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Astrology of the 21-22 School Year

The birth chart of the school year could be said to be the first day of school, so here I have taken the start date for the first day of school for my locality as August 17, 2021 at 8:00am, Tomball, Texas CDT.

Quick Summary:  A positive year for communicating, thinking and learning with a theme of conserving or storing resources for the future and keeping one’s true identity and values foremost in one’s mind as one plans for the future. (See Interpretation Below)

Highlights of this Chart

  • Mercury is the ruler of the chart
  • Mercury and Mars conjunct Virgo on the ASC
  • Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn all in Rulership – a bit of a conference
  • Trines with the Nodes to Venus and Saturn
  • Moon & Mars in Accidental Dignity
  • Venus in Libra in the First House, but First House ruled by Mercury
  • Moon at 19 Sagittarius in the 4th House
  • 4 Retrograde outer planets: Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune

New Moon

7/10 Cancer
8/8 Leo
9/7 Virgo
10/6 Libra
11/4 Scorpio
12/4 Sagittarius
1/2/22 Capricorn
2/1/22 Aquarius
3/2/22 Pisces
4/1/22 Aries
4/30/22 Taurus
5/30/22 Gemini

Full Moon

7/24 Cap/Aquarius
8/22 Aquarius
9/20 Pisces
10/20 Aries
11/19 Taurus
12/19 Gemini
1/17/22 Cancer
2/16/22 Leo
3/18/22 Virgo
4/16/22 Libra
5/16/22 Scorpio
6/14/22 Sagittarius

Other Important Dates for the School Year

Uranus Rx – Aug. 20
Mercury Rx Sept 27-Oct. 18
Mars in Scorpio on Halloween
Pluto direct –  Oct. 6
Saturn direct – Oct. 11
Mercury direct and Jupiter direct  -Oct. 18
Eclipses –  Nov 8, Nov. 19, Total Solar Dec. 4
Mercury Rx  – Jan. 14-Feb.4
Venus Rx Dec. 19-Jan. 29
Jupiter in Pisces – Dec. 30
Uranus direct – Jan. 18, 2022
Chinese New Year – Feb. 1, 2022 – Begins Year of the Tiger
Pluto Rx – Apr. 29, 2022
Partial Solar Eclipse – Apr. 30, 2022
Mercury Rx May 10-June 3, 2022
Total Solar Eclipse – May 16, 2022
Summer Solstice – June 21, 2022

Interpreting the Symbolism

The 2021-22 school year has a positive outlook.  With many planets in air signs, it will be a productive year for learning, thinking, and communicating, which brings some hope for integrating all of that was learned by teachers and all that was not learned by students in schools since the pandemic. 

Mercury is the ruler of the chart at 10 Virgo, the symbol for which is a child molded in their parents’ aspirations. There may be pressure to live up to others’ expectations, and a need to go after what you want instead. With Mars conjunct we are given the “oomph” or grit to assert.  But, if we cannot accept our true identity, we may be in trouble as our true identity is exposed.  We are no longer able to hide or pretend because Mars at 11 Virgo’s symbol is a bride with her veil being snatched away.

Here we can imagine the image of the Norse God Thor, acting the part of Freya with a veil in order to trick his enemies.

Thor dressing as the bride, Goddess Freya to trick his enemies.

If you are the bride, accept the new realities and commit without pretense.  If you are the one doing the snatching away of the veil, there may be feelings of violation or a rude awakening to the reality but we need to accept the situation.

This school year may bring a theme of evaluating the changes that took place during pandemic and taking the best of the past going forward.  Venus is at 1 Libra, Lynda Hill describes the Sabian Symbol this degree:

This wonderful Symbol shows a time of new beginnings with an implementation of a brand new order. Often, this shows people being interested in attaining spiritual transformation and attainment. As you change and grow there’s a need to respect the value of what is waning, and to take the best qualities from the past with you into your future. This often shows being within reach of your ultimate potential. Some aspects of society are left behind for a higher, more evolved state. ” – from SabianSymbols.Com

Loose ends from previous experiments need to be tied up, and so it will be a year of trials, creativity, and problem solving. This requires good communication and a back and forth flow of test and revise, and test again until the fine tuning of right solutions emerge.   The ASC of this chart is 8 Virgo, an expressionist painter making futuristic drawings.   

So with Venus at 1 Libra and taking the best of the past and bringing it forwards into a new order, we can be creative and visionary in drawing up future plans, but we have the danger of being too idealistic as well.  We may be living in the mind too much or overemphasizing the future without considering reality of the present.  Venus at Libra 1 suggests new beginnings and bringing forward collective wisdom in service to the future.

Two trines exist between two planets in rulership to the north node, Venus in Libra, the MC/Nodes in Gemini, and Saturn in Aquarius. This could bring a creative synergy of ideals and values that align with  true purpose. 

The Lunar Node is on the midheaven of this chart at 7 Gemini.  This is the Sabian Symbol for aroused strikers surround a factory.   Social tensions have been high for quite some time, and that is not likely to abate.   We still have Uranus in Taurus which might suggest revolution (Uranus) in the realm of physical resources (Taurus).  Mercury and Venus near the horizon of this chart suggest embracing one’s true identity.  This is also inconjunct to Chiron, at the degree whose symbol is a bomb failing to explode.Note here, this need not be a literal bomb, but could rather a symbolic one and seems to suggest disasters averted rather than things exploding.

There is a back and forth between urgency and fanaticism on the one hand and the need for crowd control, and calm, stable leadership.  

The Moon at 19 Sagittarius gives the Sabian symbol of in winter people cutting ice from a frozen pond for summer use.  This brings to mind the image of planning ahead and conserving resources, which shows up in a few other symbols for this chart. Where can we be like wise Joseph as Pharoah in the Old Testament, storing grain for the drought?

Meanwhile Saturn at 9 Aquarius has the Sabian symbol for a person who had for a time become the embodiment of an ideal is made to realize they are not this ideal.  This repeats the theme of embracing one’s true identity, just as the symbol of the veil being snatched away.  Where can we recognize what is and what is not the ideal? How accurate are our assessments of these ideals?   Judging things by the level of popular support does not always equate to what is truly ideal or what is best.

The Sun is at 24 Leo is opposing Jupiter in Aquarius.  With the Sun in rulership here in the 12th house, we have an image of a large camel crossing a vast and forbidding desert.   We may have to carry the load for a long distance for others.  The warning here is to prepare for the journey, to collect reserves and resources, and avoid mirages. We may have to push ahead in difficult times, be self-sufficient, have mental stamina and exercise mental self-control on a journey through a desert.  This also rings true for the Chinese Astrology for this year – the Metal Ox, next year we move into the Year of the Tiger.  This axis shows the polarity of self (Leo) and the collective (Aquarius). There is also this idea of bringing something of value or great importance across an expanse of desert to someone in need of it, in other words, precious cargo that requires self-sacrifice.     

The Sabian symbol for 27 Aquarius is a tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply of wood for the winter. It is interesting to have so many repeated symbols for conserving and storing resources for future use.  Who is going to need the precious resources and how will we get it to them, who will make that journey or sacrifice to ensure it?

Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all moving retrograde suggesting consolidation of ground previously covered in the social  movements and collective of the day.

Venus is in rulership in Libra and her location in the Taurean house of resources seems positive. At the same time we have Pluto in Capricorn requiring transformation.  How can we transform the idea of power based on material resources? Where are we merely creating more waste or peddling our knicknacks and where are we setting a standard for excellence in what we create that is in alignment with values for the future?  Since Venus inches near to the second house it is suggesting that we are not quite there yet.  Rather than focusing on our fears of what we don’t want, have we clearly defined what we value and what we do want? While our values may not all be the same, where can we find common ground and work together?  Here we need a solid sense of identity before entering commitments.  Chiron in Aries points us toward being examples of calm leadership.  Sharing our values and ideals may be one of the most important creative acts of service we can render because to fail to bring these out, or to hide under the veil is to fail to participate. That is like putting your head in the sand, thereby ensuring common ground will never be found.  A move forward begins with conversations that matter and self-assertion (Mars) and revealing our true nature. Having conversations about shared values and conserving physical resources will be relevant this year.

For more information on Sabian Symbols, please see Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus 2021 and venus out of bounds

In the early hours of Friday morning we have the eclipse on November 19, 2021 at 27 Taurus.  The Moon is exalted in Taurus and Mars and Saturn are in rulership, with Mars opposing Uranus at 12 Taurus. Jupiter is square to Moon, Sun, and Mercury. Venus is trine Uranus at zero degrees.  It’s a curious and complex arrangement.   This eclipse is on the closing degrees of Taurus.  Even though the moon is exalted in Taurus, Venus is out of bounds and it is the ruler.  We should definitely expect the unexpected.

People with sensitive points in their natal charts at late degrees of of the Taurus-Scorpio axis, and early degrees of Gemini-Sagittarius will be influenced as will those at 12-13 degrees of Taurus-Scorpio where the Mars-Uranus are currently positioned.

Tower mentioned the January 2020 Pluto-Saturn conjunction.  A lot of people might confuse that conjunction with the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in December of 2020, since  the latter was so visible to the naked eye and got more media hype. Don’t be confused. Remember, by January 2020 we were entering world wide pandemic.  By December 2020, we began to change from Trump whitehouse to Biden whitehouse following the election and January 2021, we had the storming of the Capitol.

In regard to Pluto, Rick Tarnas mentioned in a lecture I attended that the changes 2020 would bring would force America to come to terms with its own “dark night of the soul.” We are fully two years into it and I truly think this now an understatement.  I postulate that by the end of 2023 we may have much more perspective and clarity on what we have been birthing and burying.

We ended the holy nights last year with the storming of the Capitol and now we see the ring leader Jacob Chansley just received a sentence of 41 months in prison for his involvement right before the onset of the eclipse.  

Some people have asked me, “So when will all of this be over?” (“This” being Covid, and all of the consequences that it has brought with it.)  This question reveals an expectation or assumption that what we are currently experiencing is all just a passing phase.   I’ve told at least a few people that I thought things will start to look better in 2023, but in truth, I don’t believe we are ever going back.  Some, like Astrologer, Kaypacha, have equated this time to a birth canal. As we all know, there is no going back to the womb once that journey has begun.

Last Christmas during my study of the holy nights, I viewed Venus as being a significant mover and influencer for this whole year of 2021.   Some astrologers who have noticed a correlation between the dates of many of the George Floyd events and the significant turning points of the Venus cycle.  These correlations may have some merit. Could this be the dark night of the soul?  It’s that and more.

Limited resources this year have also been a major issue, as I mentioned in my School Year Forecast back in August, with supply chain delays causing major economic difficulties in many businesses and in people’s daily lives.  Prices have gone up dramatically and we are only in the mid degrees of Uranus in Taurus (Revolution in Resources).  Will see more revolutionary tendencies as it relates to our resources?  I think so.

From Astrology University’s Podcast titled, The Invitation to Descent with Saturn-Pluto and COVID-19, Laurence Hillman commented, “I would much rather see people take personal responsibility to think about what it is in their own psyche, in their own lives, that really needs to die …, (Scorpio being the sign of death and rebirth) where they can declutter not just their physical lives, but also their psyche.”  

 

November 19 3:57 AM EST

This is a seminal eclipse, the first in a series of eclipses in the sign pair of Taurus/Scorpio that will last through late 2023. While the nodes of the moon are still in the signs of Gemini/Sagittarius (as they have been since May 2020), we are now in a cusp phase where the symbolism of both Gemini/Sagittarius AND Taurus/Scorpio are playing out on center stage. The final Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse is on December 4- a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius. The nodes officially move into Taurus/Scorpio on January 18, 2022.

For a refresher on eclipses : they are new moons or full moons where the alignment between the sun, moon and earth is exact. In other words- an average new or full moon takes place when the earth and the luminaries (sun and moon) are not on the same plane. But during an eclipse, all 3…

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This Month’s Full Moon at 29 Aquarius

The Moon is waxing towards full, and by the end of the week on August 22 it will reach full moon at 29 Aquarius.   Mercury is today at 4 Virgo applying to a conjunction with Mars. They will meet exact on August 19th at 13 Virgo. It is as if Mars and Mercury give the Virgo assignment to our Leo King Sun, announcing something. 

Leo, in its immature form, is focused solely on the self.  But by late Leo it must come to terms with the hollowness of that selfish focus, which never creates a legacy for others.  Why does someone amass wealth and fame to begin with, if it is simply to benefit himself?  Can he enjoy this wealth alone?  It is like the story of King Midas.   The service element of Virgo comes more strongly into play with a more social impulse through removal of the excess that must be brought into service to health of the whole social organism.  Then once balance is achieved, the nobler side can later be transformed through union in Scorpio and so on, going through the externalization process of the winter signs to create and sustain future life for a higher purpose.

Looking more closely at the combining of Mars/Mercury at 13 Virgo as messengers and assignment givers, we could look at the Tarot for that decan and the Sabian symbol for interpretation. 

Lynda Hill gives the following description for Virgo 13/14, “lines that make connections of a family tree.”

I love this as it suggests a “knowing where you fit in.”  We all have a role to play in the great story of humanity, whether it is a family, a community, or an organization. But if we are disassociated or feeling like an alien or outcast, we are disabled in our purpose and cannot connect with others, then we miss out on the richness of life and the opportunities where we could have made a difference.    The Tarot for the second decan of Virgo is 9 Pentacles, representing wealth and success, enjoying rewards through hard work and maturity.  

This full moon, which is the second full moon in Aquarius this month is at 29 Leo/29 Aquarius, has the symbol of AN UNSEALED LETTER WITH VITAL AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. Information needs to be communicated with integrity and from the heart so that the right people can see and hear it and benefit from it.

The 29 Leo Sun is opposed to the Moon at 29 Aquarius represented by the symbol of MOONLIT FIELDS, ONCE BABYLON, ARE BLOOMING WHITE.

Hill writes, “This symbol shows learning from the past, possibly from great civilizations like “Babylon”, and taking the seeds from the past and making even greater achievements in your own time and place. (Service to the future generations.) Even though the grandeur of the past may be lost, changed, or damaged by war or time, the energy and power remain. This symbol reflects the permanence of the natural essence of a place, a person, an idea, or a civilization. You may feel that you are in the right place at the right time. Your best qualities are recognized and appreciated. When you are following a true path, you can rely on the support of the universe in its flow. Rewards coming from efforts of past generations. Ancestors surrounding. Seeds of the past becoming the fruits of the present. The middle east. Fruits of culture. Artifacts.”

The Caution: Destroying ancient lands or monuments and the old through religious beliefs or greed. Projecting the sins of the world onto people or places that are foreign.

The opposition at 29 Leo/29 Aquarius shows the polarity between alienation to one’s roots and place or alienation to the self, as opposed to a deep sense of belonging to a time and place.  Holding back what one needs to communicate and the selfishness which must be overcome through trust and devotion allow the greater good to flow by following a true path.  The deep connections we feel to a sense of time and place and a belonging to the greater story of family, ancestry, and the unfolding of humanity – the bigger karmic picture.   

We can in our time literally meet our ancestry and connect to one’s ancestry in more tangible ways than ever.  We can discoverer confirm our paternity if it is not known.  We have the ability now to trace one’s DNA, even to solve crimes based on knowing a person’s DNA.  This was not possible a generation ago.   I feel this is a special turning point regarding the idea of bloodlines, ancestry, and the connection to history.  Humanity is still full of so many mysteries.   If we really reflect on these things, we can come to a sense of wonder at all the things we still don’t know and understand.  

Mercury’s Cazimi

Mercury forms its interior conjunction with the Sun in our geographic location of Tomball, TX at 9:01 am on August 1, 2021, which as I write this, will be tomorrow. I plan to be sitting in front of the sunrise again tomorrow morning, just sitting, sun bathing and meditating on life and love. I hope to keep doing this as often as my schedule allows. This free act act of meditating is empowering to me. I use the practice of heart rhythm meditation.

Since all of my children are currently at home, my house has been quite full this summer. It feels abundant and happy and yet there have been fewer times and spaces for the alone time which I thrive so much on. I am not complaining though. I will gladly give up my alone time for my three any day. We are all so seldom together in one place anymore so I am taking it in eagerly, knowing the alone time will come soon enough with as much heartache as it will with that essence of peace and quiet. Each of my children are in quite temporary states. One is visiting only for a few weeks, the other is staying temporarily for year or so to get on his feet, and the third who is still in high school has not yet polished her wings enough to leave home.

Meditating in the sunrise, I sit down on the park bench and it takes me a few minutes to trust my surroundings enough to close my eyes. Once I do I am still connected to the sounds around me, the birds and the cicadas. Then as the sun rises above the horizon and crests above the trees and the building which block its immediate view, the sunlight hits my closed eyelids. It lights up a dark orange-red color through the curtain of my closed eyelid skin. After one or two minutes, I adjust to the red curtain of sunlight on my eyes. The relaxation helps me board a kind of inner transporter. I am taken from the mundane and transported somewhere else in my being entirely. I began with 5 minutes the first day or two, then increased to 10 minutes, and by today I was up to 30 minutes. I skipped one day in the past ten days or so even in that short of time I missed it.

Mercury’s movements make me think of the story of Quetzcoatyl or the Egyptian God, Thoth, or the Greek Hermes. These have been filling my imagiantion as Mercury makes its cazimi tomorrow. Thoth is believed to be the original author of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the first inventor or writing, magic, and all the Hermetic arts. Messenger of the Gods, Hermes was the wing-footed Greek version of the Mercury figure. Then there is Loki, the cunning and infamous Norse God! In western astrology, Mercury represents mental processing and communication by any means, speaking and writing. As Mercury crosses the heart of the sun, we might imagine him gathering up all the messages he is to deliver to all of us back here on this side of the veil. Be brave, stand in your truth and be ready to accept change and blessing.

By August 8th, we have the ignition of the “Lion’s Gate” Portal, “an annual cosmic alignment of Sirius, the brightest star in our sky, aligning perfectly with Orion’s Belt and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Sirius is the star of abundance, creativity, and devotion. When it joins forces with the sun in Leo, for whom the portal is named, the energy to manifest, transform, and bring balance is increased exponentially.” I plan to dwell on my bigger creative dreams. It is Leo Season afterall; and the manifestation of good for myself and others whose lives I have had the privelege to touch matters. I think that any positive thoughts which bring abundance and peace are good. These positive energies are so dearly needed in these times of materialism and greed. Whatever the question, love is the answer. Growing the energy of the heart will create transformation for good.

Book Review: The Startales of Mother Goose by Mary Stewart Adams

If you love the stars and history, what a sweet little treasure you will find in The Star Tales of Mother Goose. This is a fun read, full of beautiful, playful illustrations and the beloved mother goose rhymes for the little ones. For adults, it is informative and engaging and re-ignites our childhood wonder of the stars. Stewart-Adams explains the history and meaning of each Mother Goose Rhyme for adults and brings it alive with stories.

For example, in the well known rhyme Humpty Dumpty, she explains how the king’s horses and king’s men are the four constellations of the four seasons and that Humpty Dumpty himself is the SUN! Summer solstice is the wall, “the moment when the sun stands still, highest above the celestial equator.” Then the sun falls back down again and Bootes, Hercules, and Perseus are the KIng’s men and Pegasus and Equeleus are the horses. In like fashion, she explains ten different rhymes and their starlore meanings.

She also guides the inexperienced in locating these stars with easy descriptions of how to find them and their constellations without any technical terms. Wonderful for parents and children to watch the night sky together with and dream or just for the young at heart. I highly recommend this book for parents of young ones or to give as a gift.

For more info or to buy the book, visit https://www.starlore.co/