Update April 23, 2012 - Solar Data added
The following is an exploration of the heliocentric planetary geometries surrounding the April 21, New Moon. This data is also intended to explore the potential effects of significant heliocentric planetary alignments, aspects and geometries accentuating solar activity. Researcher Patrick Geryl asked if I would verify the timing of three synodic alignments, suggesting they may catalyze increased solar activity on or around April 22, 2012. Patrick's research shows there were several coinciding synodic events during several occurrences of accentuated solar activity in the past, suggesting that such conditions are a direct catalyst for and indicator of increased solar activity. Below are my explorations about these current synodic correspondences and the embracing planetary geometries involved. I also present additional synodic events occurring with the newly discovered dwarf planets. Aspects occurring between synodic events and the geometries they create are significant factors to consider in any geocentric or heliocentric mapping. Times and orbs of these events are presented in a table toward the end of this presentation, which can be used to correlate solar activity during this time.
Synod means "a place of meeting." A synod refers to an alignment of two or more planets looking from the Sun, which also marks the start of a synodic cycle. Learn more about planetary synods and synodic cycles.
The Venus-Mars synod and the Venus-Mars synodic opposition to Uranus. The Uranus Mercury-Pluto Venus-Mars T-square and the Ceres Chiron Venus-Mars Yod
There are two "primary" geometric configurations shown in this chart. One is the Venus-Mars synod in opposition to Uranus, which creates a T-square with the Mercury-Pluto synod (red triangle). The other geometry is a Yod, the base of which is created by the Chiron-Neptune (Note 1)-Ceres sextile (60°) with two incunjuncts (150°) to Venus-Mars, which is the Yod's apex (magenta triangle). A third geometry is a triangle created by a trine (120°) aspect between Ceres and Mercury-Pluto, and the additional sextile between Chiron and Mercury-Pluto .(Note 2)
The Dwarf Planet Orcus also aspects this geometry (made visible by placing your cursor over the image). It creates a Grand Trine with Mercury-Pluto and Ceres; and the kite geometry with Chiron-Neptune. It also creates the rectangle with Uranus and Venus-Mars.
These geometries consist of the approaching Mercury-Pluto synod (April 22); the Venus-Mars synod (April 23); and the Venus and Mars synodic oppositions to Uranus. The Venus-Mars-Uranus synodic synchronization will be presented in the April 21, 2012 Lunar Planner. The Orcus Sun Chiron-Neptune alignment creates an additional synodic opposition. Orcus has a significant resonance as a planet, with similar orbital parameters as Pluto, thus is making this a significant synodic opposition as well. More about Orcus.
The T-square creates a strong resonance and tension, with the focus upon the Mercury-Uranus synod, which becomes a potent expressive force. I tend to think of a T-square like a cross-bow, which must fire across the chart, and in this case stimulating a strong solar resonance.
The focus of the Yod is the Venus-Mars apex. The Venus-Mars synod in opposition to the midpoint of the Chiron-Ceres sextile, which forms the base of the Yod, tends to make the resonance between these two base-points some what oscillatory or unstable in nature, which reinforces the apex resonance. A Yod is often called a "Finger of God" in astrology because it places an unrelenting focus on the apex theme which must be dealt with. Uranus happens to lie at this midpoint, and thus its force is projected toward the apex as well. This in turn reinforces the potency of the T-square. Thus each geometry builds or amplifies the resonant force of the other--all with Sun in the center.(Note 3)
The Grand Trine (green) with Orcus establishes a stabilizing resonance in which these other two potent geometries nest. A kite is a Grand Trine with a planet in opposition to one of the planets creating the Grand Trine. In this case we have Chiron-Neptune opposite Orcus. This configuration creates a strong resonance along the opposition and a force of movement toward Orcus, thus intensifying the Neptune-Chiron Orcus synodic opposition. The rectangle has two oppositions crossing each other, the Mars-Venus Uranus opposition and the Orcus-Chiron-Neptune opposition, again creating a strong resonance in the overall geometry.
Note 1: Chiron is the primary body in exact aspect here. Neptune and Pallas are 10° apart with Chiron as their midpoint, thus the three are still a synthesized force, even through their synods with each other occurred some time ago. The Feb 26, 2010 Chiron-Neptune synod was presented in the Feb 14, 2010 Lunar Planner, which started the new 85-year Chiron-Neptune synodic cycle.
Note 2: Mercury most often is involved as a trigger to any significant event.
Note 3: Ceres is often prominent in planetary configurations involving geological/ecological events.
This pentagonal geometry, consisting of three interlocking Yods, also occurs. It consists of two additional synods. One is the Jupiter-Sedna synod. The Jupiter-Sedna synod occurs on May 11, 2012, however Jupiter is just 1° 43' to Sedna on April 21, 2012. The other is the Ixion-Pholus synod, which is just a few degrees to Quaoar.
Also occurring is the Eris-Vesta Saturn synodic opposition, although waning by a little over 4° (see table below).
The Jupiter-Sedna synodic opposition to Juno crosses the Saturn -Eris opposition, creating the rectangle.
All of these events occur just after the Earth-Saturn synod that recently began on April 15, presented in the March 22, 2012 Lunar Planner.
|Planets in Aspect||April 19 orb||Apr 20 orb||Apr 21 orb||Apr 22 orb||Apr 23 orb||Exact Aspect||Notes|
|Venus-Mars synod opp Uranus - Apr 20-23|
|Venus-Mars||- 5° 19'||- 4° 09'||- 2° 58'||- 1° 48'||- 0° 38'||Apr 23 12:58:02|
|Venus opp Uranus||- 6° 05'||- 4° 29'||- 2° 52'||- 1° 16'||+ 0° 21'||Apr 22 18:49:17|
|Mars opp Uranus||- 0° 46'||- 0° 20'||+ 0° 06'||+ 0° 32'||+ 0° 59'||Apr 20 18:17:01|
|Mercury-Pluto Synod & T-Square||The Mercury-Pluto synod is T-square to Venus-Mars opp Uranus (a primary aspect).|
|Mercury-Pluto||-||- 7° 10'||- 4° 23'||- 1° 33'||+ 1° 17'||Apr 22 13:11:02|
|Mercury square Venus||- 0° 48'||+ 0° 22'||+ 1° 33'||+ 2° 45'||+ 3° 59'||Apr 19 16:25:46|
|Mercury square Uranus||- 6° 53'||- 4° 06'||- 1° 19'||+1° 30'||+ 4° 20'||Apr 21 11:15:49|
|Mercury square Mars||- 6° 07'||- 3° 46'||- 1° 25'||+ 0° 57'||+ 3° 21'||Apr 21 14:23:09|
|Uranus-Pluto Square||- 3° 04'||- 3° 04'||- 3° 04'||- 3° 03'||- 3° 03'||Nov 24, 2013||* First square in the 138-year Uranus-Pluto cycle.|
|Venus square Pluto||-||- 7° 32'||- 5° 56'||- 4° 19||- 2° 42'||Apr 24 16:14:01|
|Mars square Pluto||- 3° 50'||- 3° 24'||- 2° 57'||- 2° 31'||- 2° 04'||Apr 27 16:00:19|
|Ceres Chiron Venus-Mars Yod||Pallas aspects not listed.|
|Venus inc Neptune||- 0° 39'||+ 0° 58'||+ 2° 35'||+ 4° 11'||Apr 20 09:39:43|
|Venus inc Chiron||-||-||- 3° 53'||- 2° 16'||- 0° 40'||Apr 23 09:55:21|
|Venus inc Ceres||-||-||- 3° 41'||- 2 ° 16'||- 0° 50'||Apr 23 14:15:41|
|Mars inc Neptune||+ 3° 03'||+ 3° 30'||+ 3° 56'||+ 4° 23'||+ 4° 49'||Apr 12 01:22:34|
|Mars inc Chiron||- 1° 47'||- 1° 20'||- 0° 54'||- 0° 28'||- 0° 02'||Apr 23 01:46:30|
|Mars inc Ceres||- 1° 12'||- 0° 57'||- 0° 42'||- 0° 27'||- 0° 13'||Apr 23 20:22:12|
|Ceres sextile Chiron||- 0° 35'||- 0° 23'||- 0° 12'||- 0° 01'||+ 0° 11'||Apr 22 1:27:27|
|Earth-Saturn synod opp Vesta-Eris synod||The primary aspects for this opposition have already occured, except for Vesta opp Saturn.
The May 5 opp occurs with a Venus-Saturn synod.
Although the Eris-Saturn synodic oppostion already occured, the final geocentric oppostion surounding this occurs on June 25 as Saturn stations.
|Earth-Saturn||+ 3° 04'||+ 4° 00'||+ 4° 57'||+ 5° 54'||+ 6° 50'||Apr 15 18:19:07|
|Vesta-Eris||+ 0° 58'||+ 1° 13'||+ 1° 28'||+ 1° 42'||+ 1° 57'||Apr 16 01:51:00|
|Vesta opp Saturn||- 3° 31'||- 3° 18'||- 3° 05'||- 2° 52'||- 2° 39'||May 5 10:08:10|
|Eris opp Saturn||+ 4° 16'||+ 4° 18'||+ 4° 20'||+ 4° 21'||+ 4° 23'||Dec 7, 2011|
|Jupiter-Sedna synod opp Juno|
|Jupiter-Sedna||- 1° 54'||- 1° 49'||- 1° 43'||- 1° 38'||- 1° 33'||May 11, 2012|
|Jupiter opp Juno||+ 4° 05||+ 4° 08'||+ 4° 11'||+ 4° 14'||+ 4 18'||Jan 30, 2012|
|Planets in Aspect||April 19 orb||Apr 20 orb||Apr 21 orb||Apr 22 orb||Apr 23 orb||Exact Aspect|
|- Day of aspect|
|- 0° to 3° orb (approaching aspect)|
|- 3° to 5° orb (approaching aspect)|
|- 5° to 7° orb (approaching aspect)|
- approaching aspect | + separating aspect
Orbs are at 00:00:00 UT
All Times UT
Events tend to occur in the crescendo of an aspect. This is the time leading into the aspect. The tighter the orb, the stronger the resonance. This is true for geological and psychophysiological events as well. If this holds true for Solar activity is something to observe. The energetic of an aspect generally tends to relax (wane) after the exact aspect.
All heliocentric alignments and aspects starting now are also occurring as we enter the critical 3° orb (crescendo) of the primary Uranus-Pluto square. The synodic square occurs on November 24, 2013. Thus all aspects involving Uranus and Pluto (heliocentric or geocentric), are especially significant. The Uranus-Pluto geocentric square occurs from 2012-2015. This is the first square in the 138-year Uranus-Pluto synodic cycle that began on January 7, 1966.
The Venus-Mars synod opposite Uranus is active for many days through April 23 due to the Venus-Mars synod of April 23. The potent part of this is the Mars-Venus synod in opposition to Uranus (the corresponding Mars and Venus synodic oppositions with Uranus), which occur on April 20 and April 22 respectively. We do not have a precise activation window (to the day) considering only this alignment without looking at the additional aspects and their geometries.
The T-square actives this opposition especially on April 21 and 22culminating with the Mercury-Pluto synod of April 22. This tightens in an an "activation window."
Planets creating a Yod must all be within ±3° to be active, even tighter to be of extreme significance. The Ceres-Chiron Yod to Mars is especially active during this entire period, through April 23. Venus then enters into the Yod's 3° orb as it approaches Mars on April 21, with both to peak on April 23. Because the T-square nests within the Yod's crescendo, it significantly accentuates the April 21-22 dates defined by the T-square. The entire period surrounding this is however a catalytic period.
Whether this geometry accentuates solar activity is yet to be seen (the date of this writing being April 5, 2012). Either way, the geometries are significant. They also translate to Earth through geocentric geometries and are a part of the dynamic setting the tone of the April 21, 2012 Lunar Cycle.
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 16 - 22 April 2012 - Issued 2012 April 23
Solar activity was at low to moderate levels. There were no M or X class flares during this period.
Geomagnetic field activity was mostly quiet, with brief intermittent periods of unsettled and active levels....
Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X according to the peak flux (in watts per square meter, W/m2). Each class has a peak flux ten times greater than the preceding one, with X class flares having a peak flux of order 10-4 W/m2. Within a class there is a linear scale from 1 to 9, so an X2 flare is twice as powerful as an X1 flare. The more powerful M and X class flares are often associated with a variety of effects on the near-Earth space environment.