The Uncanny Adventures of Asteroid Phoinix (4543): 2020, part 1

Today's post has been a long time in the making. In the process of writing it though, I realized I had so much discordant material that it might be easier to take-in if I break it into topical chunks. So keep your eyes peeled this week and next for parts 2 and 3, because we're really only getting started (and that's just for transits this year!).


It's an odd thing about working with asteroids in astrology. These little guys are rather under-explored and you never know when one might grow-up and turn into a dwarf planet! They're not calculated points, they're actual physical bodies with their own energy, though they demand tight orbs due to their size and that they share real estate with easily 100+ other small objects on the same degree. Asteroids you could say, require a technical prowess. Beyond a practicable baseline knowledge of astrology, you need an encyclopedic memory for names, associated themes and history, plus a flexible mind for alternate spellings and homophones. It's crossword puzzle logic.

And yet...sometimes you need that intuitive leap to ask "what if I added this to the chart?"

Just when you think you know it all...

Case in point: a couple months ago I was chatting with my good friend, who's also my favorite mystic, when we fell onto the subject of my post for asteroid Koronis et al and COVID-19. I had published earlier in the week and she had some excited feedback, which flowed effortlessly into a tangent vision of an all-engulfing fire and a firebird.

I was a little lost at first. Coronavirus, as we knew in April, alone was a dire predicament for the U.S. and the world, with no easy way out. And with Age of Aquarius-esque social isolation hinting on the horizon with Saturn's pending transit through the sign, or the coming bouts of inflammation (via disease, in the weather, in the body politic) expected with six months of Mars retrograde in Aries, the immediate and foreseeable future did not look like a cakewalk. Though yes, it'd probably be hot in one sense or another.

But, as the convo continued and the imagery recurred, my asteroid-sense pinged. Speaking from experience, I know my friend is spot-on with what she receives, so that led me to wonder what might be a concrete representation in the astrology I had just examined. I knew right off the bat there was a phoenix asteroid, Phoinix (4543), named for the character in Homer's Iliad. There's also a Near Earth asteroid Bennu (101955), the Egyptian name for the firebird, but we'll set this one aside for a moment. Fires, firebirds, death, rebirth...for as grand-scale as pandemics can be, this felt bigger, as though a conflagration like this could only emerge if it managed to overcome the boggy, misty Neptunian nature of the pandemic.

As the thought occurred to me, I was in luck. My laptop already open so my slightly-mushy brain could remember what my friend was referring to, I pulled up my Astrodienst account where it was set to a synastry to compare against the US Sibly chart - leftovers from finishing the blog post. I plugged in Phoinix.

My jaw dropped.

Here's what I found with the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 (GAE2017) against the Sibly chart.


Put simply: the total eclipse at 28°53 Leo, the path of which spanned the 48 contingent states of the USA, activated the US Phoinix at 29°36 Leo. It does this while opposing the US Moon (the People) and quincunxing US Pluto: a boomerang yod if you incorporate the eclipse's Chiron. The demos pointing their fingers at the elites in the sky but it redounds back on them instead.

But more? Look at the location of the eclipse's Phoinix, at 6°01 Capricorn. Remember any recent astrology that happened in that area? Is your asteroid sense tingling? How about we overlay that Great American Eclipse chart with a more recent eclipse?


The Great American Eclipse's Phoinix marked the location of the December 26th, 2019 annular solar eclipse, plus Jupiter. While I contend that the 2017 eclipse portended the emergence of COVID-19, I've also seen a number of astrologers remark that the December 26th eclipse articulated the jolt to the world that brought the pandemic. This latter eclipse spanned the geography of southeast Asia. Though China (that is, Wuhan) itself appears to be weakly implicated in the path of totality, I have it on the good authority of eclipse expert Ronnie Gale Dreyer that China might well be implicated by that eclipse, as discussed in a lecture on the 2019 eclipses in late 2018 for the NCGR Philadelphia chapter.

Even further, look at how 2019 eclipse's Phoinix tightly conjoins Neptune. COVID-19 has been little short of a slippery, nebulous, confusing pathogen, inspiring the same human reaction in turn - that Neptunian bent I mentioned. It's as though the path of this single asteroid in this astrology charts a course, piece by piece: becoming activated in the US chart through eclipse, signalling when its meaning will start to become apparent due to its position in GAE2017, and then describing how its meaning will start to manifest in the December 2019 eclipse chart.

But here I need to pull back several clicks and then refocus, because this is shifting into a matter beyond a mere pandemic.

Eclipses, pandemics, and Jupiter

To start, this is not the first pandemic to have a planetary signature comparable to the above. It's a little early to be certain, and I'll save the full details and charts for another post (aiming for July/August) while I research more history to see if at least one other instance turns an uncanny coincidence of 2 into a pattern of 3+. But here I will give you the basic structure of what I'm seeing so far, with regard to a possible mechanism for the emergence of a pandemic (not necessarily how it plays out). So I don't mean to imply that an already-high death toll could become much worse. Track how the heavens behave beyond these starter moments for a better sense of what's to come. That said, the astrology for the emergence of COVID-19 compares with the emergence of the Black Death.

Component the first: a Portent Eclipse. This is a total solar eclipse on the Moon's North Node, with a path of totality that cuts through a significant landmass. It describes through the geography and the eclipse's astrology the whereabouts and the nature of imminent cataclysm. In present-day this would be the Great American Eclipse of 2017, which covered sea to shining sea, where to-date this country has failed in containing the pandemic in ways not comparable with other countries. With the Black Death, this is a discovered-but-yet-to-be-disclosed eclipse whose path demarcated the progress of the plague through Europe.

Component the second: a Trigger Eclipse. This is an annular solar eclipse on the Moon's South Node, conjoined Jupiter, which occurs before the next eclipse in the Portent Eclipse's Saros series. The path of this eclipse defines the origin and transmission path of the disease. This eclipse sets in motion the promise of the Portent Eclipse. In our case, this would be the December 26, 2019 eclipse, which demarcated southeast Asia as the region from which COVID-19 emerged/transmitted. For the Black Death, this was the solar eclipse of February 22, 1346, with a sweeping arc from just east of the Caspian Sea through central into northern Asia. The plague in Europe/eastern Mediterranean only took hold after this eclipse, but it arrived on the doorstep thanks to the plague-plagued Golden Horde, who swept westwards to lay siege on the port city of Kaffa on the Crimean peninsula in 1345-1346.

Component the third: airy Jupiter. From his position at the Trigger Eclipse, Jupiter then transits to conjoin Pluto and thereby signals a heightening of disease manifestation in correspondence with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction(s). Our present year has three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions. For the Black Death, Jupiter had a single pass on March 18, 1347. According to my research, in April-May 1347 the first plague-laden ships from Kaffa would sail to Constantinople, while less than half a year later 12 others would sail to Sicily, and from both the plague would spread to the rest of the Mediterranean and Europe.


With Jupiter this is where we start to refocus. Already this year we've endured the expansion of COVID-19 at two Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions, with a third yet to come November 12th. Jupiter himself in his transits this year, through his fallen state in Capricorn, stationed retrograde on the degree of USA Pluto (Sibly chart) and will station direct on the degree of GAE2017 Pluto - effectively playing pinball with the dwarf planet of the underworld, thoroughly enmeshed in these themes. Jupiter was further spurred into this enmeshment at the point where he conjoined one of his own trojan asteroids*: Phoinix of the Great American Eclipse.

Which, to me, begs a big technical question before we can pursue the larger course of reinterpreting 2020 and beyond's astrology with this new piece of information. To what extent are Jupiter's trojan asteroids a direct extension of Jupiter's path and carried meaning? And what does that imply for using them in analysis? I won't have all the answers all at once, but I can attempt to offer a framework by making some observations on their behavior.

I don't think it's any coincidence that an asteroid named Phoinix enters the playing field just as the US steadily sinks into the precursory murk and rot of a major transformational period, one which has been a long while coming and one which, we can only hope, ends in a renewal of its original promise as a fiery beacon of hope to the world. 🗽

We're hunting Big Game, folks: the United States of America's Pluto Return. Using an astrology of little things. Stay tuned.


* Trojan asteroids are a general category of asteroids which orbit the Sun from the same orbital path as a planet and stay in a steady orbit along with the planet. Any planet can potentially have trojans, but Jupiter has most of them.

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