Archive for June, 2008

What’s a ‘Voorwerp’? & Other Odd Star Notes

Druids fear shadow will be cast over view of ‘birth of the Moon’
According to local belief, the Callanish Stones were erected so they would have a special relationship with a range of hills opposite, known as the Old Woman of the Moors.
Also called Sleeping Beauty, it is thought to resemble a pregnant woman on her back, and every 18.6 years the Moon appears to rise through her legs, as if she is giving birth.
It then sets between the Callanish Stones, as visitors beat drums and celebrate the lunar cycle.
Hundreds of new age celebrants gathered at the stones for the spectacle in 2006, but in 2024 when it is next due, they are worried it could be ruined by a wind farm. Alice Starmore, a tour guide who has lived on Lewis all her life, said: “Every 18.6 years when the Moon in its cycle around the Earth is at its lowest, it appears between her knees, as though she gives birth. It’s a lovely, life-affirming event.”


Continue Reading June 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 29-July 5 2008

Wednesday’s New Moon in the Cardinal sign of Cancer should be a firecracker event just in time for the Independence Day celebrations. The Sun and Venus cluster around the Moon, symbolizing how Cancer wants to draw her loved ones near. Be careful not to smother, tho, or you can easily drive away those you most love. Careful not to overindulge in ice cream or other comfort foods because they oppose Jupiter in Capricorn; a few bites should suffice and won‘t sidetrack your diet.

I just noticed that two Yods develop this week, making for what are sure to be fated events in the news. One is formed by Juno sextile Chiron, both inconjunct Venus in Cancer, who will be joined by the Moon midweek. The other is formed by Venus sextile Vesta, both inconjunct Juno in Sagittarius. Juno is involved in both, hmm. Venus at the apex of one suggests that prices of certain commodities she rules will be forced higher, like sugar, butter, cattle. Also I think that more health reports will come out about negative health effects of GMO foods or sugar in general. The other Yod involves women, the hearth-and-home, and housewife-career women. I am going to say that more women in particular will elect to telecommute or start their own businesses from home.

Continue Reading June 27, 2008 at 7:17 am

Celestial Clues Support Story of Homer’s Odyssey

The day of the slaughter is, as Homer writes more than once, also a new moon (something that’s also a prerequisite for a total eclipse). Six days before the slaughter, Venus is visible and high in the sky. Twenty-nine days before, two constellations — the Pleiades and Boötes — are simultaneously visible at sunset. And 33 days before, Homer may be suggesting that Mercury is high at dawn and near the western end of its trajectory.

Now Magnasco and Baikouzis are assuming that the reference to Mercury is in fact a reference to the planet, and not the mythical god, who also went by the Greek name Hermes, which was who Homer would have written about. What they found was, when they limited their search to within a hundred years of the fall of Troy, there was only one point in time where all four celestial events lined up as described in the Odyseey: April 16, 1178 BC.

Continue Reading June 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Our Sun to Shed Light on Dark Matter of the Universe

One of the great mysteries of the universe is dark matter. Now the CERN telescope in Geneva, Switzerland is planning to use the light of the sun to help identify where that dark matter is hiding.

Continue Reading June 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 22-28, 2008

Pluto has retrograded back into Sagittarius. Remember late last summer when several sports stars were getting busted for steroids, or execs forced to retire or celebs in entertainment and religion were having to pay the piper for their transgressions? There may be another phase like that from mid-June till December, when Pluto finally re-enters Capricorn again. Pluto is probably a factor in Tiger Woods’ injury which put him out of action for the summer at least – and I bet we will see season-ending injuries to several other major sports stars, too, maybe more gambling scandals, and maybe a few who will just retire for whatever reason. A rapper got off this past week in a child porn case (offering proof that his head was pasted on another body) but other celebs may not be so lucky in court and will have to do time like Paris Hilton did last year.

Continue Reading June 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Mid-June Astronomy Notes from Around the Galaxy

A New Look at the Map of the Milky Way Shows some arms may only be gases…
Titan has no oxygen and is extremely cold, but who’s counting degrees when there’s CARBON!!!???
This 11-year low in Sunspot activity has raised fears among a small but growing number of scientists…

Continue Reading June 13, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 15-21

This is quite an interesting week as far as working with asteroids in astrology goes. Chiron is conjunct the North Node at 21 degrees Aquarius (plus it will sextile Juno), Venus moves into Cancer where it joins Ceres (conjunct on the 22nd), Vesta in Aries sextiles the North Node-Neptune and makes a Grand Trine with Mars in Leo and Moon-Pluto-Juno in Sagittarius. I feel that Venus-Ceres in Cancer will prompt people to not only grow some of their own food, but also put up some produce for the winter, especially sweet things (Venus) like jams. You can find a recipe for easy freezer strawberry jam here at

The Fire sign trine will probably prompt some to take the plunge to explore new worlds for themselves — this can include anything from a hiking trip (preferably with a guide) to contributing to the Mars lander project. Mars in Leo is a very brave placement, so you could step outside your comfort zone (WAY outside) and even have to face down a wild animal or a crowd.

Juno was conjunct Pluto in May, but now it helps form the Grand Trine, plus the Moon is in Sag from June 16-18. This is a very emotionally deep, heavy placement, when Sags have to reach down deep into their samurai core and challenge themselves. This may mean they have to allow themselves to be transformed, and change their way of thinking, if they are to survive. Juno may signify a mentor or advisor who helps you achieve the breakthrough.

Continue Reading June 13, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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