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Following the Moon: Aug. 8, 2021

In my article on the Full Moon on July 23 (click here to see the article and the chart) I predicted that our attention would be diverted from the reemergence of the pandemic by some sort of scandal. The allegations of sexual harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Justice Department’s findings on that matter certainly fit that bill. We also had the Olympics and the controversy surrounding Simone Biles’ withdrawal from key events. There have been plenty of Neptunian diversions during this lunation cycle even as the infection rate of COVID-19 continued to grow.

I was wrong about one thing. I didn’t see much hope that the trine by Neptune on the Ascendant of the Full Moon chart to Mercury would bring us a positive change. In fact, there has been a rise in the number of people getting vaccinated. It may be too little too late, but it is something. Meanwhile, the opposition between Mercury and Pluto in that chart brought more obstruction from Republican governors and lawmakers who seem to feel that health care is secondary to politics.

A Bad Progression for Andrew CuomoCuomoAimage

We don’t have a time of birth for Andrew Cuomo. (Click on Cuomo to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth.) For this reason I was not all that surprised when I looked at his chart back in February, when the investigation by the New York State Attorney General into allegations of sexual harassment began and saw no “big” aspects. Without a time of birth we are deprived of several important pieces of information about Cuomo’s horoscope. Without those missing pieces no real judgment of the chart can be made.

Today the Attorney General’s office released findings of multiple incidents of sexual harassment from multiple women. The situation with Cuomo’s partial natal charge does reflect this development, at least somewhat. Transiting Mars is conjunct his natal Pluto, an aspect that typically brings us a day or so when we feel overwhelmed. Also, the Sun is conjunct his natal Uranus, an aspect that often brings surprising revelations and a disruption of our preconceptions. However, without a heavier, long-term aspect to back them up, the influence of these relatively short-term aspects should have been minimal.

That was definitely not the case, with everyone from his many accusers to the President of the United States crying for Cuomo to resign. Obviously, there are other transits at work here involving factors we can’t see in a partial horoscope, like the Ascendant, Midheaven or the precise placement of the Moon. However, we do get a clue about what’s going on when we look at the secondary progressions to Cuomo’s partial chart.

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The Many Faces of Neptune

Every astrological indicator, every sign, planet, house, etc., can have multiple meanings. However, no factor in the horoscope can match the range of differences that we see with Neptune. Neptune is often related with profound spiritual insights but it is just as often associated with escapist trash. A transit by this planet might, on the one hand, promise awesome flights of imagination and creativity and on the other cruel deceptions.

Recently we’ve seen some rather dramatic demonstrations of this range of possibilities. A few day ago I wrote about the influence transiting Neptune was having on Simone Biles as it closed in on a conjunction with her natal Sun. I described how Neptune can dissolve the boundaries of self, opening up the ego to doubt and uncertainty. That Neptunian doubt caused Biles to pull out of several competitions in the Tokyo Olympics.

Then Biles encountered another face of Neptune. It is often difficult to explain to other people why we do what we do when Neptune is active in our charts. It’s personal. It’s psychological. Often, it’s spiritual and it doesn’t lend itself to a clear, rational description. Some people decided that Biles’ explanation for her decision to withdraw was just a cover for cowardness and a lack of will. Being misunderstood and having our actions misjudged is also a feature of Neptune.

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The news that the American gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the final day of the team gymnastic competition at the Tokyo Olympics came as a shock to a lot of people. Biles had received a great deal of attention from the press in the months leading up to the Olympics and she is probably the most well-known athlete on the entire U.S. roster. Everyone expected her to be the star of this year’s Olympics.

Her withdrawal came after a stumble in an earlier round of the competition. The official explanation for the decision hinted at a health issues. I don’t necessarily doubt this claim, but her horoscope provides us with a different story. (Click on Simone Biles to see the chart.) (The time of birth used here has been apparently floating around on the internet. I don’t particularly trust it but for this analysis the time is not crucial.)

The chart features a trine between Mars and Neptune. This is certainly an appropriate aspect for a gymnast, combing the strength and athlete prowess of Mars with the artistry of Neptune. If this time is correct, her Moon is early Gemini and forms a Grand Trine with Mars and Neptune. This would also be appropriate. However, what interests me about this horoscope is the placement of the Sun at 23 degree of Pisces. It so happens that Neptune in currently transiting Pisces and is close to an exact conjunction to Biles’ natal Sun.