Asteroids Koronis (158) & Apophis (99942), the Great American Eclipses, and COVID-19

Nothing would make me happier than going off on flights of fancy and delighting you, dear reader, with astrological art analysis or random theorizing on harmonics or psychology (these are coming yet). But....this may not be the right year. We got higher priorities right at the moment. And I feel obligated that if I see something, I should say something.

Asteroid watchers have cited Koronis (158) and a few other asteroids as key players in the emerging astrology of the developing COVID-19 pandemic. Koronis appears to be the closest homophonic asteroid to coronavirus, and her mythology has numerous uncanny parallels. Per the Theoi Project, Princess Koronis was loved by Apollo, but was unfaithful. The Sun God, informed by a raven, ordered his sister, Moon Goddess Artemis, to slay her and those around her with plague arrows. Koronis died, but not before giving birth to Apollo's son, renowned healer Asclepius, who was later entrusted to master teacher, healer and centaur Chiron. From Koronis we get corona, or crown, as well as similar word corvid, for the genus of birds to which the raven belongs and common misspelling of COVID. Turning to the perspective of astronomy, Koronis was discovered by Russian astronomer Viktor Knorre, January 4th, 1876 in Berlin, Germany (discovery chart: Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon). Koronis gives her name to a family of main belt asteroids (sometimes called the Lacrimosa family after another in the family) and has a 4.86 year period of orbit and a 0.2° mean daily motion.

My initial focus was simply on the course of Koronis: there are some pertinent details I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere for what she's up to at the end of the year. However, another asteroid decided to tag along for the ride when 'Rona and I realized we needed to do some time-travelling. All-told, it's still only a piece to the larger puzzle, but I'd like to add these to the conversation for your own astrological consideration. So let me show you what I've got.

(And, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Or, if any of this is helpful in your own astrology, please let me know so I can blog a link and RT you on Twitter! The astrology always evolves beyond any one publication.)

The Lay of (Astrological) Land

First, let's contextualize by going straight to what the pros have said so far.

To start, my friend, David Leskowitz of The Centaur Space, pulled together a very helpful timeline visual for the pandemic using major planetary transits with Koronis, the centaurs and some pertinent TNOs, beginning with last year's post-Christmas solar eclipse. It's a good structure to get your head around a sense of timing. My own emphasis would be on watching the lunations in particular, plus a few others I'll get into. [ed. very recent update to include Mercury-Koronis conjunction]

Next, about the time of the Pisces New Moon (February 23rd at 4° Pisces) I realized that Koronis was hovering about that lunation as well, flavoring that lunar month in all the ways we've seen play-out since.

While doing that checking for myself, I quickly went back to see if my favorite asteroid guru, Alex Miller of Alex Asteroid Astrology — always on-top of current events — had anything to say on the matter. Boy howdy! I recommend his first piece in particular for the framework he establishes, including his collection of relevant asteroids for the present pandemic: China, Hubei, Wuhan, Apollo, Asclepius, Panacea, Chiron, Koronis, and Pholus. The March 19th article deepens that work especially. Guest-blogger Sue Kientz also brings great insight into how Sedna makes this year's set of Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions (cited for their parallels to 1918's Spanish Flu pandemic) distinct from the regular every 14-16 year Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions.

The Coronavirus Outbreak (February 3rd)
Coronavirus Update: First US Death (March 2nd)
Coronavirus Update: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (March 12th)
Coronavirus Pandemic Worsens (March 19th)
Dwarf Planets and the Pandemic with guest blogger Sue Kientz (March 22nd)

Earlier in the previous week, Brenda Wilson of Good Heavens Astrology thoroughly covered the entire course of asteroid Wuhan through this year, especially noteworthy with it being in Capricorn and hitting planets, asteroids and hot degrees from Saturn conjunct Pluto in January and the most recent eclipse season.

Also this past week, Smiljana Gavrancic dove deep into asteroid Koronis including a tentative discovery chart (!), plus mundane/political leader charts with Koronis and reference to the upcoming July 5th eclipse and Mars retrograde. I'd be curious to know the source for the asteroid's discovery time.

Beyond the above, the decades-in-the-making Saturn-Pluto conjunction on January 12th of this year and the three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions this year (as a parallel to the Spanish Flu which took hold in 1918 with its own Jupiter-Pluto conjunction), are widely considered as hallmarks for the chaos and disease unleashed in their wake.

So these are the shoulders of giants I stand on to say my piece. After first syncing up with asteroid Koronis's role in the pandemic, my asteroid deerstalker cap was firmly glued to my head and my magnifying glass was out. It occurred to me: everyone's been so focused on the Saturn-Pluto conjunction near-exclusively for over a full year. And granted, that's one of the granddaddies of transits that yields a lot in its wake, especially for the additional planetary movements going on. But one of the major astrological events that had everyone talking and wondering in the years prior — particularly for how it might affect the political fortunes of the executive-in-chief of the USA for how acutely it hit his own chart — was the Great American Eclipse of August 2017. The first total solar eclipse to span the United States in a century (the only to do so since the country's founding), and, as many eclipse-y things go, not the greatest augur for areas which could behold it.

Surely an eclipse that takes in the full swath of the continental US would have more ill-bearing on the people than just its leader, yes? Wouldn't this be precisely the astrological marker to signal the dramatic actions we're seeing playing out? I mean, for reference, what kind of aftermath did that earlier eclipse have?

....oh. And here I just wanted to make sure I had my wordings correct when describing the 2017 eclipse. It turns out we had another Great American Eclipse. Check the date.

I believe both eclipses set the stage and may be useful referents for the astrology of the coronavirus.

The Great American Eclipse(s)

I've only included in-post synastries with the USA natal chart (Sibly) for ease of comparison, but you can view eclipse-only charts through these links: 1918 and 2017.

June 8th, 1918 (GAE1918)

The Spanish Flu pandemic, begun in full in 1918, lasted through the end of 1920. It's famed for having a difficult first wave which petered out over summer 1918, only to return with a vengeance in the autumn. I yield to better historians, or at least the article writers on Wikipedia and other other resources, to flesh out the background better if you want to dig further into the chart — this post will be long enough as it is.

The eclipse itself belongs to the solar Saros series 126 (a South Node series), which began in 1179, ends in 2459, with a range of total eclipses from 1882 through 2044. Einstein's Theory of General relativity would have been tested with this eclipse, had it not been so cloudy. If you follow the link to see the path of the eclipse, you can see the path of totality just trimming the southwest edge of Kansas, where Fort Riley, one of the early locations of outbreak, can be found.

To note: Karen Christino mentioned this eclipse in passing when examining the astrology of the Spanish Flu in New York. I'll hold off on why I'm using asteroid Apophis, though it'll become clear in a few moments. To go a little deeper with this eclipse's effect on the country:
  • Eclipse Uranus and IC on USA Moon, eclipse Mercury in USA 6th squaring this plus providing a trine to USA Pluto: a calamity of disease/death to the people of the nation, especially its young people, who were hardest hit by the influenza. 
  • Eclipse North Node in USA 1st house, disposited by Jupiter in detriment conjoined by the eclipse, characterizing asteroid Hispania (804, for Spain), and the South Node: a detrimental expansion of airy particles affected the appearance of the nation, again its young people (Gemini), via release (South Node) - on the cusp of the eclipse's 8th house, no less. 
  • The eclipse cluster on USA Mars square natal Neptune/eclipse Mars in USA 9th house indicates a disease brought through foreign wars; Mars/Neptune sextile to USA natal Mercury in Cancer: transmission through homecoming. 
  • Eclipse Saturn/Neptune in eclipse 9th house/USA 8th house sextile natal Uranus/eclipse Apophis suggests disease morbidity related to cramped, restrictive conditions (overseas soldier's quarters) where the disease (USA 6th house) could fester. 
  • And while the Spanish Flu wasn't actually a coronavirus (it's an H1N1 influenza virus), both charts' Koronis asteroids in partile square to one another with eclipse Koronis on USA Chiron validates its application in this chart. If you wanted to get cheeky, though, there isn't an asteroid Influenza, but GAE1918 does have an asteroid Flury (225254) at 21°52 Scorpio on its Ascendant. 
  • To note for later: eclipse AC/PoF and Koronis are all at 17 degrees of a sign.
I believe this provides adequate argument for the eclipse pertaining to the Spanish Flu.

August 21st, 2017 (GAE2017)

This eclipse is number 22 of 77 in solar Saros series 145 (a North Node series), said series beginning in 1639, ending in 3009, with total eclipses ranging from 1927 to 2648. It is primarily remembered for the vast amount of people who willingly put themselves in the path of totality, resulting in mass traffic issues, eyesight injuries, and apparently low volumes of pornography downloads through the duration.

To put it simply, look up at the top at that cluster of Mercury-Apophis-Koronis at 7-8° Virgo in the eclipse chart. Here you see my reason for using Apophis (99942). At the time of the eclipse there were 121 named asteroids/objects on 7° Virgo and 103 on 8° Virgo, but of major asteroids aside from Koronis none of the other 222 have the profile of Apophis for providing supportive characterization. There is dwarf planet Orcus on 8°, however this one has since only moved 2° to the present moment, limiting its play in current charts. This Mercury partile squares natal USA Uranus in the 6th house of health.

I interpret that Virgo cluster as a herald, named Koronis, of, well, "doom" is appropriate for Apophis. But let me elaborate. Astronomical Apophis is a Near-Earth Asteroid which, when discovered in 2004, had a higher than normal risk of hitting Earth in 2029 (2.7%); further tracking reduced that risk to nil. (astronomer co-discoverers Tucker and Tholen are apparently fans of Stargate SG-1, in which Apophis was a villain) Mythical Apophis (also called Apep in Egyptian mythology) was a primordial serpent who inhabited the underworld. Every day the Sun god Ra would, as the sun set, ride his barge into the underworld for the night and there encounter Apophis in battle. In some stories Apophis would tear Ra limb-from-limb, but Ra would always be born again the next day. In other stories, Mau, the divine cat and protector aspect of Ra, would tear apart Apep instead.

Apophis isn't pure doom and gloom, though surely he may have appeared that way to Ra. He represents the dark of night, the daily encounter with the stuff of terror one must overcome in order for there to be light again. The tearing-to-bits aspect of the story, with either primordial entity, parallels the Greek Dionysian sparagmos, wherein the vine god would be torn to bits by drunken maenads only to be reborn again. Dionysos is also commonly taken in dichotomy with sun god Apollo. In the synastry chart above, we have a divine sun-cat opposed to the multipartite bearer of mixed beverages (Aquarius, for those who don't already recognize the cosmic bartender at work). Is this the People who bear the wrath of the Lights on golden sky chariots? Though, remember, the snake god renews itself daily too (the snake god re-members?).

Also of note:
  • The eclipse's Pluto falls smack-dab on USA's natal Koronis at 17° Capricorn (as Madame Gavrancic notes, this degree is where Jupiter will station direct on September 13th). 
  • The eclipse itself opposes USA's Moon (the People) from Leo to Aquarius. Add in the sextile from USA Pluto/eclipse Koronis to eclipse Chiron and there's a boomerang Yod, further bringing to bear all that energy on the People of the US.
  • Both charts' Neptunes are highlighted on the eclipse's MC/IC axis, bringing forward an interpretation of disease. Whereas GAE1918's Sun was unaspected, GAE2017's Neptune trines USA Sun. This pandemic may have greater effect on the spirit/character of the country.
  • The eclipse's Mars and Saturn almost-perfectly form a grand fire trine with USA healer Chiron: note that we will have significant play between Capricorn and Aries in 2020. Also, eclipse chart-ruler Jupiter in Libra's (on cusp of eclipse 11th) opposition to Chiron creates a kite. Will leaders in Congress oppose the necessary measures to fight this battle for health?
  • USA natal China conjoined Saturn squares the Koronis-Pluto conjunction, and may also join Jupiter in that above-mentioned kite, the Saturn-China positions falling into the constellation Corvus the crow.
  • Eclipse asteroid Wuhan makes strong aspects to the eclipse degree, and fans out to eclipse Uranus and Chiron, and USA Moon and Pluto, demonstrating a potent connection to several important players.


Fancy mythological metaphors aside, though, I'm not done with Apophis. Last week, all eyes were on the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction at 24° Capricorn on April 4th-5th. As mentioned above, the Jupiter conjunct Pluto signature found with the Spanish Flu pandemic may have relevance here as well (great expansion of pestilence and decay), suggesting a course that will play out with the 3 conjunctions over 2020. While the first conjunction happened this weekend, look where our little asteroid buddy was located:

All other juicy astrological detail you could pull out of that chart aside, Apophis' super-tight conjunction on the North Node (plus the Mercury-Koronis super-tight conjunction) suggests a fruition of the 2017 eclipse chart. The chart's midheaven, moreover, conjoins GAE2017's 7-8° Virgo Mercury-Apophis-Koronis conjunction. Apophis' particular degree also strikes me because Uranus stationed direct at 2°39 Taurus back on January 10th, and here Uranus partile trines the MC.
For the 7th harmonic fanclub I have yet to build: that's a biseptile between those Cancer & Pisces points.

For brevity, the themes built thus far also play through in the second and third conjunctions, but the charts are linked instead:

The second conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto (June 30th) features:
  • Apophis returning to the same position as in GAE2017.
  • The Moon on the Descendent as apex to a Yod with Mars-Venus base.
  • Jupiter-Pluto at the midheaven, the midheaven degree (16°48) arc-minutes from 17°, that hot Jupiter station degree.
  • Neptune retrograde in the 12th house.
The third conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto (November 12th) features:
  • Jupiter-Pluto in 9th, minor grand trine Sun on DC and Neptune.
  • Apophis recently stationed direct, near USA Neptune on GAE2017 MC.
  • Moon-Venus on GAE2017 Jupiter.
  • Saturn on MC.
For the remainder of the year, Apophis will travel from Cancer to the start of Libra, stationing retrograde September 9th (the same day as Mars) at 20°36 Libra (degree of GAE2017 Jupiter). The Egyptian serpent will station direct November 7th at 17°45 Virgo, partile trine Jupiter's station direct point/USA Koronis/GAE2017 Pluto, and...perhaps to soften the doom and gloom asteroid...conjoined USA natal Panacea (2878) at 16°02 Virgo.

I just want to note: as astrologer Anne Ortelee has mentioned recently, don't pin your hopes on one particular date, that's not a good way to live. A panacea, a borderline-mythical cure-all, isn't going to make the world go back to the way it was - there's too much capital-H Historical stuff going on. And you need at least 3 different signatures converging with one another to have a measure of certainty on anything astrological. While with some transits potential delineations might occur quite promptly, much of the time astrology plays out in tenors extended through periods of time. Don't forget to take life, good and bad, as it actually happens. Don't astrologically-bypass.

Towards Autumn...

Koronis stations retrograde August 29th in the first degree of Taurus, and stations direct December 3rd at 17 degrees Aries.

Mars stations retrograde September 9th at 28 degrees Aries and stations direct at 15 degrees Aries on November 13th.

And, to your right, here's what happens in-between (GMT).
A truncated ephemeris,
including first & last full dates of retrograde for Koronis

To be balanced, Mars retrograde is a long way off, especially for how each month tends to last a precessional age anymore (maybe that's a good thing?). Mars retrograde is a period of reworking, rethinking, readjusting our approach. We're not going gonzo gangbusters full speed ahead, and it'll be frustrating because Mars in Aries wants things done yesterday.

Asteroid Koronis, by pairing with Mars, characterizes his retrograde. If COVID-19 doesn't reemerge, then we encounter artifacts of this pandemic. For US citizens and others going to the polls in autumn, that would suggest an intense electoral season where the electorate reviews and debates the failures and successes of how government handled the pandemic - particularly with those retrograde squares to key positions in Capricorn. If COVID-19 does reemerge (as Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted it might on 31-March), the preceding may happen anyway (with a relapse of individualized social distancing), but also against the backdrop of Koronis conjoined her dignified dispositor for over 3 months.

By comparison, the pandemic's outbreak this spring featured, at best, a semi-square from Koronis at 2° Pisces to dispositor Jupiter in Capricorn, the same day as the Jupiter-Neptune sextile (17° Capricorn/Pisces, February 20th). Remember, 17 Capricorn is also potent for being Jupiter's entrance into his shadow period and for being the degree of GAE2017's Pluto/USA Koronis.

When Mars ingresses into Taurus, January 7th, 2021, Koronis will be nearly a full 9 degrees away still in Aries, working on perfecting first a conjunction to Eris on January 16th and then a square to Pluto on January 22nd.

All that said, here's a forward-looking summary of key dates, events and degrees so you don't have to go wading through the above.

Key dates

10: Lunar eclipse: 20°00 ♋/♑
      Uranus stations direct: 2°39 ♉
12: Saturn conjoins Pluto: 22°46 ♑

23: Pisces New Moon conjoined Koronis: 4°28/4°04 ♓

24: Aries New Moon conjoined Chiron with Koronis conjoined Neptune: 4°12/5°17 ♈ (16/18♓)

4: Jupiter conjoins Pluto #1: 24°53 ♑
    Mercury conjoins Koronis: 20°57 ♓
8: Full Moon in Libra: 18°43 ♎/♈ in constellation Corvus
23: Taurus New Moon conjoined Uranus: 3°24/6°24 ♉
25: Pluto stations retrograde: 24°59 ♑

The first half of the month suggests a heightening, as we've seen play out. The second half suggests a diminution, and a need to break from confinement.

11: Saturn stations retrograde: 1°57 ♒
13: Venus stations retrograde: 21°49 ♊ (degree of USA Mars)
14: Jupiter stations retrograde: 27°14 ♑
22: Gemini New Moon with Koronis conjoined Chiron: 2°04 ♊ (8/9♈)
29: Wuhan stations retrograde: 4°44 ♒

The retrogrades, started by Pluto in April, tumble like dominoes. Does the plague remit with them? Will we see lockdown prohibitions raise with the Saturn back-step? The New Moon sits on the Descendant of the 2017 GAE - is this COVID-19 sunset (for the time being)?

5: Lunar eclipse: 15°34 ♐ (compare with GAE1918 solar eclipse degree 17°16 ♊)
21: Solstice (♋)
      Solar eclipse 0°21 ♋
23: Neptune stations retrograde: 20°58 ♓
25: Venus stations direct: 5°20 ♊
30: Jupiter conjoins Pluto #2: 24°06 ♑

Neptune of the Miasma goes into remission about the same time Venus finishes her review of the 1918 GAE, the lunar eclipse inspiring this reflection. Retrograde Jupiter-Pluto mark this milestone.

15: Uranus stations retrograde: 10°41 ♉
18: New Moon in Leo conjoined Mercury: 26°35/28°07 ♌ (Mercury on degree of GAE2017 solar eclipse)
21: Solar return of GAE2017: 28°53 ♌
24: Mercury return to GAE2017's Mercury: 8°11 ♍
29: Koronis stations retrograde: 0°42 ♉

Do post-Lammas stirrings in the air arise as the winds take a slight chill? The month of health-minded Virgo, home to USA Neptune at 22°, may suggest the tenor for the next few months.

9: Mars stations retrograde: 28°08 ♈
    Apophis stations retrograde: 20°36 ♎ (degree of GAE2017 Jupiter)
10: Wuhan stations direct: 19°16 ♑
13: Jupiter stations direct: 17°24 ♑ (degree of USA Koronis, GAE2017 Pluto)
29: Saturn stations direct: 25°20 ♑

The cluster of key players and key degrees in the second week is something to keep an eye on when the time comes. If Saturn's retrograde station yields a lightening of restrictions, will his direct station bring them back?

Mercury retrograde in Scorpio disposited by Mars retrograde in Aries. 'nuff said.

3: Jupiter conjoins Pluto #3: 22°52 ♑
    Mercury stations direct: 25°54 ♎
7: Apophis stations direct: 17°45 ♍ (conjoins USA Panacea at 16♍)
13: Mars stations direct: 15°14 ♈ (degree of Sun at Jupiter conjoin Pluto #1)
28: Neptune stations direct: 18°09 ♓

3: Koronis stations direct: 17°42 ♈ (degree of GAE1918 Koronis)
21: Solstice (♑)
      Jupiter conjoins Saturn: 0°29 ♒ (also degree of Mars conjoin Saturn, March 31st)

These last two months, are these adequate indicators we'll see positive movement forwards? It's probably too early to say, given the way matters shift daily.


  1. Thank you for the article.
    I notice also that when Koronis stations direct on 12/3 is will conjunct transiting Mars.
    Hopefully this will coincide with a vaccine (Mars / needle) but maybe that's wishful thinking.


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