Best time to spot Mercury in the evening sky

Mercury best visibility

Mercury, the ’innermost planet’, reaches its greatest eastern elongation on April  1st, 2017. Thus these days, observers of northern-based locations (as, within this cycle, the opportunity of Mercury’s evening visibility for stargazers in southern hemisphere won’t come) should be able to catch this planet, seldom visible to the naked eye, low down above the western horizon just after sunset (see chart below).

Mercury’s orbit lies close to the Sun (maximum elongation is between 18° and 28°), meaning that it is observable at best not more than for a few days each time it reaches greatest separation from the Sun.

After April 1st, Mercury sinks gradually back towards the horizon until it becomes lost to the bright twilight, roughly 10 days later.  >>> More Info

Mercury 45 minutes after sunset from mid-latitude northern locations (credit:- freestarcharts)

45 minutes after sunset – Mercury’s visibility from northern mid-latitudes (freestarcharts)


Aries Mars trine Sagittarius Saturn – opportunity to overcome difficulties by being persistent

mars trine

Aries Mars trine Sagittarius Saturn indicates a good time to begin some kind of hard physical or intellectual work as it gives both endurance and prudence to finish what you started. The actions can be now well scripted and the impulses suitably controlled. This is an opportunity to overcome difficulties by being persistent, to start a diet, exercise program and so on.

In natal charts, Aries Mars trine Sagittarius Saturn ’gives’ a determined and energetic nature capable of intense and sustained action and of obtaining unusual results thereby. The executive ability, dominant forcefulness and endurance of these people are remarkable and consequently they are mostly accomplishing what others cannot achieve. Hence – with some other harmonic aspects – they often rise to prominent positions and are much esteemed on account of their ability, but they are seldom liked, for this aspect generally makes the character cruel and hard. This gives generally a strong physique and good health, but often with the risk to overstrain oneself.

Famous People with natal Aries Mars trine Sagittarius Saturn

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) had this aspect in his radix, but – as the birth time is unverified – the accurate positions of these planets within the house system are unknown. (Otherwise, his musical talent is mostly indicated by /(PLU conj. SUN conj. VEN): PIS/ trine /URA:SCO/.)

Képtalálat a következőre: „Chopin”

Émile Zola (1840–1902) had Saturn in his 1st natal house, indicating an inclination to detect the miseries and sufferings of the human existence, and – with Mars conjunct Mercury at the cusp of his 5th house – he made it his duty to write about them, establishing his well-known ’naturalism’.

Képtalálat a következőre: „zola”

Michael Flatley (1958–) has his Saturn in the 3rd radix house and Mars in the 7th one. The former indicates the persistent diligence, the latter the healthy exhibitionism; besides, he has a Libra ascendant and a Gemini Venus in the 9th house… Beyond all question, they are perfect dispositions to be a successful dancer.   >>> More Astro Info

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Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces

neptune astrology

Sun conjunct Neptune occurs on March 2nd, 2017 at 02:43:52 UT (March 1st, 21:43:52 EST) in tropical Pisces and sidereal Aquarius. Since Neptune is staying in tropical Pisces, this is the 6th of 14 consecutive (yearly) Pisces Sun – Pisces Neptune conjunctions. (First was in February, 2012, last will be in March, 2025.)

Pisces Sun conjunct Pisces Neptune may ’offer’ possibilities of developing spiritual faculties; natives often have subtle inspirations, extremely vivid dreams, visionary dreaming. It breeds love of the occult, frequently indicating musical or linguistic talent, sometimes other artistic skills. With some disharmonic aspects, it may easily lead to mediumship, deliriums, hallucinations, serious mental abnormalities, pleasures of drugs and alcohol.   >> More Astro Info

Képtalálat a következőre: „neptune sun pisces”

Annular Solar Eclipse with Mars conjuct Uranus in Aries – predicting disasters?

solar eclipse astrology 2017

An annular solar eclipse will happen on February 26th, 2017 (greatest eclipse at 14:54:33 UT). Annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s (as Moon is close to its apogee point) , blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). It will appear as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide and will be visible across southern South America in the morning and it ends in south-western Africa at sunset. (For visibilty map, view zoomable chart.) Sun conjunct Moon will be at tropical 08PIS12 (sidereal 13AQU13) and an exact Mars conjunct Uranus will occur at the 22nd degree of tropical Aries (27th degree of sidereal Pisces).

solar eclipse february 26

The last solar eclipse when it happened simultaneously a Mars conjunct Uranus also (at that time in tropical Scorpio, within an orb of 3°) occurred on October 23rd, 1976. It was a total one, began at sunrise in Tanzania near the border with Burundi, then crossed the Indian Ocean before making landfall in southeastern Australia. After leaving the Australian mainland, the path of totality left the Earth’s surface just north of the north island of New Zealand.

Within 3 months, the worst rail disaster in Australian history happened: 84 people died, more than 210 were injured, and 1,300 were affected. The ’Granville rail disaster’ occurred on Tuesday 18 January 1977 at Granville, a western suburb of Sydney, Australia, when a crowded commuter train derailed, running into the supports of a road bridge that collapsed onto two of the train’s passenger carriages.   >>> More Astro Info

Képtalálat a következőre: „granville rail disaster report”

The Year of the Fire Rooster begins

Fire Rooster astrology

The ’New Year’ (春节, ’Chūnjié’) is the main annual festival in China determined by the old Chinese calendar. It falls on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, so it may happen between January 21st and February 20th; in 2017, it occurs accurately on January 28th at 00:06:58 UT (Jan. 27 th., 20:06:58 EST). Although the Chinese calendar traditionally does not use continuously numbered years, its years are sometimes numbered from the purported reign of the mythical Yellow Emperor (黃帝; ’ Huángdì’) in the 3rd millennium BCE. But at least three different versions are now used by various scholars, making the year CE 2017 the ’Chinese year’ 4715, 4714, or 4654.

Képtalálat a következőre: „yellow emperor”

The Chinese calendrical tradition has a 60-year cycle (六十花甲 ,’liùshí huājiǎ’), divided  into 5 smaller 12 year cycles, and to each one of those 12 years was assigned the name of an animal. Hence within a 60-year cycle, each animal year will be repeated 5 times, dominated by one of 5 different elements, such that every year in the 60-year cycle has its own distinctive character, and each person born in that year will share those distinctive annual characteristics.  Last year was the year of the ’Fire Monkey’ (丙申, ’Bǐngshēn’), and this one – like the year from Jan. 31st, 1957 until Feb. 17th, 1958 – will be subordinated to the ’Fire Rooster’ (丁酉, ’Dīngyǒu’).

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It is said that ’Roosters’ are powerful personalities and notoriously dominant. In groups they are vivacious, amusing and popular, but it is widespread in China that two ’Roosters’ under the same roof make life intolerable for everyone else. 🙂 Under the influence of the ’Fire’ element, ’Roosters’ become vigorous, highly motivated and authoritative, able to operate independently, with great precision and skill, although they can also be temperamental and nervous at times. They are strongly principled and single-minded in his pursuit of success, abiding fanatically by their own views, conducting their own research, unmoved and unswayed by the opinions or feelings of others.

New Moon will stay in the ’Ox Mansion’ (牛宿, ’Niú Xiù’ – Element: Metal; Planet: Venus; Deity: The patron deity of roads, paths and barriers) that is one of the twenty-eight ancient Chinese lunar houses (of inequal extent) belonging to the ’Black Tortoise’ (cf. ’Four Symbols’, 四象, ’Sì Xiàng’). Its determinative star is β Capricorni alias ’Dabih’ (see chartwheels below), known in China as the ’First Star of Ox’ (牛宿一, ’Niú Su yī’).

Képtalálat a következőre: „niu lunar mansion”

The same logogram ’Niu’ is used for oxen, water buffalo as well as cattle indicating an animal of proverbial strength, what is more, as water buffalo, it was often associated with rivers and water. Beef tea has for long been a potent medicinal tonic. At New Year, the Emperor himself dug a ritual furrow using an ox-powered plow, because the Ox is associated with Spring and the Prosperity and connected with the rearing of silkworms.   >>> More Astro Info

Chinese New Year 2017

1. Chinese New Year 2017 – Lunar Mansions (Xiu)

Fire Rooster 2017

2. Chinese New Year 2017 – Four Symbols (Si Xiang)

Fire Monkey astrology

3. Chinese New Year 2017 – Westernized Chinese Tropical

Ishtar–Venus just ascended her westerly throne

Venus Hesperus

Venus reached its ’half phase’ (i.e. ’dichotomy’) on January 14th, 2017 at 13:13 UT, soon after its  greatest eastern elongation which happened on  January 12th (it means the greatest separation from Sun, that is circa 47 arcdegrees). In the hours after sunset, Venus is shining now very brightly, at mag. -5, high above the south-western horizon, just behind the tiny reddish luminous spot of Mars that seems to be now a modest celestial ’bodyguard’. But Venus reaches its brightest (at mag. -5.5) when it is a crescent – with less than half of its disk illuminated (this is because it is much closer to the Earth during its crescent phases than at other times); it will occur on February 17th, 2017 at 07:29 UT. Not long before its ’inferior conjunction’ (on March 25th) Venus will disappear from the the western horizon (approx. on March 23rd, depending on geographical latitudes) to be born as ’Morning Star’ again.

Képtalálat a következőre: „venus inferior conjunction”

In Greek mythology, Venus as the ’Evening Star’ was called ’Hesperus’ and this name remained widespread within the subsequent astrological tradition too. By many astrologers, ’Venus Hesperus’ indicates a type of emotional life strongly influenced by traditional and cultural or spiritual values; a character ’feeling after the act’ who analyses when the action has been performed; the ’judgment’ is essential, and it is usually a graded one, the action itself seem often nothing more than a ’test’  (as opposed to ’Venus  Phosphorus’, the ’Morning Star’, referring to a type of emotional activity which might be said symbolically ’to run ahead of the Self’.)

The ancient ’stargazer’ astrological traditions cared much more about such a celestial phenomenon than our computer-aided, ’horoscope-maker’ praxis. House systems, local determination, complicated aspect patterns etc. were out of their range – for them, the starry sky was a living mystery, coulisse where the ’supernatural’ came to life and revealed itself in the form of both real and symbolic images which were received as ’messages’. The interpretation was not sophisticated but directly resulted from the celestial spectacle itself.

Glancing over ancient Babylonian planetary omina, we can find such a prophecy: ’If the ’Strange Star’ [MUL MAN-ma; Mars] comes close to Venus [MUL Dil-bat] within 6 months a despotic king will die and his land will enjoy abundant prices.’  Other astral omen: ’If Venus flashes and goes toward the Wagon and someone sees her: a storm will rise in three days and cover the land.’ In these omina,  Venus is often personified by goddess Ishtar (ESH4.DAR]:  ’If Ishtar rises in winter at sunset and does not set [ probably an allusion to the greatest eastern elongation] there will be obedience and peace.’

For these ancient Mesopotamian people the ’first visibility’ of Venus, after some days or weeks of ’invisibility’, was really the birth of Ishtar or Inanna, and the days when She brightly shone long hours, Her accession to the throne.   >>>> More Astro Info

Képtalálat a következőre: „Inanna priestess”

Inanna with one of her priestesses. Circa 2300 B.C.E.

White Tiger’s Full SuperMoon Is Coming

Chinese Four Animals

Full SuperMoon – the last Perigee Moon for a full year – will happen in the tropical Gemini, sidereal & constellational Taurus, and according to the ancient Chinese astral tradition, in the region ruled by the ’White Tiger’, on December 14th, 2016, at 00:05:29 UT (December 13th, 2016, at 19:05:29 EST).

In the Chinese culture, the tiger is the king of the beasts and has been presented with a 王 sign (it means ‘to reign’, ‘to rule’) on his forehead for centuries. According to legend, the tiger’s tail would turn white when it reached the age of 500 years. In this way, the white tiger became a kind of mythological creature. It was said that the White Tiger would only appear when the Emperor ruled with absolute virtue, or if there was peace throughout the world. Because the color white of the Wu Xing theory also represents the West, the White Tiger became a mythological guardian of the West.

The ancient Chinese stargazers divided the ecliptic zone into four regions, collectively known as the ’Four Symbols’ (Si Xiang), each assigned a mysterious animal. They are the ’White Tiger’ (白虎) on the West, the ’Vermilion Bird’ (朱雀) on the South, the ’Azure Dragon’ (青龍) on the East and the ’Black Tortoise’ (玄武) on the North .

Each region contains seven ’lunar mansions’ of inequal extension (differently from the Indian and Arabic equisectorial systems), making a total of 28 ones. These mansions or ’xiu’ correspond to the longitudes along the ecliptic that the Moon traverses during its 27.32-day journey. In Taoism they are related to 28 Chinese generals.

Within the ’White Tiger’ region, this Full SuperMoon will stay in the lunar mansion called the ’Net’ (Chinese: ’Bi xiu’ or ’Pi xiu’); it is ruled by the Moon itself, including the marker stars Aldeberan (alpha Tauri) and Ain (epsilon Tauri) – but it is mistakenly affirmed that this one could include the Hyades cluster which is, in truth, part of the preceding ’xiu’ called the ’Hairy Head’. Probably, the (other) very faint stars of this stellar region were regarded as the mesh of a hunting net. Hunting forays in the old days of China were used either for military exercises or gathering food. Hence traditionally, this mansion ’governs’ hunting, wealth (as a result of a good hunt), outlaws, deserters and traitors as well as trouble at the frontiers (border disputes and the like). By an ancient interpretation, ’…it is a good day for construction, funerals and weddings. Burials on this day confer honor to the deceased. Building brings fortune. Children born of a marriage performed on this day will live to 100 years.’  >> More Info