New Moon of May 14, 2010
From the Lunar Planner:
"This New Moon occurs in the last couple degrees of sidereal Aries, and conjoins Sedna, one of our newly discovered minor planets. This part of the heavens lies under the auspices of the story of the Royal Family. This is where princess Andromeda's fate is now out of the hands of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia and is being transferred to what seems to be nothing but fate. Perseus, her beloved, is about to slay Medusa in order to claim his self-mastery, a prerequisite to step into his intended soul destiny, while Andromeda is now chained to the rocks by the sea, about to be devoured by Cetus the sea monster (the technobureaucratic monster created by collective human consciousness). Tension and anticipation mounts. Perseus must slay Medusa (his inner fears), lest he will turn to stone (become frozen in fear) before he can aid his beloved Andromeda. The New Moon stars are Zaurak and Rana of Eridanus, and Botein of Aries. Zaurak marks a point of pause along the River of Life. Here we must trust our inner heart light and intuition, regain our strength, and follow through despite the path may not be entirely visible, even tumultuous. Overall, this location in the ecliptic is of a regenerative nature--primal, sexual, erotic, creative and inventive. It can also be volatile, quickly eruptive or explosive like a volcano
, penetrating, sharp-tongued, competitive, even somewhat hostile. Thus it requires a need to channel our energy clearly and concisely. Either way, it asks us to trust instinct rather than reason. Paying attention to our intuition and acting upon it throughout this lunar cycle may be of extreme importance!
Ecuador and Guatemala volcanoes erupt
May 26-28, 2010
"Thousands of people have been evacuated after volcanoes erupted in Guatemala and Ecuador, choking major cities with ash.
President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala declared a 15-day state of emergency around the Pacaya volcano, 30 miles south of the capital, Guatemala City. The volcano erupted again Friday (May 28) after first bursting back to life Wednesday (May 26)....
In Ecuador, the Tungurahua volcano exploded into action on Friday, forcing the evacuation of at least seven villages and closing down the airport and public schools in Guayaquil, the country's largest and most populated city.
As 8,372 feet, the Pacaya volcano exploded anew on Friday, with billowing clouds of ash and dust...."Augmenting the Lunar Theme
The New Ceres-Quaoar Synodic Cycle and the Mars-Makemake Synodic Cycle
Ceres and Quaoar (pronounced kwɑːwɑhr / with two syllables) begin a new 4.7-year synodic cycle on the right leg of Ophiuchus in sidereal Scorpio, just after the New Moon. Due to her size and spherical shape, Ceres was reclassified as a "Dwarf Planet" in August 2006, along with Pluto and Eris--appropriately honoring Ceres to be the mother of the asteroids. Ceres brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering and agricultural qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth, the land, and the seasons--the ebb and flow of abundance and lack. Due to Ceres association with the land, agriculture, the environment, and the seasons, Ceres is of particular interest in charts associated with environmental changes or events.
Ceres reveals our ability to be in universal flow--the unification of giving and receiving as one flow of energy through ourselves. Ceres asks for acknowledgment of our inner needs, to have self love and self worth. Ceres is of concern and caring for others as well as for the Earth. Ceres is associated with fertility, the womb and stomach. Potential Ceres issues are: fear of abundance, lack and material struggle; low self esteem; unworthiness expressing as attachment to people and things; possessiveness or need to control siblings or one's creations. More about Ceres.
Quaoar was the name given to the "creation force" by the Native American Tongva tribe who were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin in Southern California. Quaoar was discovered by Mike Brown and Chad Trujillo in a digital image taken on June 4, 2002 from the Palomar Observatory 48-inch Oschin telescope in California. (Names are often taken from the mythology native to the places where they were discovered.) Quaoar is about 1,200 kilometers in diameter--about one-tenth the diameter of Earth, about half the size of Pluto, and larger than the four primary asteroids combined. Quaoar has an orbital period of 288 years, orbiting the sun in a near perfect circle and it has the smallest orbital inclination of the objects discovered so far, lending to its rather harmonious nature.
Acknowledging we are just beginning to apprehend Quaoar's astrological nature, Quaoar seems to have a character supporting a "harmonious revolution"-- to help us release and surrender to the natural order of the creative forces governing life and death. Additionally, Quaoar inspires our return to the "sacredness of life"; to realize all things in life are sacred and that it is our responsibility to have respect for natural order and to live in harmony with nature. More about Quaoar.
Ceres and Quaoar seem to make a good synthesis and bring our attention to nature, natural law and our need to honor and respect nature, our environment, and all life on Earth. The stars at this ecliptical location support masterful, spiritually mature and responsible action regarding the use of natural and primal forces of life--those that govern life and death.
Mars and Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - "e" is pronounced "ay" in Polynesian), a prominent player in our current 2008-2011 timeline of planetary aspects, begin a new 1.9-year synodic cycle, also on May 24, 2010. This synod occurs on the cusp of sidereal Virgo. It conjoins Cor Caroli and the Super-giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51 of Canes Venatici; Epsilon and Delta Crateris; Benatnasch of Ursa Major; and Zavijava of Virgo. I have written about these stars and Makemake's presence at this location in late Leo / cuspal Virgo extensively in the 2008-2011 Timeline Article
, and other Lunar Planners. More about Makemake.Eruptions begin on the Potent Scorpio Full Moon
The eruptions began on May 26, in the crescendo of the Scorpio Full Moon of May 27. From the Lunar Planner:
The Full Moon
"The Full Moon occurs on May 24 in sidereal Scorpio--creating a passionate and intense Full Moon eve. The Moon lies just behind the Head of the Scorpion and between the legs of Ophiuchus, which stands over the Scorpion. It conjoins Beta and Delta Chamaeleon in the southern heavens; Eta Lupus; and Al Niyat of Scorpio, which might be considered the neurological center connecting the heart of the Scorpion (Antares) with the Scorpion's head. The Moon also conjoins the potent Circini X-1 neutron star, the Scorpio X-1 X-ray source, and the Herculis X-1 neutron star.
The power of this band of the zodiak is provided by the three potent X-ray sources, which penetrate matter and experience. The Circini X-1 neutron star, Scorpio X-1, and the Hercules X-1 neutron star provide a three stage initiatory portal in the progression of consciousness as we move from Dschuba, the head of the Scorpion, to Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, which embodies the essence of sidereal Scorpio...."Most importantly
, these events occur in the midst of the first Jupiter-Uranus opposition to Makemake-Saturn, and during Saturn's Station: Saturn returns direct from its retrograde on May 30, after the Full Moon and just before the Dissemenating Moon (May 31). This marks the full engagement of the new 378-day Earth-Saturn synodic cycle that began on March 22, 2010....From the Lunar Planner:
Jupiter-Uranus in Opposition to Saturn
"Massive Jupiter begins its several month opposition to Saturn and its several month conjunction with Uranus in this lunar cycle. Jupiter's prominent arrival into the few-year timeline of aspects involving Saturn, Makemake, Uranus and Pluto, brings a tremendous shift in this timeline. The Jupiter-Uranus synthesis will mobilize, magnify and expand upon the radical changes already occurring in our lives. Jupiter-Saturn oppositions are generally quite potent, especially if they occur within orb to Earth's Precessional Cross, which this one does (and especially with Jupiter conjoining Uranus at the same time).
For example, there were three major New Madrid Earthquakes occurring between mid-December 1811 and early-February 1812 estimated to be 7.5 to 7.7 in magnitude, all with several major aftershocks. At the time, Saturn and Jupiter were in opposition, and within a critical orb to Earth's Precessional Cross. Saturn was exactly on the Gate of God (GEN) of the precessional cross on the December 16 quake (with a 7.0 aftershock); and Jupiter was exactly on the Gate of Man of the precessional cross at the time of the second two quakes of January 23 and February 7. This is not to say our current opposition will produce major seismicity, although quite possible. We can however expect a massive and unexpected turn of events that certainly can be of beneficent nature in the long run, even if not appearing so at the onset. Although not on Earth's precessional cross, the previous Jupiter-Saturn opposition in 1989 produced two major events: The Loma Prieta (San Francisco) Earthquake, which occurred on October 17, 1989 during the Saturn-Jupiter opposition. It was triggered by a Mercury-Jupiter-Saturn T-square. The Berlin Wall was opened in November of the same year, triggered by Venus (and Uranus) in primary aspect to the Jupiter-Saturn opposition.Paying attention to our intuition and acting upon it throughout this lunar cycle would be wise!"Additional Geophysical Events:
Sink Hole in the middle of Guatemala City--"into what appears to be a window into the center of the Earth." So far (as of May 31), several earthquakes above magnitude 6.0 were reported by the USGS, one of which was offshore Costa Rica, one of Guatemala’s neighbors, and one earthquake of magnitude 7.4; and let us not forget the tropical storm Agatha.