This eclipse @ 11º02″ Gemini will take place on Wednesday, June 1st @ 5:03 PM EDT. It belongs to the Saros Series 13 South. According to Bernadette Brady, scholar and Astrologer extraordinaire, it represents “expansive energy under which lies a more sinister flavor. An urge to expand is experienced, but the expansion contains frustration, inhibitions and loss or separation.”¹ She also states that Australia seems to be very sensitive to this 13 Series. Those who have planets or angles within 2-3 degrees of 11° in mutable signs (Gemini, Sag, Virgo, Pisces) are likely to experience the effects of this eclipse the most. I always liked a 2 1/2 degree orb for eclipses to have an effect (and of course it’s not necessarily on the day of the eclipse). Previous Saros 13 eclipses occurred in 1903, 1921, 1939, 1957, 1975, and 1993. Some say that this isn’t a “powerful” eclipse because it’s partial and not making any horrific aspects. Hmm, I hope those folks don’t have this eclipse squaring their Mars, for example. In fact, I have seen major events in people’s lives associated with partial eclipses. The eclipse is “triggered” by transiting Mars, as it reaches 11 Gemini on July 6th.
¹ “Predictive Astrology; The Eagle and the Lark” Bernadette Brady (Weiser)
To those of you who aren’t familiar with the name, Jim Tressel was the head football coach of The Ohio State University Buckeyes until today. He resigned during an ongoing probe into “major violations” of NCAA rules. I read this news just as I was writing a blog piece about this week’s Solar Eclipse. As I mention in the upcoming post – anyone with planets or angles within 2 1/2 degrees of 11° mutable (Sag, Gemini, Pisces, Virgo) will feel this one the most. Tressel’s Sun is 13° Sagittarius. Of course he’s also experiencing his second Saturn return, since he’s 58 years old. Here’s a sunrise chart for JT. Sorry, I don’t know his time of birth.
Everything has it’s Saturn return – people, places, events. So when was the last time you even thought about the Tylenol poisonings that took place back in the early 80′s? (9/29/82) Maybe you weren’t even alive, or you’re too young to remember. The case was back in the news last week, when it was reported that the FBI wanted DNA from Ted Kaczynski, AKA The Unibomber (now serving a life sentence for three murders). It seems they’re investigating several individuals. In any case, the Tylenol event, which took place almost 29 years ago is having it’s Saturn return. The Saturn return of an event can mark a period when things come to fruition, or a time of reaping. I compared the event chart to Ted’s chart (natal and progressed) and I really don’t see a big connection – no “aha” moment. Maybe the FBI investigation will result in someone finally being charged, but it’s probably not Ted.
It’s hard to believe what I’m seeing. I can only imagine the terror these people felt, and the shock they’re in now. Having survived Hurricane Andrew and having a home partially destroyed, I do have a clue.
I’ve considered looking into this event from a Geodetic perspective, and maybe I will. But for now, I’m using a chart based on the date that the town merged with Murphysburg to become Joplin. From Wikipedia:
Carthage resident Patrick Murphy filed a plan for a city on the opposite side of the valley and named it Murphysburg. While the nearest sheriff was in Carthage, a sense of lawlessness abounded in the town. This time is referred to as the “Reign of Terror”. The cities eventually merged into Union City, but this merger was found illegal and the two cities split. Patrick Murphy then suggested that the town become Joplin. They merged again on March 23, 1873, this time permanently, as the City of Joplin.[10
Joplin’s Sun is @ 3º Aries. The Capricorn Moon makes sense, since Joplin was known for it’s lead mines (lead is ruled by Saturn). Yes, Tornadoes are ruled by Uranus and transiting Uranus is @ 3 Aries in the tornado chart (of course it will be in the early degrees of Aries for several more months). No one is prepared for a Uranus transit. There are other aspects and I’m sure Astrologers will find relevant asteroids, Arabic parts, and fixed stars. Uranus will station @ 4 Aries on July 9th, so the period from July 4th through 14th is especially volatile.
My thoughts and positive visualizations go out to the people of Missouri. (As well as a donation)
…the horse, that is.
Yesterday, as the world wasn’t ending, a colt named Astrology raced in the Preakness. He came in third, behind Shackleford and Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby. At 15-1, I had my money on Astrology of course (of course). I don’t know much about horse racing, but I know a good transit when I see one. If I owned Astrology, I’d have him race in August during his Mars return. Astrology has Mars in Cancer. I never really think of Mars in Cancer as being particularly athletic, but hey, it works for Michael Phelps. Well aspected, there can be an ability to act on feelings with this placement. Astrology also has Mars opposing Pluto, so he can be a fierce competitor. Astrology was born March 17, 2008 somewhere in Kentucky. I wish I had the location of Stonestreet Stables and the time of birth. Astrology’s Dam is Quiet Eclipse and his sire is A.P. Indy, a champion stallion (who’s sire was Seattle Slew). Astrology’s jockey was Hall of Famer Mike Smith (8/10/1965, Roswell, NM). Smith’s Sun is Leo and Astrology has Moon in Leo. Lovely synastry. Smith’s Mercury is at 26º Leo conjunct Astrology’s South Node…one of those past life connections, I suppose.
What a perfect story for the Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon. The, now former, 62 year old head of the IMF has been arrested on charges of attempted rape, criminal sexual assault, and unlawful imprisonment of a maid in the Sofitel hotel in New York City. DSK, as he is known, was born April 25th, 1949 (chart below). The alleged incident occurred on May 14th, 2011 at about 1:30 PM (chart below). Uranus transiting his natal Aries Moon, describes someone going through emotional upheaval (also, his move to Rikers Island, an unexpected change of address). The first transits that stand out are Jupiter @ 25º Aries, a degree from conjoining his natal Mars, and transiting Mars @ 2º Taurus, a couple degrees from his natal Sun. Yup, this describes a pretty horny, impulsive, aggressive dude. Also, when Jupiter is on your Mars, you may feel as if you can get away with anything – or overreact to situations. He recently had his secondary progressed New Moon @ about 4º Cancer which falls in his natal 12th house (prison) and squares his natal Moon. Truly, a new beginning for DSK, albeit not the kind he might have hoped for. The fact that the alleged victim is an immigrant from Africa adds an element of symbolism to the whole alleged event. I mean, what has the IMF (along with the World Bank and large corporations) been doing to third world countries for years? Google it if you like. Interesting that DSK has a natal conjunction of Pluto and Ceres. The power to control the food supply and environment is/was in his hands. At any rate, Saturn is transiting in opposition to his natal Mars in Aries so I suspect his freedom will be limited for a little while. OK, my usual disclaimer – Strauss-Kahn is innocent until proven guilty. Meanwhile I’ll be checking out Nicolas Sarkozy’s chart (1/28/55) – since DSK is said to have been interested in NS’s job. (the plot may thicken). -SAH