JULY 12th to 22nd, 2012
THURSDAY JULY 12th 2012
On Thursday, you jump out of bed full of optimism when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in good aspects to idealistic Pisces Neptune and ambitious Capricorn Pluto. You can approach even the most daunting issues with confidence and optimism.
FRIDAY JULY 13th 2012
On Friday the 13th, one of the major astrological events of the year occurs when Aries Uranus does an about-face and goes Retrograde (backwards as seen from Earth) from July 13th to December 13. Uranus entered aggressive Aries in May 2010, sparking the "Islamic Spring" which toppled governments. Retrograde Uranus makes things even more volatile. Over the next five months, Uranus will continue to shake us out of our comfort zones until it goes direct again on December 13 — and we'll feel it on both an individual and a global scale. While Uranus has been known to inspire wars and revolutions, it will also create change from the inside out. Gandhi once said, "Be the change you want to see in the world," and this is exactly what Uranus Retrograde will push you to do! But Uranus Retrograde also forces us to confront our own fears and personal roadblocks, so we can all expect a few "Ah ha!" moments of realization. This is a time for us to consider what the concept of "freedom" means to us, and what we need to fix or change in our lives to get it. Uranus also forces us to get real about who we are and what we want, so if you're in the wrong job, working toward the wrong degree or dating the wrong person, Uranus Retrograde will let you know. While Uranus usually forces the changes that need to happen, over the next five months, it will quiet down and simply make you feel what needs an overhaul. So pay attention to Uranus's tough-love advice!
SATURDAY/SUNDAY JULY 14th/15th 2012
This is a weekend for some major ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC when Mercury stands still in a sexy sextile to Venus and — vastly more importantly — ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD "eclipses" the planet Jupiter.
Technically, this is an "occultation." If you live at just the right place on Earth, you’ll be able to watch the waning crescent moon occult — cover over — the planet Jupiter for up to an hour before dawn on Sunday morning, July 15. Northern Africa, Europe and the Middle East are among the places that will see this lunar occultation of Jupiter at or before dawn (Sunday, July 15).
If you live in the Americas, the occultation occurs Saturday evening (between 10 p.m. and midnight New York time). But no matter where you live, look for the moon to shine near two brilliant planets: Venus and Jupiter.
While the Moon passes by Jupiter every month, only very rarely does it pass directly in front of Jupiter. This year is special because the Moon will occult Jupiter ten times between now and next February 18th 2013.
In ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC Jupiter symbolizes Emperor Hadrian and the Moon stands for Antinous. In Classical Mythology, Jupiter/Zeus inseminated many mortals, siring many demigods, among them Pollux, Hercules and Dionysus (all three possessing ambiguous sexual orientation). In conventional astrology, Moon-Occult-Jupiter is an optimal time for becoming pregnant. But in ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC it is the night for magically inseminating your spiritual self so as to bring forth or "give birth to" divine and enduring works.
On the OBELISK OF ANTINOUS, cryptic Egyptian hieroglyphs assert that the "Semen of the First God" flows through Antinous — a reference to the Egyptian creation myth about the first deity, who ejaculated into his own mouth and spoke the magical words of creation which produced all the gods and goddesses and the universe.
The Moon-Jupiter Occultation is the perfect night for ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC rituals aimed at opening your spiritual self to the magical power of Hadrian and Antinous so that the "Semen of the First God" flows through you to bring forth ideas of a divine and enduring nature.
At almost exactly the same time that the occultation occurs, Mercury does an about-face and goes Retrograde for three weeks, until August 8th. Retrograde Mercury is a time of interruptions in communications, business dealings and travel plans. But because Mercury is in drama-queen Leo, this has major implications for the US presidential campaign.
To quote star astrologer Pam Ciampi, "Mercury retrograde can cause a larger-than-usual dose of misunderstandings, misspoken words, and misplaced drama (Leo) that will be broadcast over the airwaves (Mercury). Because it occurs in Leo, this Mercury retrograde will have the strongest effect on Sun-sign Leos (President Obama)."
MONDAY JULY 16th 2012
On Monday, the work week gets off to a lazy start when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is Void of Course for a whopping 14 hours during office hours in Europe and the Americas, figuratively hovering "between" astrological signs. The rule of thumb for a VOC Moon is that "nothing will come of it" in regard to any new project you start. Nothing bad will happen. But nothing good either. So just sit back and relax.
TUESDAY JULY 17th 2012
On Tuesday, we come to one of the tensest and most dangerous days of the year when Mars the Warrior God is in an encouraging trine with exaggeration-prone Jupiter and both are in a square to freedom-loving Uranus and revoltion-minded Pluto. The OMINOUS URANUS/PLUTOconfiguration has been causing political and economic turmoil around the world. Now LIBRA MARS joins this wrestling match. The results will be explosive. In traditional astrology, this is when the fortune-teller says, "There will be war!" In Gay Spiritual Astrology, however, we see these powerful energies as a golden opportunity to free yourself from confining situations. Here's how it will happen: A minor confrontation or a tactless word will be the last straw, spawning an outpouring of pent-up rage which sweeps aside everything (and everybody) in its path. On the one hand, it is very frightening. But on the other hand, it can be intensely liberating — especially if you are the one who is releasing all this pent-up frustration and rage.
WEDNESDAY JULY 18th 2012
On Wednesday, guilt and remorse follow Tuesday's horrific outbursts when the Moon squares off against guilt-tripping Saturn. On top of that, the CANCER NEW MOON occurs overnight Wednesday/Thursday. The New Moon is exact at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday Hollywood time, just after midnight in New York, and 6:25 a.m. Thursday in Western Europe. This is the sweetest and most romantic New Moon Cycle. But this year the CANCER NEW MOON occurs during the Mars/Uranus/Pluto "T"-Square which is causing upheavals globally and personally. This is the New Moon for surrendering to love, and the current OMINOUS OUTER PLANETS configuration only makes things super-dramatic. As Flamen Antinoalis Antonyus Subia likes to say, this is when you tear open your chest (rather like an Aztec sacrifice) and surrender your heart unconditionally to your beloved — as Hadrian and Antinous did for each other.
THURSDAY JULY 19th 2012
On Thursday, the gentle and romantic CANCER NEW MOON soothes the tensions of recent days and weeks. And because the CANCER NEW MOON deals with maternal issues such as health, you can expect to hear news about health-care issues. In ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC we call this the ADONIS MOON. Each lunar phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Adonis Moon is the Perfect Gay Lover. This is the Spirit which dwells in each gay heart. It is the ultimate friend, partner, soul mate and lover. This Spirit embodies the perfection of a gay relationship, the perfect friend, the perfect companion. This Spirit defies all conventions and may not conform to societal formats for partnership, but it nonetheless constitutes the perfect partner. This is the most propitious day of the year for gay unions and relationship commitments.
FRIDAY JULY 20th 2012
On Friday, this turbulent work week ends on an optimistic note when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns with Mercury and forms a sexy sextile to Venus. The stage is set for a lovely Friday night date night.
SATURDAY JULY 21st 2012
On Saturday, the weekend gets off to a lazy start when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD goes VOID OF COURSE for 12 hours, meaning that you can forget about appointments and chores. Things won't come off the way you had planned. But a nice Moon-Saturn sextile means necessary work will be taken care off, at any rate.
SUNDAY JULY 22nd 2012
By the time you awake on Sunday, the Sun will have exited pouty Cancer and have bounded into outgoing Leo, where the Sun feels perfectly at home. The sign change occurs about dawn, New York time — brunch time in the UK and Europe. The focus during the succeeding four weeks will be on taking your place on center stage with creativity and style. Forget stage fright, and just let the Leo Sun shine its spotlight on you while everybody applauds.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between July 23rd and 29th when the fiery Leo Sun forms a perfect trine with innovative Uranus, which is perfect for artists, scientists, gay activists and freedom-seekers of all sorts. More details next time ....