New Moon in Aquarius, February 18, 2015

February 16, 2015 by  

New Moon at 29.59 Aquarius February 17, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh: Landscape with Couple Walking and Crescent Moon, 1890.

The New Moon of February 18 is the second new Moon in Aquarius this year. Two new moons in one sign are rare, as if two trees grow from one seed. February offers second chances in whatever area of one’s life is represented by Aquarius. Now is a time of return, underlined by the recent Mercury retrograde in Aquarius. Yet we cannot step in the same river twice, for other waters are ever flowing on to us, as said by Heraclitus. Even if it seems that we are doing something again, it really will be different this time. We are now poised at the edge of a metamorphosis disguised as a repetition.

The New Moon occurs in the term of Saturn, using the system of Egyptian terms. Given that the classical domicile ruler of Aquarius is also Saturn, this gives the New Moon a serious, Saturnian flavor, with a tinge of permanence. Aquarius and Saturn both embody long-lasting influences; Aquarius is a fixed sign, and Saturn is the most superior, and thus enduring, of all the planets. The fruits of our new phase will be with us for a long time. We are now putting down roots.

New Moon February 17, 2015, set for San Francisco, California

New Moon February 18, 2015, set for San Francisco, California

The need for change is felt keenly in the last ten degrees of Aquarius, and we desperately wish to just leave things behind. We are done. Austin Coppock’s book, 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans, summarizes the dissatisfaction of this decan as follows: “On a spiritual level, this face represents disenchantment with the fabric of everyday life and its petty terrors. It is divine discontent, the same that Siddhartha Gautama felt before he left his comfortable home.” (p 239) This New Moon is eager to leave the present and stride into the unknown future. At 29.59 degrees of Aquarius, we see the very last part of the transition. We may need to do some cleanup, but this New Moon definitively closes one door and opens another.

The New Moon will be especially potent if it is within 6 degrees of a planet, and to a lesser extent, an angle. Six degrees is the moiety (half-orb) of the Moon according to tradition. In this case, the lunation does not aspect other planets, so its character is essentially unimpacted by other planets.

Free Astrology Readings: Horary Astrology – “Will My Boyfriend Marry Me?”

February 13, 2008 by  

Girl with White Cat illustrating Free Astrology Readings: Horary Astrology  – “Will My Boyfriend Marry Me?”

Horary Astrology Question:

We are both divorced with 2 children each, 3 of which live with us. We are hoping to move house and set up a cattery at the new home so I can be at home more. B is great (most of the time!) very un-emotional and does not show or talk about his feelings, his father died tragically when he was 11.  I would love dearly for some commitment from him but fear it will never happen.  We have been together for 8 years now.  I think he thinks that setting up the cattery is enough commitment, he owns the house, etc., and I feel I have put all my eggs in one basket (again) and will end up on my own.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear L.,

Your situation is difficult; a certain pattern has been set up that will be difficult to change without an effort on your part. But, let us see what the astrology says.

The horary horoscope for your question is below: 

Horary Astrology Horoscope illustrating Free Astrology Readings: Horary Astrology  – “Will My Boyfriend Marry Me?”

We have an early degree on the ascendant, indicating the situation is as yet underripe. This is somewhat puzzling, because the relationship has been going on for eight years, hardly an immature situation. It may be a reference to the fact that there will never really be a “right” time to take this relationship to the next level, and it may remain in this embryonic state always.

We see that you are very much interested in marriage, and even though before, you were content just to have a stable companion, you are now ready to get married. We see that the Moon in Taurus, which represents your emotions in the situation, is in the sign and triplicity of Venus; Venus rules the Arabian Part of Marriage at 11 Libra.

The most dramatic element in this chart is the extent to which all of the main significators; your planets and his, are in strong dignities of Saturn. Whatever Saturn represents has a huge influence over the situation, and will eventually decide whether you will marry your boyfriend or not. Moreover, we see that Saturn is right inside the seventh house cusp of partners, where it is strongly tied to your boyfriend.

So what does Saturn represent? It can be his children, as it rules the fifth house from the seventh, or it can be something hidden or secret, perhaps the emotional trauma you speak of. Whatever it is, it is harmful to you and your hopes of marriage. Saturn is in the detriment of Jupiter, your main significator, and also in the fall of Venus, the planet the rules marriage and his horoscope. Unfortunately, your boyfriend is very much under the influence of whatever Saturn represents — both of his planets, Mercury and the Sun, are in Aquarius, in Saturn’s sign and triplicity. I wonder if Saturn doesn’t represent the cattery; it rules his sixth house, but because of Saturn’s negative reception to you and to Venus, I would strongly recommend not setting up the cattery, for fear of perpetuating an already difficult situation.

The bigger concern I have is that neither of his planets seem particularly interested in either marriage or your planets, showing something of an indifference to you. If there is true mutual interest between two people, even a roadblock such as Saturn in this chart can be overcome. I am concerned, however, that there are some fundamental weaknesses in this relationship, and it will be difficult if not impossible to marry this man without addressing these issues first.

We see that the Moon is opposite the antiscion of the Sun, and the aspect will become exact about the same time that the Moon trine’s Saturn. It looks as though you will have to make a momentous decision in the near future, one that will make you rethink this relationship, and hopefully will bring out some of the problematic undercurrents more into the open where you can address them.

As always, I like to ask that in return for your free reading, you update me (either by email, or in the comments on this page) on what happened. I don’t mind being wrong, but I like to learn from what I did well or badly.

—Readers who wish to get a horary reading from Nina Gryphon may purchase one at top left, or learn more at the Gryphon Astrology Readings page.

Solar Eclipse of February 7, 2008: Its Astrological Meaning

February 4, 2008 by  

Sheep in a Winter Landscape, illustrating Solar Eclipse of February 7, 2008

The solar eclipse on February 7th will be visible in southeastern Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica, so we would expect primarily these places to feel the effects of the eclipse. Regardless of the visibility of the eclipse, additional places that may be affected (though less so) would be those ruled by Aquarius, which is the sign where the solar eclipse occurs. These Aquarius-ruled places include Croatia, Westfalia and SW Bavaria (Germany), the Arabian world, Moscow, Central Asia, and Wallachia (Romania). The eclipse will be exact in the 18th degree of Aquarius, and in our chart below, set for Wellington, New Zealand, the solar eclipse is exactly trine the Ascendant.

Note that the planetary positions for the eclipse will be the same everywhere in the world; it is the house positions and rulerships that will change depending on location.

Solar Eclipse of February 7, 2008

The effects of the eclipse should last approximately 13 months, until March 2009. For our example chart set for New Zealand, the solar eclipse’s effects should culminate between December 2008 and March 2009. The times of culmination will be different in different countries, based on the position of the eclipse.

What kinds of events are these? The Lord of the Eclipse is Saturn, the ruler of Aquarius, which causes widespread chronic diseases due to an excess of cold, poverty, misery, and a “scarcity of such cattle as are useful for mankind,” according to William Lilly. Given that New Zealand is sheep country, this would be a helpful advance warning particularly for that region; but again, any of the countries listed above may be affected. With Saturn being in an earth sign, we might also see a destruction of crops and useful plants by disease and pests.

Further, according to Lilly, solar eclipses in this part of Aquarius create “thefts publicly countenanced,” robberies, earthquakes, public corruption and monopolies.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Mars in Aquarius

February 16, 2007 by  


Mars will enter Aquarius on February 26, 2007

Mars is leaving its exaltation in Capricorn, and will soon enter the sign of Aquarius, where it has little strength. Mars passes through each sign about every two years, since it takes two years for Mars to go around the zodiac. Therefore, if you wish to do anything Mars related, you would be well advised to do so before Mars leaves the sign of Capricorn. Mars in Aquarius is an okay time to do Mars related things, or things ruled by house is governed by Mars in your natal chart. It is certainly not optimal. If you can wait, it is far better to wait for Mars to enter its triplicity in Pisces. Or, if you can wait even longer, let Mars enter its own sign of Aries, which would be even better.

Mars is not very strong in Aquarius, as the airy, hot and moist nature of Aquarius is not entirely congenial to fiery Mars. Mars seems to do best when it has some amount of structure (Mars exalted in Capricorn) or at least raw energy (Mars ruling Aries and Scorpio) to work with. Aquarius provides neither, as its energy is just too diffuse for Mars to use as fuel.

Mars in Aquarius natally is not a remarkable placement, either for its strength or its weakness. Most likely, Mars in Aquarius is going to be Peregrine in the chart, which means that aspects, receptions and other influences upon Mars will determine to a large extent whether it will be used positively or negatively. For example, if Mars in Aquarius is trine Venus in its own sign in Libra, this would be a positive influence upon Mars.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Mercury enters Aquarius on January 15, 2007

January 12, 2007 by  

Lady Reading Letter

Mercury is happy in Aquarius, or at least happier than it was in Capricorn, where it only has a little bit of strength for all of 6° out of 30. Mercury rules the triplicity of Aquarius by night, it is in its own term from 6 to 12°, and in its own face from 10° to 20° Aquarius.

What does this all mean? It means it is time for a mini electional astrology note. If you’re planning anything serious that is ruled by Mercury, you should probably do it now, because Mercury will not have a lot of strength until its arrival in Gemini in May, 2007. Mercury will stay in Aquarius until February 2, 2007. After that, it enters Pisces, where it is both in its fall and detriment.

Important Note: I know I talk about certain activities being ruled by certain planets quite often on this blog, and as a professional astrologer, it seems really obvious to me that studying is a Mercury-ruled activity, for example. But if you are just now dipping your toes into the ocean of astrology, this may not be second nature yet. You might want to look at the planetary pages I have put together on the Gryphon astrology website, where every planet is extensively characterized, so you get some idea of what a typical Mercury activity would be. So, if you’re thinking to yourself, “what planet rules that book that I am writing?” Perusing the planetary pages would likely give you an answer. Then you would know what planet you need to wait for to get strong and make your move!

—If you are interested in finding the best time to take that important step, you may wish to learn more about what an electional astrology reading can do for you.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Sun in Aquarius, January 20, 2007

January 11, 2007 by  


Happy upcoming birthday, Aquarians!  Here’s wishing you a wonderful solar return (which is where the phrase “many happy returns” came from).  For the rest of us, here are some hints on what this month will bring.

The Sun is not very happy in Aquarius, which makes sense, since it’s the middle of winter.  The Sun is small, far away, and not particularly warming – no wonder it’s in detriment!  The Sun is happiest in its sign of Leo, which of course happens at the height of summer, so it’s going to be weak in the opposite sign, Aquarius.  Does this mean that if you’re a Sun sign Aquarius, you are doomed?  Of course not.  It does mean that wherever in your horoscope your Aquarian Sun falls, or whatever houses it rules, those areas will need some additional support from strong planets or other supporting factors.

Here is your electional astrology nugget: If the Sun rules something important in your chart, like your first house of self, for example, this is probably not the month to do anything major.  Rather, wait until the Sun enters its exaltation in Aries on March 20/21st, depending on where you are.  However, if you’re trying to do something like a diet, and the Sun rules your first house of the body, depending on other factors, this could be a good time to start.  The idea is that you’re trying to minimize yourself, so the “minimized” Sun is perfect.

As usual, context is everything.  Good luck!

—Readers who wish to learn more about astrologically electing the perfect moment to do something, may contact Nina Gryphon through her astrology readings webpage.

Astrological Predictions for 2007: Saturn’s Effects on Leo, Virgo, Aquarius, and Pisces

January 8, 2007 by  

Old Man Reading

As any reader of this blog knows, I am not fond of Sun sign or transit predictions. Usually, they are pretty generic, simply because the rest of the complex factors in the horoscope are not taken into account. Give me a good progressed chart or solar return over transits any day. But even I cannot deny that the transits of Saturn are always felt, if not in actual events, they do set an oppressive or dark mood.

This year, Saturn will cover the range between 18° Leo through 8° Virgo. If you have any important planets or points in this range, you will likely feel Saturn, which of course, is the most oppressive, and generally unpleasant planet. If you know your horoscope pretty well, you will know if your ascendant or midheaven is in the above range of degrees.

If you were born between approximately August 12 and September 1 (plus or minus a day on either end), Saturn will be conjoining your Sun this year. Hurray. This is considered the least pleasant transit of all, simply because the Sun is such an important part of us — it represents our physical vitality, our standing in society, plus any meanings it acquires by its location in or rulership of a house.

If you were born between February 12 and March 1 (again plus or minus a day on either end), Saturn will be opposing your Sun. This is also unpleasant, because there is a sense here that you’re fighting Saturn; whether he is incarnate as a literal bad guy whom you’re battling, or simply faulty wiring in your house. Of course, Saturn always wins — this doesn’t mean that you will lose your battle against said bad guy or wiring, just that you will have to earn every success you do get, probably many times over.

However, I would hasten to add that Saturn is only going to do its nasty bit on you if your progressions, solar returns, and other methods indicate this as well. Transits are pretty much at the bottom of the celestial pecking order. As a result, they cannot do a thing to you unless more important indicators give them the nod.

Finally, remember that Saturn itself does not cause anything to happen. Rather, he just indicates that we have been remiss in something in our lives. If you haven’t been brushing your teeth, Saturn’s transits indicate cavities. It’s not Saturn that gave you cavities; you did. Saturn just indicates when the karmic bill comes due.

— Readers who are interested in a complete prediction for this coming year, may submit their request for private reading through the Reading Requests page.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Venus in Aquarius

January 5, 2007 by  

 Farm Girl

A day or so ago, Venus has moved from Capricorn into the sign of Aquarius. In Capricorn, Venus is fairly strong, especially by day. This is because Venus rules the day triplicity of Capricorn. However, in Aquarius, Venus is not nearly as strong, and only has a little bit of strength through the minor dignities of terms and faces and most of the sign.

The comparison between Venus in Capricorn and Aquarius is something like this: Venus has more affinity with the earthy triplicity (Taurus, Capricorn, and yes, even Virgo), and indeed, we can visualize Venus more as an earth mama type. In Aquarius, Venus is not entirely at home, since the airy signs are little bit too cerebral for the sensuous Venus. Its rulership of Libra notwithstanding, Venus is generally more comfortable in the earthy signs.

What does this mean for you? If you are trying to start any major projects that are of a Venus nature, such as proposing marriage, getting married, starting your own interior decoration business, or having sex (major project?), it would be best to wait until Venus moves into Pisces, when it will be exalted and very strong. Luckily, you will not have to wait very long, because Venus will move into Pisces on January 28. The same advice applies if Venus rules any important houses of your horoscope, even if the activity itself is not Venus ruled.

It may be that you cannot wait until the end of the month, in which case I would recommend that you act between the 21st and 24th of January, or a good second choice would be acting between now and January 12.

— Readers who are interested in finding the best time to do something may learn more about Nina’s private reading options at the Reading Requests page.