Tonight, New Year’s Eve, is a Blue Moon. That means it is the second Full Moon within the same calendar month. Blue Moons occur about every 2½ years, which is why they are used to describe a rare event.
A Blue Moon, however, is not an astrological phenomenon, because calendar months are not astrological divisions of time.
The astrological equivalent of a month is the zodiac sign, of which there are 12 in a year. So from an astrological point of view, the equivalent of a Blue Moon would be having 2 Full Moons in the space of one sign, one at the beginning and one at the end. These also occur about once every 2½ years, and I’ll call them ABMs for short (astrological blue moons).
ABMs are not traditional, they are just Dharmaruci thinking out loud. But you could say that with an ABM, the axis under which it occurs is emphasised for that month. It is an axis because under a Full Moon, you have the Moon in one sign and the Sun in the opposite sign.
So in June/July 2005, there was an ABM on the Cancer/Capricorn axis. In the middle of that period, we had the July bombings in London, and the UK is a Capricorn nation. Cancer/Capricorn is also known as the political axis, and this was an intensely political event, not just in terms of the bombers motives, but because Tony Blair was under siege over the Iraq War, and these bombings were seen (rightly, I think) as a consequence of the War. As if to emphasise this axis, the bombings took place under a New Moon in Cancer.
The previous ABM was in July/August 2002 under the Leo/Aquarius Axis. The drums of war were beating in the US, and in October that year the US Congress authorized the President to use the United States Armed Forces against Iraq. This war was intensely ideological, which is a characteristic of Aquarius and of the American people (the US chart has Moon in Aquarius).
The most recent ABM took place in Scorpio between 20 April and 20 May 2008. Scorpio is a sign that at its simplest level (which is often the level of mundane events) stands for physical death. In this period 133,000 people were killed in a cyclone in Burma, the largest number to die in a natural event since the 2004 tsunami. And 69,000 people were killed in an earthquake in China.
The next ABM is in Aries in Sept/Oct 2010. This may well emphasise issues of peace/diplomacy (Libra) and war (Aries). This ABM comes hot on the heels of the famous cardinal t-square at the end of July 2010, involving Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. With Mars and Saturn in Libra, this configuration also emphasises diplomacy as well as war. It would seem that events will be coming to a head next year in the war of West versus East, in particular of the US versus much of the middle and near East.
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A crucial moment in this t-square is when the Moon enters Aries, activating it. The chart for this moment, set for Washington DC, has 5 of these planets lined up along the MC/IC. So the run-up to this moment, i.e. most of July, I expect to be a time of intense political activity and development both at home and abroad for the US.
On the 6th August 2010, the Moon will have moved round to Cancer, creating a Grand Cross, while Venus will have moved into Libra, adding a 7th planet to the line-up. A t-square is by its nature unbalanced, and it seeks balance in the point opposite the corner, in this case Cancer.
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So the powerful events that the t-square will be kicking off may reach some sort of initial resolution quite quickly. But this could easily mean, for example, a response to an attack. Again, with the US being a Cancerian nation, we may be talking about a threat to the US homeland - or perceived threat - and a response to that. And with Venus now also in the sign of Libra, the response may be less belligerent and/or unilateral than one might assume. The US will just be emerging from a Node opposite Sun transit, so whatever happens, the events will be significant in shaping the future of the US.