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   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


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2022 Highlights
Three Supermoons in 2022

    A “supermoon”  takes place when two astronomical factors come into play – during a New or Full Moon that coincides with the lunar body approaching 90 percent of her closest distance (perigee) to Earth. These events influence the Earth quite directly, since the Moon has such a profound effect on the tides and organic life. New Moons inaugurate cycles of growth, while Full Moons bring to fruition the actions of the previous 14 days.

    This year's supermoons are all full and follow each other sequentially. In society, it will prompt a volatile summer season with unrestrained movement followed by acceptance and stability. Planning and organization follow, with government embracing innovative approaches to education, child care, and social welfare.

                             Full Moon June 14th          23º Sagittarius 25'
                             Full Moon July 13th           21º Capricorn 21'
                             Full Moon August 11th     19º Aquarius 21'

    Jupiter conjoins Neptune on April 12th (23º Pisces 59’), an event that will dramatically highlight the deceptions and fictions that have evolved over the last 13 years, when this conjunction last took place (2009, another pandemic year). At the same time, progress in medical technologies will accelerate as new health hazards are identified.

    Jupiter then briefly enters Aries on May 11th, retrogrades back into Pisces on October 28th, and returns to the domain of Aries on December 20th. These periods signal significant efforts to alleviate the displacement of communities caused by environmental catastrophes.



Season of Taurus: April 19 – May 20, 2022
The Hesperides

The Hesperides
– Burne Jones (1833-1898)
    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 and Seti

Goddess Hathor embraces Pharaoh Seti
Embodiment of her consort Horus
– Tomb of Seti I, Valley of the Kings

    The union of man and goddess, the seeding of the soil and the fertilization of the land, was celebrated in ancient Egypt with the Festival of the Joyous Union, the annual mating of the goddess Hathor with her consort, Horus. In an elaborate holiday involving temples, citizens, and fleets of Nile boats, the image of the goddess sailed from her great house at Dendera upstream to the god’s domain at Edfu at the New Moon in Taurus (this year on May 18th).

   Sheltered within the sanctuary for 14 days, the powers of the deities fused, to later disperse in a great ceremony at the following Full Moon. It would mark the conception of their child, Ihy lord of harmony. In modern Egypt, the ancient festival is still commemorated in the public holiday of Sham el-Nessim (“breathing the air”), held on the Monday following Coptic Easter (this year celebrated on April 13th).

Sacred Calendar

    The eve of April 30th is Walpurgisnacht, marking the commencement of the annual mid-Spring European festival of Walpurgis through May 5th. Bonfires fueled by outworn winter goods are lit at night, followed by the May 1st ritual of dancing around the Maypole, symbol of the fertilization of the Earth and the flowering of vegetation to come. The roots of “spring cleaning” are arise from this celebration, this year make it a labor of rejuvenation with recycling and regifting.


    This time is honored in the Celtic/Welsh feast of Beltaine, honoring Blodeuwedd, Goddess of Flowers, and Llew, the Oak king and lord of the waxing Sun in the northern sky. Mystical union is the theme of this season, as the seeds of life take root in the womb of nature. Bring these powers into your own environment with seedlings at your windows and ribbons bound on budding branches at your door.



    Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, a time to reflect on our bond with the planet we inhabit and the great spirit that enlivens it. Even if some do not relate to Deity as mother, it is evident that all existence is dependent upon one’s cooperative relationship with nature, and what it provides us to grow and mature throughout its rhythms and seasons as that bond deepens.


   The ancients seemed to understand this intrinsically and consistently. The Romans honored the goddess Flora, patroness of Spring, from April 28–May 2nd. Her Floralia was both a festival and an evocation of the dormant powers of life in the soil to awaken. Though reported to be an event of indulgence and licentiousness, it is one of many ancient festivals acknowledging the bond between mortals and nature, the mating of humankind with the Earth. It marks the onset of the agricultural calendar, the first sowing of the seed.


    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Taurus on April 19th at 10:24 pm with a stellium in Pisces at the U.S. capital.  Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune fall in the 4th House of Homeland, with Saturn trailing in the 3rd House of Infrastructure. This grouping creates delays, misinformation, and conflicting agendas that will bring additional gridlock to solving national problems. Geological and weather-related conditions add to disruptions. At the same time, progress and optimism grow as the Sagittarius Moon points to new beginnings among allied powers.

    Pluto turns to retrograde motion on April 29th at 2:36 pm (28º Capricorn 35’) and remains in regressive mode until October 8th. Insurrections are uncovered, restructuring of outmoded regimes begin, and new powers are recognized.

    The New Moon takes place on April 30th at 4:28 pm (10º Taurus 28’) with the Lunation in a partial Solar Eclipse. The volatility of this conjunction is amplified by its close proximity to Uranus in the 8th House of National Debt. The current Pisces stellium falls in the 6th House of Public Health and Education, amplifying the national division in such matters. A return to some pandemic conditions is indicated. On May 1st Ramadan ends.


    Jupiter enters Aries on May 11th for a brief period, returning to Pisces on October 28th and re-entering the domain of Aries on December 20th. This will relieve inflation during the Aries period.

    The Full Moon takes place on May 16th at 12:14 am (25º Scorpio 17’), bringing a Total Lunar Eclipse of 3 hrs 27 min duration (the astrological period of influence translates to 3.5 months). While a temperamental atmosphere is fostered during this period, forces moving toward stability act by covert means. Individuals in high places meet, agree, and disclose a plan of action.

    Mercury turns to retrograde motion on May 10th at 7:48 am (4º Gemini 51’), as the planet of transmission begins to leave the Sign of communication. While the situation often reoccurs at this time of year, it doesn’t diminish the predictable confusions, backtracks, and double dealing that transpires among the unbelievers. Until June 3rd, when the slog back to normalcy returns.
Roman goddess Flora

Roman Goddess Flora
by Luca Giordano (1634–1705)




Return of Persephone

Return of Persephone
Lord Frederick Leighton (1830–1896)


    Season of Aries: March 20 – April 19, 2022

    The seasonal change that takes place between Winter to Spring has been universally regarded as a time of renewal and regeneration. In celestial terms, it is the Sun’s passage from the watery torrents of Pisces to the fiery warmth of Aries, a restatement of creation when the spark of life arose from the depths of the cosmic ocean in timeless time.

    The Vernal (from Latin vernalis, “of the spring”) Equinox (equi nox, “equal night”) is 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. Likewise, we may be raised up from the incline of winter and the preoccupations of physical existence, to reach for the sky’s intangibles once more.

    In ancient Greece, the renewing forces of Spring were embedded in the great mythos of Persephone, daughter of the Earth goddess Demeter. Abducted by Hades and forced underground for part of the year, her return to the ream of the living was commemorated in the Eleusinian Mysteries, which celebrated the reunion of mother and daughter at the Vernal Equinox. Persephone’s return from the underworld signifies the return of nature’s fecundity and our return to nurturing and growing.

    Another ancient motif of renewal is portrayed in the legends of Cybele, the Phrygian mother of the gods and personification of Earth. She chose Attis, an innocent shepherd youth, as her consort. Believed to have been born from a virgin birth, he was tricked into suicide by jealous gods and died on a Friday. Cybele resurrected him mystically after three days of mourning, and each year his return to life was reprised during the Spring Equinox. The festival, known as the Hilaria, is celebrated on March 25th with the raising of a Pine tree. For us, it is a time to exercise our own renewal and organize the coming plantings. Start your seedlings and visibly engage the mystic force of life in your environment.

Goddess Chloris

Nymph Chloris
Detail from Botticelli’s Primavera

    Goddess Times

    The embodiment of Spring is the Greek Chloris, goddess of greenery and growth. Consort of Zephyrus, god of the West wind, she governs fields and gardens, which come to life in her season. She brought the Rose into being from a lifeless nymph, a metaphor of nature’s power to awaken our inner beauty. With her consort, she also gives life to the supreme goddess of devotion, Aphrodite.

    April 1st is the feast of Veneralia, dedicated to the Roman Venus Verticordia (“changer of hearts”), the goddess who restores purity and intent. As we are in the season of renewal, this deity gives attention to the ideals that have hibernated through a winter of isolation from our kindred spirits, those who share life with us on Earth. Let us “change our hearts” from personal concerns to share with others what the goddess has already provided in our lives.

    April also heralds the season of Fortuna Virilis, the goddess “who makes men virile.” She was invoked by Roman women to ensure happy marriages and strong sons. Regarded as Bona Dea, “the good goddess,” she brings abundance and assures a time of plenty. We would do well to invoke her for the sake of all who seek respite from the fears of the present.


    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Aries on March 20th at 11:33 am . This is indeed a momentus equinox at the U.S. capital: the Sun is followed by Neptune, Jupiter, and Mercury, warning leadership of deceptions and overblown communications. Truths are later revealed, as Venus, Mars, and Saturn appear with compromise and the rule of law. The Moon at 29º Libra is moments away from the domain of Scorpio, where in coming days she will encounter disruptions and enmity. Emotions will rule the day as hurried actions are put into place to avert chaos. Stability awaits, and will be found.

    The New Moon  takes place on April 1st at 2:24 am (11º Aries 30’) as the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction edges toward an atmosphere of overblown, confusing mandates. Sorting out priorities and facts will take time as competing interests vie for public attention. In the meantime, a Fourth House Uranus at the U.S. capital rattles the complacency of those in power. The Second House of Financial activity moves forward with new policies while growth remains steadfast.

     Ramadan begins at Sunset.

    The Full Moon takes place on April 16th at 2:55 pm (26º Libra 45’) as Jupiter and Neptune form an exact conjunction. Over the last few days tension has risen, but solutions to imponderable problems are presented through diplomacy. Along with Jupiter and Neptune, Venus and Mars fill the Seventh House of allies, engaged in actions of mutual interest, including a powerful entity that has waited in the shadows. Compromise and preliminary accords are forwarded, even though limited.

Avenue of Rams

The Avenue of Rams
Luxor, Egypt
Ukraine Founding



    The founding of the Ukrainian nation following its separation from Russia in 1991 reflects a proud, visionary state that models endurance and a continuation of its historical antecedents in a new form.

    Since January 2021 it has experienced its first Saturn Return and awaits a conjunction of Saturn to its Aquarius Moon (April 1st–December 29th of this year). Yes, difficult times are ahead, but a period of renewal and rebuilding awaits.

Will the vision prevail?

Those with insight are welcome to prognosticate




Season of Pisces: February 18 – March 19, 2022


   Pisces, last sign in the annual cycle of the Sun through the houses of the Zodiac,  brings a period of completion and preparation for a new cosmic  journey.

   In Greek legend we are told of the monster serpent Typhon, who sought to overthrow Zeus and the Olympian gods. As he battled the divine patriarch, the gods sought refuge in Syria and Egypt. Among them, Aphrodite and her son Eros plunged into the river Nile to escape the predations of Typhon, and took the form of fishes. Their images were placed in the heavens as the Ichthyes (“fish”), forming the constellation Pisces. They swim in the waters of baptism, where we are not cleansed of any mortal stain invented by false prophets, but returned to the amniotic waters of rejuvenation and made whole again.
Pisces constellation

Eros and Aphrodite, the celestial Ichthyes
in the Pisces constellation

    Goddess Times
 
   In ancient Egypt, the water goddess initially takes form as the frog-headed Heqet, dweller in the primordial swamp. She is the source of cosmic proliferation, the bringer of births in all dimensions of celestial life. Heqet brings life to the barren, and in this cycle we can depend on her for fertilizing the imagination of what is possible.

   And in the realm of nature, Nut is seen as the celestial mother, incubating within her body the spirits of past and future. As keeper of these exalted spirits in the guise of celestial asterisms, she becomes mistress of enchantments in the incubation sleep of the temple. Through Nut we may remain connected to our ancestral heritage, both human and divine. She also takes us to the well of memory, past and future.
Primordial goddess Heqet

Heqet
Primordial goddess at Philae Temple


Greenfield papyrus

Goddess Nut as the arc of the sky
– Papyrus Greenfield. British Museum
    Similarly, Tiamat, the Babylonian sea goddess and primordial being lived in the waters of the abyss before time became manifest. Through her we are connected to the ancient sea on which our strivings and visions sail – the collective unconscious.  We may use this time to tap into our spiritual reservoir and draw on the strengths we often forget.

    The great number of nature spirits in ancient Greece assumed form as water nymphs – the Nereides (goddesses of the sea), Naiads (beings of fresh water, brooks and foundation stones), and Oceanids (powerful children of Oceanus and Tethys). Each is a mirror of wisdom, enchantment, or inspiration, and each is a gift we may access in the cycle of Piscean contemplation.



    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Pisces on February 18th at 11:42 am with Saturn the most elevated planet in the sky. This puts a damper on the growth and delayed prosperity that Jupiter brings in the coming months. Mercury’s position in Aquarius at the 9th House of international communication draws like minds together, both in dialogue and summits. A grand Earth trine of Moon, Pluto, and the Moon’s North Node promises economic growth this Spring in gradual stages.

    The New Moon takes place on March 2nd at 12:35 pm (12º Pisces 06’) also emphasizes the 9th House of international relations. The Lunation here emphasizes a long term accord or multinational plan that is implemented on short notice. Both Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces  straddle the midheaven, indicating underground resources such as oil, natural gas, and shipping traffic that are at issue. These powerful placements will dominate global commerce for more than the duration of this Lunar month. Venus, Mars, and Pluto form a stellium in the 7th House of allies and enemies, representing potent forces at odds with each other.

    The Full Moon takes place on March 18th at 3:18 am EDT (27 Virgo 40’) as Venus, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn are domiciled in the 2nd House of natural wealth. This grouping brings economic and monetary fluctuations, affecting mostly eastern countries. It may lead to a transitory panic, but new approaches to capitalizing on existing natural resources will be employed. The Moon in the 9th House of international relations shows other fluctuations, from hesitancy to active participation by allied powers.




Ganymede

Abduction of Ganymede
–Peter Paul Rubens, 1577–1640
Season of Aquarius: January 19 – February 18, 2022

 
           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



    Aquarian Acts of Service

    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 cupbearer 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 gifts. 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 endows this secret, a sacred tradition that is unlocked with the words and gestures of magic. In this way, the server is given a true place in the heavens and is served by the powers s/he has honored.

Brighid Cross
  Sacred Calendar

     The Celtic Midwinter festival of Imbolc is celebrated on February 2nd, the first of four cross-quarter (falling between a solstice and an equinox) festivals of the pagan year.  Imbolc is derived from the term for “sheep's milk,” hence it is a festival welcoming the birth and first cleansing of newborn lambs.

     Imbolc is also celebrated as Candlemas, Bride's Day, and Brighid's Day and is associated with the Full Moon of Leo-Aquarius, which takes place this year on February 16th. Though traditionally a time given to predicting if winter will linger (a precursor to Groundhog Day), it is a spiritual doorway that promotes divination. In keeping with the original festival of the fire goddess Brighid, the purification of hearth and lighting of candles are rituals enacted to bring forth the patroness of light.

    The Brighid Cross is a talisman signifying the four Cross-Quarter festivals in the Celtic year.
The Muse Ourania

The Muse Ourania
Simon Vouet, 1590 - 1649


    Also associated with this season are virgin deities and child goddesses. In Ireland: St. Kinnia, in Nepal: Kumari, and in Greece: Ourania, the muse of astronomy. 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: Hygeia 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 to its practitioners and recipients.

    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Aquarius on January 19th at 9:39 pm, with concerns of public health uppermost as Virgo rises in the U.S. capital and Neptune descends below the horizon. The issue may be addressed directly, but Mars at the cusp of the domestic 4th House bears obstruction and conflict. The stellium of planets in the 5th House of Youth and Education emphasizes matters of importance but fail to go forward with Mercury’s retrograde position.

    The New Moon takes place on February 1st at 12:46 am (12º Aquarius 19’) with the lights leaving a square to Uranus and applying to a conjunction with Saturn. Conflict with an outside enemy fades, though overreaction may be difficult to curb. In the meantime, Saturn obscures and obfuscates forward progress, energized by the Capricorn stellium (Mars, Venus, Mercury, and Pluto). Nevertheless, the Aquarian lunation is progressive, becoming evident a few days later when Mercury’s motion turns direct.

Hexagram 48 The Well
Year of the Tiger

   

    This event marks the Lunar New Year, the year of the Black Water Tiger, a Yang (active) year. The hexagram representing this period is #48 Jing, The Well. It is comprised of the trigrams water above, earth below.  Hexagram 48 instructs “the need to nourish and strengthen the soul constantly as the flow of life is always moving forward.” An inexhaustible supply of water and sustenance are referenced by this hexagram. It represents the time to plumb the depths of our resources and plan for their use. If the well appears to be dry or the water is difficult to access, cooperation with others will resolve the need. Besides the well of resources, the well of knowledge is plumbed for its depths, and the kingdom benefits from the wisdom drawn.

    Mercury turns to direct motion  on February 3rd at 11:13 pm (24º Capricorn 22’) during an exact Sun-Saturn conjunction. While agreements are made, frustration is not dispelled and delay can not be avoided. This is a time for patience, as forward motion is assured. As Mercury moves toward a conjunction with Pluto in the coming week, transformative agreements are achieved incrementally. The Moon separates from deceptive Neptune, uncovering and resolving longstanding fictions.

   
The Full Moon takes place on February 16th at 12:46 am (27º Leo 59’), very close to the star Regulus (Cor Leonis). This asterism has been regarded from antiquity as “the star of kings,” but has itself migrated forward to the constellation of Virgo in 2011. This represents the power shift from private to public access, and the effort to establish social equity. At this Full Moon, such conditions are uppermost in the endeavors of lawmakers, whether they are personally committed or compelled to act by public demand.

    

 
Lunar eclipse

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