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“I Can’t Breathe” Full Moon?

“I can’t breathe!”

Is that the message of this Full Moon?

When I was reviewing the chart for the current Full Moon yesterday morning, I had a lot of different thoughts.

As an astro-trader, I was reflecting on the lunar impact on the markets.

I also saw lots of signs of tension.

I described some of the big factors in my blog post then.

I noted that “the Full Moon degree is also in an eighth-harmonic alignment with the Zeus/Poseidon midpoint. This suggests that this particular Full Moon is a time in which the public is compelled to make clear mental commitments. It’s a time for taking a stand, for expressing leadership through decisive declarations.”

But I wasn’t thinking then about what we would be seeing in Grand Central Station last night:

Grand Central I Can't Breathe Protest
The “I Can’t Breathe” Demonstration in Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Saturday Evening, December 6, 2014.

The choke-hold “I can’t breathe” protesters filled the terminal, in a strong public declaration of their objections to this week’s refusal by a New York grand jury to indite a NYPD police officer after the strangling death of 43-year-old Eric Garner on Staten Island.

Garner, an asthmatic and the father of six kids, was suspected of selling illegal cigarettes. Hew was tackled by five police officers, with one of them pinning him down in a “choke hold” despite Garner’s repeated pleas of “I can’t breathe”.

A cell-phone video of the killing recorded Garner saying “I can’t breathe” eight times. He died in an area hospital after the cops who had piled on him finally relented.

Is This An “I Can’t Breathe” Full Moon?

But what about the Full Moon?

The 90-degree dial for the event does more than underscore the “decisive declaration” theme. (You’ll find the conventional horoscope wheel here.)

I Can't Breathe Full Moon
The “I Can’t Breathe” Full Moon on the 90-Degree Dial. The red pointer indicates the combination of Saturn and Admetos, the two planets of constriction.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mercury was square Chiron, and the two planets show up as a conjunction on the 90-degree dial, suggesting the potential for a health crisis related to breathing and respiration.

The tight opposition of Saturn and Admetos (the two astrological bodies most strongly associated with constriction, boundaries, and limits) at the time of the Full Moon shows up as a definitive “I Can’t Breathe” signature in the chart, indicated by the red arrow pointer.

That Saturn/Admetos combination triggers three important midpoint structures in the Full Moon chart.

Its contact with the Venus/Mars midpoint suggests a powerful suppression of vital energies. That’s what can happen in an “I can’t breathe” situation.

The connection with the midpoint of Poseidon and the Full Moon repeats the recurring theme of definitive expressions of powerful ideas. Poseidon also has a connection with higher spiritual realms, so this alignment can also indicate an abrupt departure from the physical body.

And perhaps most interesting of all is the triggering of the Zeus/Kronos midpoint. This indicates that the act of suppression and constriction comes from a powerful application of force by people in authority. That’s clearly what happened during the death of Eric Garner.

Cops Confront I Can't Breathe Protest
The Police Confront “I Can’t Breathe” Demonstrators In Grand Central Terminal on December 6, 2014

It’s also what seemed to be brewing as the police arrived to break up the “I Can’t Breathe” rally in Grand Central Terminal last night.

While the tacit condoning of police killings of unarmed people is rapidly becoming a focal point for public outrage, expressed through “I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” demonstrations in many locations, it obviously goes beyond the impact of just one Full Moon.

It’s certainly much more strongly connected with the current series of Uranus/Pluto waxing squares. We’ll get another exact alignment in that series later this month, and yet another one in March.

But even so, the degree to which this Full Moon connects with the current “I Can’t Breathe” outpouring is quite remarkable.

So Friday the 13th Wasn’t Terribly Unlucky for Stock Market Trading After All

Okay, I give up.

There may be something to this Friday the 13th thing after all.

There are some great esoteric traditions behind the notion that it’s an unlucky day, and its connections with the lunar cycle and with masonic history shouldn’t be overlooked.

But for the most part, I’ve been inclined to put very little emphasis on the “unlucky day” notion, since it’s usually based in vague superstition instead of real reverence for arcane lore.

Today, however, I’ve faced an unusual dose of computer challenges and production snags in my office.

Even so, it’s hardly enough to justify making Friday the 13th the scapegoat.

But then again, not every Friday the 13th coincides with a Full Moon, like the one today.

And not every Full Moon ushers in a 13-hour period with the Moon void-of-course, like the one today. That meant we could safely ignore the selling pressure that tried to make itself felt in this morning’s action in stock market trading.

By the end of the day’s activity, of course, the major equities indices had all posted modest gains for the day, breaking the bearish run that had been in play since Monday’s Neptune retrograde station.

So in this case, Friday the 13th wasn’t so much about bad luck as it was about a contrary trend in the trading action.

In that sense, it amplified the power of the current Mercury retrograde period, which is time in which we can appropriately reverse our normal expectations in many situations.

And we’ve also got some heliomagnetic turbulence on the Sun, adding to the general uncertainty in scrambling communications and upsetting balances.

Again, that’s not something with a specific relationship to Friday the 13th, but at least it’s interesting to see the space telescope pictures of the solar activity:

Solar Corona 13 June 2014
The solar coronal activity on Friday, June 13, 2014 is just one of the things that impacted stock market trading and the climate of geopolitical unrest.

 

SuperMoon Fact and Fiction

During the past few days I’ve been getting all kinds of questions about this weekend’s SuperMoon. Some of them have been pretty amazing:

“Isn’t this an extremely rare event, one that only happens about every 80 to 100 years?”

“Since the Moon is coming so dangerously close to Earth, couldn’t the SuperMoon disturb Earth’s orbit enough to send it closer to the Sun, speeding up global warming and creating a real climate crisis?”

“Isn’t this weird appearance of a SuperMoon really a Divine warning that the End Times are near?”

In each case, the answers are no, no, and no.

Here are the facts.

We get a SuperMoon any time there’s a syzygy (a New Moon or a Full Moon) near a lunar perigee, which is the point in the Moon’s regular cycle when it is closest to the Earth.

There’s a lunar perigee once each month, as well as a New Moon and a Full Moon, but not every month has a SuperMoon. Even so, SuperMoons aren’t all that rare– we typically get four or five of them during the course of a year.

In 2013 there are three SuperMoons: on May 25, on June 23, and on July 22.

With a Full Moon SuperMoon, like the one this weekend, watching the Full Moon can be pretty spectacular, especially when it’s rising in the East as the Sun is setting. It’s a great time for mood music and romance, and the SuperMoon can bring extremes in the high tides at the beach.

There are times, too, when SuperMoons have coincided with seismic events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as well as with big market moves. But by itself a SuperMoon isn’t an adequate predictor of major events– it must be seen in the context of the other astrological dynamics taking place when it occurs.

And that’s exactly why we’re watching this weekend’s SuperMoon with paricular interest. It comes hot on the heels of last week’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction and the Summer Solstice, and its effect carries us into the Jupiter cafdinal ingress, the Mercury retrograde station, and the Zeus direct station during the week ahead.

With or without a SuperMoon, this is a very challenging time for the markets, but at the very least the intensifying effect of the SuperMoon is sure to make our work as astro-traders a lot more interesting!