Funnels of Cosmic Light: Summer Centaur Lunations

Over the last month, the Moon has waxed and waned in interplay with distant planets, the Centaurs (first Pholus, then Okyrhoe and Nessus, and now Chariklo). This follows what Chiron began in spring, when he opposed the Libra Full Moon of March. Chiron is now retrograde, along with all these Centaurs. Retracing, re-aligning, reviewing are retrograde themes, here applied in terms of our energy, emotion, health, and interpersonal awareness.

Now it is summer up north and we are amid the Full Moons that follow Eclipses. June’s Capricorn Full Moon (FM) was the first of two sequential lunations in Saturn-ruled signs that also closely conjoined Centaurs. The first highlighted Pholus Retrograde in early Capricorn – and then July’s Aquarius FM closely conjoined Chariklo. Now retrograding through early Aquarius, Chariklo will spend the autumn back in Capricorn – criss-crossing her (heliocentric) North Node at 0 Aquarius 42. Consistently, the New and Full Moons of summer 2021 interact with the Centaurs in ways that accelerate and intensify the effects of these lunations while clarifying their meanings for us.

It is mid-2021, and clouds of fire gather. Turkey and Greece have grappled with catastrophic fires caused by climate change and worsening the refugee crisis. In the USA, forest fires send smoke that carries into lungs situated on the farther coast, adding to the billows of billionaire exhaust from burning excess capital to kindle fever dreams of interspace colonialism of men who have accumulated too much. In the words of ska band Ruder Than You, there’s a “Space shuttle blowing off in my face/ but we got something here called the human race” / “Shooting all our money off into the air, but what comes down won’t feed you.” (Swallow Blood)

In contrast to this status quo, we can look to the example of Chariklo, whose rainfalls of grace are apparent in July’s Aquarian Pleiadian Symbol: “From a blue sky a torrent of rain suddenly begins to fall.” With the Aquarian Full Moon channeling Chariklo, we can too as we breathe (when and where possible) into the potential to make greater healing space for all of us down here on Earth.

2021’s major aspect, playing out everywhere, is the square between Saturn and Uranus; an aspect of strife, the quaking earth gives way to new forms or else. These two outer planets also demarcate essential Centaur turf: most centaur planets orbit within that range of distance from the Sun falling between Saturn and Uranus, with some like Pholus and Nessus extending toward Neptune’s dimension too.

Chiron and Chariklo each inhabit this realm of friction between the known and unknown. It is the static electricity generated by their transits between these layers of experience (of the embodied and the etheric) that make Centaurs so exciting to know and work with.

2020 itself was marked by the cardinal square between Chiron and Pholus (implicated strongly in the pandemic). Chariklo was always front and center in the year’s action, making a stellium of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in 2020, and with the Great Conjunction, as she trailed into the sign of Aquarius weeks after the giants did.

The Great Conjunction in early Aquarius already helped us ring in the year that would follow 2020: Jupiter and Saturn together launched the fully fledged Age of Air. They met (as we’ve noted) at the place on the zodiac where centaurs Pholus and Chariklo both intersect the ecliptic (their planetary Nodes) – also conjunct July’s Aqua FM.

Incidentally, July’s New Moon (NM) in Cancer served to guide us through these lunations: firstly, because all New Moons in Luna’s own sign may inherently be times for healing; also because this Moon began its new cycle with Sol in an exact trine to Okyrhoe – the daughter of Chiron and Chariklo. As Oracle, she is the nymph counterpart to Pholus (at least metaphysically). This Cancer NM linked our story from the “lid coming off” to finding our soul amid the wreckage, those themes which Moons linking Pholus and Chariklo can afford us. Okyrhoe is still conjunct fellow Centaur Nessus, so the New Moon aspected each of these healing planets and boosted their presence in our lives.

As I’ve explained elsewhere, the present Okyrhoe-Nessus conjunction is an unusual factor in the year’s unfolding, as it lasts all year long, only happens every third decade, and being in Pisces refers back to the conjunction of 1900 in particular (see this lecture*). There I’ve showed how and why decolonization (and hopes of truth and reconciliation) applies to the yearlong Okyrhoe-Nessus conjunction of 2021-2022. (Briefly cited in that lecture is the theme of labor strikes, especially among miners! This theme is recapping now as well, see: Alabama.)

If Pholus blows the lid right off situations (and he does!) then a Full Moon was sure to move that process along. What popped off for you, and society, in June? One of its most heart-rending manifestations springs forth from below the colonialist underworld in Canada and the USA in tragic testament to the power of the Centaurs, especially those like Nessus which traverse toward the Plutonian sphere. The past months have brought to light the unmarked graves of thousands of native children in the earth around Christian re-education camps. Pholus exposes what is chthonic, and who along with Nessus is a psychopomp to the Plutonic realms. Pholus patiently awaits the visitor to his cave deep below the earth, and pours out visionary brew to the worthy guest. The keyword with Pholus is catharsis, which can be a painful experience even when necessary for healing.  Speaking in Canada, indigenous professor Niigaanwewidam Sinclair of Manitoba University said: “Now is the time to create a country different than that which we have inherited.”

To quote astrologer Hummingbird Star, writing at Activist Astro: “The surfacing of these remains is so literal to the moment we are in: hard proof, literally buried skeletons, the bones left by the life-eating forces of colonialism…” She notes how Canada appears to be ahead of the USA in facing its collective, colonial shadow. The existence of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in 2007 through 2015 shows that to be the case (although evaluating it is beyond our scope). As for the USA, “Could anything built on so much death, so much stealing, so many horrors, possibly be “great”? From an energetic and spiritual standpoint, there’s no question here… If you understand the reality of America, you understand that “focusing on the positive” is like prepping for a deadly hurricane by saying positive affirmations. The shadow of this country is CATCHING UP.” Naturally this “shadow work” aligns with the biggest of all planetary cycles, the Pluto Return which is coming up in February 2022 – and comprises a double Nessus Return, too.

On the other hand, the guide to the Full Moons that followed is healer Chariklo, closely conjunct July’s Aqua FM. Chariklo at her North Node is poised. She is where she is supposed to be. As the Sun entered the tropical sign of Leo, it lit up the Nodal Axis of these centaurs, preparing for the Full Moon conjunct Chariklo near her own North Node. An opportunity to receive her graces in fulfillment of her potential with and for us. A Full Moon with Chariklo is a healing lunation.

Societally, her presence marking the Full Moon that hits during so many retrogrades (just after Mercury’s final direct motion past Neptune) casts a bright light on how healing must occur and progress can be made, or there is no hope. Recent revelations are painful in the extreme for the native communities who mourn their relatives. Hope comes from transfer of leadership positions (and land) into indigenous hands. We can look to inspiration from the first indigenous Governor General in Canada (Mary Simon), and the USA’s first Native American Cabinet Secretary (Deb Haaland). May they be the “Small Cause and Big Effects” of justice in the 21st Century.

It is worth noting that Sec. Haaland was born with Chariklo in Aquarius, too. At her birth on 12/2/60, the healing centaur was precisely opposed to its future discovery placement in Leo. She also has Jupiter and Saturn widely conjunct in Capricorn, at the waning phase of the Age of Earth’s Great Conjunction. As Secretary of the Interior at this pivotal moment, she is a rare leader empowered at the right time, and has launched an investigation into the history (and preservation of) sites within the present United States.

Sec. Haaland visits Bears Ears national monument

We do not read headlines bearing words like “generational healing” and “old wounds” that often, but these have found their way into the front page during these cathartic lunations. “Post-pandemic,” there is a collective desire to return to “normal”, to live life as we once did. Yet we are living in the present and not the past. Chariklo’s sense of personal space as sacred space, as living joyfully within one’s boundaries, leads the way for us to remain centered in our sense of evolving social contracts. Now, with the Leo New Moon already waxing (and marking the anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons, against the people of Japan, in 1945), we are in a rare window between two Aquarius Full Moons. The second, on August 22 will conjoin Jupiter. This week’s New Moon conjoined asteroid Pompeja 203- a body brought to my attention by an article about how the asteroid’s bright red color indicates how it (along with Justitia 269) may actually be a former Centaur, trapped within Jupiter’s gravity to become a main-belt asteroid. The planets that are deepest red are, incidentally, Pholus and Nessus.

Of course the subject of this asteroid’s name connotes what is preserved after the destructive forces of earth overwhelms a civilization. The asteroid’s discovery degree of 17° Aries (where it transited on 9/25/1879) speaks through the symbol “An ancient crone and her shadow talking to each other.”

Having passed through the “Lion’s Gate portal” of 8/8, aligned with the New Moon of Leo conjunct proto-centaur Pompeja, the Moon waxes toward Aquarian Jupiter for the next Full Moon. Later, September’s New Moon of Virgo will precisely align opposite Okyrhoe and Nessus. At least the long road to healing looks like it is clearly marked ahead.

(*I will donate half of any proceeds from lecture sales via embedded link above to True North Aid: https://truenorthaid.ca/ & https://truenorthaid.givecloud.co/donate)

New class offering II

I’m very pleased to offer my first recorded class on centaur astrology! This is a presentation I’ve edited from a live class I shared with the Asheville Friends of Astrology on May 21, 2021. In some ways I intended it to function as an introduction to Centaur astrology, although this one is aimed more at understanding the planets in their mundane sense (how they play out in the world, vs. their role in natal charts of individuals). You will definitely gain an understanding of what these planets do astrologically, which can be applied to their role in our personal lives as well.

We make an overview of six centaur planets: Asbolus, Nessus, Okyrhoe, Pholus, Chariklo and Chiron. We take a look at their unique orbital features, tell their mythic stories, and locate their discovery degrees and share the Pleiadian degree symbol for each. Then we look to the graphic ephemeris to see how they play out in 2020, 2021, and 2022! A special focus is given to the Okyrhoe-Nessus cycle, and the Asbolus-Neptune square, both of which loom large over 2021 and beyond.

The link to purchase this 70 minute talk for $15 is https://centaurs.space/about/#lectures – You will receive a link to the movie and a pdf of slides.

I hope the recent Full Moon conjunct Pholus opened up some stuck places for you, leading toward that healing catharsis he is notable for offering — while July’s Aquarius Full Moon conjunct Chariklo looks like it is well-timed for us to gain awareness of how our shared environment and our personal roles in the collective continue to matter significantly. Here’s to that lunation bringing us a heightened understanding of our interbeing, in the words of Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thanks for reading! As always, let me know how I may be of service for you with Centaur astrology readings or energy healing.

New class offerings

I’ve finally put together a class on the Davison Relationship Chart, a technique that is foundational to my approach to working with Centaurs in visionary experiences. The class is available to buy here as audio accompanied by chart files and notes. This is an intermediate-level astrology class, inexpensively priced at $11.

We see why astrologers might use Davison Relationship Charts to calculate a real-world “composite” chart for two people. This chart can show relationship dynamics between all kinds of relations: professional, inspirational, romantic. In this 45 minute lecture, alongside the Centaur planets, we discuss how to cast these charts, and interpret them in the lives of Lennon & McCartney, Freud & Jung, Ginsberg & Blake, and the channelers of A Course in Miracles.

Then we apply the same technique as a tool for exploring visionary experiences, using the case studies of Allen Ginsberg Blake vision, and Dr. Albert Hofmann’s discovery of LSD.

This is the first in a series of recordings and presentations I will be publishing soon!

Next up: Intro to Centaur Astrology, and a series of conversations with Dr. Jenny Kellogg about our favorite Centaurs and asteroids.

Centaur Asbolus: Burning Clarity

Asbolus is a centaur we encounter at pivotal moments in the Centaur Cycle of Greek mythology. Presently, the shadowy seer of omens is near the spotlight, astrologically: conjunct our Moon’s North Node, or Dragon’s Head. This places him in mid-Gemini, where a crew of planetary bodies transmit solar light to several layers of the solar system at once – all along the nodal axis of Uranus. The groove carved into cosmic space by the Nodes of Uranus run deep: his long orbit traces cycles of our transformation from trauma into enlightenment. At Uranus’ heliocentric North Node, we now have an unusual connection between that crossing and our Moon’s own Node.

Something in the collective is tuning in to a larger process of introspection, purification, and understanding. Asbolus is joined by asteroid Psyche (a large metallic body) and Trans-Neptunian Object Altjira, all in mid-Gemini for many months: from September 2020 through this month of March 2021, when they are joined and activated by Mars. Altjira (Austro-aboriginal god of timelessness) and Psyche each have their own band of consciousness-raising to do, which I hope to explore elsewhere.

Despite being known as one of the “wise centaurs”, Asbolus has only recently entered my vision as a centaur healer. I noticed that this year’s New Moon of Lunar New Year (Tibetan and Chinese) fell in exact trine to the mysterious planet. As I tuned in and welcomed this centaur into awareness, I began to feel a distinct vibration. Then a large mass of snow slipped from my roof in a minor avalanche. Since the Greek word asbolos refers to soot or ash, I felt this to be a welcome sign of his arrival, in purified form as snow. Asbolus the centaur planet was discovered on April 5, 1995 at 7° Libra 46 (8° Libra): “Secretly a torch burns for thousands of years in the ruins of an ancient city.” This Pleiadian Degree symbol, as usual, cuts right to the heart of a centaur’s discovery degree: the mythos of a name blends into its first entrance into our sight. Asbolus then holds the Centaurs’ torch, keeping their light safe through the millennia ’til now.

Benjamin Adamah, one of the few astrologers who has addressed this centaur, writes that asteroid #8405 was named for Asbolos after “its dark surface,” which itself is due to a “large impact crater”. He notes “Asbolos was seer, whose correct warnings not to fight the Lapiths were ignored.” This resulted in a violent battle, recounted by Ovid in the Metamorphoses, in which many centaurs were killed by Theseus. This moment in mythic time (Centauromachy) is crucial as it followed the death of King Ixion, who had fathered those brutish centaurs including Nessus, and was also King of the Lapiths, who fought off their king’s interloping offspring to retain sovereignty over their land.

While he tried to prevent that first massacre, it was Asbolos, conversely, who then “provoked a bloodbath in which the centaurs Chiron and Pholus met their deaths at Heracles’ hands. Asbolos was crucified by the demigod who shot arrows through his limbs.” The Centaur Cycle met its climax at Pholus’ cave, when the immortal centaur Chiron is wounded and begins his healing crisis by way of Prometheus’ liver and Zeus’ begrudging grace.

Adamah analyzed six levels of this centaur in a chart. In sum, he writes that “Asbolus is a heavyweight in the horoscope; sombre, pessimistic, with a lot of depth – but tangled in a vortex-like manner of information processing.” Asbolos (spelled with an o to denote the mythic character, modernized as Asbolus for the planet) was known by Hesiod as “an augurist from bird flight” – that is, one who read signs from the birds. Pholos divined from entrails, Okyrhoe received prophetic visions. Asbolus then completes a Centauric Triad of visionaries.

Nick Anthony Fiorenza’s diagram of Centaur Orbits. Note how Asbolus links us from Jupiter to Neptune

Synchronistic with Asbolus’ entry into my sights, a book I had been perusing since last year (Bottoming Out The Universe by Richard Grossinger) turned up a fascinating case study, one that becomes clear when seen in the light of Asbolus. As usual with these planets of grace, when we plug the right centaur into the equation, all kinds of mysteries are solved. Grossinger recounts the well-known story (new to me) of one James Leininger, a young American man who is (convincingly) believed to be the reincarnation of another James, one killed in action in World War II at Iwo Jima. This story is proper to Asbolus as it deals with ancestral healing and reincarnation (themes of all the male-archetype Centaurs) but moreover, because of this planet’s specific motif of ashes and fire.

Born on April 10, 1998 to Christian parents in San Francisco, James Leininger was an ordinary boy until he started to have increasingly vicious nightmares as a toddler. In May 2000 his mother woke to screams of “Airplane crash! Plane on fire! Little man can’t get out!” Mr. Leininger eventually tracked down the identity of the “little man”, and the young James would shake hands with his surviving squadron, and befriend his remaining family.

James Huston, Jr. was killed on March 3, 1945 when his plane was shot down, the only member of his squadron to die in that battle – tragically it would have been his final mission anyway, as they were scheduled to go home. The 21-year old fighter pilot would apparently reincarnate 53 years after falling to the sea. We thus have the astrological data needed to compare death with rebirth, rare in a modern context.

It is most notable that at this time of research, Asbolus, with its 76.5 year cycle (near to an average human life expectancy) is in exact return to its place at Huston’s death (Gemini 21° 52 in 1945, and Gemini 21° 36 at present).

Activations to young James’ natal chart

  • Asbolus in James L’s Nightmares, May 1 2000:
  • transiting Asbolus to natal Pluto: a fiery vision of death is seen
  • transiting Pholus to Asbolus (applying 1.25°): a visionary explosion leading to deep ancestral healing & knowledge
  • transiting Mercury and Venus opposite natal Asbolus: (fine-tuning the timing of a slower centaur transit)
  • transiting Okyrhoe to natal Mercury, applying 2°: visionary ability to communicate
  • transiting Jupiter-Saturn opposite natal Chiron: healing events began which led to his father’s quest for truth leading to grappling with own religious tolerance of reincarnation, etc.
James L and his first nightmares as transit to natal, no time

Transit: death of JH to “re-birth” as JL

Transit chart as Iwo Jima inside, James L natal outside. No time given, no houses, Moon approx.

Inner: Outer (death chart receiving transits of rebirth)

  • Mars: Uranus: catalyzing an inspiring life from a battle’s death
  • Mars: opposite Chariklo: from war, a spiritual rebirth – Chariklo holds space for reincarnation
  • Pluto: Chariklo: the soul’s literal rebirth into a new body
  • Uranus: opposite Pluto: the traumatic sudden death finds its trajectory of ensoulment
  • Thus a Mars-Pluto opposition receiving a Chariklo-Pluto opposition by transit. Clearly an axis of war being transited by an axis of astral travel and reincarnation, signifying redemption of the former in the latter.
  • Pluto opposite Uranus: with a 4° orb, there is a reciprocal transit of Uranus and Pluto (Pluto-Uranus opposition, Uranus-Pluto opposition, linking signifiers of generational trauma and spiritual embodiment.
  • Chariklo: Asbolus: from this fiery melee, the astral body travels through the purifying flames of Asbolus – a phoenix into rebirth
  • Asbolus: opposite Nessus: the centaurs of ancestral healing aligning – a fiery emissary of future love, as Nessus connects with the funeral pyre of Heracles the wounded hero, Asbolus is the purified ashes that remain.

Here is just an overview of basic Centaur alignments at play in the dramatic story of one James taking rebirth as another. Asbolus has much to teach us about the mysteries of life and death it seems. There is also a new film out this year called Surviving Death that includes James’ story, which I haven’t yet watched! Shall I tell Netflix they released it on the Asbolus return of the original protagonist?

Centaur Guest: Mahiwaga Ley

Light and Shadow: A Unified Hierarchy of Spirit

By Mahiwaga Ley, guest writer

7 Levels of Light and Shadow

During a consultation with one of my clients today, I received more insight into the metaphysical framework of spirit / spiritual entities. A multi-tiered diamond appeared in my mind’s eye to represent the various levels of spiritual being, as pictured above.

I saw this in the context of conveying the nature of certain spiritual entities, where spirit showed me that enlightened centaurs (like Chiron) reside on Level 4, along with other “pagan spirits” like Cernunnos, gods and goddesses, ascended masters, and the like.

I had heard of there being a sort of spiritual hierarchy before, but this was my first time sensing it directly from spirit. Interestingly, spirit relayed that Archangels operate on Level 3, above the deities that I mentioned previously. I also saw that humans / earthly human reality is at Level 7, but didn’t sense what exactly is on all the other levels. I suspect that elementals and other such lower-level spirits reside on Level 6.

The spiritual hierarchy, so to speak, is about different levels of vibration, and souls are essentially particularized forms of consciousness.

In receiving these insights I also saw the opposite triangle of the diamond, representative of the shadow realm, the other side, our shadow selves, demons, etc. Crucially – I saw a circle drawn around the entire diamond, connecting these two halves as part of a singular unit.

This is to say that shadows are just as much a part of the cosmos as perceived light, and that a vast spectrum of spiritual phenomena tends to come in pairs, duality, and opposites. All that is, is of God; everything simply operates at a different energetic, vibrational level. There are indeed “lower” and “higher” vibrations; this is simply a part of the metaphysical framework of spirit / cosmos.

I say this to emphasize that on an ultimate level of consciousness / reality, it doesn’t seem possible to make value judgments of good vs. evil in there being one better than the other. Everything is whole; each part is unified in divine consciousness.

This also resonates with my increasing understanding of overall reality as nonlinear, as a multiversal composite of many realms, worlds, and timelines existing simultaneously. Life as spirit is not about linear evolution, but about totality of experience. Souls experience a multitude of incarnations in order to experience the many sides of themselves, to be both villain and hero, rich and poor, to experience as many different perspectives as possible.

The higher self is a composite of these versions, encompassing both shadow and light. Our higher selves are the best and worst of ourselves, our many faces, the accumulated wisdom of every incarnation experienced by a particular soul.

As such – we would do well to remember that all things exist in harmony, and that all facets of existence belong together as part of a greater unity. Our souls, as well as the cosmos at large, ultimately speak to balance and the divinity of union.