The Sun On Virgo 28: Baldheaded Man In Uniform Seizing Power


Little Boy Pouring Lotion on bald head holding hairbrushA ‘Baldheaded Man in Uniform Has Seized Power’. This pictures a situation where male power is dominant. The fact that this person is pictured as being ‘Baldheaded’ doesn’t literally have to mean that he is ‘Bald’. Baldness has long been associated with macho strength and testosterone. The fact that he’s seen as being ‘In Uniform’ shows that this person has, or needs to be given, a position of authority or ‘Power’. However, this ‘Uniform’ may give him more of this perceived ‘Power’ than perhaps he should have or deserves to have.

This may be the time to ‘Seize Power’ and to push forward with decisions that need to be realized and grounded now. Someone may need to take a stand and direct the course of action. It is most likely by force of will that the best solution will be found, but one must be careful to temper the situation, as strong displays of masculinity could get out of hand very quickly. Somebody may be pushing their agenda a little too hard, taking over and showing control issues. There are times when someone has to take charge-the question is in this situation; are they doing it wisely and kindly? Is love guiding their decisions or are they just being pushy and forceful? If someone is being over the top and bossy, this may be because of feelings of inferiority that they are trying to mask or cover up, especially if they feel that life has passed them by. Reigning in the many facets of one’s personality into a single focus of action can work wonders now.

Keywords: Dominating other’s mental space. Male hormones running rampant. Issues to do with hair. Ponytails. The story of Samson and his hair. Taking positions of power. Uniforms. Demanding others follow one’s lead. Strutting one’s stuff. “Wearing the pants in the family”. The ability to direct and organize many people. Letting others express their opinions or have a say in things. Domination. The Government. The Military. Decisions based on logic.

The Caution: Pushing too hard or fast. Ramming one’s convictions. Being unkind and bossy. Putting on a show because one’s in uniform. Power tripping. Being cruel and domineering. Lording it over others. Being opportunistic. Corruption. Misuse of power. Bullying. Big business calling the shots. Domestic violence. Taking charge because one can. Strict rules to live your life by. Taking over.

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The Drums Of War…

Talk about the drums of war…

Army OfficerNeptune is on Pisces 6: A Parade Of Army Officers In Full Dress –

Chiron is on Pisces 15: An Officer Drilling His Men In A Simulated Attack,

Vesta (and soon, Saturn) is on Scorpio 21: Obeying His Conscience, A Soldier Resists Orders and then both Vesta and Saturn will be on Scorpio 22: Hunters Shooting Wild Ducks,

Mars is on Sagittarius 3: Two Men Playing Chess…

The Sun is on Virgo 25: A Flag At Half Mast In Front Of A Public Building –

Heck! All this talk of war – all this chest thumping. At least this coming new Moon, which I’m writing up a newsletter about right now, contains some brilliant, amazing and redeeming Symbols… this new Moon is really quite extraordinary. As we are heading into the ‘dark of the moon’ period in the next few days, it will help to remember that there is a possibility for a turn around, at the very least in our hearts and minds… this coming new Moon is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time for redemption, hope and resurrection of the good…


The Asteroid Vesta On Scorpio 21: A Soldier Resisting Orders

The asteroid Vesta is on an interesting degree: Scorpio 21: OBEYING THEIR CONSCIENCE, A SOLDIER RESISTS ORDERS

Soldier Going AWOLIt seems that the ‘feminine’ component of our selves does not want to continue the warring – we want to have peace. We want to follow our ‘Conscience’ – whether that leads us away from things we would normally do or support, OR, into a feeling of having to step up and fight for something because it is the right thing to do.

Saturn will be on this degree very soon - bringing a further dimension to it all…

This Symbol shows someone who’s “Conscience” stops them from following a certain course of action, staying with a project or relationship when they’d rather leave, or, someone not prepared to compromise their values to do something that society says they must do. You may find yourself in situations where what you are expected to do is against your inner values, conscience or how you see your future unfolding. You may at times in your life have to make the difficult choice between allegiance to duty and your own inner truth. True freedom can only be found when one faces situations with a sense of integrity and prepared to face the consequences, be they positive or negative.

Personal morality. Doing what one’s conscience dictates. Longing for a return to a state of love and innocence. Love that restrains. Not following orders. Going AWOL.

The Caution: Cowardice or lack of courage to act. Not doing what is expected. ‘Going over the top’ in a wild and crazy way. Freezing and confining emotions. Tantrums.


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Mars On The Two Men Playing Chess Degree: Sagittarius 3

Mars is on Sagittarius 3: TWO MEN PLAYING CHESS - an interesting degree seeing so much is at stake now with the men of war banging their chests and wanting to rub each other out. What strategies can you employ to not get caught up in arguments, or feeling like you’re in a life-or-death situation? What is your best move in order to come out of situations unscathed, perhaps the winner…? Is there a need for a ‘winner’? Sometimes we play the game just to play it, but we don’t have to go all the way in a desire to ‘rub the other out’… Mars here could be telling us to observe how we get caught up in arguments and how to really see things for what they are – a game.

illusion-chess-boardThis Symbol shows the ability, or the necessity, to indulge in strategic games, arguments or competitions. There can be a strong sense of knowing how to maneuver situations in order to win or come out on top, often with an eye to possible outcomes. Often, there’s a need to be thoughtful and cautious, taking into account the wider picture. Impulsive acts with no forward planning can be risky. It probably pays to not show your weak side, but do everything with the possible objective of winning. It can be difficult to relax in competitive environments; one often feels that they can’t let their guard down because they might be taken advantage of, in some way. Take one step at a time and move with purpose and forethought.

Strategic competition. Seeing the picture several moves ahead. Trying to knock out the opponent. Arguments. Court battles. War strategies. Matching wits. Lawyers. Divorce.

The Caution: Depending on pure luck. Underestimating the opponent’s skill or strategy.
Bickering and trying to get the better. Wanting to slay the opponent. Not knowing when to stop.

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The Sun On Virgo 25: A Flag At Half Mast In Front Of A Public Building


Flag at half mastThis Symbol reflects the need for the acknowledgement, or public display, of something that has passed on or disappeared from your life. It may be important to let others know that there has been a change of some kind or a passing on. This may be a lonely passage or it may involve many other people. The display should not be noisy or overt, but a show of respect and accepted as a normal part of life. This means that you don’t have to hide or pretend that nothing has happened. It also shows that others may prefer to have a simple and respectful sign that brings the loss to their attention. This allows for understanding without the embarrassment of saying or doing the wrong thing in what may be a sensitive and emotional time for both yourself and others. The fact that this Symbol shows that this ‘Flag’ is in ‘Front of a Public Building’ implies that this passing away may have importance to many in the community. People, or groups wearing a black armband are similar to the flag at ‘Half-Mast’. Grieving may be a necessary part of the process, but it is also a time for assimilating what it took to get you where you are.

How interesting that the vote is happening tomorrow to see if Scotland is going to go independent… this, of course, will affect the ‘flags’ of the United Kingdom – such an interesting time. So many in the UK are feeling it, whether they are for or against Scotland taking this historic move.

Keywords: Public tribute and recognition. Political affairs. The desire to leave a legacy to society. Having the power or ability to sway the masses or authorities. Signs for all to see. Destinies fulfilled. Coming together as a community or nation to share loss. Judgment on one’s life. Appraisal of deeds and character. Public holidays. Obituaries. Taking the time to grieve.

The Caution: Feeling an obligation to carry on without taking time to sort out issues from the past or mourn any loss. Devastation and mourning. Having a burning desire to leave behind something no matter what the cost to self or others.

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Mars On Sagittarius 1: Army Veterans In A Reunion

Mars is on Sagittarius 1 - finally, it has left Scorpio – the energies should start to lighten up, although some of the planetary degree Symbols are rather difficult at the moment. Mars on this one speaks about army veterans, soldiers, sailors – those who have survived (in one way or another) ‘war’. I feel that Mars here is part of the ‘war drums being beat’ – creating more ‘army veterans’.

Army Veterans in a Reunion

The Symbol shows reunions and gathering together with people who have shared histories, struggles or issues. A reunion can ignite feelings of camaraderie, companionship and triumph, sometimes along with great passions. As these are “Retired Army Veterans”, it’s through the passing of time and with the hindsight of age that many things can be faced, healed and laid to rest. In going over the memories of ‘old battles’ you may find the clues for current ones. However, this degree can show a personality that goes over and over old hurts, injuries, diseases, etc. The trick also is not to see others as the ‘enemy’, but rather see in everyone the possibility of friendship.

Reunions. Past life memories. Fellowship. Masculine domains. Understanding the individual within an idealistic struggle. Finding comrades. Moratoriums. Tears of the past.

The Caution: Not letting go of the past. Exaggerating past successes to justify current strategies. Going over the same old ground. Jobs for the boys. Prisoners of war. Pain.

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Vesta And Saturn on Scorpio 20: A Woman Drawing Aside Curtains To The Sacred Pathway

Saturn and Vesta are conjunct on Scorpio 20… This can bring a sense of difficulty around home, family, feeling safe, keeping the hearth and heart going in your home, Vesta can also bring up a kind of fanaticism, being one-eyed…

Woman Drawing Aside Curtains - WaterhouseSteph Johnson‘s words about Vesta in the Solar Fire interpretation files has this – Steph was just looking at Vesta, not at Vesta and Saturn being conjunct (together on the same degree)… she was looking at how Vesta can have strong Saturnian flavors… and here we are, in Scorpio, with both Vesta and Saturn on the same degree. This is really quite something… Steph’s words:

Vesta relates to the Classical goddess of the hearth and family, and is Keeper of the Flame of Life. The asteroid encompasses this holon and symbolizes tradition, piety, dedication and service, focused behaviour and efficiency. It can also indicate tunnel vision, fanaticism and excessive conservatism. Some of the earlier work on asteroids elevated Vesta somewhat higher than the other symbols, perhaps because its rather Saturn-like qualities are more accessible and more readily understood. Both Vesta and Saturn are symbols of work, but Vesta tends to like work better than Saturn, or point to areas where one is less resistant to having to take up whatever responsibility or burden may be indicated. Indeed, Vestal people can be willing to be quite self-sacrificial, usually for those they love, or for some noble cause. The negative around this can be postures of martyrdom or (if self esteem is much lowered) to becoming some sort of doormat. There is an ascetic quality to Vesta and those in whom its influence is strong can operate in quite austere or priestly ways. Importantly, Vestal energy is usually apparent at endings, including death, when the flame of life it has supported is extinguished.

Now, we have Vesta and Saturn together in Scorpio… from what Stephanie said, we can draw the conclusion that this is a triple whammy…. however, I feel that owning up to things within ourselves (removing the handcuffs that Mercury seems to be pointing out to us today), we can venture down new pathways – pathways that we may have been afraid to venture into.


This Symbol shows the ability or the need to be able to draw aside confusions or Woman Drawing Aside Curtainsobstructions that impede your path or stop you from realizing where you could be or go. You, either alone or with others, may feel the need to venture down new “Pathways” or investigate new possibilities, but you will have to muster faith and overcome fear to enter these new realms, these “Sacred” places. You will require both courage and inquisitive desire. It is clear that your sphere of operation and action will become vastly enlarged with the new perspective that opens for you.

Mysteries revealed. Feminine mysteries. Invitations to the unknown. Drawing the curtains. Woman’s reproductive systems. Open Sesame. Sexual issues. Following through.

The Caution: Being seduced. Dark and sinister things. Not being shown the true picture or the truth. Being or feeling shut out or shut in. Dark rooms. Frigidity and prudishness.

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Mercury on Libra 18: Two Men Under Arrest


This, and the following degree in Libra, is a rather difficult degree – it can be one of feeling like you’ve got to explain yourself, or, that others have to. It can be where people square off against each other – ‘testifying’ that the other, or others, are ‘wrong’. It often marks a time where we have to let some time pass in order to feel ‘freed-up’ and able to move on with our lives.

Two Men Placed Under Arrest 2Two Men’ are ‘Placed Under Arrest’. They have to ‘Give an Accounting For Their Acts Before the Tribunal of Society’. They are standing before some representative or authority and speaking about how they have acted against the rules and codes of ‘Society’. The fact that they are ‘Placed Under Arrest’ doesn’t have to mean that they are literally taken away by the police. This can show that they are held back by circumstances, people or experiences and they feel stuck, unable to move or stripped of their freedom. This can be rather compromising to one’s integrity, ideals and strength of character.

With this Symbol, people’s ideas or actions may be under criticism or examination, to the point of feeling that someone has offended social responsibility and acceptability. Some may have to justify or explain themselves, and relationships can be held in limbo until all the facts come to light. There may be a need to be thoughtful about the situation, because it may be nothing but a suspicion at this point. The “case” could well be dismissed, with people forgiven or let off the hook, but with suspicion in the air, what permanent damage has already been done? Often a sense of trust and a belief in the goodness of people and things is necessary. An attitude of forgiveness may be really important to move through this situation with one’s sense of pride intact. Being charged with an offense can drive people apart, with each trying to save their own Two People Placed Under Arrestneck. How long can someone be “handcuffed”, either to themselves or to another? Imagining the removal of “the cuffs” could lead to a turn around in the situation. People in positions of power, physical or emotional, should show mercy so others can also forgive and forget and get on with their lives. Ultimately, the goal must lead to freedom.

Keywords: Having to plead one’s case. The need for “legal help”. Unacceptable principles. Blowing the whistle. Pointing at others to get off charges. People unable to relate. The “Romeo and Juliet” story. Feeling caught out. Restrictions. Saturn. Karma to be worked out. Being framed. Circumstances out of control. People in handcuffs. Identification parades. Police. The law. Lawyers. Judges. Juries. Tribunals.

The Caution: Refusing to conform to society’s mores. The sabotage of relationship values. Feeling stuck, unable to move. Staying in relationships when one should move on. Deadening emotions. Shutting off to cope with others. Not having one’s point of view heard. Losing one’s authority. Being bound karmically. Being tied
up and limited

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Venus Is On The Being Molded By Others Degree: Virgo 11


A Child Molded In Their Parents AspirationsThis can be a degree where we feel we have to step up, play out (or sometimes act out) what others are wanting, or expecting, from us. This may or not be about us being true or genuine about our own needs… it can bring up situations where we stamp our feet and say no, not now, I’m not ready, I don’t want to do that or you do it! (if you think it’s such a great idea….).

There’s a sense of having to live up to the expectations of others. Sometimes it’s fine to be molded by our parents, or others, but often this is not a true reflection of our own creative potential. The ‘mother’ often misses the point of the true potential of her offspring and may be projecting her own unlived life.

Feelings of being directed and protected on one’s journey or being shaped against one’s free will. Plastic, or emotional, surgery. Parents as patterns.

The Caution: Remaining tied to the apron strings. Conforming to social expectations.

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Mercury And Jupiter – Taking Time Out

Ha! I hope those who need to take some time out can do just that – at least this is happening on the weekend. We have the solar activity going on, which has been quite draining for many – although I’m hearing that others feel jazzed up and energized – I guess it will reflect how you’ve been traveling lately… right now, though we have both Sea Captains that are ‘retired’ going on. In the entire 360, there are only two ‘retired sea captains’ and we have Mercury and Jupiter on them both… It feels to me like the calm before the storm in some measure… Check it out -


Retired Sea CaptainThis Symbol speaks of the necessity in life of finding time for quiet recollection. You may feel that the stormy, unpredictable emotional life is something you can, or need to, leave behind – to opt out. But like the sea captain, there will always be the frustration in the desire to return and get back in amongst life. An objective and calm understanding of life’s experiences is available to you, but know when to rest and when to be active and to work as merely looking out at the world from a confined perspective and feeling like you have no choice but to sit and watch is unlikely to bring the world to you.
Memories and peaceful contemplation. Writing memoirs. Being a spectator rather than a participant. Disconnection from the past. Nostalgia. Safe ports or harbors. Retiring.
The Caution: Copping-out, escaping from reality. Relying on past experiences. Refusing to join in. Staring at lost opportunities and times gone by. Frustration. Boredom.



This Symbol shows the need for times of quiet reflection, to look back at past experiences, especially those times that may have seemed threatening or exhausting in some way. Take some time for a little solitude and contemplate the overall picture of your life. You may want to take time out to read, to go over past memories, indeed to write your memoirs. When back into the business of life you will be refreshed and have a better idea of how you fit in and what you want to achieve. Having said that, this Symbol can sometimes indicate wanting to retire and withdraw from life too much so that it interferes with the ability to make a living or feel like contributing to society.

Retreating to one’s inner self and reflecting. Quiet confidence in conquering life’s storms and come out wiser. Observing life from afar. Rocking chairs, cottages and verandahs.

The Caution: Ignoring what is possible now in favor of memories. Inability to get going. Being lazy and immobile. Being a lounge-lizard. Wanting others to look after you.

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