Covid-19 Astrology and Centaur Pholus

The South Node of the Moon also known as the Fated Nodal point also called KETU, the Dragon’s Tail in Vedic Astrology. Is in Capricorn now, where we need to let go and it signifies Past collective karma. South Node has been conjunct to Centaur Pholus since Covid-19 began to be in the news, and it is now trine to Uranus in Taurus, a sign of chaos, radical change and revolution and in Taurus, also the body, tangible values, money, and the stock markets at 4 degrees.

I’ve been sensing that Pholus is a big factor in the world wide lockdown in the process because of Covid-19.  Let’s find out more. I really have not studied Pholus or worked with this Centaur in depth until now.

Pholus was the second Centaur discovered on January 9, 1992 by David Rabinowitz at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona The very reddish object has an elongated shape and a rotation period of 9.98 hours.

Chiron was the first Centaur discovered November 1, 1977. The planetary class of Centaurs was defined by Pholus. The criteria being small objects which cross the orbital paths of other planets and which were not in any previously known orbit.

On Pholus’ birth chart of discovery, the Sun was at 17 Capricorn,

Moon in PISCES connected to Viruses, Mercury at 28 Sagittarius connected to the Galactic Center, Venus at 10 Sagittarius, Mars at 29 Sagittarius,

Jupiter Retrograde at 14 Virgo, Saturn at 6 degrees Aquarius, a degree I was just writing about yesterday, Uranus at 14 and Neptune at 16 Capricorn, Pluto at 22 Scorpio, North Node at 9 Capricorn and Chiron at 7 degrees Leo

 This is excerpted from Astrologer Zane Stein’s website. He was one of the first to write about Chiron and the other centaurs.

“One meaning of Pholus is viruses – AIDS, Ebola, Hepatitis, and others not so deadly, including computer viruses. It is also poisons, birth defects, DNA and gene research. The flip side of the coin – and there is always a flip side – is that Pholus is prominent in the charts of health care professionals.”

What makes this connection even more intriguing are some of Marianne Alexander’s initial findings on Pholus, which she published in her book, “The Centaur Pholus”, in June 1996: Marianne Alexander, too, looked at world events at the time of Pholus’ discovery. Here are a few of the headlines she mentions:

“One meaning of Pholus is viruses – AIDS, Ebola, Hepatitis, and others not so deadly, including computer viruses. It is also poisons, birth defects, DNA and gene research. The flip side of the coin – and there is always a flip side – is that Pholus is prominent in the charts of health care professionals.”

“103 killed in cholera outbreak in Mali”
“Scientist catch hot zone virus from 500-year old mummy”
“Firm hopes virus delivers”
“Virus killing shrimp”
“Double whammy: AIDS and TB – twin epidemics feed on each other, U.N. says”
“Deadly epidemic in Nicaragua still a mystery”
“Ebola death toll is 153 of 205 infected”

(Her book, delineating her preliminary research, can be ordered from: Pandora Publishing

Pholus orbital period is 92+ years and it crosses the orbits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Just As Chiron is Considered to be a key to Saturn and Uranus, Pholus is considered a key to Neptune.

According to astrologer Melanie Reinhart Pholus is “small cause, big effect.” Pholus uncorks, very literally a point of no return situation. It’s like a genie coming out of a magic lamp. Traditionally jinn’s or Genie’s, like fairies and mermaids were not good, they were evil tricksters. Like an experiment that takes on a life of its own, Pholus indicates a point of no turning back.

Pholus relates to three generations, back so literally look at a situation which started with great-grandparents, or any ancestors.

Pholus relates to addictions and their healing and hence it’s association with Neptune planet of addictions, denial.

As a major catalyst or a catalytic converter, Pholus initiates rapid changes, which radically affect the collective in a landslide or domino effect way. Pholus exaggerates energies in their raw state. We certainly feel like we’re “ caught in a landslide, no escape from reality” like in the Queen dong Bohemian Rhapsody.

Pholus keywords:

Luciferian, fallen angel, Trickster, intelligence operation, metamorphosis, predator, shamanism, dispossessed, homelessness, exodus, illumination, rapture, are some words associated with Pholus by Juan Antonio Revilla

Check out Juan’s site for other Pholus orbit crossings

  • “Awakening
  • borderline(-situations, in double sense)
  • scaling
  • the unconscious takes control
  • freeing, release
  • facing lacks, undeveloped aspects
  • euphoric feelings
  • unstable and new (sometimes dangerous) situations, difficult to deal with
  • intensity, intensifier
  • to be spurred on
  • to “stumble” in new situations” –Robert and Dieter from an article published on Pholus in The Mountain Astrologer. 

As Pholus crosses the orbits of Saturn, and the Transpersonal planets it picks up all of their qualities.

This from Amable’s blog, Transneptunian Astrology, there are some interesting observations about Pholus:

“Pholus has self-control over empathy, like in the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977), where the main characters can keep distances (Saturn) against the victimization of the android C3PO (Neptune) in order to face the aims proposed.
“Pholus awakes the need to impose limits (Saturn) while investigating the paranormal energies (Neptune), like in the TV Serie “X-Files” (1992). -from Amable’s blog, Transneptunian Astrology,  interesting observations about Pholus: “Around Pholus discovery, fractal images get popularized, integrating science and art.“Pholus has the ability to maintain alive the illusion (Neptune) and achieve the necessary discipline (Saturn) to make a dream come true.” 

Astrologer Philip Sedgwick says this of Pholus

“Keeper of the sacred wine and host to Hercules. Orbital Period: 91.95 yr.

Positive – just, wise, nurturing, meeting the needs of others while keeping own needs in balance, conscious of choice, ceremonial, pacifism, self-nurturing, attentive

Negative – opinionated believing rules of cosmic forces do not apply to oneself, addicted to food or alcohol, careless regarding weaponry (or security tools), ignoring spiritual needs, indulgent, reclusive, meddling

Mundane – food and drink – especially regarding celebrations, daily ceremony and ritual

Ceremonial – toasting, blessings and grace, celebrations, creating a daily hour of power.”

Pholus helps to radically change our lives and to awaken to our unique soul purpose.

Pholus helps us to live up to our responsibility to live true to our soul’s path.

Pholus helps us confront fear and loneliness encountered when leaving the safe status quo world and venturing into the unknown.

As Pholus is conjunct South Node it is a past karmic lesson we are dealing with now. There are indications of major change as a result of the Covid-19 at every level of society. It can indicate a major revolutionary energy as the result of Neptunian secrets.

Websites of Philip Sedgwick on Pholus

Where is Centaur Pholus in your Natal chart?

What do you think?

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