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Happy Monday! March 30, 2020

Happy Monday, March 30, 2020

– Crescent Moon Phase: perseverance, challenge, adventure

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom) Chinnamasta, Goddess who expands the Mind

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 11 ARIES – The ruler of a nation

EARTH: 11 LIBRA –  A professor peering over his glasses at his students

Happy Monday! The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Saturday, March 29, 2020

– Crescent Moon Phase: perseverance, challenge, adventure

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom) Chinnamasta, Goddess who expands the Mind

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 10 ARIES – A teacher gives new symbolic forms to traditional images

EARTH: 10 LIBRA –  a canoe approaching safety through dangerous waters

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Saturday March 28, 2020 – Crescent Moon Phase

Saturday, March 28, 2020

– Crescent Moon Phase: perseverance, challenge, adventure

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom) Chinnamasta, Goddess who expands the Mind

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 09 ARIES – A crystal gazer

EARTH: 09 LIBRA –  three old masters hanging in a special room in an art gallery

Crescent Moon Phase

This is the point where we take off. The New Moon phase is one of planning an intentions. Crescent is time to move. An we are faced with two opposite forces.

One is the excitement and exuberance of what we have just planned. This excitement can send us forward on the new adventure.

The Opposing force is the challenge. We question our intentions. Seeing the way forward, we may may stumble and lose our way.

March 24, 2020

The Crescent phase is where we decide if we have the metal to move forward.

Here is where understanding your personal astrology, and comparing it to the astrology of today, can help see you forward. What may be aspecting in your chart to help?

To the right I have the chart I published on March 24th – The day of the New Moon. There are two places to look at that are important.

FIRST – Imagining the chart as a clock, look at the position about 8:30. This shows the aspects directly in line with the sun at the New Moon . Of course, the Sun and the Moon are together. But dancing with them are both Chiron and The Black Moon. The energies of these together are significant to what is happening to us all month (and if you have been listening to Laura Walker) and since January. I have personally been watching them because they are a bullseye aspect to my personal chart. So I have been swimming it it pretty hard.

So what does that mean? HOMEWORK – find out. Its fun doing homework (haha) especially for all of us parents under Stay at home orders. We just received instruction from our schools about the homework the kids are required to do every day. So look it up on a search engine. Here are some phrases you may want to try:

Sun Conjunct Black Moon

Sun Conjunct Chiron

Moon Conjunct Chiron

Black Moon Conjunct Chiron (You may not find much online. Check out Laura Walker’s book Astrology of the Black Moon available free from

SECOND – Imagining the chart as a clock, look at the position about 11:00. You will see Saturn Conjunct Pluto and Jupiter Conjunct Mars. These are both significant aspects. And they are moreso because they happen at the Midheaven – which speaks to Life’s Path.

Homework again. Look it up!

Each of these aspects describe the energy we are under right now. I like visualizations to make sense of this. Imagine you are surfing (my favorite visualization). You are sitting on your board out in the ocean and things are happening that are completely beyond your control Waves are coming, There is a riptide, wind, sharks, sand dunes, shorebreak, the water is cold. You can go on and on.

The question is, how do you adjust to these conditions? And before that, how do you even know about them?

Starting with your own chart, you may see where you are very apt at dealing with some conditions, and others are more challenging.



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Friday March 27, 2020 – The Apple Tree Project

Friday, March 27, 2020

-New Moon Phase: Begin, Set Intentions

-Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom)

-Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

-Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 08 ARIES – A woman’s hat with streamers blown by the east wind

EARTH: 08 LIBRA –  a blazing fireplace in a deserted home


Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.     – Johnny Appleseed

Who would know where a post might take me. As I was talking about trees yesterday, the wise old man in the body of my 10 year old son spoke up.

“Dad. Can we plant an Apple Tree in our backyard.”

And with that, an idea takes seed. And reminds me of Johnny Appleseed.

Funny thing about Johnny Appleseed. Growing up in the 70’s we would get to see the Disney, Johnny Appleseed movie a couple times a year. This would be when our elementary school teacher would roll out the Movie projector and string up the reel to reel films from the District Library. For the teacher, it was a great way to pass the time. And just think about want the Religion censors would say about it today.

It was so much a part of our education growing up, I always figured every kid knew the story. I only realized in the mid to late 2010’s that it was not the case. A beloved story of my childhood and my own kids had never seen it. I was teaching a Sunday School lesson that touched on apples and I decided to use it in the class. We started with the movie (which I Found on YouTube) and then ate apples. By the end of Sunday School, not only my class of 8 year olds, but the entire Sunday School had sat and watched it (having the class sing “The Lord is Good to Me” was a good incentive).

A little bit of History. A little bit of religion. A very catchy song. Americana all wrapped up with a message about how one man made the world a better place by planting apple trees.

Now. Is Planting Apple Trees That Easy?

As with pretty much every gardening issue I have come across, this will take some planning and research. Some things I know. Some things I do not.

First: Space. How much space will an apple tree take? If you read yesterday’s article, you see that I am a little bit space deficient. Its going to have to take some creative planning and moving things around to make it fit.

Second: What kinds of apples do we want to grow. I would love Honeycrisp apples – some of the best tasting right now. But will they grow here in Eastern Pennsylvania? (My initial research says no. But there are a number others that are perfect)

Third: I need more than one. Not many apple trees are self pollinating. How am I going to find space for two trees.

Fourth: Where do I get the trees? Can I grow them from seed (my son Mikey was eating an apple and pulled out 2 seeds yesterday and asked me to plant them)? It turns out you can’t due to size and root grafting and some other add things.

Fifth: Since I need more than 1 tree and I do not have enough space, can I get one or more of my neighbors to plant one in their yard?

Sixth: Will the Tree gestapo of Wyomissing want to come in and tell me how to do it? Our little borough is designated Tree City USA – a special “honor” bestowed upon it by the Arbor Day Foundation (I will have more to say about that next month on about April 24, 2020 – Arbor Day).

This is going to be fun.

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Thursday March 26, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

-New Moon Phase: Begin, Set Intentions

-Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom)

-Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

-Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 07 ARIES – a man successfully expressing himself in two realms a once

EARTH: 07 LIBRA –  a woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks

One day I am going to figure out how to make an appealing looking inline textbox for this information. This is basic daily information that I have been following through Oracle Report for years. And I want it to be part of these posts. But look a little different. So if there are any WordPress gurus out there with an idea, I would love to hear it.

Planting Intentions

Before I was considering all the political machinations with the Coronavirus and the World coming to an end, I had decided that I was strongly going to focus this year on my garden and what I do with it. If you have been following Astrogardens, you have seen 2 years of what I will call me entertaining myself with my garden.

But the Zombie Apocalypse that I have talked about in the past has come to fruition with the Global shutdown. People who consider themselves “preppers” are not being looked at as if they were tin foil hat nuts. Though it happened in the winter (when nothing is growing here in the Northeast), people are now seriously wondering why they do not have a pantry full of food stocked away and a seed vault for their garden planned for Spring.

And since we are locked in for the most part, it is a good time to plan.

And What about Trees?

I do not have a huge yard. But still there are 2 large trees on it. In Front, our street is lined with ancient Lindon trees. They are a showpiece feature of our block that is well known throughout our little Borough. Starting in about April, the trees will bloom and create a virtual tunnel for our entire block. It was even chose by the Giant food stores chain a few years back to shoot a commercial that features a marching band and parade. Made us look like true Americana.

In addition, I have a huge Mulberry tree covering much of the backyard. I have a love hate relationship with that tree. When it is full, there is no more beautiful share tree with birds, chipmunks and squirrels. jumping from branch to branch. It overhangs our back porch and we love the shade. BUT . . . during the month of June it is the messiest thing imaginable. You do not walk out back with bare feet. Squish. Squish. Squish.

We used to have a third big tree in our yard. I called it the Christmas Tree that someone planted to be cool after Chistmas . . . an lo and behold it grew. When we moved in our house, It was growing beside our Chimney and over-topped that by a good 5 feet. We loved it. It was beautiful But my neighbor HATED it. I believe the real reason he hated it was because it grew over a spot on his lawn and the sap killed all his grass. So for 10 years he constantly hinted about it. My favorite of his hints was that he believed that Squirrels were jumping from that tree onto his roof . . . or he was afraid that they might. He went so far as to complain to the borough that it was a nuisance. I will talk more about that little argument later. But suffice it to say, we finally were able to remove it at almost no cost to us. In the end, it was better. Because of that tree, we were unable to have our chimney swept, and thus could not have fires in our fireplace.

I bring up my trees because part of my plan for planting this year is to plant a tree. I just do not have any idea where to put it or what I want to plant.

The idea really took root for me last year after reading a meme on Facebook that said something to the effect that one way to combat climate change was to plant a bunch of trees. It was much more insightful than that, but I did not save it. But it made me set an intention. It will be a theme that you will see here a lot over the next few months.

Another silly facebook meme I saw regarding trees was actually a DIY idea. It suggested that instead of throwing out lemon seeds (when you have fresh lemons that is) that you should throw them into some soil and turn them into house plants. Since I buy a lot of lemons (they go great in iced tea, which I make and drink at least 3 gallons of each week), I figured that it sounded like fun. So last December, I planted some.

The idea is that they are easy to care for and make a very fragrant house plant. They take 3-5 years to bear fruit, but are appealing in the meantime. So here is my first one. Since it was so easy, I am planning a doing a bunch of them. Maybe sell some, or give them away. Again, we are in the northeast. They will not last through a winter, so they will need to be potted. This will be fun.

Now this lemon tree exercise has been fun. It is a just microcosm in comparison to what it will be like to actually fulfill the idea of planting a lot of trees to save the world. And while this lofty goal sounds fun, but a little silly, I think it is something that should be pretty easy to do.

But is it? Have you ever planted a tree? Do you have any idea how to plant a tree?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – What is the New Moon Phase all about

New Moon – Beginnings, setting intention, initiate, set a wish or intention

Ideas, hopes, wishes, or dreams that were “seeded” during the New Moon phase

I wrote an Article about the New Moon Phase back in July

At the time of the New Moon, the Moon is located directly in between the Sun and the Earth. You might ask, :Then why do we not have an eclipse every month at the New Moon?” It has to do with the orbital plane of the Moon being different than that of the Earth to the sun. 2 times per year, they meet (at the Spring and Autumn Equinox) and can potentially offer us an eclipse.

The Moon does not generate any light itself. The bright moon is caused by the light of the Sun reflecting off its surface. So we can only see brightness on the side of the Moon that faces the sun. When the Moon is stationed in between, we see nothing but darkness.

Astrologically, it is said that the energy of the Moon is at its lowest point. It is the starting point of the lunar cycle.

Born Under the New Moon

Do you know what phase the moon was in when you were born. This is not a common piece of astrology that is looked at. In my opinion, one that is not given the importance it deserves. After discovering my own, I was able to see its influence over my life. I may talk more about that when we get to the disseminating phase (HINT HINT).

If you do not know it, it is simple to find. Go to a search engine. Search:

“Lunar Phase at Birth”

There are many sites that will give you this information. I will outline the basic lunar phase astrology for each phase in upcoming posts. But for now, we are starting

New Moon – Low Energy Phase

  • In tune with what they want
  • Try new things with Childlike wonder and innocence
  • It is a loving energy
  • Drawn to try new things and follow trends
  • They are Creative idea people
  • Aggressively go after what they want
  • Always a shiny new idea on the horizon
  • Dog like enthusiasm – like a large labrador chasing things around


  • Energy can bee fleeting
  • Fizzles out before its done
  • Dog like enthusiasm like ADHD – jumping to the next shiny object they see and forgetting what they were aggressively attacking moments before
  • Cloaked in a darkness around themselves – Unable to see how they are from an outside perspective.

How New Moon people can Relate to the other phases.

  • Low Energy phases are good – Including Balsamic, New and Crescent – This is when mind and heart are in alignment
  • High energy Phases are more Difficult – Gibbous, Full and Disseminating
  • Full Moon is a time to look inward and focus on personal reflection. The energy at full moon is the full expression of the energy exposed at the New Moon. It is more intense though.
  • Quarter Phases use to evaluate self.

SO . . . What Does all this mean about today?

For the New Moon Phase in Aries, 2020, we need to look at the Date of the New Moon (yesterday 3/24) and interpret the Sabian Symbols for the day.  I listed these in yesterday’s post   

For the New Moon, the Sabian Symbol for the Sun is “A Triangle with Wings”.  Personally, this symbol has always bothered me. The Triangle imagery speaks of Illuminati influences. Even stronger for me was that when I first encountered the symbol, I noticed a character on a TV cartoon that my kids would watch all the time (Gravity Falls). And being the ADD type that I am, would often get pulled into the show.  Though he does not have wings, he did fly. He was an interdimensional being  who caused trouble and invoked chaos.

Well anyway, consider what this means to you.  You may just consider it and ask about what it means to you. You also might want to dig deeper. Look at your personal Natal Astrology Chart and compare it to the energetics of the New Moon yesterday. If you do not have a copy of your chart, you can get one by ordering it here:


And Something Fun

from wikipedia

Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on 25 March. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien’s works in education and library groups. The date of 25 March was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

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New Moon in Aries – March 24, 2020


Following the Astrological Calendar, the beginning of the year is the sign of Aries – which begins in April – right around the same time at the Spring Equinox – This  year March 19th. It can be anywhere from March 19th to the 21st, depending on when the earth actually gets to that point.

And remember the whole leap year thing. The astrological sign of Aries begins on March 21st according to most Gregorian Calendars and horoscope websites. If you are counting for accuracy though, you look to when the sun enters the sign of Aries. This year that happened around March 18th at 9:35 PM

Here is where it gets complicated. The actual beginning of the New Year is when the New Moon strikes in the sign of Aries. And that day is today March 24th, at 5:34 AM.

I am not generally a stickler for details, but the art of astrology is. Or at least the math behind it is. And I would like to spend some time this year thinking about this math as well as some details about calendars and the passage of time. How we pass our time here on Earth. And how it may differ around the world.


Figuring out how dates and times work in astrology has confounded me since I began paying attention to it. And to place that date, it was in about 2011 – about the time I asked myself what the heck this whole 2012 end of the world thing was about. FYI I am still not incredibly clear on that. But it made me start paying attention.

Some of the things I looked at included the Mayan Calendar. The Kali Yuga. Western Astrology. Astronomy. And through this research, I found the Oracle Report. And the bottom of the rabbit hole truly fell out.

Anyways, the point of this post, and likely a whole lot more, is to take an intensive look at calendars, time and how we look at its passage. I am interested in how all of us pass time. All around the world.

I may tread lightly, or go deep. It will depend on how into it I get in the moment – and whether my kids interrupt my train of thought. Who says it will be my kids though. Many people I know claim that I have adult onset ADD. We will just have to see.

So for today’s lesson:

Tuesday March 24, 2020 5:34 AM

Taken from The Oracle Report, here are the astrological positions and Sabian Symbols associated with the planets on this date at this time:

Sun/Moon: 05 Aries – a triangle with wings

Earth: 05 Libra – a man teaching the true inner knowledge of the new world to his students

Chiron: 06 Aries – a square brightly lighted on one side

Black Moon: 07 Aries – a man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once

Uranus: 05 Taurus – a widow at an open grave

Venus: 21 Taurus – a moving finger points to significant passages in a book

North Node: 04 Cancer – a cat arguing with a mouse

South Node: 04 Capricorn – a group of people entering a large canoe for a journey by water

Jupiter: 24 Capricorn – a woman entering a convent

Pluto: 25 Capricorn – an Oriental rug dealer in a store filled with precious ornamental rugs

Mars: 26 Capricorn – a nature spirit (fairy) dancing in the mist of a waterfall

Saturn: 01 Aquarius – an old adobe mission

Mercury: 07 Pisces – illuminated by a shaft of light, a large cross lies on rocks surrounded by sea and mist

Neptune: 19 Pisces – a master instructing his disciple

A New Way of Looking at the  Calendar

And I have spared no expense at the production of this new calendar. Any close inspection will see that it is a Gregorian 202 calendar that I got from my bank that I was not using. So I cut it out in a new and unique way. I will be posting the lunar phase each month. Since I am not sure where this is going, this is where it starts. Basic lunar phases and times (where I had them). Most almanac sites are nice enough to give you the 4 cardinal phases (New, 1st Quarter, Full and 3rd Quarter). We know that the in between phases (Crescent, Gibbous, Disseminating and Balsamic) fall in-between. Getting an exact date and time is not quite so clear. But I am sure I will find a decent source to quote these times. Give me a week.

You can also see that there are some holidays filled in (The Easter Holidays for the most part). This is just the luck of the draw as that is what they put in this calendar. For my part, there is a lot to fill in.


Since we are on the New Year theme, I want to write down a resolution or two. In the astrology world, we do this now because:

  1. It is the New Moon Phase of the Year, a time to set intentions.
  2. It is the New Moon Phase in Aries, also good to set intentions (and start anything new)

So I Resolve to blog daily (Or as close to daily as I can) about the days of the lunar month. There are lots of things to talk about that have been either forgotten or lost or just unknown in each of our worlds. I will try to stay away from ridiculous government Official Days (Like National Tulip Day – It’s not that I know of, but I could not think of anything funnier). But if I discover or find an observance that has some significance to it (Like March 9th this year was Holi – a holiday in India that is pretty significant – 1.4 Billion Asian Indians are aware of it and only a tiny sliver of the 320 million people here in the US have even heard of it) I will try to make a point of it.

Somehow, I will also relate it to my garden. Times right now (with the Coronavirus offering us as close a view of the Zombie Apocalypse as we have ever seen) allow us to admit that being a little better Prepared is a good thing. And Astrogardens began paying attention to this.

So thank you for reading through this and please come back.

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How to Mark your Calendar – 2019

How to mark Your Calendar

How to mark Your CalendarThis Christmas season, did you acquire at least one calendar as a gift (whether it be from a friend, someone in your family, an insurance agent, the neighborhood realtor)? We begin 2019 with some fireworks and a toast and a new calendar. We prepare for another trip around the sun. And we hang up the calendar – taking the place of the 2018 version.

With this short ebook, I plan to answer some questions about the calendars we use to count the passing of time on this Big Blue Marble we call home.

Some of this will be practical knowledge – with advice to help you remember things about your life.

It is also a reference book – giving you important dates to mark on your calendar, including:


The Zodiac Dates

Lunar Phases

Black Moon Transits


Down Load it Here!



NOTE: I had planned to offer this ebook for sale, but since it is “calendar” related, and it is after Christmas, and All calendars go on mega special after Christmas, I am offering it free of charge. If you want to donate, please feel free. Also, if you are not yet on my email list, please sign up! Thanks! ~andrew

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January 2, 2019

Wednesday January 2, 2019

BALSAMIC MOON PHASE:  release, transform, healing,  prepare for the new



I have started a diet this morning. Back to my cleanse diet and this time to start out the New Year.

What I follow is called the Real Food Reset. It is a 30 day cleanse that basically cuts out all unnatural sugar. This sounds interesting and not incredibly revolutionary. But as I have found each time I have done it, effective in so many ways.

I will talk more about it in the next month as I follow this adventure.

This is the 4th time I am doing it. Each time, it is for a slightly different reason. This time is as well.

My main reason is to reduce pain in my joints. Not I am not old. But also not necessarily young. I reached AARP age a year or so ago. And at 51, I feel it in my joints – especially my knees. I was not kind to my knees in my youth. I tore both ACL’s and have had 3 surgeries. Arthritis has been part of my world since I was 19.  I discovered after the first time doing this diet, that the sugar reduction and weight loss made the pain go away. Whatever the mechanism, it has worked in the past. I am hoping for improvement in the near future. We will see.