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Kamiah Fires, August 2015, The Clearwater ProgressI live in the Pacific Northwest, smack-dab in the middle of one of the hottest fire zones in the U.S. at this point. And yes, we’re on fire here—big time.

So once I cooled my singed feet in our place of temporary relocation, I donned my detective hat and started pouring over the charts. (Of course…what else? You expected a magnifying glass or something?) Here’s part of what I saw and how it’s evolved from there.

Fire season ignited here in earnest August 10th when an astoundingly intense band of thunder storms swept across a wide swath of the Northwest already in severe drought. Instruments used to record lightning strikes exploded, recording thousands of strikes in record time and numbers. Numerically, number 10 is a number of instant manifestations.   Across the next few days those fires combined, creating massive blazes, with our area “ground zero” for one of the largest and most destructive.

On August 14th another rainless storm system tore through, carrying winds that fanned the flames, leaving at least 50 families around the perimeter of our little burg without homes, the loss of 75 outbuildings, and another 150 with homes uninhabitable due to smoke damage. The fire tore off is opposing directions from there, threatening one town after the other in rural north-central Idaho. (No, not Iowa, IDAHO.) The number 14 tends to draw media attention, and yes, this made statewide news and beyond.

As of this writing, the entire Pacific Northwest is still ablaze with little or no significant relief (aka, rain) in sight before Labor Day at the earliest.

So how does astrology fit into all this? Amazingly accurately, of course.

On the 10th, the Sun was at one of its strongest points, in the middle of its home sign of Leo at 17°. Leo is a Fire Sign ruled by the fieriest planet (astrologically speaking) in the solar system. Mars, an intensely wild fire planet, entered Leo that day at 1°, an “Aries point” that sparks wide recognition. And number 1 starts things. The number 17 often signals leaving a legacy behind, something long remembered. This intensity expanded with velocity with the help of Jupiter also in Leo at Critical Degree (trigger for intense happenings) 29. Jupiter expands everything it touches and the number 29 reduces to 11, a Master Number that signals it’s time to step into the unknown.  On a personal level, Venus, retrograding in Leo at 25°, brought all involved to a point of decision as to what they truly valued. The number 25 reduces to 7, the highest number of mental thought and both mental and spiritual insights. It often brings those lightning-strike moments of sudden awareness.

Mercury rules Virgo and lay atin its home sign. This intensified the need for ideas and communication and ignited reporting of all the changes occurring around the ongoing events. Virgo is an Earth Sign, bringing this fiery energy ignited in Leo literally to Earth as the fires both destroyed and purified the Earth’s surface. The number 5 is the number of change and adventure, two things in abundance (Jupiter) at that point and beyond.

Also in Virgo, Lilith, an asteroid noted for carrying disruptive energy, stood (or lay) at 11°, a number which can carry disruption all by itself. And Juno, an asteroid which brings strong commitment, also transited Virgo at 15°. This number reduces to 6, a number of love and caretaking.

The 14th, when the fires blew out of control in size and strength, brought a New Moon (when Sun and Moon energy join at the same degree) in Leo at 21°. The number 21 reduces to 3, which in its lower expression brings scattered energy. Yet in its highest expression, 21 brings teachable moments. It also brings out the teacher in all of us as we become teachers and students of one another.

New Moons mark new beginnings, and sometimes the beginning of the end. The Moon’s energy generally is not as intense at this time as at a Full Moon, yet it does rule emotions. And as a cosmic “planet” it rules Cancer, the sign of home, family, and real estate.   The number 3 also spurs action and creativity. Need an example? One local pair of brothers spotted an evacuated house whose porch was on fire. To save the house, they cut off the porch. A bit later, they saw another evacuated house with the door ignited. To save the house, they cut out the door.

This New Moon energy brought more tension that usual though a square with Uranus (unexpected happenings) in Aries (initiation), a fire sign ruled by Mars, the planet of change and unbridled power. Squares create tension that finds resolution through action. I’d call firefighting pretty intense action, wouldn’t you? With Uranus at 20°, the highest relationship number, all forms of relationships were tested. Could departments work together for the good of all? Where was the support and where was it not? Could family members agree of a course of action and carry it out? Jupiter, having rolled into Virgo, now expanded the impetus for practical action—or criticism, in Virgo’s lower expression. And Lilith, now sextiling Saturn (structure, work, responsibility) in Scorpio at Critical Degree 28, added a do-or-die energy all its own.

Fast forward now to Friday, August 21st when a whole other kind of dramatic torch lit. Again the number 21 ignited scattered energy and teachable moments as the Chinese and US stock markets prepared to lock into a joint dive. Since World Stock Markets by cooldesign, freedigitalphotos.netAugust is an 8 calendar month in an 8 Universal Year, that intensifies the 8 energy—the number of business and king of the money numbers.  Only that was just the start. Mars (raw power) positioned at 8° Leo (our future) was inconjunct Neptune at 8° Pisces (hopes, dreams), requiring an adjustment of some sort. Neptune in its lower expression can leave you in a fog of confusion. Money planet Venus in Leo inconjunct Chiron (wounded child/master healer) in Pisces brought up fears clear back to childhood around money issues and fear of the future. And the Leo Sun at Critical Degree 28 triggered trust issues on all levels. This energy, expanded by nearby Jupiter (a money planet), also squared Saturn at 28° Scorpio, impelling deep fears and a quest for hidden truths. Tensions mounted and the blame game ignited fueled by fears of the past (South Node), present and future (North Node).  It didn’t matter that August is traditionally a quiet month on Wall Street; the time had come for a major shift and the planets and numbers provided the trigger.

As a result, automated and manual trading exploded at the opening of the stock market Monday, August 24th, creating a jaw-dropping plunge of over 1,000 points in the Dow within minutes. Of course buyers swooped in, reducing the day’s loss by around half. Notice that Venus, one of the money planets as I said, was at 17° Leo, again creating a legendary day on Wall Street that will not be forgotten in financial circles.

Yes, Leo is a sign that demands attention and tends to fire things up in dramatic ways. Virgo serves either as an accomplice or a counter balance, bringing things back down to earthly reality and reminding us that the truly divine can often be demonstrated through practical, day-to-day efforts that matter immensely in the overall picture of things. That’s an important lesson to see on all levels as we live amidst the forest fires and economic earthquakes of life.

Blessings, all!

Rayora Hartman


(Photo credits:  Kamiah Fires, The Clearwater Progress; “World Stock Markets” by cooldesign,



Moon on Sky by Photokanok; freedigitalphotos.netLeo threw the doors open to the 5th house in all our charts July 22nd, with a dynamic invitation to peace in the Master Number 22 (note the double 2).  Yet Leo by its very nature scoffs at finding and maintaining peace.  Leo wants fun, adventure, big opportunities—and lots of attention.  Add the energy of a New Moon coupled with a Mars-Jupiter Square and that energy amps up to extremes.  So how do we play this to our advantage?  Let’s take a look.

New Moons signal times for new beginnings; it’s time to start something.  This Leo New Moon underscores that by positioning at 3° 52’ which reduces to the number 1 (3+5+2=10/1). Ones start things, they lead and invite originality.

After exactly conjuncting the Sun, Jupiter now shares a cosmic bench with the Sun and Moon, cozying up at 2° Leo.  Whatever Jupiter touches expands the energy of those cosmic bodies.  This boosts the New Moon energy is a sign that needs no—I mean, NO–help to build excitement.

Jupiter activates the number 2 energy in a big way as well.  Two is the number of peace, one-on-one communication, and our own inner voice.  It is a relationship number on all levels. This couples with the number 3 energy of the Sun and MoonThree energy highlights communication as well, but with more excitement.  Threes like to have fun and keep things light. Leo and 3s play well together, feeding off each other’s strengths (and weaknesses).  Plus Mercury, that planet that rules communication, lays at 20° (20/2) Cancer right now, indicating relationship issues involving communication are still in play.

Mars slipped into Scorpio on the 25th (25/7), just ahead of this New Moon.  The date again supports the energy of the 7 Universal Year, daring us to show boldness in what we know as truth.  Therein lays the setup for some powerfully extreme energy.  And I do mean extreme.

When Mars squares Jupiter it brings out the crusader in each of us.  Suddenly, like never before, we feel the urge to fight for our cause, whatever that may be.  The cause stems from our strongest beliefs, often religious, political, environmental, or even around sports.

This is not harmful in and of itself.  What happens in this energy, however, is the tendency to get carried away.  Extremes pepper our lives, often landing us in hot water.  That analogy is quite apt, by the way, since we have a Grand Water Trine (Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces) going on at the same time.  This trine flows easy energy between Venus (love, values), Saturn (responsibility, tradition), and Chiron (wounded child/ gifted healer).  Plus over the next couple weeks, Mars trines Neptune, ruler of Pisces, which now lays at 7° Pisces freeing a river of empowerment for all that represents (hopes, dreams/ illusion, delusion).

Yet the water aspect can make things murky and more difficult to ground.  With Mars, we want action and we want it right now.  Passion easily can turn into rage, on one hand, or extreme passivity for the sake of peace on the other.  Or we may find ourselves raging for the sake of peace…and how bizarre is that?!

There’s another wave that may seep in through this square as well; doubting our beliefs.  Yet the overall energy of this aspect makes it difficult to admit that to ourselves, let alone anyone else.  So we may find ourselves swept along in a fight for beliefs we actually no longer hold.

Here’s the good news.  Opportunities may arise like never before for undertaking large projects.  The zealous passion, drive, and sense of adventure also inherent in this energy fires the will to succeed.  And this, my friend, presents a fantastic chance to use this energy to the benefit of all.

Bear in mind that this square will remain activated throughout our time in Leo until it begins to weaken on the 22nd.  It highly activates issues of the 5th (adventure, children, future plans) and 8th (death, transformation, sexuality, other people’s money) houses.  Watch for this energy to increase around the number 5 energy (fun, adventure/recklessness, addiction) and the 5th house from August 5th to 11th.

This New Moon/Mars-Jupiter Square energy will activate any 2s, 3s, or 5s in your personal numbers code.  Those with these numbers as their Destiny, Life Purpose, or Day of Birth or at certain key positions in their astrology chart will experience the strongest influence.  If you want to find out more about the important numbers in your personal numbers code, go here.

And so it goes in this amazing world through the window of astro-numerology.

Till next time…

Rayora Hartman

(Photo credit: “Moon on Sky” by Photokanok;