This weekend's Libra New Moon is exactly (to less than one degree) opposite a minor planet conjunction: 1992 QB1
and Achilles. I'm glad I checked this this: these are two minor planets with which I'm very familiar, having worked with them for a full decade. Both are subtle and a bit off the normal wavelength of awareness. Their conjunction is also square the lunar nodes and is thus showing up high on the list of priorities. Let's go in alphabetical order, numbered planet first.
Srimati Radharani is the Supreme Goddess. She is most always seen with Lord Krishna.
1992 QB1 is a planet slightly past Pluto that confirmed the existence of the Kuiper Belt: an enormous band of planetoids and icy debris in the region of Pluto. It was the first planet discovered beyond Pluto, and it was spotted first on the Aries Point, to the degree, in 1992. It has not been named, though a whole class of planets has been named after her: the Cubewanos
(Q-B-1-o's), which usually have orbits in range of 300 years (Pluto is about 250 years, so as mentioned, they're a little further out). I have contacted the co-discoverer, Jane X. Luu, and proposed the name Radharani
, the consort of Lord Krishna.
I believe that this is a feminine archetype associated with people, predominantly women, who assist people at threshold moments: midwives who help us birth; hospice workers who help us die; orgasm coaches, who teach us how to let go more deeply; Tantrikas who introduce us to the sexual mysteries; and all teachers and guides who assist others in the process of crossing boundaries within themselves. Said another way, she represents anyone who takes a personal risk and gives from their souls to assist those who must cross a spiritual border. I have a word for them, which is thresholders
, and I believe they come under the guidance of, and are significated by, this small planet.
1992 QB1 is similar in energy to Vesta, but less detached; more directly involved in the process. She does not have to address the paradox of the 'sacred prostitute who is also chaste' and is therefore not under a vow of celibacy in any form. To the contrary, her personal experience in all of these matters is what would make her a master (or at least adept) of the 8th house of death and transformation.
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By Judith Gayle | Political Waves
There's a new game afoot that I suspect you've noticed and may even have developed some skill at playing. It's a kind of Cosmic Where's Waldo?
, where we scan our headlines, our television screens, our neighbors' responses and our co-workers' attitudes for some hint of reality, some sense of spiritual aptitude. We've traveled a long summer's madness, trickled tears at the twists and turns that are pummeling our nation, battled our fears over the projections and losses and defaults; wondering if we're the only ones hunting a solution other than chaos. The shifting landscape of our game board has taken us into distressing, often surprising territory, but we trudge on, looking for that sparkle of awareness in the eyes that will tell us we've found like-mind. Our family members sometimes turn into one of those dim Not Waldo faces as we search feverishly for the lost ones; we mourn a bit, heart-shocked and disturbed, then move on in our quest. We're in search of our tribe.
Back in May, some big players in our game turned retrograde within a day of one another; Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron. They'd been traveling in a pack under the altruistic canopy of the Water Bearer, Aquarius; had been and will be again, into the new year. Jupiter has slowed and begun forward movement now; perhaps some of the zealotry, bloviating and excess will dissipate or, at minimum, we can begin to put it into perspective. As with any retro, we got a review period; and a particularly potent one. We've had a good, long look at the unenlightened and the unintelligent, who bellow louder than the many who gained insight into the Jupitarian concerns of ethical and moral social expression during this period. If Chiron requires us to re-wound, we've managed it; if it is also the path toward our healing, then I suggest we get on with it. Our nation is dis-eased in many ways, her fractured schisms symptomatic of her decline; and as with every such malady, it's our choice of remedy that makes all the difference.
You have no doubt heard that our president has received one of the most honored awards the world bestows: the Nobel Peace Prize. The Committee Chairman was very specific about the reason Obama unanimously beat out 200 other nominees, saying, "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future, but for what he has done in the previous year. We would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do." The firestorm of opinion that greeted this remarkable accomplishment was stunning. When a respected Washington Post
columnist writes that the award is "ridiculous, embarrassing," she is displaying a deep lack of vision into these changing times; when Glenn Beck says the prize should, instead, have gone to his Tea Baggers -- and later declares that the White House finally going after the Republican propaganda machine, FOX News, is comparable to Hitler's assault on the Jews -- then I suddenly feel the true impact of the words 'ridiculous' and 'embarrassing.' Neither of these people are Waldo. Dude, where's my tribe?
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-- the Neolithic landmark on the English countryside that served as a sacred site, an observatory, an astrological calendar, a burial ground, and more -- continues to reveal secrets some 5,000 years after its construction.
ScienceDaily.com reports that British archaeologists with the Stonehenge Riverside Project
have found evidence that another stone circle
stood less than two miles away on the banks of the Avon River.
Today, all that is left of that second circle are nine depressions in the ground, but those plus other archaeological evidence (Stone Age tools, evidence of fires) lead scientists to believe that 25 standing stones once formed a circle more than 30 feet across on the site, surrounded by a henge
, or a circular ditch with an external bank. They're calling it "Blue Stonehenge" because they believe the standing stones were bluestones mined from the Preseli Mountains in Wales
, more than 150 miles away.
They also suspect that around 2500 BCE, Blue Stonehenge was dismantled and its stones incorporated into Stonehenge proper when it was rebuilt. Still, according to the article, Blue Stonehenge should be considered part of the overall Stonehenge complex and not a separate construct, since it stood at the end of the Avenue, a ceremonial way that led from Stonehenge to the Avon.
It all fits in with what the Stonehenge Project's members believe was a Neolithic community along the Avon, which included a village they discovered in 2005 and call Durrington Walls. That village, the scientists speculate, represented a "domain of the living" that was linked with a "domain of the dead" through the newly discovered circle and Stonehenge.
"It could be that Blue Stonehenge was where the dead began their final journey to Stonehenge," Sheffield University Professor Mike Parker Pearson, a co-director of the Project, was quoted in the article. "Not many people know that Stonehenge was Britain's largest burial ground at that time. Maybe the bluestone circle is where people were cremated before their ashes were buried at Stonehenge itself."
Stonehenge is part of a network of prehistoric monuments in the area. Also nearby is Avebury Henge
, a double stone circle so large that it includes a small town. This is located about 32km south of Stonehenge. Silbury Hill
, an ancient manmade mountain, is also in the area, and is part of the same network of monuments, all of which were likely to have related purposes. There are many theories as to their use, one of them astrological. Stonehenge may have been a war council chamber devoted to Mars, and Avebury Henge another kind of temple devoted to the Sun and the Moon. Even in modern times, Avebury's two circles are referred to as the Sun Circle and the Moon Circle. Silbury Hill, for its part, remains a mystery, and few artifacts have been found there.
The Stonehenge Project's other co-director, Professor Julian Thomas of the University of Manchester, seconded the significance of the find: "The implications of this discovery are immense. It is compelling evidence that this stretch of the River Avon was central to the religious lives of the people who built Stonehenge."
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From the Monthly Horoscope for October 2009, Libra edition - BY ERIC FRANCIS
(May 20- June 21)
Many seasons of your life have been spent figuring out what was bothering you. This has involved a difficult confrontation with the past, during which you're likely to have discovered how much emotional baggage you're dragging around, courtesy of your family and your upbringing. This nagging sense that something was wrong has been the source of so much of your perfectionism. What you're now discovering is that it's best to exchange this for other methods of growth that actually get you somewhere. At the moment, it's equally important that you leave behind the baggage as it is that you leave behind your struggle to sort it out. You're about to embark on a new kind of challenge: something entirely more creative, and that is obviously beautiful. You crave this with all your heart and soul. How many times have you discovered that analysis only gets you so far? At a certain point you have to pick up the world and sculpt it with your hands, proceeding on the basis of feeling. For the next few weeks, you may still need to iron out your concepts. I suggest you boil what you've learned down to a few ideas short enough to write on the wall; something easy to remember, akin to a sharp tool you can hang on your belt and use when you need it.
(Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)
For years, your potential has existed like a mirage. You see what is possible; you feel the strength of your ideas and the need to hold a clear vision for yourself; but often this turns out to be like peering into a different dimension, one that you cannot reach or experience as solid. This is a special kind of torture, but for you, its days are numbered. Here is an astrological secret you're unlikely to hear elsewhere. Libra is the most potent creative well of the zodiac. Fortunately since everyone has Libra somewhere in his or her natal chart, we can draw on an unlimited battery of innovation and beauty. You have your Sun placed in this sign; you can be one and the same as this creative well, if you allow yourself to go there; and if you allow yourself the permission to take initiative. Saturn is about to enter your sign for the first time in nearly 30 years. This is likely to represent one of the few times in your adult life that you feel like you're standing on solid ground. Decisions will mean more, and you will finally have a sense of how valuable you are to your relationship partners, business partners and colleagues. Manifesting this will require some elements of letting it happen, and certain elements of making it happen. Trust that you'll know exactly what to do.
(Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
It would be an understatement to say that you've been living through one of the most outrageous identity crises in the history of psychology. Okay, maybe that's actually an overstatement, but you know what I'm talking about. There have been so many elements to this, going back so long, you seem to have a) lost track of them and b) grown accustomed to this simply being the way things are. There is something about yourself, essential to this whole process, that keeps coming in and out of focus. It's like you get it into your vision and manifestation field, then it disappears; then you re-focus, and feel its reality, then it vanishes again. If you study this, you will get a look at how your inner components speak to one another. If you study this over time, you will see how you are gradually integrating aspects of your character that have tended to exist in layers and to act independently of one another, sometimes leading you to make the kinds of strange decisions that can only be accounted for by a lack of self-awareness. You have taken some amazing steps this year to both raise your awareness and integrate many seemingly separate aspects of yourself. As the next few weeks unfold, notice the strange and beautiful feeling emerge that you are one coherent entity, poised to travel a distinct, unique trajectory in life.