Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

More on August 2009 - A Time of Questions

More on August 2009 - A Time of Questions

August 2009 might best be thought of as a pregnant pause, full of suspense and uncertainty, but also as a relatively safe time to do our thinking. Numerous factors are preventing immediate or decisive action. Others are multiplying the questions running through our minds.

The impasse, and the uncertainty, will only end stage by stage in following months. Progress will be halting, even then.

There will be a continuing need for decisions. Or, viewed another way, continuing opportunities for further decisions and revisions. At the same time, however, we will slowly but surely reach a point of no return.

Meanwhile, the August new moon chart, amidst all the questions and uncertainties and delays, offers support and protection. We will not be spared the work of digging for answers to questions. But we will be at least partially buffered against mishap.

So, while August challenges us to think, rethink and think again, it also provides us a relatively safe place to do that thinking.


The August new moon comes after a series of three eclipses. For most people, eclipses tend to simplify decisions. They narrow options. They leave only options that are realistic. Also, they often remove obstacles and resolve long-standing crises, for better or for worse.

However, eclipses do not present clear-cut answers or simple solutions. They often leave many questions, sometimes big questions, about how to realize the possibilities remaining open to us.

A Dozen+ Quincunxes

But there is more. There are more than a dozen quincunxes, or inconjuncts, in the August new moon chart.

A quincunx is a darned-if-you-do-darned-if-you-don't sort of aspect. It leaves a person endlessly juggling competing interests. In other words, it brings questions about how to resolve seemingly irresolvable conflicts and make uncomfortable trade offs.

A single quincunx can leave us going in circles. In this chart, there are more than a dozen of them!

Five Big Retrogrades

But there is more. Jupiter, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are especially influential planets right now. They are all retrograde.

Retrograde planets send people back to the drawing board to answer unforeseen questions. Retrograde planets also push people to delve more deeply into issues than usual, generating even more questions.

Grand Square and a Bundle of Oppositions

There is still more. The August new moon chart also includes a grand cross, or grand square, and a fistful of oppositions. Such aspects always, one way and another, bring progress to a grinding halt. This, of course, sends people back to the drawing board, generating still more questions.

The Good News

The good news is that the August new moon chart also contains several overlapping mystic rectangles. Typically, mystic rectangles provide a safe place to work from.

They insulate against error and mishap. They provide an early warning system. They seem to provide a stable, base level of economic support. In many ways, they serve as a launching pad for new life initiatives.

It is important to note, however, that to benefit from the mystic rectangle, one must not abandon good sense. A return to bad habits will destroy its protective and supportive effects.


Funkstar said...

Hi Carl, I've been using the 22 December 2001 chart for Afghanistan. Real lot of conjunctions happening for the eclection on Thursday. Same day as the New Moon. I think they picked a bad day. I mentioned Afghanistan in a blog i just wrote about this new Moon.

Carl B. said...

I enjoyed your piece on the Afghan elections. Nice job. I use the 2004 date because I had good luck using the date of the US handover in Iraq.

I think it is important to understand the deep cohesiveness of the Afghan people. I see them as a huge and very dysfunctional but close family. This, coupled with the strong Mercury emphasis in the Afghan/2012 chart leads me to believe that they will weather this storm. I tend to be philosophical about crooked/failed elections in 3rd world countries, most of the time.