The Full Moon of June 7, 2009: The Astrological Perspective

June 3, 2009 by  

Full Moon of June 7, 2009

This Full Moon is in 17° Sagittarius and it looks to be a very interesting month indeed. In astrology, the Full Moon is thought to bring forth the potentials promised by earlier horoscopes.  The Full Moon chart will only do something if an earlier horoscope promises it. Before we talk about the effect of this Full Moon on current events, let’s talk about a few of the characteristics of the Full Moon chart that will be effective worldwide.

Saturn at 15° Virgo squares the luminaries, creating a configuration all in mutable signs. Because two of the signs are ruled by Mercury, we look to it to get additional information; it is moving very slowly in Taurus, having just come out of retrograde motion, and it is conjunct the malefic fixed star Algol. Mercury is also square Jupiter in Aquarius. Jupiter receives the moon by rulership, so we can see that the Mercury-Jupiter square will be important during this Full Moon.

The Full Moon chart set for Washington DC is below.

June 7 Full Moon, Washington D.C., 1:12 PM EST

General Trends

Using Morin’s method of determining the ruler of the chart, we see that Saturn is the indisputable ruler of this Full Moon horoscope. Obviously, this does not bode well, because Saturn is a malefic, and it brings unpleasant things like illnesses, poverty, exalts, panics, disasters, and death. It is configured in the 12th house, so we will expect respiratory diseases (Saturn in the Mercury sign), and the revelation of secrets and scandals, things to do with prisons, charities, the homeless, and large animals. It is disposed by Mercury in the eighth house of death, and it is on Algol, so there is a strong determination to violent death in this Full Moon chart. Because Mercury is the planet of communication and speech, it signifies a revelation of secrets or scandals, quite possibly of a sexual or financial nature. Mercury is disposed by Venus conjunct Mars in Taurus. The 12th and eighth houses dominate here, indicating some kind of tragedy. The prison/torture scandal will gather momentum.

Bad, But Not Terrible…

However, let’s remember that this Full Moon horoscope only be effective if it is linked to another, preceding chart. The Aries ingress horoscope set for Washington DC is below.

2009 Aries Ingress in Washington, DC, March 30, 7:43 AM EDT

It also has a strong emphasis on the 12th house, with Venus and Mars ruling it, and in mutual reception. The similar 12th house emphasis again speaks of imprisonment, secrets, and scandals. However, Saturn is not involved as a ruler in this chart, and therefore some of the worst effects in the previous paragraph will not be seen in Washington DC or by extension, the United States.

In other words, it is a positive that there isn’t great similarity between the Aries ingress and the June 7 Full Moon chart. A good rule of thumb is that the more similar the two charts are, the more likely it is that the Full Moon horoscope will bring forth its full promise.  As a result, I would expect only those characteristics of the Full Moon chart that coincide with that of the Aries ingress to actually occur this coming month. So there may well be the revelation of secrets and scandals, and issues having to do with prisons. But at least for the US, the worst will not happen.

…For Most Locations

Locations that had Saturn ruling the Aries ingress will not be so lucky, however, and there we would expect some of the worst effects (death, tragedy, etc.) to occur during this Full Moon.  Unsurprisingly perhaps, this is the case in India and Pakistan, where more suffering will certainly ensue. There, Mars is on the seventh house of war, and Saturn is on the ascendant. In these locations, the full unpleasantness of Saturn will likely manifest this coming month.

Astrology of the Full Moon: The Full Moon of May 31 – June 1

May 8, 2007 by  


The Full Moon of May 31/June 1 (depending on your location) happens at 10 Sagittarius. This is quite a powerful full Moon, for reasons that I will explain below. This is particularly true in the horoscope (see below) set for Washington, DC.

Full Moon May 31 - June 1, 2007

First, note that this full Moon is exactly square the lunar eclipse of March 3, 2007. This is the same lunar eclipse that fell on the Ascendant-Descendant axis in Washington, DC, a very powerful placement indicating dramatic changes in the country. So this full Moon triggers the sensitive points of the lunar eclipse, bringing the potentials promised by the lunar eclipse to life, and perhaps providing more specific timing as to the dramatic changes in question.

The full Moon promises an ending and a beginning; the Moon is conjunct the fixed star Antares, the heart of the scorpion. This is one of the Royal stars, but it is rather malefic, as you can imagine. Specifically, it brings about endings, and has a tendency to bring down people through their own vices. The Sun, being directly opposite the Moon, is conjunct the Royal fixed star Aldebaran, which is not as bad as Antares, in that it promises new beginnings.

The eclipse aspects Mars in Aries just inside the fourth house cusp, indicating that the United States will be very much dealing with the war in Iraq, with intensifying pressure from both the pro-war and antiwar camps. The overall flavor of the country is that they wish to withdraw; the ruler of the first house, indicating the people, is Jupiter retrograde. In this case, we can read retrogradation as the desire to return. The fact that Jupiter is so powerfully placed right on the ascendant indicates that the people are in a position to make themselves be heard.

It is also interesting to seeing this eclipse falling on the Mars-Jupiter opposition in Baghdad’s horoscope. Most likely, we will see both the fighting and the political brinksmanship escalate to previously unseen levels.

Planets in Your Horoscope: Jupiter Retrograde on April 6, 2007

March 13, 2007 by  


Jupiter goes retrograde for a few months at a time, as it is such a slow-moving planet. Any planet is somewhat afflicted by backward motion, since the idea is that it is against its nature. If you’re planning anything Jupiter-related, you will want to wait until August 8, when Jupiter goes direct again.

As an example, if Jupiter rules your fifth house of creativity, and you are waiting for the right time to start your novel, doing it while Jupiter is retrograde is probably not the best time. To a lesser extent, Jupiter-type activities are not going to be at their best either. Court or legal activities in general, or the pursuit of higher knowledge or education, is probably not the thing to begin at this time.

Throughout most of Jupiter’s retrogradation, Saturn will continue its trine to Jupiter. This is another negative influence on Jupiter, since Jupiter is the planet of expansion and good, while Saturn is the planet of restriction and limits. As a result, here’s yet one more reason to postpone (or accelerate) activities having to do with Jupiter. If you absolutely must act during this time, take heart in the fact that Jupiter is still passing through its own sign, Sagittarius, and as a result, will enable you to get positive results regardless. It’s just that it won’t be quite as glowingly wonderful with the two parking brakes represented by Saturn and the retrograde motion.

–If you are interested in the effects of Jupiter retrograde on your natal chart, you may wish to get a private natal reading with Nina Gryphon.  Details are at Nina’s astrology readings webpage.

Astrological Predictions for 2007: Jupiter in Sagittarius Trine Saturn in Leo

January 12, 2007 by  

Old Friends

Last year, we saw the dramatic political effects of Jupiter squaring Saturn, and we saw that the conservative era ushered in during the 2000 elections was crashing and burning early. To recap very quickly, Jupiter and Saturn conjunct every 20 years, an event known as the Grand Conjunction. This sets the tone for the next 20 years, especially in political and world affairs.

During those 20 years, Jupiter and Saturn form additional aspects to one another, with the square aspect representing a challenge to the original seedling idea planted during the conjunction. This is the astrological reason that the Republicans lost control of Congress so dramatically in 2006. Their organization simply was not strong and resilient enough to withstand the challenges represented by the difficult square aspect. If they had been able to hold on last year, they would not have faced difficulties until the next decade, when Jupiter would oppose Saturn.

This year, we will see Jupiter trine Saturn, an aspect showing the harmonious growth of the idea formed during the conjunction. The 2000 conjunction was not auspicious for the United States, as it occurred in the 12th house of self undoing in the pre-1776 Grand Conjunction chart. The 12th house represents us harming ourselves, as well as secret enemies who undermine us through hidden means. As a result, we will see a great deal of internal strife, none of which is conducive to the growth of the country.

The 2000 conjunction is not all bad, however, as it sextiled Venus in Pisces and the Part of Fortune in the 11th house of friends and the King’s advisors. So there is some hope that allies and cabinet members can help us get out of the soup into which we have gotten ourselves. Jupiter trine Saturn this year indicates that 2007 heralds opportunities to improve our situation, and can allow others to help us do so.

Whether our government will actually take that opportunity depends largely on upcoming eclipses and lunations, which we will cover on this website as they come up.

The JupiterSaturn relationship is reflected in our personal lives as well, since every 20 years, the JupiterSaturn conjunction plants a seed in our natal horoscope which we then develop for the next 20 years. Just like with world events, we face challenges during the difficult aspects, and easier times with a sextile and trine aspects. To understand your personal meaning of JupiterSaturn in 2007, look at where the Grand Conjunction of 2000 took place in your horoscope, and consider how the square, trine, and opposition aspects are reflecting your own development.

Astrological predictions for 2007: Jupiter in Sagittarius – calling Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius

January 9, 2007 by  

Cophetua and the Beggar Maid

As Jupiter passes through Sagittarius this year, perhaps the greatest beneficiaries will be those with their natal Sun in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius). This is because this is strong Jupiter will conjoin or trine their natal Sun. Depending on the natal condition of Jupiter and the Sun, this can bring great blessings indeed.

Jupiter is the Great Benefic, so its rewards are truly magnificent. For some of us, Jupiter brings a lottery win, or some other exciting event. More likely, at least if your own natal Jupiter is not that strong, or your natal Sun is not that strong, Jupiter will bring liberation. Sometimes, this liberation can be scary at first, but it will be very beneficial, especially as you look back on it later.

Thus, if you are an Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, and you find you’re currently stuck in a situation that you dislike, Jupiter’s contact to your natal Sun could help you break free this year.

Here are the signs (and birthdays within the signs) affected most by Jupiter’s passage through Sagittarius in 2007, starting today. With all of the dates below, plus or minus one day applies:

Aries born between March 30 and April 19.

Leo born between August 1 and August 22.

Sagittarius born between December 1 and December 21.

If you are an Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, and you were born on different days than those listed above, Jupiter has likely already contacted your Sun late last year.

— For a more complete prognosis for 2007, you can contact Nina Gryphon through the Reading Requests page on her website.

Astrological Predictions for 2007 – Jupiter in Sagittarius/Jupiter in Capricorn

December 13, 2006 by  


Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue - Jupiter in 2007

This article is the first of a series about astrological predictions for 2007. Look for more 2007 predictions throughout the month of December, so that you are fully prepared for the new year.

Jupiter will move into Capricorn on December 19, 2007.

Jupiter will exit Sagittarius and enter Capricorn, which is the astrological equivalent of being thrust from a lavish party straight into the gutter. This is because Jupiter rules the sign Sagittarius, and is in its fall in the sign of Capricorn. Obviously, this does not bode well for Jupiter, but until it changes signs next December, there is much you can do.

Does Jupiter rule an important house in your chart? Yes, I know that all the houses are important, but some are more important than others. For example, if Jupiter rules your second house of finances, and is not horribly afflicted, its passage through Sagittarius might be a good time to do financial stuff. This could be anything from reorganizing your finances to looking into investments. Starting Jupiterian projects when Jupiter enters Capricorn is not going to be pleasant, and you will only get another good shot at this once Jupiter enters Pisces in 2009.

Jupiter – First Station at 19° Sagittarius on April 6, 2007; Second Station at 9° Sagittarius on August 7, 2007.

For the four months that Jupiter is retrograde, doing Jupiterian stuff is not the best idea. It does not mean that all your efforts will come to naught, but if you’re looking for optimal moment to do something, that four month period probably isn’t it. If you absolutely have to move on something then, Jupiter is still in Sagittarius, so it’s not all going to hell.

It is interesting that Jupiter will make its second station on the fixed star Antares. Antares is a Royal fixed star, though it is kind of malefic and seems to imply that a person will somehow overreach and fall from grace. Antares is considered the heart of the constellation of the Scorpion (which has gradually moved into Sagittarius due to the slow movement of the fixed stars over the centuries and millennia). There is no star more Scorpionic than Antares, and it is of Mars and Jupiter nature. So there is a real tendency with Antares for unbridled empire-building through war. This tendency to overdoing things can be present in Jupiter as well, but the danger is much less when Jupiter is in its own sign, where it is very benefic.

Should you undertake new things when Jupiter is on Antares? If you are a risk taker, or you’re going to do Antares-type things, like start building an empire which may one day cause your fall from grace, go for it. On the other hand, if you’re a quiet and conservative soul, I would highly advise against it.

— If you are interested in a personalized astrological recommendation of when to undertake an important project in 2007, you may contact Nina Gryphon at

Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter in Sagittarius

December 8, 2006 by  

King Louis XIII - Jupiter in Sagittarius

December is shaping up to be an interesting month, at least in the planetary sense. Three planets — Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter — have moved into Sagittarius. The implications are different for each planet; read on for the specific way in which each planet is affected by being in Sagittarius.

Mercury in Sagittarius

Mercury is pretty darn weak in Sagittarius. This is because Mercury rules Gemini, the sign opposite Sagittarius. In Sagittarius, Mercury is in the sign of its detriment. In Gemini, an air sign, Mercury does what it does best: it communicates and expresses itself. In Sagittarius, these tendencies are taken to an unpleasant extreme. Sagittarius is considered one of the loud voiced signs, and it is also a fire sign. This makes for harsh and in-your-face communication. If Mercury rules any important house in your chart, this is probably not the month to undertake anything major. Most likely, it would just dissipate in a shower of sparks.

Mars in Sagittarius

Mars is neutral in Sagittarius, meaning that it does not have much strength or weakness in that sign. However, all other things being equal, it is still happier in Sagittarius than in Virgo, for example, because the fiery nature of Sagittarius agrees well with Mars’s own inherent fiery nature. The verdict? Things could be worse for Mars. If Mars rules any important house in your own horoscope, and you want to undertake some important new project, wait out the next two months while Mars passes through this sign, because then it will enter Capricorn, which is the place where Mars is exalted and much stronger.

Jupiter in Sagittarius

Jupiter is right at home in Sagittarius, which is the house of its domicile. As a result, Jupiter is like a king in his own kingdom, and is quite strong. Jupiter stays in Sagittarius for one year, so if Jupiter rules any important houses in your chart, the next 12 months or so will be favorable for undertaking new projects that are ruled by those houses in your chart. This is the last chance you will get before Jupiter enters Capricorn and Aquarius, so the two years following Jupiter’s sojourn through Sagittarius will not be nearly as favorable for affairs ruled by Jupiter in your horoscope.

— If you are interested in a personalized prognosis, or simply want to know the best time to undertake anything important, a private consultation with Nina Gryphon may be for you. E-mail Nina at