jupiter also directly at the Midheaven, a plethora of information, entertainment, and political activity draws new public attention, much of it positive in scope.

Season of Virgo: August 23 – September 21, 2019

Eumolpos Initiation

Demeter and Persephone consecrate Eumolpos into the Eleusinian Mysteries

Nurturing and Cultivation

    The season of the celestial virgin brings together past, present, and future through the images of heavenly maiden, guardian of hearth and home, and mother of the harvest. In Virgo, a pantheon of goddesses from every world culture embodies these images at this time of year. It brings a time of rest from the labors of agriculture, of harvesting Earth’s yield, and preparing for the hibernation of Winter. In Virgo we may experience the providence of past efforts with the ripeness of nature in the present, and the hope of what is to come through the roles of this season’s divinities.

    In places where the goddess spirit is honored, much is said of nurturing and cultivating  knowledge in the next generation. Though we may acknowledge these acts as essential to communal progress, we often overlook their importance in everyday life or leave such tasks to others.

    In ancient Greece it was Demeter, mother of grain and the seasons, who with her daughter Persephone initiated the youth Eumolpos into the sacred science of agriculture. He then became the legendary founder of the Eleusinian mysteries, whose descendants served as  high priests of a tradition that oversaw the annual sacred drama of the fruition, reaping, hibernation, and renewal of life in the harvest month of the year.

    Such dramas are metaphors of both the human life cycle and the soul’s entry into divine worlds. They remind us that coming generations must carry the seed of our knowledge and experience, a gift to the future that may yield a harvest of harmony and prosperity if we scatter the kernels of our maturity wisely and cultivate it in others unselfishly.

     Whether you are a parent of experience or a child of learning, this is a time to consider the breadth of what you have acquired and how it may best serve the future. We tend to forget or trivialize the hard-won lessons we have known and the wisdom that arises from them. In the Virgo season, we may assess this reservoir of knowledge and begin to scatter that seed for the future.

    Sacred Calendar

    The Volcanalia is observed on August 23rd, a fire festival best celebrated with the lighting of candles for those departed. The flames represent the souls of ancestors who remain our inspirations and guides through difficult times. This is the theme of the Japanese Obon, a three-day celebration in mid-August that honors ancestors with the lighting of lanterns that are placed in rivers and streams to return their souls to heaven. It is followed by the Bon Odori, the dance of joy.

    August 24th is the Cerealia (“cereal festival”), the Roman festival honoring Ceres, goddess of the grain harvest. In this event we honor the accomplishments of those in our local communities, no matter how small, by sharing summer’s bounty. And in keeping with the ancient tradition of remembering those gone before us, we also nourish those who will carry our harvest into the future.

    Goddess Offerings

    Plants governed by Virgo come from the families of digestive aids, antiseptics and diuretics. These include Parsley, Fennel, Rosemary, Melissa (Lemon Balm), Spearmint, and Peppermint. Scents are sweet, flowering greenery, including Gardenia, Magnolia, and bulb flowers such as Hyacinth and Tulip. Perfumes are Storax (Liquidamber) Lily of the Valley, and Honeysuckle.
Roman Goddess Ceres

The Roman goddess Ceres
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610–1662)

Allegory of Summer

Allegory of Summer
Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter
(1660 – 1711)

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Virgo on August 23rd at 6:02 am, just before sunrise in Washington, DC. Hope springs eternal as the ingress includes a fruitful Venus-Mars conjunction in chaste Virgo, promoting the good will and hard work of the citizenry. Reversals are indicated in the judicial sphere, with practical matters gaining the upper hand. The warm Taurus Moon at the Midheaven bodes well for women’s issues and security. Neptune in the Seventh House of Open Enemies warns of deceptive trade pacts and negotiations that may quickly dissolve.

    The New Moon takes place on August 30th at 6:37 am (6º Virgo 47’) provides a perfect trine aspect to Uranus as it moves quickly through ponderous Taurus. Matters of civil importance could get the legislative boost they need, but Saturn tends to relegate significant change to the back burner. Venus and Mars continue to travel in unison, signifying slow but certain progress in health and scientific endeavors.

    Most grains of the ancient world were governed by the harvest goddess, thus the Virgo New Moon is traditionally known as the Barley Moon. It is the most auspicious time to prepare the Octoberfest beer from the first threshing of barley. To native Americans, the Virgo New Moon is  known as the Corn Moon, to stargazers it is the Red Moon because the lunar body is low on the horizon at this time of year and is colored reddish-yellow by refraction from the Earth. While it is generally a time of plenty, it is also a season for circumspection and planning for future security.

    The Full Moon takes place on September 14th at 00:33 am (21º Pisces 05’), with the Moon having just passed over a conjunction to deceptive Neptune. Some revelations of public concern take place, secrets are uncovered. New enemies are revealed, some old and some new, arising out of long-hidden institutions. In consideration of this season’s “harvesting” theme, we’ll see the results of long-neglected issues that bring serious consequences in the spheres of health, religion, and community safety.

    The Harvest Moon, closest to the Autumnal Equinox, provides a lengthy period of moonlight for several evenings. This is a boom to farmers for harvesting their summer crops, and the traditional time for enjoying Mooncakes, the favored mid-Autumn treat from China to Germany.

    Saturn turns to direct motion on September 18th at 4:47 am (13º Capricorn 55’), ending some of the delays and anxieties centered on public safety and security. With the Moon conjoined to Uranus in the Ninth House of the Judiciary, a modification of the status quo is ordained. A grand Earth trine dominates this event, establishing new precedents in several public domains.

Season of Leo: July 23 – August 23, 2019

Sothis at Philae

Isis-Sothis, Herald of the New Year
– Temple of Philae, Egypt

Goddess Appearing

    The hottest time of the year in the northern hemisphere coincides with a forty-day period when Sirius – the alpha star in the constellation Canis Major (the “greater dog”) – rises with the Sun. Hence, this time is known as the “Dog Days” (July 4 – August 11). But throughout the ages, Sirius (Latin for “scorcher”) has been regarded as the abode of Isis, the soul of the divine mother. She is represented in countless historical periods and cultures, as Sothis of the Greeks, Sopdet of the Egyptians, the Arabian Ashshira, and Rudra (a form of Shiva) in the Vedas.

    Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky that rises after the constellation Orion. The forty days of her rising with the Sun were regarded as most sacred in the ancient cultures of the Levant – from Egypt to Babylonia, including Greece, India, and as far East as China. Near the end of the forty day Solar conjunction, the star appears on the horizon at dawn before the solar aura becomes visible (the heliacal rising). This was viewed by the ancients as “the herald of the Sun’s divine companion” and the renewal of the sacred calendar. With this event, the temple is rejuvenated and its servants renewed.

    The lore associated with this event has been passed down through the ages. A shade of the naturally blue-white star is significant – if it appears bright and clear, the ancients foretold an abundant harvest and a year without conflict. If it was dim or reddish, a poor harvest would be expected with hostilities from foreign lands.

    Standing alone in the heavens before daylight illumines the sky, Sirius is indeed a marvelous sight. You may greet the time-honored goddess when she rises at the ancient city of Heliopolis in Egypt (30º North latitude) on August 5th, 2019 at 4:39 am local time (GMT+2).

    Sacred Calendar

    July 31st is Midsummer or Lammas Eve, with August 1st the midpoint between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox. It opens the period of harvesting and the festivals of thanksgiving to follow. We celebrate by offering the first fruits of our summer’s labors – if they are not grain or the yield of the soil, we should offer our inspirations and prayers for the sustenance of all in our circle. In the Celtic/Old Irish tradition, this day is known as Lughnasadh, a feast of the goddess Tailtiu and her consort Lugh (deities of Life and Light). It is also the initiation of harvest harmony – a period for establishing truces and peace.

Sirius from the Hubble Telescope

From the Hubble Telescope

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd at 10:51 pm with Neptune rising in his own domain of Pisces and Twelfth House at the U.S. capitol. While it brings a “sea of calm” to the environment, deceptions may also abound in an atmosphere of distraction and apathy. But an aggressive Aries Moon soon rises, bringing tension and spontaneous confrontations that could lead to resolution. All eyes are on the judicial branch of government as Jupiter is elevated in his natural realm of Sagittarius and Ninth House of jurisprudence.

    The New Moon takes place on July 31st at 11:12 pm (8º Leo 37’) with Saturn and Pluto at the Midheaven. This is the classic signature for the “downfall of the leader.” Mercury in stationary direct opposition to these powers signals multiple actions to reverse the course, but this Lunation points to the diminishing of executive power in both political and corporate realms.
    The Full Moon takes place on August 15th at 8:29 am (22º Aquarius 24’), with Neptune in command of the western horizon. He brings confusion and contrary actions on the part of allies that will take time to sort out. Creative inspirations are encouraged, but illusory images could give false impressions and cause confusion.

    Mercury turns to direct motion on July 31st at 11:58 pm (23º Cancer 57’), minutes after the Leo New Moon. This is always a dangerous time of year for leaders who delay or demean the integrity of their offices, and this day signals an encounter with a major fork in the road toward equity and balance. Movements around the world to confront those who hold power by the powerless dominate the trajectory of future progress.

    Jupiter turns to direct motion on August 11th at 9:38 am (14º Sagittarius 30’) now going forward in his domain to shed light on long-held secrets and perhaps to bring justice to the oppressed. On the same day, Uranus turns retrograde at 10:26 pm (6º Taurus 37’) which will create some tensions between established friends but also a reversal of seemingly impossible obstacles. Financial and economic issues will be the forefront of legislative scrutiny.

Season of Cancer: June 21 – July 22, 2019
Stonehenge at Solstice
Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice by Andrew Dunn

Solstice Season

  The month of June brings a solstice, a “standing still” of the Sun as it appears at the zenith in the sky, it’s most northerly position on the horizon for the year. In Neopagan lore it is the feast of Litha, opposite the feast of Yule at the Winter Solstice in the sacred year.

   To honor the peak of the Sun’s passage through the sky, bonfires are lit throughout Europe, with each country interpreting the Sun’s ascent to the north in a distinctive way. But a commonality is shared as well – all recognize the creative fire of the Solar gods, past and present, east and west.


Native American Plains Indians hold the renewing Sun Dance at the Summer Solstice and Hindu tradition holds a number of celebrations throughout the month to the goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva and mother of Ganesha.

   The day before the Solstice is Midsummer's Night's Eve, traditionally a time of magic and power. Dreams and the visitation of fairies are attributed to this night, as Shakespeare so cleverly demonstrated in his timeless play of this event.

   Midsummer Night’s Eve also marks the Egyptian festival of Lailat al Saratjan (“Night of the Crab”). Charms are fashioned and hung on walls to drive away the insects of summer.

Midsummer Night's Dream

Oberon and Titania by Sir Joseph Noel Paton (1821–1901)
Scene from Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
   Tradition also has it that medicinal plants and magical herbs gathered at Solstice midnight are said to be at their full potency of the year and may be dried or distilled for the coming months. Cancer-ruled plants harvested on this day include St. John’s wort (Hypericum), associated with John the Baptist, whose feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic church on June 24. The plant is said to banish depression and treat alcoholism. Others include Catmint, Lemon Balm, Poppy, Cardamom, Chamomile, and Licorice.

Goddess Times

   June 18 commences the season of Ethiopian rains that bring the Nile floods. It was honored by the ancient Egyptians as Gerh-en-Matuiy (“Night of the Teardrop”), when the goddess Isis wept on learning the death of Osiris and commenced her journey down the Nile in search of his body. The Islamic and Coptic communities similarly celebrate it as Lailat al Nuktah.

   June 27 honors Aestas (“summer”) the Roman patroness of the season, a corn goddess and consort of the Sun god Phoebus. She brings warmth and protection to all that grows in her season.

   July 3 begins the “dog days,” so named for the star Sirius (alpha Canis Majoris, in the constellation of the Great Dog), which rises near dawn for the next month. This event brings the hottest days of the year, but also the most honored as Sirius is the ancient guide through the underworld, the brightest star in the night sky. Its rising at dawn marked Summer Solstice in the Pyramid Age and the seasonal rising of the Nile throughout Egyptian history.

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Cancer on June 21st at 11:54 am with Venus domiciled in Gemini at the Midheaven, opposing fiery Jupiter in Sagittarius stationed in the Fourth House. In weather terms, a dangerous increase in wind-driven patterns affect the southern part of the nation, while an increase in climate exacerbates firestorms in the coastal states. Neptune turns retrograde on this day at 10:36 am (18º Pisces 44’) while setting on the horizon at the Sun’s ingress. Deception from both allies and open enemies drops a cloud of confusion on the nation’s leaders, while international reports will be contrary and unreliable.  Mars and Mercury travel together, emphasizing a month of important messaging coupled with opposing disinformation. Now is a time to drop back into routine and the relaxation of the season while leadership finds its way through the uncertainty.

    The New Moon takes place on July 2nd at 3:16 pm (10º Cancer 38’), bringing a total Solar Eclipse of 4 min and 33 sec duration that overshadows the next four and one-half years. The luminaries, Mars, and Mercury are stationed in the Ninth House of the Judiciary, drawing together a significant amount of resources to address matters of law and order. Several issues now take center stage on the national front – leadership, constitutional law, and the re-examination of legal precedents.

    The Full Moon takes place on July 16th at 5:38 pm (24º Capricorn 04’), bringing a partial Lunar eclipse of 2 hrs and 58 min duration (converts to a three-month cycle). With the Sun-Moon opposition straddling the Eighth House (taxes and investments) and the Second House (liquid assets), the economic picture looks volatile. Venus and Saturn, also occupying these domains and opposing each other, slow growth and bring a downturn in trade.

    Mercury turns to retrograde motion on July 7th at 7:15 pm (4º Leo 28’), returning to a conjunction with Mars on July 8th (first pass took place June 18th) and once again by direct motion on September 3rd. This well points to the turmoil and disinformation aggravated by long-standing international conflicts, they wait for resolution in the coming months.

Season of Gemini: May 21 – June 20, 2019

Hermes Ingenui
Roman, CE 300  - Vatican Museum

Above and Below

    In the Hellenic universe, Hermes the divine messenger traverses both mortal and divine spheres, communicating between gods and human beings. He is at once divine herald, guide to the underworld for mortals, keeper of sacred books and guardian of archives. In his season, Hermes draws faith and reason together, symbolized by the double-bodied kerykeion (caduceus) he carries. During intervals between day and night, he descends to the Hermai – pillared altars placed at crossroads – in order to receive the first fruits of Spring.

    Because he may dwell in both the heavens and earth,  Hermes transcends the limits of time and space, and thus becomes lord of epiphanies and revelations, those events that rejoin the divine and human worlds. He dons the spotted skins of leopards to show his affinity with the starry sky, and embodies an androgynous form to show his powers to fuse shadow and sunlight, masculine and feminine, in the material and ethereal realms.

    Twice Born, of Two Natures

    Another deity of the Herm is Dionysus (Roman: Bacchus), born of the mortal Semele and the celestial Zeus, who also inspires divine insight and communication between the living and the dead. Also assuming male-female form, he engenders sacred ecstasy through music, dance, wine, and theater. Dionysus represents the fruit of the season that matures through fermentation to become the wine of divine inspiration. His Mysteries, celebrated throughout the Mediterranean world in Late Antiquity, regarded him as the “twice born,” because he was given life by both human and celestial powers.

    In the season of Gemini, we may contemplate and begin the resolution of our own dual natures – light and dark, male and female, mortal and immortal.


Dionysus with the Herm
Roman, CE 200 - Louvre

The Vestal

The Vestal
Frederick Lord Leighton

Goddess Times

   In the ancient world, some were dedicated for life to know the ways of the inner world, fulfilling this duty to both gods and men. In Rome it was the Vestals, a celibate priestesshood of custodians who safeguarded legal and historical documents and the genealogies of the aristocracy. But in addition to these civic duties, their task was the keeping of the sacred fire from which all hearths in Rome were alighted. This, in reflecting the character of their patroness Vesta, “the living flame.”

   Between June 9–14 the Romans celebrated the Vestalia, both in public and private. The hearth flame was renewed from the sanctuary of the Vestals, and special cakes of salt and freshly-ground grain were prepared and offered at the family altars.

   Astrologically, the asteroid Vesta governs the transformation of plant life to food, the alchemy of cooking and the culinary art. Her glyph represents the flame rising from the hearth and the creative power of fire, the action that makes ordinary tasks sacred. We should recognize this miracle in every meal we prepare and offer to others and ourselves.

   This is an ideal time to share the duties of cooking with a gathering of friends and family. On the 15th of June, homes are cleaned by ceremonial sweeping, the burning of incense, and baking of newly-leavened bread.

   Remember to call on Vesta, keeper of records, to help locate lost keys and wallets. She protects door bolts, storerooms, and warns of dangers to the safety of the domicile. Now is the time to scrutinize the integrity of your living space with an offering to Vesta and a thorough check on your house locks and keys.
Vesta glyph

Astrological Glyph

Representing the Fire of the Hearth
    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Gemini on May 21st at 3:59 am with a Venus-Uranus conjunction rising at the U.S. capitol. This presages unexpected measures taken by women in authority as matters of female autonomy dominate the issues of the day. With a Moon-Mars opposition domiciled in the axis of  regional and national judiciaries (Third & Ninth Houses), there is certain to be aggressive undertakings on several fronts to resolve the conflict. Retrograde Saturn and Pluto at the Midheaven curtail the authority of the Executive branch and usher in an extended period of renewal in government policies.

    The New Moon takes place on June 3rd at 6:02 am (12º Gemini 34’), with the Lunation rising at dawn at the U.S. capitol and Jupiter setting in his own Sign of Sagittarius. Efforts toward comity among equals is introduced, but delayed for a time with Jupiter in retrograde motion. An intercepted Neptune at the Midheaven continues to deceive from the Executive branch, though secrets will be uncovered in unlikely places. Austerity is advocated in spending while investment slows.

    The Full Moon takes place on June 17th at 4:31 am (25º Sagittarius 53’) with the Moon and Jupiter in the Seventh House of Open Enemies. While diplomatic efforts move forward, delays and distrust place former pacts on hold. Prominent Neptune discloses ulterior motives on the part of the ruling body. This may be a busy time for negotiation and agreement, but issues of money and natural resources will prevail over human rights and fair trade.

Season of Taurus: April 20 – May 20, 2019
Garden of the Herperides

Garden of the Hesperides
– Frederick, Lord Leighton (1830-1896)

A Divine Garden

        At the edge of the world, where Earth and sky meet, the Olympian gods created a garden with orchards of miraculous fruit trees. Guarded by maidens known as the Hesperides (“Daughters of Evening”), the garden is a passage to a celestial realm where beauty and song gladden heroic sojourners. Likewise, the season of Taurus celebrates the victory of life emerging from winter’s quiescence following the Spring Equinox, and sets the stage for nature’s proliferation in the coming months.

    In the garden of the Hesperides, the golden apples of immortality were given to those who ventured as far west as the setting Sun, an allusion to the rewards awaiting the virtuous at the gates of the afterlife. It is the endowment of the soul that ventures past the comforts of mundane existence and seeks the fruit of a mythical tree in that garden – the one that offers knowledge of good and evil. And here another obstacle exists – the tree of golden apples is also the abode of the dragon Ladon, who must be slain or transformed by the hero/ine before immortality can be obtained.

    The tree, its fruit, and the dragon represent the both the lure and the dangers of mortal life. In the season of Taurus, we may become complacent with the return of Spring and the warmth of nature that revitalizes the living, but heroic acts await us each and every day. Problems must be resolved, threats must be transformed into accord. These are acts that transcend time and create the miraculous fruit of harmony and celestial song – the reward of virtue.
    Hathor of Dendera

Hathor, the Divine Cow
– Louvre

Song of Hathor

    In the Egyptian pantheon, Hathor embodies all faces in the celestial theme of Taurus. For those on Earth, she is the flourishing aspect of nature and the fecundity of the land, symbolized by the heavenly cow who nurtures the royal calf. She is lady of song, music and dance, the confidant of lovers and patroness of marriage. And in her magical aspect, Hathor is the serpent power of the Royal House, guardian of the anointed and protectoress of the divine estate.

                    I worship the Golden Goddess, I sing of her Presence,
                    I raise up the lady of heaven and give adoration to Hathor.
                    Praise was given to the Mistress of Dendera,
                    I reported to her and she heard my pleas.
                    She summoned a Mistress for me, who came into my presence.
                    What a great thing has happened!

                                                                                – Papyrus Chester Beatty I

    In her Chthonic role, Hathor engenders proliferation of the life force, overseeing rebirth, renewal, and enduring vitality.  She serves as companion to the sojourner who enters the Afterlife from the eastern region of the living to the western realm of the dead. Greeting the soul from her celestial sycamore tree, she offers water to refresh the traveler.
Tomb of Nefertari

Hathor leads Nefertari into the Afterlife
– Tomb of Nefertari, Valley of the Queens

CCosmic Events

    The Sun enters Taurus on April 20th at 4:55 am with Neptune on the horizon at the U.S. capitol. This will encourage deceptions and promote a great deal of confusion and contrariness. Jupiter in his natural Ninth House and Sign of Sagittarius promises judicial integrity, but he is retrograde until August 13th. By then, the proper course to address deceptive acts and conditions will become evident. Venus and Mercury also rise, bringing scrutiny to issues of youth and education, while Uranus in the Second House imposes a shock to economic stability.

    The New Moon takes place on May 4th at 6:46 pm (14º Taurus 11’) with the Lunation positioned in the Seventh House of Adversaries along with turbulent Uranus. A new conflict arises that involves one U.S. ally but draws the attention and resources of several international bodies. Expeditious action may quell the
dissension before serious harm unfolds.
Ramadan begins at Sunset.

    The Full Moon takes place on May 18th at 5:11 pm (27º Scorpio 39’), with the Sun-Moon opposition straddling the Second and Eighth Houses of Finance and Long-Term Investment. This brings attention to ongoing problems of taxation and income inequalities that will lead to new initiatives. However, adverse conditions affecting transportation will come to light and demand more immediate resolution.

    Pluto turns to retrograde motion on April 24th (23º Capricorn 09’), launching an important period of revision and renewal that peaks through October 3rd, when the power of transformation turns direct. With Pluto currently standing on the ecliptic (path of the Sun and planets) for the first time since the 1930’s, we are at a crisis point to reverse the critical divisions (race, religion, gender, cultural, class distinctions) that have been in place since then. Pluto has more visibility now, and not coincidentally, our unresolved differences come to the surface and now call attention to the work that we as a collectivity must complete.

    Saturn turns to retrograde motion on April 29th (20º Capricorn 31’), allowing us to temporarily retreat from confrontations or revisit formerly unresolved issues with clarity. Now is the time to re-examine previous assumptions and look deeper into motives. By the time Saturn turns to direct motion (September 18th), far more will come to light that has been in darkness and rules of law, decorum, and fairness will proceed with less resistance.

Season of Aries: March 20 – April 19, 2019

The Ludovisi Ares with Eros at his feet
– National Museum of the Terme, Rome
Moving Northward

    In the season of Aries the sleep of winter is awakened by the fire of life. At this time, the pulse of nature once more seeks form in the soil of mortal existence. It is the time of the Vernal (Latin vernalis, “of the spring”) Equinox (equi nox, “equal night”) the first of two events in the Earth’s annual circuit around the Sun when the terrestrial axis is upright, when night and day hours are of equal length.

    The Sun now begins to move northward on the horizon in concert with the alchemy of fire and soil that is taking place. It is a restatement of the primeval creation and a reminder of the creative powers endowed to all the living who move toward the summit of their own enlightenment, personal and collective.

    Warriors and Heroes

    The lord of the season has always been embodied in Ares – warrior, defender, master of combat and discord. It may be that these roles are more widely celebrated because we exist in a culture that values the conquerer over the conciliator, but the theme of Ares encompasses the heroic and gallant champion, and in the mystery traditions, the slain god who is redeemed by his sacrifice and reborn in the season of renewal.

    Once such deity is the Graeco-Syrian god of vegetation and renewal, Adonis. His mysteries enacted the god’s death by a wild boar – a metaphor of the untamed forces in nature – and his restoration through the planting of his gardens by the mourning daughters of Aphrodite. In this tradition, the fiery pulse of nature is channeled into the measured rhythms of agriculture and cycles of renewal.

Goddess Neit

Goddess of Reconciliation


    Deities in the realm of Ares also possess the powers of mediation and diplomacy, traits that emerge actively in Libra, the opposing season of Aries in the Solar year. They represent the civilizing powers of the creative force that strive for order, balance, and justice.

The Egyptian Neit serves as mediator among the gods, resolving questions of sovereignty and intervening during the ubiquitous episodes of hostility between Horus and Set. She is judge, arbiter, and peacemaker between divinity and humanity, even banishing discord from the bodies and souls of her supplicants in her role as physician and healer.

   The Greek Athena holds sway over the arts of war – strategy, weaponry, and treaties. Sister to Ares and a member of the twelve divine Olympians who govern the twelve Solar seasons, she is patroness of Athens and inventor of the chariot and plow, mechanical devices and protective armor. She embodies the intellectual dimension of combat – tactical skill, defensive action, negotiation. In the realm of Athena, all sides win and harmony is achieved.

Pallas Athena

Pallas Athena
Goddess of Strategy

Cosmic Events

The Sun enters Aries on March 20th at 5:59 pm. Hours later, the Equinox is followed by the first of two Libra Full Moons in a lunar month. Spring will rush forward with this renewed energy, tasks put off will now find the time and diligence to be completed. Neptune setting in the West at the U.S. capitol discloses buried deceptions that are now exposed to the light, while Mars in the House of the Judiciary wages a battle supported by established rules and the tenacity of tradition.

It’s Blue Moon Season...
On March 20th at 9:43 pm (0º Libra 09’) the first Libra Full Moon takes place this year, to be followed on April 19th by the second Libra Full Moon (29º Libra 07’), also known as a “Blue Moon.” These two events in the sign of Justice signal a period of intense international negotiations, with rare compromises affecting global commerce and trade. Domestically, forward action will dominate government investigations and some long-awaited decisions will be forthcoming. New legal issues affecting the executive branch will provoke dismay in the public sphere.

Mercury turns to direct motion on March 28th at 9:59 am (16º Pisces 06’) in exact conjunction to Neptune. Here, truth seeks exposure and may fraud come to the surface. Confusion may reign for a day, but when reports are verified, acceptance and resolution are found. Forgiveness and a spiritual approach is called for at this time.

The New Moon takes place on April 5th at 4:50 am (15º Aries 17’) with Mercury finally departing from his confusing conjunction with Neptune, clarity! Mars in the lower hemisphere causes atmospheric incidents and additional concerns with air travel. Aquarius rising invites idealistic talk on economic and judicial issues, while prominent women gain public assent.

Uranus is the planet to watch this year. On January 6th it turned to direct motion and ceased brushing back and forth at the border between Aries and Taurus. Uranus now transits Taurus until April 26, 2026 and in doing so, restrains the impulsive, reactive influences that have dominated the last seven  years in culture and government. Economics and politics will strive for stability and authenticity, matters of the environment will take precedence. At the same time, science and medicine will progress at a rapid pace, with breakthroughs in genetics and disease control.

Season of Pisces: February 18 – March 20, 2019


Poseidon, Lord of the Seas

Copenhagen Port by Hans Anderson

A Sea of Storm and Deep Tranquility

    Poseidon (Roman: Neptune), brother of Hades in the underworld and Demeter in the fertile soil, commands both water and wind, flood and storm. His three-pronged trident represents his power over the waters and the creatures within them – with it he calms the stormy seas and brings forth hurricanes. When wielding his weapon, he pierces the earth and causes springs to come forth, but he may also strike the ground to compel earthquakes. Beneficence and anger, tranquility and turmoil – the lord of waters shows us the powers and dangers of our internal sea, the vast ocean of our unconscious impulses.

    In the passage through Pisces, all past seasons dissolve in the brine of Poseidon’s kingdom, awaiting  renewal in a new cycle when our aspirations and efforts emerge rejuvenated and reanimated with the powers of the coming Spring. It is the phase of awakening from the hibernation of Winter, a transition from the incubation of dreams into the world of new life. In Pisces,  the tides of our internal sea move toward the shore of renewal.

The Piscean Journey

    Ancient legend tells of the time of the demigods, when Typhon, lord of chaos, sought to overturn the beneficent rule of Zeus by capturing and holding hostage the Olympian deities, Aphrodite and her son Eros. To escape discovery, the two hid in the waters of the Nile and transformed into fish. Their feat was commemorated in the heavens with the stellar image of the Ichthyes (twin fish), to keep the influence of Typhon forever at bay. The northern fish swims upward, toward the cosmic waters of forgetfulness; the southern fish swims westward, toward the constellation Aquarius and the waterbearer’s waves of enlightenment. At the same time the Ichthyes are tied together, representing the eternal quest that draws the soul toward these dual destinations and the dilemmas of spiritual desire.

  Goddess Times

    March 1st is a day sacred to the the Roman Juno Lucina (Greek: Hera), guardian of women in childbirth. It was celebrated in ancient times as the festival of Matronalia, when women would unbind their hair and remove all knotted clothing, to dispel any hinderings of a safe childbirth. For husbands, it was customary to bring offerings to the temples for the well being of their wives and children.

     March 8th is International Women’s Day, founded and organized by the United Nations. The 2019 theme is  "#BalanceforBetter," meaning that we strive to build a gender-balanced world. Though not widely observed in the United States but celebrated in most other nations, this day reminds us to work for those in our lives – mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues – to pursue their callings in an unbiased environment, so they may enrich the communities that hold them dear.

    Appropriate rituals at this time include offering bowls of water at the family shrine to quench your thirst for security and solidarity among the shared blood. Daily ablutions are performed in anticipation of the coming Spring, and sacred baths sprinkled with lotus and lily will evoke dream and vision states.
Pisces Constellation

Eros and Aphrodite as the Celestial Ichthyes

In the Constellation Pisces

  Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Pisces on February 18th at 6:04 pm. As the Sun sets in the nation’s capitol, Mercury conjoins Neptune, the Piscean lord of illusions. This portends a cycle of new deceptions, though Mercury’s position on the horizon reveals the source. Jupiter is his own domain signifies economic growth on the domestic scene. Severe geological conditions are indicated for the southwestern region of the country.

    The Full Moon takes place on  February 19th at 10:54 am (0º Virgo 42’). This is the second “Supermoon” of the year, as the Moon is perigee (closest to Earth). The tidal peak will affect more than geologic and oceanic disruptions – emotions run high as thought processes are subject to extreme reactions. Now is a time to reflect before decision-making. This Full Moon also features cuspal signatures – Sun and Moon at 0º of Pisces-Virgo, rising Sign of 0º Gemini at the nation’s capitol. This points to transitions and new beginnings for those in newly-acquired roles of power.

    The New Moon occurs on  March 6th at 11:48 am (15º Pisces 47’) with the Lunation at the Midheaven and closely joined to deceptive Neptune. Conditions in the executive branch of government will disclose serious conditions that are known but too weighty and convoluted to find easy resolution. A champion appears and some ideals are fulfilled.

Mercury turns to retrograde motion on March 5th at 1:19 pm (29º Pisces 39’). The last degree of every Sign signifies completion, but with Mercury turning back at this point, much unfinished business will remain unresolved until the end of the month. Mercury’s position at the Midheaven in Washington D.C. also heralds a far-reaching influence of delays and the necessity to revisit past decisions made in haste throughout the government.

Season of Aquarius: January 20  – February 19, 2019
Aquarian Acts of Service

          And godlike Ganymede,
          Most beautiful of men;
          The gods beheld and caught him up
          To heaven, so beautiful was he, to pour
          The wine to Jove, and ever dwell with them.
                                                                                             – Homer

    Ganymede, a Trojan prince,  was viewed by the Olympian gods as the most attractive among mortals. But with this admiration came notice from Zeus himself, who sought the young man to serve as cup bearer to the celestial powers. Taking the form of an eagle, Zeus swooped down from the heavens and abducted Ganymede, who became an immortal but also a servant to the gods. His image is embodied in the constellation Aquarius, and is accompanied by the eagle constellation Aquila.

    This ancient story tells of the obligation human beings have when they seek to become “godlike.” The individual ego is subsumed by divine will, and those powers hold greater sway over mortal destiny than the petty aspirations of the individual. A lesson to be well understood by those who strive for the ethereal heights!

    But the Aquarian motif also alludes to a cosmic secret – the gods seek our service as much we we seek their counsel. The exchange of powers – human and divine – becomes possible when each recognizes the needs of the other. It is the ancient art of theurgia that uncovers this secret, a sacred tradition that is unlocked with the words and gestures of ritual power. In this way, the server is given a true place in the heavens and is served by the powers s/he has honored.

Abduction of Ganymede
by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

    Sacred Times

    The initial great goddess ceremony of the year in the Celtic tradition is Imbolc, a name derived from the term for “sheep's milk.” Hence, it is a festival welcoming the birth and first cleansing of newborn lambs. On February 2nd it is celebrated as Candlemas or Brighid's Day, named for the patroness of light. Imbolc is the first of four cross-quarter (falling between a solstice and an equinox) festivals of the pagan year. Though traditionally a time given to predicting if winter will linger (a precursor to Groundhog Day), it is a spiritual doorway that promotes divination. Purification of the hearth and lighting of candles are rituals enacted at this time to hasten the return of light.

    Also associated with this season are virgin deities and child goddesses (Ireland: St. Kinnia and Nepal: Kumari), and gods as young men (Greek: Ganymede, abducted by Zeus and placed in the heavens as Aquarius). Appropriate rituals for this season include the passing of fire from hearth to lamp (Roman: Vesta), invocations to the divinities of learning and record keeping (Egyptian: Ma’at and Seshat), healing rites that convey sustenance (Greek: Hygieia and Hindu: Parvati), and clothing sacred images (Greek: Athena and Egyptian Taiyet). Offerings include candles, butter, cheese, and linen.

    On February 8th the Hari No Kuyo is celebrated in Japan, a women’s day of rest and recreation.  This Shinto festival, also known as the Festival of Broken Needles, puts to rest the worn and broken tools of the homemaker and honors the oft-overlooked daily work of the seamstress and tailor. For despite the sorrows and sacrifices of these laborers, weaving and sewing convey the tremendous power of healing (mending) to its practitioners and recipients.
Greek goddess Hygieia

Graeco-Roman Goddess Hygieia
Welcome Collection, London

Hapy of the Nile

The Nile Hapy

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Aquarius on on January 20th at 4:00 am, with Venus and Jupiter rising together at the U.S. capitol. This bodes well for amicability and cooperation, though the fire of Sagittarius conveys flare-ups before resolution. The Aquarius season encourages mutual understanding, but the force of habit imposed by Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto in tenacious Capricorn will continue to hinder progress.
    The Full Moon takes place on January 21st at 12:16 am (0º Leo 52’), bringing a total Lunar Eclipse (aka “Blood Moon” because of its red-hued appearance). It features a duration of 1 hour, 02 minutes, equaling an influence of one year, 12 days. This event is also a Supermoon (closest to Earth) that could impose a period of emotional strife in certain quarters if impulsive action is taken. Thoughtful analysis and planning will prevent protracted setbacks. This is the Last total Lunar eclipse until May 2021.

    The New Moon occurs on February 4th at 4:04 pm (15º Aquarius 45’) with Mars and Uranus culminating at the Midheaven in the U.S. capitol. This portends a period of conflict and threats from several adversaries in the northern hemisphere. Caution and restraint are called for, as volatility is heightened. Women move to the forefront as mediators, and the concerns of youth become the focus of attention.

Year of the Boar
    This New Moon launches the Oriental  Year of the Brown Earth Boar  (Yin: internal, intuitive, nurturing). It denotes a year of economic stabilization with some material growth, along with the increase of dialogue and mutual understanding in collective endeavors. Family and education issues are prominent this Lunar year.

    The hexagram for the year is #7, Shih (Army). It guides us to the development of a strategic plan, the use of discipline and organization to reach goals.

    The most successful leader is not the one who triumphs on the battlefield, but the one able, through strength of discipline and inner power, to achieve conciliation without spilling blood.     – Divination Foundation

Hexagram Seven


Lunar eclipse

(*) U.S. Time Zones
Central Time        – 1 hour   
Pacific Time         – 3 hours
Mountain Time    – 2 hours
Hawai’i-Alaska    – 5 hours
Dsylight Time March 10th – November 3rd, 2019

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