MONTHLY SINCE 1999
ISSUE # 139
 

LIVING BY STARLIGHT
AN ASTROLOGICAL NEWSLETTER  

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2010  

AUTHORÕS NOTES:

Well, so the world didnÕt end last month. I know how deeply disappointed some of you are. But donÕt worry; we have more harsh aspect coming, including the powerful Pluto square Uranus in about a year. That might do it.  Seriously, the job of a financial and political astrologer is to examine the aspects and advise on the potential outcome. Several other prominent astrologers made similar predictions for August based on these transits. And there have been some very intense situations these past few weeks, including the Wiki-leaks papers, floods in Pakistan, oil spills all over the world, massive fires in Russia, etc. There was no stock market crash. Yet. But I still believe these markets are manipulated and nothing more than a playground for those with enough capital to gamble. It is going down, down, down, and even if my timing is off a bit the overall view will prove correct.

 

I recently did an interview with Alan Colmes on Fox. Anyone interested in viewing it should go to my website homepage and click Watch Mitchell On Fox News on the home page. I have been invited to return in October as we approach the mid-term elections. Mr. Colmes was a very gracious and sympathetic host. He asked me about a recent newsletter in which I said: ÒFor those of you who have been worrying about the coming apocalypse, you can stop worrying, itÕs hereÉÓ I was referring to the Gulf oil spill, but I did not mean it in the literal context that the Book of Revelations speaks of. I donÕt believe that the apocalypse will happen on a specific date, not do I believe that the fire and brimstone and world wide nuclear holocaust so many tout will occur. There may be several Ònuclear incidencesÓ, followed by a major shift to the right. But that will be followed by a change once again and a swing back to the center, where most Americans are comfortable. We are, after all, entering the Age of Aquarius, and anyone who thinks we can cook that omelet without breaking a few eggs should talk to the residents of ancient Rome about the year 410. But remember, while Rome was being sacked, Constantinople was booming. Brazil, anyone?

 

The fact that they seem to have cleaned up the gulf (miraculously the oil has disappeared – poof!) is perhaps the worst thing that could have happened. Of course as my readers know I was devastated at the loss of wildlife and pristine nature. IÕm not wishing that the spill were worse, or that it happened at all. But I have learned a thing of two about humanity in my 30 years of studies and find that once we believe there is a solution to a problem we cease to pay attention to that problem any longer, often resulting in a worse catastrophe down the line. Now we are being sold a bill of goods that technology, our modern god, will solve all the oil spills in the world, so drill baby drill! The Gulf spill is now on page 16 of the few remaining newspapers that matter, right next to the China spill and the Michigan one that is now threatening the Great Lakes. Nobody talks about that one. Do you even know it exists? ThatÕs what scares me. Complacency is the enemy of real solutions. And we are a most complacent people. The apocalypse is the rapid deterioration of our environment and food supply. Not the Terminator.

 

ÒThis is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.Ó  T.S. Eliot.

 

Despite the economic environment, corporations are showing huge profits, mostly by firing workers and thus lowering costs. Worker productivity has increased over the past year but none of the gains are finding their way into the pockets of those workers, it has all gone into corporate profits to be divided between management and stock holders. Unemployment is expected to rise, not fall over the next year. Our society is being split as never before between the rich and everyone else. As we inch ever closer to the precipice you would wonder how the hell could the middle class in any state ever vote for a Republican. Yet they may do just that in November. We are a nervous, impatient people with a history of unimpeded growth and expansion. Anything that delays that growth bothers AmericaÕs Sagittarius ascendant. But America is not growing anymore, at least not now. We have entered what will be at least a decade of stifled expansion and frustrating situations. If the Republicans regain enough seats in either house to paralyze our government, one of the first things they will do is end unemployment benefits to the millions of the new poor. How far are we from tent cities or housing complexes built to hide our growing homelessness?

 

Thanks to this dangerous Supreme Court, corporations will decide the governments of the future. In its psychotic 5 to 4 split the court has opened the door for unlimited spending by corporations in elections. They will buy and sell senate seats, governorships and of course, the venerable Oval office. They will dictate policy and direct the flow of capital virtually unrestricted, unless this country wakes up and smells the damn coffee. The check and balances put into place by our founding fathers will be meaningless if we allow money to be the only criteria by which we select our leaders. And that is exactly what this decision will do. I have long thought that The Supreme Court has way too much power, and should not be a lifetime appointment. It was done so originally to prevent tampering by a ruling party. But instead we now have a split philosophical agenda as the court appointees continue to represent the party that put them there, while the nationÕs sentiments have moved on. And, inevitably, this court will join forces with corporate America to move our nation to the right.

 

Mr. Obama was elected with the Saturn – Uranus opposition exact on Election Day. He was inaugurated on a Void Of Course Moon. So far he has done some amazing things, as one would hope during a Saturn – Uranus opposition. L.B.J. also ruled during this powerful transit, and he redistributed the wealth, one of the desired results of this opposition, as much as was possible. Health care reform and financial reform are things of great magnitude. If allowed to become the law of the land, in time, they will be seen in their proper historic light. Many of those who are currently scared by these acts will understand their necessity and accept their role through the coming years. But because this administration began on the Void of Course Moon, many things could take an unexpected twist. These changes will be fought by the Republicans for a long time. And if either issue makes it to this right wing Supreme Court, you can pretty much assume the outcome. And if it, in fact, does go that route then there is the terrible possibility that all of this wonderful work will come to naught. That is a real possibility when something is begun on a Void Of Course Moon. LetÕs pray that isnÕt the case.

 

NEW MOON:

The New Moon falls on Monday August 9th at 11:08 P.M. EST at 17 degrees Leo 25 minutes. This is the time of year for a romantic get-away. I always say that July is the time to spend with the family, and August is when you leave them with a sitter and run naked on the beach. (You may want to check the local ordinance first.) Lie around like the lazy lion and refresh yourself. Once we enter Virgo we will all be fussing over details and working very hard. There is a time for all things and this is the time to play.

This fixed fire sign rules the 5th house of romance, children, games and gambling. If you think about it, they are all akin. Do we not become children when we fall in love; play games and gamble with our most precious commodities – security, balance and self-image? And, of course, romance, will often lead to children. It isnÕt the 7th house of marriage, but the 5th house of romantic encounters that beget the next generation. Understanding what the various houses mean, and recognizing how all of the things incorporated within that house are connected, is one of the most important parts of astrology.

 

VENUS SQUARES PLUTO:

On Tuesday August 10th at 12:04 A.M. EST there will be a desire to get to the bottom of your most personal relationships, especially if this sets off your chart. Anything hidden may very well come out, and if you arenÕt ready for the truth you may be better off letting sleeping dogs lie.

 

URANUS ENTERS PISCES:

On Friday August 13th at 11:31 P.M. EST this most erratic planets retrogrades back into Pisces. There may be a pull-back in some of the technological advancements of the past year. Confusion or complications could abound, but it would only be a temporary respite in our race to the future. Pisces rules many things, including our faith. It is about to enter Aries where it will reside for the next seven year. This retrograde back into Pisces is giving us one more chance to learn what the past 7 years has been about. Has our faith changed? If so, in what ways, and is it for the better or not? When Uranus does go back into Aries the technical revolution will move at an even faster pace. We are about to lose what little humanity has not been gobbled (googled) up by the internet. Take a moment to look around you. So many things you have grown used to seeing will no longer be there soon.

 

JUPITER OPPOSES SATURN:

On Monday August 16th at 4:45 P.M. EST the desire to expand and the need to contract will create a tug-of-war. This is a very frustrating energy either in the individualÕs chart or the collectiveÕs. Because it is part of the Great T-Square we have been discussing I donÕt think you can separate this and view it only as the energy it possesses. The cumulative results of this period will be looked upon as a time of frustration and limitations; a redefining of values and a more realistic (Saturn) view of that the world really is. This opposition first completed on May 23rd 2010, in the mutable signs of Pisces and Virgo. Now it is completing at zero degrees cardinal in Aries and Libra. It will complete on more time in these cardinal signs in late March 2011, and that is when we will see the final results of this aspect. The key to working with these two diametrically opposes forces is to move slowly and steadily towards your goals. If you attempt to rush things or donÕt create enough support your projects will not come to fruition.

 

THE SUN OPPOSES NEPTUNE:

On Friday August 20th at 6:06 A.M. EST this most insecure and confusing transit comes along. As if we donÕt have enough problems dealing with the Saturn energy, today requires a great deal of work to stay focused and on top of things. Saturn in opposition to Jupiter and in square to Pluto demands that we do pay attention. So use extra caution today and try to clarify everything. This opposition can easily result in misunderstandings and misdirection. ItÕs usually a very bad aspect for the stock markets. But then, so are all of the major aspects this month. Any new relationship that begins today should be taken with a pillar of salt. Give it time to prove its worthiness.

 

VENUS CONJUNCTS MARS:

Also on Friday August 20th at 2:49 P.M. EST the sexes will certainly be attracted to each other. With both Mars and Venus traveling through Libra, it is the Venus energy that is more at home and will be more assertive. Mars doesnÕt do all that well her and feel out of sorts. But Venus shines while transiting the sign that rules relationships. To use astrology correctly you should never fight against the stream. This is a month for the female side of things to take over. Let it.

 

MERCURY RETROGRADES:

Also on Friday August 20th at 3:59 P.M. EST we begin this thrice a year joy. To be fair, there are certain things that actually work out better while the winged god is moon-walking in the sky. If you have had a hard time getting in touch with someone, you may be able to track them down now. You will find that the world is slowing down and there may be time to read something or study a subject that you have been too busy to focus on. Conversations tend to be very honest and direct, and the truth has a way of jumping off your tongue, so keep your ears open and your mouth shut and you may learn some important things. As always, use caution while traveling and leave plenty of extra time. Try not to purchase a car, boat, plane, spaceship or other devise associated with travel. Also communication device, such as cell phones, TVs, computers, or two Dixie cups with a thread attached will give you trouble if you buy it now. Unfortunately, this is also when many things could breakdown and you may be forced to get a new one. You can exchange it after Mercury turns around again. Because this retrograde is in Virgo, one of the signs this planet rules (so far), we can expect some serious difficulties in communications, especially issues involving health or physical maintenance. And with the Full Moon in Pisces this month, any medical situation that has been ignored may come to the surface now.

 

SATURN SQUARES PLUTO:

On Saturday August 21st at 5:47 A.M. EST this powerful transit completes. There are more major wars begun while these two are in conflict in the sky. In 1914-15 Saturn was conjunct Pluto in Cancer as the First World War began. In 1939-40 Saturn in Taurus was in square to Pluto in Leo, to herald in the Second World War. In 1942 Saturn conjunct Uranus, first in Taurus, then in Gemini, guaranteeing a continued instability and explosiveness for years. In 1945 Saturn in Cancer squared Neptune in Libra causing a great deal of confusion and misrepresentation. The Battle of the Bulge was basically a Neptunian venture. There was little behind the GermanÕs bravado, yet they almost succeeded in tricking us into an armistice, rather than a complete surrender. The point is that when Saturn is afflicted by the outer planets there are usually world events. ItÕs been getting trounced lately. This is what leads many of us in this business to expect serious world events. But they rarely come exactly on the aspect.

 

THE SUN ENTERS VIRGO:

On Monday August 23rd at 1:27 A.M. EST we enter the mutable part of summer, when the weather starts to change and the air just feels different. Each season has a cardinal, fixed and mutable month so we can see each in its three stages of development. If you can study the season carefully you will understand the concept of the three quadruplicates; cardinal, fixed and mutable, and perhaps better understand your own life and how it fits into the collective. We are all made up of the three types of energy, even without planets in those signs. There are house cusps and natural rulership that adds to the complexity of our personalities. This is the hardest part for many as we are preparing to say goodbye to the summer. The mutable signs seem to have a easier time saying goodbye, sometimes too easy a time. We must all learn to be cardinal (initiators), fixed (builders) and mutable (able to let go), when the time is appropriate. In this way you become the fullest most complete person you can be. So for now, look around you at the changing season and how it affects you and others, and learn its lessons.

 

FULL MOON:

This monthÕs lunar peak occurs on Tuesday August 24th at 1:05 P.M. EST at 1 degree Pisces 26 minutes. We have returned to the point in our cycle where the Full Moons are completing in the early degrees of each sign. This implies that there is more of a chance for initiation on these lunar peaks, and not just a waning energy. Pisces is interested in service to others, although not all those born under this last sign are particularly happy about it. From now until the next New Moon it would behoove us all to seek ways in which we can help others. If only our species could understand the concept of circulation; what you give out comes back, many times over.

I would use caution with alcohol and all drugs (legal or illegal makes no difference in astrology, only in court), for the few days surrounding this aspect. Not only does Pisces rule these things, but the Moon will conjunct Neptune, ruler of Pisces, on the dark of the moon, shortly before the Moon conjuncts the Sun. Illusions of all sorts may be presented to you, so make sure you have a reality check. This can be a very spiritual and enlightening moment if you can take it for what it is – a play staged in fog and mirrors. Very deep understanding is possible, if you can take a leap of faith and open yourself to new information.

 

THE SUN TRINES PLUTO:

On Thursday August 26th at 1:11 A.M. EST we will have these two powers working in tandem. If you can use the Sun and Pluto together successfully you can transform almost anything. ItÕs a great aspect in a natal chart, which allows the individual the chance to recreate themselves throughout their lives. It means new beginnings and deep rooted transformative changes, but done in a flowing and proactive manner, not disruptive or destructive like the opposition or square. Of course here it is only a passing moment, but try to make the most of it. Issues that involve joint ownership or group activities should do quite well. 

 

THE SUN CONJUNCTS MERCURY:

On Friday September 3rd at 8:35 A.M. EST people will be willful and assertive. There will be great force behind all communications, which could easily lead to disputes and loud verbal exchanges. Anything that needs to be said will be, and this is a good time to clear the air. Just be careful how you say it. There could be some difficulties in travel, and this completes during rush hour, on Friday of the Labor Day weekend, so try to bypass it. Listen to news radio for the traffic reports.

 

VENUS TRINES NEPTUNE:

On Saturday September 4th at 1:13 P.M. EST this rather pleasant transit completes. This is a very creative and romantic trine, combining the lower and higher levels of the love connection. Venus rules personal love. Neptune rules universal love. The combination can produce great moments of passion and deep understanding. Watch how much you eat and drink. It is very easy to enjoy this aspect a little too much.

 

DARK OF THE MOON:

The next New Moon falls on Wednesday September 8th at 6:30 A.M. EST at 15 degrees Virgo 41 minutes. The day or two leading up to it will be a particularly low energy period. If you tend to be emotional this may be a very trying time each month. I have found that people with prominent moons or a Cancer Sun, Moon or ascendant respond to the cycles of the moon more intensely than others. Spend this time finishing up anything that is incomplete, donÕt try to initiate new projects on a waning moon, it just wonÕt work out. Once the New Moon hits you begin new projects or attempt a new approach to an existing problem. If you have been living in a situation or involved in a relationship that is intolerable or has outlived its usefulness this would be the proper time to move on with your life. If you have been working on a project that is almost complete but you seem to lack the energy for the finality, you must push during these low energy days to end the matter once and for all. If you donÕt, when the New Moon arrives it will bring this ÒdeadÓ energy along with it and conflict with the newer force being presented. Each month we are offered a chance to clean house, so to speak.

Note: All aspects are most powerful and effective as they apply. Once the transit has completed, its force is lessened. The further it separates the weaker it becomes. 


Below is a list of times this month when the Moon is Void of Course and neither important decisions nor purchases should be made during these periods. The Void of Course Moon is a time when we should try to center ourselves and deal with spiritual matters not materialistic ones. Any decisions made on the VC Moon will not turn out the way we had expected.

 

The Moon is Void of Course from the time it makes its last major aspect in a sign until it enters the next sign. For example, if the Moon squares Mars at 27 degrees Aries and then has no more aspects until it enters Taurus it will be Void of Course for three degrees or about 6 hours. The aspects used are the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition.

 

All times are Eastern Daylight:

August 10th 3:10 P.M. - 7:01 P.M.

August 11th 8:04 P.M. – August 12th 6:42 P.M.

August 14th 4:06 P.M. – 8:26 P.M.

August 17th 1:24 A.M. – 1:34 A.M.

August 19th 9:58 A.M. – 10:17 A.M

August 21st 9:08 P.M. – 9:37 P.M.

August 24th 4:30 A.M. – 10:11 A.M.

August 26th 9:59 P.M. – 10:49 P.M.

August 29th 4:48 A.M. – 10:35 A.M.

August 31st 7:13 P.M. – 8:19 P.M.

September 3rd 1:40 A.M. – 2:50 A.M.

September 5th 4:31 A.M. – 5:45 A.M.

September 7th 4:17 A.M. – 5:53 A.M.

 

Mitchell Scott Lewis

August 2010

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