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Dec. 8, 2003 — This Full Moon on December 8 is full of news — from solar flares and record-breaking weather, to sacred ceremonies and the holy-day season. This news is profound and transformational; the Moon is reflecting the light of the Sun aligned with Pluto. The news is full of horse power. Pluto is in the fire sign of Sagittarius, the horse/man archer. Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva sings of the compelling aspirations and the wild starry steed we now ride:

My horse is a devouring fire,
Runs without hooves, does not neigh.
Where my horse breathes–no spring runs.
Where my horse leaps–no grass grows.
O, fire, my horse–unsatisfied mouth!
O, fire, upon him–unsatisfied rider!
My hair knots into his red mane…
A fiery streak–toward heaven!

The remote planet Pluto continues to reveal its complexity. Hubble space telescope photos from summer 1994 imaged almost the entire surface of Pluto, showing it to be "an unusually complex object, with more large-scale contrast than any planet, except Earth," reports Scott Hildreth of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Astronomer Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute is impressed: "Most planetary bodies are highly muted so scientists often boost the image contrast to make features more easily discernible, but Pluto is a visual boomer." (Astronomy, June 1997)
Astrologers aren't surprised! We know that Pluto goes to extremes, opens up the depths and heights of our experience. The fact that it has physical features of high and low contrast and highlighted poles matches its archetypal character as the god/dess of both death and rebirth, the dark and the light of the soul. The inner light is very subtle.
With Pluto in the sign of the Truth-seeker, the truth will out, sooner than later. The Moon in Gemini is ready to put out the news. Let's see what unfolds as the Moon releases its light over the next two weeks. There are predictions and intimations of big changes, maybe big booms.
The celestial choreography of this Full Moon, with Pluto at the power point, is in a dance with Mars and Jupiter. This grand square is a manifestation pattern; something is ready to happen. Jupiter, ruling Sagittarius, is in Virgo. The wisdom of the Great Goddess of Virgo is conveyed through nature. Listen to the instinctive wisdom of your body, feel the rhythm of the Earth. Record-breaking solar flares and highly unusual weather systems abound. The electromagnetic field of the Earth is changing, and so are our physical systems. Make relevant health adjustments to support your system to receive the increased light energy with ease.
Jupiter is amplifying the red planet Mars — still in Pisces! Mars usually runs through a sign in two months, but its retrograde cycle has kept it swimming in the Piscean ocean for six months! Playing with Pluto and Jupiter, Mars is highly stimulated, for better or worse. Extremes may be illuminated under the light of the Full Moon. In Pisces, the fish swim both ways. Mars is either on drugs and heading out with the tide or tuning into the cosmic flow and feeling a natural high. The new wave is coming in. Get on your surfboard. Fueled by this horse power Moon, Mars is about to go into Aries on December 16. Be ready for action!
This Full Moon in mid-Gemini forecasts the June 8 position of the rare Venus occultation, a kind of eclipse of the Sun and Venus. Venus will be retrograde, communing with the Sun. Perhaps the most important astrological event of 2004, we'll be hearing more about this on various wavelengths. Stay tuned, keep your ear to the ground. As above, so below, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
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Publication Notes from Kelley Hunter:
My article, "Modern Cosmology: New Myths in the Age of Technology," appears in the Mercury Direct section of the Dec/Jan issue of The Mountain Astrologer.
I have had inquiries about my doctoral dissertation, "In Search of Dark Mater," which investigates the psycho-spiritual implications of the modern physics search for dark matter. Chapters include:
— Cosmology, Ancient and Modern
— Dark Mater, Dark Mother
— The Dark Goddess Lilith
— and original collages of the cosmic feminine, as well as chapters on research process.
This 345-page academic dissertation is available on CD for $27 (includes
U.S. shipping, additional for overseas). A full table of contents is available by request. If you are interested, send me an e-mail. Payment is welcome by Paypal or by check / M.O. to address below.

Editor's note: Astrologer Kelley Hunter lives on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she leads stargazing nights. She teaches with Self Centre International at Caneel Bay Resort and is astrologer-in-residence for the Omega Institute winter programs in the Caribbean. Hunter recently earned her doctorate in an interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, cosmology and myth. To be on her e-mail list for monthly articles or for an astrology consultation, write kellhunter@earthlink.net. Explore her Web site at www.heliastar.com

Copyright 2003 by M. Kelley Hunter

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